Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 11:07am

EPA said studies it considered, most of which were sponsored by industry, found sulfoxaflor isn’t dangerous for the pollinators

The Trump administration is approving the pesticide sulfoxaflor – thought by some experts to harm bees – for use on a wide variety of crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the studies it considered, most of which were sponsored by industry, found the chemical is not dangerous for the pollinators responsible for $15bn in US crops each year.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 10:11am

This week: Hungary’s insect of 2019, and bluehead wrasse courtship and sex change

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Extinction Rebellion protesters appear in court in London

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 10:04am

More than 30 activists have been charged with a range of public order offences

More than 30 Extinction Rebellion protesters have appeared in court in London charged with a range of public order offences.

The charges relate to demonstrations led by the movement in April – when thousands of people blocked landmarks across the capital over 10 days to highlight climate breakdown.

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Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 9:00am

Exclusive: Study shows associated damage to critical pumping muscles, even in children

The hearts of young city dwellers contain billions of toxic air pollution particles, research has revealed.

Even in the study’s youngest subject, who was three, damage could be seen in the cells of the organ’s critical pumping muscles that contained the tiny particles. The study suggests these iron-rich particles, produced by vehicles and industry, could be the underlying cause of the long-established statistical link between dirty air and heart disease.

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A Call For More Research On Cancer's Environmental Triggers

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 6:12am

Scientists are making progress in identifying environmental hazards that contribute to cancer. Researchers say many cases could be avoided if the work is accelerated.

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Sahara was home to some of largest sea creatures, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 4:35am

Scientists reconstruct extinct species using fossils found in northern Mali from ancient seaway

Some of the biggest catfish and sea snakes to ever exist lived in what is today the Sahara desert, according to a new paper that contains the first reconstructions of extinct aquatic species from the ancient Trans-Saharan Seaway.

The sea was 50 metres deep and once covered 3,000sq km of what is now the world’s biggest sand desert. The marine sediment it left behind is filled with fossils, which allowed thescientists who published the study to build up a picture of a region that teemed with life.

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Evacuated Maui Residents Return Home After Wildfire Scorches 10,000 Acres

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 3:20am

The evacuation in Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian island, filled up local shelters, but residents have now been told they can return home.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the County of Maui )

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'Like a horror movie': Dozens of corellas dead after falling from sky in suspected poisoning

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 6:49pm

The native birds were bleeding from their mouths, according to rescuers at One Tree Hill near Adelaide

Nearly 60 native birds have died after they fell out of the sky in front of horrified onlookers and a nearby primary school in a suspected case of mass poisoning in South Australia.

Bird rescuers said it was like “something out of a horror movie” as dozens of birds fell, bleeding from their eyes and beaks at One Tree Hill near Adelaide.

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Koala and kangaroo culling considered as numbers become 'overabundant'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 5:58pm

Species’ expansion threatens South Australia’s habitat and biodiversity, report says

Animals including koalas and kangaroos could be culled in parts of South Australia, where high population numbers are damaging the landscape.

A report from a parliamentary inquiry has recommended the state’s environment minister make an immediate decision to declare koalas, western grey kangaroos, long-nosed fur seals and little corellas overabundant in some areas.

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'A sort of eco-dictatorship': Shanghai grapples with strict new recycling laws

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 5:14pm

Steep fines and social credit penalties face people violating complex waste sorting rules – but some say the answer is all about pigs

For the last two weeks, Shanghai residents have grappled with a singular question: “What kind of trash are you?”

The question is aimed at the city’s daily 22,000 tonnes of household waste that, according to new rules implemented on 1 July, must be sorted into one of four colour-coded bins: dry, wet, recyclable and hazardous.

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Along The Gulf Coast, People Are Preparing For Tropical Storm Barry

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 2:27pm

Heavy rains are predicted in Louisiana and Mississippi with the expected arrival of a tropical system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico. Flooding is a major concern in areas already saturated by water.

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Mexico's Beaches Are Being Overwhelmed By Sargassum Seaweed From The Atlantic

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 2:23pm

Scientists say there's a mass of seaweed stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa. They call it the biggest seaweed bloom in the world and that it's a signal of a new normal.

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Norway Surveys Sunken Soviet Submarine

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 9:34am

A Norwegian team has found some radioactivity leaking from the sub, which sank in 1989. But they say it poses no threat to the environment.

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Could Mussels Teach Us How To Clean Up Oil Spills?

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 8:30am

A review of "mussel-inspired chemistry" points to promising ways we can learn from mussels about how to clean up water.

(Image credit: Paul Kay/Getty Images)

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Cuadrilla to restart fracking at site in Lancashire

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 5:27am

Drilling at Preston New Road is last-ditch effort to convince regulators to relax safety rules

The first company to drill for shale gas in the UK plans to restart fracking at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire in a last-ditch effort to convince policymakers to relax safety rules.

Cuadrilla will drill a second well near Blackpool after it was forced to abandon the first, which caused multiple earth tremors.

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Kenya's first coal plant construction paused in climate victory

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 11:00pm

Owners failed to assess environmental and community concerns, court rules, while US ambassador wades into debate in support of coal power

Kenya has been urged to halt construction of the country’s first ever coal-powered plant near the coastal town of Lamu, until an assessment is made of its environmental and cultural impact, in the latest setback to the $2bn project (£1.6bn).

Plans for the 981MW station, backed by a Chinese-led consortium, are in limbo after Kenyan judges revoked the environmental licence at the end of June. They ruled the authorities had failed to carry out a rigorous environmental assessment and to inform local people of potential impacts.

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Turkey rejects claims it is drilling illegally for gas off Cyprus

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 9:00pm

Ankara hits back at Greek and EU officials and vows to press ahead with offshore operations

Turkey has hit back at Greek and EU officials, denying claims it is acting illegally by drilling for gas in waters off Cyprus.

The country’s foreign ministry criticised EU condemnation of its efforts to tap the region for potentially lucrative energy resources, saying the bloc could not be considered an impartial mediator for the divided island.

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Electric cars could form battery hubs to store renewable energy

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 4:01pm

By 2050, National Grid predicts, 35m electric cars will supply energy when needed

A fleet of 35m electric vehicles could help the UK reach its net-zero carbon target by forming large battery hubs to store renewable energy, according to the country’s energy system operator.

National Grid predicts that by 2050 millions of electric cars will use wind and solar power to charge up within minutes to act as battery packs for when the grid needs more energy.

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NSW deputy premier vows to open up Murray Valley national park to logging

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 11:00am

John Barilaro wants to remove protection by either de-gazetting the entire park or reducing its size

The NSW deputy premier has vowed to introduce legislation to open up a national park in the state’s Riverina region to logging.

John Barilaro wants to remove protection of the 42,000 hectare Murray Valley national park by either de-gazetting the entire park or reducing its size.

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Australia urged to invest in recycling manufacturing after Indonesia sends rubbish back

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 11:00am

Kickstart the domestic market so Asian countries rejecting Australian waste is no longer a problem, industry suggests

Australia could quickly solve the problem of Indonesia and other countries rejecting its waste if governments invested in recycling manufacturing as promised and required the use of recycled material in public projects, industry and environmental groups say.

Jakarta announced on Tuesday it would return 210 tonnes of Australian household rubbish – the latest demonstration of opposition in south-east Asia to receiving exported waste. Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia have each turned back shipments and warned they would not become dumping grounds for developed countries after China banned imports of foreign plastic rubbish.

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