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An emerald gem among the shimmering white lilies

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 9:30pm

Loch Bran, Highlands the brilliant emerald dragonfly, despite its name, is elusive and difficult to see

This small loch is only about 10 hectares, irregularly shaped and shallow. Lying two kilometres east of Loch Ness, it is nationally important for its dragonflies and damselflies. Slavonian grebes often nest there and, unusually, there are large colonies of both frogs and toads in the extensive shallow water. Brown trout rise to the fly and occasional “plops” on the open water give away their presence. The loch is also unusual in supporting the fairly rare fish, the arctic char. Butterflies include the northerly Scotch argus and the localised speckled wood, which has had a poor season so far this year.

However, despite all these attractions, what stole the show on my visit last week were the white water-lilies (Nymphaea alba). Known in Gaelic as duilleag-bhaite bhan (white drowned leaf), they fringed the undulating margins of the shallower western parts of the loch. As I stared down at the shimmering white blossoms, I recalled John Clare’s lines “Again spread out their leaves of glossy green; / And some, yet young, of a rich copper gleam” (Water-lilies, 1820). The floating flowers are up to 20 cm across with 20-25 large white or pink-tinged petals contrasting with the mass of bright yellow stamens.

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Queensland plans 1,600km string of fast-charging stations for electric cars

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 8:52pm

The state’s first solar-powered fast-charging station is to be built in Townsville, and the government is offering small businesses a plan to help reduce costs

Queensland wants to build a string of charging stations for electric cars stretching more than 1,600km along the Bruce Highway.

The state government has called for expressions of interest to build Australia’s first solar-powered fast-charging station for electric cars in Townsville and says this is just the first of many.

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Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 1:33pm

California's ongoing drought has forced many almond growers to use groundwater on the thirsty crop. The problem: That water is high in salt, and it's killing almond trees.

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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 1:28pm

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.

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Stray alligator found wandering the streets of New York City has died

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 12:52pm

Police found the 3ft-long alligator in the Inwood neighborhood of upper Manhattan on Thursday and took it to an animal care center, where it later died

A stray alligator found wandering Manhattan streets has died, according to a statement from animal control officials of New York City.

The New York Police Department’s 34th precinct found the 3ft-long alligator in the Inwood neighborhood of upper Manhattan on Thursday and took it to the animal care center. On Twitter, police posted a photo of the alligator, saying, “So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave in Inwood...no, really.”

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Olive oil prices surge due to drought and disease in Spain and Italy

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 11:42am

Producers say this year’s harvests are worst they have seen, as consumer demand begins to outstrip supply

Salads have rarely been so expensively dressed after a combination of drought and disease pushed the price of olive oil up 10% so far this year, amid warnings from suppliers that harvests are the worst they have seen.

The Italian government has declared a “state of calamity” in the provinces of Lecce and Brindisi on the heel of the country, where olive groves are being attacked by a bacterial disease nicknamed “olive ebola” . Up to 1m centuries-old olive trees could be felled in one of the most picturesque tourist spots of Italy in an attempt to contain the problem.

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Marshall Islands urge Australia to follow its ambitious climate goals

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 10:35am

It might be one of the world’s smallest countries but the Marshall Islands has set an ambitious target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions - and it wants Australia to do the same, reports The Age

It might be one of the world’s smallest countries but the Marshall Islands has set an ambitious target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions – and it wants Australia to do the same.

In a submission to the United Nations climate change negotiations, the tiny Pacific Island nation has vowed to cut its emissions by 32% from 2010 levels by 2025.

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Investors could lose $4.2tn because of climate change, report warns

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 10:28am

Investments in fossil fuel companies face serious risk from global warming, research by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows

Private investors stand to lose $4.2tn (£2.7tn) on the value of their holdings from the impact of climate change by 2100 even if global warming is held at plus 2C, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has warned.

If firm action is not taken at the forthcoming climate change talks in Paris and the Earth’s temperature warms by a further 5C then investors are facing losses of almost $7tn at today’s prices, new research shows.

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Kenya pledges to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 10:21am

Pledge ahead of Obama visit and UN climate summit in Paris is welcomed by campaigners as evidence countries can develop without fossil fuels

Kenya has pledged to cut its carbon emissions 30% below business-as-usual levels by 2030, ahead of a landmark UN climate summit in Paris later this year.

The East African country is a very small carbon emitter in global rankings, on a par with Singapore and Mongolia, but the move was hailed by campaigners as evidence that developing countries could develop without fossil fuels.

