Environment

'Surprisingly rapid' rebound in carbon emissions post-lockdown

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 10:30am

Busier roads to blame, with fears of worse to come as workers shun public transport

Carbon dioxide emissions have rebounded around the world as lockdown conditions have eased, raising fears that annual emissions of greenhouse gases could surge to higher than ever levels after the coronavirus pandemic, unless governments take swift action.

Emissions fell by a quarter when the lockdowns were at their peak, and in early April global daily carbon dioxide emissions were still down by 17% compared with the average figure for 2019, research published last month in the journal Nature Climate Change found.

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Indigenous-run firm behind Collinsville coal-fired plant says Coalition used it 'as a pawn'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 10:30am

Shine Energy, run by Indigenous traditional owners, is yet to receive $4m in funding and doubts support is genuine

The company behind a proposed new coal-fired power plant in Queensland has questioned whether the Coalition used it as a pawn to help win last year’s federal election, saying it is yet to receive $4m in funding and doubts whether support for the project is genuine.

Shine Energy, run by Indigenous traditional owners from Birri and Widi country, said it was not confident it would get the promised funding for a feasibility study into a 1,000 megawatt coal station at Collinsville despite four federal ministers releasing a statement in February confirming it had been awarded.

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Canadian conservation officer fired for refusing to kill bear cubs wins legal battle

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 10:20am

Casavant shot mother black bear under province policy but was suspended and eventually fired for not killing cubs

A conservation officer in Canada who was fired for refusing to kill two black bear cubs has won a protracted legal battle over his termination.

“I feel like the black clouds that have hung over my family for years are finally starting to part,” Bryce Casavant told the Guardian. “But the moment is bittersweet – my firing should have never happened in the first place.”

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The UK's barn owls are growing in number – and for once it's thanks to humans

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 3:00am

Up to 80% of these distinctive birds now nest in man-made boxes, though encouraging them to set up home takes time, finds one Guardian writer

My mum fist-pumped when I told her I had seen a barn owl using a nest box on our farm. She has been trying to coax them in since she moved here 35 years ago. 

There were signs the owls might be thinking of settling down – we found a pellet (regurgitated fur and bones from rodents) at the base of a nest box in February and splatters of poo below another box. Then last week the eureka moment came when one flew out of a box. 

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X marks the spot: treasure hunters in shock after reported $2m find in Rocky Mountains

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 2:30am

Reactions to the announcement by eccentric millionaire Forrest Fenn that his hoard had been found range from surprise to delight and disbelief

Treasure hunters have reacted with shock, delight and disbelief to the news that a chest containing gems, gold and antiques worth up to $2m has reportedly been found in the Rocky Mountains.

“I’ve had every emotion under the sun,” said Sacha Dent of Kansas, who dedicated years to a quest that resulted in the deaths of up to five people.

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Yosemite Welcomes Back Visitors After Coronavirus Closure

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 2:00am

Yosemite National Park reopens Thursday after nearly three months of closure because of the pandemic. Local businesses are beginning to reopen as well, and many visitors are eager to return.

(Image credit: Ezra David Romero/CapRadio)

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Backlash grows over Greek energy deregulation law

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 12:00am

Campaigners fear damage to protected regions by companies exploiting their resources

The Greek government is facing growing opposition over a controversial environmental super-law passed when debate and public consultation were curtailed by lockdown measures imposed as a result of the pandemic. 

Resistance has intensified as part of a grassroots revolt over legislation that critics contend will irrevocably change the face of Greece. 

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