Environment

MEPs vote to firm up national bans on GM crops in Europe

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/11 - 2:05am

European Commission proposal to prevent national bans on environmental or health grounds is defeated

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From the archive, 11 November 1958: Glasgow police appeal for return of radioactive capsule

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 10:30pm

The highly dangerous Cobalt 60 alloy capsule was removed from a stand at an energy exhibition in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

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In the mood for moorhens

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 10:30pm
Claxton, Norfolk The briefest encounter suggests a blend of rodent and reptile as a charcoal blur snakes into cover Continue reading...
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How the G20 subsidises exploration for fossil fuel  interactive

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 5:01pm

Governments from G20 countries are spending $88bn (£55.4bn) to subsidise the search for new oil, gas and coal reserves more than double the amount being spent by the top 20 private oil and gas companies. The UK, for example, is spending $664m for exploration in Russia, Brazil, India and Ghana among other nations, according to the Overseas Development Institute and Oil Change International who gathered the data. Click on the buttons below to see where 10 selected countries are directing their funds in the search for fossil fuels

Read: rich countries subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by $88bn a year

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Rich countries subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by $88bn a year

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 5:01pm

US, UK, Australia giving tax breaks to explore new reserves despite climate advice that fossil fuels should be left buried

Fossil fuel exploration subsidies mapped

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Climate change 'will see more UK forces deployed in conflicts around world'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 12:18pm

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, one of the UKs most senior military figures, says global warming is a risk to geopolitical security

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Apec: China blocks access to US air pollution data for Beijing

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 8:41am
Chinese websites and apps drop embassys air quality readings after other measures fail to cut pollution for international summit Continue reading...
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Governments agree on new protections for polar bears

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 7:17am

Convention on Migratory Species meeting in Ecuador adds listings for Cuvier’s beaked-whale, and 21 shark, ray and sawfish

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We must manage global warming risks by cutting carbon pollution, top scientists conclude

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 7:00am

The latest IPCC report details the immense risks posed by failing to mitigate global warming

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Woodland Trust photography competition – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 6:54am

From golden sunset on the beach to harvest mouse dangling on blackberries and kingfishers snacking up on insects, here is a selection of some of the best wildlife and nature images on the Wild Summer theme picked from over 6,000 entries

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How the world uses coal  interactive

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 6:23am

China and the US have agreed a historic deal to cut carbon emissions but both countries are still huge consumers and producers of coal, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel. Drag the slider below to see how coal use has changed in the past few decades and click the future button to see whats to come. Data: EIA

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Is Barack Obama's climate change policy working? Not in coal country – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 6:06am
Obama has said he's done more than any other president to fight climate change, but America still gets 40% of its electricity from coal. Suzanne Goldenberg gained rare access to the North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming, one of the largest coal mines in the world, to see how the industry is fairing in an increasingly carbon constrained world Continue reading...
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The real story of US coal: inside the world's biggest coalmine

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 6:00am

Despite Obama’s pledge to cut carbon emissions, production at North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming is booming - and climate change is off the agenda. Suzanne Goldenberg gets a rare look inside the biggest coalmine in the world

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In the world’s biggest coalmine, even a 400 tonne truck looks like a toy. Everything about the scale of Peabody Energy’s operations in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming is big and the mines are only going to get bigger – despite new warnings from the United Nations on the dangerous burning of fossil fuels, despite Barack Obama’s promises to fight climate change, and despite reports that coal is in its death throes.

At the east pit of Peabody’s North Antelope Rochelle mine, the layer of coal takes up 60ft of a 250ft trough in the earth, and runs in an uninterrupted black stripe for 50 miles.

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From rainforest to your cupboard: the real story of palm oil - interactive

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 6:00am

You wash with it, you brush with it, you toast it, its in 50% of what you buy but whats the real story of palm oil? Use the interactive below to trace the journey of palm oil from the rainforest through to your kitchen cupboard

Does the story of palm oil affect your buying habits?

Put your palm oil questions to a panel of experts in our online live chat

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UK proposes shale gas sovereign wealth fund

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 5:07am

George Osborne says money from shale gas production could create fund for north of England, reports BusinessGreen

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The BBC: still getting it wrong on cycling coverage

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 3:35am

It could have been much worse. But BBC Breakfast’s week-long focus on cycling still spent too long on trivialities like headphones

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Can sport change the way we think about the energy crisis?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 3:00am

Manchester United has pledged to turn its supporters into friends of the environment and its not alone

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Badger culls must be based on facts, not panic and bias

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 2:39am

Unless every single badger is killed, the survivors move around, resulting in an increase in bovine TB. But will politicians listen?

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Underwater monks and vampire squid: the bizarre beasts of Opulent Oceans  in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/11/10 - 12:00am

Drawn from 500 years of archives in the library at the American Museum of Natural History, this book documents the often fantastical creatures that were believed to be living in the depths of the sea be they horses with webbed feet or stunningly rendered octopuses. Natural Histories: Opulent Oceans is published by Sterling Signature

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50 years ago: The dank recess known as Lud's Church

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2014/11/09 - 3:30pm

Originally published in the Guardian on 10 November 1964

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