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Julie Bishop’s speech to Lima climate talks – annotated

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 5:49pm

Looking through the spin of the Australian foreign minister’s speech to the Lima climate talks

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Keystone XL and Galilee basin threaten to bring down the global climate talks

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 3:00pm

If fine words at the Lima climate summit mean anything, the US-Canada tar sands pipeline and a series of Australian coal mines must be shelved

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Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 2:56pm

Many crops we eat today are the product of genetic modifications that happen in a lab, not in nature. Scientists and consumers are divided how cautious we need to be about these foods.

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Thousands of marchers demand just solution at UN climate talks in Lima

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 12:32pm

Indigenous peoples from the Andes to the Amazon joined trade unionists, students and women’s groups in demonstration in the Peruvian capital

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Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 12:00pm

Over five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans says most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world

Microplastic deposits found deep in world’s oceans

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Satellite eye on Earth: November 2014 – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 7:40am

The world’s tallest sand dunes, shrinking lakes and a massive drifting iceberg are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month

The heat and lack of water render vast desert areas highly unwelcoming, making satellites the best way to observe and monitor these environments on a large scale.

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Fracking and Lima climate talks slammed at Nature Rights Tribunal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 6:52am

Thirteen judges meet in Peru to hear accusations that the rights of ‘Mother Earth’ are being violated

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Badger cubs to be shot in latest cull plan

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 6:43am

Badger cull will be moved to summer when cubs are numerous and easily shot, after autumn culls missed minumum kill targets

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Black Mesa mines: Native Americans demand return of their ancestors' bones

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 6:04am

Navajo and Hopi Nations are fighting for the protection of Arizona burial grounds as one of the world’s largest coal companies seeks extension of its mining permit

In 1967 the Peabody coal company came to the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northern Arizona and Utah to excavate a strip mine – but the land it leased from the tribes was on an ancient tribal burial ground. So, as required by law, it hired archeologists and for the next 17 years a dig known as the Black Mesa archeological project – the largest in North American history – unearthed more than one million artefacts, including the remains of 200 Native Americans.

Now the bones and artefacts are at the centre of a debate between tribes people who say ancestral remains and archeological ruins have been desecrated, and a coal company and government officials who are planning a new dig.

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Green Deal relaunch marred by IT problems

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 4:10am

Relaunch of government’s flagship scheme to help people install energy efficient measures in their homes was temporarily delayed after technical problems bugged the website

The relaunch of the government’s flagship scheme to help people lower their energy bills and cut carbon emissions was marred by IT problems on Wednesday morning.

The new £30m round of funding for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund was announced by ministers on Sunday as a way for householders to claim as much as £5,600 for installing energy efficiency measures.

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Lima climate talks on track for record carbon footprint

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 3:15am

Peru summit will result in largest emissions of any UN climate conference so far but hosts say they will offset the pollution

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Chinese government investigates 'cancer village' pollution case

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 3:11am

Authorities launch enquiry into illegal pollution from Chuangyuan Aluminium plant, alleged to have caused more than 10 cancer deaths in rural Hunan province

Chinese authorities have begun investigating a shocking case of industrial pollution in central China’s Hunan province, in which runoff from an aluminium plant’s illegal landfill allegedly gave at least 10 local villagers cancer.

Pollution from the plant, operated by the Changsha-based aluminium products manufacturer Chuangyuan Aluminium Co Ltd., had made parts of the remote rural county of Taoyuan virtually uninhabitable, the government-run Beijing News reported on Sunday.

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Greenpeace activists' Nazca Lines stunt angers Peruvian government - video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 2:41am
Peru's government says it is going to press criminal charges against a group of Greenpace activists who trespassed on the country's historical Nazca lines. The stunt saw the group lay down a banner that reads 'Time for Change: The Future is Renewable.' A Greenpeace spokeswoman says the group were careful not to do damage to the Unesco world heritage site Continue reading...
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First El Niño in five years declared by Japan's weather bureau

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 1:54am

Agency becomes first major meteorological bureau to declare weather phenomenon which can bring severe droughts to south-east Asia and Australia

Japan’s weather bureau said on Wednesday that an El Niño weather pattern, which can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others, had emerged during the summer for the first time in five years and was likely to continue into winter.

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Green Climate Fund: Abbott's claim of earmarking spending is questioned

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/10 - 12:25am

PM lists areas where Australian funds would go, but experts say no country is able to determine exactly where money is spent

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Green measures add £100 a year to energy bills

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 10:30pm

It’s spent on renewable energy and energy efficiency but most of the £490 increase in an average bill over the last decade has been due to a hike in gas prices


Annual household energy bills have risen by £490 on average in the past decade with most of the increase due to the hike in wholesale gas prices, according to a report from the government’s climate change advisers.

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Nature’s lost treasures preserved at the heart of the museum

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 10:30pm

Newcastle upon Tyne: On the shelf with heavy grooved beak, the only known specimen of a juvenile great auk

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Tesla begins selling electric vehicles in Australia and plans charging network

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 8:54pm

Four-door Model S has a range of 500km and can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, but also comes with price tag likely to deter many

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Green Climate Fund will get $200m from Australia after Tony Abbott's about-turn

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 4:34pm

Prime minister had previously disparaged the international fund designed to help poor countries adapt to climate change, and said Australia would not contribute

The federal government has pledged $200m over four years from its existing aid budget to the international Green Climate Fund, which Tony Abbott previously disparaged as a “Bob Brown bank on an international scale”.

The announcement represents another reversal by the government. At the time of the G20 meeting last month the prime minister resisted mounting global pressure to commit to the fund, designed to help poor countries adapt to climate change.

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Tories ‘must explain’ why they stopped minister attending Lima climate talks

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 1:35pm
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