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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 2:26pm

As much as a third of the produce grown on some farms is rejected because it doesn't meet beauty standards. But it's still tasty and healthy. One big firm is now telling growers: Give us your uglies.

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Antarctic ice shelves are melting dramatically, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 12:54pm

Melting of floating ice shelves around the continent is accelerating, potentially unlocking extra sea level rise from larger ice sheets jammed behind them

The ice around the edge of Antarctica is melting faster than previously thought, potentially unlocking metres of sea-level rise in the long-term, researchers have warned.

A team of US scientists looked at 18 years’ worth of satellite data and found the floating ice shelves that skirt the continent are losing 310km3 of ice every year. One shelf lost 18% of its thickness during the period.

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UK's biggest plastic milk bottle recycler on brink of collapse

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 12:38pm

Chairman of Closed Loop Recycling admits company is nearing administration as it feels dual effects of oil price drop and supermarket price war

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UK and Norway to build world's longest undersea energy interconnector

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 11:14am

Signing in Oslo will launch construction of cable to provide power for almost 750,000 British homes by 2021

The UK and Norway are to build the world’s longest undersea interconnector – a method of linking up electricity and gas networks – to provide enough low-carbon energy for almost 750,000 British homes.

National Grid and Statnett, the Norwegian transmission system operator, are due to sign the ownership agreement for the 450-mile (730km) interconnector at the British embassy in Oslo, on Thursday.

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UK faces European court over coal plant emissions

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 9:14am

Nitrogen dioxide emissions from Aberthaw coal plant in Wales found to be more than twice the legal limit

Brussels will haul the UK into court for breaching emissions limits of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NOx) at its coal-fired Aberthaw power plant in Wales, the bloc announced on Thursday.

The Aberthaw plant in the Vale of Glamorgan is currently operating under a permit allowing emissions of 1200mg of NOx per normal cubic metre (Nm3) – more than twice the 500mg limit set out in the EU’s large combustion plant directive.

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Colombian tribe scores ‘historic’ victory versus Big Gas

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 7:31am

State company Ecopetrol pulls out of drilling site in territories belonging to the indigenous U’wa people

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‘Green’ dam linked to killings of six indigenous people in Guatemala

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 6:24am

Indigenous people are being ‘terrorised’ after protests against a mega-dam backed by European development banks, whose carbon allowances will be tradable on the EU’s emissions trading system

A planned mega-dam in Guatemala, whose carbon credits will be tradable under the EU’s emissions trading system, has been linked to grave human rights abuses, including the killing of six indigenous people, two of them children.

Several European development banks and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) have provided funds for the $250m (£170m) Santa Rita dam.

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Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 6:05am

The biggest fall in emissions since 1990 saw carbon dioxide output drop by almost a tenth while energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures show

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4% last year, as household energy consumption slumped, the use of coal for electricity generation fell, and policies on climate change took effect, according to government statistics released on Thursday.

Carbon dioxide output fell by almost a tenth, as renewable energy generation rose to a new record high, accounting for nearly a fifth of electricity.

Related: UK households used 14% less energy last year but still paid more

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Health of millions at stake in emissions curb ruling, environmentalists warn

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 6:05am

Supreme court weighing rules to limit polllution from US power stations but some states and industry bodies say regulations would hurt the economy

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UK households used 14% less energy last year but still paid more

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 4:47am

Household bills continued to rise despite a drop in energy use in 2014, attributed to warmer weather driving down demand for heating

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Leaders of European cities make pledge to tackle climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 1:40am

Representatives of 30 cities gather in Paris to sign declaration that will also commit them to use their €10bn purchasing power to buy eco-friendly

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Full text of climate change statement signed by 26 European mayors

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 1:39am

Declaration entitled: ‘In response to the challenge of global climate change, a European commitment and local solutions’

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UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 12:00am

Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite view

A study on which the UK government bases its position that neonicotinoid pesticides do not threaten bees may actually be the first conclusive evidence that they do, according to a leading bee scientist.

Dave Goulson, a professor of biology at the University of Sussex, reanalysed a 2013 study on the effect of the world’s most heavily used pesticides on bumblebees by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera).

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Cane toads by the million lined up for export to China as anti-cancer remedy

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/25 - 11:04pm

Researchers at the University of Queensland hope to send ‘premium cane toads’ after discovering their venom has anti-cancer properties

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RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch confirms many species still declining

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/25 - 11:01pm

Starlings and house sparrow numbers dwindling as survey reveals long-term downward trend despite overall boost to populations due to a warm winter and bumper harvests

The number of backyard researchers in the world’s biggest citizen science survey was up this year, but participants found populations of many bird species continued to decline.

More than 585,000 people took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch. The survey took place over a January weekend, as it has for the past 36 years.

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Deer at a distance

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/25 - 10:30pm

Holme Fen, Cambridge What about the incisors that give the animal the appearance of a doe-faced Dracula? Were they really visible here or did imagination fill in the toothless gaps?

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GM crop farmer told to reveal if he was backed by Monsanto in legal battle

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/25 - 3:39pm

Judges tell West Australian canola farmer to say if he had help from industry after winning battle against neighbour who lost organic certification

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Will Norway divest from giant Indian firm because of the Amazon?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/25 - 2:41pm

Yet another recommendation to blacklist Reliance Industries could be made following developments in oil operations in Peru

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Hungry hybrid termites cause alarm in Florida

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/25 - 2:31pm
  • Destructive Asian and Formosan termites may have started to breed together
  • ‘That’s big news – they’re bad ones’ says Department of Agriculture
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