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Pine Ridge Reservation In South Dakota Suffers Two Weeks Of Flooding

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/03/25 - 2:22pm

"There are community and tribe members getting on horseback to reach people and get them supplies," a state lawmaker told NPR. Residents said the reservation was already strapped for resources.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Lt. Col. Anthony Deiss, South Dakota National Guard)

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Pine Ridge Reservation In South Dakota Suffers 2 Weeks Of Flooding

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/03/25 - 2:22pm

"There are community and tribe members getting on horseback to reach people and get them supplies," a state lawmaker told NPR. Residents said the reservation was already strapped for resources.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Lt. Col. Anthony Deiss, South Dakota National Guard)

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Koalas should be given endangered listing, environment groups say

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/03/25 - 10:00am

Current regime fails to halt the creeping loss of critical habitat, WWF Australia warns

Koala populations on the Australian east coast have diminished to the extent the species should now be considered “endangered”, environment groups have said, amid concern that existing protection measures have failed to halt the creeping loss of critical habitat.

In south-east Queensland, once a stronghold for koala populations, habitat continues to be bulldozed through ineffective offset strategies, loopholes in development restrictions and poor planning for population growth, the groups said.

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'Coal is on the way out': study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/03/25 - 4:00am

Around 75% of coal production is more expensive than renewables, with industry out-competed on cost by 2025

Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study.

“Even without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,” said Mike O’Boyle, the co-author of the report for Energy Innovation, a renewables analysis firm. “Our analysis shows that we can move a lot faster to replace coal with wind and solar. The fact that so much coal could be retired right now shows we are off the pace.”

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Who keeps buying California's scarce water? Saudi Arabia

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/03/25 - 2:00am

Saudi-based Almarai owns 15,000 acres of an irrigated valley – but what business does a foreign food production company have drawing resources from a US desert?

Four hours east of Los Angeles, in a drought-stricken area of a drought-afflicted state, is a small town called Blythe where alfalfa is king. More than half of the town’s 94,000 acres are bushy blue-green fields growing the crop.

Massive industrial storehouses line the southern end of town, packed with thousands upon thousands of stacks of alfalfa bales ready to be fed to dairy cows – but not cows in California’s Central Valley or Montana’s rangelands.

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La Pampa: the illegal mining city Peru wants wiped out

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/03/25 - 12:00am

Government invades modern-day gold-rush town in Amazon in its biggest ever raid on illegal gold mining

Located along a jungle highway in the Amazon around 60 miles from the nearest city, La Pampa was a place you entered at your own risk. At night it was a riot of neon lights and pulsating cumbía music from “prostibar” brothels, frequented by roaming groups of men flush with cash. Neither authorities nor outsiders – and particularly not journalists – were welcome.

This modern-day gold-rush town, home to about 25,000 people, was both a hub for organised crime and people trafficking and a gateway into a treeless, lunar landscape pocked with toxic pools created by illegal gold mining, stretching far into one of the Amazon’s most treasured reserves.

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Don't know how to save the planet? This is what you can do

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 11:00pm

Should we become vegetarians? Is it OK to fly? The author of There Is No Planet B, A Handbook for the Make or Break Years, answers the big questions

Our food makes up something like a quarter of our greenhouse gas footprint, and at the same time as cutting this we need to feed a growing population better than we are doing now, while rescuing our haemorrhaging biodiversity and avoiding an antibiotics crisis. There is no escaping the clear evidence that humans need to reduce their meat – especially beef and lamb – as well as dairy consumption. When we feed a soya bean to a cow, we get back only about 10% of the nutrition in beef, and it comes with a hefty dose of methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) and very likely some deforestation.

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Tesco begins plastic-free trial for selection of fruit and veg

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 5:01pm

Only loose versions of 45 products will be sold in Extra stores in Watford and Swindon

Tesco is launching a trial to remove a selection of plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetable to cut down on packaging waste.

Britain’s biggest retailer said it would run the month-long pilot from Monday at two of its Extra stores, in Watford and Swindon, removing plastic packaging from 45 foods where loose alternatives are available. The items include apples, onions, mushrooms, peppers, bananas and avocados.

