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Indiana Jones of climate science: the professor who escaped a 70ft crevasse

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 10:30pm

After filming himself as he clambered out with a pickax, John All has resumed his Himalayan mission

One spring morning in 2014, before breakfast or even coffee, John All, 49, a Mount Everest climber and then a professor at Western Kentucky University, was walking near his tent on a remote Himalayan peak in Nepal called Himlung when he broke through a thin layer of snow and clattered 70ft down a crevasse. He would have kept falling, almost certainly to his death, were it not for a small ice shelf spanning the fissure, upon which he miraculously, if painfully, landed.

Stunned and injured – it turned out he’d broken 15 bones, dislocated his shoulder, and was bleeding internally – All gathered himself in the icy crypt and then, like any good scientist, began to document the ordeal. He thought of his teammates on the mountain, his students back at school, his mother at home in Georgia. They would want to know what had happened to him should he not make it, which seemed likely.

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UK energy companies fail to promote women to executive roles

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 10:00pm

Male-dominated boards due to lack of flexible working and unconscious bias, report finds

Leading UK energy companies are failing to promote women into senior roles, figures show.

Just 6% of executive board seats are filled by women, and 42% of major energy firms have no women on their boards at all.

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Electric 'flying taxi' prototype unveiled by German start-up

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 9:00pm

Lilium says electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft could be in service by 2025

A new “flying taxi” has been unveiled by German start-up Lilium, which claims the vertical take-off craft could be the basis for an on-demand air service within six years.

The electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft is designed to travel up to 300km, a journey that would take it an hour at top speed.

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PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California's Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 7:43pm

The utility giant had already acknowledged that the fire investigation would likely find its equipment responsible for the Camp Fire in 2018.

(Image credit: Terry Chea/AP)

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Climate change threatens 26 native species in Great Dividing Range, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 4:00pm

Australian researchers say governments must step up and protect critical habitats to give wildlife a chance

More than 20 native animals would disappear from the Great Dividing Range before the end of the century if global emissions continue at business as usual rates, according to new analysis by Australian researchers.

The University of Queensland and Australian Conservation Foundation study, published this week in Global Ecology and Conservation, examines native fauna in a part of the country that is home to three-quarters of the population and much of Australia’s biodiversity.

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Labour to end energy consumer 'rip-off' and renationalise network

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 2:35pm

Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long-Bailey will say heat and electricity are a human right

Labour will announce plans on Thursday to seize back control of Britain’s energy network from private shareholders in an effort to fight climate change and end fuel poverty.

Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow business secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, are expected to say that heat and electricity should be a human right for all and nationalisation of the network is key to decarbonising the economy.

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Labour reveals plans to fit solar panels to 1.75m homes

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 2:30pm

Jeremy Corbyn to make pledge as part of party’s ‘green industrial revolution’

Labour have announced plans to fit solar panels to 1.75m homes lived in by socially housed or low-income households as part of its promised “green industrial revolution” to try to combat climate change and boost jobs.

The programme is due to be announced by Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow business secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, at an event in Yorkshire on Thursday.

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Trump's interior secretary: I haven't 'lost sleep' over record CO2 levels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 11:49am

Last week the Mauna Loa Observatory observed the highest levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere ever documented

Donald Trump’s interior secretary hasn’t “lost sleep over”, the record-breaking levels of pollution heating the planet, he told US lawmakers in an oversight hearing.

The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii observed carbon dioxide levels of 415 parts per million in the atmosphere on Friday – the highest ever documented.

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'It's my homeland': the trailblazing Native lawmaker fighting fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 10:35am

Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, has become a powerful voice for US public lands

While she was campaigning for a seat in the US Congress last year, Deb Haaland went camping for four days. It was less a surprisingly timed vacation and more a return home.

Her destination was notable: Utah’s Bears Ears national monument, which Donald Trump controversially downsized in 2017 as part of a bid to encourage resource extraction. She wanted to experience “a living landscape” where the art and artifacts of her people, the indigenous Pueblo, are still abundant. She spent the trip hiking in and out of steep canyons and marveled at the area’s famed Moon House, a cliff dwelling and storage facility that dates back 800 years.

