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North York Moors mineral mine set to get go-ahead

Guardian Environment News - 2 hours 12 min ago

Promising to create over 1,000 jobs and pump £1bn-plus into the UK economy, the scheme has won over many locals but angered environmentalists

One of the biggest developments in a UK national park in living memory could get the go-ahead on Tuesday if councillors approve plans for a £1.7bn mineral mine under the North York Moors.

Following Lancashire council’s surprise decision to defy its own planners and legal advisers by rejecting fracking on Monday, the meeting in Whitby will be closely watched by those keen to see whether big resources projects can win over local officials.

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Monkey bites woman on ear in sneak attack near Pirates of the Caribbean set

Guardian Environment News - 2 hours 18 min ago

Hollywood blockbuster surrounded by further controversy after a makeup artist working on a nearby set attacked

A monkey thought to be from the Gold Coast set of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has attacked a makeup artist working on the set of another movie.

The artist, a woman in her 50s, told paramedics she was in the sound stage of the Movie World theme park about midday on Tuesday when the monkey bit her on the ear.

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Government must explain removal of support for onshore wind, advisers say

Guardian Environment News - 4 hours 2 min ago

Lords Deben and Krebs say end of subsidies is political step by government, which must explain cost and what will be done instead to meet targets

The government must explain how its withdrawal of support from onshore windfarms will affect the cost of meeting greenhouse gas emissions targets, and urgently set out plans for alternative electricity generation, its statutory advisors on climate change have said.

One of the first policy announcements from the incoming Conservative government was that support for onshore windfarms would be withdrawn from 2016, and planning procedures put in place that will make it much harder for any new windfarms to be brought forward.

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Dramas great and small

Guardian Environment News - 4 hours 33 min ago
Claxton, Norfolk These deer of such sweet mien momentarily suggested nothing less than something sabre-toothed and predatory

Through the hedge on the path to the marsh I could hear their commotion. Sharp-tipped hooves stabbing the ground and then a telltale blur of orange flanks that revealed them as Chinese water deer. Males squared up in combat.

As my binoculars dialled into crisp detail, they answered a long-standing mystery. For years I’ve found handfuls of loose deer hair strewn on the ground, but was always puzzled why it was shed in that fashion. Here was the answer.

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Queensland minister says green groups forced radical shift on Great Barrier Reef

Guardian Environment News - 6 hours 42 min ago

Steven Miles welcomes being ‘held to account’ after his federal counterpart Greg Hunt accused environmental groups of waging a ‘deceptive campaign’

Government moves to protect the Great Barrier Reef would not have occurred but for green groups “holding governments to account”, Queensland’s environment minister, Steven Miles, says.

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has accused environment groups of exaggerating threats to the reef, citing Greenpeace for waging a “deceptive campaign” to have it declared “in danger” by the UN.

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Great Barrier Reef table coral provides vital shade for passing fish – video

Guardian Environment News - 7 hours 12 min ago
Scientists are calling for greater protection of Great Barrier Reef table corals, which offer protection from the sun's rays to groups of fish. The researchers at James Cook University found that depletion of such large corals forces fish to leave their ecosystems Continue reading...
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The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 4:17pm
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U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 2:41pm

The United Nations is having a high-level climate meeting ahead of the end-of-year meeting in Paris that will hopefully result in a major new agreement to rein in greenhouse gases.

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Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 2:25pm

Monday's decision from the high court technically only applies to the Clean Air Act's standards on mercury emissions from power plants. But it could affect future EPA regulations, legal experts say.

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How to eat healthy and save the planet

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 11:35am

As dieticians increasingly focus on the environment, they’re finding that what’s better for the earth is usually also better for the body

Dieticians and food companies are awaiting the US Department of Agriculture’s highly anticipated new dietary guidelines by the end of this year with one key question in mind: will they include environmental considerations?

The USDA updates its guidelines on what’s healthy for Americans to eat and what’s not every five years. This year, for the first time, the USDA’s advisory panel recommended that those guidelines should also include sustainability. The government agency is being asked to factor in whether or not a food is good for the planet when deciding whether its healthy.

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US supreme court strikes down Obama's EPA limits on mercury pollution

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 11:09am

Justices invalidate new rules in move that could make Environmental Protection Agency more vulnerable to challenges to new regulations on carbon emissions

The US supreme court struck down new rules for America’s biggest air polluters on Monday, dealing a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to set limits on the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxins coal-fired power plants can spew into the air, lakes and rivers.

