Murray-Darling fish kill: Greens accuse Coalition of hiding information from Senate

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/01/14 - 10:00am

Sarah Hanson-Young says failure to release data about draining of Menindee Lakes ‘stinks of a cover-up’

The Greens have accused the federal government of hiding critical information from the Senate on why the Menindee Lakes were drained twice in the last four years, as investigations get under way into what caused around 1 million fish to die.

Further fish kill events are expected later this week as temperatures soar to 45C in western New South Wales.

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Preparing For “The Big One”

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/01/14 - 9:06am

A devastating earthquake is allegedly overdue.

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How The Government Shutdown Affects The Country

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/01/14 - 8:06am

D.C.’s discord disrupts everyone.

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Standing Rock inspired Ocasio-Cortez to run. That's the power of protest | Rebecca Solnit

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/01/14 - 5:16am

Press on for what you believe in – a young woman’s election to Congress shows climate activism can have unforeseen results

It’s hard right now to remember how hot it was last August on the long sandy beach where the Colorado river meets the Green river in southern Utah. I was a few days into a rafting trip through Cataract Canyon with a bunch of young climate activists, and one of them, Will Munger, was telling me that since his months at the Standing Rock resistance camp, he had been encountering young Native people whose experiences at the protest site had encouraged them to dream of new possibilities and take actions that might otherwise have seemed out of reach.

Related: Ocasio-Cortez has shown ‘shameless’ women are a powerful force | Suzanne Moore

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Ion age: why the future will be battery powered

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/01/14 - 12:00am

The variable nature of wind and solar power means storing energy is a huge part of the fight to mitigate climate change

In a world increasingly anxious about climate change, the surge in the generation of renewable energy over the past 20 years offers a sliver of hope. But the variable nature of wind and solar power means that storing energy until consumers need it has become the next big challenge. And so, large-scale battery installations are springing up across electricity grids around the world, to make them more flexible. In 2017, more than 1GW of energy storage capacity was added around the world – a record, yes, but still a drop in the ocean of global energy demand.

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Shutdown Could Have Long-Term Effects On Wildfire Disaster Response

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/01/13 - 5:43am

Firefighters and forest managers are losing valuable time to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. It's one of the long-term impacts of the government shutdown as it continues to linger on.

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UK manufacturers can afford to wait on an EU deal, but not to crash out

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/01/13 - 2:00am

Theresa May says any delay to article 50 will force companies out of Britain. But the alternative – a bad Brexit – is worse

One of Downing Street’s many arguments in favour of Theresa May’s Brexit deal is that further delay will persuade many of the UK’s biggest companies to stop procrastinating about their investment plans and move some or all of their activities abroad.

Bosses have spent long enough watching and waiting to see what kind of Brexit unfolds. Another six months, while parliament moves in the direction of a general election or a referendum on the current deal with the European Union, would break their resolve, say May’s supporters.

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Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten scramble to pledge more than $200m for Kakadu

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/01/13 - 12:35am

Both the major parties have announced plans to revitalise the world heritage-listed national park

Kakadu national park will get a boost worth more than $200m, with both the major parties committing to revitalise the world heritage-listed Northern Territory site.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, visited the town of Jabiru on Sunday to announce the Coalition’s $216m package.

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New Victorian windfarm could provide 10% of state's energy

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/01/12 - 12:00pm

Golden Plains approved by Andrews government and awaits federal consent to proceed

The managing director of a company that plans to construct Victoria’s largest windfarm says the project will supply enough power to replace up to a third of the generation of the decommissioned Hazelwood power station at less than $50/MWh.

The Victorian government has granted a planning permit for WestWind Energy’s $1.5bn Golden Plains windfarm, which will become one of the largest windfarms in the southern hemisphere.

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Why The Shutdown Could Mean A Worse Wildfire Season

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/01/12 - 4:00am

Firefighters and forest managers are losing valuable time to prepare for the upcoming wildland fire season as the partial government shutdown continues.

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Trump administration expands oil drilling despite shutdown

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/01/12 - 4:00am

Interior department continues processing permits and moves forward with controversial plan to increase drilling in the Arctic

Three weeks into the longest US government shutdown in history, many important government services have been paused – but the Trump administration has continued efforts to expand oil drilling.

