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The Democratic field is crowded with C-listers. It's time for some to drop out | Kate Aronoff

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 10:46pm

Relative nobodies like John Delaney and John Hickenlooper have taken up more airtime than the climate crisis during the debates. We deserve better

Millions of Americans don’t know who John Delaney or John Hickenlooper are. They probably wouldn’t be able to correctly identify them in a photo. And yet, at the Democratic debate on Tuesday night, Delaney got to speak for nearly 11 minutes, and John Hickenlooper for almost nine. In one night, those two relatively unknown men combined got more airtime than the climate crisis has in all three debates thus far. And that’s despite the fact that, if we don’t do anything to address rising temperatures now, we will see several US cities underwater in the coming decades.

So here’s my pitch: if these and other candidates without a shot in hell at winning actually cared about the future of this country, they would drop out.

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Paddling in plastic: meet the man swimming the Pacific garbage patch

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 10:00pm

Ben Lecomte is making a trans-Pacific journey to better understand how plastics pollution is affecting our oceans

Ben Lecomte is spending his summer swimming in trash – literally. So far, he’s found toothbrushes, laundry baskets, sandbox shovels and beer crates floating out in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The 52-year-old Frenchman is journeying from Hawaii to San Francisco via the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to better understand how plastic is affecting our oceans. He will swim a total of 300 nautical miles, intermittently travelling by sailboat with a crew of 10 the rest of the way.

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Baby rhino is America's first born from artificial insemination

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 10:00pm

Southern white rhino calf at San Diego Zoo raises hopes for the future of wild rhinoceroses

The bumbling, sleepy rhino calf at San Diego Zoo is sure to delight animal lovers around the world. But for conservation scientists, his birth has additional meaning – it marks a significant step toward saving wild rhino populations from the edge of extinction.

The newborn southern white rhino is the first in North America, and the third in the world, born as the result of artificial insemination.

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Pacific leaders plead with Australia to drop plans to carry over emissions credits

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 7:55pm

Nadi Bay declaration issues blunt warning: coral atoll nations could be uninhabitable as early as 2030

Pacific leaders have called on Australia to abandon plans to use carry-over credits to meet Paris climate targets and to immediately stop new coalmining, warning some of their countries could be uninhabitable as soon as 2030.

In a strongly worded statement issued at the end of a Pacific Islands development forum in Fiji, the leaders said they were deeply concerned about a lack of “comprehension, ambition or commitment” from developed nations despite the climate crisis posing grave consequences for their people.

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Crocodile with surgical plate in stomach may provide clue to missing person

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 7:31pm

The orthopaedic device was discovered inside 4.7m animal that died in central Queensland last month

An orthopaedic plate found in the stomach of a Queensland crocodile could possibly bring closure to the family of a missing person.

The plate, with six stainless steel screws, was inside the 4.7-metre MJ, who died a month ago after a fight with another large crocodile at Koorana Crocodile Farm near Rockhampton.

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no more hatchlings

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 5:28pm
Checked the nest this morning and the hatchlings were gone...probably the victims of a snake.  Better luck next time.  89,96,70,0,B
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Met Office: UK's 10 hottest years on record occurred since 2002

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 4:25pm

Data also shows that none of Britain’s coldest years have happened since 1963

The UK’s 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2002, the Met Office has said. Its statistics stretching back to 1884 reveal a worrying trend, as the planet as a whole deals with the climate crisis.

In a further indication of how the climate is heating up, the records show that none of the UK’s 10 coldest years have occurred since 1963.

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In Las Vegas, There Are Swarms Of Grasshoppers Big Enough To Show Up On Weather Radar

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 2:12pm

Las Vegas has been invaded by grasshoppers due to unusually wet weather earlier this year. They have shown up in radar footage from the National Weather Service.

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So Long, Mini Shampoos: Holiday Inn's Owner Switching To Bulk Sizes To Cut Waste

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 1:01pm

InterContinental Hotels Group says its hotels use some 200 million little toiletries every year. It plans to switch from tiny plastic sample sizes to bulk-sized bathroom amenities by the end of 2021.

(Image credit: Jenny Kane/AP)

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White House ‘undercutting evidence' of climate crisis, says analyst who resigned

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 12:38pm

Rod Schoonover, who was an intelligence analyst for 10 years, said the Trump administration halted his report on global heating

A former senior government analyst has accused the Trump administration of “undercutting evidence” of the threat to national security from the climate crisis after his report on the issue was blocked by the White House.

