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More than half UK international airports lack free drinking water fountains

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 6:40am

Travellers are left to buy expensive and wasteful plastic bottles of water after passing through security, says consumer website MoneySavingExpert.com


More than half of the UK’s international airports do not have free drinking water fountains installed in their departure lounges, a leading consumer website has revealed.

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How could the UK-US trade deal affect your food? – Q&A

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 5:57am

Chlorinated chicken is the tip of the iceberg. Current EU standards cover everything from conditions for battery hens to antibiotics use in farms, and they are all up for negotiation

The international trade secretary Liam Fox has been in the US for the preliminary stages of thrashing out a trade deal to take effect after the UK leaves the EU. He was asked about the trade in food and agricultural products, which is likely to form a key plank of any deal. Fox on Monday refused to rule out allowing imports of chlorinated chicken, which is banned under EU regulations. Then Michael Gove, secretary of state for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stepped in on Wednesday morning to say that the UK would not permit imports of chlorinated chicken under any new trade rules.

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Tell us what it is like to drive an electric car or van where you live

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 4:01am

The UK plans to ban diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040. With the future looking electric we’d like to hear your driving experiences

From 2040, Britain plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans as part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan.

Related: 'It's the future of motor travel': readers on driving electric vehicles

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Climate change threatens ‘Himalayan Viagra’ fungus, and a way of life

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 4:01am

Valuable fungus, prized as a reputed aphrodisiac, is disappearing due to warming temperatures, reports Climate Home

A Himalayan fungus used in Chinese medicine, which underpins the livelihoods of communities of harvesters in Nepal, is under the threat due to climate change.

Harvesting the Cordyceps sinensis fungus, called ‘yarsha gumba’ in Nepal, provides a livelihood for Himalayan dwellers. The fungus fetches up to Rs 2,800,000 (£20,000) per kg in raw form. During the peak season of yarsha collection, locals drop everything to pursue fungus hunting, including their usual profession. Even schools remain closed during yarsha collecting seasons.

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Trump pulled out the oil industry playbook and players for Paris | Benjamin Franta

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 3:00am

The fossil fuel industry used the same arguments, and even the same people, to block climate policies in the 1990s. We must not let this happen again.

Since President Trump announced on June 1 that the U.S. would cease implementation of the Paris Agreement, pundits have argued about whether the American pullout will truly affect greenhouse gas pollution one way or another, since, after all, the Paris Agreement was not legally binding to begin with.

We don’t know the future, but we do know the past, and here’s something we shouldn’t miss: we’ve seen this before. The same arguments used by President Trump - and even the same people he cited - were used by the oil and gas industry to block climate policies throughout the 1990s, including the United States’ implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. The playbook from twenty years ago is back, and this time we must be ready for it.

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The Costs Of Fighting Wildfires In Montana

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 2:11am

A massive wildfire is burning in Montana. But the money needed to fight the fires is becoming an issue.

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U.K. To Ban Diesel And Gas Cars In 2040

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 2:11am

In an effort to improve air quality, the U.K. government is set to ban the sale of all diesel and gas cars and vans starting in 2040.

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Trump plan could open Giant Sequoia monument to logging

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 2:00am

As the Trump administration continues to roll back protections on public lands, timber industry advocates are pushing to reduce federal defenses for California’s giant trees

For the largest living things standing on the planet, California’s giant sequoias have an unassuming, almost gentle aura to them. The recognizable cinnamon-colored bark is soft and fibrous. Its cones are modest. When cut down, the trees tend to shatter and won’t produce reliably sturdy timber.

These majestic plants have a lineage stretching back to the Jurassic period, but fears over their future have prompted a somewhat counterintuitive plan presented to the Trump administration – in order to save the giant sequoias, some say, their surrounding area must be stripped of protected status.

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Man arrested for smuggling king cobras to the US in crisp canisters

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 1:39am

California man faces up to 20 years in prison after the three live snakes were illegally shipped from Hong Kong

A man has been arrested on federal smuggling charges after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, US prosecutors said.

Rodrigo Franco, 34, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles on a charge of illegally importing merchandise. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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UK-US trade deal would not allow chlorinated chicken imports – Gove

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 1:21am

Environment secretary responds to Liam Fox’s remarks by saying UK would avoid deal requiring it to accept lower standards

The UK would back out of any trade deal that required it to accept lower standards, such as allowing imports of chlorinated chicken from the US, the environment secretary has said, deepening the cabinet split over the issue.

Michael Gove has opposed the suggestion by the trade secretary, Liam Fox, that the UK should be open to the prospect of allowing poultry treated with a chlorine wash process, which is banned by the EU, as part of a trade deal with the US.

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Joyce nominee for Murray-Darling 'a biased choice', SA minister says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/25 - 11:50pm

Deputy PM accused of orchestrating ‘National party takeover’ with nomination of irrigation lobbyist Perin Davey

The intergovernmental war over water management has deepened as it has emerged that Barnaby Joyce has nominated an irrigation lobbyist to the board of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).

Perin Davey worked for Australia’s largest private irrigation company, Murray Irrigation, as the executive manager of corporate affairs until April 2017.

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Ireland's staggering hypocrisy on climate change

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/25 - 11:30pm

The national climate policy is a greenwash – the country is certain to miss its 2020 emissions target and still handing out drilling licences

On the face of it, Ireland appears to be acting on climate change. Last year it appointed its first ever “climate action minister”, and in June it outlawed onshore fracking. What’s more, the telegenic new taoiseach Leo Varadkar dedicated much of the first day of his Cabinet retreat to discussing climate change.

Last week Varadkar introduced Ireland’s first national mitigation plan (NMP) in more than a decade, and said that addressing climate change would “require fundamental societal transformation and, more immediately, allocation of resources and sustained policy change.” If success could be measured simply by repetition – the word “sustainable” appears no fewer than 110 times in the NMP – Ireland would undoubtedly be among the world’s leading countries.

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Exxon, Shell and other carbon producers sued for sea level rises in California

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/25 - 11:00pm

As a trio of lawsuits claim compensation for sea rises resulting from fossil fuel emissions, campaigners say carbon majors must change their business models

Three Californian communities have launched legal action against some of the world’s biggest oil, gas and coal companies, seeking compensation for the current and future costs of adapting to sea level rises linked to climate change.

San Mateo and Marin Counties, coastal communities in northern California, and Imperial Beach, a city in San Diego County, have filed complaints against 37 “carbon majors”, including Shell, Chevron, Statoil, Exxon and Total.

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Pegas reborn: Romania's communist bicycle returns with oomph and style

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/25 - 10:30pm

A proletariat era symbol gets a modern makeover as a nostalgic nation warms up to its iconic bike brand


In communist Romania, almost every child had a Pegas bicycle. In a country cut off from the outside world, the state-owned company’s distinctive bikes were all people knew. However, with the violent end of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s reign in 1989, all that changed.

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Captive by Jo-Anne McArthur: plight of animals in captivity – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/25 - 10:00pm

McArthur’s book of photographs puts the spotlight on ethics of zoos around the world. Accompanied by essays by Born Free Foundation’s Virginia McKenna and philosopher Lori Gruen, the images and stories are also shared online through A Year of Captivity. Images from both projects will be exhibited at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre from 7 to 10 September

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