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Sydney Harbour Bridge protest: 13 arrested in climate demonstration

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 4:14pm

Greenpeace supporters abseil off bridge unfurling banners calling on political parties to declare a ‘climate emergency’

Thirteen people have been arrested after environmental activists abseiled off the Sydney Harbour Bridge to demand action on climate change.

The Greenpeace supporters launched themselves from a public walkway on the western side of the structure at dawn on Tuesday, calling on the major federal political parties to declare a “climate emergency”.

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With Hurricane Season Approaching, Researchers Work To Better Predict Storm Intensity

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 1:25pm

Florida's experience with Hurricane Michael shows how difficult it is to accurately forecast a hurricane's intensity. Forecasters say more accurate forecasts are coming soon.

(Image credit: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 9:58am
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Why Some Wineries Are Becoming 'Certified B Corp' — And What That Means

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 4:00am

To be certified, a business must operate according to three principles of sustainability: people, planet and profit. B Corp wineries are investing in farmworkers, but some say it's still not enough.

(Image credit: Christopher Grava/Courtesy of Lubanzi Wines)

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Trump buildings face millions in climate fines under new New York rules

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 3:00am

Exclusive: if Trump Tower and other sites do not cut emissions, Trump Organization will owe $2.1m a year from 2030

Donald Trump’s reluctance to address climate change is set to cost his business empire millions of dollars in fines levied by New York City due to the amount of pollution emitted by Trump-owned buildings.

Related: Could climate change submerge Joe Biden's presidential bid?

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PM's claim Coalition saved reef from nonexistent 'endangered list' condemned as 'ridiculous'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/05/12 - 8:06pm

Scott Morrison says government took reef ‘off the endangered list’ – despite no such list existing

Scott Morrison has credited his government as having “saved” the Great Barrier Reef, a claim rejected as “ridiculous” by scientists, environment groups and the Queensland government.

At the Liberal party’s campaign launch in Melbourne on Sunday, Morrison thanked past environment ministers Greg Hunt and Josh Frydenberg for their work on reef issues.

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let no man despise thee...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/05/12 - 1:16pm
Titus 2: 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. 
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Torres Strait Islanders take climate change complaint to the United Nations

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

Morrison government accused of failing to take action to reduce emissions or pursue adaptation measures

A group of Torres Strait Islanders from low-lying islands off the northern coast of Australia will on Monday lodge a complaint with the United Nations human rights committee against the Australian government, alleging climate inaction.

The complaint will assert that the Morrison government has failed to take adequate action to reduce emissions or pursue proper adaptation measures on the islands and, as a consequence, has failed fundamental human rights obligations to Torres Strait Islander people.

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Protect solar system from mining 'gold rush', say scientists

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/05/12 - 10:24am

Proposal calls for wilderness protection as startup space miners look to the stars

Great swathes of the solar system should be preserved as official “space wilderness” to protect planets, moons and other heavenly bodies from rampant mining and other forms of industrial exploitation, scientists say.

The proposal calls for more than 85% of the solar system to be placed off-limits to human development, leaving little more than an eighth for space firms to mine for precious metals, minerals and other valuable materials.

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What Can Be Done To Prevent Mass Extinctions

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/05/12 - 5:25am

It's not too late to make a difference. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Andrew Deutz of The Nature Conservancy about the U.N. extinction report and what can be done to reverse the damage.

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'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.

(Image credit: Ashley Westerman/NPR)

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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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back porch work...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 4:59pm
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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.

(Image credit: James Warwick/Getty Images)

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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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