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Hadrian's Wall joins forces with China's Great Wall to promote heritage sites

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 10:01am

‘Wall to Wall’ project will see heritage experts from the UK and China work together to increase understanding of both sites and boost tourism

One is 13,171 miles long and, contrary to popular belief, cannot actually be seen from space. The other is 73 miles long and cannot be seen from Sunderland.

But now the Great Wall of China is joining up with its much tinier British counterpart, Hadrian’s Wall, to encourage more tourism and increase the historical and cultural understanding of both great barriers.

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Selling this cherished Arctic landscape to the highest bidder is a grievous mistake | Trip Van Noppen

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 7:55am

Part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest US wilderness, risks being transferred to the hands of the fossil fuel industry. Join the fight against this

• Trip Van Noppen is president of Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last intact wild landscapes on Earth – and the largest wilderness left in the US. The 19.6m-acre swath of mountains and tundra is publicly owned and ecologically unique. Now, thanks to the Republican tax bill making its way through Congress, a part of the refuge we’ve long fought to protect risks being transferred to the hands of the fossil fuel industry.

History will judge the decision as an egregious error.

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Overuse of antibiotics in farming is a major new threat to human health, says UN

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 6:57am

Antibiotics that has spilled from farms into the natural environment may be a bigger factor in spreading resistance to life-saving drugs than previously thought, report says

The overuse of antibiotics in farming has been highlighted as one of the biggest emerging threats to human health, spreading resistance to vital drugs and endangering millions of lives.

Antibiotics used on farms can spill over into the surrounding environment, for instance through water run-off and slurry, according to a report from the UN’s environment body, with the potential to create resistance to the drugs across a wide area.

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Penzance wins first plastic-free status award to help clean up beaches

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 6:49am

Surfers Against Sewage charity lauds town after community beach cleans and businesses reduce single-use plastics

A Cornish town has become the first community in the UK to be awarded “plastic-free” status after dozens of residents and business people backed a grassroots scheme aimed at helping clean up oceans and beaches.

As part of a campaign being run by the marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), Penzance has been given “plastic-free coastlines approved” status.

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Red list: thousands of species at risk of extinction due to human activity

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 3:56am

Unsustainable farming, fishing and climate change has intensified the struggle for survival among vulnerable animals and crops, says IUCN at the release of its latest list of endangered species

Thousands of animal species are at critical risk of going extinct due to unsustainable farming and fishing methods and climate change, a conservation group has warned as it released the latest red list of endangered species.

In a rare piece of good news, the International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] praised New Zealand for its success in turning around the fortunes of two species of kiwi, prompting it to upgrade them from endangered to vulnerable.

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Wildfires In Southern California Force Thousands Of People To Flee

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 3:53am

The blazes in four counties come just weeks after the deadliest wildfires in the state's history killed dozens in Northern California's wine country.

(Image credit: @knowpoliticsnow via Reuters)

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Sri Lankan bowler vomits in Delhi cricket match due to polluted air

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 3:32am

Bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage are forced to take a break as harmful pollutants reach 12 times WHO safe limit

A Sri Lankan player vomited on the field and was escorted off the ground as heavily polluted air continued to plague an international cricket test match in Delhi.

The fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was seen doubled over and retching on Tuesday afternoon as levels of the most harmful pollutants hovered at about 300 micrograms per cubic metre in parts of the Indian capital – 12 times the World Health Organisation safe limit.

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Brexit poses huge risk to Britain's food standards, report says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 3:20am

Rush to secure trade deals could lead to a lowering of standards and poorer quality food in supermarkets

Brexit poses huge risks to food standards in the UK and will have “seismic implications” for its food and farming systems, according to a new report.

Author Dan Crossley, executive director of the Food Ethics Council, said that the UK faced a stark choice between promoting a high quality, ethical and sustainable system and “a race to the bottom” driven by a desire to secure post-Brexit trade deals “at any cost”.

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Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 11:30pm

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise

The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says.

Attenborough will issue the warning in the final episode of the Blue Planet 2 series, which details the damage being wreaked in seas around the globe by climate change, plastic pollution, overfishing and even noise.

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Trump slashes size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 6:34pm

President signs two proclamations slashing protections for Utah monuments, representing a triumph for fossil fuel industries, ranchers and Republicans

Donald Trump was widely condemned on Monday for drastically shrinking two national monuments, representing the biggest elimination of public lands protection in US history.

Related: 'We'll see the battle lines': Trump faced by Native American alliance over Bears Ears

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Native Americans React To Cuts To Bears Ears National Monument

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 2:41pm

The Trump administration has decided to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Shaun Chapoose, one of the Native American tribal leaders who fought for the monument's protections in the first place.

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In Utah, Trump Announces Dramatic Decreases In Size To State's National Monuments

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 2:41pm

President Trump announced on Monday in Utah that his administration will dramatically shrink two national monument designations that protect federal public lands. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed shrinking both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments earlier this year.

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Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 2:27pm

Dozens of countries have government-recommended diets. That advice differs from country to country, but according to a new study, following it generally would help the environment.

(Image credit: David Messent/Getty Images)

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This Year's Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 1:56pm

Scientists say they see the fingerprint of climate change in these storms, but it's too soon to say whether this is a new normal.

(Image credit: NASA/J. Stevens/J. Allen)

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Hunter dies in Germany after wild boar he was trying to shoot attacked him

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 12:20pm
  • Man, 50, was on boar hunt near north-eastern town of Greifswald
  • He encountered animal in reeds after firing shot, witnesses say

Police in Germany say a hunter has died after being attacked by a wild boar he was trying to shoot.

The 50-year-old man was on a boar hunt with a dozen others near the north-eastern town of Greifswald on Sunday when he was attacked by the male boar.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 12:06pm
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Poor bear brunt of Beijing coal cleanup with no heating at -6C

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 9:48am

Switch from coal to gas has left residents of towns around Beijing without heating after gas supply falters, reports Climate Home News

While middle class Beijingers breathe the cleanest air in recent winters, in Zhuozhou, a small city 20 minutes by train from Beijing’s downtown, residents are shivering through cold nights without heating. The reason: a five-year anti-pollution drive has forced rural areas in northern China to switch from dirty coal to the cleaner alternative. The massive retrofitting campaign has sent gas prices soaring while many are left without heating systems at all.

In two villages close to Zhuozhou’s high-speed railway station, on the city’s eastern edge, villagers estimate only about one third of homes have been connected with natural gas supply, while others say they are still anxiously waiting for the gas company to install furnaces. Their old-fashioned coal stoves were all demolished as the government intensified efforts to phase out coal use in rural homes.

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Fishermen Fear Damage From Wind Farms Along The Eastern Seaboard

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 9:19am

Will thousands of giant turbines and underwater cables in the Atlantic disrupt the commercial fishing industry? The answer is not yet clear, and studies on the farms' possible impact are underway.

(Image credit: Jon Kalish for NPR)

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The Ground Beneath Our Feet

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 9:06am

"Without proper care for it we can have no life."

(Image credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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Animal agriculture is choking the ​Earth and making us sick. We must act now | James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 6:26am

If we want the US’s majestic national parks, clean air and water for future generations we must press leaders to address food’s environmental impact

Our collective minds are stuck on this idea that talking about food’s environmental impact risks taking something very intimate away from us. In fact it’s just the opposite. Reconsidering how we eat offers us hope, and empowers us with choice over what our future planet will look like. And we can ask our local leaders – from city mayors to school district boards to hospital management – to help, by widening our food options.

We simply need less meat and dairy and more plant-based options in our food system if we’re to reach our climate goals

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