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Why give this succour to the hunting and shooting lobby?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/04/04 - 4:12pm

The RSPB and attitudes towards shooting and countryside management

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Crowdsourcing funds will put solar panels on every school roof

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/04/04 - 4:05pm

Labour says schools would benefit by average of £8,000 a year and spread understanding of sustainability

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Coping With California's Drought

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2015/04/04 - 2:17pm

In a week when Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions, NPR's Arun Rath talks with reporter Kirk Siegler about his visit to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where the snowpack so vital to the state water supply is dramatically absent.

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A Norwegian company's plan to make ice cubes out of glaciers unsettles some

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/04/04 - 6:06am

A tiny coastal town in Norway is about to become home to an ambitious enterprise that will turn a diminishing glacier into a high-end cocktail cooler. Is there cause for alarm?

Glomfjord, Norway, is a coastal town of 1,120 residents just north of the Arctic Circle. For decades, it was home to a chemical plant that produced ammonia. After it was shuttered in 1993, two Norwegian solar power entrepreneurs saw an opportunity, and Renewable Energy Corporation began making solar panels in the former ammonia plant in 1997. Sadly, lower manufacturing costs in Asia forced REC to move its domestic production overseas, and it closed its doors in Glomfjord three years ago.

Now, a startup company called Svaice is occupying that old factory, and aims to make a very low-tech product – ice cubes – from an abundant (yet diminishing) local resource: glaciers.

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In pictures: Nicaraguan farmers resist Grand Canal, the world's largest construction project

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/04/04 - 6:00am

Former Contra militants unite with old Sandinista enemies to stop construction of Nicaragua’s Grand Interoceanic Canal, which would consume their land

La Uniòn is a 2,000-person farming community in Nicaragua. It is slated, along with other communities, to be sacrificed to industrial progress at the hands of the Hong Kong-funded Grand Canal, the largest construction project in the history of the world.

Some of the farmers living there fought against President Daniel Ortega in the war that tore through Nicaragua in the 1980s. During that war, Ortega called himself a fighter “against the domination [by] the capitalists of our country”.

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Hunters of the twilight zone

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/03 - 9:29pm

Clun, Shropshire The nematode form of a stoat, its tail-tip a thrashing epicentre of darkness, described flick-flacks, intent on luring down its prey

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Big fish, big money: the business case for conservation in Australia's marine parks

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/04/03 - 9:12pm

A trip to North Solitary Island on the NSW north coast highlights the business case for pristine conservation areas. The latest dispatch from Guardian Australia’s ocean correspondent on extraordinary environments under threat

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California's Ongoing Drought Hits Water Recreation Businesses

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/04/03 - 1:29pm

California's ongoing drought isn't just hurting the pocketbooks of farmers. Rafting companies, ski areas and other businesses and towns that depend on water for recreation are also being hit hard.

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Controversial mine threatens Indonesian dive mecca

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 9:00pm

Activists are taking legal action to try and stop mining on the tiny Indonesian island of Bangka, a hotspot of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle.

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Rich harvest of the storm

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 9:00pm

South Uist The seaweed intended for later use on the fields is scooped up in huge bites by tractor and left to rot in great whiffy mounds

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Cassowary death toll from cars and dogs prompts calls for urgent protection

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 6:50pm

As many of the endangered birds have been killed so far this year as in the whole of 2014, Queensland government data shows

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California Water Experts Explore How To 'Live With' Long-Term Drought

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 2:58pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Doug Parker, director of the California Institute for Water Resources at the University of California, about longer-term measures California can use to fight drought.

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Everyone praises green Copenhagen. But what if your city has 20m people?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 10:39am

The mayors of Latin America’s biggest cities gathered in Buenos Aires for the C40 forum last week to discuss their techniques for fighting climate change – but are buses, bicycles and recycling enough in a region that’s 80% urbanised?

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Why Corporate America is reluctant to take a stand on climate action

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 8:37am

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan might be the only hope the US has to make a real dent in the climate change battle. So why aren’t more companies onboard?

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Hinkley Point C nuclear project workers face layoff

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 8:37am

Up to 400 constructors at site of new nuclear power station could be laid off as preparation work comes to end before final investment decision by owner EDF

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Northern fires caused almost a quarter of global forest loss, study shows

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 8:21am

Forest fires destroyed vast areas of woodland in Canada and Russia between 2011 and 2013, greatly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, satellite data reveals

Vast areas of forest in Canada and Russia were lost to fire in 2013, according to new satellite data. But there were encouraging signs from Indonesia, where the loss of forest cover fell to the lowest level in a decade.

Scientists from Global Forest Watch collated 400,000 images of the Earth’s surface to map the world’s forests down to a resolution of 30 metres. Their findings showed that overall the world lost 18m hectares of forest in 2013.

As many as 90-95% of fires in Russia are ignited by human interventions ... This is very different to North America.

Indonesian forest losses bucked their recent trend by falling​ in 2013​ to their lowest level in a decade

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If King’s College London really wants to be a ‘force for good’, it must divest

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 6:42am

Our campaign for King’s to divest from fossil fuel companies has garnered widespread support, yet it seems we are talking into a void

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Ants on New York City's streets survive on junk food and meat, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/04/02 - 6:32am

Eating human food may be an advantage to ant species found on pavements as opposed to species leaving in parks and other green spaces

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