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Sheffield tree-felling opponents vow to fight on after court setback

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/08/15 - 4:44am

Judge imposes orders barring councillor and others from taking unlawful direct action against tree-felling programme

Campaigners trying to halt a “politically controversial” tree-felling programme in Sheffield have vowed to continue their fight despite losing a high court battle with council bosses.

A judge on Tuesday made orders barring residents from taking “unlawful direct action” to prevent the lawful felling of roadside trees. It is the latest development in a long-running row that last week prompted an intervention by the environment secretary, Michael Gove.

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Australia's gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supply

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 9:05pm

Santos wipes more than $1bn from its LNG plant in Queensland – just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation

Australia’s natural gas export boom, which is causing soaring gas prices and pushing up carbon emissions, appears to be rapidly shedding value.

Santos wiped more than $1bn off the value of its liquefied natural gas plant in Queensland on Tuesday, just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation.

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Trump Administration Takes Key Step To Rolling Back Auto Fuel Standards

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 1:28pm

The Trump administration has opened a 45-day comment period ahead of proposed changes to Obama-era EPA rules for greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light trucks.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

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Australian coal-power allowable pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 11:00am

Environmental Justice Australia report says Australian coal-fired power plants regularly exceed lax limits imposed on them

Australian coal-fired power stations are allowed to produce levels of toxic air pollution that would be illegal in the US, Europe and China, and may exceed even the lax limits imposed on them with few or no consequences, according to an investigation by Environmental Justice Australia.

The report reveals evidence that operators of coal power plants in Australia have been gaming the systems that monitor the deadly pollution, while others have reported figures the federal government says are not reliable.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 10:02am
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Shell and Exxon face censure over claim gas was 'cleanest fossil fuel'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 9:14am

Dutch advertising watchdog’s ruling prompts company to change line to ‘least polluting fossil fuel’ as campaigners welcome action over ‘misleading’ ad

The Dutch advertising watchdog will on Tuesday censure Shell and Exxon for claiming that natural gas was “the cleanest of all fossil fuels” in an advert earlier this year.

It will be the second time this summer that the Netherlands advertising standards board has ruled against the fossil fuels industry, after it slapped down Statoil in June for calling gas a “clean energy” and “low emissions fuel”.

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Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 8:41am

A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides can harm wild bees, like bumblebees.

(Image credit: Photo Researchers/Getty Images)

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Pesticides could wipe out bumblebee populations, study shows

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 8:16am

Neonicotinoid drastically cuts egg-laying by queens, affecting their ability to start new colonies and increasing chances of local extinction, say scientists

A controversial pesticide can potentially wipe out common bumblebee populations by preventing the formation of new colonies, research has shown.

The neonicotinoid chemical thiamethoxam dramatically reduces egg-laying by queen bumblebees, say scientists.

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Tagus river at risk of drying up completely

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 7:39am

Climate change, dams and diversion bring Iberian peninsula’s longest river, on which millions depend, to brink of collapse

The Tagus river, the longest in the Iberian peninsula, is in danger of drying up completely as Spain once again finds itself in the grip of drought.

Miguel Ángel Sánchez, spokesman of the Platform in Defence of the Tagus, says “the river has collapsed through a combination of climate change, water transfer and the waste Madrid produces.”

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Poison once flowed in America's waters. With Trump, it might again | Peter Gleick

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 3:00am

Over the past four decades, a huge amount of effort has gone into cleaning America’s heavily polluted waters. Is all of that progress about to be undone?

  • Peter Gleick is a member of the US National Academy of Science and the president-emeritus of Pacific Institute

As a scientist working for decades on national and global water and climate challenges, I must speak out against what I see as an assault on America’s water resources.

I grew up in New York in the 1960s hearing about massive Polychlorinated Biphenyl – a toxic chemical used as a coolant – contamination in the Hudson River and the threatened extinction of bald eagles and ospreys from eating contaminated fish.

