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Chris Packham memoir voted UK's favourite piece of nature writing

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 2:00pm

Naturalist says choice is ‘Boaty McBoatface in book form’ after Fingers in the Sparkle Jar beats The Wind in the Willows and The Peregrine

When academics asked readers to vote for Britain’s favourite piece of nature writing, they probably didn’t expect a celebrity memoir about Asperger’s to trounce otters, badgers and peregrines.

But Chris Packham has seen off famous poets and naturalists such as John Clare, Kathleen Jamie and Gilbert White, as well as much-loved children’s classics The Wind in the Willows and Tarka the Otter, to top the online poll organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Climate change threatens half of US bases worldwide, Pentagon report finds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 12:12pm
  • Defense department says wild weather could endanger 1,700 sites
  • Findings run counter to White House views on climate

Nearly half of US military sites are threatened by wild weather linked to climate change, according to a new Pentagon study whose findings run contrary to White House views on global warming.

Drought, wind and flooding that occurs due to reasons other than storms topped the list of natural disasters that endanger 1,700 military sites worldwide, from large bases to outposts, said the US Department of Defense (DoD).

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Global use of mosquito nets for fishing 'endangering humans and wildlife'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 12:00pm

Study warns that use of anti-malarial nets may reduce people’s protection and affect fish stocks, and calls for urgent research into potential impacts

Anti-malarial mosquito nets are being used to catch fish around the world, according to the first global survey, risking harm to people and fish stocks.

More research is urgently needed to assess these impacts, say the scientists, but they also caution that the draconian bans on mosquito net fishing seen in some countries may cause more harm than good, particularly where people rely on the fish caught to survive.

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Hong Kong votes to ban domestic ivory sales

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 5:10am

Lawmakers overwhelmingly vote for the bill to abolish trade by 2021, which will shut down a massive ivory market and throw a ‘lifeline’ to elephants

Hong Kong has voted to ban ivory sales in a landmark move to end the infamous trade in the city.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted for Wednesday’s bill, which will abolish the trade by 2021, following China’s complete ban on ivory sales that went into effect at the end of last year.

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Cambodian forest defenders killed after confronting illegal loggers

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 4:34am

Three-person team reported to have been attacked by government forces while patrolling in the Keo Seima wildlife conservation sanctuary

Soldiers in an area of north-eastern Cambodia where illicit logging and smuggling are rife are reported to have killed a forest protection ranger, a military police officer and a conservation worker in apparent retaliation for their seizure of equipment from illegal loggers, officials have said.

Keo Sopheak, a senior environmental official in Mondulkiri province, said the three-person team was attacked late Tuesday afternoon after patrolling in the Keo Seima wildlife conservation sanctuary. He said the dead civilian was a Cambodian employee of the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Mortgage lender raises the roof over leasehold solar panels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 3:36am

Our buyer’s preferred lender won’t consider them for a mortgage

We bought a house in 2010 and had solar panels installed on a leasehold basis. We want to sell, but the buyer’s preferred lender won’t lend on properties with leasehold panels.

We have tried to buy out the panels, as per a clause in the lease. It states that we have to compensate the company for the loss of their “feed-in tariff” – we know this will be around £20,000.

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Terry the green sea turtle practises for release by swimming with predators – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 12:01am

Footage taken at the Sealife Melbourne aquarium shows a green sea turtle that was rescued from a beach on the Mornington peninsula swimming laps alongside predators  to prepare for his release into the wild. Terry the turtle has a phalanx of divers to act as bodyguards for his first foray into the tank

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Stripes of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 11:30pm

The stripy fields have been planted across England as part of a trial to boost the natural predators of pests that attack cereal crops

Long strips of bright wildflowers are being planted through crop fields to boost the natural predators of pests and potentially cut pesticide spraying.

The strips were planted on 15 large arable farms in central and eastern England last autumn and will be monitored for five years, as part of a trial run by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

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Green sea turtle 'Terry' practises swimming with predators before release

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 7:26pm

The turtle washed up on a beach in August and will be released into the wild next month

A green sea turtle rescued from a beach has been swimming laps alongside predators at Sealife Melbourne aquarium to prepare for his release into the wild, with a phalanx of divers to act as bodyguards.

