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East Australia one of 11 areas to account for 80% of world forest loss by 2030

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 3:29pm

Between 3m and 6m hectares of forest, mainly across New South Wales and Queensland, could be lost between 2010 and 2030

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Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 2:27pm

Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults.

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California Cemeteries Adapt To Water Restrictions To Avoid Going Dry

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 2:18pm

New mandates in California will limit how much water graveyards can use to keep their grass green. The people who run cemeteries don't want crispy, parched grass to feel like an insult on top of loss.

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US lowers fluoride levels in drinking water for first time in over 50 years

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 9:53am
  • Level lowered to 0.7 parts per million nationwide
  • Too much fluoride a common cause of white splotches and streaks on teeth
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Whether it's apartheid or fossil fuels, divestment is on the right side of history

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 9:20am

Our campaign to stop Barclays investing in South Africa crushed the arguments against divestment. So why are they wheeled out again today for fossil fuels?

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Fossil fuel industry must change profoundly, says former Shell boss

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 9:17am

Ex-Shell UK chairman James Smith argues there is a future for oil and gas firms if they embrace low carbon technology, reports BusinessGreen

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Extreme weather already on increase due to climate change, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 8:03am

Researchers say heatwaves that previously occurred once every three years are now happening every 200 days thanks to global warming

Extreme heatwaves and heavy rain storms are already happening with increasing regularity worldwide because of manmade climate change, according to new research.

Global warming over the last century means heat extremes that previously only occurred once every 1,000 days are happening four to five times more often, the study published in Nature Climate Change said.

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Hand over control of my fridge to an energy company? No thanks, say Brits

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 8:00am

Study finds opposition to invasive smart technologies designed to save energy at home, but support for some less intrusive and automated measures

British consumers do not trust energy companies to control their fridges and other home appliances in order to save energy, according to research published on Monday.

More than 40% of respondents rejected the idea of energy companies turning off their fridge for short periods at times of peak electricity demand or choosing when their boiler heats their water.

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Wanted: patient, rain-loving shepherd for Snowdon conservation project

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 6:51am

National Trust advertises for second shepherd to walk north Wales foothills to keep sheep away from vegetation such as bog asphodel and fruiting bilberries

The successful candidate will need to love walking, fresh air, have appropriately trained dogs – and an awful lot of patience.

Applications are open for a man or woman prepared to work evenings and weekends in all elements as a shepherd on an innovative conservation project in the foothills of Snowdon in north Wales.

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GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2015 - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 5:00am

Tuscany flowers to tawny owl in Munich, Kalahari lion to musk ox in Norway, we pick out some winners from GDT Nature Photographer of the Year awards 2015

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Scepticism over rising temperatures? Lord Lawson peddles a fake controversy

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 4:33am

Why does the Global Warming Policy Foundation claim to undertake a ‘major inquiry into the integrity of the official global surface temperature records’ on data by meteorological organisations?

Lord Lawson’s lobby group for so-called climate change sceptics launched an attempt to create a fake controversy about the evidence for rising global temperatures as countries negotiate a new international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In a press release on Sunday aimed at its cheerleaders in the UK media, the Global Warming Policy Foundation claimed that it was undertaking “a major inquiry into the integrity of the official global surface temperature records”.

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Andrew Motion and Wellcome book prize authors call on charity to divest

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 3:41am

Leading health charity should pull money out of fossil fuels, say authors who have received and judged the prestigious Wellcome book prize

Sir Andrew Motion and more than a dozen authors and judges honoured by the prestigious Wellcome book prize have called on the huge medical charity to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies.

The Wellcome Trust, whose £19bn endowment makes it the second biggest health charity in the world, says “climate change is one of the greatest contemporary challenges to global health”. It is among the targets of a fast-growing climate change movement calling for divestment from fossil fuels.

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Thai customs seize 511 pieces of elephant ivory destined for Laos

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 2:48am

Three-tonne haul, marked as tea leaves from Kenya, is second massive seizure in less than a week of elephant tusks from Africa bound for Laos

More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said on Monday, the second huge haul of tusks from Africa in less than a week.

The discovery, which would be worth millions of dollars on the black market, was destined for Laos where the illegal ivory trade flourishes.

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Climate Change Authority emissions reduction targets 'too weak', says Milne

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/27 - 1:03am

Greens leader Christine Milne says Australia should target 40%-50% of 2000 levels by 2025, 60%-80% by 2030, and reach ‘net-zero pollution’ by 2040

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'It doesn't even smell': a ride on the Bristol bus powered by human poo

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/04/26 - 11:00pm

Is Bristol’s biomethane-powered city bus a bold new move towards sustainable transport, or just hot air? Ajit Niranjan catches the No 2 (really) to find out

“It’s a fantastic idea, I say – powering a bus with poo, who’d have thought?”

The soft West Country burr belongs to Maisie, a 30-year-old nurse travelling with her toddler, Josh, and three bags of shopping. Squirming out of his mother’s grasp, Josh presses his face to the window as we pass rows of Georgian terraces and graffiti-speckled tower blocks.

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Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/04/26 - 11:00pm

Weak renewable energy goals for 2030 originated with Shell pitch for gas as a key technology for Europe to cut its carbon emissions in an affordable way

Shell successfully lobbied to undermine European renewable energy targets ahead of a key agreement on emissions cuts reached in October last year, newly released documents reveal.

At the time of the deal European commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso, said: “This package is very good news for our fight against climate change.” Adding: “No player in the world is as ambitious as the EU.”

Related: Fossil fuel industry must change profoundly, says former Shell boss

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MPs call for inquiry into sheep dip poisoning scandal

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/04/26 - 11:00pm

Cross-party support for inquiry and parliamentary debate after newly-published documents reveal government knew of health risk of mandatory chemical dip

A former environment minister and more than a dozen MPs from across the political spectrum have backed calls for an inquiry and parliamentary debate into whether farmers were misled over the use of a dangerous chemical.

At least 500 farmers across the UK were left with debilitating health problems after using organophosphate-based (OP) chemicals to protect their sheep against parasites, under the government’s compulsory dipping programme which ran up until 1992.

Related: Revealed: government knew of farm poisoning risk but failed to act

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From the remains of ancient ponds to the best of contemporary art

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/04/26 - 9:30pm

Bruton, Somerset I needed expert guides to appreciate signs of stages in Bruton’s past to be seen on the way to Durslade Farm

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At home with the world's last male northern white rhinoceros

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/04/26 - 9:00pm

With rhino numbers collapsed due to poaching for their horns, a lot rides on one pampered animal in the Kenyan savannah doing his best to further the species


Mohamed Doyo seems to have a dream job. Every evening, he patrols the Kenyan savannah, glimpsing lions chasing down darting Thomson’s gazelles, hearing the calls of red-chested cuckoos and, when there is a full moon, seeing the majestic, snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya in the distance.

But Doyo can scarcely stop to admire the extraordinary views because he and a large squad of rangers perform an extraordinary job: they must keep poachers away from one of the rarest species on earth, including the star attraction at the 135 sq mile conservancy, Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino.

Related: IVF is best chance to save endangered northern white rhino, scientists say

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