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Massive Iceberg Makes A Stop Off Newfoundland Coast

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/04/20 - 2:01am

A huge iceberg has run aground just off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada. For now, it's made a home in what is known as "iceberg alley," and in photos, appears to dwarf the houses in town.

(Image credit: Charlie Dunne)

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Shark inquiry told culling and drum lines would not reduce number of deaths

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 11:31pm

Surf Life Saving Western Australia rejects accusations from News Corp that mitigation plan is too timid

Lifesavers in Western Australia say they have seen no evidence that shark culling would be effective in reducing attacks and have hit out at claims their mitigation plan is “timid”.

The Senate inquiry into shark deterrence and mitigation began its hearing in Perth on Thursday.

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Green Investment Bank to be sold off in £2.3bn deal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 11:29pm

Bank expected to retain offices in London and Edinburgh, as bid from Australia’s Macquarie accepted despite opposition

The government has agreed a £2.3bn sale of the Green Investment Bank to the Australian bank Macquarie, according to sources close to the process.

The privatisation of the bank was expected in January but signoff was delayed in the face of stiff political opposition and wrangling over the final price.

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Millions of native oysters to be returned to the Solent

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 10:30pm

New project aims to restore what was once Europe’s largest oyster fishery, off the south coast of England

Millions of native oysters are to be put into the Solent, once the site of Europe’s largest oyster fishery.

The five-year project aims first to restore a thriving oyster population to the waters between the south coast and Isle of Wight. Oyster beds provide habitat for many other species and the shellfish filter vast volumes of water – 200 litres per oyster – helping to clean up pollution. Once re-established, significant oyster fishing could resume.

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Coastal scrub and grassland alive with birds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 9:30pm

Seaham, Durham Impressions of movement, colour, sound and the scents of spring left an abiding sense of wellbeing

Along the well-worn cliff-edge path from Dawdon to Hawthorn Dene, blackthorn was in full bloom, the air laden with the coconut scent of gorse, and the ground spangled with primroses and dog violets.

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The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 6:37pm
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Queensland prawn farmers demand compensation from Qantas after toxic leak

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 6:21pm

Industry says it is losing money after firefighting foam leaked from airline’s hanger into Brisbane river

Queensland prawn farmers are seeking compensation from Qantas after toxic firefighting foam leaked from its hangar into the Brisbane river.

The embattled industry, already struggling with white spot disease, was dealt another blow this week when it was advised not to catch produce from the contaminated zone.

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'Whale cams' reveal humpbacks' habits – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 6:20pm

Scientists have attached cameras to whales to unlock the mysteries of their lives in Antarctica, revealing where, when and how they feed, their social lives, and even how they must blow hard to clear sea ice and allow them to breathe. Vision: WWF

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UK unprepared for surge in electric car use, thinktank warns

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 4:01pm

Green Alliance says simultaneous charging could potentially damage electronic equipment unless action is taken by 2020

The UK’s energy networks are not ready for a surge in electric cars and solar panels that is coming within the next few years, according to a report.

Clusters of the battery powered cars could result in 1% of the UK experiencing unplanned drops in voltage – potentially damaging electronic equipment – without action by 2020, the Green Alliance said.

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Climate change will fuel terrorism recruitment, report for German foreign office says

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 3:01pm

Report by Adelphi thinktank warns terrorist groups will exploit natural disasters and water and food shortages

Climate change will fuel acts of terrorism and strengthen recruiting efforts by terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, a report commissioned by the German foreign office has found.

Terrorist groups will exploit the natural disasters and water and food shortages expected to result from climate change and allow them to recruit more easily, operate more freely and control civilian populations, argues the report by Berlin thinktank Adelphi.

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Chris Packham charged in Malta after bird hunt confrontation

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 2:52pm

BBC Springwatch presenter, making a film about Malta’s spring hunt of migrating birds, accused of assault and trespass

Chris Packham, the naturalist and broadcaster, has been charged with assault and trespass in Malta after confronting hunters he believed had illegally trapped wild birds.

The BBC Springwatch presenter and naturalist will appear before magistrates on Thursday morning on the island of Gozo after being charged with “attempting to use force” and “pushing against” a Maltese man.

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Renewables roadshow: how the people of Newtown got behind solar-powered beer

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 2:13pm

A hipster brewery in a Sydney suburb has created beer with an environmental message

Newtown – Sydney’s grungy inner-city suburb where a seemingly endless string of Thai restaurants is interrupted by body-piercing shops, clothes stores and a growing number of small bars.

