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Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain's seas

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 3:20am

The plastic beads used for filtering sewage are hard to spot and pose a risk to wildlife, according to a new report

Sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans with millions of tiny beads spilling into the seas around the UK, according to a new report.

Dozens of UK wastewater treatment plants use tiny plastic pellets, known as Bio-Beads, to filter chemical and organic contaminants from sewage, according to a study from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition (CPPC).

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Despite Trump, American companies are still investing in renewable energy | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 3:00am

Surveyed corporations stated that Trump’s election had no impact on their decision to buy renewable energy

After the election of Donald Trump, many of us in the climate and energy fields were rightfully fearful. What would happen to international agreements to cut greenhouse gases? What would happen to funding for climate research? What would happen to the green energy revolution?

In most instances, Trump is worse than we could have imagined. But in one special area, Trump may not matter. That is in the growth of corporate purchasing of renewable energy. It turns out there are factors that even Trump cannot stop that make choosing renewable energy an easy decision for many companies.

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What Energy Groups Think Is Wrong With The Clean Power Plan

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 2:01am

The EPA plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to combat climate change. Steve Inskeep talks to lawyer Jeff Holmstead, who represents a group which has challenged the plan in court.

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EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 2:00am

Superfund was initially paid for by taxes on crude oil, chemicals and the companies that created the toxic waste sites. But those taxes expired in 1995, leaving states strapped to find the money.

(Image credit: Joe Wertz/Stateimpact Oklahoma)

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Plastic bottle deposit return scheme could save England's councils £35m a year

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

Cash-strapped councils would save money thanks to reduced littering and landfill charges as well as having less recycling bins to collect, says report

Councils across England could save up to £35m every year if the government introduces a deposit return scheme [DRS] for plastic bottles and other drinks containers, according to a new report.

Earlier this month environment secretary Michael Gove told the Conservative party conference that he would work with the industry to see how the scheme might be implemented in England.

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World will need 'carbon sucking' technology by 2030s, scientists warn

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 7:03pm

New methods to capture and store emissions, such as planting more forests and pumping carbon underground, are currently costly and need testing

As efforts to cut planet-warming emissions fall short, large-scale projects to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere will be needed by the 2030s to hold the line against climate change, scientists have said.

Many new technologies that aim to capture and store carbon emissions, thereby delivering “negative emissions”, are costly, controversial and in the early phase of testing.

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Watchdog slams nuclear cleanup contract that cost public £122m

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 4:01pm

Contract to dispose of material from 12 sites went ‘wrong on a fundamental level’ and led to multimillion pound payouts

The government agency responsible for mishandling a major nuclear cleanup contract – costing the state more than £122m – has been severely criticised by Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

A National Audit Office inquiry into a bungled £6.2bn contract to dispose of material from 12 different nuclear sites has questioned whether the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is capable of understanding procurement rules.

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Fatbergs: 90% of London restaurants are contributing to problem

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 4:01pm

Oil and food scraps are finding their way into pipes and drains as majority of eateries have no grease traps

The vast majority of London restaurants and takeaways are responsible for feeding the fatbergs that are choking the capital’s sewers, according to survey findings that Thames Water called “staggering”.

Ninety per cent of eateries in London are contributing to the problem by failing to install grease traps, the report found. As a result, grease, oil and food scraps washed off plates, utensils and saucepans are finding their way into pipes and drains.

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In California, Wildfires Level Parts Of Santa Rosa

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 1:49pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Santa Rosa County Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal about the wildfires affecting Northern California.

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How Much Can The Repeal Of The Clean Power Plan Help The Declining Coal Industry?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 1:49pm

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has formally begun the process to repeal the Clean Power Plan and coal states are welcoming the action. But the industry is still declining throughout the country.

