Friday News Roundup - Domestic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/04/12 - 7:06am

A shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security has left some wondering about the direction of President Trump's immigration policy.

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Tusk Luck: Alaska Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Mammoth Fossil

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/04/12 - 3:43am

An Alaska man and his co-conspirator took a fossilized tusk from a Bureau of Land Management museum. Then, they cut it up and sold off the pieces.

(Image credit: Bob Wick/BLM via Flickr)

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The young Republicans breaking with their party over climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 10:00pm

Millennial Trump supporters are starting to bring scientific reality to their party, but how far are they willing to go?

Donald Trump’s indifference, punctuated by bursts of mocking disdain, towards climate change has been indulged and even cheered by his supporters. The president has called climate science “bullshit”, donned a coalminer’s helmet at rallies and defenestrated federal rules designed to cut planet-warming emissions.

It is becoming harder, however, for Trump to swat away the unfolding crises caused by global warming. American lives are increasingly ravaged by flooding and wildfires and Democrats have seized the initiative with the Green New Deal resolution, which proposes full-scale societal and economic change to eliminate carbon emissions while investing in education, health, transport and a federal jobs guarantee.

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Rio Tinto ready to quit Minerals Council if it doesn't support Paris climate targets

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 8:55pm

Miner expects industry associations to argue against coal subsidies

Rio Tinto has signalled it is prepared to quit its membership of industry associations, including the Minerals Council, if it makes public statements inconsistent with Australia’s Paris climate agreement commitment.

The company published a global statement on Thursday night setting out its expectations of the industry bodies it belongs to about commentary they make on climate policy.

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iSelect ‘misled’ customers over cheapest energy plans, watchdog claims

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 6:48pm

ACCC alleges price comparison website recommended retailers who paid it higher commissions, rather than the best value

The consumer watchdog says price comparison website iSelect misled customers for two years by recommending energy retailers that paid it higher commissions.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alleged on Friday that since at least November 2016, iSelect claimed consumers using its website would benefit from iSelect comparing all energy plans available from its partner retailers in a specific location.

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'A walking conflict of interest': ex-oil lobbyist confirmed to lead US interior department

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 3:36pm

Senate voted 56-41 to approve David Bernhardt’s nomination as critics say he is a ‘walking conflict of interest’

The Senate has voted to confirm David Bernhardt, a former a former oil and gas and water lobbyist, as secretary of the embattled interior department.

Senators voted 56-41 to approve Bernhardt’s nomination to oversee more than 500m acres of public lands and other resources, including national parks, monuments and wildlife refuges.

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One Man's Quest To Protect A Rare Kind Of Hazelnut Tree

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 1:48pm

The hazelnut business is in a bind. Demand is rising, supply is tight, and a deadly fungal disease is constraining production. But one man may have found a solution.

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Alaska's Ice Roads Are Melting Early This Year, With Devastating Consequences

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 1:48pm

In Bethel, Alaska, record warm temperatures mean a frozen river that serves as an ice road is melting early. That's been deadly for some, and is leaving others unable to travel.

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Global warming could create 'greater migratory pressure from Africa'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 11:59am

David Attenborough uses IMF speech to warn of human consequences of inaction on climate change

Europe can expect even greater migratory pressure from Africa unless action is taken to prevent global warming, Sir David Attenborough has said in a strongly worded warning to policymakers that time is running out to save the natural world from extinction.

Speaking at the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, the broadcaster and environmentalist said that on current trends parts of the world would soon become uninhabitable and populations would be be forced to move.

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Trump Signs Executive Orders In Push To Make It Easier To Build Oil And Gas Pipelines

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 6:48am

President Trump issues two executive orders that could make it harder for states to block companies from building oil and gas pipeline projects.

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As Weeds Outsmart The Latest Weedkillers, Farmers Are Running Out Of Easy Options

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 2:12am

In the long-running war between farmers and weeds, it's advantage, weeds. Scientists in Kansas have found examples of the dreaded pigweed that are immune to the newest weed-killing technologies.

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New Mexico Is Divided Over The 'Perfect Site' To Store Nation's Nuclear Waste

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 2:00am

A private company wants to store high-level nuclear waste in a rural corner of New Mexico. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering the proposal, but local support may be a challenge.

