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Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them Fails

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 9:47am

Many organic tomatoes or peppers are grown in greenhouses, where they get nutrients from water. Critics say that violates the spirit of "organic." A bid to strip them of the label failed this week.

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Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 9:13am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

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Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 9:13am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

(Image credit: SFX Magazine/Getty Images)

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New species of orangutan discovered in Sumatra – and is already endangered

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 9:00am

Scientists identify new species of great ape, Pongo tapanuliensis or Tapanuli orangutan, but fear its survival is already in doubt as habitat under threat

A new species of great ape has been discovered, according to scientists studying a small population of orangutans in northern Sumatra.

Among the great apes – a group that also includes humans, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos – orangutans are our most distant relative. Since 2001, two distinct species have been recognised: the Bornean (Pongo pygmaeus) and Sumatran (Pongo abelii) orangutans. Now, it seems, there is a third.

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National Parks … For A Price

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 8:06am

America's national parks are treasured territory, to say the least. But how much are they worth to see?

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Nature@work photo competition winners - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 3:00am

The European Environment Agency invited European citizens to capture how nature benefits them in a competition called Nature@work. Here are the winning images, announced this week

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Six things we learned at cycling's Six Day London

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 1:30am

As the cycling event returned to the capital for the third year, we got the trackside word on the races, the music and which riders like to party hardest

The lights are low and the music is loud. The beer is flowing and some of the world’s best riders are whipping round the wooden boards of Lee Valley velodrome in one of the many furious and fast paced races of the Six Day London event, now in its third year.

Night after night, thousands of people crowded to the velodrome to watch elite riders fight it out for laps and points to a background of flashing lights and a clubbing soundtrack. And like a club, the action is not just centre-stage; there’s something going on in every corner. Here are six lessons from Six Day London.

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Climate change 'will create world's biggest refugee crisis'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 11:01pm

Experts warn refugees could number tens of millions in the next decade, and call for a new legal framework to protect the most vulnerable

Tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report.

Senior US military and security experts have told the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) study that the number of climate refugees will dwarf those that have fled the Syrian conflict, bringing huge challenges to Europe.

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Huge private sector investment puts Paris climate target in reach, says report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 10:30pm

Global investment could hold the key to fighting climate change, with one trillion dollars already invested in solutions such as renewables and energy efficiency, says International Finance Corporation


At least one trillion dollars are being invested globally in ways to reduce the threat of climate change, including renewable power, energy efficiency, and public transport around the world.

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Former Nationals MP headhunts NSW water regulator board

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 9:42pm

Labor says the NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator has been compromised by the choice of a former Nationals minister to recruit its board

A former National party minister is heading the search for members of the New South Wales government’s Natural Resources Access Regulator.

The new body, which is being established after the Four Corners allegations of large-scale water theft in the Murray-Darling basin, is designed to provide independent oversight of enforcement of water licences.

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Pregnant sharks and rays likely to abort their young if captured

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 6:57pm

New research has found a quarter of pregnant sharks and rays lose their pups when caught, threatening some species

Australian researchers have found a quarter of pregnant sharks and rays abort their pups when captured, revealing a little-known risk to the survival of the slow-growing animals.

An analysis of recorded instances of sharks and rays either aborting their pups or undergoing a premature birth once captured found 24% of pregnant females across 88 species lost their young. In some species, such as the pelagic stingray, the rate of abortion on capture was 85%.

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Fracking protest injunction based on 'flimsy evidence'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 9:09am

Ineos exaggerated the threat posed by protesters to justify its temporary legal action, court hears

A multinational firm has been accused of using “flimsy and exaggerated” evidence when it obtained an “astonishingly broad” injunction against all anti-fracking protesters, a court has heard.

Petrochemicals giant Ineos is seeking to enforce a sweeping injunction to prevent any protester from obstructing its fracking operations. Campaigners face being jailed, fined or having their assets seized if they break the injunction.

