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California drought: no snow to replenish reservoirs for the first time in 75 years - video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 4:31pm
The 1 April snowpack survey indicates how much water California will have in its reservoirs after its wet season. For the first time in 75 years, the snow course contains no snow whatsoever. Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a 25% reduction in statewide water use as experts say a massive response is needed to confront California's drought, now running into its fourth year Continue reading...
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California Governor Announces First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 1:32pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions Wednesday. The move coincides with new figures that show snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is at a historic low.

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Call for action on pollution as emissions linked to respiratory illnesses double

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 12:22pm

Study shows over the past five years industry doubled its emissions of a type of fine particle called PM10, linked to asthma and bronchitis

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Australia's blind spots on the road to Paris climate deal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 12:00pm

Countries are submitting their plans on climate change to the United Nations while Australia seems reluctant to think about a 2C global warming target

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South Pacific coral hit by warmer waters

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 10:18am

Expert says return of El Niño conditions means global die-off increasingly likely, though it may not be as severe as in 1998 and 2010

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Polar bears face starvation as unlikely to adapt to a land-based diet, says report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 10:00am

New research casts doubt on the theory that polar bears could survive habitat loss as sea ice declines by foraging for food on land

Polar bears face starvation as their frozen habitat shrinks because they will not adapt to land-based foods, according to new research.

As the sea ice around the Arctic declines, scientists have theorised that the great bears may adapt to forage and hunt on land. But in a report published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology on Wednesday, scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS) said it was doubtful polar bears could find salvation in the caribou, goose eggs and berries of the north.

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Syracuse University to divest $1.18bn endowment from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 9:09am

Following a two-year student campaign, the American university has publicly committed to divestment and to investing in clean energy technologies

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Jonathan Franzen: climate campaigns killing the birds?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 7:29am

The author’s suggestion in a New Yorker essay this week that bird populations would thrive if we gave up the fight on climate change is ‘nonsense’ say conservationists

In Jonathan Franzen’s 2010 novel Freedom, lauded for its biting critique of the US environmental movement, a conservationist enters a Faustian pact with a coal miner. He cuts a deal in which a community of 200 families are to be relocated and a mountain denuded in return for the creation of a sanctuary for warblers.

In this week’s New Yorker, Franzen flirts with his own protagonist’s folly by proposing to protect birds by giving up on the fight to slow down climate change. A suggestion that has angered and confused bird conservationists across the world.

“The Earth as we now know it resembles a patient whose terminal cancer we can choose to treat either with disfiguring aggression or with palliation and sympathy. We can dam every river and blight every landscape with biofuel agriculture, solar farms, and wind turbines, to buy some extra years of moderated warming. Or we can settle for a shorter life of higher quality, protecting the areas where wild animals and plants are hanging on, at the cost of slightly hastening the human catastrophe,” says Franzen.

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Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 7:28am

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallow fields and emergency water measures.

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Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 6:39am

GMG becomes largest fund yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies in a move chair Neil Berkett calls a ‘hard-nosed business decision’ justified on ethical and financial grounds

The Guardian Media Group (GMG) is to sell all the fossil fuel assets in its investment fund of over £800m, making it the largest yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies.

The decision was justified on both financial and ethical grounds, said Neil Berkett, GMG chair: “It is a hard-nosed business decision, but it is influenced by the values of our organisation. It is a holistic decision taking into account all of those things.”

Related: Why the Guardian Media Group is getting out of fossil fuels | Neil Berkett

Related: 10 myths about fossil fuel divestment put to the sword

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'Why we are divesting from fossil fuels', Guardian Media Group chair Neil Berkett - video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 6:38am
GMG chair Neil Berkett announces that the company that owns the Guardian will divest its investment fund of over £800m from fossil fuels. The move follows the Guardian's Keep it in the ground campaign to press large investors to sell their shares in oil, coal and gas companies.

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Wildlife on your doorstep: April

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 4:00am

April promises springlike conditions for northern hemisphere wildlife, while their southern hemisphere counterparts are in the midst of autumn. We’d love to see your photos of the April wildlife near you

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Spawning, yawning and on the prowl: your March wildlife photos

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 4:00am

We asked you to share your March pictures of the wildlife around the world with which we share our outdoor spaces. Here’s our pick of the best

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'What are the Wellcome Trust using their access to the boardroom for?'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 3:00am

The foundation argues that engaging with fossil fuel companies is more effective than divestment. This avoids the core issue, argues campaigner Tim Ratcliffe

In a recent article in the Guardian Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, suggests that engaging with fossil fuel companies is a more constructive strategy than divesting from them.

Related: Wellcome Trust rejects Guardian's calls to divest from fossil fuels

We consider individual companies on their merits, including the extent to which they meet their environmental responsibilities, when we decide whether or not to invest or stay invested.

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Minimal Sierra Nevada Snowpack Will Not Ease California's Drought

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/04/01 - 2:01am

The latest figures on the California drought are expected to be released on Wednesday. The state's snowpack, a major source of water for the rest of the year, is at the lowest level on record.

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Seasonal splash of colour from wild flowers is fading away

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/31 - 9:29pm

Wenlock Edge In the most environmentally aware decades the loss of wild plants has accelerated

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Jeremy Clarkson tours Guardian HQ after joining fossil fuel divestment drive - video

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/31 - 4:01pm
Former Top Gear presenter meets Guardian staff following his decision to back campaign for fossil fuel divestment in an effort to 'regain the trust of the British public' Continue reading...
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Jeremy Clarkson joins Guardian drive for fossil fuel divestment

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/31 - 4:00pm

Former Top Gear presenter says being sacked by the BBC was a ‘wake-up call’ as he joins host of celebrities backing climate change campaign

Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels

The disgraced former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has become the latest celebrity to support the Guardian’s campaign for fossil fuel divestment.

Following what he described as a “dark night of the soul”, Clarkson said he hoped to “regain the trust of the British public” by dedicating his time and financial resources to sustainable energy, road safety and forging mutual understanding and tolerance between people of different cultures and religions.

Related: Jeremy Clarkson dropped by BBC after damning report into attack on producer

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Antarctica records unprecedented high temperatures in two new readings

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/31 - 3:40pm

Two temperature readings register ominous new potential measurements of accelerating climate change

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Whale watchers spot fourth newborn among endangered orcas

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/31 - 2:59pm

Population of killer whales that swim in Washington state waters experiences baby boom as fourth newborn is spotted off British Columbia

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