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'We Need Support': Pacific Islands Seek Help And Unity To Fight Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/05 - 8:56am

They are urging the international community for more resources to help manage climate change and calling for larger countries to cut their carbon emissions.

(Image credit: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Lumix)

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Six wild elephants die trying to save each other in Thai waterfall

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/05 - 7:46am

Incident reportedly happened after baby elephant slipped over falls

Six wild elephants have died while trying to save each other after falling into a waterfall at the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.

Two others were saved during the incident on Saturday at the Haew Narok waterfall in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, officials said.

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The ecology student who pushed the RSC to cut ties with oil giant

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/05 - 5:05am

Ella Mann pleaded with the Royal Shakespeare Company to end its BP sponsorship deal. Days later it did. But, she warns: ‘The fight is not over’

Ella Mann is just 19 but she has already made her mark on the world. In September, feeling increasingly frightened by the quickening pace of climate change, she started writing a letter to one of Britain’s leading theatre companies.

It was not a decision Mann took lightly, or one that she rushed. She spent days writing the letter which would pile pressure on the Royal Shakespeare Company to drop its longstanding relationship with oil giant BP.

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Climate Change In Canada's Yukon

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/05 - 5:01am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Paul Josie, a member of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, about how climate change in Canada's Yukon territory is affecting his community.

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New Research: China Is Winning Some Health-Care Battles — And Losing Others

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/05 - 4:01am

A suite of new research shows the country beating infectious diseases over the last two decades. But deaths from lifestyle-related diseases like cancer and diabetes are on the rise.

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Biosolids: mix human waste with toxic chemicals, then spread on crops

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 11:00pm

Residual sludge from treating waste water has been turned into a money-spinner but what are the costs to health of ‘the most pollutant-rich manmade substance on Earth’?

By some estimates, Americans send about 300m pounds of feces daily from the nation’s toilets to wastewater treatment plants.

Related: Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for first time

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'A problem in every national forest': tree thieves were behind Washington wildfire

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 9:00pm

Tree theft, which led to the deadly Maple fire in Washington, may be costing the US Forest Service up to $100m each year

When two men discovered a rare and valuable towering bigleaf maple tree in Washington state’s Olympic national forest last year, they allegedly set about trying to steal it.

But there was a problem – the tree was home to a bee hive. The men reportedly tried to use a wasp killer to get rid of it. When that didn’t work, one allegedly poured gasoline on it, and lit it on fire.

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Iowa teens delighted as Greta Thunberg leads unexpected climate strike

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 4:17pm

More than 3,000 people gathered in the shadow of the University of Iowa on Friday afternoon to hear Thunberg speak

Three days prior to Greta Thunberg’s surprise visit to Iowa City on Friday, the organizer and local climate activist, Massimo Biggers, a 14-year-old Iowa City high school student, was preparing to strike – as he has done every Friday, sometimes on his own, since the Global Climate Strike day Thunberg inspired on 15 March.

Out of the blue, a message arrived from the Swedish teen activist, with whom he had been in touch, asking him if he was planning to strike again this Friday. “Of course!” he replied, and for the last 48 hours, according to his father, Jeff, neither had slept. “This was truly a miracle to have the town pull this together,” he said.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 3:04pm
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Climate Change Lags Behind Other Issues On Charitable Giving Despite Large Donations

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 1:59pm

A staggering $750 million donation was given to Caltech to fund climate change and sustainability research. But can private philanthropists fill in the funding gap left by the federal government?

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'Everywhere we looked': trillions of microplastics found in San Francisco bay

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 11:39am

Most comprehensive study to date finds plastic in sediment collected from bay and tributaries and digestive tracts of fish

The most comprehensive study to date of microplastics in California has turned up a mind-boggling amount of plastic particles in the San Francisco bay.

