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Florida nursing homes evacuated 1000s before Ian hit. Some weathered the storm

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 3:18pm

Some have required rescues, while others are hunkered down and depending on generator power as crews begin to sort through the damage.

(Image credit: John Raoux/AP)

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The fate of the Amazon rainforest may rest on the results of Brazil's vote on Sunday

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 2:58pm

After record deforestation and environmental deregulation in the past few years, the result of the Brazilian election could very well determine the fate of the Amazon rainforest.

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Size of Nord Stream blasts equal to large amount of explosive, UN told

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 9:52am

Experts suggest maintenance robots may have planted bombs, as concern grows over methane buildup

Denmark and Sweden have said leaks from the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea were caused by blasts equivalent to the power of “several hundred kilograms of explosive”.

The conclusions were made in a joint report by Denmark and Sweden which was delivered to the United Nations. The UN environment programme said on Friday the ruptures are likely to have led to the biggest single release of climate-damaging methane ever recorded.

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Extreme rainfall from Hurricane Ian worsened by climate breakdown – study

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 9:04am

US researchers find human-induced global heating has increased intensity of downpours in powerful mega-storm

Human-induced climate change increased the extreme rainfall brought by Hurricane Ian, which has devastated parts of Florida, by more than 10%, according to a new preliminary analysis.

Ian has caused widespread damage and at least 21 deaths since crunching into south-west Florida on Wednesday, tearing asunder cities such as Fort Myers and Cape Coral with winds that reached close to 150mph and a storm surge that in places reached 18ft. More than 2 million people have been left without power as the storm has rampaged across the state and moved northwards to the Carolinas.

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Green party conference opens with call for wealth tax to fund renewables

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 8:09am

In Harrogate, Green co-leaders pledge to target richest 1% and biggest polluters with ‘dirty profits’ tax

The Greens have kicked off their conference with a call for taxes on wealth and “dirty profits” to finance the transition to renewable energy – and a condemnation of Labour’s plans, unveiled last week, as woefully insufficient.

At the gathering in Harrogate, days after a Labour conference based heavily around clean power initiatives, the Green party in England and Wales – the Scottish Greens are separate – repeatedly stressed policy differences not just over renewables but also areas such as support for strikers and public ownership.

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‘Superhero’ moss can save communities from flooding, say scientists

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 6:00am

Sphagnum moss found to drastically slow down rainwater runoff in Peak District ‘outdoor laboratory’ study

A “superhero” moss can significantly reduce the risk and severity of flooding for communities living in downstream areas, researchers have found.

Scientists from the conservation group Moors for the Future Partnership who conducted a six-year study into sphagnum moss found that planting it in upland areas could dramatically slow the rate at which water runs off the hillsides, preventing river catchments being inundated with water downstream.

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Threats to water and biodiversity are linked. A new U.S. envoy role tackles them both

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 5:40am

"The loss of nature and rising water insecurity are global health threats that must be confronted together," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

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Spanish police seize smuggled baby eels worth €270,000

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 4:19am

Dozens arrested in operation as officials warn of resurgence in trafficking of endangered elvers

Spanish police have arrested 29 people after seizing 180kg of critically endangered young European eels with a value on the hidden market of €270,000 (£237,000).

The Guardia Civil said the operation, in collaboration with Europol, had also led to 20 arrests elsewhere in Europe.

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‘I felt like I failed’: inflation puts healthy food out of reach for millions of Americans

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 3:00am

Public health experts worry rising grocery costs could increase the risk for diet-related diseases in the long run

In April, Kimberly Hart made a resolution to lose some weight on the advice of her doctor. Hart, who is 61 and lives in New Haven, Connecticut, has high blood pressure and cholesterol. These factors, combined with her age and weight, put her at an elevated risk for developing diabetes, and she wanted to do whatever she could to prevent that from happening.

One element within her control, Hart thought at the time, was her diet. She started seeing a nutritionist, a cost covered by Medicaid, and eating more healthily. But it wasn’t long before her efforts clashed with the reality of rising grocery costs.

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Boston bans artificial turf in parks due to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 3:00am

The city joins a growing number across the US in limiting the use of artificial turf made with dangerous PFAS compounds

Boston’s mayor, Michelle Wu, has ordered no new artificial turf to be installed in city parks, making Boston the largest municipality in a small but growing number around the nation to limit use of the product because it contains dangerous chemicals.

