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Wolves Are Back In Germany, But Not Always Welcome

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 6:02am

Germany is seeing the return of wolf packs, and with them growing political tension over whether the animals pose too much of a threat.

(Image credit: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/AFP/Getty Images)

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As The Biggest Climate Conference Since Paris Ends, What's Accomplished?

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 6:00am

A major climate conference is wrapping up in Poland. Officials are working to create a rulebook for future reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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UN climate change talks avoid contentious issues in draft agreement

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 5:39am

Struggles remain on enacting 2015 Paris accord despite more clarity on emissions

The UN met on Saturday in Poland to discuss a draft agreement on climate change, which sources said was likely to pass, as exhausted delegates made compromises on some key issues but left other contentious problems to be resolved next year.

The result will not be the breakthrough campaigners and some countries were hoping for, but will keep discussions alive on formulating key aspects of the implementation rules for the 2015 Paris accord.

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PG&E Falsified Gas Pipeline Safety Records, Regulators Say

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 9:55pm

The utility has been under fire for its role in the massive gas pipeline explosion in 2010 in San Bruno, Calif.

(Image credit: Paul Sakuma/AP)

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'Extinction is not an option': the $1bn push to save orcas in Washington

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 5:25pm

Governor proposes destroying dams, repairing habitats and limiting whale-watching in bid to save struggling creatures

Five months after twin tragedies cast a spotlight on the state’s ailing orcas, Washington plans to spend more than $1bn to stave off extinction.

If enacted, a proposal from the governor, Jay Inslee, would knock down two dams, repair habitat and place a three-year ban on orca watching. Crucially, Inslee hopes to shore up salmon runs that feed the orca while cleaning and quieting the waters in which they live.

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Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 4:43pm

The federal judges noted "the Forest Service's serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company's deadlines."

(Image credit: Steve Helber/AP)

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 4:29pm
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Countries Struggle To Agree On Rules For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 3:05pm

As a major climate conference nears its end in Poland, negotiators are still haggling over the rules nations must follow in order to meet their commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Cutting emissions proves a sticking point at Poland climate talks

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 11:28am

Slow progress on 2015 Paris agreement comes as scientists warn of need to get on track

Negotiators at the climate conference in Poland have inched closer to an outcome, as the official deadline for finishing a deal ran out.

The conference was meant to approve a rulebook which would govern how nations put into action the goals set in the landmark Paris agreement of 2015, when the world resolved to hold global warming to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels, with an aspiration to limit temperature rises to no more than 1.5C.

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A youth activist on the climate crisis: politicians won't save us | Victoria Barrett

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 11:27am

At the COP24 conference, leaders lack the urgency felt by communities on the frontlines of a global threat

As wildfires burn, as temperatures rise, as the last remaining old-growth forests in Poland are logged, world leaders are in Katowice to negotiate the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. To outsiders, UN climate talks may seem like a positive step. Unfortunately, this is COP24.

For 24 years, world leaders have annually talked at each other instead of to one another in hopes of reaching an agreement on how to mitigate the climate crisis. In all that time, they have barely scratched the surface of an issue that the world’s top climate scientists say we now have 12 years to stop – and that is an optimistic estimate.

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 8:35am

Bird battles, snoozing seals and mischievous macaques in this week’s gallery

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Waitrose to ban glitter from own-brand products by 2020

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 7:38am

Retailer says it will find other ways to make products sparkle in effort to stem plastic waste

Waitrose has joined the crackdown on glitter by pledging to ban it from all own-brand products by 2020.

The supermarket chain said its own-label cards, wraps, crackers, tags, flowers and plants will either be glitter-free or use an environmentally friendly alternative.

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Supermarket shoppers urged to serve ‘wonky’ Christmas dinner

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 7:10am

Stores selling stubby sprouts and curvy carrots in attempt to reduce festive food waste

Supermarkets have increased their efforts to reduce the national food waste mountain at Christmas by offering shoppers edible produce nearing the end of its shelf life, as well as “wonky” sprouts, carrots and parsnips.

The wonky or “ugly” lines were being offered at cheaper prices in an effort to stop the rejection or waste of fruit and veg that was misshapen, had growth cracks or was much smaller or larger than average.

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Poland's deadly addiction to coal – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 6:21am

Coal, known as ‘black gold’ in Poland, has helped the country achieve energy independence. However, the high-polluting fuel has been linked to serious diseases and premature death. With COP24 climate talks under way in Katowice, pressure grows on Poland to reduce its reliance on the fossil fuel. But with 100,000 coal-dependent jobs in the country, switching to alternative sources of energy carries great economic risk. Here, Violeta Santos Moura explores the problem in her essay Dark Clouds

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Can Poland wean itself off coal?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 6:21am

Climate experts say the renaissance can be stopped but change must happen now – and the main obstacle is at the top

Displays of coal jewellery and coal soap, coal in a glass walkway beneath your feet, coal in the air that you breathe … the Polish hosts of this week’s UN climate talks have been anything but subtle in reminding delegates that we still live in a fossil-fuelled world despite the urgent necessity to move to a cleaner path.

The conference centre is near the mineshaft of the colliery museum in Katowice, the heartland of Silesia’s vast coal industry. The sponsors include JSW, the EU’s largest coking coal producer, and PGE, which runs the world’s second-largest fossil-fuel power plant.

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Scientists Are Fighting For The Stricken Pickle Against This Tricky Disease

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 6:02am

Downy mildew, once just a nuisance, has evolved into a devastating adversary to the pickle, as it now quickly adapts to fungicides and pickle hybrids, and can lay waste to crops in a matter of days.

(Image credit: Bernd Settnik/Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

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Trump science adviser casts doubt on links between pollution and health problems

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 4:00am

Comments by science review board chairman add weight to fears that Trump administration is aiming to discredit research to justify scrapping regulations

A conservative science adviser to the Trump administration is casting doubt on longstanding research linking fossil fuel pollution to early deaths and health problems, worrying environmental experts.

At a meeting to review air pollution science compiled by staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency this week the advisory board chairman, Tony Cox – a consultant and statistician who has worked for the industry and criticized EPA standards – questioned whether soot from coal plants and cars can be directly blamed for asthma and cardiopulmonary problems.

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2-Week Climate Conference In Poland Comes To A End

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 3:01am

Among the attendees to this year's climate conference were several major corporations, which are increasingly committed to reducing the emissions of their own operations.

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Tropical Cyclone Owen will wreak havoc across Queensland, residents warned

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/12/13 - 6:36pm

Annastacia Palaszczuk says state has done all it can to prepare for severe category-four storm

Cyclone Owen will “wreak havoc” across Queensland, with remote communities braced for 280km/h winds and much of the state on flood alert, the premier has said.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state had done all it can to be ready for Owen, which is expected to hit as a severe category-four storm late on Friday or early on Saturday.

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Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/12/13 - 4:06pm

Frustrated leaders appeal to ‘all OECD countries’ to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plants

Pacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing plants.

The call from 15 small Pacific island states came one day after the Australian government called for expressions of interest in new power generation projects, indicating it would be prepared to use taxpayer money to underwrite new coal plants.

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