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Labor spruiks environmental message as anti-Adani protest grows – live

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 9:53pm

Bill Shorten commits to new Environment Act and says he wants ‘an Australian republic with an Australian head of state’. All the day’s events, live

4.53am GMT

Matt Thistlewaite says it has been five years and the Coalition still don’t have an energy policy, and that they threw out the prime minister, rather than work towards a policy they could live with.

It has to be said that if there was ever a room where you could say you were preaching to the converted, this is it.

4.50am GMT

I didn’t do a count, so I can’t comment on the numbers in this statement – I can confidently say there were a lot of protesters, so many, that some of the delegates inside the conference were taken aback.

From the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (the same group who staged a sit in protest in the foyer of parliament house recently) statement:

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Progress and problems as UN climate change talks end with a deal

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 3:43pm

Nations agree on implementing 2015 Paris agreement, but put trickiest issues on back burner

The UN climate change talks ended late on Saturday night in Poland with a deal agreed on how to put the 2015 Paris agreement into action, but with other contentious problems left to be resolved next year.

Countries thrashed out the complex details of how to account for and record their greenhouse gas emissions, which will form the basis of a “rulebook” on putting the Paris goals into action. But difficult questions such as how to scale up existing commitments on cutting emissions, in line with stark scientific advice, and how to provide finance for poor countries to do the same, were put off for future years.

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hammer time...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 3:09pm
Sure, I have a nail gun...but nothing like a 25 oz California framing hammer - milled face, straight rip claw, 14" hickory handle.  52,61,29,0,B
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Court cites Dr Seuss's The Lorax in rebuke to US Forest Service

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 12:28pm

Federal court in Virginia says officials were trusted to ‘speak for the trees’ as it tosses out pipeline permit

A federal court in the US has cited the classic Dr Seuss children’s book The Lorax as it lambasted the US Forest Service for granting an energy company permission to build a natural gas pipeline across two national forests.

“We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues’,” the three-judge panel of the fourth US circuit court of appeals in Virginia wrote this week as it threw out the permit.

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Sellafield, former star of the nuclear age, scrubs up for a different future

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 8:59am
When uranium was scarce, reprocessing was all the rage. Two decades on, the Cumbrian plant, though still a major source of jobs, has outlived its mission

Deep in the heart of Sellafield, Britain’s biggest nuclear waste site, a small piece of history is playing out. Technicians are about to use a huge amount of force to slice nuclear fuel into thin sheets, so that it can be dissolved in nitric acid, then chemically separated into uranium (for power stations), plutonium (for bombs) and highly radioactive waste.

But first they face a computer-says-no moment. Taut minutes pass as on-screen red boxes indicate issues with the shearing machine, which is safely ensconced behind a metre of leaded glass. Finally, the boxes turn green.

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Ryan Zinke Is Leaving The Interior Department, Trump Tweets

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 7:30am

The interior secretary is stepping down after a tumultuous two years, marked by mounting allegations of misconduct in office.

(Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

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Wolves Are Back In Germany, But Not Always Welcome

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 6:02am

Germany is seeing the return of wolf packs, and with them growing political tension over whether the animals pose too much of a threat.

(Image credit: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/AFP/Getty Images)

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As The Biggest Climate Conference Since Paris Ends, What's Accomplished?

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 6:00am

A major climate conference is wrapping up in Poland. Officials are working to create a rulebook for future reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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UN climate change talks avoid contentious issues in draft agreement

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/15 - 5:39am

Struggles remain on enacting 2015 Paris accord despite more clarity on emissions

The UN met on Saturday in Poland to discuss a draft agreement on climate change, which sources said was likely to pass, as exhausted delegates made compromises on some key issues but left other contentious problems to be resolved next year.

The result will not be the breakthrough campaigners and some countries were hoping for, but will keep discussions alive on formulating key aspects of the implementation rules for the 2015 Paris accord.

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PG&E Falsified Gas Pipeline Safety Records, Regulators Say

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 9:55pm

The utility has been under fire for its role in the massive gas pipeline explosion in 2010 in San Bruno, Calif.

(Image credit: Paul Sakuma/AP)

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'Extinction is not an option': the $1bn push to save orcas in Washington

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 5:25pm

Governor proposes destroying dams, repairing habitats and limiting whale-watching in bid to save struggling creatures

Five months after twin tragedies cast a spotlight on the state’s ailing orcas, Washington plans to spend more than $1bn to stave off extinction.

If enacted, a proposal from the governor, Jay Inslee, would knock down two dams, repair habitat and place a three-year ban on orca watching. Crucially, Inslee hopes to shore up salmon runs that feed the orca while cleaning and quieting the waters in which they live.

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Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 4:43pm

The federal judges noted "the Forest Service's serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company's deadlines."

(Image credit: Steve Helber/AP)

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 4:29pm
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Countries Struggle To Agree On Rules For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 3:05pm

As a major climate conference nears its end in Poland, negotiators are still haggling over the rules nations must follow in order to meet their commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Cutting emissions proves a sticking point at Poland climate talks

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 11:28am

Slow progress on 2015 Paris agreement comes as scientists warn of need to get on track

Negotiators at the climate conference in Poland have inched closer to an outcome, as the official deadline for finishing a deal ran out.

The conference was meant to approve a rulebook which would govern how nations put into action the goals set in the landmark Paris agreement of 2015, when the world resolved to hold global warming to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels, with an aspiration to limit temperature rises to no more than 1.5C.

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A youth activist on the climate crisis: politicians won't save us | Victoria Barrett

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 11:27am

At the COP24 conference, leaders lack the urgency felt by communities on the frontlines of a global threat

As wildfires burn, as temperatures rise, as the last remaining old-growth forests in Poland are logged, world leaders are in Katowice to negotiate the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. To outsiders, UN climate talks may seem like a positive step. Unfortunately, this is COP24.

For 24 years, world leaders have annually talked at each other instead of to one another in hopes of reaching an agreement on how to mitigate the climate crisis. In all that time, they have barely scratched the surface of an issue that the world’s top climate scientists say we now have 12 years to stop – and that is an optimistic estimate.

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 8:35am

Bird battles, snoozing seals and mischievous macaques in this week’s gallery

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Waitrose to ban glitter from own-brand products by 2020

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 7:38am

Retailer says it will find other ways to make products sparkle in effort to stem plastic waste

Waitrose has joined the crackdown on glitter by pledging to ban it from all own-brand products by 2020.

The supermarket chain said its own-label cards, wraps, crackers, tags, flowers and plants will either be glitter-free or use an environmentally friendly alternative.

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Supermarket shoppers urged to serve ‘wonky’ Christmas dinner

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 7:10am

Stores selling stubby sprouts and curvy carrots in attempt to reduce festive food waste

Supermarkets have increased their efforts to reduce the national food waste mountain at Christmas by offering shoppers edible produce nearing the end of its shelf life, as well as “wonky” sprouts, carrots and parsnips.

The wonky or “ugly” lines were being offered at cheaper prices in an effort to stop the rejection or waste of fruit and veg that was misshapen, had growth cracks or was much smaller or larger than average.

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Poland's deadly addiction to coal – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/14 - 6:21am

Coal, known as ‘black gold’ in Poland, has helped the country achieve energy independence. However, the high-polluting fuel has been linked to serious diseases and premature death. With COP24 climate talks under way in Katowice, pressure grows on Poland to reduce its reliance on the fossil fuel. But with 100,000 coal-dependent jobs in the country, switching to alternative sources of energy carries great economic risk. Here, Violeta Santos Moura explores the problem in her essay Dark Clouds

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