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Trump Pick To Head Interior Department Says Climate Change Is Not A Hoax

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 5:54pm

Rep. Ryan Zinke testified that humans influence climate, although there is a debate over how much. He promised to emulate Teddy Roosevelt in managing public lands.

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Trump interior secretary pick on climate change: 'I don’t believe it’s a hoax'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 5:28pm

Ryan Zinke distanced himself from the president-elect in confirmation hearing: ‘The climate is changing. The debate is what is that influence and what can we do’

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of interior, Ryan Zinke, distanced himself from the president-elect on Tuesday, saying “the climate is changing. The debate is what is that influence and what can we do.”

Zinke, a two-term congressman for Montana, had been asked by Bernie Sanders about Trump’s infamous 2012 tweet where the real estate developer described climate change as “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.

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EU proposes to halve food waste in Europe by 2030

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 5:01pm

The initiative, which would apply to the UK if passed, would wipe out 44m tonnes of food waste every year

People are being urged to support calls by a major pan-European group to halve ‘farm to fork’ food waste in Europe by 2030, on the eve of a landmark vote later this month.

The European parliament’s environment committee will vote on new regulations on 24 January, which are set to shape the next 15 years of EU food waste policy and have the potential to be the most ambitious, legally binding target on food waste in the world.

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Neither Trump nor Turnbull can turn back the tide on renewables

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 3:43pm

The argument for renewable energy is now a purely economic one – and the move away from coal will only pick up speed

The inauguration of President Trump this Saturday (Australian time) marks a radical change in the world as we know it. It ushers in the beginning of four years where progressive issues as far reaching as race equality, women’s health, nuclear and foreign policy, and of course climate change will be under sustained attack.

Less than a year after the world agreed a historic climate pact in Paris, the US – the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas polluter – elected a man who wants to revive the glory days of coal, oil and gas.

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Green Investment Bank’s assets must be protected | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 12:07pm

The Green Investment Bank is a real success story. Publicly owned, it has helped fund innovative new smart green technologies to fight climate change and attracted capital to UK infrastructure.

It is widely rumoured that Australian investment bank Macquarie is set to purchase the bank (Is May being green about Macquarie? 10 January). Yet, it makes absolutely no sense to sell it off, least of all to a company with Macquarie’s record of buying assets, stripping them, paying itself huge dividends and selling off what’s left. It has a similarly been criticised over its tax strategy. Press reports suggest Macquarie is already making plans to offload projects and assets after it has taken control of the bank, and the government would be powerless to do anything about it if the deal goes through. In last Wednesday’s exchange in the House of Commons, where I flagged up my concerns about Macquarie, the minister also refused to rule out investment in fracking projects by the future owner of the bank.

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@Ivanka from Brighton's message for Trump: 'Please pay attention to climate change'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 8:52am

Woman whom president-elect mistook for his daughter on Twitter uses her 15 minutes of fame to speak out on environment

A digital consultant from Brighton whom Donald Trump mistook for his daughter on Twitter says she is more concerned by the prospect of a climate change denier in the White House than someone who makes slip-ups on social media.

Ivanka Majic, 42, a former digital director for the Labour party, said it was “very surreal” to discover that the president-elect had retweeted a message intending to praise his daughter, Ivanka Trump, that included her Twitter name instead.

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Parts of United States are heating faster than globe as a whole | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 4:00am

A new study shows the Northeast USA will reach the dangerous 2°C warming threshold faster than most of the rest of the planet

Global warming obviously refers to temperature increases across the entire globe. We know the Earth is warming, we know it is human-caused, we have a pretty good idea about how much the warming will be in the future and what some of the consequences are. In fact, when it comes to the Earth’s average climate, scientists have a pretty good understanding.

On the other hand, no one lives in the average climate. We live spread out north, west, east, and south. On islands, large continents, inland or in coastal regions. Many of us want to know what’s going to happen to the climate where we live. How will my life be affected in the future?

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Chinese discard hundreds of cycles-for-hire in giant piles

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 3:09am

It was hoped bike-hire schemes would cut pollution and congestion but it seems some users just want to ride and dump

It has been billed as a hi-tech bike-sharing boom that entrepreneurs hope will make them rich while simultaneously transforming China’s traffic-clogged cities.

But, occasionally, dreams can turn sour.

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British Antarctic station to shut down for winter due to crack in ice

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 2:24am

Halley VI station moved to safer location but staff to be brought home during southern winter as ‘prudent precaution’

A British research station on an ice shelf in Antarctica is being shut down over the southern hemisphere winter because of fears it could float off on an iceberg.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said in a statement on Monday that it had decided not to winter at the Halley VI research station on the Brunt ice shelf due to concerns for its staff’s safety amid changes to the ice.

