‘This has poisoned everything’ – pollution casts shadow over New Mexico’s booming dairy industry

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/20 - 4:00am

Pollution from Cannon air force base has gone unreported for decades. Now it’s threatening the US food supply

For months, Clovis, New Mexico, dairy farmer Art Schaap has been watching his life go down the drain. Instead of selling milk, he is dumping 15,000 gallons a day – enough to provide a carton at lunch to 240,000 children. Instead of working 24/7 to keep his animals healthy, he’s planning to exterminate all 4,000 of his cows, one of the best herds in his county’s booming dairy industry.

The 54-year-old second-generation dairy farmer learned last August that his water, his land, his crops – even the blood in his body – were contaminated with chemicals that migrated to his property from nearby Cannon air force base.

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Jay Inslee, potential 2020 contender, on climate: 'We need to blow the bugle'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 11:00pm

Washington state’s Democratic governor wants to ‘put the pedal to the metal’ to save the planet

The US stands virtually alone in the world in having a leader who openly dismisses the reality of climate change. But amid growing concern among Americans about the overheating planet, one potential 2020 presidential candidate is aiming to hoist climate to the top of the agenda.

Jay Inslee, the gravel-voiced governor of Washington, is poised to enter the throng of Democrats vying to dislodge Donald Trump as president in the 2020 election. He’s made some exploratory moves, visiting Nevada and New Hampshire, and said a definitive decision on running will be taken in “weeks”.

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Murray-Darling authority promises to upgrade climate science after criticism

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 8:43pm

Scientists invited to collaborate on climate change following mass fish kills and royal commission findings

In the wake of mass fish kills in the Menindee Lakes in January and scorching criticism of its stewardship of the Murray-Darling Basin, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has announced that it will upgrade its scientific work on climate change and the river system.

The authority’s chief executive, Phillip Glyde, has invited the scientific community to collaborate on its work on climate change.

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NSW government 'suppressed' report showing carcinogen risk in stadium demolition

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 7:24pm

Case against demolition ofAllianz Stadium hears government failed to investigate reports of contamination

A legal challenge to the New South Wales government’s controversial plan to demolish Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before next month’s state election has heard the government “suppressed” the release of a report showing the site was contaminated with potentially carcinogenic material.

Local Democracy Matters, a group set up to fight the amalgamation of Randwick and Waverley councils 18 months ago, is seeking to halt the demolition of the stadium before the election by arguing the government failed to follow its own planning rules.

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Great Barrier Reef authority gives green light to dump dredging sludge

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 6:09pm

A million tonnes of spoil to be disposed of in marine park – prompting calls for a ban on all offshore dumping

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has approved the dumping of more than 1m tonnes of dredge spoil near the reef, using a loophole in federal laws that were supposed to protect the marine park.

The Greens senator Larissa Waters has called for the permit – which allows maintenance dredging to be carried out over 10 years at Mackay’s Hay Point port and the sludge to be dumped within the marine park’s boundaries – to be revoked.

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Fighting pollution: Toledo residents want personhood status for Lake Erie

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 4:00am

The controversial legal bill will allow citizens to sue a polluter on behalf of the lake and for penalties to be imposed

In early August 2014, Crystal Jankowski was late in her pregnancy and knew she was about due. In was hot and humid where she lived in Toledo, Ohio and she remembers just wanting to relax in a cool shower.

But the graphic designer could not take one. The water source for Toledo is Lake Erie, and an algae bloom caused in part by phosphorous runoff from farms had sickened the lake with an overload of “microcystin” bacteria. The city banned drinking the water for a week and “children, the elderly and pregnant women” were instructed not to even shower.

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What happens when you put cowboys in a room to talk politics?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 4:00am

At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada, friends and performers with wide-ranging views met to discuss climate change, immigration and other concerns ‘without demonizing each other’

Several weeks ahead of the 35th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, Gail Steiger, a rancher and singer-songwriter from Yavapai county, Arizona, emailed a proposal to a small host of close friends and fellow performers.

“None of us fit easily in any box, but we all hold each other in high regard,” he wrote.

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'Uninhabitable Earth' Spotlights 3 Climate Change Misunderstandings

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 3:01am

Rachel Martin talks to David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth, who outlines the current misunderstandings and upcoming impacts of climate change.

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Labor demands investigation into ministers Cash and Keenan over AFP raid on AWU – politics live

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/18 - 9:52pm

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live

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Government doesn't know if exported rare birds are still in German facility, Senate hears

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/18 - 9:25pm

Australian officials have not visited the centre where hundreds of rare and endangered birds were sent

The federal environment department does not know if hundreds of rare and endangered Australian birds exported to a German organisation headed by a convicted kidnapper and extortionist are still at the group’s facility in Brandenburg.

Department officials told Senate estimates on Monday night their wildlife compliance unit was investigating after Guardian Australia reported the government had been warned birds sent to the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) could be sold to collectors at a huge profit.

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