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More than 7,000 extreme weather events recorded since 2000, says UN

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/10/12 - 8:30am

Sharp rise in number of droughts, floods and wildfires has claimed 1.23 million lives and affected 4.2 billion people

Extreme weather events have increased dramatically in the past 20 years, taking a heavy human and economic toll worldwide, and are likely to wreak further havoc, the UN has said.

Heatwaves and droughts will pose the greatest threat in the next decade, as temperatures continue to rise due to heat-trapping gases, experts said.

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'Heads in the sand': conservationists condemn US failure to protect wolverines

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/10/12 - 3:00am

Denial of endangered species protections threatens species at risk amid climate crisis, conservationists say

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has denied protection to wolverines under the Endangered Species Act, frustrating conservation groups who argue the species faces an existential threat from the climate crisis.

According to the ruling announced on Thursday, the FWS considers wolverine populations in the lower 48 states to be stable and threats against wolverines to be less significant than they previously thought. The agency is consequently withdrawing a proposal to federally protect the species.

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Fifth of countries at risk of ecosystem collapse, analysis finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/10/12 - 2:12am

Trillions of dollars of GDP depend on biodiversity, according to Swiss Re report

One-fifth of the world’s countries are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing because of the destruction of wildlife and their habitats, according to an analysis by the insurance firm Swiss Re.

Natural “services” such as food, clean water and air, and flood protection have already been damaged by human activity.

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Medical Residents Learn To Treat The Growing Health Hazards Of Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2020/10/12 - 2:01am

From heat-related illness to mosquito-borne infections, physicians are seeing the effects of a warming planet in the exam room. There's a growing push to teach doctors-in-training how to respond.

(Image credit: Chelsea Beck for NPR)

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This is my message to the western world – your civilisation is killing life on Earth | Nemonte Nenquimo

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/10/12 - 2:00am

We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it

Dear presidents of the nine Amazonian countries and to all world leaders that share responsibility for the plundering of our rainforest,

My name is Nemonte Nenquimo. I am a Waorani woman, a mother, and a leader of my people. The Amazon rainforest is my home. I am writing you this letter because the fires are raging still. Because the corporations are spilling oil in our rivers. Because the miners are stealing gold (as they have been for 500 years), and leaving behind open pits and toxins. Because the land grabbers are cutting down primary forest so that the cattle can graze, plantations can be grown and the white man can eat. Because our elders are dying from coronavirus, while you are planning your next moves to cut up our lands to stimulate an economy that has never benefited us. Because, as Indigenous peoples, we are fighting to protect what we love – our way of life, our rivers, the animals, our forests, life on Earth – and it’s time that you listened to us.

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Britons eager to return to pre-Covid-levels of dining out – survey

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/10/11 - 4:01pm

Research also found 73% would pay for food that would otherwise be wasted

The majority of Britons plan to return to pre-lockdown levels of restaurant visits as soon as they can, ahead of looming new restrictions that could further cripple the ailing hospitality sector, a survey reveals.

Diners are also ready to turn their raised concern for the environment into action and ditch their favourite menu choices for sustainable dishes, according to research carried out by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

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Path of the wicked...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2020/10/11 - 1:43pm

Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble

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COVID-19 Is Turning The Fashion Industry On Its Head

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2020/10/11 - 4:52am

The pandemic has major repercussions for the world of fashion. That could be a good thing because fast fashion can be ecologically devastating.

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COVID-19 Stalks A Montana Town Already Grappling With Asbestos Disease

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2020/10/11 - 2:01am

In Libby, Mont., an estimated 1 in 10 have an asbestos-related illness, after decades of pollution from a now-shuttered mine. With lungs already scarred, many fear contracting the coronavirus.

(Image credit: Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau)

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RSPB calls for new laws on game bird shooting

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 11:45pm

Charity says licensing system is needed to prevent ‘unacceptable’ damage to countryside, plus stricter enforcement of existing laws

The RSPB is demanding new regulations and better enforcement of existing laws to control the shooting of game birds in the UK. The charity made the call yesterday at its AGM after publishing a review that found self-regulation by the shooting community had failed to address the environmental impacts of the game bird industry.

Illegal killing of birds of prey, the use of poisonous lead ammunition, the burning of vegetation on peatlands and the release of 57 million game birds - mainly non-native pheasants and red-legged partridges - into the countryside each year are now causing unacceptable damage, the organisation claims.

