In Utah, Trump Announces Dramatic Decreases In Size To State's National Monuments

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 2:41pm

President Trump announced on Monday in Utah that his administration will dramatically shrink two national monument designations that protect federal public lands. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed shrinking both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments earlier this year.

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Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 2:27pm

Dozens of countries have government-recommended diets. That advice differs from country to country, but according to a new study, following it generally would help the environment.

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This Year's Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 1:56pm

Scientists say they see the fingerprint of climate change in these storms, but it's too soon to say whether this is a new normal.

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Hunter dies in Germany after wild boar he was trying to shoot attacked him

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 12:20pm
  • Man, 50, was on boar hunt near north-eastern town of Greifswald
  • He encountered animal in reeds after firing shot, witnesses say

Police in Germany say a hunter has died after being attacked by a wild boar he was trying to shoot.

The 50-year-old man was on a boar hunt with a dozen others near the north-eastern town of Greifswald on Sunday when he was attacked by the male boar.

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Poor bear brunt of Beijing coal cleanup with no heating at -6C

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 9:48am

Switch from coal to gas has left residents of towns around Beijing without heating after gas supply falters, reports Climate Home News

While middle class Beijingers breathe the cleanest air in recent winters, in Zhuozhou, a small city 20 minutes by train from Beijing’s downtown, residents are shivering through cold nights without heating. The reason: a five-year anti-pollution drive has forced rural areas in northern China to switch from dirty coal to the cleaner alternative. The massive retrofitting campaign has sent gas prices soaring while many are left without heating systems at all.

In two villages close to Zhuozhou’s high-speed railway station, on the city’s eastern edge, villagers estimate only about one third of homes have been connected with natural gas supply, while others say they are still anxiously waiting for the gas company to install furnaces. Their old-fashioned coal stoves were all demolished as the government intensified efforts to phase out coal use in rural homes.

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Fishermen Fear Damage From Wind Farms Along The Eastern Seaboard

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 9:19am

Will thousands of giant turbines and underwater cables in the Atlantic disrupt the commercial fishing industry? The answer is not yet clear, and studies on the farms' possible impact are underway.

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The Ground Beneath Our Feet

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 9:06am

"Without proper care for it we can have no life."

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Animal agriculture is choking the ​Earth and making us sick. We must act now | James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 6:26am

If we want the US’s majestic national parks, clean air and water for future generations we must press leaders to address food’s environmental impact

Our collective minds are stuck on this idea that talking about food’s environmental impact risks taking something very intimate away from us. In fact it’s just the opposite. Reconsidering how we eat offers us hope, and empowers us with choice over what our future planet will look like. And we can ask our local leaders – from city mayors to school district boards to hospital management – to help, by widening our food options.

We simply need less meat and dairy and more plant-based options in our food system if we’re to reach our climate goals

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'We'll see the battle lines': Trump faced by Native American alliance over Bears Ears

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 5:27am

The president is expected to announce the shrinking of two national monuments on a visit to Utah but native tribes are uniting to oppose a ‘monumental mistake’

On Monday, Donald Trump will visit Salt Lake City. He is expected to formally announce plans to substantially shrink two Utah national monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears.

Related: 'As close as the US gets to Egypt’s pyramids': how Chaco Canyon is endangered by drilling

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Death from air pollution would be cut if UK hits walking and cycling targets

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 5:10am

Meeting government walking and cycling targets would save 13,000 lives and almost £10bn, finds Sustrans study

If the UK hits government targets for walking and cycling more than 13,000 lives and almost £10bn would be saved over the next decade, according to a new report.

The study from the transport charity Sustrans has found that meeting government plans in England and Scotland for an increase in walking or cycling would reduce deaths from air pollution by more than 13,000 in the next 10 years. It would also save almost £9.31bn.

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US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 4:10am

Technology could be used to wipe out malaria carrying mosquitos or other pests but UN experts say fears over possible military uses and unintended consequences strengthen case for a ban

A US military agency is investing $100m in genetic extinction technologies that could wipe out malarial mosquitoes, invasive rodents or other species, emails released under freedom of information rules show.

The documents suggest that the US’s secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has become the world’s largest funder of “gene drive” research and will raise tensions ahead of a UN expert committee meeting in Montreal beginning on Tuesday.

