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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/08 - 4:00am

The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a rescued sloth, a hidden alligator and a jellyfish swarm

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China orders coalmines to raise production to address power crunch

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/08 - 12:36am

Record high prices and shortages of electricity have crippled industrial output

Chinese officials have ordered more than 70 mines in Inner Mongolia to increase coal production by almost 100m tonnes, with the country battling its worst power crunch and coal shortages in years.

The move is the latest attempt by Chinese authorities to boost coal supply amid record high prices and shortages of electricity that have led to power rationing across the country, crippling industrial output.

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Superb fairywren crowned winner of Australian #BirdoftheYear poll – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 7:09pm

The final 10 birds in contention in the Guardian/BirdLife Australia poll were the Australian magpie, gang-gang cockatoo, regent honeyeater, Australian brush turkey, Gouldian finch, superb fairywren, galah, tawny frogmouth, peregrine falcon and laughing kookaburra

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Our 8th place-getter has some of the most passionate supporters around. With 8152 votes, it’s the Laughing kookaburra!

In 9th place, we have the hero of the Australian backyard and friend of cyclists everywhere, the Australian magpie with 8046 votes.

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Angus Taylor advised by department that IPCC climate report was ‘balanced’, documents show

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 5:30pm

Emissions reduction minister told to expect more vigorous calls for ambitious targets before Barnaby Joyce declined to endorse findings

Australian government officials privately advised Angus Taylor that the latest international report on climate science was “balanced and transparent” before Barnaby Joyce later refused to endorse some of the key findings.

Amid government divisions on climate policy in the lead-up to the Glasgow Cop26 conference, Guardian Australia can reveal Taylor’s department also told him to expect intensified calls “for more ambitious climate targets, such as net zero emissions by 2050 or earlier”.

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Biden restores protections for Bears Ears monument, 4 years after Trump downsized it

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 5:00pm

President Biden signs executive orders expanding the boundaries of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments.

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A look at the ecological damage of the oil spill of California's coast

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 1:57pm

The clean up and investigation continues after a major oil spill off California's coast. In a place where most marshes have been lost, it damaged a restored wetland that's a refuge for shorebirds.

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The pipeline crack was thin. That could have delayed detecting the oil spill's source

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 1:56pm

Video of the pipeline shows a 13-inch-long narrow gash. "My experience suggests this would be a darned hard leak to remotely determine quickly," an expert said.

(Image credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

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Greenpeace stops fish oil tanker in Channel in protest over African food insecurity

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 10:46am

Fishmeal exports to EU from west Africa have grown sharply, depleting stocks and posing threat to livelihoods

Greenpeace activists have intercepted a 96-metre tanker in the Channel carrying fish oil from west Africa to Europe, to highlight the threat they say industry poses to food security and to livelihoods in the region.

Trade figures analysed by Greenpeace Africa show that fishmeal and fish oil exports from Mauritania alone have grown by an “alarming” 16% during 2020. Activists and locals say the industry pushes up prices and depletes stocks of fish eaten by local people across poor communities in Mauritania, Senegal and the Gambia.

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‘The water used to be up to your armpits’: birds starve as Turkey’s lakes dry up

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 2:30am

Drought, rising temperatures and poor farming practices are taking a devastating toll on the country’s wildlife

“If we stood in this spot a few years ago, the water would be up to your armpits,” says vet Isa Agit, standing on sun-hardened and cracked mud that used to be part of a lake in eastern Turkey, with his hands firmly wrapped around a long-legged buzzard. “That’s the last of the flamingos over there,” he adds, pointing to what is left of the lake in the village of Enginsu – a patch of water just visible in the distance.

Over the past 50 years, 60% of Turkey’s 300 natural lakes have dried up and the loss is devastating for birds and other wildlife. Reduced rainfall, rising temperatures, the mismanagement of public land and poor agricultural practices have caused water levels, even in the Middle East’s second largest lake, Lake Van, to recede by as much as 200 metres.

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New protections for California's aquifers are reshaping the state's Central Valley

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 2:02am

California's farmers, the country's biggest producers of fruits and vegetables, are facing a major shakeup. A new law limits their access to water from the state's depleted aquifers.

