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Nobel laureates dismiss fears about genetically modified foods

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 10:46am

Winners of chemistry prize say excessive concerns could limit scientific progress

Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology.

Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Monday’s presentation of the prize.

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Any Trump infrastructure deal must tackle climate change, Democrats warn

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 9:55am
  • Trump seeking $1bn package to upgrade road, rail and bridges
  • Senator Chuck Schumer issues condition for Democrat support

Democrats will only support an infrastructure deal with Donald Trump if it includes measures to combat climate change, the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, has warned.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post and a letter to Trump, the New York Democrat said that his party “will have an extraordinary opportunity to force action on climate change” after taking control of the House of Representatives in the recent midterm elections.

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 9:06am

Who among us has not thought to sail through international waters, blaring our national anthem?

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:33am

An African wild dog preparing for a hunt and a male mimic poison frog transporting a tadpole are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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UK children face winter health crisis due to pollution, say doctors

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:09am

Toxic air and cold weather could create deadly conditions and stretch NHS, medics say

Thousands of children are facing hospital this winter as cold weather and the UK’s air pollution crisis combine to create potentially deadly conditions for young people, doctors have warned.

The Royal College of Paediatricians, the Royal College of Physicians and children’s charity Unicef say that the UK’s toxic air and cold weather will leave a huge number of children extremely vulnerable this winter, creating an “overlooked” emergency for an already stretched NHS.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:06am

Flynn-sanity. Also, other news.

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Jessi Arrington: How Can Thrifting Clothes Help The Environment — And Your Style?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

Fast fashion is wreaking havoc on the environment. That's why Jessi Arrington makes a point of (almost) never buying anything new. She explains how she builds a sustainable wardrobe that looks great.

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David Katz: How Can We Address Ocean Plastic Pollution And Poverty At The Same Time?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

Millions of tons of plastic flow into the ocean each year. David Katz's Plastic Bank helps turn off the tap — and gives the poor an income source — creating a circular economy around plastic waste.

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Kate Orff: How Can Oysters Revive New York City's Waterways?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

Oysters filter water, their shells form protective reefs and habitats, and regenerate into more oyster shells. Kate Orff uses oysters to revive depleted ecosystems — like those around New York City.

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Tristram Stuart: Can Feeding Scraps To Livestock Help Tackle The Food Waste Crisis?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

Our industrial food system is doing serious damage to our planet and food waste is a rampant problem. Tristram Stuart offers one strategy to combat food waste: cook scraps and feed them to livestock.

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Kate Raworth: How Can We Create A Thriving Economy For Ourselves And The Planet?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 7:28am

We're often told that economic growth is good, but Kate Raworth says our addiction to growth is destroying the planet. To thrive in the 21st century, she says we need a new circular economic system.

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Not So Sweet: Climate Change Means Slow-Growing Sugar Maples, Study Finds

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 6:02am

If the snowpack keeps dwindling around northeastern maple trees, it's possible that by the end of the century, proper conditions for making maple syrup might no longer exist, a new study suggests.

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Deadly pig virus could hit US in a year, warn experts

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 4:30am

African swine fever has been spreading rapidly in China and has also travelled from Russia and Eastern Europe to Belgium. Experts fear it is only a matter of time before it reaches the US.

A global outbreak of African swine fever will reach the US within a year unless border protections are tightened and imports of high-risk pork products banned, warn biosecurity experts. It would cost the US economy $16.5bn (£12.9bn) in the first year alone, it has been estimated.

An ongoing epidemic of the virus, which is deadly for pigs but cannot yet be transmitted to humans, has prompted the US Department of Agriculture to review and strengthen its border protections. After outbreaks in Belgium and China this year, the USDA has increased the use of sniffer dogs at major ports, airports, land borders crossings, and has also built quarantine stations and increased passenger and cargo inspections on flights from China and Russia, the worst hit countries.

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World's oldest known wild bird to become a mother for the 37th time

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 4:00am

Wisdom, a 68-year-old Laysan albatross, has laid another egg with her longtime lover at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge

In sea mariner lore, an albatross is considered a good omen, and for almost seven decades, one bird has spread generations of blessings across the Pacific Ocean.

Wisdom, a 68-year-old Laysan albatross believed to be the world’s oldest known wild bird, has returned to her home at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge for yet another winter – and laid yet another egg to add to the already impressive brood that she has built up over an impressive lifetime.

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Endangered Hawaiian monk seals face new challenge: eels stuck up their noses

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/12/06 - 4:34pm

Picture of monk seal with eel up its nose shared by Noaa was only latest episode to occur in the past two years, baffling researchers

The Hawaiian monk seal has become endangered due to a range of threats, from fishing net entanglements to disease. Now the beleaguered species is facing an unexpected new challenge – eels getting stuck up their noses.

Related: Axolotls in crisis: the fight to save the 'water monster' of Mexico City

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a little rain?

The Field Lab - Thu, 2018/12/06 - 4:10pm
Hoping this happens...I need to see how the road and job site hold up to some rain.  54,60,42,0,C
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Trump Administration Aims to Boost Energy Production, Cut Protections for Sage Grouse

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/12/06 - 3:15pm

The Interior Department is moving forward on revisions to Obama-era conservation plans for the greater sage grouse. The changes would ease restrictions on energy development.

(Image credit: Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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Trump's EPA Plans To Ease Carbon Emissions Rule For New Coal Plants

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/12/06 - 2:22pm

The Trump administration wants to reverse a rule that would have required new coal plants to have expensive technology to capture their carbon dioxide emissions.

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Trump rolls back climate change rule that restricted new coal plants

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/12/06 - 12:49pm

EPA says change to require efficiency efforts instead of carbon capture will encourage ‘clean coal’ in the US and worldwide

The Trump administration is rolling back a climate change regulation that restricted new coal plants.

The change is mostly symbolic – but nevertheless sends a strong signal. Companies in the US are not building plants that burn coal because burning natural gas is cheaper and creates less pollution. Renewable power has also eaten into coal’s market share.

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Trump administration plans to weaken protections for sage grouse

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/12/06 - 12:18pm

Under the new plan, the sage grouse’s protected area would shrink by about 9m acres to span just 1.8m acres

The Trump administration has unveiled plans to weaken environmental protections for sprawling areas of the western US considered important habitat for the sage grouse, a chicken-like bird known for its flamboyant courtship displays.

The proposals, put forward by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), essentially dismantle much of a landmark 2015 compromise struck between states, oil drilling companies and environmentalists to create a network of protected areas for the sage grouse across 11 western states.

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