Carlsberg aims for zero carbon emissions after Trump's Paris pullout

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/06/13 - 5:17am

Danish brewer to eliminate brewery emissions and halve its water usage by 2030 as part of sustainability drive

Carlsberg has unveiled plans to reduce its brewery carbon emissions to zero, singling out Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris climate agreement as a motivating factor.

The Danish brewer, whose beers also include Holsten Pils and San Miguel, said it would eliminate brewery emissions and halve its water usage by 2030 as part of a new sustainability drive.

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'Too early to say' if Coalition will back clean energy target, Frydenberg says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/06/13 - 4:50am

Three-hour meeting fails to resolve government’s position on Finkel review but energy minister denies there’s a backbench revolt

Josh Frydenberg says it is too soon to say if the Coalition party room will support a clean energy target after a three-hour extraordinary meeting in which a number of government colleagues raised concerns about the core recommendations of the Finkel review.

Speaking on ABC on Tuesday night, the energy and environment minister said MPs were “concerned about the future of coal” and about rising electricity prices, and he stressed the proposed clean energy target did not prohibit the building of new coal-fired power stations.

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Meet the Virginia Democrat who may set a blueprint for the party against Trump

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/06/13 - 3:00am

Tom Perriello’s progressive campaign for governor could be a model for Democrats preparing to run against Trump in the midterm elections

“The state ends at Roanoke, we are the forgotten corner of Virginia,” says local Democratic activist Oliver Keene of Tazewell, where 20% of the town lives in poverty. “In our eyes, past Roanoke, nobody cares about us. We don’t exist.”

Campaigning for statewide office, most Democratic candidates have typically ignored the deep red Appalachian corner of the state where Trump won many of the counties by 70% margins.

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Multi-million dollar upgrade planned to secure 'failsafe' Arctic seed vault

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 11:00pm

Improvements aim to ensure the vault’s role as an impregnable deep freeze for the world’s most precious food seeds after a recent flooding by melting permafrost

The Global Seed Vault, built in the Arctic as an impregnable deep freeze for the world’s most precious food seeds, is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade after water from melting permafrost flooded its access tunnel.

No seeds were damaged but the incident undermined the original belief that the vault would be a “failsafe” facility, securing the world’s food supply forever. Now the Norwegian government, which owns the vault, has committed $4.4m (NOK37m) to improvements.

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Melodious encounter with a family of redstarts

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 9:30pm

West Sussex The male calls three times, then segues into a short, complex phrase of tweets and whistles

The wind crashes through the tree tops, like the sea breaking on the shore, the great pines and silver birches that encircle the heathland swaying and shimmering. A red admiral butterfly rises from the heather, but it is snatched up by the wind and tumbles away too quickly for me to follow it.

I walk along the muddy track that threads between the trees. Where only last week the ground had been dry and parched, offering very little moisture to thirsty animals and birds, now all the pools are replenished with just one day’s heavy rain. I stop to watch three goldfinches drink from a puddle in front of me.

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Battery storage and rooftop solar could mean new life post-grid for consumers

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 4:51pm

The Finkel report offers glimpse of opportunity for consumers and businesses to play the electricity market

To illustrate the impact of battery storage on the electricity network in Australia, Prof Guoxiu Wang likes to compare it to the invention of refrigeration.

“Before people invented the fridge, we produced food, we consumed food immediately,” says Wang, director of the Centre for Clean Energy Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney. “With the development of appropriate electricity storage technology, the electricity is like our food – you can store it and whenever you need that electricity, you can use that immediately.”

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Trump Administration Wants To Shrink Bears Ears National Monument

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 4:43pm

Whether the new monument, considered sacred to Native Americans, should be abolished or reduced is the first part of a review of national monuments under an executive order by President Trump.

(Image credit: George Frey/Getty Images)

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India has enough coal without Adani mine, yet must keep importing, minister says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 2:19pm

India’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, says the country would be self-sufficient in coal, except that power plants had been designed to run only on imports

India now has “sufficient coal capacity” to power itself without Queensland’s Carmichael mine project, thanks to the increased productivity of domestic mines, cheaper renewables and lower than expected energy demand, the country’s energy minister has said.

But Piyush Goyal said India would be forced to keep importing coal, including from the proposed Queensland mine, because too many Indian power plants had been designed to run on foreign coal.

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Q&A: Alan Finkel says clean energy target designed for deeper emissions cuts

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 1:58pm

Josh Frydenberg distances himself from former prime minister Tony Abbott and says target is ‘not a tax on coal’

The clean energy target recommended by the chief scientist, Alan Finkel, was designed so future governments could ratchet up the ambition of the emissions cuts, Finkel has said on the ABC’s Q&A program.

Labor’s climate and energy spokesman, Mark Butler, indicated that Labor would do exactly that, if the mechanism was instituted and they then won government.