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We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 2:02am

Americans love their gas stoves, but they pollute homes and are connected to a supply system that leaks methane. That's part of a battle as more people face a decision about switching to electric.

(Image credit: Meredith Miotke for NPR)

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Nord Stream 2 approval may cool gas prices in Europe, says Russia

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/10/07 - 12:57am

Deputy PM calls for rapid clearance from German regulator after prices reach an all-time high

Russia’s deputy prime minister has said certification of the Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline, which is awaiting clearance from Germany’s regulator, could cool soaring European gas prices.

Prices have risen sharply in response to a recovery in demand, particularly from Asia, with storage levels low.

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The unflushables: Sydney Water warning after weird flushes cause blockages

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/10/06 - 7:16pm

Wet wipes are the main culprit, but Sydneysiders have also been sending jewellery, watches, money and even a brick down the toilet

Sydneysiders have been flushing jewellery, watches, and other weird items down the household toilet, causing major drain blockages.

Over the past three months, Sydney Water crews have had to fix more than 7,000 faults in the wastewater network.

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Liberal MPs scorn National’s $250bn plan for taxpayers to underwrite fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/10/06 - 5:56pm

Keith Pitt’s proposal suggests huge loans for resources sector in return for his party backing net zero

A controversial proposal to create a $250bn loan facility for the resources sector in return for National party backing for a net zero emissions target has been met with scorn by metropolitan Liberals.

The resources minister and a senior Nationals MP, Keith Pitt, has proposed that taxpayers underwrite fossil fuel financing and insurance. The proposal was endorsed on Thursday by the current and former leaders of the National party – Barnaby Joyce and Michael McCormack.

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Some oil from the California spill breaks up in ocean currents

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/10/06 - 4:03pm

A Coast Guard spokesman says the spread could make it more challenging to skim the oil.

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‘Eco-anxiety’: fear of environmental doom weighs on young people

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/10/06 - 3:30pm

Although not a diagnosable condition, experts says climate anxiety is on the rise worldwide

The climate crisis is taking a growing toll on the mental health of children and young people, experts have warned.

Increasing levels of “eco-anxiety” – the chronic fear of environmental doom – were likely to be underestimated and damaging to many in the long term, public health experts said.

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A mega-drought is hammering the U.S. In North Dakota, it's worse than the Dust Bowl

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/10/06 - 1:16pm

Ranchers in North Dakota have been forced to sell off their herds at historic rates. Now they're worried they won't have enough feed to keep their remaining cows alive this winter.

(Image credit: Kirk Siegler/NPR)

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I thank my lucky stars for the rosellas that led to my career in ornithology

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/10/06 - 9:30am

A flash of colour that caught my eye at the age of 10 in 1968 – that’s how far back I trace a sense of obligation to care for the biodiversity that was here first

A flash of colour that takes my eye at the age of 10 in 1968 and learning that it is an Adelaide rosella.

Reaching the edge of a vast swamp north of Birdsville in 1982 thinking, “This is perfect habitat for grey grasswrens. They must be here.” And they are! Right at the edge of the road – just the third population ever discovered until then of an inland Australian bird only described to science in 1969.

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Ursus gluttonous maximus: 480 Otis wins Alaska’s Fat Bear Week contest

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/10/06 - 8:55am

Beefy brown bear, missing two canine teeth, prevails in vote that compares pre-hibernation weight gain in Katmai national park

Beefy brown bear 480 Otis has been named the winner of Alaska’s popular Fat Bear Week contest, an annual competition comparing the pre-hibernation weight gain of the largest inhabitants of Katmai national park in the south-west of the state.

The heavyweight champ, who has won the competition three times previously, was declared the winner late on Tuesday, beating runner-up 151 Walker by more than 6,000 public votes.

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Canada invokes 1977 treaty with US as dispute over pipeline intensifies

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/10/06 - 7:56am

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer says Line 5 of pipeline is a ‘ticking time bomb’ and has ordered it shut down

The Canadian government has invoked a decades-old treaty with the United States in its latest bid to save a pipeline that critics warn could be environmentally catastrophic if it were to fail.

For nearly 67 years, Calgary-based Enbridge has moved oil and natural gas from western Canada through Michigan and the Great Lakes to refineries in the province of Ontario.

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