The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/26 - 9:20am

Hungry bears, busy bees and disappearing penguins

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/04/26 - 8:06am

The U.N. reports that 581 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first quarter of this year. Plus, the latest out of Sri Lanka and the outcome of a Kim-Putin summit.

(Image credit: SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Extinction Rebellion protesters to stand in European elections

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/26 - 6:50am

Nine candidates will stand under Climate Emergency Independents banner

Activists who took part in the Extinction Rebellion protests have announced they will stand in the European elections on a “climate emergency” ticket.

Under the name Climate Emergency Independents the new group, which is separate from Extinction Rebellion, nine candidates will stand in the 23 May polls – seven in London and two in south-west England region.

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London Extinction Rebellion mural is a Banksy, says expert

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/26 - 6:49am

Art dealer who owns a dozen pieces by the street artist is convinced by Marble Arch work

A Banksy collector and expert believes a mural that appeared at Extinction Rebellion’s Marble Arch base overnight is an authentic piece by the Bristolian street artist.

John Brandler, who owns a dozen pieces by Banksy is convinced the artwork – which features the slogan “From this moment despair ends and tactics begin” next to a young girl sitting on the ground holding an Extinction Rebellion logo – is an original because of its execution and theme.

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Students In Mozambique Are Afraid The Winds Will Blow Them Away

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/04/26 - 6:01am

Cyclone Idai damaged over 600 schools in Mozambique. Teachers and administrators struggle to rebuild and keep kids in class in the aftermath.

(Image credit: Tendai Marima for NPR)

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If the house is on fire, who has the 'flying water tankers'?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/26 - 3:18am

Greta Thunberg has got the Guardian Upside team thinking: how DO we get out of this?

If Greta Thunberg is right, and the house is on fire, then who are the people with the fire extinguishers? Or as Donald Trump might say, the “flying water tankers”.

The Upside team met a few this week. And though the fire is pretty serious, and the extinguishers rather slight, they serve two broad purposes: to show what individuals can actually do, and encourage others to follow suit.

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If you build them, they will come: record year for cycle counters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/26 - 12:00am

New superhighways and better networks are helping cycle lane usage boom across the UK

Cycle lanes are one of the most efficient and healthiest ways of moving people. A single bike lane can transport five times as many people as a motor traffic lane, without the air and noise pollution. This is good news for everyone, whether you drive, walk or cycle – or breathe.

What’s clear from the data, though – despite occasional bizarre claims to the contrary, and attempts to have lanes removed – is that to reap cycling’s benefits you have to build proper infrastructure. But if you build it, they will come – and the cycle counters prove it.

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The joys of springs: how Kenya could steam beyond fossil fuel

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 10:00pm

Engineers are tapping the Rift Valley’s subterranean energy to power an expanding economy

A faint smell of sulphur, a shrill hiss of gas and a Rift Valley panorama punctuated by 30 pillars of steam mark the frontline of renewable energy growth in Kenya.

This is the boundary between Hell’s Gate national park and the geothermal plants that are increasingly powering one of east Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

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