Rod Schoonover, who worked as an intelligence analyst for the federal government for 10 years before resigning earlier this month, submitted a written testimony on the “wide-ranging implications” of global heating over the next 20 years, for submission to the House intelligence committee last month.

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Johnson and Trump's close ties risk disaster for planet, says Corbyn

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 11:07am

Labour leader speaks after meeting Blackpool protesters and calling for fracking ban

Boris Johnson’s close relationship with Donald Trump could be dangerous for the environment with both leaders putting “short-term economic gains” ahead of longer-term climate issues, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

The Labour leader made his comments after meeting with fracking protesters in Blackpool, where he called on the prime minister to impose an immediate ban on shale gas extraction.

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Clean energy set to provide 35% of Australia's electricity within two years

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 11:00am

The renewable boom will end without a national policy to encourage future clean investments, industry warns

Clean energy will be providing 35% of Australia’s total electricity needs within two years, analysts say, as new data underlines the pace at which solar power is transforming the national energy market.

A report by consultants Green Energy Markets found rooftop solar systems and new large-scale farms regularly pushed renewable energy to beyond 30% of generation at midday during June, one of the least sunny months.

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Plastics Or People? At Least 1 Of Them Has To Change To Clean Up Our Mess

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 10:43am

As consumers rebel against plastic waste, there's a growing question: Do we invent something people can toss without harming the environment or do we change people by giving them a chance to reuse?

(Image credit: Wayne Parry/AP)

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Mongolia's Capital Banned Coal To Fix Its Pollution Problem. Will It Work?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 2:08am

Winter nights in Ulaanbaatar can drop to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Many residents without electricity burn coal to heat their homes, leading to toxic air and health problems.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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Ban fracking in UK, Jeremy Corbyn urges Boris Johnson

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/30 - 1:12am

Labour says fracking for gas will prevent Britain meeting carbon emissions target

Jeremy Corbyn has urged Boris Johnson to ban fracking for gas as research by Labour shows it will stop the UK meeting a net zero target for carbon emissions this century.

The analysis was published ahead of a visit by the Labour leader to join anti-fracking protesters at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

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Time to bin letters making dubious solar claims

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/29 - 11:00pm

Messages appear to be a ruse to get people to sign up to unnecessary services

We have had solar panels on our roof for some years and all is working well. Last week we received a letter from the British Trading Solar Association warning us that the five-year warranty on our inverter was due to expire. It invited us to book a free health check and service. I have never heard of the BTSA and it did not install our system. Can you shed any light on this?
, London

In March this year the Microgeneration Certification Scheme issued a warning about these letters, and told people to bin them. They appear to be a ruse to get people to sign up to unnecessary services or similar. I’d suggest you follow this advice.

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Starvation deaths of 200 reindeer in Arctic caused by climate change, say researchers

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/29 - 7:07pm

Comparable death toll has been recorded only once before, says Norwegian Polar Institute

About 200 reindeer have been found dead from starvation in the Arctic archipelago Svalbard, an unusually high number, the Norwegian Polar Institute has said, pointing the finger at climate change.

During an annual census of the wild reindeer population on the group of islands about 1,200km (746 miles) from the north pole, three researchers from the institute identified the carcasses of about 200 deer believed to have starved to death last winter.

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Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/29 - 5:01pm

Nation replaces Brazil for first time in annual list of murders compiled by Global Witness

The Philippines has replaced Brazil as the most murderous country in the world for people defending their land and environment, according to research that puts a spotlight on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

More than three defenders were killed across the world every week in 2018, according to the annual toll by the independent watchdog Global Witness, highlighting the continued dangers facing those who stand up to miners, loggers, farmers, poachers and other extractive industries.

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Complaint from Angus Taylor's brother prompted environment probe, former senator says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/29 - 3:26pm

John Williams pushed for review after hearing Richard Taylor talk on radio about clearing of grasslands

A national review of how conservation laws affect the agriculture industry was prompted by a complaint on the radio from Richard Taylor – the brother of Angus Taylor – the former Nationals senator John Williams has said.

Williams says he pushed for the farm-focused review after he heard Richard Taylor speaking about state and federal investigations into alleged illegal clearing of grasslands on land he and the energy minister part-own in New South Wales.

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With An Eye Toward Lower Emissions, Clean Air Travel Gets Off The Ground

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/07/29 - 1:24pm

Air travel is set to grow dramatically. It will be a while before electric planes truly take off, but people are trying to reduce their carbon footprint now with offsets and "flight shaming."

(Image credit: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images)

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