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India's 'Tiger state' reports at least 11 rare cub sightings

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/18 - 7:43am

Forest officials record first births for many years in parts of Madhya Pradesh

Forest officials in Madhya Pradesh state, in India, have reported several tiger cub sightings, the first for years in some parts of the region.

At least 11 cubs have been sighted in the last week, including five in Panna Tiger Reserve and three each in Nauradehi and Ratapani sanctuaries.

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Australian election: Tony Abbott loses his Warringah seat to Zali Steggall

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/18 - 4:34am

Independent knocks former PM out of parliament with pro-climate action campaign

One of the Liberals’ leading conservatives and Australia’s 28th prime minister, Tony Abbott, has lost his blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Warringah after moderate Liberal voters abandoned him in protest at the role he played in opposing climate change action.

Abbott lost to the independent candidate and Olympian Zali Steggall, with thecount showing she was likely to win almost 60% of the vote on a two-party-preferred basis.

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Slippery challenge: can the European eel be saved from oblivion?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/18 - 12:00am

Project hopes to identify best habitats for extraordinary creature more endangered than giant panda – and shed light on mysterious breeding location

“That one is definitely over five years old, it could be eight to 10 years old,” shouts Dr Peter Walker, as a writhing 50cm long eel is scooped out of the River Tone near Taunton in Somerset. “This year or next I would expect this one to be on its merry way.”

The European eel makes an extraordinary 6,000km (3,728-mile) journey to the Sargasso Sea in the north Atlantic to spawn, from where its larvae travel all the way back. Now scientists hope a new project may shed light on this still mysterious part of eels’ lifecycle, which could provide crucial help in protecting the species.

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'Vote for the climate': NSW demands environmental short film's removal from internet

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 5:52pm

Create NSW contacted Screenworks, which then demanded the film-makers take down Island Home

A New South Wales government agency has demanded the removal from the internet of a hard-hitting environmental short film which urges Australians to “vote for the climate”.

Island Home features stirring imagery of Australia’s coastline, warning it will be harmed by the climate emergency, and criticises Adani for the Carmichael coalmine and Equinor’s proposal to drill the Great Australian Bight.

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Safety changes leave owners of river barges fearing dry times ahead

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 4:01pm

Operators of historic vessels could be sunk by requirements costing up to £250,000 per boat

Once, thousands of sailing barges plied the Thames estuary. Today, the sight of Will, the largest such vessel still travelling on the waters in London – now converted for pleasure cruises – turns heads.

Passengers on the deck of a giant cruise ship sailing up to Tower Bridge peer and wave at the historic barge below. But Will’s co-owner, Mark Tower, 60, warns that such sights – “absolutely part of the Thames maritime heritage” – could soon be lost.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 3:17pm
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We all smell the smoke, we all feel the heat. This environmental catastrophe is global | Alexis Wright

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 2:00pm

Governments of the world need to act. It’s time to speak to our planet with kindness before it’s too late

All the raspy-voice myna birds have come here, to this old swamp, where the ghost swans now dance the yellow dust song cycles of drought. Around and around the dry swamp they go with their webbed feet stomping up the earth in a cloud of dust, and all the bits and pieces of the past unravelled from parched soil. The Swan Book, by Alexis Wright.

A dense haze of smoke crawled over Melbourne and embraced us for a day in its lonely pilgrimage, inviting us to contemplate its mourning rite, its long prayer.

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'Shame on you': Boots berated for wrapping prescriptions in plastic bags

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 10:51am

Campaigners say pharmacy chain should uphold promise to reduce plastic packaging

The pharmacy chain Boots has come under fire for using plastic bags, rather than paper ones, to package some of its prescriptions.

Environmental campaigners and customers criticised the firm, which signed up to a high-profile scheme to cut plastic packaging last year.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 6:48am

A bobcat, a Burmese python and a baby elephant

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130 species, 187 miles and lots of energy drinks: Inside the World Series of Birding

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 2:00am

As the clock struck 12, the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks set out into the New Jersey night. But could they tally enough birds to beat their rivals?