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Unexploded 45kg bomb found off Australia's Lord Howe Island

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 8:37pm

Navy divers remove live bomb after fisherman called in find on Lord Howe Island’s Elizabeth reef

An unexploded 45kg bomb has been towed into deep waters five months after being found off the New South Wales coast.

The weapon was found in late April by a fisherman on Lord Howe Island’s Elizabeth Reef. Defence personnel said it could have posed “a significant risk to the general public”.

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 3:36pm


Over 2 million new cases reported worldwide in the past week - a new record high.  Meanwhile President Trump marked his return to the White House last Monday after a weekend hospital stay for coronavirus treatment with this message for the American people: "Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life."  The president's tweet left many friends and families of coronavirus victims disgusted and angered. How could they not let a virus that snatched their loved one from them dominate their lives?  Amanda Kloots, wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero, who fought the virus for 95 days and died, was among those mourning the death of a loved one who took issue with the president's comments.   
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Cleanup Begins After Hurricane Delta Pummels Louisiana

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 2:15pm

People in south Louisiana are cleaning up after another hurricane walloped the state. Delta hit with 100-mph winds. More than a half-million homes and businesses are without power.

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'Poisoning the Pacific': New book details US military contamination of islands and ocean

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 2:00pm

More than 12,000 pages of US government documents show military operations contaminating the Pacific with radioactive waste, nerve agents, and chemical weapons like Agent Orange

In 1968, Leroy Foster was a master sergeant in the US Air Force, assigned to the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, a United States island territory in the Pacific. The day after he arrived on the island, he recalled being ordered to mix “diesel fuel with Agent Orange”, then spraying “it by truck all over the base to kill the jungle overgrowth”.

Soon after, Foster suffered serious skin complaints and eventually fell sick with Parkinson’s and ischemic heart disease. Later, his daughter had cancer as a teenager, and his grandchild was born with 12 fingers, 12 toes, and a heart murmur. Foster died in 2018.

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Police accused of unprovoked racist assault on HS2 protester

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 9:25am

Activist’s claim of racist assault on bypass adds to litany of alleged violations of human rights sent to UN rapporteurs

A campaigner against the HS2 rail line whose head and back were knelt on by police after he says he was thrown to the ground during a peaceful protest believes he was singled out because he is black. He has lodged a complaint of assault amid rising calls for UK government action on the policing of environmental protests.

Video footage shows William Harewood, the only person of colour in a small group of activists at a bypass in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, offering no resistance as he is held face down by Thames Valley police officers, two of whom kneel on his head and upper back while two others pin his legs down with their knees.

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Investors and graduates flock to UK's burgeoning windfarms

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 8:00am

The government’s high-profile commitment to renewable energy could bring a decade of opportunities for young people

The Hywind offshore windfarm stands 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, and firmly on the cusp of Britain’s most dramatic energy revolution since the discovery of North Sea oil.

The world’s first floating windfarm was one of the first low-carbon energy projects developed by Norway’s state oil giant Equinor, and today is one of the best performing windfarms ever built.

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Trump's public lands chief refuses to leave his post despite judge's order

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 2:30am

William Perry Pendley says ‘I have the support of the president’ despite court ruling he is serving illegally as head of the Bureau of Land Management

A controversial environment chief in the Trump administration has said he has no intention of leaving his post after a US district court judge deemed his tenure and ongoing occupation of the position illegal.

William Perry Pendley, head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), said this week that the judge’s ruling “has no impact, no impact whatsoever”.

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Trump has made fracking an election issue. Has he misjudged Pennsylvania?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/10/10 - 12:00am

The president’s energy stance may not play well in a swing state threatened by pipeline projects and supportive of climate action

In early August, Ginny Kerslake’s lush green yard in a middle-class Pennsylvania suburb turned into a muddy river, thanks to another spill at the pipeline drilling site opposite her house. A couple of days later, 10,000 gallons of drilling mud, or bentonite clay, contaminated a popular recreational lake that also provides drinking water for residents of Chester county.

The spills are down to construction of the Mariner East (ME) pipelines – a beleaguered multibillion-dollar project to transport highly volatile liquids extracted by fracking gas shale fields in western Pennsylvania to an export facility in Delaware county in the east, ready to ship to Europe to manufacture plastics.

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new piggies...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/10/09 - 5:20pm


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Pennsylvania Voters Don't Think Fracking Is A Big Issue Despite Trump's Focus On It

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/10/09 - 1:08pm

Pennsylvania is a major state for drilling natural gas. President Trump has made fracking a significant issue of his campaign in the swing state, but it's unclear how much it may help him.

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