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'Their Purpose Has Been Served': Standing Rock Leader Asks Protesters To Leave

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 2:27pm

A day after the Army Corps of Engineers blocked the proposed route for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribal leader said "nothing will happen" until the Trump administration begins.

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Al Gore Meets With Donald And Ivanka Trump In Search For 'Common Ground'

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 2:26pm

Gore has spent decades warning about the dire consequences of unchecked, man-made climate change, while Donald Trump regularly called climate change "a hoax" during his presidential campaign.

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Pet sounds: why birds have much in common with humans

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 12:20pm

An expert on Australian native species says birds can have empathy, grieve after the death of a partner and form long-term friendships

It is generally quite well-known that kookaburras live in family groups: a bonded male and female, plus a retainer of their offspring. Numbers matter in kookaburra society because a neighbouring tribe may have its eye firmly on the expansion of territory – and may invade a smaller group.

This means the injury and eventual death of one bird – most crucially of one of the parent birds – can have disastrous effects for the remaining group. They could be evicted from their home, which is likely to lead to their death.

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Opposition to public funding for Adani rail link outweighs support, poll finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 12:13pm

Poll commissioned by the Australia Institute finds 41% oppose funding the link between the coalmine and port in north Queensland while 26% support it

More Australians oppose the idea of funding infrastructure for the Carmichael coalmine than support it, although Queenslanders are more evenly split, a new poll has found.

The Research Now poll commissioned by the Australia Institute, released on Tuesday, found that 41% opposed funding construction of infrastructure to help the Adani coalmine, compared with 26% who supported it and 33% who were undecided.

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Australia's energy transmission industry calls for carbon trading

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 12:00pm

Emissions intensity scheme is the least costly way of reducing greenhouse gases, Energy Networks Australia and Csiro say

Australia’s electricity and gas transmission industry is calling on the Turnbull government to implement a form of carbon trading in the national electricity market by 2022 and review the scope for economy-wide carbon pricing by 2027.

Energy Networks Australia warns in a new report examining how to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050 that policy stability and regulatory certainty are the key to delivering lower power prices and reliable electricity supply.

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Experts warn against axing green army without restoring Landcare funding

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 12:00pm

Academic decries what he describes as yet another bait-and-switch to reduce overall spending on conservation in Australia

Scrapping Australia’s “green army” without restoring Landcare funding to pre-2014 levels would further weaken community conservation efforts, experts have said.

The Turnbull government is reportedly set to abolish the derided environmental program – to the dismay of its creator and greatest champion, the former prime minister Tony Abbott.

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Standing Rock activists stay in place, fearing pipeline victory was a 'trick'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 11:41am

Though the US denied a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, many worry that the Trump administration and the pipeline company could reverse the decision

Native American activists at the Standing Rock “water protector” camps vowed to remain in place the morning after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, with many expressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration and potential legal action from the pipeline company could reverse their victory.

Related: Dakota Access pipeline: US denies key permit, a win for Standing Rock protesters

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'Human swan' completes three-month journey – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 8:39am

Sacha Dench, known as the ‘human swan’ completes her three-month-long paramotor journey from Russia to the UK on Monday. Dench made the record breaking 4,500 mile trip to raise awareness for the dwindling Bewick swan population. The journey followed the migratory path the swans undertake each year. The final leg of the trip involved crossing the Channel

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Ancient shellfish used for purple dye vanishes from eastern Med

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 8:24am

Red-mouthed rock shell was one of main sources of Tyrian purple and study blames its collapse on rising sea temperatures

The shellfish that was one of the main sources of Tyrian purple – one of the most storied and valuable trading products in the ancient world – has disappeared from the eastern Mediterranean coast, amid warnings of an ongoing multi-species collapse blamed on global rises in sea temperatures.

Described by Aristotle and Pliny among other ancient writers, Tyrian purple or imperial purple was a dye extracted from shellfish along the Levant coast and favoured by emperors and kings in a trade of huge value. Associated with royalty, clothes with purple in them were believed to convey high status.

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Standing Rock is a modern-day Indian war. This time Indians are winning | Martin Lukacs

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 7:35am

A historic growing movement for Indigenous rights is a key to protecting land and water and preventing climate chaos

As Indigenous peoples faced off against armed police and tanks near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Dakota, theirs wasn’t just a battle over a pipeline. It was a battle over a story that could define the future of America.

The Obama administration’s decision yesterday to refuse the Dakota Access pipeline permission to complete its construction has now shaken up that story. Its old version was that Indigenous peoples have always been in the way of progress, their interests a nuisance or threat, their treaties a discardable artifact. In that story, the American heroes forged on these high plains of the west were never the Indians: they were the gold-diggers or gamblers, the cowboys or cavalry.