All artificial turf is made with toxic PFAS compounds and some is still produced with ground-up tires that can contain heavy metals, benzene, VOCs and other carcinogens that can present a health threat. The material also emits high levels of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and sheds microplastics and other chemicals into waterways.

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In a bio-engineered dystopia, 'Vesper' finds seeds of hope

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 2:00am

In the sci-fi drama Vesper, the title character is a 13 year old bio-hacker who lives in a future where humankind has wiped out all edible plants.

(Image credit: Courtesy of IFC Films)

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Labor’s deal with gas exporters will lock in high prices, consumer groups say

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 1:45am

Agreement raises concerns transition to lower emissions energy sector will be harder and more expensive

Energy user groups have condemned the Albanese government’s agreement with gas exporters saying it will lock in high prices that will force businesses to close, hurt households and hobble the transition of the electricity sector off fossil fuels.

The resource minister, Madeleine King, on Thursday said the government had signed a new agreement with the big gas exporters from eastern Australia that would ensure there was sufficient supplies to meet local demand.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2022/09/30 - 12:00am

The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including an injured pangolin, a trapped dragonfly and a sneaky pig

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Watch for a political earthquake in middle England, as Liz Truss breaks up the Tory bedrock | Gaby Hinsliff

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2022/09/29 - 10:00pm

In Surrey, the cost of living crisis could push voters away from the Conservatives and towards a progressive alliance

Deep in the rolling hills of the Surrey commuter belt lies a narrow, winding lane overhung with trees. Halfway down the bridleway that leads off it, Sarah Godwin points out the barn one of her farming neighbours has converted into a wedding venue. Brides and grooms use this unspoilt view, over grazing sheep and ancient woodland to the beauty spot of Hascombe Hill, as the backdrop for wedding photographs. But soon, that view might include an oilwell.

This summer, ministers granted permission for exploratory drilling here, overruling objections from the Conservative-controlled county council and local Conservative MP Jeremy Hunt.

Gaby Hinsliff is a Guardian columnist

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Police investigate threat to ‘firebomb’ national parks office over Kosciuszko horse cull

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2022/09/29 - 8:12pm

National Parks and Wildlife Service says threat ‘should be condemned by all Australians’

Police are investigating a letter threatening to “firebomb” a New South Wales national parks office in the Snowy Mountains region over the culling of feral horses in the Kosciuszko national park.

The state’s environment minister, James Griffin, said the “disgraceful and unacceptable” behaviour had been reported to NSW police, while the head of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Atticus Fleming, said the threat “is a criminal act, and should be condemned by all Australians”.

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Research shows oil field flaring emits nearly five times more methane than expected

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2022/09/29 - 12:27pm

Scientists took a dozen research flights over major U.S. oil and gas fields to sample flare emissions. They found more methane than was supposed to be there.

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Jackson water crisis: Mississippi accused of ‘intolerable’ racial discrimination

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2022/09/29 - 11:37am

State officials accused of violating civil rights, which resulted in ‘persistently unsafe and unreliable drinking water’ for residents

The NAACP filed a federal complaint on Tuesday accusing Mississippi state officials of violating civil rights law by repeatedly diverting federal funds meant for ensuring safe drinking water away from the state’s predominantly Black capital, Jackson, to smaller, white communities.

Their conduct amounted to racial discrimination and a devastating loss of access to drinking water for more than a month for residents in Jackson, where more than 80% of residents are Black and a quarter are in poverty.

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Arctic Ocean acidifying up to four times as fast as other oceans, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2022/09/29 - 11:00am

Scientists ‘shocked’ by rate of change as rapid sea-ice melt drives absorption of CO2 – with ‘huge implications’ for Arctic sea life

Acidification of the western Arctic Ocean is happening three to four times faster than in other ocean basins, a new study has found.

The ocean, which absorbs a third of all of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, has grown more acidic because of fossil fuel use. Rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic region over the past three decades has accelerated the rate of long-term acidification, according to the study, published in Science on Thursday.

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How to prepare for and stay safe during a power outage

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2022/09/29 - 10:53am

Millions of Floridians are without power in the wake of Hurricane Ian, which now has its sights set on South Carolina. Here are some do's and don'ts of blackout safety.

(Image credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

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