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W.Va. Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions About Newer Tankers

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 3:12am

Authorities are investigating what caused a freight train hauling crude oil to derail and explode into flames. The rail cars that ruptured were newer tankers designed to be more puncture resistant.

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W.Va. Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions About Newer Tankers

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 3:12am

Authorities are investigating what caused a freight train hauling crude oil to derail and explode into flames. The rail cars that ruptured were newer tankers designed to be more puncture resistant.

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W.Va. Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions About Newer Tankers

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 3:12am

Authorities are investigating what caused a freight train hauling crude oil to derail and explode into flames. The rail cars that ruptured were newer tankers designed to be more puncture resistant.

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The rise of cycle touring – from crazy to cool

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 3:05am

When Trevor Ward cycled to the Sahara in the 1980s his roadie friends laughed at him. Now, plenty of roadies are swapping carbon racers for steel touring bikes and the UK is set to have its first cycle touring festival

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Fossil fuel industry protests over 'risky' assets warning from energy secretary

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 11:00pm

Oil and gas industry expresses concern in a letter to Ed Davey about his comments on fossil fuel assets becoming unburnable to stop dangerous climate change

The fossil fuel industry was deeply “unsettled” by comments from energy secretary Ed Davey raising the prospect that their assets could be rendered worthless by global action on climate change, according to a letter of protest sent to the secretary of state.

Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil and Gas UK, which represents the industry, wrote to Davey saying he was “perplexed” by the “conflicting and confusing messages” and accused him of making investment in the North Sea less attractive. The letter was released to the Guardian under freedom of information rules.

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Cries of gulls echo over the steps towards the mystery of King Arthur

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 10:30pm
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Great Barrier Reef polluters face tougher action under Queensland's new government

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 2:28pm

Labor government appoints state’s first ever reef minister as it steps up plan to avoid the UN listing the ecosystem as ‘in danger’

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World's biggest offshore windfarm approved for Yorkshire coast

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 11:37am

Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project will cover 430 sq miles and is expected to generate enough electricity to power nearly 2m homes, supporting 900 jobs

Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank.

The project, more than twice the size of the UK’s current biggest offshore windfarm, is expected to cost £6bn to £8bn and could fulfil 2.5% of the UK’s electricity needs.

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Minister's claims that solar panels harm UK food security are false

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 10:09am

Documents from environment secretary Liz Truss’s own department reveal they lack any data to back up claims used to justify removal of subsidies from farm land with solar panels

British food security is not being harmed by the spread of solar panels in the countryside as claimed by the UK’s environment secretary, documents from her own department reveal.

Liz Truss told farmers last October that they would no longer receive agricultural subsidies for land that had solar power on, saying the “ugly” panels were “a blight on the countryside and villages” and were pushing production of meat and produce overseas.

Related: Are solar farms really hitting British food production?

Related: The strange new world of evidence-free government | Zoe Williams

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Oliver Rackham, tree writer, leaves behind big boots to fill

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 8:39am

Botanist, academic and nature writer who wrote books on countryside, woodlands and trees

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Privatisation of UK woodlands is happening by the backdoor

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 6:03am

Plans to build luxury holiday cabins, majority-owned by venture capitalists, in public forests put protected wildlife and their habitats at risk

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MPs’ pension fund at risk from fossil fuel investments, Caroline Lucas warns

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 4:00am

Trustees ignoring risk of financial impact of companies not able to use their carbon reserves due to climate concerns, say a group of 11 MPs and two Lords

The £487m MPs’ pension pot is in danger of taking a financial hit due to the failure of its trustees to acknowledge the economic risk posed by fossil fuel investments, a group of 11 MPs and two Lords have warned.

The trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund were challenged last year by the group, which include Green party MP Caroline Lucas, to shift its investments from oil and coal companies because of widespread fears that they are overvalued.

Related: Fossil fuel divestment: a brief history

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Biofuel from trash could create green jobs bonanza, says report

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 3:26am

Advanced biofuels industry could spur hundreds of thousands of jobs across Europe, says new report, but key European parliament vote next week could throw clean fuel ambitions into disarray

Creating biofuels from waste produced by industry, farms, and households could generate 36,000 jobs in the UK and save around 37m tonnes of oil use annually by 2030, according to a new report.

Across Europe, hundreds of thousands of new jobs could be created by using these ‘advanced biofuels’, which could replace 16% of the continent’s road transport fuel by the same year, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) study said. But the gains will not come without ambitious policy to promote advanced biofuels, it warned.

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A stroll in the saltmarshes

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 10:29pm
Morston, Norfolk: The seablite is so quietly green it’s only just this side of that chromatic boundary that marks out the living from the dead Continue reading...
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'Rewilding' dingoes could help reverse decline of Australia's native wildlife

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 8:02pm

Scientists say altering dingo-proof fencing to allow the predators into a NSW national park to prey upon pests could help restore balance to the ecosystem

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Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 2:00pm

Physicist Robert Davies worked with a classical quartet and two visual artists to create a musical performance about climate change. The music and images, he says, help the information take hold.

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Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 2:00pm

Physicist Robert Davies worked with a classical quartet and two visual artists to create a musical performance about climate change. The music and images, he says, help the information take hold.

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Can the CIA weaponise the weather?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 10:43am
A leading climate-change scientist has warned that the US secret service’s interest in geoengineering technology may not be benign. But it’s not the first time a government has tried to control weather patterns

Using the weather as a weapon to subjugate the globe sounds like the modus operandi of a James Bond villain, but a senior climate scientist has expressed concern over the US intelligence services’ apparent interest in geoengineering.

Geoengineering seeks to combat climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or by increasing the reflectivity of the earth – with clouds or even space dust – to reduce the sun’s warmth.

Related: Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears

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Is Hawaii’s solar power surge slowing down?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 10:43am

The leading US state in rooftop solar per capita is facing financial and technical hurdles in its drive to generate 40% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030, reports Yale Environment 360

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Ineos tries to reassure Grangemouth employees on site's future

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 9:51am

Grangemouth chief tells staff plant has at least 15 years’ supply of US ethane

Ineos has sought to reassure 1,300 staff at its Grangemouth petrochemical plant that it has a long-term future after one executive warned that a fracking moratorium had cast doubts over the business.

Gary Haywood, the executive leading the company’s fracking plans, told a conference last week that Scotland’s biggest manufacturing plant, also one of the country’s biggest employers, could only rely on cheap supplies of US-sourced ethane gas for up to 15 years. After that, gas from local fracking projects would be needed, Haywood indicated.

Unless we can develop an indigenous source, it is unlikely that the cracker [at Grangemouth] has a long-term future

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