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Rare Earthenware: a journey to the toxic source of luxury goods

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/15 - 2:26am

Artists Unknown Fields Division, in collaboration with Kevin Callaghan, traced the global supply chain of rare earth elements – the 17 most sought after minerals in the world, used in high-end electronics and green technologies – to their source at a toxic lake in Inner Mongolia. Three vases made from the radioactive lake mud, along with a film by photographer Toby Smith, will be on display at London V&A’s What is Luxury? exhibition from the 25 of April.

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Watch an exclusive preview of Rare Earthenware – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/04/15 - 2:26am

Photographer Toby Smith, in collaboration with Unknown Fields, traces the global supply chain of rare earth elements, used in high-end electronics and green technologies, to their origins. The journey takes him from container ships and ports, wholesalers and factories, to the banks of a dried up radioactive lake in Inner Mongolia, where the refining process takes place. Unknown Fields Division, in collaboration with Kevin Callaghan, used mud from this lake to craft a set of three ceramic vessels. The film and vases will be on display at the V &A from the 25 of April

• In pictures: Rare earthenware: a journey to the toxic source of luxury goods

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Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/04/15 - 12:35am

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, based simply on when their land was first irrigated.

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Dolphin sightings off the Hebrides leapt over last decade, research shows

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 11:01pm

Warmer waters around the Scottish islands may be attracting the increased numbers of the common dolphins, say experts

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Green groups accuse EU shale gas panel of fracking lobby takeover

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 10:01pm

Environmentalists boycott EU expert group on the environmental risks posed by fracking, alleging conflict of interest over appointment of shale executives

Environmentalists have walked out of an influential EU shale gas group, which they say has been taken over by industry groups who are using it as a platform to promote fracking.

Advice from the expert panel on unconventional hydrocarbons is expected to inform the European commission’s future decisions on the exploration of shale gas in Europe, which the UK and Polish governments have strongly backed.

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Chiffchaffs, catkins and celandines bring coastal path to life

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 9:30pm
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California drought: water supplier votes for 15% cut that could affect millions

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 4:11pm

Metropolitan Water District opts to reduce allocation in controversial move that follows Governor Jerry Brown’s call for conservation

One of southern California’s largest water suppliers voted to reduce water allocations to its member districts by 15% on Tuesday, adding to the pressure to conserve water on southern California’s most populous regions.

An estimated 19 million water customers could feel the hit from the Metropolitan Water District’s decision, one that falls in line with Governor Jerry Brown’s call on cities and residents to conserve 25% more water than they did in 2013.

Related: California water district's plan to reduce supply could bring higher costs

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Big energy companies operating behind 'smokescreen of sustainability' – GetUp

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 1:00pm

Report says emissions from Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia have increased by more than 500% and AGL has become Australia’s biggest carbon polluter

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German backlash grows against coal power clampdown

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 10:05am

Energy companies and unions warn that planned emissions limits will spark mass plant closures and redundancies

German energy companies say that construction of over half the country’s planned power plants could be scuppered if the country goes ahead with a leaked plan to set emissions budgets for the country’s biggest polluters.

The proposed law would impose stiff financial penalties for the oldest and most inefficient coal and lignite plants, to be paid in the form of emissions trading certificates.

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Is the Green party's climate change plan realistic?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 9:49am

The Greens’ manifesto argues the UK should go further and faster on carbon cuts, but experts warn that a war footing would be needed to change the energy system with such speed and scale

The Green party manifesto, launched on Tuesday, outlined ambitious climate change targets that would see the UK running a zero carbon economy by 2050. But energy analysts have told the Guardian that while laudable, elements of the Greens’ climate agenda may be impossible to implement even if the funding floodgates are opened.

The Green party’s platform improves on the UK’s current carbon reductions plan, which would see cuts of 80% by the middle of the century. Total decarbonisation would be achieved by doing the heavy lifting in the next 15 years, via a 90% reduction in emissions by 2030 based on 1990 levels. This policy requires the UK to make double the cuts required by EU legislation in the next 15 years.

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If Walls Could Talk: What Lead Is Doing To Our Students

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 9:00am

A new study says Massachusetts' aggressive effort to lower lead exposure has also improved student performance.

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Mountain Lion That Hid Out Under LA Home Appears To Have Left

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 7:33am

P-22, as the mountain lion is known, typically lives in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. Attempts to dislodge him from under a home Monday failed.

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In bloom: readers' photos on the signs of spring

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 6:00am

From cherry blossoms to new lambs, we asked you to show us how spring has sprung near you. Here is a selection of our favourites

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The climate denier's guide to getting rich from fossil fuel divestment

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 3:27am

Whether you believe in climate change or not, there’s no denying the figures – taking your money out of oil, coal and gas makes good financial sense

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Concerns raised about uranium mine being able to afford clean-up in Kakadu

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 1:28am

Environmental groups say Energy Resources Australia’s financial losses, and uncertainty about its new mine, means full clean-up in national park not assured

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Robot reveals inside Fukushima nuclear reactor – video

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 1:27am
The view inside one of the wrecked nuclear reactors at Fukushima filmed by a robot. The robot collected temperature, radiation data and images before it became stuck and lost connection. Pictures lit by a lamp on the robot showed steam wafting around the chamber and debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts. Three nuclear reactors went into meltdown after an earthquake triggered a tsunami four years ago Continue reading...
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Pushing Earth beyond its natural limits - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/14 - 1:14am

Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum reveal the current state of nine planetary boundaries, including freshwater use, land-system change and climate change in a new book Big World Small Planet

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Dutch government facing legal action over failure to reduce carbon emissions

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 11:00pm

Landmark case brought by 886 Dutch citizens aims for more robust policy to cut emissions within targets set by IPCC to help avoid critical 2C rise in global temperatures


The first public hearings will take place in the Hague on Tuesday in the first case in the world to use existing human rights and tort law to hold a government responsible for failing to reduce carbon emissions fast enough.

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In the plague village

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 9:30pm

Eyam, Derbyshire Here, just below Eyam Moor, I heard my first lark of the year and turned to look down on the village while I drank in its song

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