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Thai government censured for failure to tackle lead pollution

Guardian Environment News - 5 hours 36 min ago

Human Rights Watch says government has ignored court order to clean up Klity Creek, where lead poisoning has blighted residents’ lives

Thailand’s anti-pollution agency is ignoring a court decree to clean up toxic lead contamination in a village where residents have suffered developmental and intellectual disabilities and some have gone blind, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has claimed.

HRW said in a report published on Tuesday that the agency had failed to carry out the January 2013 order of the supreme administrative court – the first example of a court ordering the Thai government to clean up a toxic site – at Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi province, known to activists as one of the worst sites of industrial pollution in Thailand.

This is one of the most heavily polluted sites in Thailand, hundreds of people suffer harm and it needs immediate action

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Cumbria’s iron man

Guardian Environment News - 7 hours 2 min ago
Wasdale Head, Lake District: Born in Middle Row Farm in 1936, he was cradled by the country’s tallest mountains Continue reading...
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Direct Action unlikely to meet emissions target, says Climate Change Authority

Guardian Environment News - 8 hours 53 min ago

Advisory body also finds renewable energy target should remain at existing level but deadline could be pushed back to allow for investment uncertainty

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Great Barrier Reef at risk from 'rushed' sediment dumping plan at Abbot Point

Guardian Environment News - 10 hours 11 min ago

Environment group WWF says project’s modelling greatly underestimates amount of sediment and water that would be discharged into the ocean near reef

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50 years ago: Invasion of the short-eared owls

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2014/12/21 - 3:30pm

Originally published in the Guardian on 23 December 1964

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Staff Picks: An Evangelical Christian Believer In Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2014/12/21 - 6:15am

Weekend Edition staff have been picking their favorite interviews from 2014. Editor Natalie Winston talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about an interview with an evangelical Christian climate scientist.

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Is child labour a thing of the past?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2014/12/20 - 11:00pm

I’ve heard that child labour has pretty much been eradicated. Is this true?

If you have an ethical dilemma, email Lucy at lucy.siegle@observer.co.uk

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In Wineries Vs. Weather, Drones To The Rescue?

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2014/12/20 - 7:17pm

Rising temperatures have hastened harvest dates in Sonoma County — and they're changing grape-growing patterns around the world. Vineyards are responding with everything from sunscreen to sensors.

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Judge rules against anti-whaling activists in campaign to stop Japan hunt

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2014/12/20 - 7:31am

Environmentalists found in contempt of court as Japanese whalers demand $2m along with attorney fees and damage and cost to ships

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10 things to know about China, Latin America and the environment

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2014/12/20 - 4:10am

New book argues Chinese firms’ presence in Latin America focuses on the most environmentally-damaging sectors

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A walk with robins and rushing water

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/19 - 10:30pm
Highland Water, New Forest Where in this wide forest did the raindrops land that made that fleeting, tumbling flash that passed by as I blinked? Continue reading...
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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
MeyGen project could power nearly 175,000 homes through network of turbines on seabed at Ness of Quoys off Caithness Continue reading...
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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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