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World’s oldest known seabird lays an egg at age of 66

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 7:55pm

Laysan albatross known as Wisdom is also the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild and has had a few dozen chicks

The world’s oldest known seabird is expecting – again.

Biologists spotted the Laysan albatross called Wisdom at Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge earlier this month after she returned to the island to nest.

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Canada sets its first national carbon price at C$10 a tonne

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 6:53pm

Eight of 10 provinces have signed deal to implement carbon tax or cap-and-trade markets, says Justin Trudeau

The Canadian government has agreed a deal with eight of the country’s 10 provinces to introduce its first national carbon price, Justin Trudeau has told reporters.

The prime minister said the move would help Canada meet its international climate change obligations.

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Malcolm Turnbull shut down the only credible option for our failing energy market | Jay Weatherill

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 6:06pm

Any remaining optimism Australians had for Malcolm Turnbull evaporated this week when once again he proved incapable of acting in the national interest

Here we go again.

Just like last year’s sorry excuse for a debate on taxation reform, where nation building policy ideas were knocked off the table one by one, we find our federal government again unable to act in the national interest when it comes to energy policy.

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Vow To Fight Through Fierce Winter

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 2:40pm

The teeth of winter are closing on the makeshift camp in North Dakota where demonstrators are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Some are heeding tribal calls to leave, while others are digging in. But the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was in federal court Friday, trying to overturn a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers blocking the project.

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New battery power-storage plants scheduled to keep UK lights on

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 11:24am

But blow for government’s ‘dash for gas’ plans as large plants fail to win subsidies to generate backup power

A series of new battery power-storage plants and two small new gas power stations will be built in the UK following the award of subsidies designed to bolster energy supply and head off the threat of shortages.

But government hopes of an ambitious “dash for gas” were dealt another blow after this week’s auction of subsidies to build backup capacity for Britain’s energy network. No new gas power station of a significant scale won a subsidy contract in the bidding process, where companies and technologies competed to provide backup power for the lowest price during the winter of 2020-21.

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Anti-fracking activist spared jail after refusing to pay court £55,000

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 11:19am

Tina Louise Rothery, part of a protest group known as the Nanas, staged a three-week occupation of a field near Blackpool

An anti-fracking campaigner has been spared jail after she refused to pay more than £55,000 of legal fees to the oil and gas firm Cuadrilla.

Tina Louise Rothery, 54, had been ordered to pay £55,342 of fees to the British company and a group of landowners, or face a 14-day prison sentence, after she sought to stop an injunction that would prevent protesters from gathering on a stretch of land being considered for shale gas exploration.

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Nature laws victory, giraffes and Google – green news roundup

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 9:16am

The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inbox

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Indigenous land rights key to stopping deforestation in Central America

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 8:37am

Without their traditional land managers, conservation reserves in Central America are left vulnerable to corporate interests, report finds. Climate Home reports

Conservation reserves in Central America have shut indigenous peoples off from their traditional lands and driven deforestation, community leaders have told Climate Home.

Since revolution in the region started to wind down in the 1980s, there has been an internationally celebrated trend to create large conservation areas. Hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of forest have been placed within borders designed to protect them.

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The EPA's mission is more crucial than ever. Scott Pruitt must respect it | Daniel J Fiorino

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 7:59am

Many are saying that Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency pick is disastrous. If Pruitt is confirmed, he must accept his mandate

The Environmental Protection Agency has been perhaps the most visible and influential organization of its kind in the world since Richard Nixon created it in 1970. Since then, it has managed a portfolio of pollution control laws and programs and provided science-based, economically reasonable environmental protection for nearly half a century.

The fear shared by many of us who have been part of the agency and its mission is that Donald Trump and his nominee to run the agency, Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, are set on taking the EPA to a place where it may no longer be able to carry out these vital responsibilities.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 7:00am

A grey crane, bright red autumnal leaves and Tibetan gazelles are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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ECB's quantitative easing programme investing billions in fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 6:36am

EU emissions pledge could be undermined by bank’s investments in oil, gas and auto industries, new analysis shows

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing programme is systematically investing billions of euros in the oil, gas and auto industries, according to a new analysis

The ECB has already purchased €46bn (£39bn) of corporate bonds since last June in a bid to boost flagging eurozone growth rates, a figure that some analysts expect to rise to €125bn by next September. On Thursday the bank said it would extend the scheme until 2018.

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 2:35am

Mongolian goats produce the world's highest quality cashmere wool, and international demand has soared. There's a problem, though. These goats are turning the country into an ecological wasteland.

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Alan Finkel warns investment has stalled over climate policy uncertainty

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/12/09 - 12:52am

Australia’s chief scientist vows to ‘thoroughly analyse all options’ for energy market despite row over emissions trading

Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, has tried to stay out of the fresh political row over emissions trading but says his review of the energy market will continue to analyse all the options to ensure future security of power supply and compliance with climate obligations.

