Environment

Green groups call for overhaul of repeal bill to safeguard environment after Brexit

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 7:26am

Campaigners from organisations including Greenpeace, the National Trust and Friends of the Earth highlight major risks to environment if EU protections are dropped or diluted

Environmental campaigners with 8 million members between them are putting forward key amendments to the repeal bill to be published on Thursday to tackle the threat of Brexit leaving huge gaps in environmental protection in the UK.

Campaigners from organisations including the RSPB, Client Earth, Greenpeace, the National Trust, and Friends of the Earth, are highlighting the major risks to the environment if the spirit and letter of EU law and the ability to enforce it, is not rolled over into the repeal bill.

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London's first dockless hire bike scheme launches

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 6:33am

Obike have become the first dockless hire bike company to launch in the capital, following similar schemes in Manchester and Cambridge

London’s first dockless hire bikes were launched on Wednesday morning in the first phase of what is expected to be a rapid rollout of the machines by Singapore-based company Obike to cities across the UK.

Obike – not to be confused with Mobike, which launched in Manchester a month ago – delivered 400 of its bikes to the London borough of Tower Hamlets on Wednesday, and intends to roll out thousands more across the city before the end of the month, at a rate of hundreds per day.

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Protester hit by van at Cuadrilla's Lancashire fracking site – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 6:00am

A video posted to YouTube shows a protester at Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire being knocked down by a van leaving the drilling area. Following the incident police have beefed up security, providing 24/7 monitoring around the site, which has long been a focal point of anti-fracking protests

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Every little recycled yoghurt pot helps – but how best can you help save the planet?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 5:45am

A new study has crunched the numbers on efforts to fight climate change, from skipping holidays to ditching our cars. Here’s a guide to the (not always) easy ways to be green

It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of new coal mines and shrinking rainforests in distant countries, but we also know that being green starts at home. We do what we can, right? But what really helps, and what is a drop in a warming ocean? A study by the Universities of Lund, Sweden, and British Columbia, Canada, has crunched the numbers and the results are intriguing. Bottom line: every little recycled yoghurt pot helps, but the environmental impacts of our actions vary massively. Here’s a cut-out-and-keep (and then, you know, recycle) guide to a greener you.

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May warned not to 'cut off nose to spite face' as Tories revolt over Euratom

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 5:18am

MPs say leaving European nuclear treaty without replicating benefits could lead to ‘economically crushed’ communities

The Conservative revolt over Theresa May’s plan to withdraw from the Euratom nuclear treaty has grown, with one former minister accusing the government of cutting off its nose to spite its face.

A string of Tory MPs opposed leaving the body for nuclear cooperation during a Westminster Hall debate called by Labour’s Albert Owen, suggesting May has no Commons majority for the move.

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Police beef up security at Lancashire fracking site after protester is hit by van

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 4:46am

Cuadrilla drill site to be monitored 24/7 as Green MEP renews calls for reviewing guidance to police officers on how to deal with anti-fracking protests

Security is being beefed up at a fracking site in Lancashire after a protester was hit by a van on Monday.

A Youtube video posted immediately after the incident shows the protester, dressed in grey and black, trying to block a white van leaving the Preston New Road drill site.

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Doomsday narratives about climate change don't work. But here's what does | Victoria Herrmann

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 3:00am

Feeling hopeless about a situation is cognitively associated with inaction. Instead of being defeatist, look to climate change heroes who are leading the way

The title of David Wallace-Wells’ recent essay in New York magazine is catchy, if not uncomfortable. “The Uninhabitable Earth: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreck – sooner than you think.”

The article asks us to peer beyond scientific reticence into a doomsday future. The accounts of mass heat deaths in cities and praying for cornfields in the tundra is disturbing, but they’re familiar. It’s the same frame for how we talk about a much more immediate climate change disaster – US communities at risk to sea level rise today.

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Iceberg twice size of Luxembourg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 2:53am

Satellite data confirms ‘calving’ of trillion-tonne, 5,800 sq km iceberg from the Larsen C ice shelf, dramatically altering the landscape

A giant iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg has broken off an ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula and is now adrift in the Weddell Sea.

Reported to be “hanging by a thread” last month, the trillion-tonne iceberg was found to have split off from the Larsen C segment of the Larsen ice shelf on Wednesday morning after scientists examined the latest satellite data from the area.

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Police hunt wild boar spotted roaming around Gloucester city centre

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 2:51am

Gloucestershire officers tweet a picture of the animal along with the message: ‘Have you lost a pig?’

A hunt is on for a wild boar that was spotted roaming around the streets of Gloucester city centre late at night.

Gloucestershire police posted a picture of the boar on Twitter in the early hours of Wednesday with the message:

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Denmark Wants To Lead The World In Green Growth

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 1:54am

Google may soon join Apple and Facebook in building a data center in Denmark. Thanks to easy access to renewable energy, big corporations can say their Danish data centers have zero emissions.

