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Scientists warn against 'cruel and pointless' badger culls

Guardian Environment News - 6 hours 50 min ago

Experts say ineffective and inhumane culling could increase TB infections in cattle as setts are disrupted and badgers roam more widely

The controversial badger cull in England is underway for the first time in Dorset and has restarted for the third year in Gloucestershire and Somerset, the government has confirmed.

The cull, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, aims to kill 1,000-2,000 badgers over six weeks. Over 32,000 TB-infected cattle were slaughtered in 2014 and farmers welcomed the cull.

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Looking for a beachfront home which is only going to get closer to the sea? This realtor has it!- video

Guardian Environment News - 7 hours 9 min ago

Looking for a beachfront home with a beautiful deck boasting killer ocean views? Why not check out this dream property in the Hamptons. Just ignore the rising tides, the increasingly severe hurricanes and the swallowing up of the east coast by the Atlantic Ocean. You’d be out of your mind to overlook this steal!

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EU car pollution laws have improved UK's air quality, say carmakers

Guardian Environment News - 7 hours 55 min ago

New Euro 6 standards will eliminate exhaust pollutants, says industry facing criticism over ‘major cancer risk’ from diesel fumes

Meeting strict new EU pollution standards has added £1,500 to the cost of every new vehicle, say carmakers who claim that because of European legislation to cut tailpipe pollution, Britain’s air quality is better now than it has been for centuries.

“New European emission limits, which apply to all new cars sold from this week, have the potential to all but eliminate exhaust pollutants that impact air quality,” said Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Older than the dinosaurs: Lamprey fish return to UK rivers after 200 years

Guardian Environment News - 12 hours 43 min ago

Ancient eel-like fish is reclaiming its former river strongholds as water quailty improves

An ancient fish blamed for the death of a king and served as a traditional royal dish is returning to parts of Britain where it has been absent for 200 years.

Lampreys, a Medieval delicacy and eaten in a scene of Games of Thrones, evolved almost 200m years before the dinosaurs but industrial pollution drove them out of many of Britain’s rivers.

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The Moneyless Man who gave up on cash and embraced foraging and farming

Guardian Environment News - 12 hours 44 min ago
Mark Boyle chose to go without money for three years. Now he has begun a community smallholding that is as cash-free as possible – and is opening the world’s first free pub

Mark Boyle proved how, in a world dominated by money, he could live in Britain surviving entirely without cash – by bartering, swapping and connecting with local communities. And after three years, what was his first cash purchase? A £4 pair of trainers from a charity shop.

“It was such a weird moment. Living without money had eventually become completely normal for me, and there I was standing in a charity shop handing over a piece of paper and walking out with this really useful pair of runners. It felt as strange as giving it up in the first place had,” he says.

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Appeal against Gina Rinehart's Alpha mine dismissed but project claimed 'unviable'

Guardian Environment News - 12 hours 45 min ago

A conservationist case against the coalmine was dismissed in the supreme court on Friday on the grounds blocking it would have no effect on carbon emissions

Gina Rinehart’s plan to dig an open cut coalmine in the Galilee basin is “unbankable and unviable”, an analyst says, despite the dismissal of a supreme court appeal against it by conservationists.

A Queensland judge on Friday rejected a challenge to the Alpha mine, upholding an earlier land court ruling that while the mine’s share of global carbon emissions was “both real and of concern”, blocking it would have no effect as the world market would find coal elsewhere.

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Plastic bag use down 70% in Wales since charges began

Guardian Environment News - 13 hours 43 min ago

Almost three-quarters of consumers say they support the 5p charge that has raised millions for charities, report says

The number of single-use plastic bags has declined by more than 70% since charges were introduced in Wales, a report reveals on Friday, weeks before a similar scheme is launched in England.

According to the report, which was commissioned by the Labour-led Welsh government, almost three-quarters of consumers say they are supportive of a charge.

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Encounter with the fragile snake

Guardian Environment News - 14 hours 14 min ago
Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk Two slow worms were also making their escape, living up to their name by doing so in an altogether more sedate manner

I had promised they would be safe: “No snakes will bite your legs, they’re just not interested in you.” Then a bramble slashed back against my son’s shin. Blackberry red beads of blood decorated his skin. “Are you sure we’ll be OK?” he asked, fighting back tears.

Safely through the undergrowth, we carefully raised the corrugated iron sheet and peered underneath. A grass snake, fluid as quicksilver, exited left. The children jumped instinctively, yet all we’d seen was an electric flash of green and yellow.

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Surfer bitten 'to the bone' by shark at Black Head beach on NSW coast

Guardian Environment News - 15 hours 38 min ago

David Quinlivan, 65, airlifted from the beach north of Forster to hospital after suffering bite ‘to the bone’ of his left ankle

A man in his 60s has been airlifted to hospital after being mauled “to the bone” by a great white shark on the NSW mid north coast.

David Quinlivan, 65, was bitten on his left ankle while on his surf-ski at Black Head beach, north of Forster, just before noon on Friday.

