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Katharine the great white shark resurfaces off US east coast

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/11/07 - 9:16am

Transmitter attached to dorsal fin of shark with Twitter following had not sent a definitive message for a year and a half

Katharine, a 14ft-plus great white shark with a Twitter following, appeared again off the US east coast this week. A transmitter attached to her dorsal fin had not sent out a definitive message for a year and a half.

The transmitter that was attached off Cape Cod in August 2013 is roughly half the size of an iPhone and is meant to ping whenever the shark breaks the ocean surface.

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Extinction Rebellion protester, 17, climbs crane in Norwich

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/11/07 - 8:47am

Action comes after group postponed mass protest due to second England lockdown

A teenage Extinction Rebellion protester has climbed a crane in Norwich after the movement postponed a mass demonstration due to the second national lockdown.

Alex Sidney, who scaled the crane in Duke Street early on Saturday morning while carrying a sleeping bag and supplies, has vowed to stay put until he has “mild hypothermia”.

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Green groups denounce Brazil's 'sham' Amazon tour for foreign diplomats

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/11/07 - 1:00am

Campaigners say visit was ‘media propaganda’ as officials failed to stop at any devastated rainforest areas

Environmentalists have criticised a three-day tour of the Amazon that the Brazilian government staged for foreign ambassadors as a “sham” and “media propaganda” after it failed to stop at any environmentally devastated areas.

The tour ended on Friday and focused on better-protected areas of the northern Amazon. “The government prepared an itinerary that does not show the reality of the Amazon – the abandonment of indigenous peoples, the land grabbing, the illegal mining and the uncontrolled deforestation. It is a sham,” said Marcio Astrini, executive director of the Climate Observatory, an umbrella group of environmental NGOs.

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Flies For Dinner: Purina To Offer Bug Based Dog and Cat Food

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 9:42pm

Nestlé, one of the largest food groups in the world, announced this week plans to introduce insect-based dog and cat food in Switzerland. U.S. options to come next year.

(Image credit: Guillaume Souvant/AFP via Getty Images)

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Flies For Dinner: Purina To Offer Bug Based Dog and Cat Food

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 9:42pm

Nestlé, one of the largest food groups in the world, announced this week plans to introduce insect-based dog and cat food in Switzerland. U.S. options to come next year.

(Image credit: Guillaume Souvant/AFP via Getty Images)

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Looking even better for Biden...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 4:21pm

 

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Storm Eta death toll rises to 100 after devastating mudslides

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 1:43pm

Rescuers reach remote mountain village in Guatemala where people were buried in their homes

The death toll from the calamitous Storm Eta in Central America soared on Friday after the Guatemalan military reached a remote mountainous village where torrential rains had triggered devastating mudslides, killing about 100 people.

Many of the dead were buried in their homes in the remote village of Quejá in the central region of Alta Verapaz, where about 150 houses had been swallowed by mudslides, said army spokesman Rubén Téllez.

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In Historic Move, Colorado Voters Decide To Reintroduce Gray Wolves

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 12:39pm

The move challenges a long tradition of leaving wildlife management to governments, not the public. But the vote was narrow, reflecting many people's serious concerns about bringing wolves back.

(Image credit: Dawn Villella/AP)

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In Historic Move, Colorado Voters Decide To Reintroduce Gray Wolves

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 12:39pm

The move challenges a long tradition of leaving wildlife management to governments, not the public. But the vote was narrow, reflecting many people's serious concerns about bringing wolves back.

(Image credit: Dawn Villella/AP)

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Climate crisis: more than 100 Australian businesses and organisations support net-zero target

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 12:00pm

Australian Medical Association, Unilever and Atlassian among groups supporting Zali Steggall’s bill in newspaper ads

The independent MP Zali Steggall has called on Australia’s chief scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, to issue a clear opinion on whether the country should commit to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Steggall is due to present to parliament on Monday long-promised climate change legislation that would include a target of net zero by 2050 that could be ratcheted up in line with changing scientific evidence.

