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Ecotricity founder to grow diamonds 'made entirely from the sky'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 5:01pm

UK millionaire Dale Vince says lab-grown gems will be ‘world’s first zero-impact’ diamonds

A British multi-millionaire and environmentalist has set out plans to create thousands of carats of carbon-negative, laboratory-grown diamonds every year “made entirely from the sky”.

Dale Vince, the founder of green energy supplier Ecotricity, claims to have developed the world’s only diamonds to be made from carbon, water and energy sourced directly from the elements at a “sky mining facility” in Stroud.

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Gray Wolves To Be Removed From Endangered Species List

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 1:42pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing federal protections for gray wolves in the contiguous U.S., saying the species' recovery is a success. Wildlife groups are promising to sue.

(Image credit: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife/AP)

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Gray Wolves To Be Removed From Endangered Species List

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 1:42pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing federal protections for gray wolves in the contiguous U.S., saying the species' recovery is a success. Wildlife groups are promising to sue.

(Image credit: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife/AP)

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Trump administration ends gray wolf's endangered species protections

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 12:18pm

Conservationists warn move comes too early for species occupying a tiny slice of its former habitat

The Trump administration has removed endangered species protections from the gray wolf, a species once persecuted to near-extinction in the US, in a move that has been condemned as premature by conservationists.

The wolves have been provided federal protection for more than 45 years but this is no longer needed according to David Bernhardt, the US interior secretary, who announced the decision in Minnesota on Thursday.

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Protecting nature is vital to escape 'era of pandemics’ – report

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 7:00am

Halting destruction of wild places could slow frequency of deadly outbreaks, say scientists

The world is in an “era of pandemics” and unless the destruction of the natural world is halted they will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people and affect the global economy with more devastating impact than ever before, according to a report from some of the world’s leading scientists.

The emergence of diseases such as Covid-19, bird flu and HIV from animals was entirely driven by the razing of wild places for farming and the trade in wild species, which brought people into contact with the dangerous microbes, the experts said.

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2020 likely to be one of warmest years on record despite La Niña

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 4:00am

Climate crisis exacerbates extreme weather during natural events, say experts

La Niña climate event is under way, heralding a colder and stormier winter than usual across the northern hemisphere, but 2020 remains likely to be one of the warmest years on record.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has declared La Niña event – a cooling of surface ocean water along the Pacific coast of the South American tropics – to help governments and humanitarian agencies plan for extreme weather events around the world.

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As Biotech Crops Lose Their Power, Scientists Push For New Restrictions

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 2:00am

Some of the first GMOs – corn and cotton plants that have been genetically modified to fend off insects – are running into problems. Bugs have become resistant to them because they've been overused.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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As Biotech Crops Lose Their Power, Scientists Push For New Restrictions

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 2:00am

Some of the first GMOs – corn and cotton plants that have been genetically modified to fend off insects – are running into problems. Bugs have become resistant to them because they've been overused.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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Djab Wurrung people win injunction to halt roadworks and protect significant trees

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 1:25am

Work on highway in western Victoria stopped for three weeks following supreme court action by local activists

The Victorian government has been ordered to stop work for three weeks on a highway duplication in the state’s west that local Indigenous leaders say threatens culturally significant trees.

Transport authorities on Thursday offered to halt major works on Djab Wurrung cultural sites as a legal battle over the highway duplication on sacred land escalated.

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Tory MPs are right: the north needs a renaissance – but it's got to be green | Owen Jones

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/10/29 - 12:00am

Places hollowed out by deindustrialisation could be at the forefront of an environmental revolution

Here are two news stories which may not seem linked, and yet they are. The first: a letter written this week to the prime minister by the newly formed Northern Research Group. Representing 50 Conservative MPs in northern seats – including those wrested from Labour control after generations – they rightly point to how the pandemic “has exposed in sharp relief the deep structural and systemic disadvantage faced by our own communities”, and express fear that the cost of the crisis “could be paid by the downgrading of the levelling-up agenda, and northern constituencies like ours will be left behind”.

Related: Investors and graduates flock to UK's burgeoning windfarms

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Nationals call for ANZ boycott after bank's push for net zero emissions

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/10/28 - 8:31pm

Bank says it will stop lending to its largest customers unless businesses have carbon transition plans

A climate change commitment from ANZ to halt lending to its largest customers unless the businesses can prove carbon transition plans by next year has been cautiously welcomed by conservationists, but enraged senior Nationals MPs.

ANZ’s new emissions policies, outlined in a climate change statement at its full year results presentation on Thursday morning, aim to support efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – but not net zero gas or oil by 2050 – with significant steps to be taken by the 2021 financial year to shape the bank’s operations until 2030.

