This Oil Spill Has Been Leaking Into The Gulf For 14 Years

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/04/10 - 7:10am

In the Gulf of Mexico, an oil spill triggered by a powerful hurricane has been leaking for more than 14 years with no solution in sight. The federal government is stepping in to try and contain it.

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UK police repeatedly delayed review on anti-fracking protests

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/10 - 4:00am

Senior officer in charge of review said he did not realise ‘the scale of work required’

Police chiefs have been criticised after they have repeatedly delayed completing an official review of the way they handle UK anti-fracking protests.

Senior officers promised to launch the review into tactics two years ago amid complaints that police had often used excessive force against campaigners who protested against fracking firms.

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Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 11:00pm

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are reclaimed by nature

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As Dunes Disappear, Fiber Rolls Protect Cape Cod Homes From Coastal Erosion

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 1:21pm

Beachfront homeowner Laura Wing in Sandwich, Mass., says the sand in front of her house is eroding away. Her best option is to create man-made dunes by installing huge fiber rolls along the shore.

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New World Bank chief confirms commitment to environment

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 11:52am

Trump appointee David Malpass says climate change action plan remains a priority

Donald Trump’s choice to run the World Bank has moved swiftly to allay fears that his appointment will lead to a softening of the organisation’s approach to climate change.

In his first day at the helm of the Washington-based institution, David Malpass said helping developing countries cope with global warming would remain central to the bank’s mission.

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Former fire chiefs warn Australia unprepared for escalating climate threat

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 11:09am

Major parties must recognise ‘national firefighting assets’ are needed to fight worsening natural disasters, say fire experts

More than 20 former fire and emergency chiefs from multiple states and territories say Australia is unprepared for worsening natural disasters from climate change and governments are putting lives at risk.

In a statement issued before a federal election date is announced, 23 former emergency services leaders and senior personnel have called on both major parties to recognise the need for “national firefighting assets”, including large aircraft, to deal with the scale of the threat.

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Liberal party Facebook ads falsely claim Labor wants to tax cars

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 11:00am

The ads use Facebook functionality to target users with an interest in particular car brands

The Liberal party is using targeted Facebook ads to falsely claim Bill Shorten wants to tax popular car brands including Holdens, Toyota Hiluxes and other utility vehicles.

The ads – which appeared on Monday – use Facebook ad functionality to target users with an interest in particular vehicle types to make the false claim about Labor’s policy, which includes vehicle emissions standards and a target of 50% of new car sales being electric vehicles by 2030.

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Amazon accused of abandoning 100% renewable energy goal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 6:00am

Slow progress on powering firm’s datacentres using renewables raises questions

Amazon has been accused of abandoning a much-publicised goal of running its datacentres on 100% renewable energy – instead focusing its attention on winning business from the oil and gas industry.

According to a Greenpeace report released earlier this year, some of Amazon’s most important datacentres in the US state of Virginia, where the company has committed to building its second HQ, are powered by only 12% renewable energy. Across the company as a whole, Amazon reached 50% renewable usage in 2018, and has not issued any updates since.

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Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 5:04am

A national movement to ban plastic bags is gaining steam, but these restrictions may actually hurt the environment more than help it.

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UK parliament pension fund takes first step towards fossil fuel divestment

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 3:25am

Exclusive: trustees reconsidering rules of investments to take account of climate change risk

Parliament’s pension fund trustees are to reconsider the rules of their investments to take account of the risk of climate change, in a first for MPs’ finances.

While stopping short of a promise to fully divest from fossil fuels, the pledge by the trustees marks an important first step towards assessing and reducing the effect of the pension fund’s investments – which are ultimately paid for by the taxpayer – on climate change.

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The vigilante shaming influencers for bad behavior in national parks

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/09 - 3:00am

The Instagram account Public Lands Hate You is part of a trend shaming irresponsible behavior on America’s public lands

When California exploded in a “super bloom” of flowers this spring, Instagram exploded with it, as hordes of selfie-taking tourists descended on the delicate florae. Now an anonymous online vigilante is trying to shame influencers who are trampling the plants they claim to love.

On an Instagram account called Public Lands Hate You, the author adds caustic commentary to images of destruction or carelessness, such as a recent shot of a woman presenting a bouquet of recently uprooted poppies. “Here’s a new low,” they wrote. ”Not just trampling. Not just picking flowers. But pulling the entire plant, roots and all, out of the ground! … Someone please make this stupidity stop.” The author noted that the poster was broadcasting the behavior to more than 13,000 followers.

