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From human composting to decluttering glassware: the latest trends in design

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/11 - 7:00am

The freshest developments and innovations, from ethical clothing to quizzical furniture

When Philippe Malouin was asked by Finnish glass manufacturer Iittala to create vessels that could be used to declutter people’s living spaces, he began by taking a critical look at his own home.

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With Their Land In Flames, Aboriginals Warn Fires Show Deep Problems In Australia

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2020/01/11 - 6:42am

As massive fires continue to consume Australia, aboriginal elders like Noel Butler say officials need to listen to natives about fire control.

(Image credit: Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

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Australians Debate What To Do About Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2020/01/11 - 5:48am

In the midst of the devastating wildfire season, Australians are still having a hard time finding common ground on what to do about climate change.

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Mushrooms and orange peel: could biotech clean up the building industry?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/11 - 5:00am

A biotech startup is researching building materials that could revolutionise construction. Not only are they biodegradable – some also absorb toxins

Cocoa husks, dried orange peel, ground blue pea flowers: the ingredients read like a tasting menu. They are, in fact, waste products that are used to make Orb – a sustainable building material that is carbon neutral. It’s versatile enough to be used for furniture or as a substitute for a wood-based sheet material

Orb is produced by Biohm, a startup founded in 2016 by Ehab Sayed. Sayed grew up in Doha, Qatar, and says his home town is one of the “biggest motivators” for him to inspire change. “Although it is the richest country in the world, it is likely one of the least sustainable and a contributor to the climate crisis,” he says. “Growing up in this environment resulted in a resentment towards the impact we are having on our planet.”

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California Reservation's Solar Microgrid Provides Power During Utility Shutoffs

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2020/01/11 - 5:00am

California utility PG&E continues planned power outages to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. One Native tribe's solar-powered microgrid is proving to be a lifeline for rural communities.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Blue Lake Rancheria)

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Rare salt formations in Utah could offer clues about life on Mars

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 6:15pm

Tiny crystals found on edge of Great Salt Lake may offer insight about similar structures on the red planet, scientists say

Rare salt formations have been documented for the first time on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and they could yield insights about salt structures found on Mars before they disappear for good.

They are showing up now in part because water levels at the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi have been lowered by drought and water diversion, exposing more shoreline. It’s a story that’s playing out throughout the American west as a growing population puts more demand on scarce water resources.

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The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 3:03pm

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How Australian Wildfire Emissions May Impact Global Climate

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 2:13pm

The Australian bushfires have released an enormous amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions. But emissions from wildfires have a complicated effect on the broader global climate.

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Belgian police cars fall foul of tighter controls on urban emissions

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 10:02am

Federal force unable to afford to bring fleet into line with new regulations in major cities

Belgium’s federal police have fallen foul of tighter emissions controls that come into force at the start of the year, with some of its cars and vans now too dirty to enter the cities of Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent.

The force said it was unable to afford to renew its entire fleet of several thousand vehicles and had already told the authorities about the situation.

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Terrorism police list Extinction Rebellion as extremist ideology

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 10:00am

Exclusive: Police scramble to recall guide issued to teachers putting climate activists alongside far-right groups

Counter-terrorism police placed the non-violent group Extinction Rebellion (XR) on a list of extremist ideologies that should be reported to the authorities running the Prevent programme, which aims to catch those at risk of committing atrocities, the Guardian has learned.

The climate emergency campaign group was included in a 12-page guide produced by counter-terrorism police in the south-east titled Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism, which is marked as “official”.

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Citizens' assembly ready to help Macron set French climate policies

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 9:55am

President backs democratic experiment handing power to 150 people chosen at random

In a grandiose 1930s building on the banks of the Seine in Paris, 150 French citizens chosen at random had gathered. Ranging from 16-year-old school pupils to carers, shuttle-bus drivers and retired rail workers, the French president said these ordinary people would define the next phase of his term in power.

