Mozambique Is Racing To Adapt To Climate Change. The Weather Is Winning

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 2:27pm

Two major cyclones and a prolonged drought in 2019 are a reminder that Mozambique's residents are on the front lines of climate change. And they do not have all the resources they need.

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Trump Vs. Toilets (And Showers, Dishwashers And Lightbulbs)

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 11:12am

There is both policy and politics behind President Trump's unusual applause lines about about his frustrations with the way low-flow toilets flush.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Climate crisis linked to at least 15 $1bn-plus disasters in 2019

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 6:08am

Christian Aid report highlights costs of floods, fires and storms around the world

Climate breakdown played a key role in at least 15 events in 2019 that cost more than $1bn (£760m) in damage, with more than half of those costing more than $10bn each.

Extreme weather including floods, storms, droughts and wildfires struck every inhabited continent in the past year, causing devastation and loss of life. Christian Aid, which tracked climate-related destruction in 2019, said the costs in human terms and insured losses were likely to have been underestimated.

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Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 4:00am

Exclusive: London has highest level yet recorded but health impacts of breathing particles are unknown

Microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers, with research revealing that London has the highest levels yet recorded.

The health impacts of breathing or consuming the tiny plastic particles are unknown, and experts say urgent research is needed to assess the risks.

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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 3:00am

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible

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'Mother Nature recovers amazingly fast': reviving Ukraine's rich wetlands

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 2:00am

In the Danube delta, removing dams and bringing back native species have restored ecosystems

A battered old military truck and rusting Belarusian tractor are perched on the edge of degraded wetland in the heart of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. They have been hastily deployed in a desperate attempt to save an excavator from being swallowed by the squelching earth beside the obsolete Soviet dam it is trying to demolish.

In the 1970s, 11 earth dams were built on the Sarata and Kogilnik rivers as a crude alternative to footbridges to access the area’s aquifers.

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Australian miners hit by biggest thermal coal price drop in more than a decade

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 1:23am

Drop comes as usage in Europe and the US declines and China tightens use of imported coal

Australian coal exporters have experienced the biggest annual drop in thermal coal prices in more than a decade during 2019, raising doubts about industry projections that demand will continue to grow.

The spot price of thermal coal, which is burned to generate electricity, was US$66.20 ($95) last week, down more than a third from US$100.73 ($145) a year earlier.

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Italy creates Europe's first plastic-free ski resort

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 11:00pm

Pejo 3000 in Trentino cuts use after discovering nearby glacier contained microplastics

An Italian ski resort is endeavouring to become the first in Europe to ban plastic after discovering that a nearby glacier contained a significant amount of microplastics.

The use of plastic bottles, bags, cutlery, plates, straws, cups and condiment sachets was banned when the slopes opened at Pejo 3000, a small resort in Val di Sole, Trentino, in early December, and other measures will be enacted over the season.

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Hot blob: vast patch of warm water off New Zealand coast puzzles scientists

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 8:29pm

Area of water in the Pacific Ocean off NZ is 6C hotter than normal, possibly due to a lack of wind in the region

A spike in water temperature of up to 6C above average across a massive patch of ocean east of New Zealand is likely to have been caused by an “anti-cyclone” weather system, a leading scientist says.

Appearing on heat maps as a deep red blob, the patch spans at least a million square kilometres – an area nearly 1.5 times the size of Texas, or four times larger than New Zealand – in the Pacific Ocean.

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Inquiry ordered into insufficient insurance for flood-hit homes

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 5:01pm

Environment secretary seeks another review, as flood victims promised further £1m

Ministers have ordered yet another review into why some flood-hit homes cannot get insurance and promised another £1m to help those affected after around 100 homes were hit over Christmas.

Theresa Villiers, the environment secretary, said she was commissioning an inquiry into why some flooded communities were unable to get sufficient insurance, despite an agreement between insurers and the government in 2015 that was supposed to mean everyone would have access to affordable cover.

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UK weather 'attracts migrant species but threatens native ones'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 5:01pm

National Trust reports influx of species in 2019 but says climate is putting native wildlife at risk

Volatile weather led to an influx of exciting migrant species in 2019 but is putting pressure on some homegrown flora and fauna, according to an annual audit of the UK’s environment.

Many unusual birds and butterflies ended up on UK soil over the past 12 months, whisked in by high winds or attracted by unseasonably hot spells, and there was good news for native grey seals, dragonflies and wildflowers, the survey from the National Trust reveals.

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Jane Fonda On Climate Change And Civil Disobedience (Rebroadcast)

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 9:30am

The Hollywood icon trades the red carpet for the Capitol steps.

(Image credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for GCAPP)

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Trawlers return to Pacific fishing area in rare environmental success story

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 7:39am

With stocks rebounding, regulators have reopened a groundfish habitat off the west coast – with environmentalists’ support

A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the US west coast.

After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen – those who use nets to catch rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and other deep-dwelling fish – are making a comeback here, reinventing themselves as a sustainable industry less than two decades after authorities closed huge stretches of the Pacific Ocean because of the species’ depletion.

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Too Much Ice In Anchorage

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 3:01am

Winter in Anchorage, Alaska, is defined by snow, but as the climate warms, recent winters have seen more ice. It's a trend that's led to safety concerns and new measures to cope.

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More US voters than ever care about climate – but will they go to the polls?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 12:00am

New poll shows climate and environment the top priority for 14% of voters, raising prospect of large turnout for green issues

A growing share of voters list climate and the environment as their top priority, according to a new poll from the Environmental Voter Project.

Of the registered voters surveyed, 14% named “addressing climate change and protecting the environment” their No 1 priority over all other issues, compared with 2% to 6% before the 2016 presidential election.

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