What Policymakers Are Trying To Do About Wildfires As They Become More Destructive

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 2:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Stanford University Professor Michael Wara about the impact of climate change on wildfires and possible legislation in California aimed at lessening the fires' impact.

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Surge in marine refuges brings world close to protected areas goal

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 11:28am

Reserves cover more than five times area of US, says report, but enforcement is often poor

A record surge in the creation of marine protected areas has taken the international community close to its goal of creating nature refuges on 17% of the world’s land and 10% of seas by 2020, according to a new UN report.

Protected regions now cover more than five times the territory of the US, but the authors said this good news was often undermined by poor enforcement. Some reserves are little more than “paper parks” with little value to nature conservation. At least one has been turned into an industrial zone.

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Top film-makers back penguin intervention on Attenborough show

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 10:41am

Wildlife documentary experts defend crew’s decision to help trapped birds

Leading wildlife camera operators and film-makers have defended the film crew on David Attenborough’s latest BBC series over their decision to break with convention and intervene to save a group of penguins that had become trapped in a ravine.

Nature film-makers are discouraged from intervening in the events they are attempting to capture on film. While the general principle is to avoid interfering with the natural course of events, the crew on the Dynasties series stepped in when they saw the birds’ predicament.

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Importing gas to replace domestic supply could push emissions up 20%, AGL says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 10:00am

Energy company says importing LNG will firm up renewable energy projects but critics say gas is already more expensive than clean alternatives

Controversial plans to import liquefied natural gas into Australia to fill a shortfall as domestic gas is exported to Asia would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions, AGL has conceded.

Energy companies have proposed four LNG import terminals for the east coast to ensure gas supply and ease high prices. The imported natural gas would effectively replace the two-thirds of gas sold overseas from export plants in Queensland.

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Dead fish to power cruise ships

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 8:19am

Norwegian company to fuel liners with biogas made from leftovers of fish processing

Waste fish parts will be used to power ships in a new initiative to use green energy for polluting cruise liners.

The leftovers of fish processed for food and mixed with other organic waste will be used to generate biogas, which will then be liquefied and used in place of fossil fuels by the expedition cruise line Hurtigruten.

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Manatees in peril as toxic red tide tests Florida's resources for rescued animals

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 7:51am

Resources to save manatee and other sea life nearing limit a year after toxic red tide bloom outbreak

At the peak of Florida’s red tide crisis this summer, Jon Peterson had to dig deep into Sea World’s storage warehouses to find enough portable pools to accommodate the dozens of sick manatees arriving at a rate of two or three a week.

The Orlando theme park’s manager for animal rescues even found himself forking out for air fares to send some of his younger manatee patients off to zoos in Ohio to free enough space in the rehabilitation centre for the newest victims of the toxic algae phenomenon that has killed thousands of fish and marine mammals.

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Body that rejected Iceland Christmas ad 'faced storm of abuse'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 6:17am

Clearcast says it had to shut Facebook page after it rejected film for being political

The body responsible for rejecting Iceland’s Christmas ad had to remove staff pictures from its website, shut the company Facebook page and close its switchboard due to the level of abuse following the controversial decision.

As part of its festive campaign Iceland struck a deal with Greenpeace to rebadge an animated short film featuring an orangutan and the destruction of its rainforest habitat at the hands of palm oil growers.

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Pardon Me, Turkey, Is This Stool Taken? Scientists Turn Poultry Poop Into Fuel

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 6:02am

When heated under proper conditions, turkey droppings transform into a form of coal, and serve as a renewable resource. Just think: Someday you might roast your holiday turkey using its own excrement.

(Image credit: Juliana Neumann)

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Rugeley coal plant to be transformed into a sustainable village

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/11/19 - 6:01am

Energy firm plans to build 2,000 homes powered by solar panels on the Staffordshire site

An old coal power station is set to be transformed into a “sustainable village” of 2,000 homes powered by solar panels, in the biggest redevelopment yet of a former UK power plant.

French firm Engie said it had decided against selling off the Rugeley site in Staffordshire and would instead build super efficient houses on the 139-hectare site as part of its bid to “move beyond energy”.

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