Environment

Trump’s offensive to ‘wipe out’ al-Shabaab threatens more pain for Somalis

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 4:05pm
Efforts to avert a disaster caused by drought are at risk from renewed offensive

A new US-backed military offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia could undermine the massive international effort to help millions of people threatened by the worst drought there in more than 40 years, aid officials in the unstable east African state fear.

More than £50m has been raised by individual donors in the UK and the British government has contributed another £110m to help avert hundreds of thousands of deaths in Somalia. More than six million people there are in need of immediate assistance, with half of them facing famine.

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Out Of The Lab And Into The Streets, Science Community Marches For Science

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 3:24pm

Thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets to advocate for public support for science and technology today in Washington, D.C., and other cities around the country.

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Canadian oil firm pulls out of national park in Peru's Amazon

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 2:22pm

Pacific abandons one million hectare concession including indigenous peoples’ territories along Brazil border

A Canadian-headquartered company, Pacific Exploration and Production, has pulled out of a huge oil and gas concession overlapping a new national park in the Peruvian Amazon. The concession, Lot 135, includes approximately 40% of the Sierra del Divisor national park established in 2015.

The concession has provoked opposition in Peru and just across the border in Brazil for many years, including regular statements since 2009 from indigenous Matsés people in both countries and a lawsuit recently filed by regional indigenous federation ORPIO. Both Lot 135 and the park overlap territory used by the Matsés and a proposed reserve for indigenous people living in “isolation.”

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In A New 'Anti-Science' Era, Bill Nye 'Saves The World' With Same Optimism

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 2:11pm

"The Science Guy" dons his lab coat and bow tie uniform yet again, this time, in a a new political context. In his new Netflix series, Nye tackles climate change deniers and beyond.

(Image credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

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March for Science puts Earth Day focus on global opposition to Trump

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 10:23am

More than 600 marches held around the world, with organizers saying science ‘under attack’ from a White House that dismisses the threat of climate change

Hundreds of thousands of climate researchers, oceanographers, bird watchers and other supporters of science rallied in marches around the world on Saturday, in an attempt to bolster scientists’ increasingly precarious status with politicians.

Related: Bill Nye the Science Guy on Trump: 'We are in a dangerous place'

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Ten of the best March for Science signs – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 10:11am

Hundreds of thousands of climate researchers, oceanographers, bird watchers and other supporters of science rallied in marches around the world on Saturday, in an attempt to bolster scientists’ increasingly precarious status with politicians.

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Fowl play: the chicken farmers being bullied by big poultry

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 6:00am

More than 97% of US chicken farmers work with a big producer, but many say they’re being treated unfairly – and rules to help protect them are now in limbo

Back in 2001, Alton Terry, his wife and two young children were living in San Jose, California, but they dreamed of a quieter, more rural life. Terry’s grandparents had been farmers, and that inspired him to move his family to Shelbyville, Tennessee, to start a chicken farm.

Like the majority of chicken farmers in the US, Terry entered into an exclusive contract with a big producer, Tyson Foods. “The first couple of years we didn’t have any problems,” said Terry, “but then Tyson started asking us to put in extra equipment that we had to pay for.”

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First Step To 'Eco-Grieving' Over Climate Change? Admit There's A Problem

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 5:14am

Psychologists say anxiety over climate change is making some people feel overwhelmed. To talk through their worries, a group in Utah is meeting weekly and the idea has drawn interest in other states.

(Image credit: Judy Fahys/KUER)

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Chew On This For Earth Day: How Our Diets Impact The Planet

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 5:00am

The foods we choose to put on our plates — or toss away – could have more of an ecological impact than many of us realize.

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Nearly 40 million people live in UK areas with illegal air pollution

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 3:59am

Exclusive: analysis commissioned by Labour reveals 59% of Britons live in areas where diesel pollution threatens health

Nearly 40 million people in the UK are living in areas where illegal levels of air pollution from diesel vehicles risk damaging their health, according to analysis commissioned by the Labour party.

The extent of the air pollution crisis nationally is exposed in the data which shows 59% of the population are living in towns and cities where nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution breaches the lawful level of 40 microgrammes per cubic metre of air.

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Christian Earth Day lessons: worship by protecting creation | Paul Douglas

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 3:00am

Climate change is a global pro-life issue

Readers of this column know that I tend to focus on breaking science in the climate and energy areas. Sometimes, I stray into politics and other times, I venture further afield. Today, on Earth Day, I was reflecting on best ways to move real action forward and it is clear to me, and almost everyone in this industry, that building bridges between like-minded groups is key.

Frankly, it isn’t just scientists that are concerned about climate change. Our concerns are shared by business leaders, the insurance industry, defense industries, people who enjoy the outdoors, farmers, and many more. Recently, there has been a movement amongst persons of faith as well. In fact, for some people of faith, taking care of the Earth is a mandate from a higher authority. In this light, and to celebrate a very different voice form my own, the following is a guest post by a well-known meteorologist in the USA, Paul Douglas. It turns out he is also a man of faith as well as a business leader. Thanks Paul.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy on Trump: 'We are in a dangerous place'

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 2:00am

Ahead of a massive March for Science in Washington, the popular TV educator attacked the Trump administration’s dismissal of ‘objective truths’

Bill Nye, the face of science in US popular culture, has attacked Donald Trump’s “dangerous” dismissal of climate change and planned cuts to research ahead of the first March for Science in Washington DC.

