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Regional town cut off until Christmas as NSW flood crisis enters 75th day

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/11/27 - 2:47pm

Euabalong’s levee held but the community will rely on helicopters for supplies for at least a month

Some regional New South Wales towns could remain cut off by flood waters for up to a month, with stranded residents relying on food and medications flown in by helicopter.

The state’s flood crisis entered its 75th day on Monday after severe storms battered parts of Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong on Sunday night.

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The company we keep...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2022/11/27 - 1:25pm

1 Corinthians 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. 

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Just Stop Oil expected to begin two weeks of action in London from Monday

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/11/27 - 1:21pm

Scotland Yard believes environmental activist group will launch two weeks of ‘disruption’ in the capital before Christmas

Just Stop Oil is expected to begin two weeks of action from Monday and has accused the government and police of “groundhog day” rhetoric over crackdowns on protesters.

Scotland Yard said on Sunday that it believes the environmental activist group will launch two weeks of “disruption” in London in the run-up to Christmas.

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Ineos in talks with Rolls-Royce on mini-nuclear power plant technology

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/11/27 - 10:43am

Chemicals giant wants to produce zero-carbon electricity to power planned hydrogen systems at Grangemouth refinery

Ineos, the chemicals company owned by the billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has held exploratory talks with Rolls-Royce on nuclear technology that could eventually be chosen to provide zero-carbon energy to the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland.

A deal between Ineos, one of the UK’s biggest privately owned companies, and FTSE 100 engineer Rolls-Royce could help Ineos with the tricky task of decarbonising the giant refinery, while also providing Rolls-Royce with an early customer for a new technology it hopes will transform its prospects.

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UK households have cut energy consumption by 10%, say suppliers

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/11/27 - 8:30am

E.ON reports up to 15% drop as Grant Shapps writes to firms saying customers cutting back on energy use should not face direct debit rise

Britons have cut their gas and electricity use by more than 10% since October in the first evidence of the impact of the energy crisis on household habits, according to two of Britain’s biggest suppliers.

E.ON, Britain’s second-largest supplier, and the owner of Utility Warehouse have reported “double-digit” declines in recent weeks.

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Criticism mounts of ‘climate killer’ modern art museum in Berlin

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/11/27 - 6:50am

Calls for construction on Museum of the 20th Century to be halted until energy efficiency issues addressed

A vast modern art museum under construction in Berlin has been castigated by conservation experts and architecture critics for its poor environmental credentials, as the energy crisis intensifies scrutiny of the efficiency of new buildings.

The Museum of the 20th Century, designed by the Swiss star architects Herzog and de Meuron, is intended to propel the German capital into the top tier of world cities for modern art, competing with New York’s Moma and London’s Tate Modern.

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Former Tory chair joins rebellion over Sunak’s onshore windfarm ban

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/11/27 - 6:33am

Jake Berry is latest senior MP to urge prime minister to amend de facto block on new projects in England

Rishi Sunak is embroiled in a growing rebellion over his ban on new onshore windfarms as the former Conservative chairman Jake Berry became the latest senior MP to announce he would join an effort to overturn the policy.

The former cabinet minister said he would support the former levelling up secretary Simon Clarke, who has tabled an amendment to legislation going through parliament demanding the current moratorium on new developments be lifted.

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Candle fever strikes as blackout-fearing Germans revive festive flames

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/11/27 - 3:06am

The country has been told the chances of power cuts are low, but demand for old-school wax lighting is hot

Germans are seeking comfort in the warm yellow glow of open flames this Christmas, as a revival of festive traditions coupled with blackout fears make candles the target of the latest stockpiling frenzy.

On Sunday, many German households will follow tradition to light the first of four candles on their Adventskranz wreath, which is typically laid on or hung above the dining-room table.

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Blocked road...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 4:25pm
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Alok Sharma backs bid to lift ban on onshore windfarms in England

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 3:42pm

Tory MP becomes latest member of party to get behind push to drop moratorium with reports Michael Gove also supports move

The president of the Cop26 climate summit Alok Sharma has become the latest Conservative party MP to support lifting the ban on new onshore windfarms.

Sharma has joined his former boss Boris Johnson, who nominated him for a peerage, in backing an amendment to government legislation in an attempt to drop the moratorium on onshore wind.

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‘Tangled mess of inaction’: hundreds of threatened species recovery plans expiring in next six months

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 12:00pm

Growing list facing extinction and underresourcing of conservation means plans have not been updated

Hundreds of plans for the recovery of threatened species will reach their use-by date in the next six months as the government considers how to reform Australia’s flawed system of environmental protections.

