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25 Years Later: Hurricane Andrew's Devastation Lingers

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 1:52pm

Twenty-five years ago, Hurricane Andrew slammed into south Florida. It was the last Category 5 storm to hit the U.S., and its impact is still felt today by those who survived the hurricane.

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Trump Administration Moves To Shrink National Monuments

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 1:52pm

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says some National Monuments protecting federal public land designated during the Obama administration will be downsized, including a big reduction of Utah's Bears Ears.

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25 Years Later: How Hurricane Andrew Impacted Emergency Response

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 1:52pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate about the important changes inspired by the historic Category 5 storm, in computer modeling, housing codes and insurance.

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Texas Coast Prepares For Strengthened Hurricane Harvey

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 1:52pm

The National Hurricane Center now says Harvey will be a major hurricane when it arrives in Texas late Friday. The overnight escalation surprised planners who were told it would be a tropical storm.

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The Trump administration's national monuments 'review' is a sham | Brian Calvert

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 11:41am

The reasoning the president gave for the review, which could affect 27 national monuments, are demonstrably untrue

  • Brian Calvert is the editor-in-chief of High Country News, a Colorado-based magazine that covers the American West

I have been trying to find one good policy reason for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to go after national monuments, but the fact is, there are none.

Zinke, a pro-energy Montanan who speciously claims to be a conservationist, has undertaken an unprecedented review of national monuments dedicated under the Antiquities Act at the behest of Donald Trump. He delivered his recommendations for shrinking a hit-list of 27 monuments on August 24. But his review is a sham, and so is the presidential directive that ordered it.

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Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 11:00am

Special report: India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?

The Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply from countries that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur war, the then US secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, called on the OECD to set up a new body to ensure its members would always have the reliable and affordable energy they needed.

Over time, as the agency has expanded its focus to map broader energy trends, it has sometimes faced accusations of conservatism – that it has underestimated the uptake of renewable energy, and has been overly bullish about the future of fossil fuels. But last month it released a report that pointed to a rupture more far reaching than the 70s oil embargo.

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David Attenborough sees 'signs of hope' for the environment

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 10:36am

Broadcaster says he is more optimistic about the future of the planet after a global shift in attitudes to the natural world

Sir David Attenborough has said he is more encouraged about the future health of Earth than he has been for some time after a “worldwide shift” in attitudes about concern for the natural world and the damage that humans are doing to the planet.

The veteran wildlife broadcaster said there are “signs of hope” for the health of the planet and called the Paris climate change agreement a “big advance” in an interview at the Edinburgh TV festival despite President Donald Trump’s disengagement.

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Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in 'biggest attack' in 50 years

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 10:07am

President dissolves Renca to attract investment in region thought to contain gold as critics warn of irreversible damage

The Brazilian president Michel Temer has abolished an Amazonian reserve the size of Denmark, prompting concerns of an influx of mineral companies, road-builders and workers into the species-rich forest.

The dissolution of the Renca reserve – which spans 46,000 sq km on the border of the Amapa and Para states – was described by one opposition senator Randolfe Rodrigues of the Sustainability Network party, as the “biggest attack on the Amazon of the last 50 years”.

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US public lands: Trump official recommends shrinking national monuments

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 9:10am

Interior secretary Ryan Zinke says his recommendations include boundary adjustments for some locations among 27 national monuments

Conservation safeguards on a “handful” of national monuments across the US could be rolled back following the delivery on Thursday of the White House’s long-awaited review of such public lands, interior secretary Ryan Zinke said.

Related: The Trump administration's national monuments 'review' is a sham | Brian Calvert

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Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 8:51am

Climate change has thawed Arctic enough for $300m gas tanker to travel at record speed through northern sea route

A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

The $300m (£233m) Christophe de Margerie carried a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong in South Korea in 19 days, about 30% quicker than the conventional southern shipping route through the Suez Canal.