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Al Gore: Australian government subsidising coal power would be ‘crazy’

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/12 - 12:59am

Former US vice president and climate change campaigner says providing funding for infrastructure to support Adani coal mine is ‘just nuts’

Any move by the Australian government to subsidise coal-fired power would be “crazy” and providing funding for infrastructure to support the Adani coal mine is “just nuts,” former US vice president and climate change campaigner Al Gore has said.

“Globally, the world is moving rapidly away from subsidies to fossil fuels,” he said. “It would be odd if Australia went in the opposite direction and subsidised coal. It’s impolitic of me to say it, but it would be crazy.”

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Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 9:45pm

Next best actions are selling your car, avoiding flights and going vegetarian, according to study into true impacts of different green lifestyle choices

The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.

The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing on a line. However, the high impact actions are rarely mentioned in government advice and school textbooks, researchers found.

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Auto industry fights back at plan to cut cars' greenhouse gas emissions

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 7:45pm

Australian Automobile Association argues government plan will cost consumers more but government says petrol savings will offset any rise

The Australian car industry has tried to kill any government move to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars, arguing it would increase the cost to consumers and contradicting comprehensive government modelling.

The government plans to introduce emissions standards for new cars, releasing a series of proposed targets in discussion papers and seeking input from industry and other stakeholders.

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Government has no plans to build coal-fired power station, Josh Frydenberg says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 6:39pm

Energy minister hoses down lobbying from Nationals, saying the government would only support new coal-fired power if the market backed it

The government has no plans to build a coal-fired power station, energy minister Josh Frydenberg has said, despite repeated public lobbying by senior Nationals to bring more coal into the system.

Frydenberg told the ABC on Wednesday if the market supported a new coal-fired power station, “then we will support that”.

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Shenhua coalmine scaled back as NSW government buys back part of licence

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 6:22pm

Resources minister says 51.4% of exploration licence in Liverpool plains would be handed back, in exchange for a refund of $262m

The controversial Shenhua Watermark coalmine in NSW will be scaled back to avoid mining land marked as “strategic” agricultural lands, after a partial buy-back of the mining licence by the state government.

The government indicated it was in discussions with Shenhua in August, when it announced a similar buyback of BHP’s planned underground mine in nearby Caroona, also on the Liverpool plains. There has been continued speculation that the mine was not financially viable, given declining Chinese coal imports and Shenhua’s failure to apply for a mining licence, instead extending its cheaper exploration licence.

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Canada fisherman killed by whale moments after rescuing it from net

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 2:13pm

Joe Howlett helped to rescue a north Atlantic right whale that had become heavily tangled in rope and was struck by the mammal afterward

A Canadian lobster fisherman who saved dozens of endangered whales after they became tangled in fishing nets has been killed – moments after a last successful rescue.

Joe Howlett, from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, boarded a vessel off the province’s eastern coast on Monday to help rescue a north Atlantic right whale that had become heavily tangled in rope.

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Coca-Cola to increase amount of recycled plastic in its bottles

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 2:09pm

Exclusive: move to improve targets and increase support for recycling comes amid pressure from environmentalists

Coca-Cola is to increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles to 50% amid pressure from environmentalists over runaway use of the containers.

The world’s biggest drinks brand says it will hit its new UK recycling target - up from a previous goal of 40% - by 2020.

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Energy economics group says export market for Australian coal will decline

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 11:00am

Office of the chief economist projects market will grow by 8.7% by 2022, but Institute for Energy Economics says this is based on out of date analysis

As Australia mulls the building of its biggest-ever export thermal coal mine, its biggest foreign buyers look set to reduce their consumption, driving down the price of Australian coal, and the profitability of its mines.

Japan, South Korea and Taiwan together buy about 30% of the world’s exported thermal coal, including 70% of Australia’s export coal.

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Exclusive: government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 11:00am

Huge spike in Queensland land clearing destroys ecological communities and habitat of threatened species, according to analysis

The federal government is allowing the huge spike in land clearing in Queensland to destroy threatened ecological communities, the habitat of threatened species and increase pollution on the Great Barrier Reef by failing to enforce environmental law, according to analysis by WWF.

Following the weakening of land clearing laws in Queensland in 2013, the rate of clearing there has tripled to almost 300,000 hectares each year.

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Boris Johnson backs 'all-out ban' on ivory sales

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/11 - 10:50am

Foreign secretary confirms government’s pledge, despite absence from manifesto

A total ban on ivory sales in the UK could still be introduced by the British government, foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said, signalling a possible U-turn that has been welcomed by conservationists.

In their 2015 manifesto the Conservatives promised to “press for a total ban on ivory sales”. But the pledge was quietly taken out of this year’s Tory manifesto, sparking anger among conservation organisations, which say that by allowing the trade to continue, the UK is fuelling elephant poaching.

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