The 5-4 decision was a major setback to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and could leave the agency more vulnerable to legal challenges to its other new carbon pollution rules, from industries and Republican-led states.

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Babblers speak to the origin of language

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 11:00am

Australian babblers are capable of phoneme structuring, the first time this has been demonstrated in any non-human animal

“Holy shit, man!”

Andy Russell had entered the lecture hall late and stood at the back, listening to the close of a talk by Marta Manser, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Zurich who works on animal communication.

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Will Filipinos have to abandon Manila to climate change? - video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 11:00am
When Typhoon Ketsana struck Manila in 2009, causing $1.09bn in damage and 747 deaths, it captured headlines and a flurry of emergency aid. But extreme flooding now appears to be the new normal in the Philippines, which was battered by so many storms last year that they exceeded the letters in the alphabet. Climate change and environmental degradation have increased the frequency of flooding along the Marikina and Nagka rivers, with evacuations disrupting daily life in the capital for months of what's become an annual flood season.

As the peak of the rainy season approaches, we spoke with Manuel A Abinales, founder and president of aid organization Buklod Tao, who lives and works in this community, helping to respond quickly when river levels rise. For local residents like Tony Iburan, life has become increasingly difficult and dangerous as the water slowly eats away at the community. Continue reading...
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UN climate talks moving at snail's pace, says Ban Ki-moon

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 10:19am

Pace of negotiations for a climate deal in Paris later this year is too slow, says UN secretary general, as China says it will shortly submit its carbon pledge

Negotiations for a deal to fight climate change were moving at a “snail’s pace”, the United Nations chief, Ban Ki-Moon, told a high-level meeting on Monday.

A promise from China – the world’s biggest carbon polluter – for ambitious cuts to greenhouse gas emissions “very soon” could inject some much-needed optimism into the talks.

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Demonstrators celebrate after Lancashire fracking licence rejected – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 8:36am
Anti-fracking protesters cheer outside County Hall in Preston as news emerges that an application to frack in the area has been rejected. On Monday Lancashire County Council turned down a planning request to allow fracking on a site near Little Plumpton, prompting campaigners to parade through Preston city centre in celebration.

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Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 8:24am

In a 5-4 ruling, the court says the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken into account the costs of complying with regulation.

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Meet the conductor: London set to trial first all-electric doubledecker bus

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 8:18am

London mayor Boris Johnson announces the trial of all-electric bus on route 16 between Cricklewood and Victoria station

The first fully electric London doubledecker bus will enter service in October, as transport authorities try to reduce the capital’s air pollution levels.

Transport for London said the Chinese-built bus would be the the world’s first purpose-built electric doubledecker.

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Iceland whaling season under way despite protest

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 8:02am

Iceland fisheries ministry issues whalers with a quota of 154 fin whales in defiance of 1986 ban and more than 700,000 signatures against the hunt

Icelandic whaling boats have left port to begin the 2015 whaling season, authorities said on Monday as more than 700,000 people signed a petition calling for an end to the hunt.

Two whaling boats, Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9, left on Sunday, Gunnlaugur Gunnlaugsson, the manager of the Hvalfjordur whaling station, told AFP.

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Glastonbury organisers: keep the spirit of the festival – make it vegetarian

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 6:22am

170,000 people could come to an event that proudly proclaims itself meat- and fish-free. Wouldn’t it be great for Glastonbury to be able to say ‘no animals were harmed during the making of this festival?’

We are trained in consumption from the first glimmers of consciousness. Wherever we look, we are bombarded by exhortations to develop new, unmet needs; to acquire a hunger that can never be sated.

The aim of advertising, marketing and the media is to create social norms: to ensure that certain suites of behaviour are normalised and naturalised to the degree that they become almost instinctive.

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The prospects for UK shale gas have never looked bleaker | Damian Carrington

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/29 - 6:17am

Cuadrilla are almost certain to appeal Lancashire county council’s decision, but the nascent fracking industry in the UK may never recover from this blow

Be in no doubt, it is a seismic decision. Nine county councillors have defied the full-throated backing of David Cameron, well over £100m of spending from shale gas firm Cuadrilla and their own planning officers to reject plans for the UK’s first full-scale fracking.

Cuadrilla are near certain to appeal, but the nascent fracking industry in the UK may never recover from this blow. Councillors around the country will feel emboldened to stand up to the intense national pressure to back fracking. In the future, this may well be seen as the day the fracking dream died.

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