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Mayors, Companies Vow To Act On Climate, Even As U.S. Leaves Paris Accord

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 1:41pm

President Trump has announced he will withdraw the U.S. from the global agreement to fight climate change. But more than 1,200 mayors, governors and business leaders say they're still on board.

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Voters care more about power prices than emissions – Guardian Essential poll

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 1:02pm

Survey ahead of the release of the Finkel review of the electricity sector also suggests two-party-preferred gap narrowing between major political parties

Voters are more focused on reducing power prices than on emissions reductions or electricity grid security according to the latest Guardian Essential poll, which comes ahead of the release of the Finkel review of the electricity sector late this week.

Voters in this week’s survey were asked to rank priorities ahead of the release of Friday’s much-anticipated Finkel report, after being reminded of the Turnbull government’s repeated pledge to deal with a “trilemma” of issues: lowering power costs, boosting energy security and reducing emissions.

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The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 10:03am

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Air pollution fears see demand for diesel cars fall by fifth

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 9:36am

Diesel sales in May are down 20% with industry insiders blaming lack of government clarity for consumer uncertainty

Demand for new diesel cars plummeted by a fifth last month amid rising concerns over air pollution.

Approximately 81,500 new diesel cars were registered in the UK in May, down 20% on the same month last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. This represented a fall in market share from 50% to 43.7%.

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John Oliver on the Paris climate deal: 'Trump may have done us a tiny favor'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 8:54am

On Last Week Tonight, the host mocked the president for his decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement

John Oliver addressed Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, calling the president a “fucking egomaniac”.

Related: Late-night hosts on climate deal: 'Even Israel and Palestine are on the same side'

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Get in the sea – should we allow coastal heritage sites to fall to ruin?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 8:12am
With hundreds of properties around Britain set to be lost to erosion, some are arguing that historic coastal landmarks should be allowed to decay gracefully

Do all heritage sites deserve to be saved or should some be permitted to fall into natural ruin? According to Caitlin DeSilvey, a cultural geography professor at the University of Exeter, some historic landmarks should be permitted to decay gracefully through a policy of managed “continuous ruination”. In other words, thanks to a perfect storm of falling budgets, climate change, rising sea levels, and, well, loads more storms, is it time to stop viewing heritage loss as a failure but instead as a necessary, even natural process of change?

“Yes, but it’s not about abandoning stuff,” stresses Phil Dyke, coast and marine adviser at the National Trust, which owns 775 miles of coastline and cares for more than 500 coastal interests. “It’s a form of adaptation. There are 90 locations around England, Wales and Northern Ireland where we’ve got significant change that we’re going to have to deal with over time. It’s going to become increasingly difficult to hang on to structures in these locations.”

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Farmers feeling increasingly gloomy about Brexit, says NFU

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 4:54am

Snap election and reality of EU referendum result have led to confidence levels and investment falling, farmers’ union poll shows

Despite overwhelmingly being in support of leaving the EU at the Brexit referendum, farmers are increasingly gloomy now that they are staring down the reality of what leaving will entail.

In two years, confidence levels on the outlook for the next three years, as measured by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), have plummeted to just above zero from a high of 19 points on the positive side, in the wake of the general election being called and Brexit being set.

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America's public lands are in danger. Help us fight the government sell-off

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 3:00am

In a divided country, support for US public lands is a rare bridge issue – yet the Republican platform has opened the door to disposing of 640m national acres

At a moment of deep political division, few issues draw as much bipartisan support from the American public as the sanctity of public lands. Yet conservative lawmakers have quietly laid the foundation to give away Americans’ birthright: 640m acres of national land.

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Americans own 640m acres of national land – if you can keep it | Mark Jenkins

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 3:00am

For over 100 years, a small minority have battled the very idea of national land. As efforts are renewed, all Americans must face the fight

The rancher came roaring up on a four-wheeler.

“Hey, you,” he shouted. “You’re trespassing!”

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Grand Canyon at risk as Arizona officials ask Trump to end uranium mining ban

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 3:00am

Exclusive: Powerful regional officials to ask administration to end 20-year ban, saying it is unlawful and inhibits economic opportunity

A coalition of influential officials in Arizona and Utah is urging the Trump administration to consider rolling back Obama-era environmental protections that ban new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.

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Tell us what America's public lands mean to you

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 3:00am

As Congress moves to give away federal land and diminish public access, we want to hear from US public land owners. How do you use these spaces?

As Congress moves to give away national land and diminish public access, we want to hear from US public land owners. As part of our new series dedicated to public lands, we want photos of the places you visit, that feed your family, that employ you, that provide you refuge. Are you a rancher, a hunter, a ski patroller, a geologist, a federal wildlife biologist? What role do these lands play in your life?

National land makes up almost a third of the US. Across the country, 640m acres are held in trust for all Americans. Public land is an enormous part of our history and our traditions.

