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Africa's health centre at the frontline of HIV research

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 10:01pm

Pioneering research at the Africa Centre in Mtubatuba, South Africa, is saving lives and changing our understanding of the resilient virus

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Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 10:00pm

The Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation fund health centres in the country, but remain invested in fossil fuel companies whose mining operations, it is claimed, have a profound impact on the health of local communities

Worried that his eyes and urine were turning a deep yellow, Gednezar Dladla made his way to a local clinic and was referred to a district hospital, where he was x-rayed, diagnosed with gallstones, and admitted for the night. Both institutions receive funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A day later, Dladla set off through the hills and valleys of rural Zululand to a village near his childhood home, where a group of men played cards in the shade of a tree. The environmental activist listened to their grievances about dust pollution, water shortages and lack of assistance from a local mine owned by Rio Tinto – whose investors include the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Related: Africa's health centre at the frontline of HIV research

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A jewelled biological controller

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 9:30pm

Allendale, Northumberland: Gleaming as if patinated in precious metals and gemstones, dock beetles are the organic farmer’s friend

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Oil company bosses' bonuses linked to $1tn spending on extracting fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 2:00pm

ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and BP pour funding into projects to unlock oil reserves – despite scientists warning they will lead to climate change disaster

Bosses at the world’s big five oil companies have been showered with bonus payouts linked to a $1tn (£650bn) crescendo of spending on fossil fuel exploration and extraction over nine years, according to Guardian analysis of company reports.

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In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 1:30pm

In Taiwan, businesses and residents have been learning to adapt to life with less water. The island country is coping with its worst drought in decades.

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How to keep wind turbines turning

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 1:30pm

Research from the University of Colorado on wind data from Australia, Canada and the US, shows careful spacing of turbines can keep the power on

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Flash Flooding Races Through Texas, Oklahoma After Record Rainfall

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 1:30pm

Severe storms are creating massive flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Great Plains. Meteorologists say this downpour most likely ended the years long drought for that portion of the West — but it comes at a high cost.

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California oil spill company slightly downgrades size of pipeline leak

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 10:34am
  • Plains All American says 101,000 gallons released – 4,200 less than believed
  • One sea lion, nine pelicans and untold numbers of fish killed

Related: California oil spill despoils coastline in tar-blackened reprise of 1960s disaster

Plains All American Pipeline, the company which owns the pipeline at the centre of an oil spill off the coast of California, on Monday downgraded the amount of oil it says spilled in a worst-case scenario.

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Swifts migrate from Beijing to southern Africa without landing

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 9:41am

New research uncovers mystery of migration route of bird that spends up to three years in the air after leaving its nest

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World leaders missed chance to tackle climate change, says economist

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 9:07am

Nicholas Stern tells the Hay festival the global economic crisis was a perfect opportunity to make progress on climate change – and we missed it

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Warning: don't get stung by scare stories about giant jellyfish or other beasts of the deep

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 9:03am

No summer is complete without reports of terrifying marine creatures threatening holidaymakers – this year it’s the turn of the relatively harmless barrel jellyfish

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Isle of the sea eagle: 'It's our version of the wolf'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 8:47am

Britain’s biggest bird of prey is back from extinction and thriving on Mull. It’s great news for wildlife tourists, but the sheep farmers are yet to be convinced

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Climate change could bring misery for hay fever sufferers

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 8:26am

Warmer weather increasing spread of ragweed pollen, which not only causes severe allergic reactions but extends hay fever season to autumn

Climate change could help a notorious invasive weed known to trigger severe allergy attacks gain a foothold in the UK, experts have warned.

Ragweed, or Ambrosia artemisiifolia, is native to North America but has been spreading rapidly across warmer parts of Europe since the 1960s. It is still rare in the UK, but by 2050 could be scattering pollen throughout much of England, inflicting new levels of hay fever misery, research suggests.

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Second Shell protester leaves Arctic oil exploration ship in Washington state

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 5:59am
  • Chiara D’Angelo was attached to anchor chain of Arctic Challenger vessel
  • Matt Fuller had earlier given up environmental protest in Bellingham Bay

Related: Shell's Arctic oil exploration rig draws hundreds in protest at Seattle port

A woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of an Arctic oil-drilling support ship since Friday night ended her protest north of Seattle on Monday.

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Solar aircraft to be flown across the Pacific in world record bid

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/05/25 - 2:07am

Longest solo plane flight in history will be attempted in Solar Impulse II aircraft powered by nothing but sunlight

A Swiss pilot and his craft powered by nothing but sunlight will launch an attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean on Monday in what will be the longest solo plane flight in history.

For five days and nights, André Borschberg and his solar aircraft will battle exhaustion, discomfort and technological limitations as they cross the lonely 5,000 miles of ocean that swallowed Amelia Earhart 78 years ago.

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Moses and Paul Obeid targeted by ACCC over Hunter coal licence

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/05/24 - 10:59pm

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to pursue civil proceedings against Obeids and three Cascade Coal executives

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A climate change poem for today: X by Imtiaz Dharker

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/05/24 - 10:30pm

UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy curates a series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change

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The devil’s birds reveal their tender side

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/05/24 - 9:30pm

Bristol This is an aerial holiday park: the swifts are here for the local cuisine and to find romance

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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2015/05/24 - 3:03pm

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.

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