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Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, says Cecil the lion scientist

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 6:08am

Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, according to the Oxford University scientist who had studied Cecil the lion for years before the animal was killed by an American dentist.

A new report by Prof David MacDonald for UK ministers concluded that strictly regulated hunting of lions could provide a financial incentive to protect areas of wild lion habitat from being destroyed, which is the biggest threat to the big cats. But MacDonald said the UK should ban the import of any lion trophies from hunts that failed to prove their sustainability.

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Google timelapse shows changing earth – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 5:39am

Google Earth timelapse show how the earth has changed over 32 years. A series of videos highlight the changing faces of urban and natural environments across the globe. Google combined over 5 million satellite images acquired over the past three decades by five different satellites to create the timelapses

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'Human swan' crosses Channel on her epic 4,500-mile migration

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 5:19am

Sacha Dench is first woman to cross the Channel in a motorised paraglider, as part of her journey following migrating birds from Russia to Britain

The conservationist and “human swan” Sacha Dench has become the first woman to cross the English Channel in a motorised paraglider during her epic 4,500-mile journey following migrating birds from the Russian tundra to Britain.

The 41-year-old made history crossing the Channel on her paramotor after an eventful 10-week flight accompanying the annual migration of Bewick swans to better understand the reasons for their declining numbers.

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Sea Shepherd activists set sail for Antarctic to battle Japanese whalers

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 4:46am

Fast new patrol vessel built with Dutch, British and Swedish lottery funds aims to challenge Japan’s defiance of international court ruling on whaling

Two ships have left Australia bound for the freezing Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in an annual high-seas battle, the environmental activist group Sea Shepherd has said.

The organisation’s flagship, Steve Irwin, departed for Antarctic waters on Monday along with a fast new patrol vessel, Ocean Warrior, built with financial support from the Dutch, British and Swedish lotteries.

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Al Gore: climate change threat leaves 'no time to despair' over Trump victory

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 4:00am

Former vice-president expects backlash from environmentalists against Trump and hopes Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will join fight

The urgent threat of climate change means there is “no time to despair” over the election of Donald Trump, according to former vice-president Al Gore, who hopes that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will join an escalated climate campaign against the president-elect.

Related: 'Putting lipstick on a pig': experts on why Obama is lending Donald Trump a hand

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Fake news tries to blame human-caused global warming on El Niño | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 4:00am

Climate scientists and real science journalists pushed back, holding the post-truth crowd accountable

Human carbon pollution is heating the Earth incredibly fast. On top of that long-term human-caused global warming trend, there are fluctuations caused by various natural factors. One of these is the El Niño/La Niña cycle. The combination of human-caused warming and a strong El Niño event are on the verge of causing an unprecedented three consecutive record-breaking hot years.

Simply put, without global warming we would not be seeing record-breaking heat year after year. In fact, 2014 broke the temperature record without an El Niño assist, and then El Niño helped push 2015 over 2014, and 2016 over 2015.

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Sadiq Khan to spend £770m on London cycling initiatives

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 2:00am

Mayor’s proposed investment gets near levels seen in cycle-friendly nations such as Netherlands and Denmark

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has promised to spend £770m on cycling initiatives over the course of his term, saying he wants to make riding a bike the “safe and obvious” transport choice for all Londoners.

Following criticism that Khan has not been as bold as his predecessor, Boris Johnson, in committing to new bike routes, and amid increasing worries about air quality in London, Khan’s office has set out what is described as a hugely ambitious programme to boost cyclist numbers.

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George Christensen backs $1bn federal loan for Adani railway line

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 1:36am

But an analyst warns that it is not clear which part of the sprawling Indian conglomerate would receive the money

The conservative backbencher George Christensen has backed the idea of the controversial mining company Adani getting a $1bn loan from the Turnbull government for a rail line in his Queensland electorate.

But an analyst has warned the government would have to conduct strict due diligence to ensure the loan was not funnelled through the Cayman Islands tax haven.

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Dakota Access pipeline: US denies key permit, a win for Standing Rock protesters

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 12:27am

Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, handing a major win to environmental activists

The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline.

Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced the decision on Sunday, with the army saying it was based on “a need to explore alternate routes” for the crossing.

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We can't bank our future on Malcolm Turnbull's climate change magic pudding | Pat Conroy

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2016/12/04 - 10:36pm

Not only is the government taking short cuts on climate change, it is setting future generations up for a massive cleanup bill

Malcolm Turnbull’s climate change record is the equivalent of an athlete running 7km instead of 42km and claiming to be the greatest marathon runner of all time. Not only is he taking shortcuts, he’s setting future generations up for a massive clean-up bill.

This is because Australia is banking its environmental and fiscal future on a climate change magic pudding.

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