Sushi king pays record $3.1m for endangered bluefin tuna in Japan

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 8:18pm

The winning auction bid for the enormous tuna was more than double the price fetched five years ago

A record $3.1 m (£2.4 m) has been paid for a giant bluefin tuna at Tokyo’s new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year.

The winning bid for the prized but endangered species at the predawn auction was more than double the 2013 annual New Year auction.

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Private Companies Are Paying To Keep Roads Groomed, Bathrooms Cleaned In Yellowstone

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 3:02pm

Because of the partial government shutdown, some national parks are closing because employees aren't working and both trashcans and toilets are overflowing. Yellowstone has found a work-around.

(Image credit: Eric Whitney/Montana Public Radio)

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Devastating Wildfires Force California's Largest Utility To Plan Sale Of Gas Assets

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 2:19pm

Senior officials at Pacific Gas & Electric are working on a plan to sell off the company's natural gas division to avert bankruptcy and raise funds to cover huge projected liability costs.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

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Local councils heading for fracking showdown with government

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 11:08am

Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome as discontent spreads

Ministers are facing a fresh confrontation with local councils over their controversial plans to expand fracking, after one of the biggest combined authorities in the country set out plans to ban the practice.

Greater Manchester’s decision to effectively stop companies from extracting underground shale gas in the region was greeted as a critical moment in the fight against fracking, which critics say is dangerous and unproven.

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 9:06am

Ground control to Ultima Thule.

(Image credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 8:52am

Rescued turtles, piggybacking toads and a sadly missed rhino feature in this week’s gallery

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No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for UK farmers, warns NFU

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 5:20am

Union boss Minette Batters says tariffs would price British farms out of export market

The UK’s farmers face a profound crisis in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and there is dangerous ground ahead even if a deal is agreed, according to the head of the National Farmers’ Union.

Minette Batters, the union’s first female leader, is determined to be cautiously positive about Brexit, for which a majority of farmers voted. “We have to embrace the future … and make sure we have a goal and a plan,” said Batters, who declined to reveal how she voted in the referendum.

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When Gov. Brown Leaves Office, He Plans To Still Battle Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 3:02am

Gov. Jerry Brown has helped make California a global leader in addressing climate change. As he leaves office, we look back on what he achieved and what he could not.

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One Town's Decades Long Struggle For Cleaner Air

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 3:01am

The air has been getting dirtier around the country's largest coke fuel plant near Pittsburgh. The push to clean up pollution is complicated when residents depend on the industry that's causing it.

(Image credit: Reid R. Frazier/Allegheny Front)

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Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' In Search Of More Productive Crops

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/01/03 - 2:38pm

Scientists have re-engineered photosynthesis, a foundation of life on Earth, creating genetically modified plants that grow faster and bigger. They hope it leads to bigger harvests of food.

(Image credit: Haley Ahlers/RIPE Project)

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Let’s make 2019 the year of a green new deal | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/03 - 11:09am
Richard Murphy and Colin Hines suggest a number of ways that revenue could be raised to fund energy efficiency in all buildings, renewables and local transport systems

The counter to Larry Elliott’s gloomy economic projections for 2019 (For those inclined to pessimism, the new year offers plenty to be worried about, 31 December) is to be found in his earlier article making the case for countries to put their economies on an “environmental war footing” (We’re back to 1930s politics: anger and, yes, appeasement, 20 December).

To deliver this will, however, require that people be convinced that they will benefit and that there is the money to pay for such a transformation.

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No-deal Brexit would severely disrupt UK farming, says Gove

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/03 - 6:13am

Environment secretary warns of tariffs and delays as NFU chief calls for firm guidance

A no-deal Brexit would spell severe disruption for the UK’s farming and food industries, and hardship for small farmers in particular, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has said.

Tariffs of as much as 40% would be slapped on British exports and products destined for the EU would be subject to a strict inspection regime, which would cause hold-ups and delays. Small farmers would be most at risk from the effects, Gove told the Oxford Farming Conference, adding that the “real gains” from Brexit, such as leaving the EU’s common agricultural policy, would be at risk in the event of no deal.

