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Humans on the verge of causing Earth’s fastest climate change in 50m years | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/04/17 - 3:00am

Humans are changing Earth’s climate at an alarmingly fast rate

A new study published in Nature Communications looks at changes in solar activity and carbon dioxide levels over the past 420 million years. The authors found that on our current path, by mid-century humans will be causing the fastest climate change in approximately 50 million years, and if we burn all available fossil fuels, we’ll cause the fastest change in the entire 420 million year record.

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Teenage girl dies after shark attack while surfing in Western Australia

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/04/17 - 2:54am

Police confirm 17-year-old died after attack at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay in Esperance

A 17-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia.

Monday’s attack happened at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay in Esperance, just before 4pm, police said.

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'Like a slow death': families fear pesticide poisoning after Trump reverses ban

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/04/17 - 2:00am

The administration’s rejection of the science on chlorpyrifos, widely used in California’s Central Valley, means its use will continue – and Latino residents are worried their children’s health issues will worsen along with it

A white cloud of pesticides had drifted into Fidelia Morales’s back yard, coating her children’s swing set.

The 40-year-old mother of five gestured toward the citrus groves that surround her house in California’s Central Valley as she recounted when an air blast sprayer sent chemicals floating onto her property last year – landing on her family’s red and blue jungle gym.

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From Moonscape To Lush: Photographs Capture California Drought's Story

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/04/17 - 1:41am

Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan's "before-and-after" images show how recent rains in California swelled formerly dry reservoirs and turned brown landscapes green.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist review – saving the planet, one lavatory at a time

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/04/17 - 1:00am
Paul Kingsnorth complements his fiction with a selection of thought-provoking essays

Fancy ripping out your plumbed-in lavatory and replacing it with a bucket, some pine needles and sawdust? This is Paul Kingsnorth’s new environmentalism: less concerned with arguing for grand political gestures that won’t prevent Earth’s “sixth mass extinction” in any case, rather, arguing for small change in the immediate world around us. Last year, Kingsnorth published the second instalment of his earthily brilliant Buckmaster fictional trilogy and Confessions is akin to its nonfiction companion: a collection of essays that often act as both a paean to a landscape we are losing and a mournful realisation that little that can be done about it now. The title piece is Kingsnorth at his best, a tremendous combination of the personal and the political. His views on the past and future of environmentalism are perhaps over-rehearsed over the course of a book, but taken as a collection to dip into rather than read from cover to cover, there’s plenty to enjoy, learn from and even inspire.

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist by Paul Kingsnorth is published by Faber (£14.99). To order a copy for £11.24 go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99

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Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say researchers

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 10:00pm

Authors of Can Clean Air Make You Happy? say exposure to nitrogen dioxide can be as damaging as ‘big-hitting’ life events

The effect on wellbeing of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship or the death of a partner, research suggests.

The study found a “significant and negative association” between life satisfaction and levels of the pollutant, which causes lung problems . These effects were “substantive and comparable to that of many ‘big-hitting’ life events,” according to the researchers behind Can Clean Air Make You Happy?.

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roaring waterfall rheidol country diary

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 9:30pm

Afon Rheidol When I reached the Rheidol falls it was clear that the river was in spate from the recent rains

A narrow-gauge steam railway winds across the steep southern side of the Rheidol valley, slowly climbing the route from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. While walking deep in the valley beside the river, I was convinced I could hear the train coming and hurried out of the trees to see it pass. The noise persisted, drifting in and out of my hearing as though the engine were rounding the rocky spurs and disappearing into wooded side valleys, yet no train appeared.

Slowly, awkwardly, I realised that the sound was that of the low set of waterfalls further up the valley, distorted and modulated by the strong east wind that was straining the still bare branches of the trees. When I reached the Rheidol falls, having taken the sloping path from just beyond the old chapel, it was clear that the river was in spate from the recent rains, with substantial volumes of water pouring over and between the rocks.

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Climate Change In Louisiana Changes Diets Of Native Americans

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 2:38pm

Freelance journalist Barry Yeoman says climate change and other man-made obstacles are pushing Native Americans away from traditional foods and towards processed dinners.

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Slaughter Of Yellowstone Bison At The Center Of Culture War

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 2:38pm

In the same year that Congress voted to make bison the national mammal, Yellowstone National Park had its second largest cull ever — reducing the heard by more than 1,200 animals.

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A harbinger of spring in the high places

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 1:30pm

On a cold day on Cairn Gorm there was little to occupy the attention – until the appearance of a ring ouzel signalled the return of spring

Go-back, go-back, go-back! A red grouse was calling just above the car park, at the bottom of the path to the summit of Cairn Gorm. For a moment I was tempted to heed his advice and retreat to the nearby café.

But my children were uncharacteristically enthusiastic about the idea of walking up the mountainside; buoyed, no doubt, by the prospect of playing in the snow. And so we headed up the path.

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Great Barrier Reef tourism: caught between commerce and conservation alarm

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 1:14pm

More people than ever are coming to see the reef and those who make a living showing it off want the world to know it’s still a natural wonder. But they worry about its future, and that of their 64,000-strong industry

In the dark clouds gathering over the future of the Great Barrier Reef, there has been a small silver lining for the people who make their living showcasing the natural wonder.

