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Latest global school climate strikes expected to beat turnout record

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/24 - 6:06am

Organisers say more than 1.4 million young people are set to protest about the climate crisis

Hundreds of thousands of children and young people are walking out of lessons around the world on Friday as the school strike movement continues to snowball.

Climate strikes were planned in more than 1,400 cities in more than 110 countries. Organisers say the number of young people taking part is set to top the 1.4 million people who participated in the global day of strikes in March.

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School climate strikes expected to be largest yet – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/24 - 6:02am

Students around the world are walking out of lessons to demand politicians take urgent action on climate change

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We’re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading and commenting – here’s a summary of the afternoon’s events:

Hundreds of thousands of children and young people walked out of lessons around the world on Friday, with strikes in more than 1,400 cities in more than 110 countries. Beforehand, organisers said the number of young people taking part would top the 1.4 million people who participated in the global day of strikes in March.

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Manchester, St. Peter's Square at lunchtime pic.twitter.com/V3SjfQ8YaN

Parents and young people out this afternoon, about 200 at a peak, positive vibe pic.twitter.com/dqAXnzCWjO

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Send us your questions for climate activist Greta Thunberg

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/24 - 4:00am

Got a question for the Swedish 16-year-old who started a youth climate revolution? Here’s your chance to ask her...

On 20 August 2018, Greta Thunberg, then aged 15, did not attend her first day back at school after the summer holidays. Instead, she made a sign that read “School strike for climate change” and stood in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, demanding the government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris climate agreement.

Her protest sparked the international movement Fridays for Future, in which schoolchildren around the world skip class to insist their governments take urgent action to halt the ongoing climate crisis. Since then, Thunberg has given a TED talk on the subject, been named one of the world’s most influential teens by Time magazine, and been nominated for the Nobel peace prize. After she addressed the Houses of Parliament in April, MPs endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s call to declare a climate emergency, aiming to “set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe”.

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Adani coalmine environmental approvals given three-week deadline

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/24 - 1:43am

New timeframe for controversial Carmichael mine is ‘good news’, Queensland premier says

The Queensland government has placed a three-week deadline on the final environmental approvals for the controversial Adani Carmichael coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

The assessment and management plan for the endangered black-throated finch is due next week, on 31 May, and a decision on the groundwater management plan is due on 13 June.

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US to strafe crucial nesting area for 3m birds with poison to eradicate mice

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 10:00pm

Midway Atoll to be bombarded with rodenticide after scientists and volunteers discovered seabirds with open wounds

Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean was the scene of a crucial naval battle in the second world war. It is now set for a very different sort of conflict – a bombing campaign to rid the area of mice.

The US government is moving ahead with a plan to strafe Midway with poison aimed at eradicating mice that are on a deadly rampage through one of the world’s most important sites for seabirds.

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'Elusive and cryptic' lizard may be first Australian mainland reptile declared extinct

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 5:32pm

Hunt is on in Melbourne for grassland earless dragon – not seen since 1969 – after one species was reclassified as four

A newly reclassified species of lizard that is native to areas now paved by Melbourne’s suburbs could become the first reptile on mainland Australia to be declared extinct.

A taxonomic survey of the grassland earless dragon, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal this week, discovered that the species classified as Tympanocryptis pinguicolla was in fact four species – one of which has not been seen since 1969.

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Julian Assange: US charges WikiLeaks founder with violating Espionage Act – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 5:01pm

Eighteen-count DoJ indictment alleges Assange, who was arrested last month in London, ‘risked serious harm’ to America

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Quiet end to an exciting day:

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It’s been a dramatic two days for President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Here’s a quick rundown of all that went down:

I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media. Well, so many stories about the meeting use the Rage narrative anyway - Fake & Corrupt Press!

Here is a 7+ minute video, from ABC, of Trump calling on multiple senior aides to defend him and vouch for his 'calm' demeanor in the infrastructure meeting with Democrats after Nancy Pelosi said that he'd had a temper tantrum. pic.twitter.com/iiLcrjnTe4

When the “extremely stable genius” starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues. https://t.co/tfWVkj9CLT

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Botswana Lifts Its Ban On Elephant Hunting

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 4:35pm

Fewer than 400 licenses will be granted annually, the government of Botswana said Thursday. Conservationists are decrying the decision as horrific and unethical.

(Image credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Burrow action: female crickets more attracted to older males – study

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 4:01pm

Mature crickets better at luring females – but struggle to live up to expectation

The sweet singing charms of an old male appear to be irresistible to a younger female – if you are a field cricket in a Spanish meadow.

Researchers studying wild crickets have found older males are better than younger, more immature rivals at attracting females back to their burrows with their song.