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Cyclone Idai death toll passes 750 with more than 110,000 now in camps

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 4:53pm

Devastated areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi brace for the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera and malaria

Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers try to restore electricity and water and prevent an outbreak of cholera.

In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446, with 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi.

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'Out of line': top Australian companies accused of undermining Paris deal

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 10:00am

Action group Market Forces urges shareholders to divest holdings in 22 ‘uninvestables’

New analysis shows 22 of Australia’s largest companies are actively working to undermine the Paris agreement targets, betting shareholders’ money on strategies that assume global climate change action fails.

Investor action group Market Forces says those companies – worth a combined $121bn and representing 7% of the ASX300 – are “out of line and out of time” and has called on shareholders to divest their holdings.

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Fashion house under fire for hotel plans at Costa Brava beauty spot

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 7:38am

Campaigners say Custo’s development will spoil Sa Guarda in Cadaqués

The Barcelona-based fashion business Custo is under fire for plans to build a hotel on a beauty spot in Cadaqués, a picturesque Costa Brava town that has long attracted artists and writers.

Campaigners led by two groups – Salvem l’Empordà (Save Emporda, the region Cadaqués is in) and SOS Costa Brava – protested on Friday outside a Custo shop in Barcelona, demanding that work be stopped on the project to build the 4,000 sq m Hotel Custo and 104 houses on land in Sa Guarda in Cadaqués.

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For A Healthier Planet, Eat These 50 Foods, Campaign Urges

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 7:14am

Global reliance on just a handful of crops for calories is hurting the environment — and wildlife, a new report says. It urges the world to diversify its diet to save plant and animal species alike.

(Image credit: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

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How Climate Change Is Affecting Residents' Health In Miami

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 5:13am

We visit Miami to talk with Dr. Cheryl Holder of Florida Clinicians For Climate Action, and Jorge, a fruit vendor who is feeling the effects of increasingly hot days firsthand.

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Adapting To Climate Change In Miami

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 5:13am

We travel to Miami to see how people there are already adapting in a city that's been called "ground zero" for climate change and sea level rise.

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Climate Series Introduction

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 5:13am

We introduce a Weekend Edition series on climate change and adaptations that people are already making along the East Coast.

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Fracking plan ‘will release same C02 as 300m new cars’

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/03/24 - 2:00am
Labour study comes as UK government faces pressure from courts and councils

The government’s fracking proposals would release the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as almost 300 million new cars, fatally undermining ministers’ obligation to tackle the escalating climate crisis, according to new research.

Analysis by the Labour party shows that the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere if the government’s plans go ahead would be the same as the lifetime emissions of 286 million cars – or 29 new coal-fired power plants.

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'It was like Woodstock': inside the town hit by super bloom mania

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/03/23 - 10:00pm

An influx of visitors, eager for Instagram fodder, prompted Lake Elsinore’s mayor to shut down access to a flower-covered canyon

The town of Lake Elsinore sits at the edge of a canyon newly bursting with color. Fields of poppies, lupins and other wildflowers spill across hillsides – usually covered with brown, scrubby plants – as though poured from a bucket of paint.

In the last few weeks, large swaths of southern California have been transformed into a colorful canvas of flowers. This type of “super bloom” has happened before, but this year is especially intense – an unusually wet winter following years of drought, combined with the aftermath of a brutal wildfire season, has set the stage for what many predicted would be the best bloom in years.

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What Recent Destructive Cyclones Tell Us About Climate

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/03/23 - 2:30pm

A cyclone hit Southern Africa and a "bomb cyclone" hit Nebraska causing massive flooding. NPR's Michel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about the climate implications of these events

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Midwest U.S., Southeastern Africa Attempt To Recover From Cyclone Flooding

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/03/23 - 2:24pm

Massive cyclones in Nebraska and Mozambique caused loss of life and property.

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Army Corps Of Engineers On Midwest Flooding

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/03/23 - 5:15am

NPR's Scott Simon asks John Remus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about flooding in the Midwest and managing the Missouri River's flow.

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