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No Plan B: Putting A Price Tag On Carbon

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/09/26 - 7:06am

A bipartisan carbon tax bill that proposes corporations should pay a per-ton fee for their carbon emission is currently before Congress.

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Swedish newspaper stops taking adverts from fossil fuel firms

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/09/26 - 5:45am

Dagens ETC says ban is crucial for its credibility and urges other media to follow suit

A Swedish newspaper has announced it will stop taking advertising that promotes fossil fuel-based goods and services with immediate effect.

The editor of the daily Dagens ETC said the decision was “crucial for our credibility”. He urged other media outlets to consider doing the same.

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Aston Martin needs to have a proper look under the bonnet | Nils Pratley

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/09/26 - 2:58am

Fundraising cash via bonds screams of desperation by carmaker whose balance sheet needs a proper overhaul

Here comes Aston Martin with news of its “successful” placing of $150m (£120m) worth of bonds. Success, in this context, merely means the company got its cash. Everything else about the fundraising screams of desperation on the part of the borrower.

Aston Martin will pay interest at 12%, a corporate pauper’s rate. A second $100m bond will have to be pitched at 15% if sales targets on the new SUV model are not met. It is quite a reversal: as recently as April, there were buyers for new Aston Martin IOUs at 6.5%.

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Fight the power: why climate activists are suing Europe’s biggest coal plant

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/09/26 - 2:36am

Future of Poland’s Bełchatów power station under scrutiny as grassroots groups and NGOs take radical action

It is Europe’s biggest coal plant, with annual CO2 emissions roughly equivalent to those of the whole of New Zealand – but the future of the Bełchatów power station in central Poland has been called into question after a global environmental charity announced a legal challenge designed to eliminate the facility’s carbon footprint by 2035.

ClientEarth, an international NGO that seeks to protect the environment through legal action, announced on Thursday that it was taking PGE GiEK, a subsidiary of Polish state-owned power giant Polska Grupa Energetyczna, to court over emissions at the Bełchatów plant, which is notorious for its burning of highly polluting lignite, or brown coal.

Related: Can Poland wean itself off coal?

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Clean-air scientists fired by EPA to reconvene in snub to Trump

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 11:01pm

Panel of researchers plans to continue reviewing studies, as at least 21 million Americans said to live with unacceptable air pollution

An advisory panel of air pollution scientists disbanded by the Trump administration plans to continue their work with or without the US government.

The researchers – from a group that reviewed the latest studies about how tiny particles of air pollution from fossil fuels make people sick – will assemble next month, a year from the day they were fired.

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Vicious cycle: delicate wash releases more plastic microfibres

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 4:01pm

Study finds 800,000 extra fibres are shed than on standard washing machine setting

Delicate wash cycles should be avoided whenever possible, according to scientists who found they can release hundreds of thousands more plastic microfibres into the environment than standard wash cycles.

Researchers at Newcastle University ran tests with full-scale machines to show that a delicate wash, which uses up to twice as much water as a standard cycle, releases on average 800,000 more microfibres than less water-hungry cycles.

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Trimming the exterior...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 3:47pm
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Scott Morrison says Australia's record on climate change misrepresented by media

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 3:07pm

PM trumpets his country’s achievements in address to UN general assembly

Scott Morrison signalled that Australia is unlikely to update its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris agreement before a speech to the UN in which he declared that the media was misrepresenting the country’s climate change record.

During a press conference before his UN speech at a recycling facility in Brooklyn, the prime minister said he wouldn’t characterise “misrepresentations” about Australia’s climate stance as fake news.

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Sea Level Rise, Ocean Warming Is Accelerating According To U.N. Report

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 1:45pm

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on how the world's oceans and ice are affected by climate change. Sea level rise is accelerating as is ocean warming.

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Canada's Green Party alters photo of leader using single-use cup

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 12:30pm

Image of Elizabeth May manipulated to make it seem as if she was using a reusable cup and metal straw instead of a disposable cup

Canada’s Green party has admitted to manipulating a photograph on its website to make it seem as if the party leader was using a reusable plastic cup and metal straw instead of a disposable paper cup.