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California fires: at least 15 killed in 'unprecedented' wine country blaze

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 12:42pm

Wildfires leave 150 missing and destroy 2,000 structures and large swaths of land, as powerful winds fuel ‘an inferno like you’ve never seen before’

At least 15 people have died in northern California after what officials are describing as an “unprecedented” wildfire that has already destroyed 2,000 structures and devastated large swaths of wine country.

“We often have multiple fires going on, but the majority of them all started right around the same time period, same time of night – it’s unprecedented,” Amy Head, the fire captain spokeswoman for Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fire protection, told the Guardian. “I hate using that word because it’s been overused a lot lately because of how fires have been in the past few years, but it truly is – there’s just been a lot of destruction.”

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No more platform No 2s: train toilets to stop emptying on to tracks

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 11:10am

Modern fleets and holding-tank facilities will end dumping of raw sewage on to railway lines

The final flush on train toilets that empty their contents directly on to Britain’s tracks will be pulled in 2019, rail bosses and ministers have promised.

A combination of new trains and retrofitting old stock with modern, holding-tank toilets will end the dumping of raw sewage on the railways.

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Fightback begins over Trump's 'illegal and irresponsible' clean power repeal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 10:20am
  • NY attorney general to sue administration for scrapping Clean Power Plan
  • Major companies including Apple and Google support Obama-era initiative

The US is set for a fresh battle over climate change after the Trump administration moved to tear up the country’s primary policy to lower emissions and stave off dangerous global warming.

Related: 'The war on coal is over': EPA boss to roll back Obama's clean power rules

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Liddell extension would push up power prices, analysts' report says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 10:00am

The Coalition’s other major energy policy of expanding the Snowy hydro scheme would only partially offset the increases, Reputex says

The government’s proposed extension of Liddell power station would push up power prices, with its proposed investment in the “Snowy 2.0” pumped hydro project only partially offsetting the extra costs, analysts have said. .

If the government did nothing, electricity prices would remain elevated and be heavily influenced by the price of gas, according to a report by energy analysis firm RepuTex into the government’s two main initiatives to tackle the energy crisis.

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Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 10:00am

The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology

Tony Abbott titled his London speech on climate change “Daring to Doubt” – a challenge, if you will, to reject mountains of evidence and instead lick your fingers and shove them into the plug socket of denial.

Go on, I dare you.

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Woman, 79, supplying tea to anti-fracking protesters forcibly removed by police

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 9:16am

Jackie Brookes, who had been providing refreshments at Kirby Misperton camp for past month, accuses officers of bullying

A 79-year-old woman who set up a tea and cake stall at the site of an anti-fracking protest in North Yorkshire has been forcibly removed by police.

Related: Slinging mud: inside (and outside) the UK's biggest fracking site

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Ineos compelled to disclose document it used to justify fracking protest injunction

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 5:57am

Petrochemical company backs down after earlier refusal to the Guardian’s request to hand over the legal document

A multinational firm has backed down and disclosed a legal document that it used to justify a controversial sweeping injunction against anti-fracking protesters.

Ineos, which aspires to become one of the UK’s major frackers, had refused to disclose the document after it had been requested by the Guardian under open justice guidelines. However the petrochemical giant has reversed its stance and handed it over to the newspaper.

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Fukushima residents win 500m yen payout over nuclear disaster

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 3:14am

Court rules that Japanese government could have done more to prevent meltdown at plant caused by tsunami

A court in Japan has ordered the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to pay 500m yen (£3.37m) in damages to residents affected by the March 2011 triple meltdown.

The ruling by the Fukushima district court follows an earlier decision that also found the government accountable for the disaster, in which large quantities of radiation was released and tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes.

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Trump White House Reverses Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 2:08am

Rachel Martin talks to former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who helped finalize the Clean Power Plan. She talks to Rachel Martin about the Trump administration's moves to scrap that rule.

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Morning News Brief: Wine Country Fires, Clean Power Plan

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 2:08am

At least 10 people have died in wildfires, forcing residents in wine country north of San Francisco to flee as homes went up in flames. And, the EPA plans to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan.

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