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Millions of small scale fishers facing economic exclusion

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/28 - 5:33am

A summit in Bali last week sought new strategies to help small scale fishers access global markets in an effort to alleviate poverty and improve sustainability

Experts gathered in Bali last week to address the growing plight of small scale fishers, who are being excluded from key global markets, as policy makers tighten fisheries regulations in a bid to improve transparency and sustainability.

Hosted by Indonesia based fisheries NGO MDPI with support from the Walton Family Foundation, Wageningen University and USAID Oceans, the thinktank brought together professionals from across the sector.

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Brexit likely to create a rise in UK megafarms

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/28 - 5:00am

Smaller farms may be squeezed out if farmers switch to vast, intensive facilities due to the pressures the industry faces from leaving the EU, say farmers and campaigners

Leaving the EU is likely to lead to an increase in the number of megafarms dominating the British countryside, campaigners and farmers agree, with far-reaching effects for farms, consumers and those who live in the countryside.

The huge intensive farms, in which as many as 1.7 million animals may be kept on a single holding, are an increasingly common, but controversial, feature of UK agriculture. The pressures of Brexit on farming are likely to cause more farmers to move to such facilities in order to lower the costs of meat production, and may squeeze smaller more traditional farms out of the market, potentially changing the UK’s landscape forever.

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Environment agencies oppose Trump plans for Scottish golf course

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/28 - 4:30am

US president’s resort wants to build second 18-hole links in Aberdeenshire but critics say it breaches sewage and pollution rules

The Trump Organization faces a long battle with Scotland’s environment agencies after they objected to its plans to build a new golf course on the coast of Aberdeenshire.

The agencies have told Donald Trump’s company its plans for a second 18-hole course at his Trump International Golf Links Scotland resort north of Aberdeen breach strict rules on sewage pollution, environmental protection and conserving groundwater.

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Eden Project branches out with plans for Chinese and US sites

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/28 - 3:32am

Spin-off foundation aims to create an Eden on every continent except Antartica – and one at an M5 service station

Other Edens, inspired by the set of giant greenhouses on a derelict clay pit that have become the most successful tourist attraction in Cornwall, could soon sprout up in an English motorway service station, a Tasmanian warehouse, a Chinese docklands and among the giant sequoia trees of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the US.

“We’re not in the business of building theme parks, we’re in the business of building hope, inspiration and leadership,” said Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the original Eden Project, launching Eden Project International, which aims to recreate not just the tourist bonanza but its environment consciousness-raising mission around the globe.

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Mater hospital pulls logo from Queensland coalmine ad campaign

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/28 - 1:51am

Chair of its board, mining magnate Brian Flannery, says it ‘regrets’ use of logo in ads pushing for approval of controversial Acland mine expansion

A major Queensland hospital has abandoned its role in a campaign endorsing a new coal project that a court recommended for state government refusal after the proponent possibly breached air pollution limits.

The Mater hospital on Friday confirmed it had pulled its logo from an advertising campaign that called for government approval of New Hope’s controversial mine expansion at Acland.

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For richer, for poorer … a tenth of all wedding food is thrown away

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 11:01pm

Couples splash out an average of £3,245 on food but end up throwing about £500-worth away

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We know how to reduce deforestation – so where's the money?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 10:00pm

Paying people not to cut down trees works, evidence shows – so can we really afford not to do so?

For years some environmentalists and economists have argued that you could pay people to keep their forests standing, maintaining carbon sources and habitat for threatened species. Yet, the idea – known as payments for ecosystem services or PES – has faced critics, who argued it wouldn’t live up to the hype. A new study in Science this week may make them think twice.

“We needed better evidence about how well this approach worked in order to know if we should be scaling it up or rethinking it,” said Seema Jayachandran, lead author and development economist with Northwestern University.

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Bream sunbathe in Ælfgifu’s river

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 9:30pm

Northamptonshire Canute’s queen would have known these fish but not the now local mink – or the roses that are taking over Denmark’s dunes

The broad river Nene is ponded by a substantial weir to the south-east of Northampton. The deep water is still, clear and, at present, sunlit. The northern side of the river supports extensive patches of lily pads; they blast out green as the sun sparks and flashes between them.

The open water to the south side is occupied by great herds of bream – big fish with pointed fins, vertically flattened bodies and jutting scaled heads.

