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Mane event: 33 lions flown home after rescue from life in the circus

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 4:25pm

Big cats arrive in South Africa, where sanctuary beckons, after having suffered cruel treatment in Colombia and Peru

The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg’s main international airport on Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa.

The animals will now be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.

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Kenya torches stockpile of ivory in bid to protect wild elephants

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 4:05pm

President Uhuru Kenyatta orders destruction of more than 100 tonnes of tusks in 11 pyres

The Kenyan president set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory on Saturday in an effort to show his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants.

Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the destruction of more than 100 tonnes of tusks from around 6,700 elephants, stacked in 11 pyres at a ceremony in Nairobi national park. The fires, destroying a quantity seven times bigger than ever before, are expected to burn for several days.

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Humanoid diving robot hunts for sunken treasure in French shipwreck

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 1:42pm
‘Robo-mermaid’ able to reach depths too dangerous for human divers retrieves vase from wreck of Louis XIV’s flagship

Robotics scientists at the US’s Stanford University have achieved a remarkable first: they have successfully sent an automated avatar – which they describe as a robo-mermaid – down to an ancient shipwreck to retrieve a vase from the sunken vessel.

La Lune, the flagship of Louis XIV of France, sank 20 miles off the south coast city of Toulon in 1664. Only a few dozen of the hundreds of men on board survived. The wreck, which lies at a depth of 100 metres, had never been disturbed until the OceanOne robot craft reached it two weeks ago and recovered the grapefruit-size vase.

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Unchecked pollution and bad food ‘killing thousands in UK’

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 1:26pm
Government’s failure to tackle health and safety issues, food poisoning and pollution leading to ‘largely avoidable’ deaths, says thinktank

Thousands of people are dying each year because of the government’s failure to tackle food poisoning, health and safety breaches and pollution, a thinktank is warning.

A new report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) claims that lax regulation and weak enforcement are failing to hold businesses in check and are tantamount to state-facilitated “social murder”.

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Kenya burns largest stockpile of ivory - video

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 9:05am

Kenya sets ablaze 100 tonnes of elephant ivory and one tonne of rhino horn, in what is being called the largest stockpile of the material to be destroyed. Led by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta at the Nairobi national park, eleven giant pyres of ivory is set on fire using 20,000 litres of gasoline. The decision to destroy the ivory was made to highlight the impact of poaching

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Kenya burns largest ever ivory stockpile to highlight elephants' fate

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 7:00am

Kenyan president lights pyres in move some fear will drive further poaching by taking 5% of global stock out of circulation

More than 100 tonnes of ivory has been set ablaze in Kenya, the largest ever such fire, in an attempt to shock the world into protecting endangered elephants.

Eleven giant pyres of tusks from around 6,000 elephants, a quantity seven times the size of any previous burn, were lit by the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, at a ceremony in Nairobi national park on Saturday.

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Up In Flames: Kenya Burns More Than 100 Tons Of Ivory

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 5:18am

Nearly 30 years ago, Kenya burned 12 tons of ivory to try to halt the illegal ivory trade. Today it's burning 100 tons. How much difference does burning ivory make?

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Return of the bison: new American national symbol tells story of strife

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 4:30am

Nearly wiped out in a bid to demolish Native American resistance, the bison’s history paints a picture of strife and redemption that mirrors the US’s own

The bald eagle may appeal to America’s sense of self – soaring, majestic, hard to tame – but as a national symbol, the more humble bison paints a truer picture of the strife and redemption that has marked US history.

The bison is to become the first national mammal of the US, elevating it to the giddy heights of symbolism currently occupied by the bald eagle. Little more than 100 years since it was virtually exterminated in America in a manic bid to demolish Native American resistance, the bison now has establishment status.

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Kenya burns confiscated ivory – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 2:41am

Kenya has destroyed 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory, almost all of the country’s stockpile, at an event in Nairobi national park attended by several African heads of state and conservationists. The event was intended to send a strong anti-poaching message

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Britain's best places to take off on a butterfly safari

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 2:30am

The purple emperor and chequered skipper await, whether you just fancy a flutter or metamorphose into a full-blown spotter

The purple emperor butterfly, a rather eccentric 1950s schoolmaster called Ian Heslop once declared, is the ultimate “big game”. A renowned collector, he boasted of catching as many emperors as he had shot elephants (four) but said that no exotic African beast gave him “so much joy as the seeing of my first emperor safely in the net”.

It is no longer acceptable to shoot elephants or catch purple emperors but Heslop was on to something – the overlooked adrenal pleasure of a butterfly safari. Chasing butterflies, to photograph or simply to enjoy, may seem like a whimsical pastime but can be surprisingly thrilling.