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Week in Wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 11:34am

The best of the week’s wildlife pictures from around the world, including walruses in Russia and a great fox-spider

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Mink and coronavirus: what's happened and should we be worried?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 10:57am

Sars-CoV-2 has jumped from humans, mutated and crossed back to cause new infections

News that the coronavirus has crossed from humans into mink, mutated and then jumped back again has generated understandable concern.

Officially, 12 people have been infected at farms so far, mostly in northern Denmark, but the Danish health minister has admitted that up to half of the 783 human Covid cases in the region may be mink-related. This implies that the mutated virus is spreading from person to person, but how worried should we be?

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Wolves win in Colorado after vote for reintroduction by 2023

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 10:10am

Wolves were hunted and trapped to extinction in state in the 1940s

Coloradans have voted to reintroduce wolves, which were hunted and trapped to extinction in the 1940s, to the state by 2023.

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David Biello: Moving The Dial On Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 7:34am

Fighting climate change is a big messy task that will take a lot of work. This hour, TED's Science Curator David Biello joins Manoush to share some promising and fascinating solutions.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Zeeuw/Elizabeth Zeeuw / TED)

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David Biello: Moving The Dial On Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 7:34am

Fighting climate change is a big messy task that will take a lot of work. This hour, TED's Science Curator David Biello joins Manoush to share some promising and fascinating solutions.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Zeeuw/Elizabeth Zeeuw / TED)

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'We're seeing more than ever': white shark populations rise off California coast

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 4:00am

CSU Long Beach shark lab has tagged a record amount of white sharks, signaling a healthy ecosystem – and warmer waters

Chris Lowe is no longer surprised when he sees drone footage of juvenile white sharks cruising near surfers and swimmers in southern California’s ocean waters.

Lowe directs the shark lab at California State University, Long Beach, and for the past 12 years he’s been monitoring populations of juvenile white sharks off the southern California coast with tags, drones and planes. This year, Lowe has already tagged a record 38 sharks, triple the number that were tagged last year. “Normally they’d be leaving by now, but instead we are seeing more sharks than ever.”

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hissy fits...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/11/05 - 2:14pm

 

It is no surprise that trump's behavior during the vote counting is far more immature than his behavior during his first campaign and throughout his term in office.  His numerous lawsuits are being thrown out by judges almost as fast as his lawyers have been filing them.  74,88,46,0,B  

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Global food production emissions 'would put Paris agreement out of reach'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/11/05 - 12:00pm

Study calls for more focus on farming and food waste, behind a third of greenhouse gas production

Our diets and agricultural production around the world are so carbon-intensive that emissions from the global food system alone would be enough to put the Paris climate goals out of reach, even if all the other major sources of emissions were closed down, research has shown.

Farming and food account for about a third of global greenhouse gas production at present. The world’s food systems produced about 16bn tonnes a year of CO2 from 2012 to 2017.

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Bentley to stop making petrol cars by 2030 and go fully electric

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/11/05 - 10:00am

Luxury car brand promises to shift business to become ‘end-to-end carbon neutral’

Bentley, the luxury carmaker, will stop making fossil fuel cars by 2030 and aims to be completely carbon neutral at the same time, in one of the most ambitious plans of any UK car manufacturer in the transition towards electric vehicles.

It will stop building cars with traditional internal combustion engines within six years, instead making hybrids and then its first battery electric cars in 2025. By 2030 it will sell only pure battery electric vehicles, with zero-carbon exhaust emissions.

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Danish Covid-19 mink variant could spark new pandemic, scientists warn

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/11/05 - 8:32am

Mutations in mink herds and wildlife such as weasels, badgers, ferrets may pose risk to human health and vaccine development

A Danish vaccine specialist has warned that a new wave of coronavirus could be started by the Covid-19 mink variant.

“The worst-case scenario is that we would start off a new pandemic in Denmark. There’s a risk that this mutated virus is so different from the others that we’d have to put new things in a vaccine and therefore [the mutation] would slam us all in the whole world back to the start,” said Prof Kåre Mølbak, vaccine expert and director of infectious diseases at Denmark’s State Serum Institute (SSI).

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