Move to renewables a 'good thing', Nationals' David Littleproud says

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/06/07 - 11:00am

Agriculture minister says climate is changing and Australia must ‘use the best science available’

The agriculture minister, David Littleproud, says the climate is changing and the transition in the energy market – with renewables displacing traditional power generation sources – is “exciting, not only for the environment but for the hip pocket”.

In an interview with Guardian Australia, the Queensland National said the climate had been changing “since we first tilled the soil in Australia” and he does not care whether the change is due to human activity or not.

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Lava From Kilauea Boils Away Freshwater Lake In Hawaii

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/06/07 - 11:00am

The lava entered Green Lake at 10 a.m. local time and had evaporated all the water by 3 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

(Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

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Sisters act: Meet the nuns helping to save one of the world's rarest amphibians – video

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/06/07 - 10:37am

A community of Mexican nuns have formed an unlikely partnership with British conservationists to save an endangered amphibian species. Achoques once thrived in Pátzcuaro, Mexico’s third largest lake, but they are now close to extinction due to introduced fish species and deforestation.  The nuns, who use the lizard-like animal to create a special cough medicine, have been breeding them in their convent. The sisters are part of an official breeding network that includes Chester zoo in the UK and the Michoacana University of Mexico

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Sheffield tree protesters get suspended sentences

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/06/07 - 10:28am

Simon Crump, Benoit Compin and Fran Grace walk free after contempt of court ruling relating to city tree felling

Three tree campaigners have avoided jail after being found in contempt of court for demonstrating against tree-felling work in Sheffield.

Simon Crump, Benoit Benz Compin, and Fran Grace were taken to court by the city’s council as part of a long-running dispute over the city’s plans to fell up to 17,000 trees.

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The pipeline is surely in some people's best interest. But it's not what's best for Canada | David Suzuki

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/06/07 - 3:00am

There’s a lot of fear around abandoning an industry that has been an economic driver for decades – yet the rest of the world is moving on

Today, I will gratefully accept an honorary degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. This is special to me, as it’s where I spent some of my early years as a scientist and kicked off my career in broadcasting.

The university is in the heart of Canada’s oil country, and the degree has stirred controversy. But it has little to do with the degree itself or my views on the oilsands, and everything to do with how difficult it is to have an honest, respectful, science-based discussion about Canada’s energy future.

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Tiny shrimp could influence global climate changes | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/06/07 - 3:00am

Researchers find the daily migrations of brine shrimp is strong enough to mix ocean waters

When we think of global warming and climate change, most of us ignore the impacts that animals have on the environment. Climate affects animals, but is the reverse true? Can animals affect the climate?

I don’t know how to answer that question definitively, but I was fortunate enough to read a very recent paper from a top fluid dynamics research team from Stanford. The team, led by Dr. John Dabiri, is well known for their work on bio-inspired flow. Part of what they study is the influence of living organisms on fluid flow, especially flow of water in the oceans.

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10 weird and wonderful derailleurs – and how they changed cycling

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 11:00pm

From the birth of cyclotourisme to moon landings and the rise of 1990s mountain biking these mechanical marvels have played a small but crucial role

If your bike has gears, the chances are it also has derailleurs. These mechanical marvels which move the chain when you move up or down a gear may be a small part of the bicycle, but the myriad designs reveal a lot about the history of cycling. Over the nearly 40 years I’ve spent working in bike shops, I have collected about 1,400 rear derailleurs. Here are just 10 of the most influential, interesting or just plain weird.

Le Chemineau, France, 1912

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‘Sexy plants’ on track to replace harmful pesticides to protect crops

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 10:30pm

Researchers are genetically engineering plants to produce the sex pheromones of insects, which then frustrate the pests’ attempts to mate

“Sexy plants” are on the way to replacing many harmful pesticides, scientists say, by producing the sex pheromones of insects which then frustrate pests’ attempts to mate.

Scientists have already genetically engineered a plant to produce the sex pheromones of moths and are now optimising that, as well as working on new pheromones such as those of the mealybugs that plague citrus growers.

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More than 100 wedge-tailed eagles found dead on Victorian farm

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 8:27pm

The eagles – and four other protected species – are alleged to have been poisoned

More than 100 wedge-tailed eagles have been found on a farm in eastern Victoria, prompting a criminal investigation.

Officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) found the carcasses on a property at Tubbut, which is on the edge of the Snowy River national park near the New South Wales border in East Gippsland.

