Cornish hedges under threat from developers, say conservationists

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/05/05 - 5:31am

Structure of county’s hedges mean they do not get same protection as those elsewhere

The Cornish hedge – teeming with flora and fauna and one of the most beloved features of the landscape in the far south-west of Britain – is under threat from developers, conservationists are warning.

Some Cornish hedges are believed to be more than 4,000 years old, making them among the oldest human-built structures in Britain.

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At Baltimore's National Aquarium, Climate Change Presents Challenges Inside And Out

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/05/05 - 4:37am

Three years ago, the aquarium decided it would find a sanctuary in the wild for its prized pod of dolphins. But then climate change complicated the plan entirely.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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Seafood Without The Sea: Will Lab-Grown Fish Hook Consumers?

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/05/05 - 4:00am

The seafood industry has some well-publicized problems: from overfishing to contaminants that make their way into fish. Now, a handful of startups aim to offer a "clean" alternative grown from cells.

(Image credit: Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Families hit out at London gasworks redevelopment

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/05/05 - 12:59am
Parents claim lack of pollution regulation at a new brownfield development in Southall is putting children’s health at risk

The right primary school for three-year-old Ranjan should have been an obvious choice. His grandparents live a short walk from the nearest one, on their road in Southall, west London, and enrolling him there would make life easy for the family. But they are so worried about the “petrol-like” odour from a nearby building site that in September Ranjan will travel to a school more than two miles away.

“He has been so sick for the past year – coughing and with a runny nose – that we worry being near the smell all day would make him ill,” said Ajaib Flora, his grandfather.

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How Last Year's Massive Woolsey Fire In Southern California Impacted Wildlife

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/05/04 - 4:52am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist for the National Park Service. They discuss how the 2018 Woolsey Fire has impacted wildlife in southern California.

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New Jersey Governor Signs Public Beach Access Law

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 6:43pm

As summer months approach, the state is trying to codify the principle that shorelines and waterways are a public trust. But some environmentalists say the new law isn't strong enough.

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Bill Shorten pledges to establish national environment protection authority

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 3:57pm

Leader has been under pressure to make an election commitment to an overhaul flagged at Labor conference

Labor will promise to overhaul environmental protection law and establish a National Environment Protection Authority, as Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison resume campaigning after the second leaders’ debate in Brisbane on Friday night.

Green groups and the internal Labor environmental action group Lean have been pressing Labor to make a specific election commitment on the regulatory overhaul, which was first flagged by Shorten at last year’s national conference.

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The Mississippi River Has Been Flooding For 41 Days Now

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 2:46pm

The record-breaking flooding is threatening communities and farmland along the upper Mississippi. Davenport, Iowa, is experiencing downtown flooding. The high water is continuing to move downriver.

(Image credit: Jim Salter/AP)

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Trump Administration Moves To Roll Back Offshore Drilling Safety Regulations

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 10:55am

The Interior secretary touted the revised rules as eliminating "unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety." But environmental groups said the move demonstrates oil industry influence.

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 8:06am

A yeti sighting? We've heard stranger things.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 6:30am

A running hare, fighting ponies and a cat that adopted orphan squirrels

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Biodiversity crisis is about to put humanity at risk, UN scientists to warn

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 5:53am

‘We are in trouble if we don’t act,’ say experts, with up to 1m species at risk of annihilation

The world’s leading scientists will warn the planet’s life-support systems are approaching a danger zone for humanity when they release the results of the most comprehensive study of life on Earth ever undertaken.

Up to 1m species are at risk of annihilation, many within decades, according to a leaked draft of the global assessment report, which has been compiled over three years by the UN’s leading research body on nature.

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Sam and the Plant Next Door: growing up with Hinkley Point - video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 4:00am

As Hinkley Point C, Britain’s biggest nuclear power plant, rises next door, Sam, 11, dreams of protecting the fish he identifies with. He believes the only way is to go a private school – but his parents can’t afford the offer. As a last resort, they turn to the power company for funding, forcing Sam to decide what kind of person he wants to be.

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Amsterdam to ban petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes by 2030

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 2:53am

Diesel cars older than 15 years will be barred next year as first part of anti-pollution drive

Cars and motorbikes running on petrol or diesel will be banned from driving in Amsterdam from 2030.

The city’s council plans to phase in the change as part of a drive to clean up air pollution, which the authorities blame for shortening the life expectancy of Amsterdammers by a year.

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Rural Students To Join In Classroom Walkout Over Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/05/03 - 2:01am

High school students are planning another coordinated nationwide walkout Friday to demand action on climate change. Until recently, organizers say rural students hadn't been as vocal in the strikes.

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Ineos may have to disclose secret details of £2.6bn Antwerp project

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/02 - 10:00pm

Ruling should clarify impact on environment of chemicals plants backed by Jim Ratcliffe

Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and his chemicals company Ineos are facing a backlash over plans to build two chemical plants in Antwerp after a Flanders transparency watchdog ruled that key documents may have to be disclosed.

The Brexit-backing billionaire announced in January that Ineos would invest €3bn (£2.6bn) in two plants at the port of Antwerp. Ratcliffe, the founder and chief executive of the petrochemicals company, said the investment was “the largest of its kind in Europe in more than a generation”.

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Green new meal: restaurants can charge diners to reduce their carbon food-print

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/02 - 2:58pm

California program will add an optional 1% surcharge to diners’ checks to help fight climate change

Dining out isn’t the most eco-friendly activity, thanks to the carbon footprint of food brought in and the waste inherent in running a restaurant. Now, an effort by California restaurants wants diners to help fight climate change – by paying more.

Concerned eateries can join the Restore California Renewable Restaurant Program and add an optional 1% surcharge to diners’ checks. The money will go towards a public fund to help farmers reduce carbon in their food production practices.

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Traces Of Cocaine, Pesticides Detected In U.K. Shrimp

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/02 - 1:48pm

Scientists collected freshwater shrimp at 15 locations in Suffolk. Shrimp from all of the sites were found to have detectable amounts of cocaine, and many had other drugs or pesticides.

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Trump eases regulations adopted after BP Deepwater Horizon disaster

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/02 - 12:41pm

Environmental groups oppose loosening Obama-era regulations as Trump pushes to expand offshore drilling

The Trump administration on Thursday moved to ease safety regulations adopted after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, the worst offshore oil disaster in US history that killed nearly a dozen people and caused massive pollution.

David Bernhardt, the interior secretary, said in a statement the administration was acting to eliminate “unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety and environmental protection offshore”.

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House Democrats pass bill directing Trump to stay in Paris climate deal

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/02 - 12:01pm

Only a few Republicans crossed party lines to vote for the measure, which Mitch McConnell said will ‘go nowhere’

Democrats on Thursday passed their first significant climate change legislation since gaining control of the House of Representatives this year, directing Donald Trump to remain in the landmark international agreement to limit the pollution that is heating the world.

The measure would not directly reduce the greenhouse gases causing worse heatwaves, droughts, wildfires and storms. It falls far short of the action scientists say is needed and the vision outlined by progressives and supported by many Democrat presidential candidates in the Green New Deal.

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