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UN: drought in Central America has pushed 2.5m people into food insecurity

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 12:09pm

Subsistence farmers, farm labourers and low-income families especially at risk as UN warns of ‘creeping humanitarian crisis’

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Lima climate conference week two – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 10:15am

From high-level sessions of international delegates to an alternative People’s Summit and Climate March, here are the highlights from the UN’s climate change conference in Lima

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Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 9:43am

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.

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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 7:27am

On the final day of the latest round of climate talks, rich and poor nations meeting in Lima, Peru, have yet to agree on the central issue of emissions targets.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 5:33am

One of the world’s last northern white rhinos, a two-headed salamander tadpole and Britain’s weather bomb feature in the best of the week’s images from the natural world

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Australia could increase emissions 26% and still meet Kyoto pledge, says climate group

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 12:43am

Anomaly due to carbon accounting rules, says Climate Action Tracker, as it accused Australia of going to ‘considerable diplomatic effort’ to ‘hide’ its true emissions levels

Australia may be able to increase its industrial emissions by 26% by 2020 and still easily meet its Kyoto protocol targets, new analysis released at the Lima climate talks suggests.

The reason for the apparent anomaly is because it has secured a succession of advantageous deals on how land use is credited in carbon accounting rules, according to the Climate Action Tracker group.

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Why whale poo matters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 12:00am

Not only does nutrient-rich whale poo help reverse the effects of climate change – it’s a remarkable example that nothing in the natural world occurs in isolation

I can hear you muttering already: he’s completely lost it this time. He’s written a 2,000-word article on whale poo. I admit that at first it might be hard to see the relevance to your life. But I hope that by the time you have finished this article you will have become as obsessed with marine faecal plumes as I am. What greater incentive could there be to read on?

In truth it’s not just about whale poo, though that’s an important component. It’s about the remarkable connectivity, on this small and spherical planet, of living processes. Nothing human beings do, and nothing that takes place in the natural world, occurs in isolation.

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Where eagles dare

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 10:30pm
South Uist: The starlings shift and swirl in the sea eagle’s path, seeking to drive away danger and resume feeding Continue reading...
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Burdekin hydro power project scrapped over renewable energy target concerns

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 6:46pm

Meridian Energy puts Queensland project on hold because it says Coalition’s efforts to reduce the RET made long-term investment ‘near impossible’

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Why The White House Wants To Go After Seafood Pirates

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 3:02pm

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone, but a big portion of imports are caught illegally. One expert calls this "the single greatest threat to sustainable fisheries in the world today."

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Labour MP says fisheries minister post would be unsuitable for a woman

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 2:35pm
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Rhino horn trafficking surging out of control, say campaigners

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 12:45pm
Trafficking of African rhinoceros horn on the black market has surged 30-fold in the past 13 years, say animal protection groups Continue reading...
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Lima climate talks agree on just one paragraph of deal with 24 hours left

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 12:14pm

As crucial UN climate summit in Peru enters final hours, negotiators have made little progress on draft text

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EU plans to scrap laws on clean air and waste recycling

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 11:17am

Killing draft laws designed to prevent 58,000 premature deaths and increase recycling would be economic suicide, say MEPs

EU plans to tackle air pollution that causes tens of thousands of premature deaths and make countries recycle more of their rubbish are to be scrapped, according to leaked documents.

At risk are a clean air directive designed to reduce the health impacts from air pollution caused by vehicles, industry and power plants, and a waste directive that would set states the target of recycling 70% of waste by 2030.

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Great Barrier Reef: Australia sends diplomats out to defend its actions

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 11:15am

Department of foreign affairs establishes a taskforce to ensure the Great Barrier Reef isn’t listed as ‘in danger’ by the UN

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Most-wanted environmental fugitives list leads to arrest of ivory suspect

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 10:53am

Suspected ivory smuggler arrested in Zambia following first ever public appeal by Interpol to catch environmental criminals

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£24m Green Deal fund exhausted in a day

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 9:43am

Solid wall insulation element of £30m Home Improvement Fund closes but consumers can still apply for other energy efficiency measures, reports BusinessGreen

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Global warming continues despite continuous denial

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 7:00am

A new paper shows that the Earth’s climate has continued to warm rapidly in recent years

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Equality for all cyclists: The social justice case for mass cycling

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 3:54am

Do busy roads put off cyclists with disabilities, women or older people? And if so, could local authorities be made to improve cycle infrastructure under equality legislation?

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Bangladesh oil spill 'threatens rare dolphins'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 3:23am

Bangladesh officials warn that an oil spill from a crashed tanker is threatening endangered dolphins and other wildlife in the massive Sundarbans mangrove region, branding the leak an ecological ‘catastrophe’

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