The image shows Elizabeth May, smiling and holding a plastic cup emblazoned with the Green party logo and with a metal straw inserted in its cover.

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Greta Thunberg's 495-word UN speech points us to a future of hope – or despair | Richard Flanagan

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 11:00am

The speech draws the battle lines between those of us who want action on climate change and those, like Trump, who only mock it

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Greta Thunberg’s address to the UN’s Climate Action Summit on Monday may well prove to be the climate change movement’s Gettysburg Address. Like Abraham Lincoln’s revered speech, which ran to 273 words, Thunberg’s was also very short, only 495 words long.

Lincoln famously spoke at the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery, following the leading orator of the day, Edward Everett, who took two hours to deliver the official address, a 13,000 word oration. Lincoln’s speech, simply described in the day’s official program as Dedicatory Remarks, lasted less than three minutes.

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Hinkley Point nuclear plant building costs rise by up to £2.9bn

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 9:38am

EDF Energy blames ground conditions for rise but says energy bills will not go up

The cost of building the UK’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation has risen by up to £2.9bn and the total bill could be more than £22bn.

EDF Energy said the construction cost for Hinkley Point C in Somerset had climbed by between £1.9bn to £2.9bn from the company’s last estimates and is running the risk of further delays.

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Revealed: Trump’s Wildlife Service pick has ties to anti-animal protection groups

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 9:09am

Aurelia Skipwith, nominee to lead US Fish and Wildlife Service, linked to groups opposed to protections for endangered species

Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the US Fish and Wildlife Service has links to powerful agricultural interests opposed to protections for endangered species she would oversee, the Guardian has learned.

Aurelia Skipwith, who is already a top official at the interior department, formerly worked at the agrochemical giant Monsanto.

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No Plan B: Deciding Not To Have Children Because of Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 7:20am

Faced with the prospect of severe climate disruptions, potential parents are rethinking that choice.

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'Genius' Grant Goes To Marine Scientist Who Embraces Flash Mobs And Comic Books

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 4:02am

Stacy Jupiter works with the people of Fiji to protect the oceans. Two of her most important life lessons came from the Peace Corps: 1) listen and 2) nothing ever goes according to plan.

(Image credit: Rebecca Weeks)

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News Brief: Impeachment Inquiry, U.K. Parliament, Climate Report

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 2:03am

House Speaker Pelosi launches impeachment inquiry into President Trump. After U.K. court ruling, British lawmakers return to work. The findings of a landmark U.N. climate change report are released.

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Earth's Oceans Are Getting Hotter And Higher, And It's Accelerating

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/09/25 - 2:00am

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest report on the oceans, and it's not good. The report also notes a relatively new phenomenon in the oceans: marine heat waves.

(Image credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)

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Greta Thunberg showed the world what it means to lead | Michael H Fuchs

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/09/24 - 11:00pm

The climate activist from Sweden was the star of the UN climate summit. Her remarks reminded us what leadership, courage and sacrifice look like

At the 2019 annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, a 16-year-old climate activist took the mantle of global leadership usually reserved for the US president.

Donald Trump’s decision to not participate in the UN climate summit illustrated just how devastatingly Trump’s climate-denying policies have undermined America’s role in the world as a force for good, and how his actions could contribute to the destruction of the futures of countless billions. Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg called him – and other world leaders – out for their malign neglect in failing to address the single most existential threat humanity faces, while revealing the energy with which a new generation of leaders is determined to act.

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Andrew Forrest launches US$300m war on plastic to tackle ocean pollution

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/09/24 - 9:39pm

Mining billionaire’s initiative would see manufacturers of virgin plastic pay premium for doing so

Mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is launching a business-driven initiative to try to tackle the hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic waste produced every year around the globe.

Forrest, through his Minderoo Foundation, is committing US$300m to launch the scheme that proposes manufacturers of fossil-fuel based plastic pay a voluntary financial contribution for doing so.

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