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Supreme court dismisses challenge to Gina Rinehart-GVK coalmine

Guardian Environment News - 17 hours 3 min ago

Environmental defenders office challenged former Queensland government approval of Alpha mine, based on groundwater and climate change impacts

Queensland’s supreme court has rejected a bid by conservationists to have Gina Rinehart’s Galilee Basin coal joint venture with GVK stripped of environmental approval.

Related: Australia: The new coal frontier

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Greenpeace in India barred from receiving foreign funding

Guardian Environment News - 17 hours 32 min ago

Indian government cancels license allowing Greenpeace to collect money from overseas, claiming NGO violated funding rules and withheld information

India has cancelled a license allowing Greenpeace’s Indian arm to collect money from overseas, the organisation and Indian media said on Thursday, the latest move in a battle between the environmental group and prime minister Narendra Modi’s government.

India’s government claims the NGO violated rules governing foreign funding and withheld information on transactions. The government also accuses it of damaging the country’s economic interests by campaigning against mining and nuclear projects.

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Palestine mountain gazelle now endangered, say scientists

Guardian Environment News - 18 hours 30 min ago

Zoologists report that just 2,000 identified individuals of the species remain after a dramatic decline in the past 15 years

Zoologists are recommending that one of the Middle East’s most iconic mammals – the Palestine mountain gazelle – be placed on the endangered list amid a dramatic decline in its numbers in the last decade and a half.

Numbers of the gazelles, whose habitat is in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories – including a population that lives in the hills on the outskirts of Jerusalem – have dropped to about 2,000 identified individuals.

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Solar industry criticises Queensland government for delay in tackling prices

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/09/03 - 4:19pm

‘Sunshine state’ sees major slump in rooftop solar uptake as industry accuses government of warding off prospective customers by prolonging price uncertainty

The body for the Australian solar industry has criticised the Queensland government for an “unacceptable” delay in tackling prices for solar energy amid a dramatic slump in new rooftop solar customers.

The Palaszczuk government, which aims to lift the number of homes with solar panels in the “sunshine state” to 1m by 2020, has tasked the state productivity commission with reviewing prices that were cut dramatically by the previous Liberal National government.

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Warning over Pacific bluefin tuna stocks as Japan meeting ends in stalemate

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/09/03 - 3:18pm

Meeting ends with no move to save endangered fish as campaigners warn bluefin tuna stocks will continue to plunge unless urgent action is taken

Campaigners have warned that global stocks of bluefin tuna will continue their dramatic decline after Japan– by far the fish’s biggest consumer – and other countries failed to agree on new conservation measures.

A four-day meeting in Sapporo, northern Japan, of countries that monitor stocks in most of the Pacific Ocean, made no progress towards helping fish populations recover from decades of overfishing, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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The insects of doom

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/09/03 - 1:30pm

During a brief respite from the bank holiday rains, the garden of the small cottage where I was staying on the north Norfolk coast was suddenly filled with pristine red admirals.

This big, handsome red, black and white insect really is the quintessential September butterfly.

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Native American Goes Back To His Roots To Solve Garbage Problem On Reservations

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/09/03 - 1:25pm

The Navajo and Hopi tribes produce about 300 million pounds of waste a year. And there are few places to dump it, let alone recycle. The tribes do not have landfills — only overflowing waste transfer stations — so there are hundreds of illegal dump sites. One Hopi man is trying to change that.

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California Considers Sweeping Proposals To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/09/03 - 1:25pm

The state is often a step ahead of the status quo when it comes to environmental policy, and climate change is no exception. New legislation includes a plan to cut gasoline use in vehicles by half.

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'Shy' king cobra on the loose leads Orlando school to lock children inside

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/09/03 - 11:56am

Reptile experts urged local residents not to panic but deadly snake – who escaped from owner’s cage – has the venom to kill 20 humans

Children at a Florida school were locked indoors on Thursday as wildlife officials scoured the grounds for a venomous 8ft-long king cobra that broke free from a cage and slithered away from its owner’s home.

Staff at Clarcona elementary school in Orlando moved physical education classes and recess inside until the deadly snake, which authorities say has enough venom to kill 20 humans, was recaptured.

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George Osborne accused of 'disastrous' assault on green agenda

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/09/03 - 11:13am

Former minister Ed Davey says chancellor is pursuing ideologically driven campaign against renewable energy

Ed Davey, the former energy and climate change secretary, has accused George Osborne of putting tens of billions of pounds’ worth of private sector investment at risk with an assault on the green agenda he pioneered.

The Liberal Democrat said the chancellor was pursuing “bonkers economics” and an ill-advised and ideologically driven campaign against renewable energy that risked leaving the UK hopelessly dependent in the longer term on fossil fuels such as gas.

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Coast Guard: Tow Boat Collision On Mississippi Causes Oil Spill

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/09/03 - 10:26am

River traffic was halted on a portion of the waterway after the accident near Paducah, Ky. The maximum size of the Wednesday evening spill of clarified slurry oil is thought to be 250,000 gallons.

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