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Fashion's interwoven relationship with nature to go on display at V&A

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 8:52am

From 1780s waistcoat to bioluminescent GM dress, exhibition traces interaction and celebrates sustainable yet desirable fashion

A genetically engineered bioluminescent silk dress, a pineapple-fibre clutch bag and a cape made from cockerel feathers are among 300 items to go on display as part of the V&A’s next fashion exhibition.

Fashioned From Nature, which opens in April, will trace the relationship between fashion and the natural world since 1600 and examine the ways in which designers draw on nature for inspiration.

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Plastics Are Forever

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 8:06am

Plastic is in everything, including our tap water.

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Wildlife on your doorstep: share your November photos

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 8:00am

There will be further autumnal signs in the northern hemisphere in November, while the southern hemisphere can finally begin to enjoy springtime. We’d like to see your photos of this month’s wildlife near you

What sort of wildlife will we all discover on our doorsteps this month? We’d like to see your photos of the November wildlife near you, whether you’re a novice spotter or have been out and about searching for wildlife for years.

Related: Your best pictures of insects around the world

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Amsterdammers v tourists: 'It's worst when they throw up in your plant box'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 12:30am

A decade ago Amsterdam pumped money into tourism to recover from the global financial crisis but – even as the city bans ‘beer bikes’ – can it be saved from a monster industry of its own making?

Last weekend, Els Iping caught a group of male tourists ripping out the shrub in front of her house in the centre of Amsterdam. They were wearing pink dresses and they were very drunk. “These kind of things happen all the time,” she says matter-of-factly. “It’s worse when they throw up in your plant boxes, because you can’t rinse it away– you have to scoop it out.”

Over the last 10 years, Iping – a 64-year-old, stylishly dressed consultant – has witnessed her picturesque neighbourhood change due to an unparalleled growth in the number of visitors. “Every day throngs of tourists pass by my window. The weekend now starts on Thursday afternoon; the screaming and shouting of tourists boozing it up is deafening. And the rubbish they leave behind!”

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Fossil fuel companies undermining Paris agreement negotiations – report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 12:11am

Exclusive: report says outcomes of climate negotiations have been skewed to favour biggest corporate polluters

Global negotiations seeking to implement the Paris agreement have been captured by corporate interests and are being undermined by powerful forces that benefit from exacerbating climate change, according to a report released ahead of the second meeting of parties to the Paris agreement – COP23 – next week.

The report, co-authored by Corporate Accountability, uncovers a litany of ways in which fossil fuel companies have gained high-level access to negotiations and manipulated outcomes.

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Colombia's land battles shatter the peace in Cauca Valley – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/11/01 - 12:00am

As the peace deal opens up new areas to extractive industries, a long-running fight for land and the environment has erupted anew as indigenous communities try to reclaim their territory

Read more: Indigenous people of Colombia fighting for their lands

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Most of UK's fruit and veg is from other EU nations 'so Brexit impact may be dramatic'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/31 - 11:01pm

RSA launches food and farming inquiry as it highlights small quantity of these crops grown in UK and picked by non-EU staff

The UK faces serious health implications if the government fails to agree a Brexit deal, finds a report that says of 35 portions of fruit and vegetables, a figure relating to the five-a-day recommendation for individuals, just one “portion” is grown in the UK and picked by British or non-EU workers.

The report, to mark the launch of a new RSA commission examining the impact of Brexit on food and farming, found that the five-a-day health target – which adds up to the 35 portions of fruit and vegetables a week – was overwhelmingly met by food grown in the EU or harvested by EU workers in the UK.

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Conservationists win court battle to stop clearing of old-growth Victorian forest

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/31 - 7:20pm

Environmental Justice Australia injuncts Victorian government-owned business from clearing in Kuark forest

Conservationists have won an injunction stopping a Victorian government-owned business from clearing old-growth trees in the Kuark forest in East Gippsland.

Environmental Justice Australia, representing the Fauna and Flora Research Collective, took VicForests to the supreme court on Wednesday and successfully won an injunction stopping the logging of an area known as Princess Cut.

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