The immature turtle was discovered washed up on a beach on the Mornington Peninsula in August, severely underweight and battling pneumonia.

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The Field Lab - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 5:56pm
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South Africa's Cape Town Is Set To Run Out Of Water In April

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 2:22pm

The South African city of Cape Town is running out of water. On Day Zero — April 16 — the taps will get turned off. As that day approaches, residents are thirsty for answers.

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EPA Chief Worried Trump Would Be 'Abusive To The Constitution'

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 1:02pm

In comments to a Tulsa radio host in February 2016, then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he feared President Trump would use executive orders unconstitutionally if he were elected.

(Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

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Labor branches push for new environment act and independent watchdog

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 10:00am

Exclusive: ALP’s internal advocacy group wants sweeping reforms to protect natural heritage to be adopted as policy at next conference

Bill Shorten is facing rising internal pressure to make the environment central to Labor’s election pitch after 250 ALP branches passed a motion calling for strong new national laws and an independent agency akin to a “Reserve Bank for environmental management”.

Branches from every state and territory have backed a campaign by the Labor environment action network (Lean), an internal advocacy group, for sweeping reforms to protect natural heritage to be adopted as policy at this year’s ALP conference.

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UK given days to show it will comply with EU air quality laws

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 9:00am

UK and eight other states will need to take drastic measures on illegal air pollution to avoid court referrals next week, says EU

The EU has given Britain and eight other states until next Friday to show how they will comply with EU air pollution laws or face the European Court of Justice.

The ultimatum came as London reached its legal air pollution limit for 2018 in just the year’s first month, and could lead to heavy fines being imposed on the UK even after Brexit.

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BP to install charging points for electric cars at UK petrol stations

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 8:07am

Further indication that oil firms are planning for growth of battery-powered vehicle market

BP will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months, in the latest sign of an oil giant adapting to the dramatic growth of battery-powered cars.

The British oil firm’s venture arm has invested $5m (£3.5m) in the US firm Freewire Technologies, which will provide motorbike-sized charging units at forecourts to top up cars in half an hour.

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Oil On Our Terms

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 8:06am

The shale gas industry is affording America new independence from reliance on foreign oil. But at what cost to communities?

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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A Century-Old Dairy Ditches Cows For High-Tech Plant Milk

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 6:00am

American aren't drinking as much milk. One long-established dairy is spurring business by replacing cows with nuts and grains, and using new technology to make alternative "milk" sources.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Elmhurst Milked)

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UK electricity use falls – as rest of EU rises

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 5:29am

Slowing economy, mild weather and energy-efficient appliances among possible reasons for decline

The UK was the only country in the EU to reduce its electricity consumption last year, with power use growing or stable across the rest of the bloc’s 28 member states.

Britain’s appetite for power has been waning for more than a decade as industrial activity declined and businesses and households opted for more energy efficient lighting and appliances.

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London reaches legal air pollution limit just one month into the new year

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 5:18am

Timing is a significant improvement, due in part to mayor’s measures, but campaigners say national government must ‘get a grip’ on toxic air

Air pollution in London has reached the legal limit for the whole of 2018 less than a month into the year, prompting calls for the government to “get a grip and show they’re serious about protecting health”.

Toxic air has been at illegal levels in the capital and most urban areas in the UK since 2010 and results in around 40,000 early deaths a year.

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Dutch urge Gove to spell out post-Brexit fishing industry plans

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 4:18am

UK environment secretary told by Dutch fisheries minister to set out proposals after department missed Christmas white paper deadline

The Dutch government has called on Michael Gove to provide a clear vision for the European fishing industry for when the UK leaves the EU’s common fisheries policy, amid growing insecurity in communities on both sides of the Channel.

Carola Schouten, the Netherlands’ fisheries minister, said her country’s fleet, one of the largest in the EU, needed certainty about the future, but that she had yet to see any template from the British environment secretary for how a new arrangement would work.

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