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'You didn't vote for me': California senator responds to young activists on Green New Deal

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 9:27pm

Children and teenagers from Sunrise Movement say Dianne Feinstein reacted with ‘smugness + disrespect’

The California senator Dianne Feinstein is facing criticism over a video of her response to a group of children and teenagers asking her to support the Green New Deal.

The video clip shows parts of a Friday morning meeting between the Democrat and young activists from the Sunrise Movement. Founded in 2017, the group organizes young people to fight climate change and support the Green New Deal.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 5:00pm
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Al Gore admits US poverty 'shocking' – but warns climate crisis will make things worse

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 10:20am

Former vice-president continues environmental justice tour in Alabama and urges political leaders to take drastic action

Al Gore continued an environmental justice tour with a visit to poor areas of Alabama – and warned that already dire conditions are set to worsen because of climate change.

Related: Hoda Muthana's father sues in bid to bring his daughter back to US

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Boy, 12, said to have created nuclear reaction in playroom lab

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 10:16am

Hobbyists say Jackson Oswalt of Tennessee is youngest person to achieve fusion

An American 14-year-old has reportedly become the youngest known person in the world to create a successful nuclear reaction.

The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, a hobbyist group, has recognised the achievement by Jackson Oswalt, from Memphis, Tennessee, when he was aged 12 in January 2018.

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Teachers and students stage mock climate classes in Whitehall

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 9:50am

Traffic blocked at Department for Education during call for national curriculum changes

More than 100 teachers, academics and students have blocked traffic and staged mock climate classes outside the Department for Education in a protest against the underplaying of environmental problems in the national curriculum.

The demonstrators – who carried Teach the Truth, Rebel for Life and Climate: More Important Than Brexit banners – urged the government to make the climate and ecological crisis an educational priority.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 8:18am

Pangolins, a mountain lion and a sad good-bye to Papua New Guinea’s Bramble Cay melomys

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Crusade ends as Indiana Dunes becomes newest national park in US

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 8:18am

Redesignation makes Indiana Dunes the US’s newest national park, ending a fight for recognition lasting 103 years

Wild and rugged – though the link to Spielberg’s similarly-named action hero ends there – Indiana Dunes has been designated America’s newest national park, marking the end of a 103-year-long effort instigated by the US National Park Service’s first director Stephen Mather.

The first national park in the state of Indiana, the area is already popular with tourists and day trippers from Chicago, with more than two million visitors a year exploring the 50 miles of walking trails through one of the country’s most biodiverse protected areas. Covering 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, its vast sand dunes, forests, marshes and prairies are home to over 350 species of bird and 1,100 native plants.

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Watchdog permits 170,000 wild bird killings in five years

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 6:39am

Exclusive: birds and eggs from 70 species, some rare, have been licensed for destruction

The government’s conservation watchdog has issued licences to destroy 170,000 wild birds, eggs and nests, including rare and declining species such as curlews and swifts, in the past five years.

Natural England has given permission to kill birds of more than 70 species, or have their nests and eggs destroyed. These include peregrine falcons, barn owls, buzzards and red kites, alongside garden favourites such as robins, blackbirds and blue tits. A licence was even issued to destroy a wrens’ nest to “preserve public safety” in South Yorkshire.

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School curriculum fails to reflect the urgency of the climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 12:00am

Informed students are prompting adults to act on the issue

I draw three circles on the board as my class watches.

“So, what might this gas be?”

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Colombian tribe calls for action on alleged effects of UK oil firm

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 12:00am

In part two of our series, indigenous Siona people claim their health is being affected by apparent contamination of river

María Isaura Cuaran, an indigenous Siona woman, is displaying a rash that has appeared at the base of her neck. It is barely visible, but there nonetheless. Pulling her turquoise top off her left shoulder and tugging down on her bead necklace, Cuaran talks about “the company” and how, she alleges, it has affected the local river.