When the reef was rocked by an unprecedented second mass bleaching event in the space of a year, the coral hardest-hit by heat stress lay mostly in the tourist-heavy latitudes between Cairns and Townsville.

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Theresa May urged to honour climate and wildlife commitments

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 9:40am

Celebrities and pressure groups warn UK prime minister against entering into ‘environmental race to the bottom’ to secure post-Brexit trade deals

Leading environmental campaigners have warned the government against scaling back on commitments to tackle climate change and end the illegal market in wildlife in order to secure post-Brexit trade deals.

Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth and high-profile figures including Andy Murray and Will Young are among those who have signed a joint letter to the prime minister urging Theresa May not to engage in an “environmental race to the bottom” after withdrawal from the EU.

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Foxes surge into England's towns and cities

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 9:26am

Researchers estimate there are 150,000 urban foxes in England, with Bournemouth having the highest concentration

The number of urban foxes in England has quadrupled in the past 20 years, according to a study that estimates there are nearly 150,000 in England, or about one for every 300 urban residents.

While the number of foxes is declining overall in the UK, the study by Brighton and Reading universities has found that Bournemouth tops the charts with the highest concentration of urban foxes in the UK at 23 per square kilometre.

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22,000 years of history evaporates after freezer failure melts Arctic ice cores

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 8:03am

Around 13% of cache of ice cylinders extracted from glaciers in Canadian Arctic exposed to high heat in new storage facility at University of Alberta

Within them sits some 80,000 years of history, offering researchers tantalising clues about climate change and the Earth’s past. At least that was the case – until the precious cache of Arctic ice cores was hit by warming temperatures.

A freezer malfunction at the University of Alberta in Edmonton has melted part of the world’s largest collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic, reducing some of the ancient ice into puddles.

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Is Boston the next urban farming paradise?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 7:00am

The city’s healthy startup culture is contributing to Boston’s rapidly growing reputation as a haven for organic food and urban farming initiatives

For those seeking mild, year-round temperatures and affordable plots of land, Boston, with its long winters and dense population, isn’t the first city that comes to mind.

But graduates of the city’s nearly 35 colleges and universities are contributing to the area’s growing reputation as a haven for startups challenging and transforming age-old industries, from furniture to political fundraising. The city’s strong entrepreneurial spirit, combined with progressive legislation like the passing of Article 89, has also turned Boston into one of the nation’s hubs for urban agriculture.

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Artist Sets Futuristic Dinner Party In World Reshaped By Rising Seas

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 4:00am

How will our diets shift as climate change causes sea-level rise and coastal flooding? Photographer Allie Wist attempts to answer that with pictures of an imagined "post-sea-level-rise dinner party."

(Image credit: Heami Lee/Courtesy of Allie Wist, food stylist C.C. Buckley, prop stylist Rebecca Bartoshesy)

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The eco guide to bike-sharing

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/15 - 10:00pm

Cycling has the power to transform urban transport. But access to bikes is key to getting more of us on to two wheels

Imagine the huge improvement in air quality if we shifted to pedal power. In Groningen, in the Netherlands, almost two-thirds of trips are made by bike, making it one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world. It’s no accident that the Dutch city also has great air quality. The UK manages a meagre 2% cycling rate overall. And we all know about the air quality here.

If, by the way, your wheels are redundant, please pass them on to the Bike Project to match with someone who desperately wants one.

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Queensland environment minister defends toxic foam leak health advice

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/15 - 4:28pm

Advice not to fish or eat seafood from area affected by Monday night spill not released until Friday

Queensland’s environment minister says the government did what it could to notify the public about a toxic firefighting foam leak into waterways near Brisbane airport.

Dr Steven Miles was informed about the spill on Tuesday but the public did not receive health advice not to fish or eat seafood from the nearby area until Friday.

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Great moments from the ‘most exciting time in nature’s calendar’

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/15 - 4:05pm
It has been a good spring for wildlife lovers

Perched on the telegraph wires in my Somerset village, is a swallow – all the way back from its winter quarters in Africa. In my back garden, orange-tip and small tortoiseshell butterflies are searching for nectar. And everywhere I look, spring foliage is filling the countryside with green.

This has been a vintage spring for wildlife watchers. Thanks to a spell of fine, settled weather at the end of March and the beginning of April, bluebells carpet forest floors, the dawn chorus is reaching its peak, and living creatures – from natterjack toads to great crested newts, bumblebees to badgers – are out in force. What more could we wish for on Easter weekend?

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It's a boy: world watches as New York zoo streams birth of calf to April the giraffe

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/15 - 3:06pm
  • Adventure Park uses YouTube to stream eagerly awaited event
  • 1.2 million people watch; calf will be named through a zoo competition

A New York zoo’s much-discussed livestream video of its pregnant giraffe showed her giving birth on Saturday.

Related: April the pregnant giraffe: live stream attracts millions – and YouTube censors

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