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Brexit Leaves French Fishermen On The Hook

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 1:58pm

French fishermen in Brittany and Calais say up to 80 percent of their haul is from British waters. Many fear financial ruin if their access is restricted after Brexit.

(Image credit: Joanna Kakissis/NPR)

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My family and I survived Hurricane Irma. The fear was real – but we were lucky

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 1:11pm

In Lealman, Florida, where Jessica Glenza grew up, Sunday was filled with foreboding – and the sense of scare didn’t let up until the rain did

When we woke up, the house was still standing. The cars were still parked in the grass. The baby was still crying. None of those things had been guaranteed.

Hurricane Irma delivered a “glancing blow” to Tampa Bay, in the words of Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn. Not all of Florida was so lucky.

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Hinkley nuclear power is being priced out by renewables | Nils Pratley

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:12am

The UK should concentrate on wind- and gas-fired stations, and involve nuclear only if it can vaguely compete on price

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station was conceived in the days when offshore wind cost £150 per megawatt hour and a few misguided souls, some of them government ministers, thought a barrel of oil was heading towards $200.

Successive governments swallowed the line that Hinkley represented a plausible answer to the UK’s threefold energy conundrum – keeping the lights on, reducing carbon emissions and producing the juice at affordable prices for consumers and business.

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Nuclear plans 'should be rethought after fall in offshore windfarm costs'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:02am

Lib Dems and green groups say reduced price of state support should sound death knell for plants such as Hinkley Point C

The government is under pressure to reconsider its commitment to a new generation of nuclear power stations after the cost of offshore wind power reached a record low.

Experts said green energy had reached a tipping point in the UK after two windfarms secured a state-backed price for their output that was nearly half the level awarded last year to Britain’s first new nuclear power site in a generation, Hinkley Point C.

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For energy security, the failing Liddell coal plant is the last thing we need | Ben Oquist

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:00am

Confusion reigns over whether the government will, or can, keep the ageing power station going. But there’s a much better way to ensure grid reliability

Coal fails in the heat. And so it did on 10 February 2017, as the heatwave that sparked South Australia’s blackout rolled across into NSW and emergency load-shedding was required in Australia’s biggest state. The Liddell power station failed to perform and could only operate at below half-capacity. In fact, throughout 2016-17 the 45-year-old power station’s average capacity was only 54%. It almost never operates at peak performance.

To increase grid reliability, the last thing you would want to do is rely upon an underperforming, old power station prone to failure during heatwaves.

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Most Australians want government to regulate power prices – Guardian Essential poll

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:00am

Poll shows 81% support for more investment in renewables, as Labor remains ahead on a two-party preferred basis, at 54% to the Coalition’s 46%

A clear majority of Australian voters want governments to step in and regulate electricity and gas prices and also boost investment in renewable energy, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll.

The latest poll of 1,826 voters found 86% support for the regulation of power prices and 81% support for more investment in renewable energy and storage.

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Floridians battered by Irma maintain climate change is no 'big deal'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 10:32am

On Marco Island, widespread destruction in Irma’s wake is not enough to make believers out of some climate change skeptics

They sat through hours of pummelling by Hurricane Irma, with winds pounding them at up to 115mph and rain driving in a solid white sheet as bright as a snow blizzard. Then on Monday, Floridians woke up to survey the damage, begin the cleanup and get back to carrying on regardless.

Related: Florida Keys facing potential 'humanitarian crisis' in Irma aftermath

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UK diesel car values dive by up to a quarter amid pollution crackdown

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 10:22am

Second-hand Vauxhall, Audi and BMW diesels have fallen most in price, according to research

The value of some used diesel cars has dropped by as much as 26% since the start of this year amid a crackdown on older vehicles.

Second-hand Vauxhall, Audi and BMW diesels have fallen most in price, according to research by the car-buying website Motorway.co.uk. The average used Vauxhall Corsa with a diesel engine has slumped in price from £2,160 to just £1,592 since the start of 2017, a drop of 26%.

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Campaigner to fight Ineos in court over order curbing fracking protests

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 7:43am

Joe Boyd is appealing to public for donations to challenge petrochemicals giant over ‘anti-democratic’ injunction

A second campaigner is challenging a sweeping injunction obtained by a petrochemicals giant against anti-fracking activists that has been criticised for profoundly limiting protests.

