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Oil pipelines can be positive for indigenous people. Here's how | Greg McIvor

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 3:00am

Canadians haven’t heard enough about the positive influence that similar projects have had on many indigenous groups

Like many Canadians, and specifically First Nations, I have been following the news on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion pipeline with interest, and attended a protest in Vancouver back in January 2017. The pipeline expansion is on the ropes. Notwithstanding the government’s decision to nationalise it, its future is in serious doubt.

Related: The Squamish Nation are furious about the pipeline – and we aren't alone

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Justin Trudeau promised to protect indigenous rights. He lied, again | Khelsilem

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 3:00am

One oil spill from the Trans Mountain pipeline would destroy Squamish territory. So much for Trudeau’s promise

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is no ordinary pipeline. This project, which the government of Canada has just decided to nationalise, will travel more than 1,000km from northern Alberta through unspoiled wilderness to end at the port of Vancouver. The port is on the Salish Sea, part of the hereditary territory of the Squamish People. The Salish Sea is home to some of the world’s largest wild salmon runs. Majestic orcas swim in the waters and feed on the abundance.

Related: You may think all First Nations are against pipelines. Think again

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As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 2:02am

As the level of carbon dioxide in the air rises because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how plants are affected. There's evidence that it's changing many important plants we eat.

(Image credit: Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan)

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Tony Abbott tells party he was misled by advisers over Paris climate deal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 12:24am

When the former PM signed in 2015, he said Australia made a ‘definite commitment’

Tony Abbott has claimed he was misled by bureaucrats before he signed Australia up to the Paris international climate agreement in 2015 during another sortie by government conservatives against the national energy guarantee.

Opponents of the government’s energy policy used the opportunity of the regular Coalition party room to resume their attacks on the policy that goes to a critical meeting of state and territory energy ministers in early August.

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Elephant calf born at Western Plains zoo – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 11:24pm

Taronga Western Plains zoo has welcomed a new member into its fold –a female Asian elephant.  The calf was born of Friday 14 June and is now bonding with her mother, Porntip

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‘Huge mistake’: Britain throwing away lead in tidal energy, say developers

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 11:00pm

Nation is a leader in capturing tidal and wave energy, but companies are starting to leave due to lack of government support

Britain is throwing away its opportunity to rule the global wave and tidal energy sector due to lack of government support, a series of leading developers have told the Guardian.

The nation is currently seen as a world leader in capturing renewable energy from the oceans but some companies are already heading for new shores. This is putting other countries, such as France and Canada, in prime position to capitalise on the jobs being created by the emerging industry, the companies say.

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Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing 'miserably’ to address climate change

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 10:00pm

James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action

Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing “miserably” to deal with the worsening dangers.

While Donald Trump and many conservatives like to argue that climate change is a hoax, James Hansen, the 77-year-old former Nasa climate scientist, said in an interview at his home in New York that the relevant hoax today is perpetrated by those leaders claiming to be addressing the problem.

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Foreign donations prop up Australia's endangered parrot response

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 3:19pm

Western ground parrot needs millions spent on it, but volunteers say Coalition is trying to shift costs to not-for-profits

The Turnbull government helped broker a $200,000 agreement for a German not-for-profit to fund conservation work for a critically endangered Australian parrot, bolstering criticism it is shifting the cost of protecting threatened species to community and philanthropic organisations.

The western ground parrot is one of only three ground nesting parrots found in Australia and is one of 20 birds the government has committed to helping as part of its threatened species strategy.

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Should we be worried about surging Antarctic ice melt and sea level rise? | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 3:00am

Short answer: maybe

There’s recently been a spate of sea level rise denial in the conservative media, but in reality, sea level rise is accelerating and melting ice is playing an increasingly large role. In the first half of the 20th Century, average global sea level rose by about 1.4 millimeters per year (mm/yr). Since 1993, that rate has more than doubled to 3.2 mm/yr. And since 2012, it’s jumped to 4.5 mm/yr.

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Zillow Data Used To Project Impact Of Sea Level Rise On Real Estate

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 1:59am

A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists examined how real estate values were affected in 23 coastal states. Florida has the most to lose, according to the research.

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UK pension funds get green light to dump fossil fuel investments

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 11:26pm

Government directive means trustees will be able to push harder for green investments

Managers of the £1.5tn invested in Britain’sworkplace pension schemes are to be given new powers to dump shares in oil, gas and coal companies in favour of long-term investment in green and “social impact” opportunities.

Government proposals published on Monday are designed to give pension fund trustees more confidence to divest from environmentally damaging fossil fuels and put their cash in green alternatives if it meets their members’ wishes. Until now many pension trustees have been hamstrung by fiduciary duties that they feel requires them to seek the best returns irrespective of the threat of climate change.