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Great climate science communication from Yale Climate Connections | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 3:00am

Stellar work by group led by Anthony Leiserowitz on putting climate change research into public domain is empowering citizens and institutions


This is an unabashed endorsement of an important group. I have no affiliation with them or conflict of interest. They are great, period.

The ability to convey complex climate science to a wide-ranging audience is a golden attribute, something very few can achieve. This characteristic makes the Yale Climate Connections group unique.

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Port Augusta solar thermal plant to power South Australian government

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/14 - 12:07am

Jay Weatherill’s government says 150 megawatt plant will be biggest of its kind in the world and create about 700 jobs

A proposed solar thermal power plant in South Australia’s mid-north has been contracted to supply all the state government’s power needs.

Work on the $650m SolarReserve facility will start in 2018, creating 650 construction jobs and 50 ongoing positions.

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Commonwealth Bank's first climate policy attacked by environmental groups

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 7:02pm

Market Forces says it will lodge shareholder resolution to force bank to implement stated commitment to Paris agreement

The Commonwealth Bank’s first climate policy statement has been criticised by environmental groups and sparked one group to lodge a shareholder resolution to force the company to implement its stated commitment to the Paris agreement.

The bank released the statement, saying it was “reaffirming our support for a responsible global transition to a net zero emissions economy by 2050”.

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Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 4:01pm

Growth of intensive units has potential to increase antibiotic resistance and could result in spread of bird flu beyond region

The use of antibiotics in factory farms in Asia is set to more than double in just over a decade, with potentially damaging effects on antibiotic resistance around the world.

Factory farming of poultry in Asia is also increasing the threat of bird flu spreading beyond the region, with more deadly strains taking hold, according to a new report from a network of financial investors.

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I don't think so....

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 1:41pm
I think she needs to find a new pastor...
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Electric cars are not the solution

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 1:30pm

If we really want to tackle particle pollution we need carbon-free electricity and, even better, walk or cycle over short distances

Will our streets be pollution free when the last petrol and diesel cars are sold in the UK in just over two decades time? Sadly not. This is for two main reasons. First, we will still have diesel lorries and buses. Second, electric cars still release particle pollution into the air from wearing tyres, brakes and road surfaces. Already more particle pollution comes from wear than from the exhausts of modern vehicles.

Related: The polluting effect of wear and tear in brakes and tyres

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Angela Merkel rival takes aim at German car chiefs

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 10:02am

Social Democrat chief Martin Schulz says embattled sector’s failure to innovate and lead projects such as electric cars risks the future of country key exporter

Martin Schulz, the main challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s September election, has accused the country’s car industry executives of putting the sector at risk by failing to plan for the future.

The future of the automotive sector, Germany’s biggest exporter and provider of about 800,000 jobs, has become a hot election issue as politicians blame executives and each other for the industry’s battered reputation following the emissions scandal.

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Rise of electric car solves little if driven by fossil fuels, warns windfarm boss

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 9:39am

Dong Energy boss says falling price of renewables means they must power the electric car revolution or the environment will gain only a pyrrhic victory

The rise of electric cars will be a pyrrhic victory for the environment if they are powered by fossil fuels instead of renewables, according to the UK boss of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm developer.

Matthew Wright, the new managing director of Dong Energy UK, said the cost of windfarms at sea had fallen so much that the big issue facing the industry was no longer levels of subsidies but how they integrated with the National Grid and emerging technologies.

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In Egypt, A Rising Sea — And Growing Worries About Climate Change's Effects

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 5:33am

"In the winter, the sea attacks us," a fisherman says. "We are afraid the village will sink into the sea." The World Bank says Egypt is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change's effects.

(Image credit: Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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People In Nepal Used To Think Vultures Were Bad Luck. Not Anymore

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 4:00am

The number of vultures in South Asia has plummeted. But "restaurants" to feed rescued chicks and wild vultures are good for the birds — and for the local economy.

(Image credit: Mary Plage/Getty Images)

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