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Scottish government accused of abandoning wave power

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

Scottish Green Party calls for increased funding for wave power, blaming lack of government support for losses at two leading wave companies

The Scottish government has been accused of abandoning wave power after one leading company has been forced into administration and another has had to shed most of its staff.

Pelamis, developers of a floating offshore wave energy converter that looks like a large red sea snake, collapsed suddenly into administration on 21 November, with the subsequent loss of 40 jobs. Aquamarine, which is behind a yellow near-shore device known as Oyster, is making about 30 staff redundant.

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Ban Ki-moon says no 'time for tinkering' on global warming

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 10:08am

The world’s action has not so far matched its responsibilities, said UN secretary-general at Lima summit on climate change

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon told governments at climate talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no “time for tinkering” and urged a radical shift to greener economies.

Ban said there was still a chance of limiting global warming to an internationally agreed ceiling of 2C above pre-industrial times in the hope of limiting floods, droughts, desertification and rising sea levels.

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'Boiler on prescription' scheme transforms lives and saves NHS money

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 9:01am

Pilot project in Sunderland hailed a success with GP and outpatient visits reduced by a third and heating bills cut by £30 a month

Family doctors prescribing double glazing and loft insulation for patients living in cold, damp homes can transform lives and slash the huge sums spent by the NHS on cold-related ill health, a ground-breaking trial has shown.

The pilot project in Sunderland found GP and outpatient visits plummeted by a third after patients’ homes were made warmer and cheaper to heat to the tune of hundreds of pounds a year.

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The Amazon oil spills overlooked by environmental leaders in Lima

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 8:15am

As global environmental delegates gather in Peru for the UN climate talks, five oil spills in the country’s Amazon jungle are causing a hidden environmental disaster

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Svalbard's polar bears and the effects of climate change – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 4:06am

Rising temperatures and increasing ice melt are transforming the island’s of Svalbard in Norway’s high arctic. The WWF-Canon and Norwegian Polar Institute Arctic research expedition 2014 looks at how the polar bear population is adapting to the effects of climate change

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How the World Trade Center's green ambitions came undone

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 3:03am

Pressure to honour a deal with a high-profile tenant and damage from superstorm Sandy have hit the environmental credentials of the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower, reports The Climate Desk

One World Trade Center, or the “Freedom Tower,” as it was formerly known, soars above New York City, filling a void left by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The brilliant blue-silver facade glints no matter where you are in the city – nothing less than a “beacon of hope, just like the Statue of Liberty,” says the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the site in a joint venture with the Durst Organization, a property business.

The tower is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. And it’s also supposed to be one of the greenest – a first on its scale to aim for the US Green Building Council’s LEED gold certification, a coveted prize for sustainable building design. One World Trade Center has lighting that reacts to sunshine, rain harvesting and a state-of-the-art fuel cell installation, one of the largest of its kind in the world. In 2008 the governor of New York, David A. Paterson, praised this “space-age energy technology”, adding “I can think of few sites in the country where the symbolism of this is more important”.

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Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 3:00am

Faulty gear and attempts to clear liquid from wells can release enough gas to power hundreds of homes, new research reveals. Scientists say finding the leaks is a first step to plugging them.

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The coalition has been a great disappointment to wildlife-lovers

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 2:28am

There will be a ‘rally for nature’ in Westminster to deliver a wake-up call to politicians in protest at conservation’s low profile

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Lima climate talks: South American diplomats hopeful of progress on deal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/09 - 12:00am

Regional powers like Brazil and Peru see themselves as key facilitators for Paris deal, but critics say they should also take bold action on emissions domestically

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A magic charm brings winter to life

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 10:30pm
Claxton, Norfolk: Even this drab December day just glanced off the goldfinches as if they were made from mercury Continue reading...
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Julie Bishop steps up lobbying to stop Great Barrier Reef being listed 'in danger'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 7:00pm

Australian foreign minister to use Lima climate talks to warn other nations that downgrading the reef’s world heritage status would set a ‘dangerous precedent’

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Goal to end fossil fuels by 2050 surfaces in Lima UN climate documents

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 5:56pm

Campaigners in Lima are eyeing an ‘inevitable’ end to the fossil fuel industry by mid-century

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'Highly aggressive' stinging Argentinian fire ants found at Sydney port

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 2:20pm

Eradication efforts underway by biosecurity and pest insect specialists after serious outbreak of red fire ants

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Lima climate talks: pledge to plant 20m hectares of trees

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 11:03am

Global plan to plant hundreds of millions of trees will save over 1bn tonnes of CO2 a year and restore degraded land as natural forests or as agro-forestry

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Heatwaves likely 'every other year' by 2030s, says Met Office study

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 9:39am

Carbon emissions continuing at their current levels will lead to dramatic rise in severely hot weather patterns in central Europe and the Mediterranean

Torrid European summers like the one in 2003 which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives are set to become a regular occurrence within two decades and the “new normal” by the end of the century, according to a new Met Office study.

The climate modelling, which was published in Nature Climate Change on Monday, foresees a dramatic rise in the chance of severely hot weather patterns in central Europe and the Mediterranean, if greenhouse gas emissions continue along their current path.

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US supreme court tells BP to pay up for 2010 Gulf oil spill

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 9:23am
  • Oil giant contended firms get payouts despite proof of losses linked to disaster
  • Setback for BP, which has paid $2.3bn in economic loss claims to date
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Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 8:30am

Performance index released at Lima climate talks puts Denmark in the best-performing slot, followed by Sweden and Britain

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A bill is about to throw British green policies into reverse – we can change it

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 7:00am
What will £15bn spent on roads do for air pollution? I’m tabling an amendment to the infrastructure bill because it’s time to start legislating for the common good Continue reading...
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Falcons to be welcomed on board Lufthansa flights

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/12/08 - 6:58am
German airline to allow passengers to take birds of prey in cabin in move targeted at Middle East falconry enthusiasts Continue reading...
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