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Ebay joins Google and others in dumping Alec over climate stance

Guardian Environment News - 3 hours 10 min ago

The online retailer is the latest tech giant to leave the right wing lobbying group over its position on climate change

Ebay announced on Thursday it’s severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) because of the lobbying group’s views on climate change. The online marketplace is the latest technology firm to part ways with the rightwing organization over environmental concerns.

“After our annual review of eBay’s memberships in trade associations and third-party organizations, we’ve decided not to renew our membership with Alec,” an eBay spokesperson said.

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Judge rules to keep gray wolves on endangered species list

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 3:24pm

Order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin after US Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections from those animals in 2012

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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 2:50pm

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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Green light for world’s largest planned tidal energy project in Scotland

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 12:29pm
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Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 9:38am

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.

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UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 9:25am

Landmead in Oxfordshire is capable of powering 14,000 homes a year from panels on land used for grazing, says company running facility

The biggest solar farm in the UK, capable of powering 14,000 homes a year, has been connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire.

The 46MW Landmead solar farm, in East Hanney near Abingdon, is built on low-grade farmland used for grazing sheep, which will remain along with new wildflowers to be planted as part of efforts to improve the site’s biodiversity.

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Snailfish sets depth record at more than 8,000 metres below surface of Pacific

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 7:13am

Scientists capture footage of world’s deepest-dwelling fish as well as rare supergiant amphipods in Mariana Trench

Microplastic deposits found deep in world’s oceans and seas

North Pacific hit by massive coral die-off

Scientists have discovered the world’s deepest-dwelling fish during research in the depths of the Pacific.

They captured video footage of a type of snailfish at depths of 8,145 metres (26,700ft). They also discovered several new species on the trip to the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, as well as the first footage of a live “supergiant” amphipod.

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Hainan gibbon ‘clinging on’ with 25 left in China

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 6:45am
Scientists say a disease outbreak or typhoon could push world’s rarest ape species towards extinction

Scientists are racing to save a critically endangered ape species that lives only in the rainforests of southern China’s Hainan island. With 25 known individuals remaining, a disease outbreak or a strong typhoon could “massively impact” the species’s chances of survival, the scientists say.

Samuel Turvey, a senior research fellow at the Zoological Society of London, said the Hainan gibbon was “definitely the world’s rarest ape species, the rarest primate species, and one of the rarest mammal species. They’re kind of clinging on, literally and metaphorically, to patches of forest in the mountains which people haven’t gotten around to cutting down yet.”

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British wave power hit by uncertainty over funding, says report

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 6:08am

Both public and private sector are unwilling to invest in wave power, frustrating the development of what could be a huge clean energy source for the UK

Funding for wave power, seen as a potentially huge and clean source of energy for the UK, has become uncertain as investors pull out or are unwilling to invest, according to a new report.

Both the public and private sector are reluctant to invest, says the report by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE), a government-funded innovation centre. “This market is strategically important to the UK but is on the brink of foundering. It is crucial that action is taken to bolster the prospects of the industry,” it says.

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Major coral bleaching in Pacific may become worst die-off in 20 years, say experts

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 5:29am

Warm sea temperatures are causing massive coral reef die-off across the Northern Pacific in what could be the start of an historic bleaching event around the world

Scientists warn extreme sea temperatures could cause a “historic” coral reef die-off around the world over the coming months, following a massive coral bleaching already underway in the North Pacific. Experts said the coral die-off could be the worst in nearly two decades.

Reports of severe bleaching have been accumulating in the inbox of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch programme since July.

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 4:44am

A tiny pygmy possum, a rhino at full charge and eagles in arial combat feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 2:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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Valley of the swans

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 10:30pm

Burpham, West Sussex: I can just make out triangular flashes of yellow at the top of their grey bills in the failing light

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Seafood country-of-origin labelling may be extended to fish and chip shops

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 8:52pm

Extension of laws has been backed by environmentalists, certain fishers, the Greens and the independent senator Nick Xenophon

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Removal of anti-windfarm group's charity status is a 'victory for science'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 8:07pm

Greens say decision by regulator to remove Waubra Foundation’s tax-deductible status is ‘a victory for science and a victory for public health’

The decision to deregister a controversial anti-wind farming group as a charity proves the organisation has been “pulling the wool over people’s eyes”, renewable energy groups say.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) advised the Waubra Foundation that its status as a health promotion charity had been revoked earlier this month. The status gave the organisation, which campaigns on the health effects of wind farms, the ability to receive tax deductible donations.

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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 3:43pm

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 3:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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US mulls would-be rhino hunter's request to bring home carcass

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 2:57pm

A federal agency is sifting through thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter’s application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill.

Since publishing the application request in November, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has received more than 15,000 comments about the hunter’s request, as well as petitions with about 135,000 signatures demanding that it be denied.

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EPA issues new regulations for handling coal ash

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 2:31pm

The new rules will control coal ash tank sites and monitor new and existing impoundments for contamination of groundwater

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