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Is it ethical for shops to leave their doors open in winter?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/01/10 - 11:00pm

Retail is one of the biggest non-industrial sources of carbon emissions. It’s time shopkeepers closed the gap

If you have an ethical dilemma, email Lucy at lucy.siegle@observer.co.uk

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storm

The Field Lab - Sat, 2015/01/10 - 5:09pm
AM ice hazard on the ramp.37,45,27,T,C
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Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2015/01/10 - 11:03am

And he drinks it. It's all thanks to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn human waste into clean water.

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Waiting for the tide to turn

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 10:30pm

Nairn harbour The birds that stole the show were the turnstones

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Keystone XL: US House approves oil pipeline again

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 9:19pm

White House continues veto threat after tenth vote since 2011 on connecting Canadian tar sands to Texas refineries

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Alice Springs and Bendigo flood as South Australia braces for heavy rain

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 9:17pm

Emergency crews braced for a busy weekend with heavy rain and flooding likely in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria

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Great Lakes struggling with invisible threat of plastic microfibre pollution

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 1:43pm

Tiny synthetic fibres from clothes, cleaning cloths and consumer products are getting stuck inside fish in ways that other microplastics are not

Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibres from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products.

They are known as “microfibres” – exceedingly fine filaments made of petroleum-based materials such as polyester and nylon that are woven together into fabrics.

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cush

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 1:12pm
Early post...got a cushion for the chair...fat wheels coming Monday...little ice storm coming tonight...critters are all fed and watered...hunkerin down till the sun comes back.  30,43,42,0,B
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Obama faces growing pressure as construction of Keystone pipeline moves a step closer

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 12:12pm

Nebraska supreme court rules that pipeline can go ahead as House of Representatives again votes to begin work

Barack Obama was staring at decision day on the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday after the contentious project cleared an important legal hurdle and gained new support in Congress.

In a much anticipated decision, the Nebraska supreme court on Friday narrowly upheld a decision by the Republican governor, Dave Heineman, to reroute the pipeline through the state without consulting an independent commission.

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Solar power drives renewable energy investment boom in 2014

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 10:11am

Global clean energy investment leapt 16% in 2014 led by solar power surge in US and China - but Europe lags behind

Global investment in clean energy jumped 16% in 2014, boosted by fast-growing solar power in the US and China. Solar, whose costs have plummeted in recent years, attracted over half the total funding for the first time.

The green energy market has been gloomy in recent years and the rise in investment is the first since 2011. But despite strong growth in most regions, only a series of large offshore wind farms stopped Europe going into reverse, while the Australian government’s antipathy to renewables saw investment there tumble by 35%.

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Nebraska court approves controversial Keystone XL pipeline route

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 9:52am

Ruling from state supreme court clears one of the last remaining obstacles before President Obama is forced to make a decision on the pipeline

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House OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 7:47am

The vote came hours after Nebraska's Supreme Court cleared the way for the controversial pipeline. The GOP-controlled Senate is also considering legislation to approve the pipeline.

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What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 6:51am

Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.

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Why you really should (but really can't) eat horsemeat

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 5:00am

An overabundance of wild horses in the American west is driving us to the brink of an environmental disaster – and the most sensible solution may be adding them to the menu

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 4:58am

Stunning frost formations, an underwater feeding frenzy and a rare bittern feature in this week’s best images from the natural world

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Swedish court stops hotly-contested wolf hunt

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 4:09am

Örebro and Värmland regions exceeded their powers by issuing hunting permits for species protected by EU nature legislation, court rules

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MPs to investigate TTIP trade deal's impact on environmental protections

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 4:00am

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the contentious transatlantic free trade agreement over fears it could weaken rules to protect food and the environment

The impact of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal on environmental protections in Europe is to be investigated by the UK parliament. MPs are to examine if the agreement could weaken regulations on chemical and pesticide use, oil and gas extraction and genetically modified food.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a planned free trade agreement between the European Union and the US, which its backers say will boost both economies.

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Clean tech investment surges back in 2014

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/09 - 3:39am

Data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggests clean tech investment soared 16% in 2014 to $310bn, reports BusinessGreen

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Hurlyburly at the bird feeder

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/08 - 10:30pm
South Uist: Sooner or later one of the watching greenfinches is unable to stand the waiting any longer and launches itself at the valuable source of winter food Continue reading...
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Greg Hunt accuses GetUp of 'ignoring the truth' in its Great Barrier Reef lawsuit

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/08 - 6:26pm

Environment minister suggests activist group’s legal action over proposal to dump Abbot Point sediment in wetlands ‘a political campaign’

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