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The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 4:02pm
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The World Needs To Quit Oil To Avoid The Worst Of Climate Change, IEA Says

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 1:24pm

The International Energy Agency said the world needs to immediately stop approving new oil and gas projects in order to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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Conservationists urge regulation to cut Australia’s plastic pollution as voluntary scheme launches

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 10:30am

Supermarkets and multinational manufacturers have unveiled a plastics pact across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands

Australia will miss its 2025 targets to cut plastic pollution from packaging unless it shifts from voluntary programs to enforcement, an alliance of conservation groups and the Greens have said.

On Tuesday major supermarkets and multinational food and consumer goods manufacturers launched a new voluntary program across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands with a goal that plastic “never becomes waste or pollution”.

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Australia urged to drop coal and gas plans after global energy agency’s warning

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 10:30am

International Energy Agency report says countries like Australia need a no-emissions electricity grid within 14 years to reach net zero by 2050

Australian politicians and companies are being urged to abandon plans for new coal power, gas and oil investments after a major report by the world’s leading energy agency found fossil fuel expansion must end now if the planet is to address the climate crisis.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) found a “narrow and extremely challenging” pathway to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – a target set by more than 100 countries, and which the Morrison government says it would “preferably” like to achieve – would require advanced economies such as Australia to have a zero-emissions electricity grid by 2035.

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20 Companies Are Behind Half Of The World's Single-Use Plastic Waste, Study Finds

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 10:29am

More than 130 million metric tons of single-use plastics were thrown out in 2019, according to a new report that puts Exxon Mobil atop a list of the companies that produce it.

(Image credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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Shell faces shareholder rebellion over fossil fuel production

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 9:46am

Shareholder resolution calling for carbon emissions reduction targets receives 30% of votes

Shell has faced a significant shareholder rebellion on a vote calling for the oil company to set firm targets to wind down fossil fuel production.

A shareholder resolution calling for the Anglo-Dutch company to set binding carbon emissions reduction targets received 30% of votes at the oil company’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

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EPA shuts polluting Caribbean refinery reopened under Trump

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 8:55am

Nearby residents in the US Virgin Islands, have endured water contamination and noxious fumes that closed three schools

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered an oil refinery in the US Virgin Islands to pause all operations, citing “at least four incidents” in which the facility significantly affected St Croix residents. The Limetree Bay refinery, which caused a massive oil spill in the 1980s, first reopened in February under an order from the Trump administration, after eight years idle.

“These repeated incidents at the refinery have been and remain totally unacceptable,” said the EPA head, Michael Reagan, noting that residents in St Croix are “already overburdened” by pollution and other environmental harms.

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Climate Change's Impact On Hurricane Sandy Has A Price: $8 Billion

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 8:00am

Scientists have long thought some of the carnage from the 2012 hurricane might be attributable to a warming climate. New research calculates the additional flooding due to rising sea levels.

(Image credit: Julio Cortez/AP)

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How green is Denver if you’re Black? These residents are about to find out

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/05/18 - 3:00am

An oasis of green space has become a lightning rod in ongoing debates about gentrification, open spaces and racial equity

For decades, the clubhouse of the Park Hill golf course in north-east Denver, Colorado, hosted weddings and graduation parties for residents of nearby neighborhoods. “It’s been a very valuable resource to this community, when you need event space and can’t afford swankier venues,” said Shanta Harrison, who lives eight blocks away.

The 155-acre golf course stands out as an island of green space in the middle of the only remaining neighborhoods in Denver where over 40% of residents identify as African American. And according to state law, it’s supposed to stay that way forever: since 1997, the property has been under a conservation easement - a deed restriction stating that it can never be developed.

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Securing a swift return: how a simple brick can help migratory birds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 11:00pm

Many swifts flying back to Britain will find their summer nests lost to building renovations. But bird bricks are offering them an alternative home

Eagerly anticipated by many, it is a thrilling moment when you first hear the distinctive screech or catch sight of the long, tapered wings of the first swifts arriving for the summer. For thousands of years they have looped to the British Isles from Africa to raise the next generation, taking advantage of the long daylight hours in the north and the opportunity to scour the skies for insects from dawn to dusk.

Since they left Britain’s shores in August last year, these remarkable birds will have flown some 14,000 miles without stopping; feeding, sleeping, drinking and preening themselves on the wing. The birds returning now are likely to be at least four years old – the breeders. They head straight back to their nesting holes under eaves or gaps in stone and brickwork that they claimed and defended last summer. Within a few days their mate will arrive and, having spent nine months living independently, they will start to preen each other’s feathers within the nesting hole, crooning softly and bonding once again.

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No new oil, gas or coal development if world is to reach net zero by 2050, says world energy body

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 10:00pm

Governments must close gap between net zero rhetoric and reality, says International Energy Agency head

Exploitation and development of new oil and gas fields must stop this year and no new coal-fired power stations can be built if the world is to stay within safe limits of global heating and meet the goal of net zero emissions by 2050, the world’s leading energy organisation has said.