Joe Boyd, an anti-fracking campaigner, is going to the high court in London on Tuesday in an attempt to stop the injunction which has been secured by the multinational firm, Ineos. He is appealing to the public for donations as he could face a large bill if he loses.

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Huge increase in badger culling will see up to 33,500 animals shot

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 7:40am

Ministers say culls are vital for cutting TB infections in cattle but scientists say there is little evidence to support the policy

Up to 33,500 badgers will be shot this autumn in an attempt to control tuberculosis in cattle, a huge rise from the 10,000 killed in 2016.

The government has announced that 11 new badger cull areas have been licensed, adding to the 10 already in place. Devon now has six badger culls under way, with Somerset and Wiltshire having three each, with others in Cheshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

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Shark given refuge in Sydney rock pool – video report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 7:33am

A small great white shark was rescued after it was found floundering on a beach in Sydney, Australia, on Monday. The shark was found by beachgoers in shallow waters at Manly beach and was moved to a beach rockpool to be monitored by authorities

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 5:36am

Stag deers in London’s Richmond Park, elks in east China, and Bactrian deer in central Asia are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Pool shark: beached great white given temporary refuge in Sydney rock pool

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 2:49am

Public pool closed to swimmers after injured marine predator transferred for observation by wildlife experts

A juvenile great white shark was rescued after washing up on a Sydney beach – and given a new temporary home in a nearby public swimming pool.

The shark, which washed ashore on Manly beach in Sydney’s north about midday, appeared to be injured and onlookers alerted marine rescue and lifeguards.

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Coalition to allow government-backed loans to coalmines as banks hesitant

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 2:24am

Government backing for mines, which could potentially include the Adani Carmichael project, comes as banks under pressure from activist groups

The Turnbull government has responded to the increasing unwillingness of Australia’s banks to fund major coal projects by overturning a ban on government-backed loans to domestic miners.

Steve Ciobo, the minister for trade, says protesters and activist groups have so discouraged Australia’s retail banks from financing “otherwise viable exporters in the coal sector” that the government must step in to fund a growing “market gap.”

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Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 1:53am

Forest fires have brought a smoky haze to the West, along with stinging eyes, sore throats and headaches to people far from flames. Unseen particles of ash also make it hard for some to breathe.

(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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'They lied': Bolivia's untouchable Amazon lands at risk once more | Myles McCormick

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/09/10 - 11:00pm

Locals blame coca interests for the state’s broken promise on protecting Tipnis national park, biodiversity hotspot and home to thousands of indigenous people

When Ovidio Teco’s Amazon homeland was declared “untouchable” by the Bolivian government in 2011, his war had been won.

The concerns of people like him had been listened to: their beautiful and ancient land would not be carved in two by a 190-mile highway.

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China to ban production of petrol and diesel cars 'in the near future'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/09/10 - 9:52pm

Announcement aimed at tackling pollution will prove a huge incentive to development and sale of electric and hybrid vehicles

China, the world’s biggest vehicle market, is considering a ban on the production and sale of fossil fuel cars in a major boost to the production of electric vehicles as Beijing seeks to ease pollution.

Related: Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

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Forecasters And Meteorologists Continue To Watch Hurricane Irma, Keep An Eye On Jose

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/09/10 - 2:45pm

Ed Rappaport, acting director for the National Hurricane Center, gives an update on Hurricane Irma, and other storms expected to hit the Gulf Coast.

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How Natural Disasters Make Major Cities Vulnerable To National Security Threats

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/09/10 - 2:45pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Michael Masters, senior vice president with security intelligence firm The Soufan Group, who explains how natural disasters from fire and floods can destabilize major cities.

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Britain flouting duty to protect citizens from toxic air pollution – UN

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/09/10 - 2:00pm

Exclusive: Special rapporteur’s mission finds government has violated obligation to protect people’s lives and health

The UK government is “flouting” its duty to protect the lives and health of its citizens from illegal and dangerous levels of air pollution, according to the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights related to toxic waste.

Baskut Tuncak issued his warning after a fact-finding mission to the UK in January at the invitation of the government in a report that has been shared exclusively with the Guardian before it is presented to the UN human rights council this week.

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