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You don't use so much plastic, do you? How to ditch plastics for July – and beyond

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/06/22 - 3:19pm

Cutting single-use plastics can be surprisingly challenging but there are easy alternatives

My first Plastic Free July was in 2013. At the time most of my friends were signing up for Dry July, the month where participants go alcohol free and raise funds for cancer support organisations across Australia.

Instead, I decided to participate in what was then a relatively unknown challenge to reduce my single-use plastics over a month after watching the eco-documentary The Clean Bin Project.

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A swift response to vanishing bird concerns | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/06/22 - 8:42am
Readers respond to Patrick Barkham’s article about declining swift numbers

Reading Patrick Barkham’s piece (Can our swifts fill summer’s skies again? It’s up to us to help, 19 June) reminded me of an experience that made me marvel at the swift’s aeronautical prowess and makes me anticipate their screeching return each May.

A few years ago I saw a small black bird fluttering on a roadside. I stopped and on closer inspection realised that the bird was a swift, which once grounded finds it hard to take to the air again. I cradled the bird in my hands and threw it upwards where it unfurled some six or eight feet above me, caught the air and shot away, out of sight in seconds.

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England will beat Panama. The ant pundits have spoken

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/06/22 - 8:32am

Insects racing with flags of the two countries offer prediction for outcome of World Cup tie

England have been backed to beat Panama on Sunday – by a colony of World Cup-predicting ants.

Two of the insects raced along 36 metres of rope carrying Panama and England flags, with the red and white of St George making it back to the queen fastest.

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Tesla downsizing residential solar business bought for $2.6bn

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/06/22 - 7:35am

Company to close facilities and end Home Depot partnership after buying company founded by Elon Musk’s cousins

The electric car maker Tesla is sharply downsizing the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6bn deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar employees.

The latest cuts to the division that was once SolarCity – a sales and installation company founded by two cousins of Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk – include closing about a dozen installation facilities, according to internal company documents, and ending a retail partnership with Home Depot that the current and former employees said generated about half of its sales.

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Emails Raise Questions About Interior Secretary Zinke's Link With Oil Executive

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/06/22 - 7:00am

Congressional Democrats and a public watchdog group are calling for an ethics investigation into the secretary over a land deal between Zinke's family foundation and oil and gas company Halliburton.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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'He's a political prisoner': Standing Rock activists face years in jail

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/06/22 - 6:36am

The extraordinary Native American resistance effort may have faded from the headlines but the US government continues to prosecute activists, who say it is destroying lives

Standing Rock saved Little Feather’s life. Then the US government took it from him.

Little Feather was one of thousands of Native Americans who traveled to North Dakota in 2016 to fight the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The 45-year-old member of the Chumash Nation was battling drug addiction at the time, said his wife, Leoyla Cowboy. But the “water protector” movement gave him a sense of purpose, a renewed connection to indigenous elders, and sobriety.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/06/22 - 6:00am

Burkina Faso’s sacred crocodiles, a family of cheetahs and a humpback whale are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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'Drunken' kangaroos may be suffering grass poisoning, vets say

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/06/21 - 11:19pm

Greater than usual presence of Phalaris grasses this year could be behind the neurological damage in the animals

Veterinarians from the University of Melbourne are investigating whether kangaroos that appear to be “drunken” and “staggering” in central Victoria have suffered neurological damage because of a common pasture crop.

Wildlife rescuers have reported a spike in the number of eastern grey kangaroos that appear to have Phalaris “staggers”, a condition commonly seen in ruminants such as sheep and cattle that have been grazing on the new shoots of Phalaris grasses, particularly Phalaris aquatica.

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'Drunken' kangaroos may be suffering grass poisoning – video

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/06/21 - 11:10pm

Wildlife rescuers have reported a spike in the number of eastern grey kangaroos that appear to have Phalaris 'staggers', a condition commonly seen in ruminants such as sheep and cattle that have been grazing on the new shoots of Phalaris grasses, particularly Phalaris aquatica

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MPs to examine environmental footprint of UK fashion industry

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/06/21 - 10:01pm

Inquiry will explore the carbon impact, resource use and water footprint of growing throwaway ‘fast fashion’ sector

MPs are to investigate the environmental impact of throwaway “fast fashion” in the UK amid growing concerns that the multi-billion pound industry is wasting valuable resources and contributing to climate change.

The inquiry, launched on Friday by the House of Commons environmental audit committee, will explore the carbon impact, resource use and water footprint of clothing throughout its lifecycle and supply chain.

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