An estimated 7tn pieces of microplastics flow into the San Francisco bay via stormwater drains alone, researchers discovered. Nearly half of the microscopic particles found in stormwater looked suspiciously like tiny fragments of car tires, which rainfall washes off the streets and into the ocean.

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'It's extremely depressing': tiny turtle dies after eating 104 pieces of plastic

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 10:56am

Florida clinic says the problem is so common that they have a drop-off point for residents to leave sickly turtles

When Emily Mirowski took in a tiny loggerhead turtle that had been washed up in Boca Raton, Florida, she knew it wasn’t healthy. It was lethargic, almost lifeless, with a drooping head – healthy turtles are normally so full of energy that they are hard to hold.

But she hoped it would live: its shell was immaculate and healthy looking, a beautiful orange brown, and the turtle was small enough to fit in the palm of the 29-year-old’s hand. It died soon after.

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BP boss Bob Dudley to step down next year after a decade as CEO

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 8:52am

Chief executive lauded for rescuing oil firm from 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster

BP boss Bob Dudley will step down as chief executive almost a decade after steering the oil major back from the brink of collapse following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The company said Dudley would end his four-decade career at BP early next year and be replaced in February by insider Bernard Looney, 49, currently head of exploration and production.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 8:15am

A crayfish crossing a road, fur seals living on a volcanic island and dissected seahorses

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Researchers Are Freezing Their Ship Into Arctic Ice To Study Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 7:32am

An ambitious Arctic expedition has reached a milestone. Researchers have found a floe to freeze into, where they'll construct an observatory and study Arctic systems from a ship.

(Image credit: Ravenna Koenig)

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National Theatre to end Shell membership from next year

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 7:24am

Move comes as opposition grows to fossil fuel firms’ linsk with UK arts bodies

The National Theatre has announced it will end Shell’s membership from next year, as the arts organisation accelerates plans to make itself carbon neutral in the face of the climate emergency.

Shell is listed as one of the theatre’s corporate gold members, with prices for this band of membership starting at £15,000 a year. Its other corporate members include the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and the investment firm Goldman Sachs.

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Green party calls for breakup of Home Office after Windrush scandal

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 5:00am

‘Ministry of sanctuary’ could run more liberal immigration system, conference to be told

The Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley says the Home Office should be broken up in response to failures over the hostile environment policy, as he seeks to position the party as “the antidote to populist authoritarianism” from Boris Johnson and others.

The Greens are holding their annual conference in Newport following success in local and European elections. Bartley’s speech to the event calls for radical change to tackle the anxieties of voters, exemplified by the Brexit vote.

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Why are female cyclists targeted by aggressive drivers for abuse?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 3:09am

By being on the road, women seem to be transgressing a boundary that some men find intolerable

I commute in London by bike. Run-ins with aggressive drivers are as much a part of my daily routine as brushing my teeth. Recently though, I’ve started to wonder whether there is a distinctly gendered dimension to the frequency and intensity with which I am shouted, sworn and honked at.

When I talk to friends who cycle, I’m struck by the instant recognition of this phenomenon by fellow women, who are quick to share their stories. Sometimes the abuse is explicitly sexual, more often it’s simply aggressive and unpleasant, or merely patronising. Almost without exception, it’s perpetrated by men.

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We're Pulling Tuna Out Of The Ocean At Unprecedented — And Unsustainable — Rates

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 3:00am

A new study finds that tuna harvests, including of some species considered "vulnerable," have increased by an astonishing 1,000% in the last 60 years — a rate some scientists warn is unsustainable.

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Greater horseshoe bats living in Kent after absence of 115 years

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 3:00am

Climatic change may be behind expanded range of very rare native mammal of British Isles

One of Britain’s and northern Europe’s rarest and most elusive mammals has been discovered living in the east of England for the first time in 115 years.

The return to Kent of the greater horseshoe bat has delighted and astounded conservationists, who are now examining whether climate change is shifting the species’ range. The bat is normally found only in Wales and the west of England.

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