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Why Labour opposes this fanatical faith in shale gas

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/26 - 1:54am

We will vote to prevent any developments of shale gas in the UK unless the Tories and Lib Dems concede to reforms of the regulatory regime

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George Osborne urges ministers to fast-track fracking measures in leaked letter

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 11:10pm
Chancellor’s list of requests, including responding to ‘asks’ from Cuadrilla, laid out in letter to cabinet colleagues
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George Osborne demands rapid progress on fracking – full letter

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 11:10pm
Chancellor's letter to cabinet committee on economic affairs requests that ministers make dozens of interventions to fast-track shale gas drilling Continue reading...
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Riches of the reservoir

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 10:30pm

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire The radiance of the low sun picks out noisy skeins of Canada geese and flashes back bright and green from the heads of drake mallards

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100 years ago: Fox outwits the hounds and makes an escape

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 3:30pm

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 29 January 1915

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Lolita the killer whale closer to freedom with inclusion on endangered list

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 1:10pm

Decision could trigger a lawsuit by activists who want to fly the orca from Miami and prepare her for release into the wild

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Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 12:54pm

The president recommends more than 12 million acres of the region receive the highest level of protection available for public lands.

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Let GM mosquitoes loose to bite and help cure tropical diseases - researchers

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 12:29pm
  • British biotech firm awaiting FDA approval to release bugs in the Florida Keys
  • Change.org petition gets more than 130,000 signatures to stop experiment
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The end of the world: three minutes and counting ...

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 11:00am
According to the Doomsday Clock, which measures the relative probability of mankind’s demise in terms of climate change and nuclear threat, it is now 11:57 – the latest it’s been since 1983 Continue reading...
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Obama proposal to expand Alaska Arctic refuge angers Republicans over oil

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 10:46am
  • President will propose 12.28 million-acre expansion of protected area
  • Alaska senator Murkowski: ‘We will fight back with every resource'

President Barack Obama will propose expanding the protected area of Alaska’s Arctic refuge by 12.28 million acres, including the state’s Coastal Plain where oil and gas are drilled, the Interior Department said on Sunday.

The proposal to expand the part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge designated as wilderness faces an uphill battle in Congress, where Republicans in control of both chambers oppose curbs to oil production, and drew immediate criticism.

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Obama and Modi agree to limit US liability in case of nuclear disaster

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 7:27am

Decision set to lead to contracts worth billions of dollars but hopes for a US-China-style air pollution deal are dashed

US industrial interests took centre-stage at the start of Barack Obama’s visit to India as he and the prime minister, Narendra Modi, outlined a deal to limit the legal liability of US suppliers in the event of a nuclear power plant catastrophe.

Thirty years after an infamous chemical leak killed thousands at Union Carbide’s factory in Bhopal, the threat of tough Indian compensation laws has frustrated US hopes of an export boom in the energy sector – despite an agreement by former US president George W Bush to share civil nuclear technology in 2005.

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When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter tomorrow

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 3:00am
Decades in the making, Iter, a huge experimental nuclear fusion reactor in rural France, could be the site of breakthroughs that will provide limitless, clean energy and secure the planet’s future

The countryside of Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in Provence is a serene terrain of thickly wooded hills. On chilly January mornings, the air becomes thick with mist and the sky glows red as the sun pokes up above the horizon at dawn. By mid-morning, that haze is usually gone, leaving behind a bright blue sky with only the faintest wisp of high-altitude cloud.

As picture-postcard scenes go, it is as rural and peaceful as it gets. But incongruously nestled among these hills and vineyards, the most sophisticated, expensive machine ever built is slowly taking shape at the local Cadarache nuclear facility. It is a scientific collaboration on a worldwide scale, meant to tackle one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century – with the human population growing every year, how do we continue to make ever more electricity past 2050 (the date that the EU has set for full decarbonisation of power generation) without destroying the environment? The scientists and engineers in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance think the solution is nuclear fusion – they want to recreate a star in a box on Earth.

Iter will need 100,000km of superconducting wire for its magnets – enough to wrap around the equator twice.

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Introducing the 2015 Observer Ethical Awards

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 1:00am

It’s a decade since the inaugural Observer Ethical Awards. We’ve had 10 amazing years of inspirational eco entrepreneurs, campaigners for social justice and radical thinkers. Lucy Siegle introduces the 2015 Awards and explains how to nominate. Your green heroes could be winners this year

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Drowning in plastic

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 1:00am

We’ve all heard stories of islands of floating rubbish in the middle of the oceans, but it’s the trillions of barely visible microscopic fragments that are set to be the world’s next ecological emergency. Lucy Siegle reports

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‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’: sailing amid the ocean litter

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 1:00am

Justin Chisholm asks the sailors racing around the world about the state of the seas

Drowning in plastic: the world’s next ecological emergency

For the majority of landlubbers, the fact that the world’s oceans are clogging up with the detritus of a rampant consumer society can easily be ignored. For most, the watery expanses beyond our coastlines might just as well be another planet.

Not so for the crews of the fleet of high-speed ocean racing yachts currently competing in the Volvo Ocean Race around the world, which spend up to three weeks at a time at sea racing day and night. For them the effects of ocean littering are all too obvious.

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The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth’s most important ecosystems

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/25 - 12:30am

The sea off our coasts teems with microscopic life that breaks down the carbon dioxide we pump into the air. Now a series of expeditions aims to find out more

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Shark-detecting sonar system promised by Coalition if it wins NSW election

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/01/24 - 7:52pm

State government plans $100,000 trial of system that would alert lifesavers to the presence of sharks, but has ruled out culling

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Yellowstone River oil spill clean-up hindered by ice at site of pipeline break

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/01/24 - 4:13pm
  • Cause of spill that left cancer-causing benzene in Montana’s city water probed
  • Officials say residents can drink water but must run taps for 15 to 20 minutes
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All change in the market place

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 10:30pm
Castle Cary, Somerset The market house has proved, like the local farmers, adaptable to changing times Continue reading...
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