'A Million Elephants' No More: Conservationists In Laos Rush To Save An Icon

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/05/12 - 5:01am

The Laos government and conservationists estimate there are only about 800 elephants left in all of Laos, just half of them living in the wild.

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Could climate change submerge Joe Biden's presidential bid?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 11:00pm

The former vice-president has yet to put forward a plan to address global warming, which polls suggest is the single most important issue for Democrats

Climate change is transforming life by redrawing coastlines, turning vast areas of forest into infernos, stirring enormous storms and spreading exotic diseases. An indirect casualty of this upheaval could be Joe Biden’s hopes of becoming US president.

Biden, frontrunner in the polls to secure the Democratic nomination, has not laid out a plan to address the crisis.

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After the floods: the struggle for survival in a tiny Mississippi town

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 10:00pm

Residents of Tchula feel abandoned. Now, with the Rev William Barber, it’s ‘time to make noise’

When Tchula lake overran its banks, after heavy rains, Walter Coats’s home was one of the first to succumb.

“I left that morning when I saw the waters start rising,” Coats said. “When I came back I couldn’t even get in the house.”

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As English fans get set to cross Europe, anger rises at football’s carbon bootprint

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 1:09pm

Planes going to the finals in Spain and Azerbaijan will emit 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide – climate activists want change

Controversy has erupted over the environmental impact of football fans travelling across Europe in coming weeks – to watch English sides play each other hundreds of miles from home.

Campaigners say staging games between Liverpool and Tottenham in Madrid and Arsenal and Chelsea in Baku, in Azerbaijan, will trigger the release of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide from planes carrying supporters to the Champions League and Europa League finals.

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Matt Hancock launches study into 'deadly poison' of air pollution

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 6:26am

Review will assess impact of dirty air on health and will support NHS efforts to go green

The health secretary has described polluted air as a “slow and deadly poison” and warned of a growing national health emergency.

Matt Hancock has commissioned a review of the impact of dirty air on health, including updated estimates of the number of new cases of illness that could be caused by air pollution by 2035.

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Opinion: 1 Million Species Are At Risk Of Disappearing. Humans Should Act Now

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 5:16am

This week, the U.N. issued the summary of a report warning of unprecedented declines in biodiversity. Scott Simon makes the case for humankind to assume responsibility for protecting the vulnerable.

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Where Camels Become Beauty Queens: Inside Mongolia's Biggest Camel Festival

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 5:16am

Two-humped Bactrian camels were domesticated thousands of years ago to carry goods and people across Asia. Every year, herders come to one Gobi Desert town to celebrate these gentle giants.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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Incidents of fly-tipping in England jump by almost 40% in six years

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 12:00am

LGA says councils struggling to tackle problem amid budget cuts and lenient sentencing

The illegal dumping of waste across England has increased by nearly 40% in six years.

Local councils are struggling to tackle escalating fly-tipping as their budgets are cut and courts fail to impose the toughest sentences available.

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Nearly all countries agree to stem flow of plastic waste into poor nations

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 4:02pm

US reportedly opposed deal, which follows concerns that villages in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia had ‘turned into dumpsites’

Almost all the world’s countries have agreed on a deal aimed at restricting shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries, the United Nations announced on Friday.

Exporting countries – including the US – now will have to obtain consent from countries receiving contaminated, mixed or unrecyclable plastic waste. Currently, the US and other countries can send lower-quality plastic waste to private entities in developing countries without getting approval from their governments.

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London to have world-first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 9:31am

The buses will only have water exhaust emissions and will be on the capital’s streets by 2020

London will have the world’s first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses on its streets next year, as the capital steps up attempts to tackle its polluted air.

Transport for London (TfL) has ordered 20 of the buses, which cost around £500,000 each and only emit water as exhaust.

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Labour weighs up delisting UK firms if they fail to fight climate change

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 7:00am

John McDonnell’s tough message likely to trip City alarm bells as party puts climate battle at heart of agenda

UK companies failing to tackle climate change would be delisted from the London Stock Exchange under radical plans for greening the economy being drawn up by Labour.

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said he would consider changing the law if necessary to force UK-listed firms to take adequate steps to fight the “climate emergency” facing the planet.

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 6:30am

A buzzard, elephants and yellowbanded sweetlips

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Rare black bear seen in no-go zone between North and South Korea

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 6:27am

Find shows ecological value of demilitarised zone after decades cut off from humans

When an unmanned camera captured movement inside the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea, it wasn’t a sign of troops on the march. Instead, photographs released this week show a rare black bear clambering on rocks next to a peaceful stream.

The animal has been identified as an Asiatic black bear, a species that is native to parts of Asia including the Korean peninsula and is classified as “vulnerable” on the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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What are the alternatives to endless growth?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 2:53am

Upside readers are calling for a shift to a sustainable economy. So what would that look like?

Another week, another report lamenting the decimation of wildlife and the threat of natural collapse.

The UN tome was so gloomy it needed 1,800 pages to spell out the message: 1 million species face extinction if we carry on like this.

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'Polluter pays': welfare lobby demands climate compensation for people on low incomes

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 11:00am

Social services statement backs Labor’s emissions reduction target as a minimum

Action on climate change should make polluters pay and include compensation for people on low incomes, according to the social services sector.

The Australian Council of Social Services and others have called for “at least” a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 coupled with regular indexation of the energy supplement to compensate welfare recipients.

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Extinction Rebellion founder cleared over King's College protest

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 9:37am

Jury finds Roger Hallam not guilty of causing damage after spray painting building’s wall

The founder of Extinction Rebellion has been cleared by a jury of all charges relating to a protest against fossil fuels in what campaigners say is a historic moment for the climate justice movement.

Roger Hallam, 52, did not deny criminal damage worth £7,000 in an action to urge Kings College, London to divest from fossil fuels.

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Empty North Sea gas fields to be used to bury 10m tonnes of C02

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 5:36am

Ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent to pipe greenhouse gas into vast under-sea reservoir

Three of the largest ports in Europe – Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent – are to be used to capture and bury 10m tonnes of CO2 emissions under the North Sea in what will be the biggest project of its kind in the world.

The ports, which account for one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions from the Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg region, are to be used to pipe the gas into a porous reservoir of sandstone about two miles (3km) below the seabed.

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PM says bill that mentions testing makeup on animals is 'action' on extinction crisis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 3:48am

Scott Morrison claims to have passed laws ‘dealing with that very issue’ raised by the UN environment report

Scott Morrison has identified a bill that restricts testing makeup on animals as an example of his government “taking action” on the extinction of a million plant and animal species raised by a landmark UN report.

On Tuesday, the prime minister told reporters he had “been taking action” on matters raised by the report, saying: “We already introduced and passed legislation through the Senate actually dealing with that very issue in the last week of the parliament.”

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'Biggest Little Farm': Offers Ways To Improve Man's Relationship With Nature

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 2:02am

A new documentary chronicles the life of a couple who left the city for a farm north of LA. They built a bio-diverse farm that survived the recent wildfires and offers lessons for sustainable living.

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The UK's feral roads deter cycling – we need enforcement, not calls for respect

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 11:00pm

Our public space is increasingly out of reach for all but the fit, the brave, and those in motor vehicles

Almost 90% of cyclists experience a “close pass” – an overtake within 1.5m – at least weekly, and 70% say conditions on Britain’s roads haven’t improved in the last five years, according to a new damning survey from British Cycling.

Of 15,000 respondents, 66% said they were concerned about their safety while cycling on Britain’s roads, and almost 40% said they experienced a close pass daily.

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