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Green news roundup: green policies under the Tory axe and 'killer' seagulls

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 8:39am

The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inbox

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Wild boar numbers on the rise despite cull in the Forest of Dean

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 8:21am

Survey reveals population has nearly doubled to over 1,000 despite significant increase in number of animals culled every year

Wild boar numbers in the Forest of Dean have nearly doubled since 2013 despite an increase in the number culled, according to the Forestry Commission.

Results of an annual thermal imaging survey estimate the population is now more than 1,000 animals.

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The nine green policies killed off by the Tory government

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 7:21am

Onshore wind, solar, green homes ... we round up the measures that have gone under the knife in what some are calling the worst period for UK environmental policy in 30 years

Amber Rudd has been accused of “grotesque hypocrisy” today for claiming the government is leading on climate change while overseeing a string of attacks on green policies. Some environmentalists say it’s the worst period for environmental policy in three decades.

We’ve rounded up the green measures that have been axed or find themselves in the firing line, to show the breadth and scale of the changes.

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Moo or false: do cow farts contribute to climate change? – quiz

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 7:00am

How savvy are you about the unexpected forces affecting our planet? Take this quiz to find out

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Protesters film slaughter of hundreds of whales in the Faroe Islands

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 5:57am

Seven Sea Shepherd protesters arrested for allegedly interfering in the annual hunt that they say has killed about 250 pilot whales in a day

Faroese villagers have slaughtered about 250 pilot whales in the past 24 hours according to Sea Shepherd activists monitoring the traditional summer hunts in the north Atlantic islands.

The whale pods, which migrate past the islands in July and August, were herded by flotillas of small boats on to two beaches where villagers waded into the water to kill them with lances.

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The oyster fishers of Prince Edward Island – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 5:26am

Photographer Cj Gunther documents the Hardy family from Canada, who have farmed oysters in East Bideford, Prince Edward Island, for four generations. Leslie Hardy, who bought the family business from one of his brothers when it was passed down from their father, works with his other brothers, four sons, a daughter and many of his 36 grandchildren

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Tory attacks on green policies signal dark times ahead for the environment | Tony Juniper

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 5:00am

The UK government has embarked on a disastrous environmental agenda, that has little to do with evidence and everything to do with ideology

The last few months mark the worst period for environmental policy that I have seen in my 30 years’ work in this field. The attacks on renewable energy, the scrapping of zero carbon homes and the resumed use of pesticides that are known to kill birds and beneficial insects are among the policy reversals that confirm we are into a new and troubling period.

The basis for the lurch backwards has been predicated on managing public money and the cost of living, when if fact neither are backed by evidence. Take the fact that more than 40% of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (Decc) budget is spent on nuclear waste management, and yet this technology, which will take years to make a material difference to our energy security, remains favoured by policy while renewable technologies that could deliver more quickly and cleanly are being undermined.

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Badger cull could be rolled out to three new regions in England

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 4:49am

After controversial pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset, farmers call for culls in three more ‘TB hotspot’ areas in south-west England

The controversial badger cull in England could be rolled out to three new regions within weeks, with Natural England currently considering new applications from farmers.

The culls, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, have been piloted for the last two years in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The pilots have repeatedly missed their targets for badgers shot, been judged inhumane and have been dismissed by scientists as a failure.

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I support solar energy because of my Tea Party beliefs — not despite them | Debbie Dooley

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 4:30am

Big energy utilities are attacking solar energy and limiting choice for ordinary Americans. Conservatives and progressives should unite to fight back

I am a lifelong conservative and, also, a strong advocate for solar energy. As I travel the country advocating for solar using a free-market message, I am seeing an awakening among conservatives in this area. There are many areas that conservatives and progressives strongly disagree on, but both are united in a desire to pass on a legacy of true energy independence to future generations of Americans. The right to solar energy is an American issue – not a partisan one.

America was founded on the principles of liberty and freedom, but unfortunately in many states there are regulatory barriers erected by the government that prohibits the freedom of choice for utility customers – especially when it comes to switching to solar.

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Woman attacked by seagull shows head wound – video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 4:13am
A Cornwall resident is left with a head wound after a seagull attack in Helston. Sue Atkinson, 66, tells ITV News West Country that the bird swooped down on her unprovoked. The county, in south-west England, appears to be the hotspot for attacks this summer, with some residents calling for a cull of the gulls Continue reading...
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UK suspends ban on pesticides linked to serious harm in bees

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/24 - 4:13am

Farmers allowed to use two neonicotinoid pesticides on their crop for 120 days despite concerns over serious risk to bees and other pollinators

Farmers will be able to use blacklisted pesticides linked to serious harm in bees after the UK government temporarily lifted an EU ban.

Opponents called the decision “scandalous” and criticised the government’s secrecy, which The Guardian revealed has included gagging its own expert advisers. But prime minister David Cameron defended the move. “We should follow the science,” he said.

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