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An object lesson in thrush hunger

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 10:30pm

Rockland, Norfolk It’s not uncommon to see two fight over fruit for minutes on end, each lunging alternately at the other

Our neighbours grow apples commercially and their five acres supply both the community in autumn and the thrushes during winter. Recently I fulfilled a long-held promise to erect a hide and watch the birds among the windfalls there. First I had to gather several barrowfuls of my own, which was itself a memorable exercise. While I raked the wasp-mined Bramleys my boots mulched down the flesh, sending up a sweet foetor and leaving geometrically patterned cakes of apple mud underfoot.

Once I’d tipped 100lb of fruit in a sunlit heap by the hide, I retired to steep the whole scene in silence, before returning next day.

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Australia should invest in coal power to reduce emissions, minister says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 9:07pm

Economists and energy analysts question environmental and economic case for Matt Canavan’s coal push

Research touted by the resources minister that reportedly suggests Australia can rely on coal to meet emissions reduction has been attacked by experts and appears to have been misreported.

The Australian reported on Tuesday that research conducted by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – and commissioned by Matt Canavan, the federal minister for resources – showed Australia could cut its emissions by 27% if it replaced its existing coal power stations with the more efficient “ultra-supercritical” technology.

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Trump warming to reality of climate change, says senior Chinese official

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 7:58pm

Beijing’s chief climate negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, talks down fears that joint leadership shown by China and the US will be reversed under new president

China’s chief climate negotiator has attempted to calm fears that Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House will spell disaster for the fight against climate change.

Trump, who has dismissed climate change as “bullshit” and a Chinese hoax, will become the first climate sceptic to occupy the highest office in the US when he is sworn in on Friday.

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Leopard shark makes world-first switch from sexual to asexual reproduction

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 7:37pm

Leonie the shark astounds researchers by producing live hatchlings after being separated from her mate in 2012

A leopard shark in an Australian aquarium has reproduced asexually after being separated from her mate.

It is the first reported case of a shark switching from sexual to asexual or parthenogenetic reproduction and only the third reported case among all vertebrate species.

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Kangaroo attacks Melbourne jogger 'like a damn truck'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 7:13pm

Personal trainer Debbie Urquhart says she was running on a bush track when a two-metre-tall ‘big boy’ came out of nowhere

A towering male kangaroo hit a Melbourne jogger “like a damn truck” in an attack that left her scratched, bleeding and needing emergency surgery.

Debbie Urquhart, a personal trainer, said the “big boy” who came out of nowhere and knocked her down was two metres tall.

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Giant alligator strolls past tourists in Florida – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 6:02pm

A video posted by Kim Joiner to Facebook shows an enormous alligator crossing in front of a group of tourists waiting with their smartphones ready

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Australia's bees and wasps revealed to be as dangerous as its snakes

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 5:56pm

More than half of deaths from bites and stings between 2000 and 2013 the result of anaphylactic shock, analysis shows

Of all Australia’s venomous animals, bees and wasps pose the biggest threat to public health, causing more than twice the number of admissions to hospital as snake bites and the same number of deaths.

The first national analysis of 13 years’ data on bites and stings from venomous creatures has found that just over one-third (33%) of almost 42,000 admissions were caused by bees and wasps, compared with 30% by spiders and 15% by snakes.

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Endangered dolphins and turtles entangled in NSW shark nets

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 5:05pm

Report shows of 748 marine animals caught in 2015-16, 86% were threatened, protected or species not intended to be targeted by shark nets

Nine bottlenose dolphins, four common dolphins and one dolphin that was so decomposed that it could not be identified were caught in shark nets across 51 New South Wales beaches, according to the latest report on NSW’s controversial shark-meshing program.

The report showed 748 marine animals became entangled in the nets in 2015-16.

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Interior Nominee Familiar With Issues, But Worries Environmentalists

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 3:18pm

Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke's confirmation hearing is scheduled for this week. Energy developers and tribal leaders are cheering. But environmentalists are wary of the Montana congressman.

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How airlines can fly around new carbon rules

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 2:30pm

Aircraft are gradually becoming more fuel efficient, but that’s not happening fast enough to keep up with the boom in flying

The world’s airline industry adds to climate change. It burns the equivalent of more than 5m barrels of oil a day, adding up to around 2.5% of all carbon dioxide pollution, in addition to nitrogen oxides, soot and water vapour, which place an even bigger burden on the world’s climate.

Aircraft are gradually becoming more fuel efficient, but that’s not happening fast enough to keep up with the huge boom in flying – since the 1970s, global air traffic has doubled in size roughly every 15 years. Flying is still cheap and budget airlines make it even more attractive, partly thanks to an international agreement reached in 1944 that prohibits tax on aviation fuel for international flights.

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UK's Antarctica research base to relocate as 'precautionary measure'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 1:26pm

Scientists to be removed from Halley VI Research Station amid fears facility could slide into encroaching ice fissure

The British research base which first discovered the hole in the ozone layer is to close for the winter amid concerns it could fall into a giant ice chasm.

Scientists will be removed from the Halley VI research station, which is run by the British Antarctic Survey and is situated on an ice shelf, between March and November as a “precautionary measure” because of fears it could slide into an encroaching fissure.

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