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Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 10:00pm

Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years

Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years.

The swelling oceans are forecast repeatedly to soak coastal residences collectively worth $120bn by 2045 if greenhouse gas emissions are not severely curtailed, experts warn. This will potentially inflict a huge financial and emotional toll on the half a million Americans who live in the properties at risk of having their basements, backyards, garages or living rooms inundated every other week.

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Money for old socks: John Lewis to buy back clothes to cut waste

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 10:00pm

Retailer offers incentive to send back worn and unwanted items instead of binning them

John Lewis is to buy back worn and unwanted clothing from its customers – including underwear and old socks – in a UK industry first that aims to reduce the 300,000 tonnes of fashion waste going into landfill each year.

Customers can arrange through an app to have any unwanted clothing that they bought from John Lewis collected from their home, and they will be paid for each item regardless of its condition.

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Country diary: bottlenose dolphin attack shatters Flipper illusions

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 9:30pm

Chanonry Point, Moray Firth: These cetaceans kill their porpoise cousins. Do they see them as competition for food? Or are they just killing for sport?

There are occasions when nature shatters our cosy assumptions. Last week we were watching the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) on the Moray Firth, much loved by tourists because they come so close to shore. They flip and leap, roll and dive, singly or in pods of a dozen or more, only a few yards from camera-clicking visitors thronging the shingle spit.

The dolphins gather in the Chanonry narrows to feast on salmon migrating upstream to spawn. We often see salmon being flung high in the air and swallowed whole. A feeding spectacle. We know dolphins eat fish and we are comfortable with it. But what we witnessed in front of our lenses that day spun us into shock. Forget film-star Flipper, forget frolicking Fungie in Dingle Bay, forget chummy Sebastian in Disney’s Shark Tale – these Moray Firth dolphins are killers.

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Cambridge zoology museum to reopen

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 4:01pm

Sir David Attenborough to tour new premises that showcase the extinct moa bird’s feathers

When Sir David Attenborough opens the University of Cambridge’s zoology museum this week, the proud curators will show him their fabulous discovery.

It’s fair to say the casual visitor might wonder why they are so excited by the scruffy frame containing a few cobwebby grey-brown wisps, discovered during a £4.1m redevelopment of the museum.

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An unconventional gas boom: the rise of CSG in Australia

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 11:00am

In two decades coal seam gas has come to account for 30% of gas production. Here’s how the picture varies state to state

• ‘Not safe, not wanted’: is the end of NT fracking ban a taste of things to come?

Australia’s production of coal seam gas has risen exponentially since 1995, going from zero to 30% of the country’s overall gas production in 2015-16.

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Australian firms told to catch up on climate change risk checks

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 11:00am

New report says Australian companies lag behind international organisations

Australian companies are not doing enough work to model the risks of climate change and how it will affect their profitability, a new report by a thinktank says.

Progressive thinktank the Centre for Policy Development says that while most companies have committed to considering what climate change and the Paris climate agreement means for their business strategy, too few have begun using scenario analysis techniques to model what its impacts could be and how to respond to it.

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'Not safe, not wanted': is the end of NT fracking ban a taste of things to come?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 11:00am

The NT government has lifted its fracking moratorium despite fierce opposition, reflecting the war of attrition being waged by gas companies

• An unconventional gas boom: the rise of CSG in Australia

When the Northern Territory government announced a moratorium on fracking in 2016, it was a victory for those fighting the expansion of the unconventional gas industry.

That elation was replaced with shock and disappointment in April, when the chief minister, Michael Gunner, said the practice could resume following a 15-month scientific inquiry.

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Siemens pilots the use of ammonia for green energy storage

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 6:01am

Firm hopes to better conventional batteries to store renewably generated power

A chemical compound commonly used to boost crop yields could be the answer to helping the world increase its consumption of renewable energy.

In a world first, Siemens is opening a £1.5m pilot project in Oxfordshire employing ammonia as a new form of energy storage.

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Surfers Against Sewage ride the wave of the 'Harry and Meghan effect'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 5:14am

In nearly 30 years, a bunch of surfers concerned about pollution have become a serious marine conservation force. An unexpected royal patronage has given them more funding and greater reach than ever to fight plastic pollution

Despite its eye-catching name, Surfers Against Sewage probably owes its existence to plastic. “The advent of panty-liners meant you could really see sewage slicks. Condoms, panty-liners and other plastic refuse made for a visceral, and visual, reminder of pollution,” Chris Hines, surfer and co-founder of this small charity in Cornwall, recalled in Alex Wade’s book, Surf Nation.

Sick of ear, throat and gastric infections, he and others called a meeting in St Agnes village hall. A who’s who of the most committed, passionate surfers in Cornwall – and just about the whole village – turned out. It was 1990 and Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) was born.

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