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The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 3:12pm
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Opinion: Knickers, The Giant Steer That Stole The Internet

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 8:50am

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the giant steer that became an Internet sensation and why more people should consider eating less meat.

(Image credit: Mike Kemp/Getty Images)

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Peterborough council apologises over 'waster' recycling stickers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 7:41am

Residents insulted by red, sad-face emoji placed on rubbish bins in botched campaign

Peterborough city council has apologised for offending residents after thousands of stickers reading “waster” were put on bins as part of a recycling campaign.

Dozens of households said they were insulted by the stickers depicting a red sad-face emoji on their black wheelie bins.

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Trump officials argue climate change warnings based on ‘worst-case scenario'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 11:00pm

Officials minimize warnings and say government report considers only the highest possible levels of greenhouse gas emissions

The Trump administration has a new strategy for deflecting concerns about the warming planet.

Related: Why no US region is safe from climate change

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UK shoppers face most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 5:01pm

Brexit and heatwave drive up prices of sprouts, turkey and Christmas pudding

Shoppers who scour the high street for the best possible deals will still face the most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade.

The UK’s cheapest traditional festive spread will cost nearly 6% more than last year after the hot summer combined with uncertainty about Brexit to drive up the price of turkey, sprouts and Christmas pudding, according to the latest annual survey by Good Housekeeping magazine.

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Trump Administration Says Companies Can 'Incidentally Harass' Marine Mammals

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 3:08pm

It's a decision opposed by environmental groups, who say the blasts could harm marine animals, and some coastal communities, who fear it could be a precursor to offshore drilling.

(Image credit: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images)

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 2:55pm
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Carmichael mine: federal election, rail access and native title stand in the way

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 2:04pm

Adani’s plans to get started quickly on a scaled-down version of its Queensland mega-mine still face numerous obstacles

The Indian mining giant Adani could be left in limbo until September – well after the federal election – before learning whether its controversial Carmichael coal project will be allowed to access the Queensland freight rail network.

Adani announced on Thursday it would self-finance the Carmichael mine and that construction would begin “imminently”. But the company still has to gain several regulatory approvals and negotiate access for its coal trains to use the Aurizon network.

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Dead Sea Lions With Gunshot Wounds Wash Up On Washington State Shores

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 1:10pm

At least eight dead sea lions with bullet holes have been found since September. It's illegal to shoot marine mammals, but that hasn't stopped some fishermen from going after them.

(Image credit: Don Emmert /AFP/Getty Images)

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Trump administration to allow seismic blasting harmful to marine creatures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 10:35am

Airgun testing in search for oil and gas could harm hundreds of mammals such as dolphins and whales off the Atlantic coast

The Trump administration is to allow marine creatures such as whales and dolphins to be harmed by companies as they search for potential oil and gas reserves off the Atlantic coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) has granted five operators permission to “incidentally but not intentionally harass marine mammals” while conducting surveys for fossil fuels in the seabed.

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Week in Wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 9:46am

Red fody, beached whales and wildlife rescued from an Australian heatwave in this week’s gallery

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Berta Cáceres case: a warning for those who would kill activists

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 8:01am

Trial is notable for highlighting land and nature defender murders that ordinarily go unpunished

The sentencing on Thursday of seven men accused of murdering the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres is only partial justice, but it should inspire anyone committed to ending the slaughter of land and nature defenders around the globe.

A court in Tegucigalpa handed down guilty verdicts on all but one of the eight accused, including two employees of the hydro-electric dam company that the indigenous Lenca woman had been campaigning against before her assassination on 2 March 2016.

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Why no US region is safe from climate change

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 7:40am

In the final part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we examine how regions will experience climate change

The Trump administration published a major report on climate change the day after Thanksgiving. We explore the key findings each day this week.

Donald Trump doesn’t believe his own government’s major report on climate change – which the administration tried to bury over the Thanksgiving holiday. It warns that rising temperatures are already harming America and will cause huge damage globally.

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Windy weather carries Britain to renewable energy record

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 5:15am

Windfarms supplied third of UK’s electricity this week, with output hitting 14.9GW high

Storm Diana brought travel chaos to road, rail and airports, but the clouds did have a silver lining: the strong winds helped set a renewable energy record.

Windfarms supplied about a third of the UK’s electricity between 6pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday, a time of peak energy demand. Output hit a high of 14.9GW, beating a previous record of 14.5GW.

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It is rocket science...

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 4:00am

This week’s Upside digest on images sent back from Mars, and other scientific breakthroughs

As technology advances at a seemingly exponential rate, it can be hard to keep up – and journalists don’t always get it right.

A report from 2017 found that over half of newspaper articles surveyed on scientific studies were factually incorrect. This was mainly due to journalists writing on initial findings without checking back for follow-ups or meta-studies, which could put a new spin on those first results.

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Climate change strike: thousands of school students protest across Australia

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 12:26am

‘Strike 4 Climate Action’ brings thousands of students together in defiance of prime minister’s warning

The best banners from the strike day

Thousands of schoolchildren across Australia walked out of class on Friday to demand action by the federal government on climate change.

The “Strike 4 Climate Action”, inspired by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, brought together children in capital cities and 20 regional centres such as Ballarat, Newcastle, Townsville and Cairns. A large protest was also held in Hobart on Thursday.

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The school climate strike was a new generation's activism – and I'm so proud | Naaman Zhou

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 12:18am

I’m six years out of school, nearly graduated from university, and I’ve never seen a protest like this

The kids couldn’t believe it. The adults couldn’t believe it.

Martin Place hadn’t seen anything like it for years, and Elly and her sister had never seen anything like it – ever.

Elly, 14, and Aidan, 10, had come thinking the strike would be “a small thing”. Elly said she didn’t know many people from her school who were coming. She found a thousand others.

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Who's behind the bid to get London's flagship bike lane ripped up?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 12:00am

A new group supported by the Canary Wharf Group property company and lorry, coach and taxi drivers is attacking one of the city’s most popular routes

Even on a wet, cold November night, London’s flagship cycle superhighway along the Embankment is thronged. Across the whole 24 hours, it is used by 10,329 cyclists, an average of seven a minute. But at this time of day, it is one every three seconds. In the rush hour, the bike track – which takes up one lane of this four-lane road – carries more traffic than the other three lanes put together.

It’s an extraordinary success, and it looks like a permanent fixture. But it might not be. Behind the scenes, a powerful property company, Canary Wharf Group, is working with a political lobbying firm and major road organisations on a campaign to get it ripped out.

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Berta Cáceres: seven men convicted of murdering Honduran environmentalist

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/29 - 6:40pm
  • Indigenous campaigner Cáceres, 44, was shot dead in 2016
  • Four also guilty of attempted murder of Mexican activist

Related: 'Time was running out': Honduran activist's last days marked by threats

Seven men have been found guilty of the murder of the Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Isabel Cáceres. An eighth defendant, Emerson Duarte Meza, was cleared and freed on Thursday.

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Flash Floods Hit Communities Devastated By Camp Fire

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/11/29 - 6:27pm

"The roots and the bottoms of the utility poles are just kind of swimming," Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said on Thursday. Rescue teams worked to save motorists stranded on flooded roads.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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