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Florida swamped by red tide – but is fertilizer plant spill making it worse?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/07/17 - 3:00am

Dolphins, manatees and 800 tons of dead fish are piling up on the state’s shorelines in one of the worst algal blooms in years

Piles of dead fish, dolphins, turtles and manatees are rotting on the shorelines of coastal Florida in a soup of reddish brown ocean water after a devastating so-called “red tide” algal bloom struck sea life in the region.

The city council in St Petersburg, Florida, called for a state of emergency last week saying that crews need help getting the dead sea creatures cleaned up from the beaches. In the Pinellas county area, more than 800 tons of dead fish and sea life have washed ashore – and the smell is already hitting the cities.

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Regulate business to tackle climate crisis, urges Mark Carney

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/07/17 - 12:00am

Former Bank chief says governments must act as free markets will not reduce emissions alone

Governments must step up their regulation of businesses to tackle the climate crisis, the former Bank of England governor Mark Carney has urged, because the financial free markets will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions alone.

Carney, who left the Bank of England last year before the first Covid-19 lockdown, is now one of the most influential figures working on Cop26, the vital UN climate talks to be held in Glasgow in November. He is a UN envoy on climate change and Boris Johnson’s finance adviser on the climate.

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Laws of nature: could UK rivers be given the same rights as people?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 11:30pm

As more and more countries grant natural features or ecosystems legal personhood, the UK’s fight to pass nature rights laws is quietly gaining pace

The River Frome murmurs and babbles through the woods and fields of north Somerset. It is popular with anglers and wild swimmers but is often polluted with a cocktail of agricultural runoff, leading to frequent complaints from the public.

In 2018, Frome Town Council tried to pass a bylaw giving part of the river and the adjacent Rodden meadow the status of a person in law. This would establish their right to exist, flourish and thrive, and for the river to flow freely and have a natural water cycle, as well as ensuring timely and effective restoration if they were damaged. The council and a local charity, Friends of the River Frome, were to be made joint guardians of the river and meadow, tasked with balancing their interests with the health and safety of local people.

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The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 5:05pm


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Local Journalist Says Erftstadt Area Has Never Seen Such Devastating Floods

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 1:15pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with German freelance journalist Holger Klein about the devastating flooding in Erftstadt, Germany, a town southwest of Cologne.

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Australia’s ‘sun tax’: solar energy supporters split over how to make electricity grid fairer

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 1:00pm

Rule changes aimed at making room for more household solar systems and batteries on the grid would be unfair to current owners, some say

Michael Streatfeild was an early solar adopter. About a decade ago he withdrew $15,000 from his mortgage to install a 3.6kW system of panels on a north-east facing section of his roof in western Sydney.

Three years ago, in a bid to wipe out his reliance on coal-fired grid electricity, he added a 4kW system and positioned it to catch sun later in the day, when it comes from the north-west.

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Environment activist shot dead outside Nairobi home after death threats

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 9:32am

Kenyan president condemns killing of Joannah Stutchbury, who protested against building in Kiambu forest

A prominent environment activist has been shot dead near her home in Kenya, after receiving multiple death threats following her campaign against the development of wetlands in a national park.

Joannah Stutchbury, 67, was killed at 10pm local time on Thursday as she returned to her home on the outskirts of Nairobi. Friends said she had stopped her car to clear branches blocking her driveway when she was shot several times. Neighbours found her body in the car with the engine still running and valuables still in the vehicle, suggesting the attack was not a robbery.

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Flagstaff declares state of emergency as Arizona hit by devastating floods

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 9:28am

Debris from areas burned by wildfires courses through city streets as one woman dies in flash flood on Colorado River

Parts of Arizona have been hit with devastating flooding, with the city of Flagstaff declaring a state of emergency after being inundated with torrents of water that turned streets into murky, fast-running streams.

In one widely shared video, a person shouting “Oh my God!” filmed as a Toyota Prius was shown being swiftly carried down a Flagstaff street by a raging swell of dark water. The city, located among the mountains of northern Arizona and considered a gateway to the Grand Canyon, has been pelted by several days of rain, prompting local officials to urge people to shelter in place.

