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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/31 - 8:06am

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a plea for a crocodile trapped in a tyre

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Cropped-out climate activist Vanessa Nakate urges media to hear Africans

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/31 - 6:19am

Ugandan activist says she hopes storm over Davos photo will help shift narrative

The Ugandan climate activist who was cropped out of a press photo in Davos has said many African activists experience the same erasure but feel unable to speak up.

The Associated Press apologised last week after it cropped Vanessa Nakate out of a photo she had posed for alongside fellow activists Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa Neubauer and Isabelle Axelsson.

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Activists Will Use Super Bowl To Raise Awareness About The Environment

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/01/31 - 3:01am

When crowds of NFL fans converge on Miami for this weekend's Super Bowl, they may encounter environmental activists and a local host committee raising awareness about ocean health and the everglades.

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Narrabri farmers feel 'sold out' by federal-NSW energy deal that boosts gas supply

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/31 - 1:39am

NSW environment minister insists government will not ‘cut corners’ in assessing Santos’s controversial coal-seam gas project at Narrabri

Farmers near the proposed Narrabri gas development in northern New South Wales fear they will be “sold out” by a federal-state energy deal that promises to dramatically increase supplies of the fossil fuel in the state.

Announcing the $2bn deal alongside the prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Friday, the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, nominated Santos’s long-promised Narrabri coal-seam gas project as a way to deliver 70 petajoules of new gas a year as promised under the agreement.

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They survived fire and toxic fumes. So what happened next to Notre Dame's bees?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 11:00pm

Hives that survived catastrophic Paris cathedral blaze are healthier than ever, says beekeeper

It is a crisp winter morning and the area around Notre Dame is sealed off as it has been since the fire last April that devastated the cathedral.

Those in the know, however, especially those with the keenest of eyes, might spot some small movement high up to the south of the stricken and blackened structure.

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Change climate policy now to avert oil market crisis, warns thinktank

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 5:01pm

Governments risk derailing global fossil fuel demand with ‘handbrake turns’ in future

The oil industry is at risk of a global market shock that could halve the value of fossil fuel investments if governments delay setting policies to tackle the climate crisis, according to new analysis.

A report by Carbon Tracker, a financial thinktank, warned that a “handbrake turn” in climate policy could have a “forceful, abrupt, and disorderly” impact on the global oil industry by derailing fossil fuel demand.

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The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 4:56pm
Lumber for me, OSB for the Casita flooring, and feed for Ben.  46,57,37,0,B
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White House Moves To Formally Decriminalize Accidentally Killing Birds

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 4:54pm

Wildlife protection groups are decrying the proposal as an attempt to gut a century-old law that protects birds, while industry groups say they have long been hamstrung by the threat of legal action.

(Image credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

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Scott Morrison strikes $2bn deal with NSW to boost gas supply

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 3:06pm

Agreement will underwrite grid interconnectors and cut emissions, Australian prime minister says

Scott Morrison has struck a $2bn deal with the New South Wales government to increase gas supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.

The deal includes at least $450m of federal grants and $510m more of federal grants or loans for “NSW-based emissions reduction initiatives”, to be matched by $1.01bn in direct funding from Gladys Berejiklian’s government.

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Mexico: defender of monarch butterflies found dead two weeks after he vanished

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 11:00am
  • Homero Gómez González was found floating in a well
  • Activists say death could be over illegal logging disputes

A Mexican environmental activist who fought to protect the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly has been found dead in the western state of Michoacán, two weeks after he disappeared.

Homero Gómez González, a former logger who managed El Rosario butterfly reserve, vanished on 13 January. His body was found floating in a well on Wednesday, reportedly showing signs of torture.

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Florida hunters capture more than 80 giant snakes in Python Bowl

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 10:30am

Annual challenge encourages the public to catch as many of the invasive giant snakes that decimate native wildlife as possible

Most visitors to the mosquito-infested swamps of the Florida Everglades are happy to leave again quickly: a half-hour airboat ride and photograph of a basking alligator is usually enough to satisfy the curiosity of any tourist keen to return to the theme parks and beaches – or sports events – of the sunshine state’s more traditional attractions.

But Mike Kimmel wouldn’t be anywhere else. The professional wildlife trapper and self-styled python cowboy’s most recent excursion into the uninhabitable backwaters of the famed River of Grass region was rewarded with the grand prize in this year’s extra-special version of the annual Python Challenge encouraging the public to catch as many of the invasive giant snakes that decimate native wildlife as possible.

