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Birdsong on the machair

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 9:30pm
South Uist Among all the sounds of the morning there has been one constant: the unceasing song of a skylark as, from high above, he has proclaimed himself Continue reading...
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Eastern quolls, extinct on mainland, to be reintroduced in NSW national park

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 9:05pm

About 40 of the carnivorous marsupials, which were wiped out by habitat loss and the spread of foxes and feral cats on the mainland, will be released

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Opah, the world's first warm-blooded fish species, flaps fins to generate heat

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 8:31pm

Fish found in waters off US, Australia and several other countries has developed an internal ‘heat exchange’ system

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Australia: The new coal frontier

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 8:00pm

Around 27bn tonnes of coal are thought to be locked under the ground of the Galilee Basin in the outback of Queensland. A huge proposed complex of coal mines is planned here, including the world’s largest thermal coal project. So are railway lines and a massive expansion of the Abbot Point port on the Great Barrier Reef. What will this mean for the Aboriginal community, the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s climate?

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Protests in Seattle greet Shell oil rig destined for Arctic drilling

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 7:02pm

Environmental groups plan days of protests in Seattle where oil company is basing its renewed exploration activities

The first of two Royal Dutch Shell drilling rigs slated for Arctic oil exploration has arrived in Seattle as environmental activists gear up for days of protests over plans to store the equipment at the city’s port.

Shell is planning to use Seattle as a base to store and maintain the rigs and other equipment as it resumes exploration and drilling this summer in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, where it has not drilled since a mishap-filled 2012 season.

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The Field Lab - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 4:01pm

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Australia lobbies Unesco to stop it from listing Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 2:00pm

Frantic efforts to avoid adverse status for reef which could foil government plans to open up vast region in Queensland for new coal mines

Read more: The financial case against Australia’s largest coal mine

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The financial case against Australia's largest coal mine

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 2:00pm

The threat of the Carmichael mine to the environment is clear but as coal prices fall, bad economics could be the strongest case against the project, experts say

• Read more: Australia lobbies Unesco to stop it listing Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’

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El Ni​ño will last through summer, says US climate center

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 11:40am

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center says there’s a 90% chance conditions will last through Northern Hemisphere summer season

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Satellite eye on Earth: April 2015 – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 8:43am

Chile’s erupting volcano, phytoplanktoon bloom in the Arabian Sea and Antarctica’s expanding sea ice are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month

The dark squares that make up the checkerboard pattern in this image are fields of seaweed. Along the south coast of South Korea, seaweed is often grown on ropes, which are held near the surface with buoys. This technique ensures that the seaweed stays close enough to the surface to get enough light during high tide but doesn’t scrape against the bottom during low tide. Home to a thriving aquaculture industry, the south coast of South Korea produces about 90% of the country’s seaweed crop. Seaweed farming has a light environmental footprint because it does not require fresh water or fertiliser.

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Yes, bad beekeeping is to blame for unwanted urban swarms

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 7:19am

Novice beekeepers need to be vigilant for the moment a queen bee will lead workers to find a new hive, especially in cities and towns where swarms can cause disruption – even if they are harmless and nothing to fuss over

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Charlize Theron: Mad Max landscape awaits unless we tackle climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 7:18am

The star of the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road, has spoken of the film as a cautionary tale which offers a premonition of a world ravaged by drought and hardship unless global warming is addressed

The actor Charlize Theron, who takes a leading role in the new Mad Max movie as a one-armed warrior driving five sex slaves to safety, has expressed her fears that a bleak future awaits the planet unless global warming is addressed.

Related: Mad Max: Fury Road review – Tom Hardy is a macho Mr Bean in brilliantly pimped reboot

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How will the world react to Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 6:18am

Whatever the Pope says in his highly-anticipated climate message it will present challenges - not just for climate sceptics, but for all Catholics, on how we should act to protect our environment and the world’s poorest people

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University of Edinburgh has failed to lead in the fight against climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 5:11am

In its cowardly decision not to divest the university has chosen to pander to powerful fossil fuel companies and the funds they provide

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Indonesia extends moratorium on partial forest clearing

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 4:38am

Activists call for country’s flagship conservation policy to be strengthened to cope with pressures on forests and wildlife, reports Mongabay

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Japan's aquariums face ejection from zoo organisation over Taiji dolphins

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 4:34am

Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums to vote on whether to keep buying animals from town made notorious by The Cove or be expelled from global counterpart

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Sellafield nuclear waste storage safety limit relaxed following accident

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 3:58am

Amount of radioactive waste that can be kept in tanks allowed to breach legal limits to help cope with backlog caused by an accident in November 2013

Safety limits on the storage of some of the world’s most dangerous nuclear wastes at Sellafield in Cumbria have been relaxed after an accident knocked out a treatment plant.

The government’s safety watchdog, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), has permitted the private company that runs Sellafield to breach legal restrictions on the amount of hot, high-level radioactive waste that can be kept in tanks. The limits are likely to be exceeded by up to 350 tonnes between April 2014 and July 2016.

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Former FSA chief warns of carbon bubble threat from climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 3:23am

Investment industry valuations focus on short-term returns and fail to take into account the impact of climate change, says former head of the UK Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner

Lord Turner, formerly Britain’s top financial regulator, has become the latest finance sector grandee to warn that investment industry valuations are in need of urgent review in the face of the threat posed by climate change.

The former chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) warned of “a major set of problems … in the relationship between finance and the real economy”. He said national economies, banks and businesses were effectively being encouraged to prioritise short-term returns and “do nothing about climate change whatsoever”.

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Calif. Bottled Water Plants Are Scrutinized During Severe Drought

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 2:10am

Companies like Nestle are being eyed for how and where they're drawing the water. Steve Inskeep talks to Ian James, a reporter with The Desert Sun Newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif.

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A third of Europe’s birds under threat, says most comprehensive study yet

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/05/14 - 2:06am

Deteriorating natural habitats and declining wildlife populations found in wide-ranging survey of Europe’s countryside

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