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Trump urged to cut Bears Ears monument to 'smallest area' possible

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 1:22pm

Interior secretary Ryan Zinke urges president to shrink 1.3m-acre national monument as administration continues push against federal public lands

Ryan Zinke, the US interior secretary, has recommended to Donald Trump that Bears Ears national monument in Utah be reduced in size to the “smallest area compatible” with its conservation.

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Bosses are right: political uncertainty will damage the economy | Nils Pratley

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 11:50am

Predictions of gloom after the Brexit vote didn’t materialise – but this time we face an income squeeze and an EU ticking clock

“It is hard to overstate what a dramatic impact the current political uncertainty has on business leaders, and the consequences could – if not addressed immediately – be disastrous for the UK economy,” says Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, pointing to a poll of members that showed 57% were quite or very pessimistic about the economy over the next 12 months.

We heard similar predictions of gloom from the business world after last year’s referendum, of course. They did not materialise, or at least not in the style imagined. The Brexit flunk was a brief affair and the Bank of England and almost every other forecaster was obliged to admit that Armageddon would not be arriving as previously advertised. Could the plot run so happily again?

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Justin Trudeau deploys the politics of hype. Jeremy Corbyn offers politics of hope | Martin Lukacs

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 9:56am

Canada’s PM is a counterfeit progressive who champions war-planes, pipelines and privatization – look across the pond for economic and environmental justice

Their depiction in the international media couldn’t be more different.

You know Justin Trudeau from the Buzzfeed photo-spread or the BBC viral video: the feminist prime minister of Canada who hugs refugees, pandas, and his yoga-mat. He looks like he canoed straight from the lake to the stage of the nearest TED Talk – an inclusive, nature-loving do-gooder who must assuredly be loved by his people.

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Michael Gove as environment secretary is 'fox in charge of hen house'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 9:34am

Appointment greeted with anger by environmental campaigners who lament his record on green issues

Michael Gove’s appointment as environment secretary is like “putting the fox in charge of the hen house”, according to a colleague who worked alongside him in the coalition government.

Theresa May announced Gove’s return to politics as part of her reshuffle on Sunday. The news was greeted with anger and frustration by environmental campaigners, who lamented his record on green issues, including his attempt to remove climate change from the geography curriculum while education secretary.

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US opts out of G7 pledge stating Paris climate accord is 'irreversible'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 8:13am

US says it will not join other six nations in reaffirming 2015 Paris pact but will take its own action to reduce carbon footprint

The US has refused to sign up to a G7 pledge that calls the Paris climate accord the “irreversible” global tool to address climate change.

The G7 environment ministers issued a final reportafter their two-day meeting in Bologna, the first since the US announced it was withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

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Oil giants need to invest heavily in renewables by 2035, says analysis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 5:14am

Slowing demand for oil and forecasts of rapid growth in green power pose risk to core business, says analyst

More than a fifth of investment by the largest oil and gas companies could be in wind and solar power in just over a decade, according to analysis of how global changes in energy will reshape the sector.

Slowing demand for oil and forecasts of rapid growth in renewables posed both a threat and and opportunity BP, Shell and Total among others cannot ignore, said research group Wood Mackenzie.

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New threats to public lands endanger America's unique wildlife corridors

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 4:00am

Mule deer, pronghorn and other animals rely on unbroken migration routes for food and survival, a necessity in jeopardy as Trump pushes for development

The life of a Wyoming mule deer is a tough one. In order to survive, thousands of the deer undertake an arduous 150-mile migration twice a year to find food. Manmade and natural hazards abound on this two-month trek.

“It’s not just about getting from point A to B, they have to forage all along the way,” said Matt Kauffman, a University of Wyoming zoologist. “These animals are slowly starving to death all winter. If winter is long enough or they are held up, the animals will die.”

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How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 4:00am

A nonprofit called Turnaround for Children helps schools meet the needs of children facing poverty and adversity.

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The Larsen C ice shelf collapse hammers home reality of climate change | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 3:00am

Breaking up of ice shelves will further accelerate sea level rise

Very soon, a large portion of an ice shelf in Antarctica will break off and collapse into the ocean. The name of the ice shelf is Larsen C; it is a major extension of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and its health has implications for other ice in the region, and sea levels globally.

How do we know a portion is going to collapse? Well, scientists have been watching a major rift (crack) that has grown in the past few years, carving out a 5,000 sq km section of floating ice, nearly the size of Delaware. The speed of the crack has increased dramatically in the past few months, and it is nearly split through.

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The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 3:00am

New York City, Houston, Miami and San Francisco have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. Are their successes a blueprint for action at the state and local level?

Wholly unintentionally, Donald Trump may have sparked unprecedented determination within the US to confront the danger of climate change.

Following Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, the president was assailed by businesses ranging from Facebook to Goldman Sachs for risking America’s economic and environmental standing. The White House was choked by phone calls from irate voters.

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Is Zika Still A Problem In Florida And The Caribbean?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 2:00am

The Zika outbreak in Florida is officially over. And cases are dropping across the Caribbean. But doctors say the risk to pregnant women there — whether residents or travelers — isn't gone.

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