It’s a suburb known for its beer-fuelled nightlife and alternative cultural tastes. It’s also one of the most progressive areas in Australia: at the last New South Wales election, the Greens got more than 45% of the primary vote (and almost 60% after preferences) in the seat of Newtown.

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Renewables roadshow – Newtown: 'What could be better than solar-powered beer?' – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 2:08pm

While the politicians dither around energy policy, Newtown is teaming up with a pair of hipster brewers to support a solar-powered brewery and beer with a conscience

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Wildlife Groups Want Giraffes Added To Endangered Species List

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 1:55pm

The global giraffe population has dropped sharply in recent decades, prompting calls to protect the species from habitat loss, illegal hunting and trophy seekers.

(Image credit: Barbara Hollweg/IFAW)

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Cold snap: massive iceberg just off coast draws Canadians eager for close-up

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 9:29am

150ft iceberg, which dwarfs nearby town of Ferryland, becomes tourist attraction as number of icebergs moving into North Atlantic shipping lanes spikes

A towering iceberg is causing traffic jams in a remote town on Canada’s east coast, as tourists jostle for a glimpse of the mass of ice sitting in shallow water just off Newfoundland.

The iceberg, which has dwarfed the nearby small town of Ferryland, is estimated to measure some 46 metres (150ft) at its highest point. “It’s the biggest one I ever seen around here,” mayor Adrian Kavanagh told the Canadian Press. “It’s a huge iceberg and it’s in so close that people can get a good photograph of it.”

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Meet the man willing to spend millions to convince Elon Musk to dump Trump

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 3:00am

Doug Derwin is investing up to $2m to persuade Tesla’s CEO to speak out against US climate change policies and resign from groups advising Trump

Luxury car owners may seem like an unlikely target for organizing a political resistance movement, but to Doug Derwin, it’s all about the make: Tesla.

Derwin is investing up to $2m in an effort to persuade Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, to speak out against Donald Trump’s climate change policy and resign from his positions in groups advising Trump on business and manufacturing jobs. On Monday, Derwin launched the website ElonDumpTrump.com laying out his argument that Musk’s role in the administration is inconsistent with his role as a leader on climate change.

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Myanmar camera trap survey reveals endangered tigers, elephants and leopards – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/19 - 1:59am

The first ever camera trap survey in the previously inaccessible Karen State hill forests has recorded a wealth of globally threatened mammals living in south-east Asia’s last great wilderness

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Scotland hosts groundbreaking wind energy project to build new homes

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/04/18 - 11:30pm
Housing association invests in electricity-generating turbines that will fund affordable homes in rural Scotland

Amid the rolling hills and woodland pastures of south-east Scotland, a wind of change is blowing through communities where low wages and casual work sit uneasily alongside the popular image of timeless market towns and pretty coastal villages.

High above rich arable land by the North Sea, three tall wind turbines, blades spinning wildly, have started generating electricity for the national grid with two social purposes: to sell energy and use the income to deliver hundreds of new homes in a scattered rural community while, at the same time, providing additional funds for similar schemes elsewhere in Scotland.

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Dartmoor's spring makeover

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/04/18 - 9:30pm

Walkhampton, Dartmoor A shepherd on his quad bike remarks on the contrast with last week’s rain, wind and mud

From the western edge of Dartmoor, heat haze obscures views towards familiar territory in the Tamar Valley. Up here, by Lowery Cross, in sight of glittering ripples on Burrator Reservoir, ponies graze among dazzling yellow gorse; drab turfy banks are starred with a few violets, and the sound of chiffchaff echoes from coniferous plantations.

Nearby, a bridge, rebuilt in 2015, is part of the footpath and cycleway on a section of the long-defunct Plymouth and Dartmoor railway; across the bridge and via the gently sloping trail, Princetown is seven miles away, twice the distance that a crow might fly.

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Call to classify shark culling and drum lines as threats to endangered species

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/04/18 - 9:20pm

Humane Society applies for lethal shark control programs to be listed as ‘threatening’ under conservation act

Environmentalists are attempting to list shark culling and the use of drum lines as threats to endangered species under federal law.

Humane Society International has applied for lethal shark control programs in in New South Wales and Queensland to be listed as “key threatening processes” under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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