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How 311 Helped Understand Air Pollution After Harvey

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/12/10 - 5:46am

NPR has obtained recordings of calls made by Houston residents fearful about putrid odors in the hours and days after Hurricane Harvey started flooding the city's petrochemical infrastructure.

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stuck

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/12/09 - 5:33pm
A friend got stuck in the mud yesterday.  Did a drone survey this morning.  Rescue tomorrow when the road is dried out.  44,55,27,0,B
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As Britain’s birdlife takes flight, skies of my youth are changing for ever

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/12/09 - 5:05pm
Birds that were once rare visitors to Britain are becoming a regular sight in England, but in Scotland, Arctic species are likely to vanish

Even though almost half a century has passed, I can still recall in vivid detail the events of a hot, sunny afternoon in August 1970. My mother and I were visiting Brownsea Island, off the Dorset coast. We entered a dark hide, opened the window and looked out across the lagoon. And there – shining like a beacon – was a Persil-white apparition: my first little egret.

Back then, this ghostly member of the heron family was a very rare visitor to Britain. Nowadays, little egrets are so numerous that we hardly give them a second glance. On my local patch, the Avalon Marshes in the heart of Somerset, I have seen up to 60 in a single feeding flock. And, according to the magazine British Birds, there are now more than 1,000 breeding pairs, as far north as the Scottish border.

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Footage of starving polar bear exposes climate change impact – video

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/12/09 - 6:26am

Video filmed in the Canadian Arctic provides graphic evidence of the impact of climate change on polar bears in the region, showing an emaciated animal scrounging for food on ice-free land. The footage was recorded by the conservation group Sea Legacy during a late summer expedition in Baffin Island. 'My entire Sea Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,' the photographer Paul Nicklen wrote on social media.

'Soul-crushing' video of starving polar bear exposes climate crisis, experts say

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Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/12/09 - 6:00am

The U.S. ships a big chunk of its recycled goods to China. But China doesn't want them anymore, and that's leaving the recycling industry in turmoil.

(Image credit: Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix)

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'Soul-crushing' video of starving polar bear exposes climate crisis, experts say

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 4:27pm

Footage from Canada’s Arctic shows emaciated animal seeking food in scene that left researchers ‘pushing through their tears’

Video footage captured in Canada’s Arctic has offered a devastating look at the impact climate change is having on polar bears in the region, showing an emaciated bear clinging to life as it scrounged for food on iceless land.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 4:05pm
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We love birds more than we think we do – video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 3:49pm

Michael Shiels, supervisor of the bird department at Taronga zoo says birds are an integral part of Australian life. 

Shiels is unable to give a single answer to Guardian Australia's bird of the year poll, but believes all Australians love birds, even if they don't know it. The poll closes today at midnight

Share your best – or most underwhelming – Australian bird pictures

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Feed the birds: stop the demonising and tell us how to do it properly

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 3:28pm

It’s maligned in Australia but if some simple rules are observed, bird feeding is a great way to connect with the wild world

There’s a sulphur-crested cockatoo that visits my balcony daily. She lives in a hollow tree nearby, and every day at around 7.30am, she flutters up to the railing outside the living room windows of my third-floor apartment. She lets out a polite, low croak to let me know she’s there, and I come out and give her a handful of birdseed.

Interacting with birds is really good for us, mentally and physically.

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Share your best Australian bird pictures for bird of the year 2017

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 3:27pm

We’d like to see your best – or indeed most underwhelming – bird images of the year, whether or not the subject features on our shortlist

As we prepare to reveal the winner of the Australian bird of the year 2017, we want to see your best (or your most underwhelming) photos of Australian birds.

Whether it’s a hi-res calendar worthy masterpiece, or the quick out-of-focus snap on your phone, share your Australian native bird images, videos and stories with us, and we’ll feature the best (or worst) on site and in the live blog as we get ready to announce the winner after the poll closes today.

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Thoroughbred Horses Killed In California Wildfire

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 3:22pm

NPR'S Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dan Dunham, trainer at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. Several thoroughbred horses were killed there, caught in a California wildfire.

