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Climate change drawing squid, anchovies and tuna into UK waters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 4:01pm

Squid and anchovies are moving into warming waters in large numbers, a report finds, with the long-lost bluefin tuna also returning

Squid and anchovies, more commonly eaten by Britons holidaying abroad, are being drawn into UK waters in large numbers by climate change, according to major new report that suggests the nation’s long-lost bluefin tuna is also returning.

However, global warming is harming sea birds, such as puffins, fulmars, terns and razorbills, as the fish they rely on are driven north or deeper as waters warm. The analysis of the impact of climate on the UK’s seas, which draws on the work of 400 scientists, found a steady rise in water temperature.

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 3:25pm

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

(Image credit: Jensen Walker/Paramount Pictures)

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Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 1:53pm

Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.

(Image credit: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

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Balancing out the lulls of wind power with a wider reach across Europe

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 1:30pm

Europe has seven prevailing weather regimes, a system windfarms could better exploit to even out supply and demand


Renewable energy is great in principle, but, some people may say, how do we keep the lights on when the wind fails to blow or the sun doesn’t shine? The issue of “intermittency” is a criticism of renewables, but a study analysing weather patterns across Europe shows that a decent wind is almost always blowing somewhere on the continent.

Related: World's first floating windfarm to take shape off coast of Scotland

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Environmentalists Provoke Pipeline Workers To Speak Up

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 1:28pm

As oil and gas pipeline projects increase, and more environmentalists protest, a Pipeliners union wants to make sure it's part of the public conversation.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolution

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 12:06pm

The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

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Switch to electric vehicles will not be enough to give us clean air | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 10:35am
Readers respond to Britain’s latest clean air plan and the ban on all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040

So, the government is committed to banning all diesel and petrol cars by 2040 (Report, 26 July). Has it considered the wider impacts?

Power stations will face huge peak-time demand when drivers charge vehicles overnight. Can they cope? Will we face increased electricity charges?

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Fracking drilling rig brought on site overnight 'to avoid protests'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 9:14am

Cuadrilla faces action for breaching planning permission after delivery to site near Blackpool

A company preparing to be the first to start large-scale UK fracking has breached its planning permission by delivering a drilling rig overnight, prompting the local authority to warn it is considering action against it.

Cuadrilla said that around 30 trucks had made deliveries to its Preston New Road site near Blackpool at 4.45am on Thursday. It has permission to frack at the site later this year.

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'There's no sport in that': trophy hunters and the masters of the universe

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 8:00am

Modern trophy hunters can shoot animals via the internet – but they argue that it is all conservation. The killing of Xanda – Cecil the Lion’s son – has sparked debate about what hunting really means

They’re known as canned hunts; captive mammal hunting ranches in the US which offer the chance to shoot a zebra or antelope or even a lion for several thousand dollars. The animals are fenced in and often unafraid of humans so the kills are easy, to the extent that some venues even provide the option of shooting them via the internet, with the use of a camera and a gun on a mount.

It’s estimated that there are more than 1,000 of them - completely legal. But many US hunters consider them a betrayal of every belief they hold dear. “I don’t consider that hunting,” said John Rogalo, a New Jersey hunter who has been stalking bears, deer and turkeys for nearly 50 years. “It’s a weird culture that has developed in this country in the past few years. I joke that you may as well ask the farmer if you could shoot his black Angus because at least you’d get more meat for it.”

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Satellite Eye on Earth: June 2017 – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 6:18am

Patagonia’s icefields, Australia’s changing tides, and volcanic activity in Alaska are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month

Alaska’s remote Bogoslof Island volcano erupted in a series of explosions starting in December 2016, triggering the highest aviation alert as it shot ash plumes at least 35,000ft into the atmosphere. By monitoring the volcano via satellite and seismologic data, scientists can provide a warning of when further eruptions could pose a risk to aircraft. This image shows just a small puff of smoke rising from the volcano, while a sediment plume drifts towards the top left of the image, turning the Bering Sea a bright blue-green.

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England and Wales record warmest winter since 1910

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 5:44am

Met Office figures for 2016 also show long-term decrease in amount of frost, while last winter was the second wettest on record across the country

The winter of 2016 was the warmest for England and Wales in records that stretch back to 1910, the Met Office’s annual State of the UK Climate report revealed on Thursday.

The average temperature from December 2015 to February 2016 was more than 2C above the long-term average across the southern half of the UK. The report also found that, over the last decade, the number of air frosts has dropped by 7% and the number of ground frosts by 9%, compared with the average between 1981-2010.

