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Floods and devastation in India, Nepal and Bangladesh – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 11:00pm

Hundreds of people have been killed and millions displaced across the region as rescue missions set up shelters and strive to get food and water to victims

Nearly 250 people have died in the last few days as a result of flooding and landslides that have devastated parts of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Millions of people have been displaced across the region, and 245 people are recorded to have been killed by collapsed buildings or by drowning.

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Fish mistaking plastic debris in ocean for food, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 10:30pm

Behavioural evidence suggests marine organisms are not just ingesting microplastics by accident but actively seeking them out as food

Fish may be actively seeking out plastic debris in the oceans as the tiny pieces appear to smell similar to their natural prey, new research suggests.

The fish confuse plastic for an edible substance because microplastics in the oceans pick up a covering of biological material, such as algae, that mimics the smell of food, according to the study published on Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Adani $900m rail line loan should be ruled out after fraud allegations, opponents say

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 7:09pm

Consideration of loan described as ‘untenable’ after allegations hundreds of millions siphoned into tax havens

The government should immediately suspend any consideration of a federal loan to Adani or an any associated entity, environmental groups have said in response to the Guardian’s reporting on Wednesday about fraud allegations faced by Adani in India.

The Adani Group allegedly fraudulently siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars from India into tax havens – a practice enabled by Indian government tax breaks. Details of the allegations, and documents from India’s directorate of revenue intelligence, have been published by the Guardian today.

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Adani mining giant faces financial fraud claims as it bids for Australian coal loan

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 3:57pm

Exclusive: Allegations by Indian customs of huge sums being siphoned off to tax havens from projects are contained in legal documents but denied by company

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A global mining giant seeking public funds to develop one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia has been accused of fraudulently siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars of borrowed money into overseas tax havens.

Indian conglomerate the Adani Group is expecting a legal decision in the “near future” in connection with allegations it inflated invoices for an electricity project in India to shift huge sums of money into offshore bank accounts.

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Scientists Move To Establish Wildlife Preserve At Guantanamo Bay

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 1:29pm

In the 15 years since the Guantanamo Bay detention camp was established to house suspected terrorists, a green buffer surrounding the facility to keep out the world has reverted back to the wild. Now some scientists would like to turn it into a protected research area.

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Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 12:01pm

New research suggests there is space on the open ocean to farm essentially all the seafood humans can eat — and then some. But such volumes of fish and shellfish could not be grown without costs.

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Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 12:01pm

New research suggests there is space on the open ocean to farm essentially all the seafood humans can eat — and then some. But such volumes of fish and shellfish could not be grown without costs.

(Image credit: Maxim Zmeyev/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rare Canadian oriole to fly thousands of miles back home – on passenger jet

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 11:25am
  • Bullock’s oriole who ended up in Ottawa to fly home on Air Canada flight
  • Small orange-plumed female first spotted in capital in late 2015

Nearly two years ago, she was spotted perched on an apple tree in Ontario – thousands of miles from her natural habitat – capturing the attention of birdwatchers across Canada.

Now a Bullock’s oriole who ended up in the Ottawa area is set to finally fly home to western North America – in the passenger cabin of an Air Canada flight.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 10:37am

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 10:37am

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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Science, Solitude And The Sacred On The Appalachian Trail

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 9:47am

There is no greater source for science, for the inspiration to do science, than the wild; that is where the sense of sacredness at the root of science's aspiration lives, says blogger Adam Frank.

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Greenland Is Still Burning, But The Smoke May Be The Real Problem

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 8:02am

Wildfires are still burning in western Greenland, close to the Arctic island's ice sheet. As the fires burn, they release black particles that can coat the ice and snow, and make it melt more quickly.

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Bolivia approves highway through Amazon biodiversity hotspot

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 5:26am

National park which is home to thousands of indigenous people loses protected status to allow for construction of 190-mile road

Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway which would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly indigenous people.

President Evo Morales enacted the new law opening the way for the 190-mile (300km) road through the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park, known as Tipnis, its Spanish acronym . The road will divide the park in two and strip it of the protections won in 2011 when a national march by thousands of protesters ended in clashes with the police and forced the government to change its position.

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Sheffield tree-felling opponents vow to fight on after court setback

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 4:44am

Judge imposes orders barring councillor and others from taking unlawful direct action against tree-felling programme

Campaigners trying to halt a “politically controversial” tree-felling programme in Sheffield have vowed to continue their fight despite losing a high court battle with council bosses.

A judge on Tuesday made orders barring residents from taking “unlawful direct action” to prevent the lawful felling of roadside trees. It is the latest development in a long-running row that last week prompted an intervention by the environment secretary, Michael Gove.

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Australia's gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supply

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 9:05pm

Santos wipes more than $1bn from its LNG plant in Queensland – just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation

Australia’s natural gas export boom, which is causing soaring gas prices and pushing up carbon emissions, appears to be rapidly shedding value.

Santos wiped more than $1bn off the value of its liquefied natural gas plant in Queensland on Tuesday, just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation.

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Trump Administration Takes Key Step To Rolling Back Auto Fuel Standards

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 1:28pm

The Trump administration has opened a 45-day comment period ahead of proposed changes to Obama-era EPA rules for greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light trucks.

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Australian coal-power allowable pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 11:00am

Environmental Justice Australia report says Australian coal-fired power plants regularly exceed lax limits imposed on them

Australian coal-fired power stations are allowed to produce levels of toxic air pollution that would be illegal in the US, Europe and China, and may exceed even the lax limits imposed on them with few or no consequences, according to an investigation by Environmental Justice Australia.

The report reveals evidence that operators of coal power plants in Australia have been gaming the systems that monitor the deadly pollution, while others have reported figures the federal government says are not reliable.

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Shell and Exxon face censure over claim gas was 'cleanest fossil fuel'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 9:14am

Dutch advertising watchdog’s ruling prompts company to change line to ‘least polluting fossil fuel’ as campaigners welcome action over ‘misleading’ ad

The Dutch advertising watchdog will on Tuesday censure Shell and Exxon for claiming that natural gas was “the cleanest of all fossil fuels” in an advert earlier this year.

It will be the second time this summer that the Netherlands advertising standards board has ruled against the fossil fuels industry, after it slapped down Statoil in June for calling gas a “clean energy” and “low emissions fuel”.

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Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 8:41am

A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides can harm wild bees, like bumblebees.

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Pesticides could wipe out bumblebee populations, study shows

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 8:16am

Neonicotinoid drastically cuts egg-laying by queens, affecting their ability to start new colonies and increasing chances of local extinction, say scientists

A controversial pesticide can potentially wipe out common bumblebee populations by preventing the formation of new colonies, research has shown.

The neonicotinoid chemical thiamethoxam dramatically reduces egg-laying by queen bumblebees, say scientists.

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