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Flood Deaths Are Rising In Germany, And Officials Blame Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 7:39am

The worst flooding in decades to affect Germany and parts of Belgium has killed more than 100 people as search and rescue efforts for hundreds of missing continue, officials said.

(Image credit: Rhein-Erft-Kreis District/Storyful)

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‘Enough with the burning’: EU executive accused of sacrificing forests

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 7:38am

Campaigners criticise European Commission strategy that allows continued burning of trees for fuel

The EU executive has been accused of “sacrificing forests” after it published proposals that would allow trees to continue to be burned for fuel.

The charges of “accelerating climate breakdown” through wood-burning were made on Friday as the European Commission unveiled its forest strategy, which includes a goal to plant 3bn trees across the EU by 2030.

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Six Extinction Rebellion protesters found guilty of blocking news printers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 5:17am

Judge says demonstration was ‘peaceful’ but impacted Murdoch, Mail, Telegraph and Standard titles

Six Extinction Rebellion protesters on trial for blockading the printing press of some of the UK’s biggest newspapers have been found guilty.

The activists appeared at St Albans magistrates court on Friday accused of obstructing the highway outside Newsprinters printing works in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, on 4 September 2020.

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‘We’re not animals, we’re human beings’: US farm workers labor in deadly heat with few protections

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 4:34am

Advocates want Osha to issue federal heat standards, requiring water, shade and rest breaks

The climate crisis is endangering farm workers around the US who work outside in excessive heat throughout the year without any federal protections from heat exposure in the workplace.

“It’s really challenging to work in the heat, but the reality is we have to, we don’t really have a choice, we have to keep working even when it’s incredibly hot,” said Tere Cruz, a farm worker for 15 years in Immokalee, Florida. “The first thing in the morning, you don’t feel it as much but then after 11am your body really starts to feel the heat. You feel like all the energy has been sucked out of you and it’s really hard to keep going.’’

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 4:00am

The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including endangered vultures, a baby beaver and a spectacular wingnut tree

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How A Group Of Dedicated Volunteers Are Keeping California's Wildfires At Bay

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 2:02am

The Los Angeles Fire Department depends on help from amateur radio volunteers when fire threatens communications infrastructure. NPR looks at how ham radio operators are keeping residents safe.

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Death Toll Continues To Rise In Devastating German Floods

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 2:02am

Dozens of people are dead and dozens more are missing in Western Europe after heavy flooding swept away homes and cars and turned streams into raging rivers.

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New Zealand farmers stage huge protest over environmental rules

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/07/15 - 8:38pm

Fears of growing urban/rural divide as workers take to tractors to protest against measures they say are unfair

Thousands of farmers have descended on dozens of towns and cities across New Zealand in their tractors in a nationwide protest against a swathe of new environmental regulations.

The Howl of a Protest event was tipped to be the largest of its kind for the rural sector, with motorcades expected in 51 towns and cities.

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The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/07/15 - 5:19pm
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‘A tale of woe’: UK butterfly numbers hit by cold, wet spring

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/07/15 - 4:01pm

Public urged to join world’s biggest butterfly count to help collect data on impacts of climate crisis

Butterflies across the UK have been hit hard by unseasonably cold and wet spring weather, conservationists have warned.

April was the sunniest on record but it also had a record number of frosts followed by the wettest May for England in 54 years. Native butterflies such as the small tortoiseshell, large white, and red admiral have been badly affected, with numbers down compared with 10-year averages, according to the wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation.

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Shell and Scottish Power submit plans for floating offshore windfarms

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/07/15 - 4:01pm

Energy firms hope to produce world’s first large-scale floating turbines in north-east Scotland

Royal Dutch Shell has joined forces with Scottish Power to develop the world’s first large-scale floating offshore windfarms in the north-east of Scotland.

The energy companies have submitted multiple plans for a string of large floating offshore windfarms to Crown Estate Scotland as part of the property manager’s latest leasing round for access to the coastline.

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Democrats' Budget Plan Pushes A Shift To Clean Energy. Here's How It Would Work

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/07/15 - 2:59pm

The budget blueprint would use financial carrots and sticks to encourage utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The "clean energy standard" is key to President Biden's climate goals.

(Image credit: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

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