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Smart meter rollout could force household bills to rise, says supplier

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 7:20am

Energy company warns rising cost of installations due to ‘customer apathy’ could prompt suppliers to increase tariffs

Energy suppliers face rising costs for putting smart meters in millions of homes, adding pressure on firms to raise household bills further next year.

Fitting the meters, which automate readings and must be installed in every home and small business by the end of 2020, costs suppliers about £100 per household today.

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Blue shark in shallow waters on Mallorca beach - video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 6:47am

A blue shark caused panic on Saturday after being seen by bathers close to the beaches of Cala Major and Can Pastilla. The animal was captured on Sunday, with local media reporting that it was suffering from a head wound, possibly caused by a harpoon

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Macron meets Schwarzenegger and vows to stop oil and gas licences

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 5:26am

In a dig at Trump’s climate change inaction, French president welcomes the green campaigner and says there will be ‘no new exploration licences’

The new French government has sought to further burnish its green credentials with the announcement it is to stop granting licences for new oil and gas exploration.

In his first major intervention since Emmanuel Macron’s election victory, the ecological transition minister, Nicolas Hulot, told the broadcaster BFMTV there would be “no new exploration licences for hydrocarbons”.

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Grand Canyon is our home. Uranium mining has no place here | Carletta Tilousi

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 4:25am

The Havasupai resided in and around Grand Canyon for many centuries. This region is sacred – that is why we oppose the pollution of our land and water

The Havasupai – “people of the blue-green waters” – live in Supai Village, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Today our lives and water are being threatened by international uranium mining companies because the US government and its 1872 mining law permit uranium mining on federal lands that surround the Grand Canyon.

In 1986, the Kaibab national forest authorized a Canadian-based uranium company to open Canyon mine, a uranium mine near the south rim of Grand Canyon national park. The Havasupai tribe challenged the decision but lost in the ninth circuit court of appeals. Miners were just starting to drill Canyon mine’s shaft in 1991 when falling uranium prices caused the company to shut it down for more than two decades.

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Tanzania presses on with hydroelectric dam on vast game reserve

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 3:39am

Stiegler Gorge dam on the Selous park, a world heritage site listed as ‘in danger’, will cause irreversible damage, say conservationists

Plans to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the heart of one of Africa’s largest remaining wild areas have dismayed conservationists who fear that the plans will cause irreversible damage to the Selous game reserve in Tanzania.

After many years of delays and false starts, last week the president of Tanzania, John Magufuli, announced that he would be going ahead with the Stiegler’s Gorge dam on the Rufiji river. Magufuli, nicknamed “the Bulldozer”, was elected in 2015 in part on his record of successful road and infrastructure building. The dam will provide 2,100MW of electricity to a country that is currently extremely undersupplied: Tanzania, with a population of approximately 53m to the UK’s 65m, has just 1,400MW of installed grid capacity compared to the UK’s total grid capacity of 85,000MW.

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New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 3:00am

Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly

As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much extra heat is there? And how accurate are our measurements? These are questions that climate scientists ask. If we can answer these questions, it will better help us prepare for a future with a very different climate. It will also better help us predict what that future climate will be.

The most important measurement of global warming is in the oceans. In fact, “global warming” is really “ocean warming.” If you are going to measure the changing climate of the oceans, you need to have many sensors spread out across the globe that take measurements from the ocean surface to the very depths of the waters. Importantly, you need to have measurements that span decades so a long-term trend can be established.

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Blue shark captured following Mallorca beach panic

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 12:18am

Shark was first spotted close to beaches at Cala Major and Can Pastilla, then discovered to have serious head wound

A blue shark whose presence in shallow waters off the coast of Mallorca caused panic over the weekend and led to the evacuation of beaches on the Balearic island, has been captured.

The animal was first spotted on Saturday as it swam close to the beaches at Cala Major and Can Pastilla, near the Mallorcan capital of Palma. Pictures showed the shark gliding through the water a few metres from bathers, who dashed to the safety of the shore.

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Finland has far fewer wild wolves than previously thought, census shows

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 11:00pm

Data reveals there are 150 to 180 animals in Finland, where government awards licences to hunt them

Conservation groups have raised concerns over Finland’s wild wolf population after a new census found numbers far below those regarded as naturally sustainable.

Data from the Finnish National Resources Institute show there are currently only about 150 to 180 wolves living in Finland, where the government awards licences to hunt the animals.

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UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 10:58pm

Survey by Energy Institute finds industry professionals think policy is ‘on pause’ and warn Brexit is ‘material concern’

The UK’s ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.

A survey by the Energy Institute, the professional body for the energy sector, has found that four fifths of its members believe the UK is currently on track to miss the 2030 goal.

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Changing the course of history for Kenya's wildlife

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 8:30pm

Kenya’s wildlife numbers are plummeting. Reconnecting people to nature is key to the solution.

On May 31st Kenya celebrated the inauguration of the first phase of the new high-speed rail link from Mombasa to Nairobi. Now Kenyans can travel between the two largest cities quickly and cheaply. Accelerated movement of cargo and people will mean more trade, more income generation, and therefore, more jobs, and that’s good for our youthful nation.