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Rescuers rush to help whale stranded in Scottish loch

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/03 - 6:06am

Animal, thought to be a sperm whale, believed to have become caught in rope in Loch Eriboll

Rescuers are on their way to a loch in the far north of Scotland to help a whale thought to have become ensnared in rope.

The nine-metre (30ft) animal, believed to be a juvenile sperm whale, has become stranded in Loch Eriboll, a 10-mile-long (16km) sea loch on the north coast of Scotland, close to the village of Durness.

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Delhi air pollution surges to emergency levels

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/03 - 4:18am

Air quality index at 12 times US government-recommended level and visibility low

Delhi residents woke to a thick, grey smog on Thursday as air pollution in the Indian capital surged to emergency levels.

The state-run Central Pollution Control Board’s air quality index, which shows the concentration of poisonous particulate matter known as PM 2.5, stood at 440, up from 430 on Wednesday and about 12 times the US government-recommended level of 35.

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Keeping US national parks open during the shutdown is a terrible mistake | Jonathan B Jarvis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/03 - 4:00am

A former park service director says leaving parks open without key staff is equivalent to leaving the Smithsonian open with priceless artefacts unattended

When I was a ranger at Crater Lake national park in the 1980s, the average snowfall at headquarters was 500in a year, and snow could accumulate at 2in an hour. One of my jobs as ranger was to shovel out the fire hydrants every day, so that if there was a fire in the hotel, headquarters or housing, we’d be able to fight it. Our maintenance staff plowed roads for safe visitor access and rangers patrolled on skis, regularly performing rescues. This was all part of ensuring that, in accordance with the National Park Service’s founding charter, the parks are “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”.

Leaving the parks open without these essential staff is equivalent to leaving the Smithsonian museums open without any staff to protect the priceless artefacts. Yet as a result of the government shutdown, which furloughed most park staff, this is what has happened. It is a violation of the stewardship mandate, motivated only by politics. While the majority of the public will be respectful, there will always be a few who take advantage of the opportunity to do lasting damage.

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Zinke's Handwritten Resignation Note: A Bear To Read, A Bone To Critics

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/01/03 - 3:50am

The outgoing interior secretary wrote his resignation letter in thick red ink. Now critics are piling on for his handwriting and his policies.

(Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

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UK power stations' electricity output lowest since 1994

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/02 - 5:01pm

Energy efficiency and changing economy cut generation by 1% in 2018 as renewables supplied 33% of electricity

The output of British power stations fell this year to levels last seen almost a quarter of a century ago, while renewables achieved a record share of the UK electricity supply.

Electricity generation in 2018 was the lowest since 1994, when Tony Blair became the leader of the Labour party.

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No North Atlantic right whales killed in Canadian waters in 2018

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/02 - 11:14am

Protection measures appear to be working, but the outlook for the whales remain bleak as only 411 are believed to remain worldwide

No North Atlantic right whales were killed in Canadian waters last year – a rare glimmer of hope for officials working to protect one of the world’s most endangered species.

While the government protection measures appear to be working, the outlook for the whales remains bleak: only 411 are believed to remain worldwide, with fewer females giving birth than in previous years.

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The New Acting Interior Secretary Is An Agency Insider And Ex-Oil Lobbyist

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/01/02 - 10:44am

As Ryan Zinke steps down amid a string of ethics investigations, his deputy David Bernhardt — a former oil-industry lobbyist and a polarizing figure — will take over at the Department of the Interior.

(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP)

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Jair Bolsonaro launches assault on Amazon rainforest protections

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/02 - 10:33am

Executive order transfers regulation and creation of indigenous reserves to agriculture ministry controlled by agribusiness lobby

Hours after taking office, Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has launched an assault on environmental and Amazon protections with an executive order transferring the regulation and creation of new indigenous reserves to the agriculture ministry – which is controlled by the powerful agribusiness lobby.

Related: Jair Bolsonaro's inauguration: the day progressive Brazil has dreaded

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