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Suspected 'pollution incident' turns River Frome tributary blue

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/08/10 - 7:39am

Environment Agency analysing Somerset stream but says there are no reports of dead wildlife

A mysterious substance that has turned a tributary of a river in the West Country bright blue is being investigated by the Environment Agency.

Tests are being carried out on the River Frome in Somerset this weekend after the water turned a luminous colour. The Environment Agency said it was treating it as a suspected pollution incident but there were no reports of dead wildlife.

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'It makes me angry': is this the end for America's Joshua trees?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/08/10 - 3:00am

Even with major efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, 80% of the trees’ habitat will be whittled away by the end of the century

Joshua trees have dotted the Mojave desert for 2.5m years, but even if humans take urgent action to combat the climate crisis, their decimation is all but ensured by the end of this century, a study has found.

Only .02% of the tree’s current habitat in Joshua Tree national park would remain viable amid unmitigated climate change, according to research published in the journal Ecosphere. Even in a best-case scenario, with major efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, 80% of the trees’ habitat will be whittled away.

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Russian nuclear agency confirms role in rocket test explosion

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/08/10 - 2:22am

Rosatom says five staff died in accident that caused radiation levels to spike in Arkhangelsk

Russia’s nuclear energy agency has said an explosion that caused radiation levels to spike in the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an accident during a test of an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine”.

In a statement released late on Friday, Rosatom said five of its employees had died as a result of the accident and three more were being treated for burns.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/08/09 - 2:59pm
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The week in widlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/08/09 - 8:25am

This week, wild elephants, baby baboons and sharks that glow in the dark

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UK chooses Glasgow to host major UN climate change summit

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/08/09 - 6:39am

Picking city as likely venue of COP26 may be seen as move to shore up pro-union sentiment

A crucial climate change conference expected to be co-hosted by the UK would take place in Glasgow, the government has announced, in a move that will be seen as trying to dampen pro-independence sentiment in Scotland.

The UK is bidding to host COP26, the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), alongside Italy.

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To Get A Gun License, First You Have To Plant 10 Trees

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/08/09 - 6:04am

That's the new rule in Ferozepur, a district in India's Punjab state. As proof you have to submit a photo of yourself with your saplings.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepur District)

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Unesco demands answers from Peru over impact of new Machu Picchu airport

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/08/09 - 2:46am

Peruvian government warned it must be consulted over plans to locate airport near world heritage sites that include the Inca citadel and Sacred Valley

Unesco has sent a letter to the Peruvian government demanding information about the construction of a new airport near Machu Picchu and what impact it could have on the Inca citadel, the country’s biggest tourist attraction and a world heritage site.

The letter, which has not been made public, reminds Peru of its obligation to protect its world heritage sites and directly refers to Chinchero, the historic village in the Sacred Valley, near the town of Cusco, where the controversial new airport is being built – to the horror of archeologists.

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Bolsonaro has blessed ‘brutal' assault on Amazon, sacked scientist warns

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/08/09 - 2:00am

In interview with the Guardian, Ricardo Galvão says if the far-right leader doesn’t change tack the Amazon will be ruined

Illegal loggers are ramping up a “brutal, fast” assault on the Brazilian Amazon with the blessing of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, the sacked head of the government agency tasked with monitoring deforestation has warned.

Speaking to the Guardian five days after his dismissal, Ricardo Galvão said he was “praying to the heavens” the far-right leader would change tack before the Amazon – and Brazil’s international reputation as an environmental leader – were ruined.

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'People should be terrified': one teen's hunger strike over the climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 11:00pm

Giovanni Tamacas starved himself for 10 days in the US capital to protest about a ‘criminally complicit’ government’s inaction

Food shortages, social disruption and riots. That’s the future 19-year-old Giovanni Tamacas envisioned during the 10 days he starved himself in the nation’s capital in a hunger strike protest at the lack of action to thwart the climate crisis.

A student at the University of California in San Diego, Tamacas spent seven days baking in the sun in front of the White House and three more at an American Civil Liberties Union advocacy institute. He also staged a “die-in” in front of the US Capitol building.

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Angus Taylor will not rule out taxpayers paying to replace or extend Liddell coal plant’s life

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 4:36pm

Energy minister leaves all options open for taskforce studying Liddell closure

Angus Taylor has announced a taskforce to study the expected closure of the Liddell power station, leaving all options on the table including extending the life of or replacing the ageing coal plant at taxpayer expense.

The energy and “emissions reduction” minister who has presided over steadily increasing greenhouse gas emissions announced the review on Friday, a week after AGL revealed it would extend the life of Liddell from 2022 to April 2023.

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The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 4:28pm
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Researchers Are Trying To Find A Solution To Cut Concrete's Carbon Emissions

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 1:50pm

Researchers are trying to make a cleaner concrete to cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change. The industry is estimated to account for at least 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

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Experts On Climate Change Say How We Use Land To Grow Food Needs To Change

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 1:23pm

Some of the world's top experts on climate change issued a new warning on Wednesday about how we use land to grow food. They say it's contributing to global warming, but it doesn't have to.

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Trump administration authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wild animals

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 11:38am

The poison-filled, spring-loaded traps, called M-44s, are used by Wildlife Services for the benefit of farmers and ranchers

The Trump administration has reauthorized government officials to use controversial poison devices – dubbed “cyanide bombs” by critics – to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals across the US.

The spring-loaded traps, called M-44s, are filled with sodium cyanide and are most frequently deployed by Wildlife Services, a federal agency in the US Department of Agriculture that kills vast numbers of wild animals each year, primarily for the benefit of private farmers and ranchers.

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Scientists produce 'Atomik' vodka from Chernobyl grain

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 7:28am

Alcohol is free of radioactivity and could help economic recovery in region

What do you call vodka produced from grain grown in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl, scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster 33 years ago?

Atomik, of course.

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A World Without Water

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 7:06am

A quarter of the world's population is at high risk of running out of water.

(Image credit: ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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U.N. Says Agriculture Must Change To Prevent Worst Effects Of Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 4:47am

Humans must drastically alter food production in order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming, according to a U.N. report.

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Farmers call for national strategy on climate change and agriculture

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 1:13am

An Australian farming group has called for a fully funded national strategy to deal with climate change and agriculture, warning farmers don’t have enough support to manage increasing risks associated with global heating.

It comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report on climate change and land, released in Geneva on Thursday, found limiting global heating to below 2C can only be achieved by reducing emissions from all sectors – including land and food.

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To Slow Global Warming, U.N. Warns Agriculture Must Change

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/08 - 1:00am

The way we produce food and manage land must change radically if humans hope to avoid catastrophic global temperature rise, according to a new report by the United Nations panel on climate change.

(Image credit: Andre Penner/AP)

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