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Cock-a-doodle-don't: French cockerel faces legal action to silence dawn chorus

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 6:50am

Owner of Maurice, who lives on the Île d’Oléron, has tried putting egg boxes in the coop but neighbours maintain morning racket is a health risk

Maurice the French cockerel fancies himself as a bit of a crooner. Not quite like his famous namesake Maurice Chevalier, the late French balladeer; but still, each dawn, Maurice does what nature intended cockerels do: he crows.

His owner, Corinne Fesseau, who describes herself as a local singer on the Île d’Oléron, an island off France’s Atlantic coast, is used to Maurice’s early wake-up call.

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Satellite eye on Earth: July 2017 – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 3:28am

Wildfires in the US and Africa, tropical storms, and Bolivian salt flats are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month

Pakistan’s Makran coast meets the Arabian Sea where the dry terrain contrasts sharply with the water. Sometimes coast and water overlap and sediment pours into the sea. Once river water and sediment reach the ocean they are swept along by currents. Inland, the landscape is rugged. Narrow valleys provide pastures for sheep amid the desert.

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New study finds that climate change costs will hit Trump country hardest | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 3:00am

In the USA, the southeastern states are most vulnerable to the costly impacts from human-caused climate change

Humans are causing Earth’s climate to change. We know that. We’ve known it for decades. Okay so what? The follow-up questions should be directed to what the effects of warming will be. What will the costs be to society, to the natural biosystem, and to human lives? Let’s be honest, if the consequences of warming are not large, then who cares? But, if the consequences are severe, then we should take action now to reduce the warming. This really comes down to costs and benefits. Are the benefits of reducing emissions greater or less than the costs?

But there is a nuance to the answer. The costs are not uniformly distributed. Some regions will suffer more and other regions will suffer less. In fact, some regions will actually benefit in a warming climate. We understand that the world is interconnected and costs will inevitably be shared to some extent. But it is clear we won’t all suffer the same.

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For New England Farmers Looking To Make Ends Meet, The Sun Provides A Harvest

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 2:23am

Farmers in New England are renting parts of their land to solar energy developers, allowing the farmers to earn some much-needed extra money. But not everyone is happy about the trend.

(Image credit: Patrick Skahill/WNPR)

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Coal, Nuclear Power Would Benefit From Energy Department's Power Grid Study

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/08/24 - 2:02am

A controversial Energy Department report says the U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas. Environmentalists doubt the report.

(Image credit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

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Adani to fight $12,900 fine for releasing coal-laden stormwater into sea

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/08/23 - 11:47pm

Environmental groups have lambasted penalty issued by Queensland government as a slap on the wrist

Adani has chosen to fight a $12,900 fine by the Queensland government for the unauthorised release of coal-laden stormwater into the sea at its Abbot Point port during a cyclone in March.

The Indian energy giant has given notice to the state environment department that it intends to contest the modest penalty infringement notice in court, the Guardian can reveal.

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Washington Declares Open Season On Escaped Aquaculture Salmon

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/08/23 - 5:07pm

State wildlife officials have asked the public to catch as many of the non-native Atlantic salmon as they can after an estimated 5,000 escaped from an aquaculture farm.

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alfalfa inspectors...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/08/23 - 4:03pm
Even got a shot of George enjoying life in the wild...89,93,70,0,B
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Science envoy resigns over Trump – with a letter spelling out 'impeach'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/08/23 - 3:39pm

State department’s Daniel Kammen quits with note calling out Charlottesville and Paris accord – and a hidden message in the first letters of each paragraph

One of the US state department’s three science envoys resigned on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of defections over Donald Trump’s response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Daniel Kammen, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a letter posted on his Twitter account that Trump had failed to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis, part of “a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet”.

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Another US agency deletes references to climate change on government website

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/08/23 - 1:23pm

The term ‘climate change’ was changed to simply ‘climate’ on website of the National Institutes of Health, the world’s leading public health research body

The National Institutes of Health deleted multiple references to climate change on its website over the summer, continuing a trend that began when the Trump administration took charge of the dot.gov domain.

The changes were first outlined in a report by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), which has been using volunteers to track changes to roughly 25,000 pages across multiple government agencies since Trump took office. EDGI counted five instances in which the term “climate change” was changed to simply “climate” on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) site.

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