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America's public lands are under threat. Support coverage of this critical issue – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 3:00am

There are few issues as bipartisan as public lands. They underpin American traditions and are central to the US economy. But they are now threatened like never before. Under the influence of special interests, the Trump administration has paved a path to give away 640m acres of national land, a third of US property. Limiting public access and input, this Congress has been called the worst for public lands in US history. In response, the Guardian is launching a weekly series to look at the role of public lands in American life and the threat posed by efforts to do away with them

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Power prices will soar if energy policy doesn't change, Frydenberg warns

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 2:36am

Energy minister delivers warning to party conservatives and resources sector ahead of Finkel review, which is expected to recommend implementing a low emissions target

The energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has warned internal and external critics that the Turnbull government’s policy has to change, because doing nothing will drive up power prices – as Australia’s resources sector fired the first public warning shot against a new low emissions target.

With the Finkel review expected on Friday to recommend the Turnbull government consider implementing a low emissions target (LET) to deliver a concrete signal to the market to drive new investment in power generation, Frydenberg on Monday delivered a blunt public warning that the status quo was not an option.

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Stopping food waste in Australia: a ride along with OzHarvest – video

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 8:26pm

Food wastage is a global problem affecting our economy, society and environment. Australians throw out $8bn to $10bn worth of food every year. OzHarvest is a food rescue organisation that collects excess food from commercial outlets across the country and then delivers it to those in need. Guardian Australia takes a ride with OzHarvest driver Steve Negrine to see first-hand the organisation’s innovative approach to minimising food waste

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Sensors, plants and waste heat: Adelaide hospital's bid to be most energy-efficient

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 4:19pm

When it finally opens in September, the complex will have the latest energy efficiency technology – but will it be worth the $2.3bn spent?

When it comes to the power consumption of hospitals, the diagnosis isn’t pretty: they rate as the second most energy-intensive of all commercial buildings, behind only food service providers.

As the places where our babies are delivered, our sick are treated and our dying nursed, energy efficiency understandably slips down the priority list behind ensuring hospitals are properly funded, staffed and offer the best standards of care possible.

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Nature class for city boys: Country diary 100 years ago

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 2:30pm

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 5 June 1917

Upwards of sixty members of a Manchester lads’ club spent Whit-week near Redesmere; two pairs of willow wrens nested in the fields the boys camped and played in. These boys are not slow, and found some nests, but they failed to discover the neat little domed, feather-lined homes of the warblers. Perhaps, however, the presence of so many lively youngsters was too much for one pair, although the nest was in the safest corner of one field, for the birds deserted their spotted eggs about the middle of the week. The other nest was close to a busy roadway to the farm, along which, in addition to the boys, cyclists, vehicles, and motors passed constantly; perhaps this traffic saved the birds, for on Sunday, after the lads had left, one of the pair was sitting undisturbed.

Naturally many city boys know little about nature, though they are sharp enough in other ways. Taking birds’ eggs is forbidden, but rules are sometimes broken, and three juveniles brought me an egg to look at and tell them what bird had laid it; probably that particular egg would never hatch, though it was returned to the nest. Each of the boys was asked to guess what the egg was, and the three birds named were the waterhen, thrush, and wild duck; it was an egg of the reed bunting! It is fair to add that these boys had not attended the classes now held at the Manchester Museum.

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The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 9:32am

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'A big box of crazy': Trump aides struggle under climate change questioning

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 9:04am

UN ambassador Nikki Haley says president believes pollutants play role, as EPA head Scott Pruitt avoids directly responding to queries

Three days after Donald Trump announced that the US would pull out of the Paris climate accord, senior members of his administration could not present a united front in response to questions about the president’s beliefs on climate change.

Related: Why Trump's attempt to pit Pittsburgh against Paris is absurd | Lucia Graves

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Government support needed to unlock billions in green business, says industry

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 8:59am

Green market could expand from 2% to 13% of UK economy by 2050 with the right policies, says low-carbon group that includes Ikea, Siemens and M&S

The UK could be a green business powerhouse in the next three decades, but only if given proper support by government, a group representing more than 30 low-carbon companies has said.

The low-carbon economy in the UK employs at least 432,000 people, with a turnover of more than £77bn in 2015. This is larger than industries such as car-making and steelmaking, which are frequently given the spotlight when politicians discuss industry and jobs.

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Green business needs strong and stable support from the next UK government | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 8:56am
Ambitious and long-term policies are needed so that Britain can take advantage of the rapidly growing global market for low-carbon goods and services

Despite the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change (Anger at US as Trump rejects climate accord, 2 June), the global market for low-carbon goods and services is rapidly growing and the UK must make the most of this opportunity. Spurred in particular by major investments in low-carbon technologies by countries such as China, India, Mexico and South Africa, the Paris agreement could open up $23tn (£18tn) worth of opportunities for low-carbon investments in emerging markets between 2016 and 2030. The commitments made by six world leaders at the recent G7 summit and the decision by China and the EU to collaborate more closely on climate change support this trend.

Related: UK needs government backing to unlock billions in green business, says industry

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