Documents released to Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws detail how underresourcing, disagreement with state governments, and the growing list of species threatened with extinction have constrained the federal environment department’s ability to get on top of a backlog of conservation work.

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Queensland faces ‘significant’ wellbeing decline if it doesn’t quickly transition to renewables, report says

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 12:00pm

Deloitte warns that the biggest risk to jobs in the state is a carbon-fuelled economy

A Queensland government-commissioned report by Deloitte says there could be “significant” declines in wellbeing, assets left stranded and a stagnating economy if the state doesn’t quickly transition to renewables.

The report by the global accounting giant, obtained under the state’s right to information regime, also suggests Queensland could have a bright economic future should it rapidly decarbonise in coordination with the rest of the world.

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Fears for all Ukraine’s nuclear plants after emergency shutdowns

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 11:19am

Russian attacks cut off essential power to the stations last week, forcing all four of them into high-risk mitigation procedures

There are growing fears that Russia’s relentless targeting of Ukraine’s electricity grid will threaten the safety of the country’s nuclear power plants, in the wake of an unprecedented emergency shutdown on Wednesday.

Petro Kotin, the president of Ukraine’s nuclear power company, Energoatom, said that all safety mechanisms had worked as intended on Wednesday, but two generators were damaged in the process, delaying the restart of two reactors. Kotin said repeated shutdowns caused by more Russian missile attacks could cause extensive damage, with a potentially severe impact on Ukraine’s power supply and possibly on nuclear safety.

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Gordon Brown says China must pay into climate fund for poor countries

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 9:41am

Former prime minister says US and Europe will pay biggest share of loss and damage fund, but China must too

China must pay into a new fund for poor countries stricken by climate-driven disaster on the basis of its high greenhouse gas emissions and large economy, the former UK prime minister Gordon Brown has said.

“America and Europe will have to provide most, but China will have to contribute more too,” he told the Guardian.

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Water chiefs blame UK government for failure to stop sewage pollution

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 7:00am

Under-fire water firms, criticised for their part in the scandal, have pointed the finger at the authorities in newly revealed letters

Water company bosses have blamed UK government inaction for a lack of progress in stopping sewage pollution, newly revealed letters show.

According to data from the Environment Agency, sewage has been dumped into the seas and rivers around the UK more than 770,000 times over the course of 2020 and 2021 – the equivalent of almost 6m hours.

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Cities are losing trees — fast. But it's not too late to change that

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 5:58am

Scott Simon speaks with David Nowak, emeritus research forester at the U.S. Department of Agriculture about how many cities are losing trees.

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Bison proliferate as Native American tribes reclaim stewardship

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/11/26 - 4:00am

Herds burgeon on reservations as Native tribes seek to re-establish balance after historical slaughter by European settlers

Perched atop a fence at Badlands national park, Troy Heinert peered from beneath his wide-brimmed hat into a corral where 100 wild bison awaited transfer to the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

Descendants of bison that once roamed North America’s Great Plains by the tens of millions, the animals would soon thunder up a chute, take a truck ride across South Dakota and join one of many burgeoning herds Heinert has helped re-establish on Native American lands.

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It happened again...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2022/11/25 - 4:38pm
For the second time - the owner of the campsites out my way failed to warn his guests about the road conditions during a rainstorm. Four cars stuck and 10 people stranded. Nearly an inch of rain fell today, and it will be at least Monday afternoon before these folks can go home. 38,46,37, .85",C
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Rocket launches pose extinction-level threat to SA’s tiny southern emu wren, conservationists warn

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/11/25 - 4:00pm

Tanya Plibersek could list the bird as endangered amid concerns about proposed rocket launch site

A tiny southern emu wren, which conservationists fear is under threat from rocket launches, could be listed as endangered within days.

Conservationists say planned rocket launches on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia pose an extinction-level threat to the wren, one of Australia’s smallest birds.

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Ruskin’s ‘loveliest’ view under threat in Kirkby Lonsdale

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/11/25 - 7:30am

Tourist spot made famous by Ruskin, Turner and Wordsworth may be washed away if £1m is not found for repairs

An unspoiled, spirit-enhancing countryside view celebrated by the 19th-century critic and poet John Ruskin as one of the most beautiful in the world is under threat unless £1m can be raised.

It was after a visit in 1875 that Ruskin described the view over the River Lune from the churchyard of St Mary’s in Kirkby Lonsdale as “one of the loveliest in England, therefore in the world”.

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