In its strongest warning yet on the need to drastically scale back fossil fuels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) also called for no new fossil-fuel cars to be sold beyond 2035, and for global investment in energy to more than double from $2tn (£1.42tn) a year to $5tn (£3.54tn) The result would not be an economic burden, as some have claimed, but a net benefit to the economy.

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Household solar uptake meant demand on Australia’s grid in summer peak fell to five-year low

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 6:34pm

Audit underlines role renewables are playing in making coal-fired power unprofitable, expert says

Pressure on the national electricity grid at the peak of last summer’s heat fell to its lowest level in five years due to the rising influence of household solar panels, a new analysis has found.

Summer is usually the time of greatest strain on the electricity system due to the widespread use of energy hungry air-conditioners, but the demand on the hottest day dipped this year as more electricity came from decentralised rooftop solar systems, which sit outside the grid.

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Twenty firms produce 55% of world’s plastic waste, report reveals

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 5:00pm

Plastic Waste Makers index identifies those driving climate crisis with virgin polymer production

Twenty companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world, fuelling the climate crisis and creating an environmental catastrophe, new research reveals.

Among the global businesses responsible for 55% of the world’s plastic packaging waste are both state-owned and multinational corporations, including oil and gas giants and chemical companies, according to a comprehensive new analysis.

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marking my territory...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 4:07pm

Took a break from melting metal to place two of my survey markers.  This is the NW corner.  It is attached to the top of an 18" long steel rod that was pounded into the ground - along with 20 lbs of concrete to help keep it all in place.  I think I am supposed to piss on it to make it official.  94,100,66,0,B

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UK economy could resemble that of Italy by end of 2020s – report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 4:01pm

Thinktank says new strategy needed in face of Covid, Brexit, net zero, automation and demographic change

Britain risks mirroring Italy’s economic woes unless it develops a strategy for tackling the five seismic changes that will shape a decisive decade for the country, a report has warned.

A joint project by the Resolution Foundation thinktank and the London School of Economics said the UK was neither used to nor prepared for the challenges posed by the aftermath of Covid-19, Brexit, the net zero transition, automation and a changing population.

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‘This is environmental racism’: activists call on Biden to stop new plastics plants in ‘Cancer Alley’

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 12:06pm

Protest over proposed petrochemical complex in Louisiana is part of 400-mile march led by youth climate group Sunrise Movement

On Monday, groups of climate activists protested against a proposed petrochemical complex an hour away from New Orleans, Louisiana, calling on the Biden administration to revoke the plastics company’s federal permit to start construction.

The demonstration is part of a 400-mile march led by the youth climate group Sunrise Movement, which began last week and traces the path of environmental disasters in the Gulf coast from New Orleans to Houston. Roughly 20 participants are on the trek as part of the group’s “Generation on Fire” campaign.

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Greenland ice sheet on brink of major tipping point, says study

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 12:00pm

Scientists say ice equivalent to 1-2 metres of sea level rise is probably already doomed to melt

A significant part of the Greenland ice sheet is on the brink of a tipping point, after which accelerated melting would become inevitable even if global heating was halted, according to new research.

Rising temperatures caused by the climate crisis have already seen trillions of tonnes of Greenland’s ice pour into the ocean. Melting its ice sheet completely would eventually raise global sea level by 7 metres.

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World is home to 50bn birds, ‘breakthrough’ citizen science research estimates

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 12:00pm

University of NSW study suggests six times as many individual birds as humans but that many species are very rare

There are about 50 billion individual birds in the world, according to new research that uses citizen science observations to try to estimate population numbers for almost 10,000 species.

The paper, led by scientists at the University of New South Wales, suggests there are about six times as many birds on the planet as humans – but that many individual species are very rare.

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Jaguars could be reintroduced in US south-west, study says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 7:51am

Study’s authors believe animal can benefit people as well as ‘cultural and natural heritage’ of Arizona and New Mexico

Jaguars could be reintroduced in the south-western US, where hunting and habitat loss led to the big cats’ extinction, a new study says.

Scientists and other environmentalists make the case for bringing back the third-largest big cat, after tigers and lions, in Arizona and New Mexico in a paper published in the journal Conservation Science and Practice.

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How we talk about the climate crisis is increasingly crucial to tackling it | Susanna Rustin

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/05/17 - 3:00am

Our emotional register – how ‘doomy’ or ‘hopeful’ we are – will inevitably shape the policies we put forward

As the climate emergency creeps closer to the top of the political agenda, where it belongs, an argument is raging over communication. Exactly what to say about the environmental crisis, and how, is an important question for all sorts of people and organisations, including governments. It is particularly pressing for journalists, authors and broadcasters. For us, communication is not an adjunct to other activities such as policymaking or campaigning. It is our main job.

People need to know what is happening to glaciers, forests and endangered species, and what is being done about this. But information requires interpretation. And while editorial judgments influence the way that all subjects are covered, storytelling about the climate emergency is particularly fraught.

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