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Conservationists slam plans to dump mining waste into Norwegian fjord

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/19 - 3:38am

Norway’s green and unspoilt image is at risk if government agrees to Nordic Mining dumping hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste into a fjord, say campaigners

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Australian government to scrutinise new Japanese whaling plan

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/19 - 12:00am

Greg Hunt promises ‘robust scrutiny’ at International Whaling Commission but gives no commitment to raise issue directly with Japan

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Swollen streams and splashy tracks

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 10:30pm
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British underwater photography competition winners – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 10:00pm

A rare fireworks anemone, a jellyfish and a blue shark feature in the winning images from this year’s British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) competition

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Pacific Islanders sail 11,000km to deliver message of ocean protection

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 9:37pm

A fleet of four Polynesian vaka travelled to Sydney for the World Parks Congress carrying a simple message: the ocean may be vast but it is not limitless, and it needs protecting

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Great white shark pulled from nets off Bondi beach

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 8:51pm

The 2.5m shark was found dead during a routine patrol of the nets at the Sydney beach

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Drought looms in Australia as El Niño edges closer in the Pacific Ocean

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 8:34pm

Bureau of Meteorology predicts a 70% chance of an El Niño by summer’s end, bringing warmer temperatures and lower rainfall across Australia

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François Hollande insists green climate fund must be part of emissions deal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 8:32pm

French president says fund, rejected by Australia, is crucial to bringing developing countries on board to make a legally binding deal

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Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 4:20pm

The controversial project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed to get the approval of Congress.

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Keystone XL: supporters of pipeline bill likely to fall just short in Senate vote

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 3:19pm
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Sen. Landrieu Takes Up Keystone Cause Ahead Of Runoff Election

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 2:43pm

The incumbent Louisiana Democratic Senator is fighting to keep her seat in a December runoff. An identical bill sponsored by her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, has already passed the Senate.

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Elephants are being wiped out, but not enough people seem to care

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 11:32am
Progress on wildlife poaching is slow because there is little public pressure. Let’s hope Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ eco criminals list will help

I asked a senior environmental journalist the other week what he thought was the single most under-reported environmental issue. He replied, unhesitatingly, wildlife poaching. “It’s as if the wildlife is just being hoovered out of Africa,” he said. “In the 1960s people campaigned around whales and wildlife. The Daily Mail actually put rhino poaching on their front page. But now there just doesn’t seem to be the same level of interest.” Dr Paula Kahumbu, a wildlife campaigner based in Kenya, echoes his sentiment, but adds that the UK public is still more active than most areas of the world. “Not a single African leader has spoken out on this,” says Kahumbu. “The silence is deafening.”

The scale of the “hoovering” is hard to comprehend. Take elephants, for example. In Africa, where some but not all of the poaching is concentrated, elephants are being slaughtered at a rate of 20,000-25,000 a year, from a population of just 420,000-650,000. The forest elephant population has dropped by 62% since 2002. There is a word for the killing of elephants (elephanticide) and a word for destruction of the natural world (ecocide) but oddly enough – given our magnificent form in this area – there doesn’t seem to be a word for killing off a whole species. We probably need one.

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Keystone XL pipeline opposition forges 'Cowboys and Indians' alliance

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 10:30am

Native Americans and ranchers in South Dakota are making common cause in their efforts to stop the project to transport oil from Canadian tar sands

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Melbourne councils band together to buy 100GWh of clean energy direct

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 9:46am

Group hopes to kick-start wind and solar projects that have stalled because of uncertainty over the renewable energy target

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The Green Climate Fund is not a charity but an investment in our shared future

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 9:32am

Supporting developing countries, through the GCF, to help reduce their emissions is an essential step in international efforts to tackle climate change

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US-China climate deal's ambition fails to impress India

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 8:34am

Indian think tank says the US-China climate deal is neither historic nor ambitious, and would lead to dangerous temperature rises

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Governments agree 20% hike in bluefin tuna catch

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 8:20am

Apparent recovery of Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks prompts decision by 48 countries to raise fishing quotas for species

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President Obama's climate leadership faces the Keystone XL challenge

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 7:00am

President Obama has shown great leadership in tackling global warming, but his legacy may hinge on Keystone XL

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US and Iranian negotiators in crunch nuclear talks

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 6:14am
Iran’s foreign minister says deal is possible but ‘excessive demands’ by west could derail chances of agreement in Vienna

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