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President Trump, don't decimate the Bears Ears National Monument | Sally Jewell

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 4:00am

On Monday, we are expected to see the largest rollback of protections for public lands and waters in US history. This would be a grave mistake

In the middle of my four-day visit to south-eastern Utah in 2016, I was invited into a tipi located between the Bears Ears buttes. The Native American spiritual leaders who still collect medicinal herbs in the area were there, as were leaders from the five tribes of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition: the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Ute and Ute Mountain Ute.

The tribes, not always known to see eye-to-eye, had united to share the importance of this region to their cultures, traditions and spiritual wellbeing. Their emotion was deep and flowing as we sat around the fire, and they expressed the importance of protecting these lands for their children and grandchildren. My job as secretary of the interior was to listen, and their message was powerful.

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The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 4:00am

The GOP strategy on taxes and climate: reject evidence and expert opinion, lie, and wage culture wars

The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion.

The Initiative on Global Markets’ panel of economic experts was recently asked about the Republican tax plan. Among the experts who took a position either way, there was a 96% consensus that the plan would not substantially grow the economy more than the status quo, and a 100% consensus that it would substantially increase the national debt.

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Co-op to sell food past its 'best before' date in bid to cut waste

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 3:55am

Goods such as pasta, crisps and rice will be cut to 10p and sold for a further month at East of England Co-op

A major retailer has become the first to start selling food that is past its “best before” date in a drive to reduce food waste.

From this week, the East of England Co-op – the biggest independent retailer in East Anglia – will sell tinned goods and dried food such as pasta, crisps and rice for a nominal 10p once they reach their best-before date. The offer will not apply to fresh and perishable foods, however, which carry a “use by” date indicating when a product is safe to eat.

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Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 3:14am

In a speech in Utah on Monday, President Trump announced that his administration will shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by roughly 85 percent and the Grand Staircase by about half its size.

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Sadiq Khan plans network of London water fountains to reduce plastic waste

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/12/03 - 11:00pm

Proposals include new fountains and bottle-refill stations across the capital in parks and public squares

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan wants to roll out a new network of water fountains and bottle-refill stations across the capital to help reduce the use of single-use packaging, such as plastic water bottles, the Guardian has learned.

The mayor also wants to experiment with getting businesses to make their tap water available to the public, building on a scheme launched two years ago in Bristol.

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Adani coalmine project: China Construction Bank won't grant loan, PR firm says

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/12/03 - 4:42pm

News could deal a blow to Carmichael coal project, which has so far been declined finance by 25 commercial banks

Adani Group’s Carmichael coal project will not be financed by the China Construction Bank, according to a statement by a public relations firm that says it represents the bank.

If true, the news could be a blow to Adani’s plans to build Australia’s largest coal mine. It has turned to China for finance, following difficulties in getting subsidies from the Australian government.

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Lord Barber of Tewkesbury obituary

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/12/03 - 10:26am

Chairman of the Countryside Commission who tried to bridge the gap between modern farming and conservation

Derek Barber, Lord Barber of Tewkesbury, who has died aged 99, spent much of his long career in public life trying to bridge the gap between modern farming and the conservation of wildlife and landscape. He was chairman of the Countryside Commission from 1981 to 1991 and few people can claim to have left such an imprint on British rural life.

His leadership was marked by numerous initiatives – Groundwork (now a national movement to encourage communities to improve their local environments), the National Forest (a new forested area in the Midlands), the reinvigoration of rights of way and the independent national parks – that have become established parts of the environmental scene in England and Wales.

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UK government to release funding for mini nuclear power stations

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/12/03 - 8:43am

Up to £100m expected to be announced in effort to make UK leader in technology and provide fresh source of clean power

Ministers are expected to back the first generation of small nuclear power stations in Britain with tens of millions of pounds this week, in an attempt to give the UK a competitive edge on the technology and provide a new source of clean power.

Rolls-Royce and a host of US and Chinese companies have been lobbying and waiting for the support since George Osborne first promised them a share of £250m two years ago.

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Trump To Announce Shrinking Utah National Monuments

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/12/03 - 6:08am

President Trump is expected to announce plans to shrink Utah's Bears Ears National Monument. State representative Michael Noel tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro why he supports the plan.

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