Dakota Access Pipeline plan still on despite protests across the US and world

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 1:34pm

Rallies are taking place over $3.8bn North Dakota pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says threatens their water supply and cultural heritage

The company behind a controversial pipeline project near native American land in North Dakota has vowed to press ahead, despite the plan sparking protests across the world on Tuesday.

Protests are taking place in the US, Europe, Japan and New Zealand over the $3.8bn Dakota Access Pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims threatens their water supply and cultural heritage. Rallies have taken place in cities including New York City, Los Angeles and London, where an anti-pipeline banner was dangled in front of the Palace of Westminster.

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Supporters Speak Out In Favor Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 1:30pm

As protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline keep growing, those in favor of the project are beginning to speak out — even as the company stops work on the pipeline.

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Greens push to outlaw all mining in Great Australian Bight

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 12:01pm

Legislation would result in compensation being paid to companies who lose licences as a result of the law

All mining activity in the Great Australian Bight would be outlawed under legislation to be introduced to Parliament by the Greens.

The proposed legislation, moved by the South Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young, would put an abrupt end to BP’s controversial plans to drill for oil there, as well as that of the other companies with exploration licenses in the region: Santos and Chevron.

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The perfect hangover cure? Californian company makes snack bars from beer

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 11:09am

What started out as a fraternity experiment has now turned into a startup that recycles edible waste from breweries in its hometown

When Dan Kurzock started brewing his own beer in 2010, his fraternity brothers at the University of California, Los Angeles, were psyched. A frat with its own in-house brewery is about as good as it gets. Kurzrock’s popularity soared even more when he started to use the leftover grain from brewing to bake bread, the perfect hangover cure.

That’s what sparked the idea for ReGrained, a startup Kurzrock co-founded with fellow student Jordan Schwartz in 2013, which uses grain waste from small city breweries to make snack bars.

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Hugh Boyd obituary

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 9:59am

My friend Hugh Boyd, who has died aged 91, made a massive contribution to wetland and waterbird conservation at world level over six decades.

Hugh was recruited to Peter Scott’s groundbreaking team as the first research biologist at the Severn Wildfowl Trust (now the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, in 1949. Over the next 20 years, Hugh and the team exerted an immense influence encouraging younger ornithologists and developing “citizen science” networks of volunteer counters for annual monitoring of waterbird population sizes.

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Did this red-footed booby really fly all the way from the Galapagos to the UK?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 8:12am

An exotic visitor that pitched up on the south coast of England may have come partway by ship, wherever it really came from. Sadly rescuers are struggling to save it

It’s not every day that a red-footed booby lands on the shores of Britain. Yet on Sunday 4 September, a bedraggled specimen came to rest on the beach at St Leonards-On-Sea near Hastings on the south coast of the UK. According to a story on the Daily Mail website, the wayward bird was “6,000 miles from home”.

The blown-off-course booby was spotted by local resident Gail Cohen who was having brunch in her beach hut with a friend. She’d seen the species on a trip to the Galapagos so knew instantly that it was from far afield. “It went to sleep on the beach and I knew there was definitely something wrong so I called the rescue service,” she told the Mail. Since then, the RSPCA at nearby Mallydams Wood has been giving round-the-clock intensive care to the rarity.

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August ties with July as hottest month on record

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 7:02am

August continued the remarkable streak of record hot months in 2016, equalling July as the hottest month on record

In what has become a common refrain this year, last month ranked as the hottest August on record, according to NASA data released Monday. Not only that, but the month tied July as the hottest month the world has seen in the last 136 years.

August came in at 1.76˚F (0.98˚C) above the average from 1951-1980, 0.16C above August 2014, the previous record holder. The record keeps 2016 on track to be the hottest year in the books by a fair margin.

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Germans flock to swim with friendly dolphin in Baltic Sea

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 5:31am

Mammal allows swimmers to embrace it and appears to beckon children to play by nudging them with its nose

Related: Humans and dolphins are so similar – when will we stop persecuting them? | Philip Hoare

German children have been flocking to an inlet of the Baltic Sea lured by the promise of frolicking with a dolphin.

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Campaigners criticise UK government’s response to air pollution warning

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 4:41am

Formal response rejects measures urged by MPs to tackle dangerously high levels of air pollution in British cities

Campaigners have attacked the government for rejecting calls by MPs for greater action on air pollution, as severe pollution episodes were predicted for parts of the UK this week.

MPs warned in April that dangerously high pollution in British cities was a “public health emergency”, and told ministers to take further measures, including more clean air zones and a diesel scrappage scheme.

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Animal-free dairy products move a step closer to market

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 2:58am

San Francisco startup says its products taste identical but tackle guilty conscience of consumers concerned about large environmental footprint

After lab-grown meat, get ready for animal-free cow’s milk. A San-Francisco startup believes it has found a solution for the guilty conscience of consumers who love eating dairy ice-cream, cheese and yoghurt, but oppose factory-style farming and its environmental footprint.