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Brumby law ‘turns Australia into global laughing stock’

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 5:38pm

Environment groups condemn legislation protecting feral horses in national park

Australia has become a “global laughing stock” after the New South Wales parliament passed legislation to protect the heritage of feral horses in the Kosciuszko national park, environment groups say.

The Berejiklian government, with support from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party and the Christian Democrats, passed the Kosciuszko wild horse heritage bill 2018 through the NSW Legislative Council late on Wednesday.

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Preaching against plastic: Indonesia's religious leaders join fight to cut waste

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 5:26pm

Nation’s two largest Islamic organisations will call on network of 100 million followers to reduce plastic waste and reuse bags

Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest marine polluters, has decided to get religious – literally – about reducing plastic waste.

Related: Antarctica: plastic contamination reaches Earth's last wilderness

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Academic Peter Ridd not sacked for his climate views, university says

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 4:00pm

‘We defend Peter’s right to make statements … until we are blue in the face,’ says deputy vice chancellor

A James Cook University boss says media reports about its sacking of controversial marine scientist Peter Ridd are “misleading and untrue” and that his academic freedom had always been upheld.

In an exclusive interview with Guardian Australia, deputy vice chancellor Prof Iain Gordon said he was frustrated at reports claiming Ridd was sacked for his fringe views on climate change or for his rejection of the scientific evidence linking human activity to degradation of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Antarctica: plastic contamination reaches Earth's last wilderness

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 1:00pm

Traces of microplastics and hazardous chemicals found in majority of snow and ice samples taken earlier this year

Plastic and traces of hazardous chemicals have been found in Antarctica, one of the world’s last great wildernesses, according to a new study.

Researchers spent three months taking water and snow samples from remote areas of the continent earlier this year.

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Hurricanes Are Moving More Slowly, Which Means More Damage

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 10:18am

Hurricanes are moving more slowly than they used to. That means storms are dumping more rain and doing more damage when they make landfall, as Hurricane Harvey did when it lingered over Houston.

(Image credit: Katie Hayes Luke for NPR)

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Underreporting of toxic waste at hog farms prompts inquiry

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 8:46am

Testing of 55 North Carolina lagoons showed large discrepancies in levels of key pollutants compared to what was self-reported

Authorities in North Carolina have launched an investigation into widespread underreporting of dangerous toxins in dozens of feces-filled cesspools on giant hog farms that dot the eastern part of the state.

Testing of 55 waste lagoons at 35 hog-raising operations by regulators showed large discrepancies in levels of key pollutants compared with what was self-reported to the state by farmers. Excessive nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, which can poison the water supply, were, in many cases, much higher than that reported by the farms.

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Flooding from high tides has doubled in the US in just 30 years

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 8:44am

Shoreline communities may be inundated in the next two years as ocean levels rise amid serious climate change concerns

The frequency of coastal flooding from high tides has doubled in the US in just 30 years, with communities near shorelines warned that the next two years are set to be punctuated by particularly severe inundations, as ocean levels continue to rise amid serious global climate change concerns.

Related: Man missing after Maryland flash flood was helping woman rescue her cat

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John McDonnell joins Tory rebels to oppose Heathrow third runway

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 8:27am

Shadow chancellor hopes to help persuade undecided MPs to vote against expansion plan

John McDonnell has joined Conservative rebels against Heathrow’s third runway to attempt to persuade MPs who may still have reservations about the project to vote against it.

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In Thailand, 17 Pounds Of Plastic Kills Whale, Highlighting Ocean Pollution

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 7:15am

Last week, dozens of plastic bags were pulled from the stomach of a whale that researchers found washed ashore in Thailand.

(Image credit: Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources/Social Media/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS)

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Farmers challenge Nationals' claim drought unrelated to climate change

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/06/06 - 1:38am

Farmers and National party voters say they are ‘increasingly frustrated’ at the lack of action on climate change

Farmers have challenged National party claims that conditions in drought-stricken regions in eastern Australia should not be politicised by attributing them to climate change.

Farmer and former Nationals leader John Anderson said this week that while the drought was the worst he had experienced, it was not unprecedented.

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Queensland ministers will be targeted if state funds roads for Adani, warn activists

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/05 - 11:17pm

If Labor decides to finance infrastructure for the Carmichael mine, it would be a betrayal of trust and break a key election promise, say anti-coal protesters

Activists say they will relaunch a disruption campaign targeting Queensland government ministers and MPs after reports the government has considered financing road upgrades required for access to Adani’s Carmichael coalmine.

The ABC reports that documents, obtained under right-to-information laws by the consultancy Energy and Resource Insights, reveal ongoing discussions about upgrades to the local dirt roads.

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