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Writers and scientists celebrate UK's 67 most endangered birds

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/01/21 - 6:30am

Book aims to raise awareness of conservation – and some much-needed funding

From stories about capercaillies strutting around like “cocksure” hedge fund managers to corn buntings shrieking like old fruit sellers, Britain’s nature writers, artists and scientists have flocked together to create an illustrated book celebrating 67 of the country’s most endangered birds.

Red Sixty Seven is an elegy to the growing number of British birds on the red list” of highly vulnerable species drawn up by conservation scientists for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Trump blasts 'prophets of doom' in attack on climate activism

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/01/21 - 6:29am

Comment came as Greta Thunberg demanded immediate action in Davos

Donald Trump told the world’s business leaders to stop listening to “prophets of doom” as he used a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum to attack the teenage activist Greta Thunberg over her climate crisis warnings.

The US president hailed America’s growth record and compared campaigners against global heating with those who feared a population explosion in the 1960s and mass starvation in the 1970s.

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Greenpeace hits out at Davos banks for $1.4tn climate hypocrisy

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 4:01pm

Report highlights financial support given to hydrocarbon sector by 24 institutions

The world’s leading financial institutions have been accused of hypocrisy over the climate emergency, after providing significant support for the fossil fuel industry over the last five years.

A report by Greenpeace, the environmental group, highlights that 24 banks which regularly attend the World Economic Forum in Davos have provided $1.4tn (£1.1tn) of financial support for the hydrocarbon sector since the Paris agreement set new emissions reduction goals in 2015.

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NASA Taps Snowstorm-Chasing Team To Improve Forecasting

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 2:14pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Lynn McMurdie, a University of Washington professor and principal investigator for IMPACTS, NASA's new project to more accurately predict snowstorms.

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Tropical Fish Are No Longer Just In The Tropics As Climate Change Affects Habitats

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 2:14pm

Climate change is fueling some big changes under the sea. Tropical reef fish are being found much farther north, far from the tropics. Scientists worry about what the shifts will mean for ecosystems.

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Destructive Hail And A Massive Dust Storm Descend On Fire-Ravaged Australia

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 2:10pm

Canberra, Melbourne and other areas of southeast Australia were hit by golf-ball-sized hail that destroyed car windshields, killed birds and shredded the leaves off trees.

(Image credit: Ying Tan/via Reuters)

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Labour leadership: Starmer secures place on final ballot by getting Usdaw nomination – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 11:42am

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

6.26pm GMT

#LabourLeadership - #Usdaw nominates @Keir_Starmer and @AngelaRayner

Related: Boris Johnson suffers first parliamentary defeat since election

6.10pm GMT

Here’s some reaction from Labour MPs to the news that Usdaw has backed Starmer – as well as from his campaign chair, the former Labour MP Jenny Chapman:

Fabulous news. A great union and a great candidate. Glad to see that @Keir_Starmer is winning support across the trade union movement for his campaign #AnotherFutureIsPossible https://t.co/YZ8IyyVpdQ

Brilliant news. The dream ticket. Keir and Angela. #AnotherFutureIsPossible#LabourLeadershipElection https://t.co/PwSVlo793H https://t.co/Bo1OZDyAfl

Fantastic news. I’m delighted to see @UsdawUnion has decided to back @Keir_Starmer. https://t.co/kShvdjkbfS

Thank you to my Union @UsdawUnion for nominating @Keir_Starmer for leader. This makes Keir the first candidate to secure a place on the ballot paper. https://t.co/Ng3Q0hb06G

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The Field Lab - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 10:26am
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Most Australian chief executives believe climate crisis a threat to business

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 9:30am

Annual CEO survey found 65% of bosses were worried about climate, even before the bushfire crisis peaked

Australian company bosses are becoming increasingly concerned about the climate crisis and are expecting tough economic times in the year ahead, a new survey shows.

Global accounting firm PwC’s annual survey of CEOs shows bosses are preparing to cut jobs and don’t think Australian business and government is doing enough to deal with global heating – a dismal picture that is set to get worse once the effects of the past month’s deadly bushfires take hold.

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Big oil is the new big tobacco - and Congress must use its power to investigate | Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 3:30am

Americans had the right to know the harms of smoking. They have the right to know the harms of the energy industry, too

Greta Thunberg summed up 2019 in five words: “Our house is on fire.” In Australia, this is now literally the case.