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Mon Dieu! Burgundy Snails Aren't French Anymore

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 4:14am

Declining snail populations in France have led to imports of Burgundy snails from European countries. Consumers love them, but not French snail farmers, who want people to eat locally raised snails.

(Image credit: tirc83/Getty Images)

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A profile of award-winning climate scientist Kevin Trenberth | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 3:00am

Kevin Trenberth - recent award winner - is one of the world’s foremost climate scientists

The American Geophysical Union - the pre-eminent organization of Earth scientists - presents annual awards to celebrate the achievements of scientists. The awards, which are often named after famous historical scientists, reflect the contributions to science in the area of the award namesake. With the 2017 award winners just announced, it’s appropriate to showcase one of the winners here.

The 2017 winner of the Roger Revelle medal is Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth. One of the most well-known scientists in the world, he is certainly the person most knowledgeable about climate change that I know.

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Seafood in popular Darwin fishing spots contaminated by toxic foam

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 1:24am

Creeks found to be contaminated by decades-long use of poisonous firefighting foam, studies show

Seafood in two creeks near Darwin airport is contaminated with toxic firefighting chemicals at levels similar to the notorious Williamtown red zone, research has found.

The Northern Territory government on Thursday released the results of two contamination studies at Rapid and Ludmilla creeks.

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Glencore must reveal security bond for McArthur River mine, NT court rules

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 12:06am

Court rules in favour of Indigenous owners, who have long questioned whether mining giant provided enough to fully rehabilitate the lead and zinc mine

A Northern Territory court has ruled the amount of money mining giant Glencore gave to the state government as a security bond for its McArthur River mine must be revealed, after a lengthy court battle brought by traditional owners.

The NT civil administrations tribunal has ruled in favour of Borroloola resident Jacky Green, who had long questioned whether Glencore had provided enough to fully rehabilitate the controversial lead and zinc mine.

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The ick factor: Dutch project making bike lanes and bottles from used loo roll

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 12:00am

A pilot scheme in the Netherlands is sifting sewage for cellulose, which it says can be recycled into valuable products

When you flush the toilet, you’re probably not thinking about bike lanes or home insulation. But that’s where your used loo roll could one day end up if a Dutch project to extract cellulose from sewage rolls out.

At the Geestmerambacht wastewater treatment plant near Alkmaar in the Netherlands, a two-year pilot project is using an industrial sieve to sift 400kg of cellulose, the natural fibres found in loo roll, from toilet sludge each day.

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Top tips for RideLondon, the capital's cycling marathon

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 11:10pm

Here’s how to prepare for the 100-mile cycling event ...

Shortly before 6am on Sunday, the first of about 25,000 intrepid cyclists will set off from the Olympic Park in east London on a 100-mile trip through the capital and into the hills of Surrey, finishing on the Mall.

It is the fifth year of an event which has so far lived up to its billing of a London marathon for two wheels, part of a wider and much-enjoyed weekend of cycling activities in the capital, which has now spawned similar events elsewhere in Britain.

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Queensland to build one of the world's longest electric vehicle highways

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 10:48pm

The route, which will span 2,000km from Cairns to Coolangatta and west to Toowoomba, within six months will offer drivers 18 free recharging stations

Queensland will have a 2,000km network of electric vehicle charging stations that make up one of the world’s longest electric vehicle highways within six months.

The state government announced on Thursday it would build an 18-station network stretching along Queensland’s east coast from Cairns to Coolangatta and west to Toowoomba.

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Barnaby Joyce says he gave water back to irrigators to stop 'greenies'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 10:18pm

Joyce’s comments at odds with press conference on Wednesday when he likened water thieves to cattle and sheep thieves

Barnaby Joyce has told a pub in a Victorian irrigation district that the Four Corners program which raised allegations of water theft was about taking more water from irrigators and shutting down towns.

The deputy prime minister, agriculture and water minister told a gathering at a Hotel Australia in Shepparton that he had given water back to agriculture through the Murray Darling Basin plan so the “greenies were not running the show”.

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Al-Shabaab militants ban starving Somalis from accessing aid

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/26 - 10:00pm

Fears of widespread famine as people in extremist-controlled areas are threatened with death if they contact aid agencies

Islamist militants in Somalia have imposed a ban on humanitarian assistance in areas they control, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to choose between death from starvation and disease or brutal punishment.

In some towns, hungry and weak people have been ordered by extremist leaders to remain where they are to act as human shields against US airstrikes.

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