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Pepino News

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 4:01pm
Years ago when I first built Pepino (my 12VDC swamp cooler), I bought a bunch of greenhouse evaporative cooler pads for it. After a lot of trial and error, I found this type of pad works best for my application.  Been noticing that last years pad just isn't cooling like it should so I used the last new chunk I had on hand to replace it. That made a 10° cooling difference.  Ordered a new slab that should cover me for the next three years. Each replacement requires a 12" piece.  76,105,93,0,B  

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2020 candidate John Delaney pitches vastly unusual climate change plan

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 8:58am

Maryland congressman wants to capture carbon dioxide pollution heating the planet and transport it in pipelines criss-crossing US

The first three Democratic presidential candidates to declare their plans to tackle the climate crisis are focussing on setting deadlines to neutralize US pollution. But one Democrat is proposing something vastly different. Environmental advocates are likely to find it unacceptable, but some experts say it might be necessary.

Maryland congressman and long shot 2020 candidate John Delaney wants to scale up technology to capture the carbon dioxide pollution heating the planet, and transport it in pipelines crisscrossing the country.

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Republicans aren’t just climate deniers. They deny the extinction crisis, too

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 3:00am

Republican officials and their industry benefactors are sowing doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens as many as one million species

Maybe you’ve read King Lear and remember this famous line: “‘Tis the time’s plague when madmen lead the blind.” The words were written more than 400 years ago as a comment on the deadly consequences of greed, delusion and political folly, but they could serve just as well as a Republican party slogan today. They’re a fitting description of the Republican party’s delusional campaign to deny the environmental crises that threaten our planet and our civilization.

For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign of climate deception, which is elegantly documented in books like Merchants of Doubt, has exacted a huge toll on the planet and its people – it has sabotaged domestic and international efforts to combat greenhouse gas pollution and exacerbated a crisis that is acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps, supercharging storms and making the Earth less hospitable to human and animal life. We have a name for the purveyors of this deceitful campaign: we call them “climate deniers”.

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Why Banning Plastic Grocery Bags Could Be A Bad Move

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 2:02am

Plastic bags are not biodegradable and can do great harms to wildlife. Cities and states across the country are banning plastic bags, but those bans may be having unintended consequences.

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Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/23 - 2:00am

Coal-fired power plants keep closing, and communities around the country must decide what to do with those sites. Pennsylvania has a plan, aiming to create new jobs where old ones have been lost.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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A trail of toxicity: the US military bases making people sick

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/22 - 11:00pm

In Colorado Springs, businesses are suing the military for perfluorinated compounds, which some are calling ‘Agent Orange 2.0’

Over the last 80 years, much of the land surrounding Venetucci Farm was sold to the US army to establish the base now known as Fort Carson, and today it is hemmed in by highways. Still, with its 200 acres of fields, farmhouse and big red barn, it is a beloved institution in Colorado Springs. As the only community urban farm left in the sprawling city, it is a valuable resource, educating thousands of children about agriculture, sustainability and healthy eating and known above all for its annual pumpkin giveaways.

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A promise unfulfilled: water pipeline stops short for Sioux reservation

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/22 - 10:00pm

After 25 years and a half-billion dollars, only half of the project’s water delivered to Pine Ridge Reservation comes from the Missouri River – unlike supplies for white ranchers

Up until late last year, Ella Coleman, a diminutive, soft-spoken Oglala Sioux grandmother who lives in one of the hundreds of mobile homes on the semi-arid plains of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, lacked running water.

Sometimes, she received water deliveries by truck. Other times, she drove to a community spigot, where she filled buckets and hauled them in her minivan. At home, she ladled water from the buckets for cooking and bathing.

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Galilee Basin mine next to Adani put on hold amid doubts over future of thermal coal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/22 - 6:20pm

MacMines Austasia abandon plans, raising questions about basin’s viability as a source of Queensland employment

The backer of a massive coal proposal in the Galilee Basin, adjacent to Adani’s Carmichael mine site, has quietly abandoned its plans amid growing doubts about the long-term profitability of Australian thermal coal exports.

The ABC reported this morning that the proponents of the $7bn China Stone mine had withdrawn their application for a mining lease in March.

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China factories releasing thousands of tonnes of illegal CFC gases, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/22 - 5:47pm

Levels of ozone-depleting gas spiked when air from industrialised areas of China arrived, say researchers

Industries in north-eastern China have released large quantities of an ozone-depleting gas into the atmosphere in violation of an international treaty, scientists have said.

Since 2013, annual emissions of the banned chemical Chlorofluorocarbon-11 (CFC-11) from that region have increased by about 7,000 tonnes, according to a report in peer-reviewed journal Nature.

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Philippines threatens to dump rubbish back in Canadian waters as row deepens

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/22 - 5:09pm

Two nations have been at odds over 69 containers of waste sent to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept the rubbish.

“The Philippines as an independent sovereign nation must not be treated as trash by other foreign nation,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told a media briefing.

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Republicans give platform to climate science deniers at hearing on biodiversity

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/22 - 3:33pm

Conservative members of Congress called on climate change deniers at hearing on endangered species

The climate crisis has become a top issue among Democrats running for president. But many Republican lawmakers are still resistant to the science showing global heating is a serious, manmade problem.

When Democrats in control of the House scheduled a hearing for international scientists to explain their warnings that humans are critically wounding biodiversity on Wednesday, conservative members of Congress called on career climate science deniers to testify alongside them.

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