A white SUV ground to a stop near a sliver of New Jersey marshland, tires snarling against the gravel and sand access road. Three men – Christopher Takacs, David Bernstein, and Michael Wolfe – bounded out. Brine lingered in the moist air as they rushed forward on foot, traveling below an overpass. Reeds lined the lane, which was somewhere along the Hackensack River. Midges and ticks lurked in the dark as the trio waited for midnight. Takacs’ phone alarm chirped. It was finally midnight. As if on cue, something trilled in the near distance.

“There’s a shorebird calling!” one of the men said.

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How you and your government can tackle air pollution

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 1:46am

From walking more to reducing waste, here’s what you can do to make a difference

Most air pollution is produced by the burning of fossil fuels and waste, and this is the focus of the World Health Organization’s global recommendations:

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Oil Spill Seeping Into Gulf Of Mexico Contained After 14 Years, Coast Guard Says

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 8:21pm

The Taylor Energy oil spill began after Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide and caused the company's oil platform to topple and sink.

(Image credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

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Angus Taylor's Oxford rowing mate's company was a beneficiary of $80m water deal

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 6:03pm

Exclusive: Energy minister went to university with the fund manager who was chief investment officer in Pacific Alliance Group

One of the main beneficiaries of an $80m sale of water to the federal government was a Hong Kong-based investment fund whose founder and chief investment officer attended New College, Oxford, alongside Angus Taylor.

In 2017, the government paid Eastern Australia Agriculture $80m for its entitlements to overland flows on two properties in Queensland.

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Ben waiting for breakfast...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 3:32pm
Ben just stares at the house until I come out to feed him in the morning.  I think he uses his horns to send me telepathic messages.  The only time he moos is when I am late giving him his range cubes for dessert in the evening.  72,99,89,0,C

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Japanese man prepares for landmark case against dolphin hunts

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 1:00pm

Taiji resident will testify in attempt to ban activity as part of charity’s legal challenge

A man from Taiji, the Japanese fishing town whose annual slaughter of dolphins has drawn widespread condemnation, will appear in court on Friday in an unprecedented legal challenge to the hunts.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the plaintiff, who has asked not to be named until the hearing has concluded, said he had been been ostracised in Taiji, where he was born and raised but decided to speak out against the hunts.

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EPA Watchdog Finds Ex-Chief Scott Pruitt Spent $124,000 On 'Excessive' Airfare

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 12:24pm

The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog has found $124,000 in improper travel expenses by former administrator Scott Pruitt. It suggests the agency find a way to recover those costs.

(Image credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

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Great Australian Bight: parties soften stance as voters protest over drilling

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 11:00am

With sitting Liberal MPs along coast under pressure from angry electorate, Coalition promises audit of regulator’s decision

A last-ditch effort to win votes in key seats in South Australia and Victoria has prompted both major parties to make changes to their policies on oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

The resources minister Matt Canavan – who has previously said offshore oil exploration should be a national priority – said on Thursday a re-elected Coalition government would commission an independent audit of the oil regulator’s consideration of exploration in the Bight.

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How does Labour plan to pay for its energy nationalisation policy?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 10:02am

Taking back control from private shareholders will cost a Labour government billions

The Labour Party has announced plans to take back control of Britain’s energy network from private shareholders, as part of a sweeping nationalisation policy. We look at how a Labour government plans to pay for the multibillion pound programme.

Related: Nationalisation plans will bring more than howls of outrage | Nils Pratley

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Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 8:39am

Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix up buildings that have fallen into disrepair nationwide. The Trump administration is calling for more private investment.

(Image credit: Amr Alfiky/NPR)

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414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 6:23am

Debris on Cocos (Keeling) Islands was mostly bottles, cutlery, bags and straws, but also included 977,000 shoes, study says

On the beaches of the tiny Cocos (Keeling) Islands, population 600, marine scientists found 977,000 shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes.

Related: ‘Monstrous’: Indigenous rangers’ struggle against the plastic ruining Arnhem Land beaches

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