“Stomach problems, coughing, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, welts, little spots, little blotches, general malaise …”

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Bike theft affects the young and poor most – why is it not taken seriously?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 12:00am

National cycle crime strategy set to launch after survey finds 50% of victims feel police don’t take the offence seriously

For many people a bicycle is the only transport they can afford and the only exercise they get. These people are often among society’s most vulnerable, and the impact of the loss of their bike can be devastating. So why is cycle theft so often seen as a minor crime?

According to the police, 96,210 bikes were stolen in 2018, and about one in 50 bicycle-owning households are victims of cycle theft each year, but it’s a crime disproportionately visited on the young and the poor.

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NOAA Researcher's Ashes Were Dropped Into The Eye Of Hurricane Michael

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 10:29pm

NOAA researcher Michael Black pioneered the use of dropwindsondes — small measuring devices dropped into hurricanes to gather data. That data has dramatically improved hurricane forecasting.

(Image credit: Courtesy NOAA)

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World's food supply under 'severe threat' from loss of biodiversity

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 4:05pm

Plants, insects and organisms crucial to food production in steep decline, says UN

The world’s capacity to produce food is being undermined by humanity’s failure to protect biodiversity, according to the first UN study of the plants, animals and micro-organisms that help to put meals on our plates.

The stark warning was issued by the Food and Agriculture Organisation after scientists found evidence the natural support systems that underpin the human diet are deteriorating around the world as farms, cities and factories gobble up land and pump out chemicals.

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close to home...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 3:22pm
The wildflower season is going crazy out here...most I have ever seen in 11 years.  I even have a stray bluebonnet growing on my road.  65,72,45,0,B
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Grand Canyon tourists possibly exposed to radiation at museum, whistleblower says

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 1:20pm

Park safety director alleges buckets of uranium sat near exhibit for almost 20 years, but interior department says there’s no risk

For almost 20 years, workers and visiting schoolchildren at a Grand Canyon museum may have been unknowingly exposed to radiation from three buckets of uranium sitting next to a taxidermy exhibit, according to allegations from a National Park Service safety director.

The whistleblower says officials learned about the buckets last year and tried to hide the revelation, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. This month, Elston “Swede” Stephenson emailed all park staff and brought the matter to the attention of the head of the interior department, which oversees the park service, and the agency’s internal watchdog.

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World's largest bee, missing for 38 years, found in Indonesia

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 7:00am

Biologists discover single female Wallace’s giant bee inside a termites’ nest in a tree

As long as an adult thumb, with jaws like a stag beetle and four times larger than a honeybee, Wallace’s giant bee is not exactly inconspicuous.

But after going missing, feared extinct, for 38 years, the world’s largest bee has been rediscovered on the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas.

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British Gas owner loses 742,000 customers and issues price cap warning

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 3:56am

Centrica says it will take £300m hit on cap on energy bills and lowers 2019 cashflow outlook

The owner of British Gas, Centrica, lost about three-quarters of a million customers last year and warned it will take a £300m hit from the government’s price cap on energy bills.

Shares in Britain’s biggest energy company dropped more than 10% after the company lowered its cashflow outlook for 2019, leading investors to fear Centrica’s dividend could be cut.

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Ohio Grassroots Group Wants A Great Lake To Have Its Own Bill Of Rights

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 3:02am

Voters in Toledo, Ohio, will decide if Lake Erie has legal rights. It's an attempt to amend the city's charter after efforts failed to address toxic algal blooms that affect water supplies.

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Critics Say Border Wall Could Harm Wildlife Corridors And Sensitive Desert Terrain

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 3:00am

The wall along the U.S.-Mexico border cuts across sensitive desert and mountainous terrain. But environmental regulations are waived for wall construction, raising concerns about longterm damage.

(Image credit: Mallory Falk/KRWG)

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Climate change 'cause of most under-reported humanitarian crises'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 3:00am

Report says few headlines sparked by food crises that ravaged Madagascar, Ethiopia and Haiti

Climate change was responsible for the majority of under-reported humanitarian disasters last year, according to analysis of more than a million online news stories.

Whole populations were affected by food crises in countries ravaged by by drought and hurricanes such as Ethiopia and Haiti, yet neither crisis generated more than 1,000 global news stories each.

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