They are part of France’s latest democratic experiment: a randomly selected citizens’ assembly that has been promised more power than any other – the ability to set Emmanuel Macron’s policy on cutting carbon emissions, as he faces harsh criticism that he is not doing enough to tackle the climate emergency.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 7:30am

The pick of the best flora and fauna photos from around the world, including long-eared owls and an injured koala

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Greta Thunberg tells world leaders to end fossil fuel ‘madness’

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 6:03am

Failure to end investment ‘would be a betrayal against life itself’, say climate activists

Greta Thunberg and fellow youth climate campaigners are demanding that global leaders immediately end the “madness” of huge ongoing investments in fossil fuel exploration and enormous subsidies for coal, oil and gas use.

The 21 young activists are also calling on the political and business leaders who will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos to ensure investment funds dump their holdings in fossil fuel companies.

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Greta Thunberg: At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 6:01am
Averting catastrophe would be the best business decision to emerge from the economic forum in its 50 years of existence
Greta Thunberg tells world leaders to end fossil fuel ‘madness’

We have just entered a new decade, a decade where every month and every day will be absolutely crucial in deciding what the future will look like. Towards the end of January, chief executives, investors and policymakers will gather in Davos for the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum.

Related: Greta Thunberg tells world leaders to end fossil fuel ‘madness’

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The great dismantling of America's national parks is under way | Jonathan B Jarvis and Destry Jarvis

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 4:00am

In this waking nightmare, the Trump administration has filled the parks department with anti-public land sycophants

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Welcome to Hawaii's 'plastic beach', one of the world's dirtiest places

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 4:00am

Hawaii has long evoked images of a Pacific paradise but Kamilo Beach, located on the Big Island, presents a starkly different reality

An array of plastic crunched underfoot as Mattie Mae Larson walked down Kamilo Beach. Toothbrushes, a plastic broom, a leaking bottle, the back of a TV.

Larson used to come to this remote stretch of Hawaiian sand as a child to climb 10ft-high mountains of debris, searching for treasures.

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America's public lands are in danger – and in 2020 we'll report from the frontlines

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 4:00am

Amid mounting threats posed by privatization, energy extraction and climate change, we’re devoting new resources to our public lands journalism

Public lands are facing threats like never before. Seasoned superintendents have been shuffled around the country to force their retirement. Ancient cacti are being plowed up to make way for a border wall. Mention of climate change has been suppressed.

These attacks are outlined by none other than Jon Jarvis, the head of the National Park Service under Barack Obama, in a Guardian op-ed co-authored with his brother, Destry. “These are not random actions,” the Jarvises conclude. “This is a systematic dismantling of a beloved institution.”

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Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/10 - 1:30am

Residents had for years been drinking water contaminated by dangerous PFAS chemicals – and the impact has been brutal

In the years before 2017, Sandy Wynn-Stelt and her husband had suspicions about the water they drew from a well on their House Street property in the Michigan town of Belmont. She attributed the bad taste to it being well water, but the “weird film” on their morning coffee was difficult to explain.

By June 2017, state officials alerted her that PFAS from a nearby, decades-old dump belonging to Wolverine World Wide, a shoe giant best known for the Hush Puppy brand, had contaminated their well.

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Blair attacks nuclear power privatisation - archive, 10 January 1985

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/09 - 10:30pm

10 January 1989: As well as cost, Labour’s energy spokesman warns about the risk of nuclear accidents

Tony Blair, Labour’s energy spokesman, yesterday launched a new assault against the flotation of the electricity industry by declaring that the sale of nuclear power will be “the most expensive mistake in the history of privatisation”.

Speaking on the eve of the Electricity Bill starting its committee stage in parliament and today’s long awaited Department of Energy publication of the ‘licences’, Mr Blair added that the Government faces “a potential bill running into billions of pounds”.

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Trump announces plan to acquire a book – about himself

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/09 - 8:12pm

President said Thursday – while announcing a rollback of environmental regulations – that he plans to read Donald J Trump: An Environmental Hero

Donald Trump is going to acquire a book.

The book in question, as Gizmodo reported on Thursday, is titled Donald J Trump: An Environmental Hero, by Edward Russo. And the shocking news emerged as the president announced a rollback of environmental regulations at the White House, taking an axe to the environmental review process required for infrastructure projects. The move, which he pitched as a way around “endless delays” to various projects, poses a new threat to the climate and is likely to face legal challenges.

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