Through a combination of yeast, cow DNA and plant nutrients, Perfect Day claims to have created a product identical in taste and nutritional value to cow’s milk, but without any udders involved.

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Australia to close Macquarie Island research base due to funding pressures

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 2:44am

Investigation found increasing OH&S risks and risks from ocean inundation at the base unless it had major upgrade

Australia will roll back its research activities at Macquarie Island and close its year-round base on the sub-Antarctic island in a move forced partly by funding pressures.

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) on Tuesday announced plans to close its permanent research station that has been operating since 1948 and instead use a network of field huts to be used by seasonal staff.

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'Unelected swill': One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts calls for Australia to leave UN

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 2:33am

Senator pours scorn on climate science and questions reliability of data from government departments and agencies

The One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has used his first speech to pour scorn on modern climate science, call for Australia to leave the United Nations and question the reliability of data from Australian government departments and agencies.

He railed against the level of taxation in Australia and thanked his colleagues in the Galileo Movement, such as Ian Plimer, the radio host Alan Jones and the late professor Bob Carter, for their constant questioning of climate science. He said he loved to ask questions to get to the truth, like Socrates.

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Rallies Planned Across The Country To Support N.D. Oil Pipeline Protesters

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 2:13am

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe vow to continue their protest against an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota. They're preparing for a long, cold winter.

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Electric cars could be charged at Shell service stations from 2017

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 2:01am

Emails released under FoI suggest the company is in advanced preparations to introduce the chargers on its forecourts from next year

Electric car charging points could appear alongside petrol pumps at Shell’s UK service stations as soon as next year, the oil giant confirmed after emails between the company and government officials revealed discussions on introducing them.

The company also asked the government how serious it is about wireless charging roads which could top up an electric car without the need to plug in, as mooted by Conservative MP Oliver Letwin.

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Brazil ratifies Paris agreement with pledge to sharply reduce emissions

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2016/09/13 - 1:56am

Move by Latin America’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases is further boost to climate deal after ratification by US and China

The Brazilian government has ratified its participation in the Paris agreement on climate change, a significant step by Latin America’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases that could spur other countries to follow suit.

With a landmass larger than the continental US, Brazil emits about 2.5% of the world’s carbon dioxide and other polluting gases, according to United Nations data.

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How can we better value water as global shortages start to threaten economies?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 11:10pm

With water shortages exacerbating inequalities and causing damage to economies, making sure the commodity is properly valued by all is essential

Water is essential for life, whether to irrigate crops, to manufacture goods, or for drinking, washing and cleaning. But the intensification of climate change, a growing population and increasing demands from cities, agriculture and industry – coupled with poor water governance – is driving acute water shortages around the world.

The World Bank predicts that by 2050 this scarcity will deliver a significant hit to the economies of Africa, central Asia and the Middle East, taking double digits off their GDP.

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Fast and lethal, the hobby plucks a martin from the air

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 9:30pm

Waltham Brooks, West Sussex I’ve seen hobbies hunt smaller birds in fast, level flight, but not attack as a peregrine would

Golden grass heads nod up and down in flowing waves at the insistence of the breeze. Lapwing are collecting around the edges of the pools in greater numbers than before, and there are also more gadwall and mallard paddling on the water as autumn draws in.

Clouds of soft brown and cream sand martins and black and white swallows – hirundines – dance low over the water. They turn and turn, wings flickering, then suddenly still, as they stall, float, and snatch at the midges rising into the air among them.

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Labor accused of being 'clean energy charlatans' after deal to cut $500m from Arena

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 8:38pm

Compromise in Coalition’s ‘omnibus’ savings bill met with disappointment by some in the pro-renewables sector

Labor has agreed to cut $500m from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, allowing the passage of $6.3bn of savings in the Coalition’s “omnibus” savings bill.

That will leave $800m for the agency to continue offering grants over the next five years, down from the $1.3bn it has.

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Can our need for a carbon-free future override our fears of nuclear energy?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 2:00pm

Unlike coal and natural gas plants that emit carbon emissions while producing electricity, nuclear generates none. So why aren’t more states getting onboard?

Nestled between Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee, the Watts Bar 2 nuclear power plant sits on 1,700 acres in an area friendly to nuclear power. It’s near Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which might be best remembered for its work on the Manhattan Project. The 1,150-megawatt plant is undergoing testing to go fully online this month, and will join the existing 1,100-megawatt Watts Bar plant, which already provides 650,000 area homes with electricity that emits zero carbon emissions.

When Watts Bar 2 is fully operational, it will be the 100th operating nuclear power plant in the US, the country with the most nuclear power stations in the world.

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