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How nuclear power figures into a green energy future

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/12/04 - 3:09pm

NPR's David Folkenflik speaks with former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the role of nuclear power in a green energy future.

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California will name and categorise heatwaves – should Australia follow suit?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/12/04 - 12:00pm

Heatwaves kill more people in Australia than all other natural disasters combined, and some experts believe naming them might help reduce deaths

California has become the latest jurisdictions to set up a system that would categorise and name heatwaves like cyclones or hurricanes, raising questions about whether Australia should adopt a similar system to reduce heat-related deaths.

Following the recent example of Greece and the city of Seville in Spain, authorities in California will introduce a bill in January to develop the ranking system.

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‘Just sitting there dead’: study finds mass tree losses in NSW after severe drought

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/12/04 - 12:00pm

Even species ‘superbly adapted’ for Australia’s harsh conditions suffered, with up to 60% of trees dying in some areas

The drought and heatwaves that seared eastern Australia in the lead-up to the 2019-20 black summer bushfires killed as much as 60% of the trees in some areas that escaped the fires, according to new research.

While Australian species are typically hardened to extreme conditions, the record heat and dryness of 2019 pushed some common tree varieties beyond their thresholds, potentially threatening whole ecosystems if they don’t grow back.

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/12/04 - 10:36am

 Stupid People have good reasons not to get vaccinated  

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Environmental activists challenge ‘unlawful’ UK fossil fuel plan in high court

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/12/04 - 6:01am

Climate campaigners claim the government is giving billions of pounds in subsidies to oil and gas producers

Environmental campaigners will this week ask the high court to rule that the government’s fossil fuel strategy is unlawful, in a case that could undermine the UK’s claim to be leading the fight against climate change.

The campaigners will argue that the government is effectively subsidising oil and gas production with billions of pounds in handouts, which conflicts with its legal duty to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle is getting a fourth R: Recirculation

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/12/04 - 6:01am

A fourth "R" is being added to "reduce, reuse and recycle": Recirculation. Instead of recycling old products, a non-profit in North Carolina is recirculating used to-go food containers and bottles.

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Why some of your favorite podcasts are filled with oil company ads

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/12/04 - 6:00am

Exxon and other fossil fuel companies are running podcast ads that suggest they are taking aggressive climate action. Climate experts call them greenwashing

If you’re a regular listener of the New York Times podcast The Daily, you would have heard an ad for ExxonMobil’s carbon capture investments more than once in November.

The ad – which coincided with the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow – told listeners that carbon capture technology could remove more than 90% of CO2 emissions from “carbon-intensive industries” and that the company was working to “deploy this technology at scale”. It gave the sense of an oil company tackling the climate crisis with technology that could solve it – and quickly.

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Hen harriers’ friend: gamekeeping turns conservation in Yorkshire

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/12/04 - 4:00am

Grouse moors are not known for being friendly places for birds of prey – but the Swinton estate has a fresh attitude

In the trees beside the heather-clad, snow-smattered moorland is an elusive creature that to some conservationists is as mythical as a unicorn: a gamekeeper looking after endangered birds of prey.

“Two hen harriers coming in now,” said Gary Taylor, head keeper on the Swinton estate in North Yorkshire. Taylor is sitting in a hide he built himself overlooking one of the country’s best hen harrier roosting sites – in the middle of his boss’s grouse moor.

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Grab your camera and help science! King tides are crashing onto California beaches

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 6:10pm

The unusually high and low tides will be affecting coastal communities over the weekend. Scientists are calling on residents and visitors to help document the phenomenon.

(Image credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

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The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 5:08pm
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Why Orcas have been lingering longer in the Arctic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 3:10pm

Orcas are lingering longer in the Arctic Ocean, as sea ice there shrinks. The whales often travel to access varieties of prey, but it's likely there are now more hunting opportunities in the Arctic.

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Cities are buying people's flood-prone homes, altering neighborhoods in the process

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 2:40pm

Across the country, cities are paying people to leave flood-prone homes, then tearing down the houses to keep the space open. But fixing one problem can create another for the people left behind.