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The shame of ivory

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 1:52am

Paula Kahumbu: Kenya’s ivory burn will help end demand worldwide by making people ashamed to buy and own ivory

We are often told that wildlife conservation should make economic sense, and so it should. In my previous article I outlined some of the economic arguments in favour of burning ivory stockpiles.

Wildlife conservation should make moral sense as well. Winning the moral argument is probably even important than good economics for saving elephants and wildlife.

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Has the Chernobyl disaster affected the number of nuclear plants built?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 1:00am

Thirty years on from one of the worst radiation leaks in history, several countries have moved to phase out nuclear energy production altogether, and experts say another accident would kill the industry

Related: Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30th anniversary – in pictures

This week marks 30 years since an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine led to a huge leak of radiation across eastern Europe.

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Seeing the woods for the trees

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 9:30pm

Crewe Green, Cheshire Creative writing students take a walk in the natural world in search of material for poetry


The sky is as lovely as an illustration in a children’s picture book, pale blue with a big sun, yellow as a buttercup. There is a cobweb-faint breeze. We are approaching the copse, a group of creative writing students and I, a walk in the natural world, material for poetry. The air is alive with spring sounds: bees buzzing, birds singing, a gardener cutting the lawn near the halls of residence.

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silver'n'gold

The Field Lab - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 3:51pm

It was a good week for precious metals.  Bad news for that worthless paper money in your pocket.  81,85,62,0,W
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Al Gore attacks CSIRO's climate cuts and praises Labor's proposals

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 3:11pm

Former US Democratic vice-president says agency’s decision will deeply affect the source of valuable research for the entire world

Al Gore has said the decision by Australia’s science agency CSIRO to cut climate research should be “re-evaluated at the highest level”, since they limit a source of critical information for the entire world as it attempts to solve the challenges posed by climate change.

The former US Democratic vice-president also praised the government’s support for renewable energy and the Labor party’s recent climate change policy announcement.

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Paris agreement is a strong signal that 'we will solve climate crisis', Al Gore says

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 3:08pm

Leading environmental activist says cheaper renewable energy provides an opportunity to create a sustainable world economy – but we must do more

Al Gore, former US vice-president, Nobel laureate and chairman of the Climate Reality Project, has led the global discussion about climate change for many years. His multi-award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth (2006) has been widely credited with changing the way world leaders and citizens think about the issue. Don Henry is public policy fellow in environmentalism at the University of Melbourne and is a former director of the Australian Conservation Foundation. He is a long-term collaborator with Gore. Their conversation was recorded for the Griffith Review.

Related: Al Gore attacks CSIRO's climate cuts and praises Labor's proposals

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The Best Yogurt Ever!!!

Holy Scrap - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 2:56pm
I believe my yogurt to be the best ever. Do you feel that way about your own yogurt? If you do, lets have it... whatcha got? Here's my mix...

One advantage that I have is fresh milk delivered from a nearby farm that I then transform into yogurt. I like mine thick and even a bit dry. I add to it drizzles of honey or maple syrup, and dark rich balsamic vinegar, sometimes a spray of vanilla. I sprinkle on a pinch of salt, cinnamon, cardamom and a shaving of nutmeg. Then comes coconut flakes, ground flax seed, and pecans. I top this with a berry in season, today it was blackberries. I can hardly stand how good it is!




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Climate policy uncertainty could cost as much as 1% of GDP, report finds

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 2:42pm

Bipartisanship on climate policy would bring ‘real economic benefits’, former Reserve Bank board member Warwick Mckibbon says

The investor uncertainty caused by a continuing climate policy war would push power prices up by more than the policies proposed by either the government or Labor, according to a leading modeller.

Related: Why Coalition climate scare campaign is not credible and makes no sense

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Obama administration warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 11:43am

US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ towns

The Obama administration has warned the US will need to deal with a wave of “climate refugees” as the Arctic continues to warm, joining with the Canadian government to express alarm over how climate change is affecting indigenous communities.

Sally Jewell, US secretary of the interior, painted a stark picture of communities relocating and lives disrupted in her first official visit to Canada. The Arctic, which is warming at twice the rate of the global average, has just recorded its lowest recorded peak ice extent after what’s been called a “warm, crazy winter”.

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Surprise, the pundits were wrong: poll shows huge support for Leap Manifesto | Martin Lukacs

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 10:12am

Canadians across the political spectrum want a bold challenge to the status quo—and it’s up to the NDP to provide it

For weeks, the corporate media has spouted a stern prediction: Canadians will flee in horror from the Leap Manifesto. We are a “modest shift people,” not “big shift people”. The New Democratic Party, merely by endorsing to debate the document, would court “irrelevance.”

A new poll shows just how wrong they were: far from recoiling from the Leap Manifesto, people are embracing it. Among the large and growing number of Canadians who have heard about the Leap Manifesto, half support it. That includes a majority of New Democrats and Greens, half of Liberal voters, and even twenty percent of Conservatives.

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