Environment

How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/03/05 - 3:00am

The federal government spends billions of dollars each year helping communities rebuild after disasters and to prevent future damage. But that money isn't always allocated to those who need it most.

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World’s rarest orangutan under threat in Indonesia after court battle against dam fails

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/03/04 - 8:48pm

Fears Chinese-backed project will flood forest that is home to the most critically endangered species of ape

Environmentalists in Indonesia have lost a court challenge to a Chinese-backed dam project in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species.

On Monday, the state administrative court in North Sumatra’s capital, Medan, ruled that construction can continue despite critics of the 510-megawatt hydro dam providing evidence that its environmental impact assessment was deeply flawed.

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Coalition says Labor must use Kyoto credits – but also that they make little difference

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/03/04 - 4:19pm

Angus Taylor says while carryover credits are ‘relatively small’ part of carbon budget, any decision to ditch them would be catastrophic

Angus Taylor has insisted it would be “apocalyptic” for the economy if Labor did not use Kyoto carryover credits towards its emissions reduction targets, while still maintaining they were “relatively small in terms of the overall carbon budget”.

Following on from his Sunday interview in which he falsely claimed emissions had gone down, though the government’s own data showed a 0.9% increase, the energy minister accused critics of “cherry-picking” time periods to prove their points, when his own assertions relied on just the last quarter, instead of the whole year.

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Heatwaves sweeping oceans ‘like wildfires’, scientists reveal

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/03/04 - 9:00am

Extreme temperatures destroy kelp, seagrass and corals – with alarming impacts for humanity

The number of heatwaves affecting the planet’s oceans has increased sharply, scientists have revealed, killing swathes of sea-life like “wildfires that take out huge areas of forest”.

The damage caused in these hotspots is also harmful for humanity, which relies on the oceans for oxygen, food, storm protection and the removal of climate-warming carbon dioxide the atmosphere, they say.

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UK's initial progress on carbon cutting starts to slow

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/03 - 11:00pm

Emissions fell for sixth year running in 2018, but reductions margins have shrunk

The government has been warned against complacency on climate change action after figures showed a slowdown in the rate of Britain’s carbon emission cuts.

Emissions dropped for the sixth year running in 2018, to 361m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, a level last seen in the late 19th century.

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Adults failed to take climate action. Meet the young activists stepping up

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/03 - 10:01pm

Some are calling climate change this generation’s civil rights movement. These are the young activists leading the charge

Despite being barely two years old, the Sunrise Movement has outpaced established environmental groups in the push to radically reshape the political landscape around climate change. Closely allied with new congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youth-led Sunrise Movement has helped set out a sweepingly ambitious plan to address climate change in the form of the Green New Deal.

The movement comprises a small core team of young organizers, supported by a larger group of several hundred volunteers. The group’s elevation of the Green New Deal has clearly riled Trump, who has falsely but repeatedly claimed that the plan would result in the banning of cars, air travel and even cows.

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Most US coal plants are contaminating groundwater with toxins, analysis finds

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/03 - 10:01pm

Of 265 US power plants that monitor groundwater, 242 report unsafe levels of at least one pollutant derived from coal ash

Almost every coal-fired power plant in the US is contaminating groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollution, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the consequences of coal ash waste disposal.

Of the 265 US power plants that monitor groundwater, 242 have reported unsafe levels of at least one pollutant derived from coal ash, which is the remnants of coal after it is burned for energy. More than half such facilities report unsafe levels of arsenic, a carcinogen linked to multiple types of cancer, with 60% finding elevated lithium, which is associated with neurological damage.

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Holy mola: huge sunfish washes up in northern waters for first time in 130 years

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/03 - 7:37pm

Beached hoodwinker sunfish, which is two metres long, baffles locals on California beach

A giant sunfish has washed up on a beach in California, the first time this particular species of the animal has been sighted in the northern hemisphere in 130 years.

The sunfish measuring 2.05 metres (6ft 8 in) and weighing several hundred kilograms, or more than 600lb, was found on the beach of the Coal Oil Point Reserve in California.

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Brexit and bad weather puts UK farmers at risk of suicide, say charities

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/03 - 9:55am

Crisis networks report rise in number of farmers distressed by uncertainty over future

Charities have said British farmers are increasingly at risk of suicide owing in part to uncertainty over Brexit and the impact of bad weather.