Much less widely reported were results of studies by Dr Joseph Ogutu and colleagues at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which reveal that Kenya’s wildlife numbers are plummeting. Some of our most treasured animals, such as hirola, rhinos, cheetah, lions, and giraffe, are being pushed to the brink of extinction.

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Great Barrier Reef valued at A$56bn as report warns it's 'too big to fail'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 4:20pm

Deloitte Access Economics report says reef underpins 64,000 jobs and contributes A$6.4bn to economy each year

A new report has valued the Great Barrier Reef at A$56bn and warns of vast economic consequences for Australia unless more is done to protect it.

The Deloitte Access Economics report says the world heritage-listed reef underpins 64,000 direct and indirect jobs, and contributes $6.4bn to the national economy each year.

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The return of the giant hogweed: Country diary 100 years ago

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 2:30pm

Originally published in the Guardian on 1 July 1967

MACHYNLLETH: When a friend wrote recently and added a PS, “How’s that plant?” I knew that he meant the giant hogweed I described in this diary a year ago and which brought in more letters than anything I have ever mentioned. Last year’s plants duly disappeared but this year one has come up in a different place. It sowed itself at a path edge and for several weeks looked harmless enough. But suddenly it stretched out huge arms all round and now the path is quite blocked. Meanwhile its main stem is shooting up with equal speed and will soon be expanding massive umbels. I see it through the window as I write.

Related: Giant hogweed; digging deeper into the history of a 'killer weed'

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What Does It Take To Move A 10-Story Tree A Couple Of City Blocks?

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 12:50pm

That answer, as seen Sunday in Boise, Idaho: $300,000 and a lot of determination. St. Luke's Health System, which moved the historic sequoia, says it "was never even an option" to cut it down.

(Image credit: Rebecca Boone/AP)

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no yoke...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 12:31pm
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
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Activists ask consumer watchdog to investigate Acland mine ad campaign

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 11:00am

Lock the Gate and Oakey Coal Action Alliance say New Hope Group ad featuring logos of 40 other companies breaches consumer law

Opponents of a Queensland coal project have asked the consumer watchdog to investigate whether an embattled miner and up to 40 other companies broke the law with a “misleading” appeal for public support.

New Hope Group, whose New Acland project could become the first coal proposal in Queensland history to be refused mining licences, last week ran an advertising campaign claiming “thousands of jobs” would be lost unless the state government approved its expansion.

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As Trump moves to privatize America's national parks, visitor costs may rise

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 6:31am

Some are concerned that the proposed privatization of some public park services would drive up costs for visitors and fail to raise enough for repairs

America’s national parks need a staggering $11.5bn worth of overdue road and infrastructure repairs. But with the proposed National Park Service budget slashed by almost $400m, the Trump administration says it will turn to privatizing public park services to address those deferred maintenance costs.

“I don’t want to be in the business of running campgrounds,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said at a meeting of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association in Washington this month. This came after Donald Trump proposed cutting the Department of the Interior budget by 13%.

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People Of Coal-Rich Northern Cheyenne Torn Between Jobs And Sacred Culture

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 4:00am

Despite high unemployment and poverty, the tribe has never touched the billions of tons of coal underneath its land. But new opportunities from the Trump administration could change that.

(Image credit: Shane Thomas McMillan for NPR)

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The eco guide to performance wear

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 10:00pm

You’d expect mountain climbers to be great champions of the environment, but their high-performance clothing is a chemical nightmare

There’s a long-standing rivalry between surfers and climbers as to who is the greenest. For my money, surfers have the edge. They’ve influenced environmentalism at large, making their issues – sewage and plastic – ours.

Greenpeace has found noxious chemicals in the air around outdoor clothing shops

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oh the irony...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 5:02pm
Kind of ironic that I just posted a video of the state of my water supply while Study Butte / Terlingua is under a water emergency due to problems with the municipal water system.  Did a supply run to Alpine yesterday which included picking up over 28 gallons of bottled water for a neighbor who has no catchment in place.  Also looks like my kitchen has relapsed into its' natural state of chaos.  Stay tuned for an upcoming time lapse video on my channel of the transformation back to order.  89,91,73, .01",W
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Crisis in Britain’s coastal villages as local fishing communities fight for survival

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 4:05pm
As tourists pour in, global forces push local fishermen out

It is hard to think of a more faithful depiction of the English fishing village than the scene that greets the visitor to Porthleven in Cornwall: the early summer sun glints off the water, holidaymakers throng the quayside restaurants, enjoying the fresh fish unloaded by the fishermen toiling in their boats.

Yet some argue that things are not what they seem. They say that none of the fish sold at the restaurants or cafés offering “fresh local fish” is caught by the town’s fishermen. Instead it is brought in by van from wholesalers in Newlyn, 15 miles away. And of the boats bobbing in the water, only three are commercial fishing boats. Of those, one fisherman is retiring this year and the other two are ready to call it a day.

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