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Seasons of the witch: as women we nurture the riches of earth, food and health

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/04/08 - 8:42pm

The correlation of the feminine to nature, repressive for so long, can be a source of power

In the past few months I have started putting down roots. It’s a cliche but it’s literally what I’m doing. I spend my weekends transforming the tired old lawn into garden beds, layering woodchips, straw and horse shit I’ve shovelled from the paddocks next door into rich soil to grow my lettuces and kale. I have always loved gardening but now, more than ever, working with the earth has taken on an element of the spiritual.

As a teenager, like many suburban white girls, I got way into Wicca, that gentle, nature-centred neo-pagan religion beloved by would-be witches everywhere. Much later, in my early 20s, I revisited witchcraft, finding an unstructured feminine spirituality that helped me make sense of the world.

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Britons throw away 720m eggs a year over best-before date fears

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/04/08 - 4:01pm

Researchers say eggs are often safe to eat long after packaging date passes

Britons are throwing away 720m eggs every year – three times more than in 2008 and at a cost of £139m – according to research.

The scale of waste has been blamed on overcautious consumers relying on best-before dates to decide if eggs are fresh enough to eat, and the growing popularity of vegetarian and “flexitarian” diets has boosted overall sales.

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Weatherwatch: the new forests helping to clean our atmosphere

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/04/08 - 1:30pm

Carbon is being locked in young trees as a result of reforestation across the northern hemisphere

When measures designed to curb climate change have a beneficial effect and result in a greener planet, it is cheering. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been on a relentless upward trend but things would be far worse if countries in the northern hemisphere were not planting forests and restoring natural habitats. Measurements taken over 60 years of the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during the growing season show that, north of the equator, plants are absorbing more carbon than they used to.

Related: Why the Guardian is putting global CO2 levels in the weather forecast

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'Losing Earth' Explores How Oil Industry Played Politics With The Planet's Fate

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/04/08 - 12:39pm

Journalist Nathaniel Rich says the oil industry helped create a partisan debate around climate change in the 1980s by paying scientists to write op-eds questioning climate science.

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Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/04/08 - 10:22am

Wildlife and human health are threatened say scientists as Syngenta accepts ‘undeniable demand’ for change

Pesticides and antibiotics are polluting streams across Europe, a study has found. Scientists say the contamination is dangerous for wildlife and may increase the development of drug-resistant microbes.

More than 100 pesticides and 21 drugs were detected in the 29 waterways analysed in 10 European nations, including the UK. A quarter of the chemicals identified are banned, while half of the streams analysed had at least one pesticide above permitted levels.

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14-Year Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico Could Go On For Decades

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/04/08 - 4:30am

The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that's been going on since 2004 when a hurricane toppled a rig owned by Taylor Energy, a New Orleans-based firm.

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Trump administration sabotages major conservation effort, defying Congress

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/04/08 - 3:00am

Revealed: federal support to research centers cut off as scientists fear years of successful work will go ‘down the drain’

Scientists and officials around the US have told the Guardian that the Trump administration has withdrawn funding for a large, successful conservation program – in direct contradiction of instructions from Congress.

Unique in scale and ambition, the program comprises 22 research centers that tackle big-picture issues affecting huge swaths of the US, such as climate change, flooding and species extinction. They are known as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – or were, because 16 of them are now on indefinite hiatus or have dissolved.

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Pennsylvania governor under scrutiny for role in approving pipeline

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/04/07 - 11:00pm

Tom Wolf’s office has denied he ordered permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which is under criminal investigation for pollution and property damage, to be accelerated

Internal government records obtained by the Guardian raise questions about the role of Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf in permitting construction of a controversial fossil fuel pipeline that now faces two criminal investigations stemming from widespread environmental and property damage.

The 350-mile, $2.5bn Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline through southern Pennsylvania has sparked growing outrage. It has caused roughly 140 documented industrial waste spills into wetlands and waterways, destroying numerous residential water wells, and opening large sinkholes just steps from residents’ homes.

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Toxic air: mother of girl who died from asthma calls on politicians to be braver

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/04/07 - 4:01pm

As Sadiq Khan launches ultra-low emissions zone in London, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah says it is still not enough

The mother of a schoolgirl who died of an asthma attack linked to air pollution has warned time is running out to save other children from a similar plight and called on politicians to do more to tackle the crisis.

On the day mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched the city’s new ultra-low emissions zone (Ulez) to improve deadly air pollution, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah urged others to follow his example and called on him to go even further, faster.

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