Locals Support Trump's Decision To Allow Drilling In Alaska's Arctic Refuge

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 1:33pm

The Trump administration will soon let oil companies bid on land to drill in Alaska's Arctic Refuge. Despite decades of opposition, many in the refuge's one small village think it will bring opportunity.

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Trump to claim US is environmental leader in spite of ripping up protections

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 11:38am

Exclusive: On Monday president will likely tout America’s clean air and water, even though he’s rescinded rules to cut pollution

Donald Trump plans to go on the offensive against criticism of his industry-friendly rollbacks of environment protections in a speech on Monday, according to three sources familiar with the plans.

Trump will tout America’s clean air and water, although his administration has advanced many efforts that experts say have undercut the country’s environmental record.

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California sunflower farmers ask visitors to stop trampling fields for selfies

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 10:57am

‘Selfie seekers’ are causing ‘noticeable concern and damage’ to several properties, according to sheriff’s department

Farmers in one California county are asking visitors to stop taking selfies in their scenic sunflower fields and be more respectful of their crop.

“Selfie seekers” are causing enough “noticeable concern and damage” to several properties that the Solano county sheriff’s department posted a warning about the issue on social media.

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Brazil sent one million salmonella-infected chickens to UK in two years

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 8:06am

A fifth of Brazilian chicken exports are contaminated with the potentially life-threatening food poisoning bug salmonella

Brazil is the largest exporter of frozen chicken in the world, exporting $750m-worth of the meat to Europe last year. But about one in five of its birds are contaminated with the food poisoning bug salmonella.

An investigation by the Guardian, Repórter Brasil and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found that thousands of tonnes of salmonella-contaminated chicken have been exported from Brazil during the past two years, including more than one million birds sent to the UK.

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As Oil Drilling Nears In Arctic Refuge, 2 Alaska Villages See Different Futures

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 4:00am

The Trump administration will soon let oil companies bid on land to drill in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Some Alaska Natives fear harm to migrating caribou, others see opportunity.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Harball/Alaska's Energy Desk)

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Gas and oil firms reclassified under non-renewables on LSE

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 3:26am

Trade group says change may have opposite intended effect towards low carbon future

Oil and gas companies listed on the London Stock Exchange have been reclassified under a non-renewable energy category in a move designed to distinguish between heavily polluting companies and greener producers.

The change has been made by the index provider FTSE Russell, which now groups companies such as BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Cairn Energy, Petrofac, Premier Oil and Tullow Oil, formerly labelled oil and gas producers, in the non-renewable energy sector. Coal companies, previously classified under basic materials/mining, also now come under non-renewable energy.

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Ten common myths about bike lanes – and why they're wrong

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 11:00pm

From congestion to cost, there are many entirely misguided arguments in circulation

Cycle lanes have been in the news recently, as have the many often entirely misguided arguments that opponents use against them.

For all the (slight) progress in some UK cities over mass cycling, we are still at a stage where a leaflet from a local branch of the party of government (see below) will state falsehoods about bike lanes as if they were the undoubted truth.

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Baked Alaska: record heat fuels wildfires and sparks personal fireworks ban

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 11:00pm

Anchorage sees 80F weather with nearly 120 fires blazing across the state

Record-breaking heat across Alaska is pushing tourists to beaches, and sending flames across the unseasonably hot, dry state.

Anchorage experienced higher than average temperatures nearly every day of June, reaching a balmy 80F on days that once maxed out at a mild 67.

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US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 9:01pm

US represents 4% of the world’s population but produces 12% of municipal solid waste, a stark contrast with China and India

The US produces far more garbage and recycles far less of it than other developed countries, according to a new analysis by the global risk consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft.

The figures emerge as the world faces an escalating waste crisis driven largely by plastics piling up in developing countries and the oceans. The US is at a crossroads as China and other developing countries refuse to continue to accept its waste, the report authors say.

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'The nation's sweetheart': Thailand falls in love with orphaned baby dugong

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 6:22pm

Marium, who is five months’ old, was rescued off Thailand’s southern Krabi province after she was separated from her mother

She eats sea grass, drinks milk from a rubber glove, snuggles up to passing canoes and frequently beaches herself. But these idiosyncrasies have not stopped an entire nation from falling in love with her.

Thailand has a new national sweetheart – an orphaned baby dugong called Marium.

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After 6-Year Battle, Florida Couple Wins The Right To Plant Veggies In Front Yard

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 3:22pm

A 2013 zoning ordinance threatened Hermine Ricketts with a $50 fine each day for the garden she had tended for years. So she pulled it up — and got a lawyer.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

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Temps Have Topped 120 In India. How Are They Coping With The Heat Wave?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 11:43am

The changing climate is especially brutal in India. Temperatures are soaring. Asphalt roads are melting. People are dying.