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Hundreds Of Thousands Flee California Wildfires

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 3:22pm

The fires in Southern California have forced many residents to evacuate multiple times within just a few days. That's leading to confusion about where to head next.

Categories: Environment

Tony Whitten obituary

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 10:54am
Passionate advocate for some of the world’s least-known creatures and for new approaches to wildlife conservation

Tony Whitten, who has died aged 64 in a cycling accident, was an inspirational figure in global conservation circles thanks to his collaboration with religious groups and his passionate advocacy for some of the world’s least-known creatures. Like the snails, beetles and mites that he championed, Whitten was never a household name, but his influence as a mentor and explorer – particularly in the caves and rocky environments of Asia – was such that 11 species have been named after him. He was also instrumental in the first fatwa declared against the illegal wildlife trade.

At the time of his death, he was senior adviser at Flora & Fauna International, one of the world’s oldest conservation organisations, and had recently established a specialist group on karst habitats – the crags, caves, sinkholes and disappearing streams formed by the dissolution of limestone and other soluble rocks – for the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 7:00am

Amazon river dolphins, a foraging raccoon and a snow-covered swan lake are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Review to assess emergency response to Sussex chemical haze

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 6:50am

Government announces review that will examine whether emergency responders should be required to take air samples

The government has launched a review of the emergency response to the mysterious chemical haze on Sussex beaches that caused 150 people to seek hospital treatment in August.

It follows criticism by MPs and victims over the failure of investigators to identify the source of the haze, which occurred at Birling Gap and Beachy Head on 27 August. Some of those affected, who reported breathing problems for weeks afterwards, said the incident exposed a lack of preparedness and potential vulnerability to more dangerous gas leaks or chemical attacks.

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Ventura county is burning. My hometown is climate change's latest victim | Steven Thrasher

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 6:25am

Affordable housing has been lost to the California wildfires, leaving poor people without homes – and without hope of help from federal government

An unbearable amount of Ventura county in southern California, where I was born and raised, is simply gone. And as I hear about site after site from my childhood simply disappearing into scorched earth, I am realizing that climate change is not only erasing the present, it is also destroying the physical touchstones to my own past.

Related: Wildfire rages in southern California – in pictures

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Can Your Ceramic Cookware Give You Lead Poisoning?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 6:00am

Mass-produced crockpots and other ceramic food containers are probably safe, but handmade earthenware might merit a home test.

(Image credit: Joy Ho for NPR)

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Ski resort will devastate Unesco world heritage site in Bulgaria, says WWF

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 4:12am

Expansion of budget ski resort Bansko into Pirin national park will be disastrous for centuries-old forests home to brown bears and wolves

A budget ski resort expansion is poised to carve 333km of new slopes and 113km of ski lifts through a Unesco world heritage site of “outstanding universal value”, according to documents obtained by WWF in a lawsuit.

The 400sq km Pirin national park in Bulgaria is one of Europe’s best preserved homes for large mammals such as brown bears and wolves, which roam its glacial lakes, alpine meadows and dense forest.

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'People seem happier': how planting trees changed lives in a former coal community

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 1:00am

The National Forest has not only transformed an industrial landscape, it has given people a new sense of belonging and wellbeing, created jobs and boosted wildlife – benefits that could be replicated across the country

Former miner Graham Knight puts his cup of tea down on the cafe table and looks out through the large glass windows. Trees frame every view; a small herd of cows meander through a copse of silver birch towards a distance lake.

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‘Death spiral’: half of Europe’s coal plants are losing money

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 12:01am

Air pollution and climate change policies are pushing coal-fired electricity stations to the brink, says a new report. Closing them would avoid €22bn in losses by 2030

More than half of the European Union’s 619 coal-fired power stations are losing money, according to a new report. As a result, the industry’s slow plans for shutdowns will lead to €22bn in losses by 2030 if the EU fulfils its pledge to tackle climate change, the report warns.

Stricter air pollution rules and higher carbon prices are set to push even more plants into unprofitability, according to the analysts Carbon Tracker, with 97% of the plants losing money by 2030. Furthermore, rapidly falling renewables costs are on track to make building new wind and solar farms cheaper than continuing to run existing coal plants by the mid 2020s.

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