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UK government website sends people seeking advice on bees to escort service

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 1:47am

Domain of Bees’ Needs campaign now used by site offering ‘independent escorts’

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has inadvertently been sending members of the public looking for advice on encouraging pollinators to a website advertising escort services.

The Bees’ Needs campaign, launched in 2014 by the then environment minister Lord de Mauley, called on the public to do more to help insect pollinators by growing more nectar-rich flowers, leaving patches of land to grow wild and cutting grass less often.

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Adani: Labor accuses Coalition of using election to duck coalmine questions

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 1:38am

Federal opposition is building a case to review the approval of the mine’s groundwater management plan

Labor is building a case to review the approval of the Adani mine’s groundwater management plan, accusing the government of using the start of the election campaign to avoid scrutiny over whether environment minister Melissa Price’s decision was subject to interference.

Scott Morrison’s decision to call the election on Thursday cut short Senate estimates, which was due to examine Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation witnesses about scientific advice given before the approval.

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Hyundai warns of 'fear-mongering' over electric cars in Australia election

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/10 - 5:35pm

Scott Morrison says ‘Bill Shorten can’t explain what his policies mean to Australians’, but car manufacturers are all moving towards electric vehicles

Hyundai Motor Group says it will sell every electric vehicle it brings to Australia and has “no fear” of the market changing in order to cut carbon pollution.

The carmaker has responded to the political commentary of recent days, which included the prime minister Scott Morrison claiming Labor’s electric vehicle target was a threat to Australians who like to drive SUVs.

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Starbucks spearheads £1m initiative to boost paper cup recycling

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/10 - 4:01pm

Grants of up to £100,000 available to increase number of drop-off points and cut waste

A £1m fund to help expand and improve paper cup recycling facilities across the UK will be launched on Thursday by the coffee giant Starbucks and environmental charity Hubbub.

Local authorities, recycling companies and social enterprises will be invited to bid for grants of up to £100,000 on behalf of their communities to create at least 10 large-scale recycling programmes.

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Climate Change Is Forcing Farmers In Guatemala To Leave Their Land For The U.S.

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/04/10 - 1:46pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jonathan Blitzer of The New Yorker about how climate change is forcing farmers in Guatemala to leave their land and attempt to make it to the United States.

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W.Va. Governor's Family Owes Millions In Mining Violations, Despite Promises To Pay

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/04/10 - 12:44pm

The companies belonging to the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owe millions for mine safety violations. Justice promised to pay the bill when he was running for governor in 2016, but hasn't.

(Image credit: Tyler Evert/AP)

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Australian fashion brands must improve on workers' rights, report says

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/10 - 11:00am

Many brands improve their rating in annual Ethical Fashion survey but some disappoint on human rights and welfare

Australian fashion brands are becoming more transparent about how they make their clothes, but there is still much more to be done on workers’ rights, living wage and environmental impact.

That’s according to the findings in the latest Ethical Fashion report, published by Baptist World Aid, which surveyed more than 130 companies with 480 brands.

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How women can invest more ethically | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/10 - 10:07am
We need to think hard about the kind of future our money is going to support through our investments, writes Mary Stevens of Friends of the Earth. Plus a letter from Margaret Squires

Your article on why women need to start investing to exercise more control over their futures (Why finance is a feminist issue, G2, 9 April) contains much sound advice. However, it neglects an important consideration. If, as Emilie Bellet explains, women are “looking more at where we want to be in 10, 20 or 30 years’ time”, then we also need to think hard about the kind of future our money is going to support. Many women – and men – would be horrified to think that the price for their own security is increased uncertainty and instability across the world, as many funds continue to rely heavily on the fossil fuel and extractive industries. Even so-called ethical funds are often only undertaking basic negative screening, for example ruling out pornography, weapons, tobacco and gambling, but with very little to say on climate risk. The real bottom line is that there is no money to be made on a dead planet.

Happily, this can be a win-win situation. Increasingly, fund managers are recognising the risk of the “carbon bubble” and are starting to shift their own funds. And evidence is growing that over the long term, sustainable investments can outperform the broken business-as-usual market. But this shift won’t happen without ongoing consumer pressure on the financial sector. An influx of motivated women into this space presents an excellent opportunity.

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