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The US government claims I'm a 'domestic terrorist'. Am I? | Ken Ward

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 4:24am

I shut down an oil pipeline as part of a peaceful protest. The government thinks this is violent extremism

In the early hours of 11 October 2016, I closed a safety valve on an oil pipeline in Skagit county, Washington.

I was acting as part of the “Valve Turners” direct action against climate change. Five of us, in locations across four states, succeeded in shutting down all five pipelines carrying Canadian tar sands oil into the US for a day. We were careful, transparent, civil and nonviolent. We put a premium on minimizing damage to pipeline property, and carefully considered ways to minimize any violations of the law. We called the pipeline companies beforehand, and waited around afterwards for the police to arrest us (nearly an hour in two cases).

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Bushfire survivors join claim against ANZ for financing climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 12:47am

Three survivors joined Friends of the Earth to accuse ANZ of misleading consumers by investing in fossil fuel projects

Three bushfire survivors have joined environment group Friends of the Earth in a claim against ANZ, accusing it of financing the climate crisis by funding fossil fuel projects.

The case, lodged under international guidelines agreed by members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), demands the bank disclose its greenhouse gas emissions, including “scope three” emissions resulting from its business lending and investment portfolio, and set ambitious targets that align with the Paris climate agreement.

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Make ban on Chinese wildlife markets permanent, says environment expert

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 12:00am

Temporary ban to curb coronavirus is not enough, says environmental leader Jinfeng Zhou

A temporary ban on wildlife markets in China to curb the spread of coronavirus is “not enough” and should be made permanent, a prominent Chinese environmental leader has told the Guardian.

Echoing calls from experts worldwide who have denounced the trade for its damaging impact on biodiversity as well as the spread of disease, Jinfeng Zhou, secretary general of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), said the ban failed to address the root cause of the outbreak, which was poor regulation and high levels of illegal trade.

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UK sued for approving Europe’s biggest gas power station

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 11:00pm

Andrea Leadsom overruled climate aims of government’s own planning authority

The UK government is being sued for approving a large new gas-fired power plant, overruling the climate change objections of its own planning authority.

The plant, being developed by Drax in north Yorkshire, would become the biggest gas power station in Europe and could produce 75% of the UK’s power sector emissions when fully operational, according to the environmental lawyers ClientEarth, who have brought the judicial review.

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Court orders logging to stop in parts of Victoria's central highlands after fires

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 7:36pm

Conservation group wins case against VicForests to protect threatened species habitat after unprecedented bushfires

VicForests has been forced to immediately stop logging in parts of Victoria’s central highlands after the supreme court granted an injunction to a citizen science group pushing for a stop to logging of unburnt areas in the wake of bushfires.

Wildlife of the Central Highlands (Wotch) has launched a fresh case against VicForests in a bid to stop logging of threatened species habitat after the country’s unprecedented fire season.

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Ofgem at fault over 'higher than necessary' UK electricity bills, says NAO

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 5:01pm

Whitehall’s spending watchdog says energy regulator not tough enough on companies

Electricity bills sent to UK homes are higher than they should be because the energy regulator has allowed electricity network companies to rake in bigger than expected profits, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

Households have paid at least £1bn more than necessary over recent years, according to the National Audit Office, because the regulator, Ofgem, was not tough enough on the electricity network companies.

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Plastic waste exports targeted in new environment bill

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 5:01pm

Binding targets on air, water quality and wildlife proposed to replace EU rules

Powers to prevent the export of plastic waste to developing countries, binding targets on air and water quality and the protection of wildlife will be enshrined in law under the environment bill due to be introduced in parliament on Thursday.

The commitments will replace the UK’s current obligations on environmental protection under EU law, and the UK will be able to diverge in future from new requirements in EU regulations.

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The Field Lab - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 2:39pm
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Greta Thunberg files application to trademark her name

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 11:26am

Climate activist also applied to register name of climate movement Fridays for Future

The climate activist Greta Thunberg has said she has applied to register her name and that of the Fridays For Future movement she founded in 2018, which has gone global and catapulted her to international fame.

The move would allow legal action against persons or companies trying to use her name which are not in line with her values or that of her movement, she said.

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