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Whale gatecrashes underwater video stream – video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 6:33am
A sperm whale interrupts the live stream of an underwater robot carrying out research off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday. Researchers controlling the robot are initially alarmed when the giant mammal swims past. 'The heck is that?' says one scientist. But the crew soon become ecstatic as they are given a close-up view as the whale circles the machine Continue reading...
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World Bank fossil fuel financing leapt in 2014 despite its calls to end subsidies

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 5:41am

New analysis reveals funding of over $3bn for fossil fuel-related projects last year, despite repeated calls by bank’s president to scrap such ‘harmful’ global subsidies

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Scotland's plastic bag usage down 80% since 5p charge introduced

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 4:57am

Dramatic reduction reflects similar falls in single-use carrier bag consumption in Wales and Northern Ireland, with England to bring in charge this year

Plastic bag usage in Scotland has plummeted following the introduction of a 5p charge.

Early figures from retailers show that single-use carrier bag usage has fallen by more than 80% since the charge was introduced on 20 October 2014.

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Mary Robinson: Developing nations must move rapidly beyond fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 4:13am

Rich world must support poorest countries to transition from fossil fuels much faster than they have to keep unburnable reserves in the ground, says UN climate change envoy

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Fossil fuel investments are an issue on which fair-minded people will disagree

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 2:58am

People who share environmental goals will often reach different conclusions on divesting from fossil fuels, says Wellcome Trust director

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Supreme Court hears call to force UK government to meet air quality laws

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 2:03am

Green law group pushes for courts to issue a mandatory order requiring the environment department to comply with EU air pollution limits in the shortest timespan possible

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India, China Seek To Capitalize On Nepal's Water Wealth

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 2:03am

China and India are each spending billions of dollars on infrastructure, especially hydroelectric dams, in Nepal. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Donatella Lorch about what China and India want.

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Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, we are closer than ever to catastrophe

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 1:53am

Important changes have been made since 2010, but the oil and gas industry has not learned from the historic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

In the five years since the Deepwater Horizon accident, the oil and gas industry has not retreated to safety. Instead, it has expanded its technological horizon in ways that make it harder to foresee the complex interactions between drilling technologies, inevitable human errors and the ultra-deepwater environment.

Before its sinking, Deepwater Horizon had drilled one of the deepest oil and gas wells. That depth has since been surpassed, and exploration continues to new frontiers. Not far from the Deepwater Horizon accident site, Royal Dutch Shell is now developing the deepest offshore oil field in history. In the Caspian Sea, an international consortium is exploring the Kashagan oil and gas field, a mega-project that the consortium itself describes as an enormously challenging endeavour. And the hunt for Arctic oil takes place in some of the most inhospitable waters in the world.

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Related: We need to attack the morality of fossil fuel investment

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Edward Norton and Caroline Lucas back Guardian climate campaign

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/17 - 1:39am

The Keep it in the Ground campaign hit the headlines this week and printed 180,000 reasons for the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to divest from fossil fuels

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UK acorn crop 'being hit by climate change'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 10:01pm

Drop in abundance of acorn crop could be due to warmer years leading to less synchronised flowering of oak trees, Woodland Trust analysis concludes

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AGL to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2050 in bid to limit global warming

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 9:56pm

New boss Andy Vesey says he wants to take the lead in helping Australia limit climate change to no more than 2C warmer by mid-century

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All eyes on the shoveller

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 9:30pm

South Uist A male shoveller has been around for a week or so. They are rare breeders in South Uist, and what a coup it would be for the little lochan if he could find a partner here

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Regent Honeyeater breeding program boosts population of endangered bird

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 6:23pm

Taronga Zoo hopes first steps towards recovery for ‘flagship’ species will attract funding for similar breeding programs for swift parrots and squirrel gliders

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Feds Cancel Commercial Sardine Fishing After Stocks Crash

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 5:42pm

Federal regulators close commercial sardine fishing in an effort to rebuild the depleted populations of the fish. Sardine shortages are blamed for the high rates of starvation deaths of sea lion pups

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Judges raise doubts over challenge to Obama's climate change rules

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 2:05pm

Two of three judges seemed to agree with lawyers defending the EPA that the lawsuits are premature because the agency has not yet made rules final

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Abbott government gives $4m to help climate contrarian set up Australian centre

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 1:34pm

Bjørn Lomborg has been given money from the hard-pressed federal budget to set up a ‘consensus centre’ at the University of Western Australia

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California Cities Struggle To Enforce Mandatory Water Restrictions

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 1:17pm

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state to cut back its water use by 25 percent overall and mandated specific targets for each city.

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Appeals court leaning toward Obama and EPA in battle over emissions cuts

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 11:18am

Two of three judges in court of appeals seemed to agree with defense that lawsuits over emissions cuts for coal-fired power plants are premature

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Which party's manifesto is strongest on cycling?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 6:48am

With a couple of honourable exceptions, the main parties show depressingly little vision or ambition in their election programmes

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Join our tweetstorm for the Guardian's climate change campaign

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/16 - 6:10am

Show you stand with more than 180,000 Guardian readers calling on the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust to divest. More on the Guardian’s Keep it in the ground divestment campaign

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