Despite the shutdown directive, which has seen national park staff furloughed and the parks suffering from neglect, the interior department has continued processing oil drilling permits and applications. It has also moved forward with a controversial plan to increase drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

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No-deal Brexit will kill startups, say eco-coffee capsule firm bosses

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/01/12 - 1:00am

Team behind ‘world’s first’ compostable coffee pods may have to stop selling in the UK

A British startup trying to counter the waste created by single-use coffee capsules says it will be strangled at birth by a no-deal Brexit.

The founders of Moving Beans say Brexit is like a “bomb dropping” on their business, which started manufacturing in February.

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Rise of the vegan vegetable: the farmers who shun animal manure | Patrick Barkham

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/01/12 - 1:00am

Vegans are increasingly looking for ways to grow their fruit, vegetables and cereals without animal manure

“An olive orchard cultivated in a conventional manner is a bloody wound in nature,” declares Johannes Eisenbach as he drives – fast – south along the gleaming new Greek motorways towards Kalamata. The olives are harvested, the branches are burned, and all these nutritional elements leave the olive grove and never return.

Eisenbach is an ebullient German with a Bluetooth receiver in his ear, constantly switching between Greek, German and English as he takes calls from big German supermarkets including Lidl. He runs the Organic Marketing & Export Network, a group of 800 Greek and Cypriot organic farmers who sell to northern Europe. He’s also the accidental inventor of a new kind of compost that could kick-start vegan farming.

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On a wing and a player: hopes webcam can save endangered albatross

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 6:00pm

Footage of tiny colony of birds on the southern tip of New Zealand captivates millions around the globe

Millions of amateur naturalists around the world have been tuning in to the secret lives of albatrosses as New Zealand rangers employ YouTube in a bid to save the mysterious giant sea birds.

New Zealand conservation teams set up a 24-hour live-stream of an albatross nest at Taiaroa Head on the Otago peninsula in 2016. Three years on, the feed has become an unexpected global hit, with 2.3 million people from 190 countries tuning in to watch the endangered birds rear their chicks on a frigid peninsula at the bottom of the world.

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Despite Shutdown, Trump Administration Continued Effort To Expand Alaska Oil Drilling

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 2:03pm

The Bureau of Land Management has gone ahead with a series of public meetings on its effort to expand oil development in the 22-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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'Raining spiders': airborne arachnids appear over south-east Brazil

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 9:11am

Soaring temperatures bring tales of eight-legged invaders as huge numbers of communal species spin invisible webs in the sky

Summer in south-east Brazil has brought soaring temperatures and some disconcerting eight-legged visitors.

Residents in a rural area of southern Minas Gerais state have reported skies “raining spiders”, a phenomenon which experts say is typical in the region during hot, humid weather.

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Guardian to be first national newspaper with biodegradable wrapping

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 8:53am

The change aims to reduce plastic waste, following readers’ feedback

The Guardian’s print edition will no longer be sold in plastic packaging, becoming the first national newspaper to switch to biodegradable wrapping.

The Saturday edition of the paper contains a large number of supplements which are currently packaged in polythene to meet the demands of retailers and ensure they reach readers.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 8:02am

An adopted leopard cub, a preening moorhen and tiny turtles feature in this week’s gallery

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Hitachi set to cancel plans for £16bn nuclear power station in Wales

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 6:48am

Move by Japanese firm would be blow to UK plans to replace coal plants and ageing reactors

The Japanese conglomerate Hitachi looks certain to cancel its plans for a £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, leaving Britain’s ambitions for a nuclear renaissance in tatters.

An impasse in months-long talks between the company, London and Toyko on financing is expected to result in the flagship project being axed at a Hitachi board meeting next week, according to the Nikkei newspaper.

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Dozens Of Stranded Seals Flounder In Canadian Town

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/01/10 - 2:48pm

As winter closed in on the town of Roddickton-Bide Arm in Newfoundland, a pod of seals became separated from open water by miles of ice.

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