Distressed farmers have made dozens of calls to crisis networks and some have been placed on “suicide watch”, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

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For The Few Who Heat Homes With Coal, It's Still King

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/03/03 - 6:25am

Nearly 130,000 homes in the U.S. still burn coal for heat. Despite decades of decline and concerns about climate change, companies in the coal home-heating business are optimistic about the future.

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Brazilian mining CEO steps down amid anger over dam collapse

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/03 - 4:49am

Fabio Schvartsman and other executives resign after claims firm knew dam was unstable

The boss of the Brazilian iron ore mining firm Vale has resigned, following growing public and political anger over the collapse of a dam in which at least 186 people died.

Fabio Schvartsman and several other senior executives resigned on a “temporary” basis on Saturday after prosecutors recommended their dismissal. The move came after a leak of official documents suggested that Vale knew the dam was at a heightened risk of collapse.

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Angus Taylor again falsely claims Australia's greenhouse emissions are falling

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/03/02 - 5:59pm

The energy minister repeats PM’s line that emissions fell by 1% when the government’s own figures show the opposite

The energy minister has again insisted Australia’s emissions are going down, when the government’s official figures show emissions continue to increase, as the government struggles to sell the latest incarnation of its energy policy.

In an interview with the ABC program Insiders, Angus Taylor repeatedly stated emissions had decreased by 1% repeating the line first said by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, that Australia would meet it’s Paris commitments in “a canter”.

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Wiped out: America's love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/03/01 - 8:56am

Major brands’ refusal to use sustainable materials is having a devastating impact on forests and climate, new report says

We’re all becoming more aware about the damage single-use plastics and fast fashion has on the environment. Yet there is one product we all throw away every single day that, so far, has not been a major part of conversations about sustainability: toilet paper.

Related: The new household rules: ditch your toilet brush and wash much, much more

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Amy Hunter: In What Ways Does Privilege Determine How "Lucky" We Are?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/03/01 - 7:50am

How do zip codes indicate luck? Amy Hunter examines how where we live determines the resources and opportunities we receive—and how society is designed to keep some people from being "lucky."

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/03/01 - 7:30am

A layer cake of waterfowl, a cheeky monkey and a much-loved baby giraffe

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Youth climate strikers: 'We are going to change the fate of humanity'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/03/01 - 5:00am

Exclusive: Students issue an open letter ahead of global day of action on 15 March, when young people are expected to strike across 50 nations

Read the climate strikers’ letter

The students striking from schools around the world to demand action on climate change have issued an uncompromising open letter stating: “We are going to change the fate of humanity, whether you like it or not.”

The letter, published by the Guardian, says: “United we will rise on 15 March and many times after until we see climate justice. We demand the world’s decision makers take responsibility and solve this crisis. You have failed us in the past. [But] the youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again.”

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New York's canners: the people who survive off a city's discarded cans

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/03/01 - 4:00am

‘It’s honest dollars,’ says one canner, but it’s not easy work – canners plan meticulous routes and often work long hours

“It’s good for the environment,” says Anthony Pemberton, arranging the recyclable empty bottles and cans in his shopping cart. “And I’m a conservationist. You do also get five cents per can, which is a motivator.”

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Meet the street nun helping people make a living from New York's cans

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/03/01 - 4:00am

There are somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 people in the city who support themselves by picking up cans and bottles

On a Saturday afternoon in early November, about 30 people are watching a documentary inside a shack in the heart of Bushwick, a post-industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn. They are all canners – people who make a living redeeming empty cans and bottles, five cents apiece. Although they all got up before the sun and have worked in the cold for hours, no one looks like they’re about to fall asleep. All eyes on the screen. The short film, streamed from YouTube and projected on a white sheet, is about a workers’ cooperative in Argentina.

The screening was organized by Ana Martínez de Luco, a Catholic nun who says she prefers to work “under the sun, not the Vatican”, and calls herself a street nun.

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Trump Administration Plans Wetland Protection Rollback

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/03/01 - 3:08am

The Trump administration is planning to reduce the ponds, streams and wetlands that fall under federal clean water regulations.

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Meet The White House's New Chief Climate Change Skeptic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/03/01 - 3:02am

William Happer, a Princeton scientist who is doubtful of the dangers of climate change, appears to be leading a White House challenge to the government's conclusion that global warming is a threat.

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