Wildfires there have been raging for more than a month and now span an area larger than Switzerland. The situation bears all the hallmarks of a hot new world: lives lost, livelihoods ruined and species pushed towards extinction, accompanied by government inaction, industry PR spin, abetting rightwing echo chambers, and taxpayers footing the multibillion-dollar bill.

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Pentagon causing toxic pollution by burning foam, campaigners say

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 3:00am

Environmentalists say incinerating a vast stockpile of firefighting foam containing harmful PFAS is putting communities at risk

The Department of Defense is polluting the environment with toxic chemicals by continuing to incinerate a vast stockpile of firefighting foam in a move environmentalists say is in breach of new regulations.

In a letter sent last week to the secretary of defense, Mark Esper, several environmental organizations argue the defense department is already out of compliance with new provisions regulating the disposal of the material and insist that it “immediately cease” incineration of the foam – called AFFF – which puts communities at risk.

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Humans risk living in an empty world, warns UN biodiversity chief

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/20 - 12:00am

Ahead of the World Economic Forum, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema urges governments to take definitive action on climate, deforestation and pollution

Humanity will have given up on planet Earth if world leaders cannot reach an agreement this year to stop the mass extinction of wildlife and destruction of life-supporting ecosystems, the United Nation’s new biodiversity chief has warned.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the acting executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, has implored governments to ensure 2020 is not just another “year of conferences” on the ongoing ecological destruction of the planet, urging countries to take definitive action on deforestation, pollution and the climate crisis.

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Huge hail batters Canberra as storms threaten large areas of south-eastern Australia

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/19 - 9:25pm

Hail smashes into Parliament House and brings down trees in the ACT, with more wild weather due to lash NSW and Victoria

Parts of New South Wales could be hit by hail the size of tennis balls and destructive, damaging winds as three major storm cells hit populated areas on Monday afternoon.

Storms have already caused havoc in the ACT today, with large hailstones smashing car windscreens and causing widespread damage across Canberra.

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More than 100 threatened species hit hard by Australian bushfires, pushing many towards extinction

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/19 - 6:15pm

Nearly 50 threatened species believed to have had more than 80% of their area affected, including seven critically endangered plants

Nearly 50 nationally threatened animal and plant species are believed to have had at least 80% of the area in which they live affected by bushfire, a federal environment department analysis has found.

Another 65 have had more than half their area in the fire zone. Scientists have warned some affected species could be pushed to extinction.

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Oil firms risk public backlash if profits put before climate, says IEA

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/19 - 5:01pm

Some companies have taken steps to combat crisis but report says more could be done

The world’s energy watchdog has warned the oil and gas industry that it risks a public backlash by failing to act on the climate crisis in favour of making short-term profits.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said oil companies must balance their desire for near-term returns and a long-term future by playing a much more significant role in combating the climate crisis.

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EU could waste €29bn on gas projects despite climate action plan

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/19 - 5:01pm

32 schemes eligible for funding despite being unnecessary under move from fossil fuels

The European Union risks wasting €29bn (£25bn) of taxpayers’ money by overinvesting in gas projects which will be unnecessary under Europe’s climate action plans, according to a report.

The European Investment Bank vowed late last year to end its support for fossil fuels within the next two years to become the world’s first “climate bank”, but 32 gas projects are still eligible for funding before the crackdown.

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You can thank Satan and those who have turned from God for all that is wrong in the world

The Field Lab - Sun, 2020/01/19 - 4:38pm
Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. 
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Huge dust storms in Australia hit central New South Wales

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/19 - 3:43pm

Videos posted to social media show the clouds turning day into night in some areas

Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms across central New South Wales have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some towns.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings on Sunday evening for inland NSW with the associated winds generating massive dust clouds.

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American Firefighters Battle Australian Blazes

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2020/01/19 - 3:17pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Joel Kerley, an American helicopter pilot and wildfire manager who has been fighting the wildfires in Australia.

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'You Need To Act Now': Meet 4 Girls Working To Save The Warming World

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2020/01/19 - 5:00am

"When we organize, we model the world we want to see," says teenager Xiye Bastida. Activist girls like Bastida have been especially visible in the fight against climate change.

(Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

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