(Image credit: Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Tory MPs set out green manifesto urging more eco-friendly policies

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 11:06am

Fracking ban and new environment act among influential group’s suggestions

Fracking should be banned, the UK must take global leadership on the climate emergency and a royal commission should decide how to build homes in an environmentally sustainable manner, an influential group of Conservative MPs has said.

The Conservative Environment Network (CEN) set out a manifesto on Tuesday that they said must govern the UK’s policies to prevent climate catastrophe and allow for greener economic growth. Among the 41 MPs who signed up to the pledges, which include a call for a new environment act, are senior figures such as Sir Nicholas Soames, Sir Oliver Letwin, Greg Hands, Caroline Spelman, Richard Benyon and Zac Goldsmith.

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Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 11:00am

Liquefied natural gas developments on a collision course with Paris agreement, Global Energy Monitor says

The booming liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will play at least as big a role as new coal investments in bringing on a climate crisis if all planned projects go ahead, US-based energy analysts and campaigners say.

The report by the Global Energy Monitor appears at odds with comments by Australia’s emissions reduction minister, Angus Taylor, who has said the country could be proud that the rapidly expanding LNG export industry was displacing coal power overseas.

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Nuclear power is helping to drive the climate crisis | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 9:43am
Linda Rogers says the CBI has its head in the sand over nuclear reactors and Iain Climie wants politicians prepared to fund action to combat the climate emergency

Has the Confederation of British Industry got its head in the sand, or in the record levels of carbon-intensive concrete just poured at the Hinkley C nuclear site (Build more nuclear reactors to help climate crisis, says CBI, 28 June)? Nuclear power, apart from destroying biodiversity throughout its life cycle, produces up to 37 times the CO2 emissions of renewable energy sources, owing partly to the mining and refining of uranium. The impact of this process on people and the environment is not included in the rationale for nuclear power in the UK.

As the CBI looks for investment from abroad, UK taxpayers will pick up the bill for the likely time and cost overruns of new nuclear build under the regulated asset-based funding proposals so welcomed by the CBI. Nuclear has failed to achieve the investment needed so far because it is no longer seen as economically viable. Even Hitachi (one of the world’s largest multinationals) cannot magic Wylfa Newydd into a commercially viable business. In January this year, Hitachi announced it had failed to squeeze the UK government for the very high levels of subsidies desired by large investors upfront for Wylfa. Nobody can afford the costs or the many risks attached to building new nuclear power stations.
Linda Rogers
PAWB (Pobl Atal Wylfa B/People Against Wylfa B)

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Enforcement of food and drug safety regulations nosedives under Trump

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 9:34am

Number of ‘warning letters’ sent by FDA has fallen by 33% compared with the most recent equivalent period under Obama

The US regulator of food and drug safety has seen steep declines in several markers of enforcement under the Trump administration, according to a new analysis in the journal Science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sends “warning letters” for tainted food, improperly advertised dietary supplements or even violations of human subjects’ protections in clinical trials.

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Climate change made European heatwave at least five times likelier

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 6:21am

Searing heat shows crisis is ‘here and now’, say scientists, and worse than predicted

The record-breaking heatwave that struck France and other European nations in June was made at least five – and possibly 100 – times more likely by climate change, scientists have calculated.

Such heatwaves are also about 4C hotter than a century ago, the researchers say. Furthermore, the heatwaves hitting Europe are more frequent and more severe than climate models have predicted.

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We must not barter the Amazon rainforest for burgers and steaks | Jonathan Watts

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 6:00am

The EU-Mercosur trade deal is good news for Brazil’s huge beef industry but devastating for the rainforest and environment

European leaders have thrown the Amazon rainforest under a Volkswagen bus in a massive cows-for-cars trade deal with Brazil and three other South American nations.

The EU-Mercosur agreement – the largest in Europe’s history, according to officials – will make it cheaper for Brazilian farmers to export agricultural products, particularly beef, despite growing evidence that cattle ranching is the primary driver of deforestation.

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'Precipitous' fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/01 - 6:21pm

Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating, say scientists

The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a “precipitous” fall since 2014, satellite data shows, and fell at a faster rate than seen in the Arctic.

The plunge in the average annual extent means Antarctica lost as much sea ice in four years as the Arctic lost in 34 years. The cause of the sharp Antarctic losses is as yet unknown and only time will tell whether the ice recovers or continues to decline.

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Jakarta residents to sue government over severe air pollution

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/01 - 5:57pm

The Indonesian capital topped the charts for the world’s most polluted city a dozen times in June

Tired of breathing in some of the world’s filthiest air, a group of activists and environmentalists in Jakarta has decided to sue the Indonesian government to take action.

Air quality in the south-east Asian metropolis has plunged dramatically in the past month and recorded worse conditions than notoriously polluted cities such as Delhi and Beijing.

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