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Little green bag: Morrisons turns to paper in war on plastic

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/24 - 4:01pm

Supermarket chains begins UK rollout of paper bags for loose fruit and vegetables

Morrisons is reviving traditional brown paper bags for loose fresh fruit and vegetables, in a move it says will prevent 150m small plastic bags from being used every year.

The paper bags are being rolled out from Monday and will be in all of the supermarket chain’s 493 stores by the end of the summer. Made from 100% recyclable paper, they have a see-though paper strip to help shoppers and staff identify the produce inside.

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New NT gasfields would put Paris commitment in doubt

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/24 - 11:00am

‘There’s no room for any new long-term fossil fuel developments,’ climate scientists say

A gas boom in the Northern Territory would contribute as much as 6.6% to Australia’s annual emissions, according to data in a report from an inquiry examining the risks associated with fracking.

The final report by the inquiry’s committee assessed the emissions from exploration, producing gas from the planned new gasfields and from burning that proportion of the gas destined for the domestic market.

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Frogs and dragon flies in a deadly duel | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/24 - 9:11am
The entire population of tadpoles in Peter Malpass’s pond has been eaten by dragon fly larvae

Your report (21 June) urging gardeners to be frog friendly is, of course, to be welcomed. However, cherishing amphibians raises a dilemma because one of the major threats to frog populations is predation by dragon fly larvae, rapacious creatures up to two inches long and said to be capable of eating anything not bigger than themselves. This year not a single froglet will emerge from my pond, despite the protection given to the frog spawn during the late snow and frost. The entire population of tadpoles has been eaten by dragon fly larvae. The fact that the adult dragon fly is a magnificent creature in its own right, and, like adult frogs and toads, eats creatures we might regard as garden pests, leaves me in a quandary: is it OK to kill dragon flies to protect frogs, or should I leave it to nature to sort itself out?
Peter Malpass
Bristol

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The Bountiful Benefits Of Bringing Back The Beavers

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/06/24 - 5:04am

Hundreds of millions of beavers used to populate the West but were hunted to near extinction. Turns out, beavers are critical to healthy water ecosystems, so now there are efforts to bring them back.

(Image credit: Larry Smith/Flickr)

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Energy minister faces questions as Swansea tidal lagoon plan left in limbo

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/24 - 3:05am

Tidal Lagoon Power has to cut headcount after delays over decision on £1.3bn project

Britain’s energy minister will have to explain to MPs why no decision has been made on whether to support a tidal lagoon in Swansea – nearly 18 months after an independent government review backed the plan.

Claire Perry will face the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee on Monday afternoon to answer questions on the £1.3bn clean energy project, which has been left in limbo.

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Genetically modified animals

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/06/23 - 11:00pm
Despite its potential to battle disease and hunger, genetically engineered food is still controversial

Last week, scientists from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute announced they had deleted the section of DNA that leaves pigs vulnerable to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, which is estimated to cost European farmers £1.5bn a year in loss of livestock and decreased productivity. Genetically modified animals are banned from the EU food chain, but since this is a new and different technique it’s possible they’ll be appearing in bacon sandwiches in a few years.

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Up to 100 Labour MPs to back government on Heathrow third runway

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/06/23 - 10:00pm
Backbenchers defy Jeremy Corbyn by working behind the scenes with Tory whips

Labour MPs who disagree with Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition to the expansion of Heathrow airport have been working closely with government ministers and Tory whips to ensure the plans win parliamentary approval on Monday, in an extraordinary show of defiance against their party leader.

The extent of behind-the-scenes cooperation with the government on such an important policy issue is believed to be unprecedented and all but guarantees that the third runway plan will be passed, despite Corbyn, his shadow chancellor John McDonnell and the Labour front bench opposing the move.

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a new friend...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/06/23 - 4:05pm
This raven has been picking through my trash every day for over a week.  I keep finding bits and pieces on the ground around my trash cans.  Putting out food every morning now to buddy up to him.  Video coming soon.  103,108,80,0,B
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