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Man voluntarily goes to police after van driver is filmed punching cyclist

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 10:23am

Video footage of apparent attack on bicycle rider goes viral after incident in Hornchurch on the edge of London

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It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 9:03am

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.

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Global warming made 2014 a record hot year – in animated graphics

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 8:37am

2014 was the hottest year on record, without assistance from El Niño

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Regulators grant environmental permits for Lancashire fracking site

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 7:35am

Permits set out conditions that shale company Cuadrilla must follow to protect people and the environment if they get the go-ahead to start exploration at the proposed site

A proposed site for controversial fracking for shale gas has been granted environmental permits by regulators.

The permits set out the conditions that shale company Cuadrilla must follow to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and safely manage and dispose of waste at Preston New Road, Plumpton, in Lancashire, the Environment Agency said.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 6:52am

A ghost crab, ‘kissing’ seals and the return of Oregon’s wolves feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world

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Is it OK to get off your bike and walk up a hill?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 3:24am

If you’ve run out of gears on a steep slope, surely it makes sense to hop off the bike and push? So why is it considered the ultimate cycling heresy by many?

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BP’s maximum fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill is cut by billions

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 1:52am
Federal court rules that size of Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 was smaller than the US government had claimed

BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7bn under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, several billion less than feared.

Federal magistrate Carl Barbier ruled on Thursday that the size of the spill from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the worst offshore spill in US history, was smaller than the government had claimed.

Related: 2014 officially the hottest year on record, US government scientists say

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The elusive finch

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 1:30am
West Dean Woods, West Sussex: It is a stouter, thicker-set bird than the chaffinches, with a disproportionately large head, a heavy, powerful bill and a short, stubby tail Continue reading...
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Teenager in hospital after being bitten by shark off NSW south coast

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 12:47am

The 17-year-old boy is in a stable condition after being bitten on the hand while spearfishing at Mollymook

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15 of the hottest spots around the world in 2014

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/16 - 12:00am

As 2014 is officially confirmed as the world’s hottest year on record, we take a look at some of the places the mercury peaked and the effects the heat had on people and the environment

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Stormtrooper armour saves charity walker Scott Loxley from deadly snake

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 2:47pm

Man walking around Australia in costume to raise funds for children’s hospital says king brown struck his shin and it was only the plastic armour that saved him

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Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 12:00pm

Humans are ‘eating away at our own life support systems’ at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years, two new research papers say

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Axa IM warns that companies linked to fossil fuels risk their reputations

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 10:17am

Climate risk is becoming ‘synonymous with reputation risk’ as a growing fossil fuel divestment movement gains traction with investors around the world, says major European investor Axa IM

The reputations of companies linked to fossil fuels are at immediate risk from a fast-growing divestment campaign, one of Europe’s biggest asset managers has warned.

Only a quarter of existing, exploitable fossil fuel reserves are burnable if global warming is not to exceed dangerous levels, according to recent analyses. Campaigners have called for divestment on moral grounds but, if governments fulfil their pledges to curb climate change, trillions of dollars of coal, oil and gas held by investors would become worthless.

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Live Q&A: How can culture and sport inspire climate action?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 9:16am

Join us on 22 January, 1-3pm GMT to discuss how sport, film, music, art and fashion can influence climate action in the run-up to Cop 21 in Paris

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It is 'impossible' for today’s big oil companies to adapt to climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 6:26am

Leading UK environmentalist Jonathon Porritt calls his years working on green energy projects with Shell and BP a ‘painful journey’ that have led him to believe no major fossil fuel company will commit to renewables in the near future

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Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 6:25am

After years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell, Jonathon Porritt says he came to the conclusion it was ‘impossible’ for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to the need to exit fossil fuels

Jonathon Porritt: It is ‘impossible’ for today’s big oil companies to adapt to climate change

Engaging with major fossil fuel companies on climate change has become futile, according to one of the UK’s most esteemed environmentalists who spent years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell.

Jonathon Porritt said “hydrocarbon supremacists” at the companies had successfully ousted reformers wanting to diversify into green energy.

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Pope Francis says climate change is mostly man's fault

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 5:42am

Lima climate summit result was disappointing, says Pope ahead of long-awaited encyclical on the environment

Pope Francis waded into the global debate about climate change on Thursday, saying that he believed that man was primarily responsible and that he hoped this year’s Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment.

The Pope said his long-awaited encyclical on the environment was almost finished and that he hoped it would be published in June, in time provide food for thought ahead of the UN climate meeting Paris in November.

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Does climate change exist? The Senate is about to let us know

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 5:00am

An amendent to the Keystone XL pipeline bill hopes to force Republican climate change deniers to state whether they agree with the science or not

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Colombian farmers' court case against BP nears verdict

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/15 - 4:27am

After seven years, UK high court is due to decide whether BP is responsible for £18m in lost production to Colombian farmers, who claim a pipeline caused severe environmental damage to their lands

A UK high court will shortly decide whether British oil giant BP was responsible for serious environmental damage in Colombia when a pipeline was laid across the land of over 100 small farmers.

The Ocensa pipeline, which takes 650,000 barrels of crude a day from the giant Cusiana-Cupiagua oilfield in central Colombia to the country’s Caribbean coast, was buried up to 1.8 metres deep along its 828km length in the mid-1990s. But the farmers say that the work done was unsatisfactory and the design was at fault. Working with London law firm Leigh Day, they are suing BP for around £18m in lost production.

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