Environment

Largest ever group of global investors call for more action to meet Paris targets

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 10:00am

The group of 414 institutional investors with $31 trillion under management say governments must take serious steps to cut emissions

The largest ever group of institutional investors has called on governments around the world to urgently increase their efforts to meet the Paris climate change agreement goals.

The 414 global investors - which represent US$31 trillion of assets-under-management - say they are deeply concerned about the “ambition gap” that exists between governments’ commitments and what is needed to limit the global temperature increase to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

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Fire-Resistant Is Not Fire-Proof, California Homeowners Discover

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 5:52am

California has some of the strictest building codes in the country for homes built in areas with wildfire risk. But recent fires show that even the most fire-resistant homes will burn.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

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How A Shorter Sea Ice Season Is Changing Life In The Arctic

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 5:52am

Climate change is so dramatic in northern Alaska that the effects on hunting and erosion are very real to people who've lived their whole lives there.

(Image credit: Ravenna Koenig / Alaska's Energy Desk)

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Man in serious condition after shark attack on NSW mid-north coast

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 4:33pm

Man surfing at Nambucca Heads receives five deep lacerations to his leg when he is bitten by a shark

A man in his 30s is in a serious condition after a shark attack on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

The man received five deep lacerations to one of his lower legs when he was bitten by a shark at Nambucca Heads after 7am on Sunday, an ambulance spokesman said.

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Next election test of leadership on climate and the environment

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 2:11pm

Centrist voters are increasingly placing a priority on these issues at a federal level, according to research

The next election could shape up as an important contest for centrist voters who consider climate and environmental concerns as a test of leadership according to leading social researcher Rebecca Huntley.

Huntley says her work increasingly shows voters broadly connect environmental issues such as climate change, energy, clean air and water, food security and waste with capacity for leadership.

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Airlines ignoring efficient planes in blow to carbon targets – study

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 4:00am

TUI Airways comes top of 2018 Atmosfair Airline Index while Virgin Atlantic ranks 83rd

Airlines are failing to take up the most efficient planes in sufficient numbers to make a significant dent in their carbon dioxide emissions, a new study has found.

The most efficient new aircraft models, such as the Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 and A320neo, can achieve substantial carbon savings over older models, but no airlines have invested sufficiently in the new types to reach the top levels of energy efficiency, according to a ranking by Atmosfair, a German NGO.

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'We live in a lobstocracy': Maine town is feeling the effects of climate change

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 4:00am

When lobsters are life, environmental change affects livelihoods, and warming waters will ultimately bust the lobster industry

The American lobster is a symbol of Maine, central to the state’s ethos and economy.

Its image appears on license plates, restaurant signs and clothing. It is sold alive, with its claws banded shut, on docks, at highway rest stops and supermarkets. Cooked, it is served everywhere from seaside shacks to the finest restaurants.

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'It's a sad reality': a troubling trend sees a 97% decline in monarch butterflies

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 11:00pm

In the 1980s, roughly 4.5 million monarchs wintered in California, but at last count, there may be as few as 30,000

The hillside groves of eucalyptus trees that tower over the Santa Cruz shoreline would, not so long ago, be teeming with monarch butterflies at this time of year.

Boughs would be bent under the weight of black and orange clusters, as hundreds of thousands of the magical invertebrates nestled into the leaves, waiting out the frost on the California coast before returning north.

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After Devastating Fire, Ventura Residents Push To Get Back Home For The Holidays

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 2:30pm

"My wife is absolutely obsessed that she's ready for Christmas," Ed Fuller says. "Last Christmas, we sort of lost."

(Image credit: Stephanie O'Neill for NPR)

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World's First Insect Vaccine Could Help Bees Fight Off Deadly Disease

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 12:45pm

American foulbrood is an infectious disease that devastates honeybee hives. Scientists say they've created a vaccine for it, despite a big hurdle: Bees don't have antibodies.

(Image credit: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

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Nobel laureates dismiss fears about genetically modified foods

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 10:46am

Winners of chemistry prize say excessive concerns could limit scientific progress

Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology.

Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Monday’s presentation of the prize.

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Any Trump infrastructure deal must tackle climate change, Democrats warn

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 9:55am
  • Trump seeking $1bn package to upgrade road, rail and bridges
  • Senator Chuck Schumer issues condition for Democrat support

Democrats will only support an infrastructure deal with Donald Trump if it includes measures to combat climate change, the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, has warned.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post and a letter to Trump, the New York Democrat said that his party “will have an extraordinary opportunity to force action on climate change” after taking control of the House of Representatives in the recent midterm elections.

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 9:06am

Who among us has not thought to sail through international waters, blaring our national anthem?

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:33am

An African wild dog preparing for a hunt and a male mimic poison frog transporting a tadpole are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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UK children face winter health crisis due to pollution, say doctors

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:09am

Toxic air and cold weather could create deadly conditions and stretch NHS, medics say

Thousands of children are facing hospital this winter as cold weather and the UK’s air pollution crisis combine to create potentially deadly conditions for young people, doctors have warned.

The Royal College of Paediatricians, the Royal College of Physicians and children’s charity Unicef say that the UK’s toxic air and cold weather will leave a huge number of children extremely vulnerable this winter, creating an “overlooked” emergency for an already stretched NHS.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:06am

Flynn-sanity. Also, other news.

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Jessi Arrington: How Can Thrifting Clothes Help The Environment — And Your Style?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

Fast fashion is wreaking havoc on the environment. That's why Jessi Arrington makes a point of (almost) never buying anything new. She explains how she builds a sustainable wardrobe that looks great.

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David Katz: How Can We Address Ocean Plastic Pollution And Poverty At The Same Time?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

Millions of tons of plastic flow into the ocean each year. David Katz's Plastic Bank helps turn off the tap — and gives the poor an income source — creating a circular economy around plastic waste.

(Image credit: Russell Edwards/TED)

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Kate Orff: How Can Oysters Revive New York City's Waterways?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

Oysters filter water, their shells form protective reefs and habitats, and regenerate into more oyster shells. Kate Orff uses oysters to revive depleted ecosystems — like those around New York City.

(Image credit: James Duncan Davidson/TED)

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Tristram Stuart: Can Feeding Scraps To Livestock Help Tackle The Food Waste Crisis?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

Our industrial food system is doing serious damage to our planet and food waste is a rampant problem. Tristram Stuart offers one strategy to combat food waste: cook scraps and feed them to livestock.

(Image credit: Dafydd Jones/TED)

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