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A third of Europe’s birds under threat, says most comprehensive study yet

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 2:06am

Deteriorating natural habitats and declining wildlife populations found in wide-ranging survey of Europe’s countryside

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The biggest story in the world podcast: Episode 8, the US

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 1:21am
It's time to talk about one of the biggest players in the climate change story, the US, and look at its climate denial movement Continue reading...
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A climate change poem for today: Zoological Positivism Blues by Paul Muldoon

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 11:00pm

UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy curates a series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change

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Clutch engages the curious

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 9:29pm
Sandy Bedfordshire: It felt like an illicit pleasure to eye up real, enormous, swan’s eggs nestling together in the lifebuoy-rimmed bowl Continue reading...
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Knee-high rainforest: push for Unesco protection in Western Australia's Kwongan country – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 7:36pm
A group of scientists in Western Australia are leading the bid for a Unesco world heritage area to be created in the south-west of the state. Biologists say Kwongan country, typified by sandy soils, tough plants and high levels of biodiversity, is unique and must be preserved from land-clearing. But the stakes are high for conservationists, farmers and traditional owners alike.

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Santa Fe Cuts Water Consumption By Imposing Tiered Pricing Model

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 1:53pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Santa Fe, N.M., Mayor Javier Gonzales about how the city managed to cut water usage by one-fifth while its population grew by 10 percent.

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Beekeepers see 42% of US honeybee colonies die off in a single year

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 1:48pm

Summer deaths raise concern among entomologists as more than two in five colonies are lost: a ‘loud signal that there’s some bad things happening’

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California Builders Prepare For Future Water Needs As Population Grows

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 1:33pm

Under the growing burden of drought, California is struggling to supply enough water to all of the people currently living there. The state is also working on ways to ensure water for millions more residents expected to live there in the future.

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Prince Charles letters include strong backing for badger cull

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 11:37am

Long exchange of letters in 2005 with then prime minister, Tony Blair, includes call to tackle tuberculosis in cattle and detailed analysis of farming issues

A full-throated backing for a cull of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is the most striking demand from Prince Charles in a 17-page exchange of letters on farming with the then prime minister, Tony Blair.

“I do urge you to look again at introducing a proper cull of badgers where it is necessary,” the prince writes in February 2005. “I, for one, cannot understand how the ‘badger lobby’ seem not to mind at all about the slaughter of thousands of expensive cattle, and yet object to a managed cull of an overpopulation of badgers – to me, this is intellectually dishonest.”

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Don’t panic! How to escape a swarm of bees

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 10:00am

Towns in southern England are being beset by noisy hordes of honeybees in search of new homes. Here’s what to do if you get caught by the buzz

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Marshall Islands may stop registering oil rigs, says foreign minister

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 9:54am

Small island nation calls for global action on limiting rigs and blocking registration of polluting vessels, alongside cutting emissions

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 9:05am

LSHTM becomes first health research organisation in the world to sell off investments in coal companies from its £16m endowment

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Tory pledge to end wind subsidies risks green economy, say industry leaders

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 8:24am

Conservatives’ manifesto promise to halt wind subsidies is at odds with their emissions goals and threatens green energy jobs and new projects, says renewable industry

The Conservatives must not undermine the so-called green economy and cause job losses through their manifesto pledge to end subsidies for onshore windfarms, figures in the renewable energy industry have said.

Dale Vince, founder of the green energy company Ecotricity, told the Guardian: “It’s going to be interesting to see what Cameron’s new government does now. I see a bit of a self-made dilemma on green issues: on the one hand, they’ve positioned themselves against renewable energy and green initiatives generally; on the other, they have legally binding carbon reduction targets to hit and have promised real action on climate change. These issues are joined at the hip - you can’t deliver one without the other.”

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Students protest against Edinburgh University's rejection of divestment

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 8:15am

Campaigners occupy finance department after university court decision to maintain investments in fossil fuels

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Boris Johnson rejects London motion on fossil fuel divestment

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 7:38am

Mayor dismisses call to divest £4.8bn pension fund from oil, coal and gas saying UK needs fracking to avoid relying on energy imports

Boris Johnson has rejected a motion by the London assembly calling on City Hall’s pension fund to divest from fossil fuels, arguing the UK needs to press ahead with fracking to avoid being reliant on the Middle East and Russia for gas.

The mayor of London, who will attend cabinet from this week, said that a more realistic approach was needed than divestment, which he called a “sudden cliff edge”.

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Kenya opens $100m wildlife forensic lab to help prosecute poachers

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 6:16am

New facility in Nairobi, first of its kind in east Africa, will collect and analyse DNA samples to help investigators identify the animal species killed by poachers

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Lukewarmers – the third stage of climate denial, gambling on snake eyes

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 6:00am

Lukewarmers are trying to make climate science denial more acceptable and mainstream

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Blooms around the world: readers' cherry blossom pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 5:30am

The trees have bloomed and we asked you for your most striking images from this year’s cherry blossom season. Here are some of our favourites

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Dead whale found on Spanish beach – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 5:10am
A dead six-tonne whale is seen washed up on a beach in Cullera in Valencia. The whale was first spotted, while still alive, in shallow waters on Monday morning by a Spanish coastguard patrol. But the body of 10-metre-long whale was found washed up on Pollo beach. The body of the whale is due to undergo a post-mortem Continue reading...
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Nuclear waste stored in 'shocking' way 120 miles from Ukrainian front line

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/13 - 4:41am

Experts raise concerns over waste stored in the open air at Europe’s largest nuclear power station, as the conflict increases Ukraine’s reliance on power from its ageing plants

Concerns have been raised by environmentalists and atomic power experts over the way waste is being stored at Europe’s largest nuclear power station, in crisis-ridden Ukraine.

More than 3,000 spent nuclear fuel rods are kept inside metal casks within towering concrete containers in an open-air yard close to a perimeter fence at Zaporizhia, the Guardian discovered on a recent visit to the plant, which is 124 miles (200km) from the current front line.

Given the current state of warfare, I cannot say what could be done to completely protect installations from attack

We know about the weak links in the plant [security]... But I doubt that that these should be disclosed

Nuclear fuel is the only sphere in which cooperation remains friendly because Ukraine is one of Russia’s biggest clients

Related: Chernobyl arch faces €265m funding gap ahead of disaster's 29th anniversary

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