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Pollution cloud over UK triggers health warnings

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 3:11pm

Polluted air from Europe is blowing in and adding to home-grown smog, causing dangerous conditions for sufferers of respiratory illnesses such as asthma

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Australia urged to shut coal-fired power plants urgently as analysis reveals huge emissions

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 12:17pm

Australian Conservation Foundation says US-style regulation should be introduced to force the worst polluting plants to close

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More than 10,000 people call on Dutch pension fund to divest from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 11:46am

Petition to world’s fifth largest pension, ABP, asks fund managers to drop oil, coal and gas holdings from £250bn portfolio

More than 10,000 people have called on the fifth largest pension fund in the world to divest from oil, coal and gas. Members of the Dutch pension fund ABP handed over a petition to the fund’s managers on Tuesday asking them to remove fossil fuel company holdings from its $360bn (£250bn) portfolio.

The campaign is part of a fast-growing movement, launched by the campaign group 350.org, that is putting pressure on institutions around the world to remove their investments from fossil fuels.

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Amazon's trees removed nearly a third less carbon in last decade – study

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 11:00am

Fall in amount of carbon absored by rainforest means even greater cuts to manmade emissions are needed to combat climate change, warn scientists

The amount of carbon the Amazon’s remaining trees removed from the atmosphere fell by almost a third last decade, leading scientists to warn that manmade carbon emissions would need to be cut more deeply to tackle climate change.

Trees in untouched areas of the forest have been dying off across the basin at an increasing rate, found the study, published in Nature on Wednesday. Meanwhile the tree growth produced by higher CO2 levels in recent decades levelled off.

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Pitcairn Islands to get world's largest single marine reserve

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 8:56am

UK government gives go ahead in the 2015 budget to a vast marine protected area in the Pacific that’s home to more than 80 species of fish, coral and algae

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Eiffel Tower shrouded in smog as Paris pollution spikes

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 7:06am

Paris and much of northern France suffers spike in pollution, leading authorities to introduce measures including a 20kph speed limit on motorways

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Satellite Eye on Earth: February 2015 – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 6:25am

New land in Louisiana, Greenland’s Elephant Foot glacier and fortifications on the Iran-Iraq border feature in this month’s selection of images captured by Nasa and the European Space Agency’s satellites

Thick snow blanketed mountain ranges in south-western Europe, above, after a storm pushed through the region in early February. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (Modis) on Nasa’s Terra satellite captured this image of the snow-covered peaks of the Cantabrian mountains, the Pyrenees, the Alps, and Massif Central on 9 February 2015.

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Fossil fuels are way more expensive than you think

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 6:00am

A new study estimates the costs of energy sources including their carbon and other air pollutants

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The quiet revolution that's changing the way we use energy

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 5:09am

The unsung heroes of the fight against climate change are the entrepreneurs and politicians applying themselves to the task of changing our energy consumption

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Solar eclipse is unprecedented test, says European power grid

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 3:25am

Technicians prepare for impact of solar power loss on electricity grids as moon passes between solar panels and the sun but power supply unlikely to be affected

The loss of solar power generation during Friday’s eclipse will be an unprecedented test for the European grid but is very unlikely to cause problems for electricity users, according to electricity providers in the UK and Europe.

If the weather is clear on Friday morning the European grid will suddenly lose the equivalent generation of eight to ten very large coal power plants as the moon passes between solar panels and the sun. The loss of generation will occur over a much shorter period than it takes to get dark at night. The eclipse will cover about 85% of the sun from the centre of the viewing zone.

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Tidal power scheme to be unveiled in 2015 budget

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 1:48am

World first proposed for Swansea Bay could increase government’s green credentials but chancellor is also offering subsidy for North Sea oil firms

George Osborne will use the budget to unveil an ambitious and costly plan to build the world’s first tidal lagoon to generate green energy.

The move comes alongside controversial measures to lower taxes for North Sea oil schemes in a bid to stem plummeting levels of UK oil exploration and production.

Related: Budget 2015: what we know already and what we can expect

Related: Should the UK be subsidising the world's first tidal lagoons?

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After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 12:22am

A storage failure at a coal-fired Duke Energy plant sent tens of thousands of tons of ash into a North Carolina river last year. Now, the company wants to move its stored waste to two abandoned mines.

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Wellcome Trust sold off £94m ExxonMobil oil investment

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 12:00am

However, medical charity refuses to divest all fossil fuel assets and despite calling climate change ‘one of the greatest contemporary challenges to global health’ just 0.9% of £3.5bn it awarded over five years went to climate change work

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Daffodils awake in old market garden

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 10:30pm
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The Field Lab - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 5:54pm
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Old Land Battle Resurfaces In Georgia Between The Gullah And The Government

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 5:18pm

The Gullah people, who are descendants of West African slaves, want to return to land the U.S. government took away during World War II. But the land has been a wildlife refuge for 40 years.

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Ed Davey backs Guardian climate change campaign

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 8:00am

British pension and insurance funds should urgently consider divesting from coal and it’s up to government to provide an incentive structure, says UK energy and climate change secretary

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Students occupy Oxford university in fossil fuel divestment protest

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 7:47am

University council says it needs to give further consideration to call from student’s union to divest £2bn endowment fund from coal and tar sands

Students occupied an administrative building at Oxford university on Monday in protest at the university’s decision to defer a decision on whether to dump its shares in fossil fuels.

Around 15 student activists peacefully occupied the Clarendon Building and unveiled a banner. One activist told the Guardian that two police vans and two squad cars arrived at the university. “There’s lots of police around. They’ve put two security guards inside here with us,” she said.

BREAKING: Oxford Uni alumni occupying @UniofOxford offices in protest at deferring decision on fossil fuel divestment pic.twitter.com/Rcm431ucR9

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