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'Retreat' Is Not An Option As A California Beach Town Plans For Rising Seas

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/12/04 - 3:02am

Tens of millions of U.S. homes are threatened by rising seas. Communities across the country are planning for that future, but there are challenges to even having the discussion.

(Image credit: Art Wager/Getty Images)

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South Texas Butterfly Sanctuary Threatened By Trump's Border Wall

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 3:23pm

Construction on the first new stretch of border wall under the Trump administration is slated to begin this winter. In South Texas, the wall will cut right through a butterfly sanctuary.

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Nearly 200 Countries Meet In Poland To Participate In Climate Conference

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 2:29pm

The world's nations meet in Poland this week to continue negotiations on how to slow climate change as recent research and extreme weather reveal that dangerous effects on climate are already here.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 12:56pm
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David Attenborough Warns Of 'Collapse Of Civilizations' At U.N. Climate Meeting

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 12:22pm

The British naturalist spoke at an international climate conference being held in Poland. "Time is running out," he said.

(Image credit: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

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What Can We Expect From The Latest Global Climate Talks?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 8:06am

The COP 24 summit could be the most critical international summit on the environment since the meeting that spawned the Paris agreement in 2015.

(Image credit: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images)

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Students blockade schools as French protests spread

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 7:24am

About 100 schools under blockade while prime minister meets opposition leaders

The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has met opposition party leaders as nationwide protests continue to spread across France, with students blockading about 100 schools.

Related: Who are the gilets jaunes and what do they want?

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A billion people without electricity ‘missing out on pledged climate funds’

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 6:03am

UN climate summit in Poland will hear public money available is not enough to provide clean energy for those living off-grid

The world’s 1 billion people who live without electricity are not benefiting from climate change money promised by governments to help them develop.

In theory, there has never been a better time for developing countries to install renewable energy such as solar or wind to combat climate change. The UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF), along with the World Bank and regional development banks, have all said they intend to significantly increase their green energy financing, offering developing countries cheap loans and grants. Many donor countries like Britain and Japan have also pledged to help poorer nations switch to clean energy.

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News Brief: Remembering George H.W. Bush, U.N. Climate Talks

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 3:08am

George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, negotiated NAFTA and believed in fair trade. What will his legacy on trade be? Delegates from nearly 200 countries meet for climate talks in Poland.

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High Stakes As International Climate Conference Begins

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 3:03am

The U.N. climate meeting underway in Poland is the most important climate conference since the 2015 Paris Agreement set emissions reduction goals for nearly every country on Earth.

(Image credit: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

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Insurers in UK and US lagging behind in divesting from coal, report finds

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 11:00pm

European firms are making faster progress in refusing to insure polluting firms, says campaign group Unfriend Coal

UK and US insurers are lagging far behind European firms when it comes to divesting from coal-heavy businesses and refusing to insure them, campaigners have warned.

At least 19 major insurers holding more than $6tn in assets – a fifth of the industry’s global assets – have now divested from coal, according to a report from the Unfriend Coal campaign, which represents a coalition of a dozen environmental groups including Greenpeace, 350.org and the Sierra Club.

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What does Adani's latest mine plan mean? – video explainer

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 7:01pm

Indian mining giant Adani has announced  it will scale back its proposed Carmichael mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin, but begin construction 'imminently', using its own funds. But the company still faces numerous obstacles including groundwater approval and native title. Most of all, it has its eyes on the impending federal election and the uncertain position of a potential incoming Labor government on the mine. Ben Smee breaks down the state of play

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'We are last generation that can stop climate change' – UN summit

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 5:01pm

Big cuts in carbon emissions and a rise in protection from extreme weather urgently needed

The UN climate change summit begins on Monday with a warning that today’s generation is the last that can prevent catastrophic global warming, as well as the first to be suffering its impacts.

Almost 200 nations were set to meet in Poland for two weeks, aiming to hammer out a vital agreement to turn the carbon-cutting vision set in Paris in 2015 into reality. Moves to rapidly ramp up action would be another key goal, with current pledges leaving the world on track for a disastrous 3C of warming.

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Developers may have to enhance wildlife habitats, says Gove

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 2:53pm

Environment secretary launches consultation into ‘biodiversity net gain’ requirement

Developers could be obliged to enhance wildlife habitats when building houses or commercial property, under new government proposals.

A mandatory “biodiversity net gain” requirement could be put in place, meaning developers would have to leave habitats better off for wildlife than before any construction work.

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blessed and humble

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 1:39pm

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Business community unites to urge Coalition to abandon energy 'big stick'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 10:00am

Some of Australia’s highest solar takeup is occurring in the electorates of some of the Coalition’s strongest coal supporters, new analysis shows

Australia’s biggest energy and business groups have banded together to urge the government to abandon its “big stick” approach to energy legislation, warning the divestiture powers the government craves will impede investment and create genuine sovereign risk.

Scott Morrison and Angus Taylor threatened to break up Australia’s energy companies if power prices didn’t come down – by utilising commonwealth divestment powers never used before in Australia – through legislation due to be introduced to parliament this week.

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AI and drones turn an eye towards UK's energy infrastructure

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 7:05am

National Grid using artificial intelligence to check drone footage of 7,000 miles of wires and pylons

National Grid has turned to artificial intelligence to help it maintain the wires and pylons that transmit electricity from power stations to homes and businesses across the UK.

The firm has been using six drones for the past two years to help inspect its 7,200 miles of overhead lines around England and Wales.

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Meet Greece's Marine Trash Collectors Diving To Keep Their Sea Beautiful

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 5:01am

Ocean litter is a global problem. These Greeks are acting locally to clean up the Aegean.

(Image credit: Joanna Kakissis for NPR)

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US farmers' troubles over tariffs show the value in looking ahead | Gene Marks

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 5:00am

If you’re running a business, I hope you’re thinking of the future. Not doing so will put you in the same tight spot our farmers face

When you drive from Minneapolis to West Okoboji Lake, Iowa – as I did early last summer – you pretty much see just one thing: farmland. And those farms are pretty much just growing one thing too: soybeans. The state of Iowa is the second largest producer of soybeans in the US – and can you guess their biggest customer? An estimated one out of every three rows of soybeans grown there are shipped to China. I didn’t see any pork farms from my car, but I’ve also learned that Iowa is the largest exporter of pork to China as well.

Related: The Iowa farmers on the frontline of Trump's trade war with China

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If you thought Snake Plissken’s New York was a dangerous place... | Kevin McKenna

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 10:59pm

Trump in power; the farce of Brexit; dire warnings of power shortages – welcome to dystopia now

Film reviewers often reach for a clutch of well-thumbed words and phrases to convey a sense of time and place quickly. This is not a criticism. These reviewers are rarely given sufficient space to explore often complicated themes of several films at a time.

A familiar locution, understood by all readers, allows them to cut to the action, as it were. “Dystopian nightmare” is one of them and when I see this deployed by my favourite reviewers my interest is piqued.

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