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Balkan dam boom threatens Europe’s last wild waterways

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/02/20 - 3:02am

Environmental concerns have pushed one flagship dam project to the brink of cancellation but a ‘gold rush on the rivers’ of south-east Europe puts these unique ecosystems and their wildlife, including the critically endangered Balkan lynx, in jeopardy

More is known about rivers in the Amazon than Europe’s last wild waterways in the Balkans. But these unique ecosystems in south-east Europe could soon be gone, along with endangered species such as the balkan lynx, if plans for over 2,000 dams go ahead, conservationists warn.

Western financial institutions have ploughed hundreds of millions of dollars into building dams in the region, arguing that hydropower is a green energy source that offers poor countries a way out of energy insecurity.

What’s so unique about the Vjosa is not just that the river itself is intact but that its tributaries are too

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Green news roundup: Siberian tigers, divestment and fox hunting

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/02/20 - 2:31am

The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inbox

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David Attenborough calls on Chinese president to end ivory trade

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 11:00pm

Broadcaster joins a host of celebrities, MPs and conservationists who have signed an open letter to China’s president Xi Jinping urging him to act now to save African elephants from extinction, ahead of Prince Willam’s visit next month

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Goldcrests and firecrests flicker with energy

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 10:30pm
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The UK must fight for better World Bank environment policy

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 3:01pm

Proposed changes to Bank safeguards described as “dismantling 30 years of policy evolution”

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World's biggest PR firm calls it quits with American oil lobby – reports

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 1:24pm

Edelman public relations ends relationship with American Petroleum Institute despite contract that at times was worth more than 10% of firm’s global revenue

The world’s largest public relations firm is ending its lucrative relationship with America’s powerful oil lobby – after more than a decade and at least $327m in billings.

Circumstances of the divorce between Edelman public relations and the American Petroleum Institute (API) were not immediately clear.

Related: Climate changeable: waffling lands PR firm Edelman in hot water

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New hopes that tar sands could be banned from Europe

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 10:13am

Landmark EU fuel quality directive gets a reprieve, opening the way for more-polluting tar sands oil to be taxed at a higher rate effectively pricing it out of the market

A landmark directive with the potential to ban tar sands oil from Europe has been reprieved, the Guardian has learned.

The EU’s most senior energy official confirmed that the fuel quality directive (FQD) to encourage greener road fuels will not be scrapped at the end of the decade, as had been thought.

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Can You Hear Nature's Sounds?

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 7:48am

Our lives are now so noisy that we're at risk of shutting out nature's beautiful sounds, a new study shows. Anthropologist Barbara J. King invites us to be still and listen to the world.

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Can You Hear Nature's Sounds?

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 7:48am

Our lives are now so noisy that we're at risk of shutting out nature's beautiful sounds, a new study shows. Anthropologist Barbara J. King invites us to be still and listen to the world.

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Ukip candidate asks: what happens when renewable energy runs out?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 7:14am

Victoria Ayling, who is standing for election in Grimsby, says she meant to say renewable energy subsidies

What happens when renewable energy runs out?

Victoria Ayling, Ukip’s parliamentary candidate for Great Grimsby in Lincolnshire, posed the rhetorical question during a Question Time-style debate in Cleethorpes this week, prompting “guffawing” from the audience, according to a local newspaper report. The question went viral when the Guardian’s Alberto Nardelli tweeted:

"What happens when renewable energy runs out?" - Victoria Ayling, Ukip's candidate for Great Grimsby pic.twitter.com/29EW5nuxvM

#ukip #grimsby When I asked what happens when subsidies for renewable energy run out I am insulted by Lib/Lab/Con/Grn pact but none answered

@VAylingUKIP I explained clearly that subsidies reduce as an industry matures, giving solar PV as an example. Did you not listen?

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Harvard prepares to fight fossil fuel divestment case in court

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 4:46am

World’s richest university will appear in court on Friday to seek dismissmal of lawsuit brought by students calling for it to pull investments out of coal, oil and gas companies

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World's coral reefs face major bleaching event this year, US agency warns

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 2:08am

Worldwide bleaching of coral would be only third such event in recent history, driven by high ocean temperatures caused by global warming, RTCC reports

2015 could see coral bleaching on a global scale for the third time in history – and the first in the absence of an El Niño.

That is the latest prediction from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), which has just launched a model to forecast threats facing the colourful reefs.

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Energy-saving oven law gets warm welcome from celebrity chefs and WI

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 11:01pm

As new EU rules come into force phasing out low-quality ovens and hobs, poll shows 87% of Britons back measures for more energy efficient appliances

The Women’s Institute and Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens have thrown their support behind new EU rules to cut energy waste from ovens and hobs, saying they will cut emissions and bills.

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Iridescent sea gooseberry turns castaway on the sands

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 10:30pm

Seaburn beach, Sunderland: Left behind was a shining blob, a comb jelly, as transparent as glass, looking like a bloated airship

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Record number of sea lion pup strandings blamed on warmer ocean

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 8:47pm

More than 900 hungry infants rescued along California coast as mothers fail to return soon enough from difficult hunt for fish, say US scientists

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Siberian tiger video suggests species is returning to China, conservationists say

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 5:01pm

Video of a mother tiger and her cubs is a sign the endangered Siberian tiger could be making a comeback in China after it was largely wiped out over 65 year ago

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Canadian mounties' secret memo casts doubt on climate change threat

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 9:51am

Intelligence report identifies anti-petroleum movement as a threat to Canadian security and suggests those concerned with climate consequences occupy political fringe

The US security establishment views climate change as real and a dangerous threat to national security. But Canada takes a very different view, according to a secret intelligence memo prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The memo, stamped “Canadian eyes only”, repeatedly casts doubt on the causes of climate change – the burning of fossil fuels – and its potential threat.

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Deep in the Siberian taiga, on the trail of Russia's elusive tigers

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 8:36am

More than 2,000 people are combing Russia’s far east for signs of the elusive wild cats to find out whether efforts to reverse their decline have been a success

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Has the Hunting Act stopped cruelty towards foxes?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 6:33am

It’s 10 years since fox hunting was banned in the UK but the battle lines are still drawn, with hunters saying the law has failed and should be repealed, while animal welfare groups hail its success

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W.Va. Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions About Newer Tankers

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 3:12am

Authorities are investigating what caused a freight train hauling crude oil to derail and explode into flames. The rail cars that ruptured were newer tankers designed to be more puncture resistant.

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