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WA students call for Bjørn Lomborg's $4m for climate research to be rejected

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 9:23pm

The Australia Consensus Centre will include a key role for Bjørn Lomborg, who many believe plays down the effects of climate change

Students at the University of Western Australia are calling on the vice-chancellor to reject $4m in federal government funding for a controversial research centre.

The university announced this month the establishment of the Australia Consensus Centre, which will commission economists to “generate evidence and rational arguments” that will “result in the adoption of smarter, more cost-effective policies”.

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In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 1:26pm

The Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for clean, renewable geothermal power in Washington state. But environmentalists are worried about damage to streams and old-growth forests.

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BP Oil Spill Anniversary Highlights Changes In Industry Safety Standards

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 1:19pm

Offshore oil industry safety standards have been scrutinized since the BP spill five years ago. It happened when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing over 3 billion barrels to gush out.

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Humpback whales, endangered no more? Most may be removed from list

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 12:57pm

NOAA devises 14 population segments to allow them to protect those that need help most but activists say the whales are too ‘complicated’ for such judgment

Most of the world’s humpback whales could soon be taken off the endangered species list.

On Monday, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed that humpbacks be split into 14 population segments, allowing for 10 populations to be removed from the endangered list.

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EU delays ban on halogen bulbs

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 7:51am

Ban on inefficient bulbs is delayed two years after lobbyists argue that LED alternatives are not ready to replace them, reports ENDS Europe

EU member states have voted to postpone a ban on inefficient halogen light bulbs by two years – to 2018.

The controversial delay was backed by member state experts in a tight vote on Friday. It is the first time that the EU has rolled back an agreed product efficiency measure.

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Australia could source 100% of power from renewables by 2050, report finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 7:49am

WWF/ANU report says all Australia’s energy needs could come from renewables by 2050, without massive costs or depressing economic growth

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UCL and Soas staff tell their universities to divest from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 6:54am

More than 200 staff write to boards of universities calling for them to send a signal and ensure investments are in line with institutional values

More than 200 staff at two London universities have called on their employers to join the global fossil fuel divestment movement, as a number of UK universities prepare to make decisions on whether to keep their shares in companies that drive climate change.

Two letters signed by academics and staff from University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London were delivered to the boards of the universities on Monday.

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The biggest story in the world: episode 5 – economics

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 6:30am
Larry Elliot, the Guardian's economics editor sets out to do something no economist has yet managed; to figure out the maths of keeping it in the ground. What would happen to the global economy and would we face a global recession? Continue reading...
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EU Holds Emergency Meeting After Migrant Boat Capsizes; Hundreds Feared Dead

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 6:22am

With 28 survivors reported and 24 bodies recovered, only a fraction of the hundreds of people who were reportedly on board are accounted for.

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Why I took part in a human 'oil slick' to protest about Wellcome's investments

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 6:01am

The Wellcome Trust has invested over £150m in research to eliminate malaria – but climate change will cause an increase in the disease

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Grass-to-gas plant could be UK's answer to fracking, says Ecotricity

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 4:29am

Anaerobic digestion plant in Gloucestershire would heat 6,000 homes and require 1,600 hectares of land to keep it supplied

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Russia's leading environmentalist flees to Estonia

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 4:01am

Yevgenia Chirikova, a campaigner who opposed a road through ancient forest and previously won prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, leaves Russia

Russia’s leading environmentalist whose fierce campaigning once threatened the interests of some of the country’s richest men has moved to Estonia to ensure she is not separated from her children.

Yevgenia Chirikova, 38, is best known for a 2010 campaign opposing the construction of an $8bn (£5.34bn) road linking Moscow and St Petersburg. Chirikova’s investigations shed light on some of the murkier aspects of a project that is partly owned by president Vladimir Putin’s childhood friend.

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Why these six environmentalists won the 2015 Goldman Prize – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 3:30am

From Phyllis Omido, who battled to close a plant in a Kenyan slum that was poisoning its inhabitants and her baby, to Berta Cáceres, who campaigned against the construction of the Agua Zarca dams, these are winners of this year’s ‘Green Nobels’, which will be awarded in Washington

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Hillary Clinton's green path to the White House: will she be 'careful' on climate?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 3:00am

‘There’s really no reason for people who care about climate to be excited about her,’ environmental activists warn amid questions from pollsters and donors

After years of watching climate change fail to emerge as a central issue in US presidential elections, environmental activists are warily eyeing a coded message from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair that this might finally become the cycle when the future of the planet gets top billing.

The advocates are not just wondering about voters and their priorities, which a new wave of billionaire backers insist are at a “crossroads”. They are worried about the candidate herself.

Related: Hillary Clinton: six big questions liberals want her to answer – now

Helping working families succeed, building small businesses, tackling climate change & clean energy. Top of the agenda. #Hillary2016

They all agree that we need to approach the issue from an economic standpoint. Doom and gloom really isn’t going to sell

Related: Ted Cruz embodies Republican climate change dilemma

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Revealed: government knew of farm poisoning risk but failed to act

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 2:53am

Documents show officials knew of danger from chemical mandated for sheep dipping that left hundreds of farmers with debilitating health problems, prompting politicians to call for Hillsborough-style inquiry

Government officials knew of the dangerous health risks to farmers using a chemical treatment in the 1980s and 1990s but still refused to end its compulsory use, documents reveal for the first time.

At least 500 farmers across the UK were left with debilitating health problems after using organophosphate-based (OP) chemicals to protect their sheep against parasites, whose use was mandated by government until 1992.

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Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 1:30am

Researchers at Purdue are using software to mine tweets for data that can help warn that a dangerous storm is approaching. But the data may not always be reliable and analyzing it can be tricky.

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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 12:47am

The 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig set off an environmental and economic catastrophe. Towns and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast are still struggling to rebound.

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Labour launches green manifesto nine years after Cameron hugged husky

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/04/19 - 10:00pm

Party promises to establish energy efficiency as national infrastructure priority, and make UK energy supply virtually carbon free by 2030

Labour has promised to retrofit 5m homes over the next decade, making them warmer and cheaper to heat, and to create a million new green jobs.

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This is the land where I belong

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/04/19 - 9:30pm

Ards Peninsula, County Down I can’t explain why, presented with only this simple scene, but I know that I will be happy here

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'East African Erin Brockovich' wins prize for closing polluting lead smelter

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/04/19 - 8:01pm

Phyllis Omido awarded Goldman prize environmental award after battling to close a plant in a Kenyan slum that was poisoning its inhabitants and her baby

Call her the Erin Brockovich of east Africa. They haven’t made the movie yet, but Phyllis Omido has a heroic tale to tell of forcing the closure of a lead smelting plant that was poisoning the inhabitants of a Kenyan slum – including her own baby.

It would be a terrifying moment for any mother. Her baby was rushed to hospital with a mystery illness. “At first we thought it was malaria or typhoid, but doctors found he was suffering from lead poisoning.” The lead must have come from the smelter where Phyllis had recently started work as a community liaison officer.

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