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Global heating threatens UK wildlife’s ability to adapt and survive

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/10/28 - 5:01pm

Restoring and connecting habitat across Britain could save a fifth of species by 2030, says report by Rewilding Britain

Global heating is shifting Britain’s climatic zones by up to 5km each year, outpacing wildlife’s ability to adapt and survive, according to a new report by Rewilding Britain.

If species cannot adapt to higher temperatures or relocate elsewhere, they will be threatened with extinction.

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Trump to gut protections in Alaska’s Tongass forest, the ‘lungs of the country’

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/10/28 - 11:43am

Administration to permit logging in the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest

The Trump administration has announced it will lift protections in Alaska’s Tongass national forest, permitting logging in the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest.

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Amazon removes 'eco' badge from flushable wipes and Donald Trump toilet paper

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/10/28 - 9:17am

Environmental campaigners raise concerns over sustainability of some eco-friendly items

Disposable nappies, cotton buds , pet food and novelty Donald Trump toilet paper were among the products on sale on Amazon’s new eco-friendly section of its website, prompting concerns about the sustainability of some of the products on offer.

The world’s biggest online retailer launched the new section of the website on Tuesday in the UK and Europe with more than 40,000 items on the new platform chosen for their sustainability credentials.

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Deluged by floods, America’s ‘oldest city' struggles to save landmarks from climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/10/28 - 8:05am

St Augustine, Florida, was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers. Flooding has been a threat for centuries and is worsening with rising tides

The holiday season in St Augustine, Florida, is approaching, and residents are looking ahead to the annual Nights of Lights festival – a months-long tradition that sees millions of white lights strung along every corner of the city’s historic downtown.

But an old enemy is rearing its head: the sea. Increasingly, residents have to wear rain boots just to get to their cars and plan their commutes to avoid roads that are flooded with salty sea water.

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Wyoming Is Using Dark Money To Help Keep Coal Plants In Other States Open

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/10/28 - 2:00am

Wyoming is quietly supporting action elsewhere to preserve its coal-dependent economy. Experts on money in politics say they've never seen this before and find it troubling.

(Image credit: Danny Johnston/AP)

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Wyoming Is Using Dark Money To Help Keep Coal Plants In Other States Open

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/10/28 - 2:00am

Wyoming is quietly supporting action elsewhere to preserve its coal-dependent economy. Experts on money in politics say they've never seen this before and find it troubling.

(Image credit: Danny Johnston/AP)

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The world's banks must start to value nature and stop paying for its destruction

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/10/28 - 12:30am

As a new report spells out how financial institutions contribute to biodiversity loss, the clamour is growing for a new approach

The scientific community has long been unequivocal about biodiversity destruction. Last month, the UN reported that the world had failed to meet fully any of the 2020 Aichi bioiversity targets that countries agreed with fanfare in 2010, even as it found that biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate, and the pressures driving this decline are intensifying.

This week’s Bankrolling Extinction report finds that financial institutions provide the capital that is funding over-exploitation of our lands and seas, putting biodiversity in freefall. Last year, the world’s 50 biggest banks provided $2.6tn (£1.9tn) in loans and other credit to sectors with a high impact on biodiversity, such as forestry and agriculture. Bank by bank, the report authors found a cavalier ignorance of – or indifference to – the implications, with the vast majority unaware of their impact on biodiversity.

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Private investigator hired by Adani secretly photographed activist's daughter on way to school

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/10/27 - 9:59pm

Exclusive: investigator’s affidavit shows he surveilled and followed anti-Adani activist Ben Pennings’ wife and daughter

A private investigator working for Adani took covert photographs of an environmental activist walking his nine-year-old daughter to primary school, court documents have revealed.

The affidavit of the investigator – who was instructed by lawyers representing Adani in its civil case against activist Ben Pennings – also revealed he surveilled Pennings’ wife, trawled her Facebook page and followed her to work.

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Australian PM's office omits net zero emissions from account of Morrison's talk with Johnson

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/10/27 - 7:35pm

UK record of conversation stresses ‘ambitious targets to cut emissions and reach net zero’, but account released by Australian PM’s office does not mention the target

Scott Morrison has declared the British government understands that Australia’s mid century emissions reduction targets will not be set by London or by Europe, because Boris Johnson embarked on his own act of “sovereignty” by withdrawing the UK from the European Union.

The Australian PM’s comments followed the release of official readouts – with different emphases – after a conversation about climate change between the two leaders on Tuesday night.

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