Nye, an engineer and educator known as “the science guy” through his TV appearances, said scientists should unapologetically throw themselves into the political fray as Trump’s administration seeks to dismantle large areas of scientific endeavor, from cancer research to climate analysis.

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The ice stupas of Ladakh: solving water crisis in the high desert of Himalaya

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 1:30am

An ingenious idea to build artificial glaciers at lower altitudes using pipes, gravity and night temperatures could transform an arid landscape into an oasis

The idea crystallised in his mind one morning as Sonam Wangchuk was crossing a bridge in the Indian Himalayas.

The engineer from Ladakh, in the Jammu region of north India, was already a famous problem solver: a Bollywood film loosely based on his life had grossed a billion rupees in its first four days.

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Earth Day 2017: ‘The experts are fighting back’

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/21 - 10:00pm
With a climate-change sceptic in the White House, marchers worldwide are today spreading a message of hope that protest and science can save the world

‘An exuberant rite of spring” is how the New York Times described 22 April, 1970. In Manhattan, and across America, “huge, light-hearted throngs ambled down autoless streets.” Earth Day had been born, an outburst of protest – and revelry – that involved everyone from save-the-whales activists to opponents of new freeways. Denis Hayes, now 72, was the man tasked with organising it. “What we did was pull together an event that told all of those people, ‘You know you’ve really got something in common and this should be one big movement where we’re supportive of one another’.”

It sparked, he tells me, the most profound change in American society since the New Deal. “We now have different kinds of buildings, different kinds of automobiles, different planes, different lighting, different land use. People are choosing to have diets for environmental reasons, choosing to have one child for environmental reasons.” And all that, he says, “didn’t come from political leadership at the top, it came from a bunch of demands down at the grassroots”.

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Chris Packham: ‘Sometimes the best way to make a change is to make trouble’

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/21 - 10:00pm

The TV presenter accused of assaulting hunters killing migratory birds in Malta says it’s time for committed environmental activism

We decided to go to Malta because we were fed up with the inactivity from NGOs about the endless trapping and killing of migratory birds there.

We first went four years ago, then started to go annually to liaise with the Committee Against Bird Slaughter. It is an incredible organisation that attracts volunteers from all over Europe. When we first went, we put a video report online every evening showing what was happening – a daily diary detailing the killing of birds – and we got an enormous amount of press for this.

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Global 'March for Science' protests call for action on climate change

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/21 - 9:55pm

Tens of thousands rally across the world in a rebuke of Donald Trump’s dismissal of climate science

Hundreds of global protest marches in the name of science kicked off in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday, ahead of large crowds expected across the US.

Tens of thousands of scientists are this weekend rallying around the world in a rebuke of Donald Trump’s dismissal of climate science and attempts to cut large areas of scientific research.

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Three glorious hours cut off by the tide

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/21 - 9:30pm

Foulney Island, Morecambe Bay This shingle spit provides winter quarters for thousands of eider ducks

The rising tide fetched with it slews of blue sky. As I walked the causeway jumble of rocks, the sea slopped gently below. I was about to be cut off for three glorious hours on Foulney Island.

Saltmarsh metamorphosed into momentary lagoons. Dozens of curlew settled, probed, then lifted at the water’s ingress. Due west could be seen Piel Island, its castle all turrets and crumbling towers like an old battleship, halfway to the flattened sliver of Walney Island. Beyond that, windfarms.

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British power generation achieves first ever coal-free day

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/21 - 7:44pm

National Grid hails milestone as other sources like gas, nuclear, wind and solar allow UK to keep lights on with all coal-fired powerplants offline

Friday was Britain’s first ever working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid.

The control room tweeted the milestone on Friday. It is the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the fossil fuel began. West Burton 1 power station, the only coal-fired plant that had been up and running, went offline on Thursday.

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March For Science Organizers Work To Maintain Non-Partisan Position

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/04/21 - 1:34pm

A March for Science will be held Saturday in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities in the U.S. Organizers say the march is a non-partisan celebration of science. It's meant to both encourage political leaders to fund science and rely on scientific evidence when making policy decisions. Critics worry the march will turn into an anti-Trump rally and paint scientists as just another interest group.

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Tory failure to deliver pollution action plan angers environmentalists

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/21 - 1:19pm

Ministers submit court application to delay tackling illegal levels of toxic fumes, deemed by MPs to be a public health emergency

The government has made a last-minute application to the high court to delay the publication of its plan to tackle the air pollution crisis.

Ministers were under a court direction to produce tougher draft measures to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution, which is largely caused by diesel traffic, by 4pm on Monday. The government’s original plans had been dismissed by judges as so poor as to be unlawful.

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