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Hundreds of military families sickened by contaminated Pearl Harbor water

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 1:48pm

Key Honolulu aquifer may also be at risk as residents say they face stomach pain and headaches

Cheri Burness’s dog was the first to signal something was wrong with their tap water. He stopped drinking it two weeks ago. Then Burness started feeling stomach cramps. Her 12-year-old daughter was nauseous.

“It was just getting worse every day,” said Burness.

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The Guardian view on North Sea oil: keep it in the ground | Editorial

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 11:27am

Britain won’t convince anyone else to ditch fossil fuels when it won’t do so itself

Does the decision by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell to pull out of the Cambo oilfield mark the end of oil and gas investment in the North Sea? For the planet’s sake, one would hope so. However, it may be more realistic to see Shell’s act as a first victory in a longer war to keep hydrocarbons in the ground. Campaigners say that there are dozens more offshore oil and gas fields coming up for approval in the next three years. To keep the climate safe and limit global temperature rises to 1.5C, none ought to go ahead. Oil majors have lost the battle for public opinion in Scotland and this has dramatically altered the calculations for the ruling Scottish National party, which for decades ran on oil. Without supportive politics, and with the science against them, oil majors – this time – bowed out.

Despite that, and despite brandishing its credentials as a climate champion at Cop26 in Glasgow last month, the UK government still wants extractive industries to suck the seabed dry. Rather than joining an alliance of nations – led by Denmark and Costa Rica, and including France and Ireland – which have set an end date for oil and gas production and exploration, Boris Johnson will allow companies to keep exploring the North Sea for new reserves.

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Shell U-turn on Cambo could mean end for big North Sea oil projects

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 10:55am

Industry sources say Siccar Point will struggle to find new partner to take on Shell’s 30% stake in oilfield

Shell’s decision to back out of plans to develop the Cambo oilfield could sound the “death knell” for new large-scale North Sea projects, industry figures say, as the UK’s tougher climate agenda prompts oil companies to retreat from the ageing oil basin.

Sources said Shell’s project partner, the private equity-backed Siccar Point, would struggle to find another partner to take on Shell’s 30% stake in the new oilfield, which has provoked outrage among green campaigners.

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Bob Inglis: How I changed my mind about climate change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 9:57am

Former GOP congressman Bob Inglis used to believe climate change wasn't real. But after a candid conversation with his children and a hard look at the evidence, he began to change his mind.

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Pearl Harbor families are alarmed about petroleum found in their tap water

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 8:17am

The Navy's water system somehow became contaminated by petroleum, and the problems have afflicted one of the most important Navy bases in the world.

(Image credit: AP)

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Carbon-cutting app aims to help Londoners ease into net zero future

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 6:33am

Councils are planning to deploy version of Finnish online tool that helps people monitor carbon footprint

For those who want to be part of a zero carbon future but find the prospect of giving up flying, ditching the car and turning vegan daunting, help may be at hand. A Finnish-made online tool that promises to give users the key to their own “sustainable good life” by taking control of their carbon footprint is set to be launched in the UK.

London Councils, the body that represents all London boroughs, is looking at developing a version of the tool, which aims to be helpful rather than hectoring, letting people create their own tailor-made path to reducing their CO2 output rather than giving out blanket prescriptions such as stopping flying or eating meat.

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Energy companies accused of bid rigging and racketeering in US lawsuit

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 6:19am

Court complaint outlines scheme to generate millions in wasteful equipment expenditures in New York, Connecticut and Maine

A cybersecurity company filed a $110m lawsuit in New York this week, accusing the Spanish global energy company Iberdrola and its US subsidiary Avangrid of bid rigging and racketeering.

The 72-page federal court complaint outlines an elaborate scheme by Iberdrola executives to generate millions of dollars in wasteful equipment expenditures in order to turn a profit from its utility customers in New York, Connecticut and Maine.

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