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The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 4:02pm
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Climate change drawing squid, anchovies and tuna into UK waters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 4:01pm

Squid and anchovies are moving into warming waters in large numbers, a report finds, with the long-lost bluefin tuna also returning

Squid and anchovies, more commonly eaten by Britons holidaying abroad, are being drawn into UK waters in large numbers by climate change, according to major new report that suggests the nation’s long-lost bluefin tuna is also returning.

However, global warming is harming sea birds, such as puffins, fulmars, terns and razorbills, as the fish they rely on are driven north or deeper as waters warm. The analysis of the impact of climate on the UK’s seas, which draws on the work of 400 scientists, found a steady rise in water temperature.

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 3:25pm

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

(Image credit: Jensen Walker/Paramount Pictures)

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Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 1:53pm

Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.

(Image credit: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

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Balancing out the lulls of wind power with a wider reach across Europe

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 1:30pm

Europe has seven prevailing weather regimes, a system windfarms could better exploit to even out supply and demand

Renewable energy is great in principle, but, some people may say, how do we keep the lights on when the wind fails to blow or the sun doesn’t shine? The issue of “intermittency” is a criticism of renewables, but a study analysing weather patterns across Europe shows that a decent wind is almost always blowing somewhere on the continent.

Related: World's first floating windfarm to take shape off coast of Scotland

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Environmentalists Provoke Pipeline Workers To Speak Up

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 1:28pm

As oil and gas pipeline projects increase, and more environmentalists protest, a Pipeliners union wants to make sure it's part of the public conversation.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolution

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 12:06pm

The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

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Switch to electric vehicles will not be enough to give us clean air | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 10:35am
Readers respond to Britain’s latest clean air plan and the ban on all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040

So, the government is committed to banning all diesel and petrol cars by 2040 (Report, 26 July). Has it considered the wider impacts?

Power stations will face huge peak-time demand when drivers charge vehicles overnight. Can they cope? Will we face increased electricity charges?

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Fracking drilling rig brought on site overnight 'to avoid protests'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 9:14am

Cuadrilla faces action for breaching planning permission after delivery to site near Blackpool

A company preparing to be the first to start large-scale UK fracking has breached its planning permission by delivering a drilling rig overnight, prompting the local authority to warn it is considering action against it.

Cuadrilla said that around 30 trucks had made deliveries to its Preston New Road site near Blackpool at 4.45am on Thursday. It has permission to frack at the site later this year.

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'There's no sport in that': trophy hunters and the masters of the universe

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 8:00am

Modern trophy hunters can shoot animals via the internet – but they argue that it is all conservation. The killing of Xanda – Cecil the Lion’s son – has sparked debate about what hunting really means

They’re known as canned hunts; captive mammal hunting ranches in the US which offer the chance to shoot a zebra or antelope or even a lion for several thousand dollars. The animals are fenced in and often unafraid of humans so the kills are easy, to the extent that some venues even provide the option of shooting them via the internet, with the use of a camera and a gun on a mount.

It’s estimated that there are more than 1,000 of them - completely legal. But many US hunters consider them a betrayal of every belief they hold dear. “I don’t consider that hunting,” said John Rogalo, a New Jersey hunter who has been stalking bears, deer and turkeys for nearly 50 years. “It’s a weird culture that has developed in this country in the past few years. I joke that you may as well ask the farmer if you could shoot his black Angus because at least you’d get more meat for it.”

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Satellite Eye on Earth: June 2017 – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 6:18am

Patagonia’s icefields, Australia’s changing tides, and volcanic activity in Alaska are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month

Alaska’s remote Bogoslof Island volcano erupted in a series of explosions starting in December 2016, triggering the highest aviation alert as it shot ash plumes at least 35,000ft into the atmosphere. By monitoring the volcano via satellite and seismologic data, scientists can provide a warning of when further eruptions could pose a risk to aircraft. This image shows just a small puff of smoke rising from the volcano, while a sediment plume drifts towards the top left of the image, turning the Bering Sea a bright blue-green.

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England and Wales record warmest winter since 1910

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/27 - 5:44am

Met Office figures for 2016 also show long-term decrease in amount of frost, while last winter was the second wettest on record across the country

The winter of 2016 was the warmest for England and Wales in records that stretch back to 1910, the Met Office’s annual State of the UK Climate report revealed on Thursday.

The average temperature from December 2015 to February 2016 was more than 2C above the long-term average across the southern half of the UK. The report also found that, over the last decade, the number of air frosts has dropped by 7% and the number of ground frosts by 9%, compared with the average between 1981-2010.

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