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Badger culls would continue under new Tory government, Liz Truss says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 9:53am

Environment secretary tells National Farmers Union conference the policy to halt spread of bovine TB will be rolled out despite criticism of pilot culls

A Conservative-led government will continue the cull of badgers regardless of complaints from protesters, the environment secretary has pledged.

Speaking at the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) conference in Birmingham, Liz Truss set up a pre-election badger battle with Labour, which has promised to end what it calls the “ineffective and inhumane” programme intended to halt the spread of TB in cattle.

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India's tiger success story may be based on inaccurate census, says study

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 9:36am

Reports that India’s tiger population has risen by a third in four years are based on an unreliable count method says a new Oxford study

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Shell shelves plan for tar sands project in face of low oil prices

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 9:30am

Withdrawal from the Pierre River project is the latest in a series of blows to industry reliant on high cost production struggling with oil prices at six-year lows

Shell has shelved plans for a major new tar sands mine in Canada, the largest project yet to fall victim to low oil prices.

The company has withdrawn its application for the 200,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Pierre River project and will instead concentrate on boosting the profitability of its existing 255,000-bpd oil sands operations.

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European carbon market reform set for 2019

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 8:11am

MEPs vote to strengthen emissions trading scheme by taking 1.6bn surplus credits off the market to boost carbon prices, but critics call for steps to be taken earlier

Reforms to strengthen the EU’s flagship policy for cutting carbon, the emissions trading scheme (ETS), will start at the end of 2018 following a vote by MEPs on Tuesday.

The carbon market is supposed to drive Europe’s transition to cleaner sources of energy, but a cocktail of recession, free allocations to polluters and over-achievement on green energy targets have created a flood of 2bn allowances. That has led to a carbon price of around €7 (£5) per tonne, too low to encourage power companies to switch from polluting fuels such as as coal.

Related: What is the emissions trading scheme and does it work?

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Florida manatees rescued from drain – video

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 7:17am
Up to 19 manatees are rescued after they got trapped in a drain leading from a marine inlet in Settle Beach in Florida. Wildlife experts use heavy lifting equipment to pull the creatures from the drains one by one. Some of the animals have scrapes and bruises. It is believed they might have swum there in search of warmer water during a cold snap. All of the manatees were released into the nearby Indian River Lagoon Continue reading...
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Organic UK food sales defy market downturn to rise 4% in 2014

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 5:59am

Shoppers spent an extra £1.4m a week on organic products despite an overall drop in food prices and spending, according to Soil Association report

Sales of organic food and drink products have bounced back, rising by 4% last year at a time of tumbling food prices and spending.

Shoppers spent an extra £1.4m a week on organic products and the organic market exceeded £1.86bn - bringing sales levels back to the levels of 2009 - according to a report by the Soil Association, the organic industry trade body.

Now, even the discounters are beginning to stock organic ranges

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IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri resigns

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 4:26am

High profile head of the UN’s climate science panel steps down and denies charges of sexually harassing a 29-year-old female researcher

The chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, resigned on Tuesday, following allegations of sexual harassment from a female employee at his research institute in Delhi.

Related: What is the IPCC?

Related: Climate change report 'should jolt people into action' says IPCC chief

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Artificial glacier could help Ladakh villagers adapt to climate change

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 4:18am

Engineers are creating giant pyramids of ice in the drought-hit Indian Himalayas to see if the melt water they release can help solve water shortages during the region’s dry season

Villagers of the high desert of Ladakh in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state used to harvest bountiful crops of barley, wheat, fruits, and vegetables in summer.

But for years the streams have run dry in spring, just when farmers needed water to sow seeds. They had water when it wasn’t needed during the rest of the year, such as in winter, when Ladakhis let water gush from taps to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.

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Cambodia leader says work on mega-dam will not start until at least 2018

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 2:06am

Hun Sen attempts to stop opposition to dam in Areng Valley, a day after Cambodia deported Spanish activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson

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'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:52am

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.

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'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:52am

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.

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'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:52am

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.

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Army Corps Project Pits Farmland Against Flood Threat

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:51am

A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeastern Missouri. But towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.

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Army Corps Project Pits Farmland Against Flood Threat

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:51am

A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeastern Missouri. But towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.

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Army Corps Project Pits Farmland Against Flood Threat

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:51am

A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeastern Missouri. But towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.

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Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:42am

Once a booming timber area, Grays Harbor County is the site of three proposed oil terminals. The local fishing industry sees the uptick in oil movement as a big risk, with limited economic benefits.

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Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:42am

Once a booming timber area, Grays Harbor County is the site of three proposed oil terminals. The local fishing industry sees the uptick in oil movement as a big risk, with limited economic benefits.

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Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 1:42am

Once a booming timber area, Grays Harbor County is the site of three proposed oil terminals. The local fishing industry sees the uptick in oil movement as a big risk, with limited economic benefits.

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UK will need to import over half of its food within a generation, farmers warn

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/23 - 11:01pm

Rising population will hit UK’s self sufficiency if government continues to ignore British food production, say NFU

More than half of the UK’s food will come from overseas within a generation, as a rising population and stalling farm productivity combine to erode what remains of the UK’s self-sufficiency, according to farming leaders.

The UK’s failure to produce more food will leave households more vulnerable to volatile prices and potential shortages, the National Farmers’ Union will say at its annual conference on Tuesday. The farming body will call on politicians to encourage new investment in farming, and develop a national plan for a higher degree of food self-sufficiency.

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A hint of spring in the air

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/23 - 10:30pm

Hexham, Northumberland: The river Tyne is surpisingly low

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