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Tax carbon, not people: UN chief issues climate plea from Pacific 'frontline'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/05/14 - 8:14pm

Antonio Guterres hears from leaders at Fiji summit who warn region is facing ‘an unprecedented global catastrophe’

Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN secretary general has told Pacific leaders on his first visit to the region.

Antonio Guterres met leaders of Pacific countries in Fiji, on a trip that will also see him visit Vanuatu, considered one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters due to climate change, and Tuvalu, which is at risk of sinking under rising waters.

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Scouts march back into Britain's inner cities as membership soars

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/05/14 - 4:01pm

Exclusive: Movement creates 1,280 new groups to boost numbers in deprived areas

Cubs and scouts are marching back into inner cities and have formed 1,280 new packs, troops and colonies in the most deprived parts of Britain over the past five years.

The 112-year-old Scout movement has boosted membership in some of the UK’s poorest areas by 20,000 since 2014, according to figures published on Wednesday. New sections have opened on estates such as Byker in Newcastle and Wythenshawe in south Manchester but also in non-urban areas of deprivation such as Jaywick, an Essex seaside town named among the poorest in Britain.

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Ocasio-Cortez Decries Biden 'Middle-Of-The-Road Approach' On Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/05/14 - 1:28pm

"I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need to find a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives," the congresswoman said.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Thirty sharks captured on barrier reef and exported to France all died in captivity

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/05/14 - 11:00am

Scalloped hammerheads were at the Nausicaá aquarium in the French port of Boulogne, near Calais

Thirty hammerhead sharks captured on the Great Barrier Reef and exported to a French aquarium over an eight-year period have all died in captivity and the Australian government says it knows nothing about it.

The deaths, which are the subject of legal action by Sea Shepherd France, could put a spotlight on the trade of threatened sharks caught in Australian waters because of a federal law that allows them to continue to be commercially fished.

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UN agency meets to tackle pollution and emissions by ships

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 11:00pm

International Maritime Organization aims to halve global emissions by 2050

This week is the 74th meeting of the marine environmental protection committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and it represents one of the best hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a large and growing sector.

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'The planet is on fire': Bill Nye driven to F-bomb rant by climate change

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 10:00pm

The beloved science educator and children’s show host appeared on Last Week Tonight to help explain carbon-pricing

Bill Nye is done messing around. Look out, because while you might not typically associate angry talk with the normally-mild-mannered “Science Guy” Nye, when it comes to the threat of global climate change, he has – understandably, perhaps – lost his patience. And how.

The beloved science educator and television personality, best known for his children’s program Bill Nye the Science Guy, appeared on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Sunday in a segment on the plan to fight climate change, and started throwing the F-word about – a lot. (The plan is sponsored by the US House of Representatives’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the longtime environmental advocate and Senator Ed Markey, and is known as the Green New Deal.)

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California Jury Awards $2 Billion To Couple In Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Trial

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 7:07pm

The verdict represents the third time a California jury has decided in favor of consumers who claimed their cancer was caused by the glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer.

(Image credit: Haven Daley/AP)

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Adani mine: emails revealing pressure on CSIRO spark calls to review approval

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 6:45pm

Agency had one afternoon to accept government’s approval of Adani groundwater plan, emails reveal

Environment groups and the Greens have called for the winner of Saturday’s election to review the Adani mine decision, after it emerged pressure was put on the CSIRO to accept the government’s approval of the mine’s groundwater plans.

The ABC reported on Tuesday that emails it obtained under freedom-of-information laws revealed the agency had a single afternoon to accept the federal government’s approval of Adani’s groundwater management plan.

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Man makes deepest-ever dive in Mariana Trench and discovers ... litter

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 4:41pm

A retired naval officer dove in a submarine nearly 36,000ft into the deepest place on Earth, only to find what appears to be plastic

On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: litter.

Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, made the unsettling discovery as he descended nearly 35,853ft (10,927 meters) to a point in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench that is the deepest place on Earth, his expedition said in a statement on Monday. His dive went 52ft (16 meters) lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960.

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