Finkel’s comments follow a briefing he gave on Friday to the prime minister and state and territory leaders about his preliminary report about the state of Australia’s energy market. He warned that investment had stalled because of national policy uncertainty, and concluded current federal climate policy settings would not allow Australia to meet its emissions reduction targets under the Paris agreement.

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Great Barrier Reef not likely to survive if warming trend continues, says report

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/12/08 - 11:46pm

Report projects by 2050 more than 98% of coral reefs will be afflicted by ‘bleaching-level thermal stress’ each year

The Great Barrier Reef will not survive coral bleaching if current sea temperature trends continue, according to a new report charting increases over the past three decades which blames manmade climate change for the problem.

The study found thermal stress to coral reef areas was three times more likely when its investigation finished in 2012 compared with when it began in 1985, forecasting “more frequent and more severe” bleaching through the middle of this century.

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Black swan becomes black sheep in the mob

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/12/08 - 10:30pm

Langstone Harbour, Hampshire The black swan shrank back as the mute swans stomped up the mud bank towards us and jostled for a handout

The tide was out and as I approached the mill outflow I could see a black swan hunkered down on the exposed shingle. Native to Australia, black swans were introduced to Britain in 1791 as ornamental birds in captive wildfowl collections. Due to inevitable escapees and deliberate releases, sightings in the wild are widespread. Now, the number of breeding sites are increasing at such a rate that Cygnus atratus may be on the brink of establishing a self-sustaining population.

This was the fifth black swan to visit the creek in a fortnight and, as they often pair up during the winter months, it is likely that these birds were roaming in search of a mate. This swan didn’t sport the jet black velvet lustre of mature adult plumage – its sooty feathers had a charcoal grey cast and were fringed with taupe, which gave it an almost scaly appearance.

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a little bit of winter...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/12/08 - 3:52pm
This is how I like my winters...a little bit at a time.  34,39,34,0,W
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'Eat, Pray, Love' in the USA: meet the man visiting all 413 national parks in one trip

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/12/08 - 1:57pm

Mikah Meyer is making a record-breaking attempt in a battered Hyundai his father left him when he died, hoping to highlight parks for gay people and millennials

There was the night when something big was sloshing around ominously in the river next to his tent and he was too terrified to look out, but knew wolves and moose were at large.

Then there was the sweaty night when he thought he would bake to death in his van but was too scared to open the windows because he was parked in a sketchy neighborhood in Ohio.

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EPA fears 'unprecedented disaster' for environment over Scott Pruitt pick

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/12/08 - 12:51pm

Senate Democrats vow to fight Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, a climate denier who has sued the agency multiple times as attorney general of Oklahoma

Democrats have promised to stage a last-ditch effort to thwart the appointment of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, amid fears within the agency that he will trigger an “unprecedented disaster” for America’s environment and public health.

Donald Trump has nominated Pruitt to lead an agency he has sued multiple times in his role as attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt has vowed to dismantle serried environmental rules and is currently involved in a legal effort by 27 states to overturn Barack Obama’s clean power plan, the president’s centerpiece policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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The real inconvenient truth about climate change | Brief letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/12/08 - 12:45pm
Increasing population | Theresa May’s cliches | Rich and poor | European moths

I have just scoured eight pages of your Climate Change supplement (7 December). I found not a single reference to one of the key drivers of climate change, the relentless increase of population, now scheduled to be 11.5 billion by 2100. Whatever action we take to reduce emissions, those efforts will be negated by the births of 4 billion more people who, even in the old “third world”, will want to be consumers.
Nigel Reynolds
Mirfield, West Yorkshire

• Theresa May is right to dislike acronyms (Report, 8 December) but it’s time she considered her cliches. I suggest she takes a blue pencil to her sentence “I’m talking about ordinary working people for whom life is a bit of struggle …”. There are people who are too old or otherwise unable to work for whom life is a struggle. And who are ordinary people? I would hope they are those who do not have to struggle to make ends meet.
Peter Le Mare
Allithwaite, Cumbria

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Scott Pruitt's EPA: a dream for oil and gas firms is nightmare for environment

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/12/08 - 12:42pm

Trump’s pick to lead Environmental Protection Agency has supported fossil fuel firms and sought to hobble public health regulations he will be responsible for

If environmentalists were to sketch out the government official of their nightmares, it would likely look much like Scott Pruitt. The Oklahoma attorney general has been a raucous supporter of fossil fuel companies and repeatedly sought to hobble the public health regulations he will soon be responsible for as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Related: EPA fears 'unprecedented disaster' for environment over Scott Pruitt pick

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