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Fightback begins over Trump's 'illegal and irresponsible' clean power repeal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 10:20am
  • NY attorney general to sue administration for scrapping Clean Power Plan
  • Major companies including Apple and Google support Obama-era initiative

The US is set for a fresh battle over climate change after the Trump administration moved to tear up the country’s primary policy to lower emissions and stave off dangerous global warming.

Related: 'The war on coal is over': EPA boss to roll back Obama's clean power rules

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Liddell extension would push up power prices, analysts' report says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 10:00am

The Coalition’s other major energy policy of expanding the Snowy hydro scheme would only partially offset the increases, Reputex says

The government’s proposed extension of Liddell power station would push up power prices, with its proposed investment in the “Snowy 2.0” pumped hydro project only partially offsetting the extra costs, analysts have said. .

If the government did nothing, electricity prices would remain elevated and be heavily influenced by the price of gas, according to a report by energy analysis firm RepuTex into the government’s two main initiatives to tackle the energy crisis.

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Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 10:00am

The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology

Tony Abbott titled his London speech on climate change “Daring to Doubt” – a challenge, if you will, to reject mountains of evidence and instead lick your fingers and shove them into the plug socket of denial.

Go on, I dare you.

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Woman, 79, supplying tea to anti-fracking protesters forcibly removed by police

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 9:16am

Jackie Brookes, who had been providing refreshments at Kirby Misperton camp for past month, accuses officers of bullying

A 79-year-old woman who set up a tea and cake stall at the site of an anti-fracking protest in North Yorkshire has been forcibly removed by police.

Related: Slinging mud: inside (and outside) the UK's biggest fracking site

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Ineos compelled to disclose document it used to justify fracking protest injunction

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 5:57am

Petrochemical company backs down after earlier refusal to the Guardian’s request to hand over the legal document

A multinational firm has backed down and disclosed a legal document that it used to justify a controversial sweeping injunction against anti-fracking protesters.

Ineos, which aspires to become one of the UK’s major frackers, had refused to disclose the document after it had been requested by the Guardian under open justice guidelines. However the petrochemical giant has reversed its stance and handed it over to the newspaper.

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Fukushima residents win 500m yen payout over nuclear disaster

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 3:14am

Court rules that Japanese government could have done more to prevent meltdown at plant caused by tsunami

A court in Japan has ordered the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to pay 500m yen (£3.37m) in damages to residents affected by the March 2011 triple meltdown.

The ruling by the Fukushima district court follows an earlier decision that also found the government accountable for the disaster, in which large quantities of radiation was released and tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes.

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Trump White House Reverses Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 2:08am

Rachel Martin talks to former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who helped finalize the Clean Power Plan. She talks to Rachel Martin about the Trump administration's moves to scrap that rule.

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Morning News Brief: Wine Country Fires, Clean Power Plan

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 2:08am

At least 10 people have died in wildfires, forcing residents in wine country north of San Francisco to flee as homes went up in flames. And, the EPA plans to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan.

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Mine to maker: the journey of the world's first Fairtrade African gold – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 11:00pm

Photographer Ian Berry takes us from Uganda’s makeshift goldmines to a London jeweller’s, documenting how a Fairtrade programme is helping to end the exploitation, mercury poisoning and treacherous conditions faced by Africa’s small-scale miners

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Armed With NASA Data, South Korea Confronts Its Choking Smog

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 10:51pm

The U.S. space agency and the South Korean government teamed up for the most ambitious study of Korean air quality to date and found the majority of the toxic air is homegrown, and not from neighbors.

(Image credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lusius malfoyi wasp: New Zealand insect named after Harry Potter villain

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 9:55pm

Entomologist names parasitoid wasp after ‘redeemed’ character Lucius Malfoy in hope of showing not all wasps are bad

A Harry Potter fan turned entomologist has named a wasp after a redeemed villain in the series in the hope of drawing attention to the much maligned insect.

Tom Saunders named and described a New Zealand parasitoid wasp as part of his masters study at Auckland University.

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Scientists hope damage to Larsen C ice shelf will reveal ecosystems

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 3:41pm

British Antarctic Survey researchers will study area opened up by loss of iceberg A68, which has been hidden for up to 120,000 years

A team of scientists is planning an expedition to examine the marine ecosystem revealed when an enormous iceberg broke off the Larsen C ice shelf earlier this year.

In July, the iceberg known as A68 broke off the shelf, leaving the area at its lowest recorded extent. Researchers are now hoping the event may lead to novel revelations from their investigations of the area opened up, which had been hidden under ice for up to 120,000 years.

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Matt Canavan tells Q&A Finkel review economic modelling is wrong

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 2:24pm

Former resources minister refuses to endorse clean energy target and says he has ‘queries’ about Finkel price predictions

The government’s sidelined resources minister, Matt Canavan, has refused to back a clean energy target and says he thinks some of the Finkel review’s economic modelling is wrong.

On the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night Canavan, who quit cabinet when it was revealed he is one of seven politicians facing uncertainty about his eligibility to stand in parliament because of dual citizenship, did little to pour cold water on expectations the government is planning to walk away from a clean energy target.

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Tony Abbott says climate change is 'probably doing good'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 1:06pm

Former Australian PM delivers speech in London comparing global warming action to ‘killing goats to appease volcano gods’

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has suggested climate change is “probably doing good” in a speech in London in which he likened policies to combat it to “primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods” .

Abbott delivered the annual lecture to the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a climate sceptic thinktank on Monday evening. The Guardian and several other media outlets were blocked from attending the event but a copy of the speech was later circulated.

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Mega-battery plant to come online in Sheffield

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 10:54am

Facility run by E.ON, to be followed by many more, will help UK grid cope with fast-growing amount of renewable energy

Britain’s switch to greener energy will take another significant step forward this week with the opening of an industrial-scale battery site in Sheffield.

E.ON said the facility, which is next to an existing power plant and has the equivalent capacity of half a million phone batteries, marked a milestone in its efforts to develop storage for electricity from windfarms, nuclear reactors and gas power stations.

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The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 10:09am

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Ben & Jerry’s to launch glyphosate-free ice-cream after tests find traces of weedkiller

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 10:00am

Exclusive: Company pledges products will be free from ingredients tainted with controversial herbicide after survey found traces in its European ice-creams

Ben & Jerry’s has moved to cut all glyphosate-tainted ingredients from its production chain and introduce an “organic dairy” line next year, after a new survey found widespread traces of the controversial substance in its European ice-creams.

The dramatic initiative follows a new survey by Health Research Institute (HRI) laboratories which found traces of the weedkiller in 13 out of 14 B&J tubs sampled in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

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Mine owner urged to halt heavy metals leaching into Sydney water catchment

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 10:00am

Boral has just days to tell the environment watchdog what it will do about zinc, nickel and manganese leaching into a river in NSW southern highlands

Multinational company Boral has been told to take urgent action to stop pollution flowing from a disused mine site into the Wingecarribee river in the New South Wales southern highlands.

Boral now has three days left to tell the state’s environmental watchdog, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), what it will do to stop zinc, nickel and manganese leaching into the river, which is part of Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

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EPA Chief Announces Reversal Of Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 9:22am

In a speech in Kentucky on Monday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said the old rules aimed at reducing carbon dioxide were tantamount to declaring war on the coal industry.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

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'The war on coal is over': EPA boss to roll back Obama's clean power rules

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 9:14am
  • Scott Pruitt says he will sign rule withdrawing policy on Tuesday
  • Plan imposed restrictions on emissions from coal-fired power stations

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that he would sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Related: Northern California wildfires force mass evacuations: 'Trees were on fire like torches'

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