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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/01/22 - 1:32am

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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UK nuclear ambitions dealt fatal blow by Austrian legal challenge, say Greens

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/22 - 12:00am

Lawyers say legal delays could prevent UK from realising its ambitions for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C by 2023

Plans for a new generation of nuclear reactors in the UK have been dealt a fatal blow by Austria’s decision to launch a legal challenge to the EU’s approval of a £17.6bn subsidy deal, according to the Green Party.

On Wednesday, the Guardian revealed that Austria will appeal the EU’s decision last year to approve the subsidy deal between the UK government and EDF for Hinkley Point C.

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A magpie mob bent on mischief?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 10:30pm
Sandy, Bedfordshire This might have looked like a black and white case of a sociable flock, or a gang – the reality was neither Continue reading...
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Australia a leader on trade but lags on environment in development index

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 9:44pm

Commitment to development index places Australia second to last on environmental policy in terms of how it affects poorer countries

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WA surf club only group to back all aspects of shark cull, documents reveal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 4:19pm

Notes obtained under freedom of information show Department of Fisheries among groups to criticise the drumline proposal

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DIY parts

The Field Lab - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 4:11pm
I have been pretty curious about my new leg hardware.  Planning on getting info from my surgeon next time I see him as to the exact dimensions and brand of my tibial nail.  Trying also to figure out what exactly the hospital charged for it.  Seems I can buy one on Ebay for just over $200.  Hope I can find an exact match for what I got inside my leg bone just to show off.  Found a complete installation kit for $800 in case I want to go into the business...  45,55,47,T,B
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Campaigners urge Cameron to reconsider his stance on fracking

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 10:13am

Over a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on the prime minister to rethink his ‘all out’ support for fracking in favour of clean energy

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Montana residents line up for pure drinking water after major oil spill contaminates supply - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 9:27am

After a major oil spill along the Yellowstone river in Montana on Sunday, elevated levels of benzene – a cancer-causing component of oil – were detected in the drinking water of the nearby Glendive. While the EPA supervises the spill cleanup, truckloads of bottled water were brought in for the 6,000 people in and around the agricultural community

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Obama attacks Republican 'I am not a scientist' climate change denial in address

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 9:06am

President pivots State of the Union address to make sure Republicans do not undo climate change action but offered no concrete signs of new initiatives

Barack Obama insisted forcefully before his newly empowered opposition on Tuesday that he would hold the line against attacks on his domestic and international climate agenda. But even though he called out climate deniers once again, the president offered no concrete sign of new initiatives on the horizon in his remaining two years in power.

After repeatedly using his executive authority to advance climate measures, Obama pivoted in his State of the Union address to making sure that Republicans did not undo what he has sought to accomplish on climate change.

Related: 'I still believe': Obama's defiant State of the Union vows equality over hostility

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Activist gets six-month suspended jail sentence for disrupting badger culls

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 8:59am

Jay Tiernan of Stop the Cull campaign found in contempt of court for nine breaches of an injunction brought in by the National Farmers’ Union

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10 signs the stars are aligning for a climate deal in Paris

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 8:56am

Following Al Gore and Pharrell Williams’ Live Earth 2015 announcement, we round up nine other reasons to feel happy ahead of crunch climate talks in Paris in December

Banish your memories of the slightly cringy Live Earth concerts held seven years ago at Wembley stadium and around the world. This time, “instead of just having people perform, we literally are going to have humanity harmonise all at once,” Williams promised on Wednesday, standing alongside Al Gore. The sequel, intended to galvanise action on climate change, lands on 18 June, with the 100+ acts TBC.

Related: Pharrell Williams and Al Gore announce Live Earth 2015

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Six in 10 UK onshore windfarms rejected, says report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 8:19am
Rejection rate now double that when coalition came to power, as onshore wind power becomes major area of political tension

About six out of 10 new UK onshore windfarm projects were rejected last year as a result of tougher planning guidelines and more applications being called in for a personal decision by the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, a report has found.

The analysis from the Fabian Society, a left-leaning thinktank, found 57% of all onshore projects were rejected in 2014, meaning only 161 mostly smaller ones got the go-ahead.

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India’s tiger revival is a boost for that rarest beast in conservation: hope

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 7:59am

In India and Europe completely different approaches have been applied to saving big carnivores – and both have been successful

Good news is vanishingly rare for nature lovers and so the revival in tiger numbers in India has been greeted with great fanfare. India’s tiger population slumped to 1,411 in 2006, ravaged by habitat loss and poaching. It rose to 1,706 in 2011; and a thorough population survey has now identified a 30% leap to 2,226 in 2014. We may be the authors of a sixth mass extinction – set to lose more than three-quarters of all plants, animals, fungi and other forms of life before we even know many exist – but we do at least seem capable of bringing the biggest, most charismatic carnivores back from the brink.

How do we save species? What’s the magic formula? How can we save other things from extinction?

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Matt Ridley wants to gamble the Earth’s future because he won’t learn from the past

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 7:00am

Ridley argues against climate action because he believes zombie myths

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Antarctic toothfish poaching ships shrug off New Zealand navy

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 6:39am

Three suspected illegal fishing vessels are filmed hauling in prized fish with banned nets in the Southern Ocean

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UK should take a lead role in the EU drive to overhaul deep-sea trawling

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 5:52am

We should not prop up an unsustainable, wasteful, fuel-intensive fishing practice and an unviable industry that is destroying our unique underwater ecosystem

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Climbing high: readers' photos of trees - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 5:30am

We asked you to share your photos of trees around the world as part of GuardianWitness’ bi-weekly readers’ assignment. Here is a selection of our favourites

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Austria to launch lawsuit over Hinkley Point C nuclear subsidies

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 5:02am

Austrian legal challenge over controversial EU subsidies for Hinkley Point C casts doubt over future of UK’s first planned nuclear reactor in 20 years

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Malawi floods cause devastation – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 3:44am

Torrential rains have wreaked havoc across Malawi, which has reported 176 deaths and many more missing, with 200,000 displaced. The flooding is spreading across southern Africa: 84 people have died in Mozambique and 13 in Madagascar, which has been battered by tropical storm Chedza. Médicins sans Frontières (MSF) has been responding to the crisis in the worst-affected parts, where thousands are cut off without food or healthcare

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Controversial Lancashire fracking plans 'should be refused'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/01/21 - 3:34am

Officials recommend that Cuadrilla’s applications to develop two sites to explore for shale gas should not be approved

A county divided: is Lancashire ready for its fracking revolution?

Controversial plans for fracking in Lancashire should be refused because the drilling would cause “unacceptable” increases in noise and heavy traffic, according to the county council’s planning officers. Their recommendation will be considered by councillors ahead of the deciding votes next week.

The application by shale gas company Cuadrilla to drill wells at two sites also faced objections on a series of other issues, including public health, air and water pollution, subsidence and earthquake risk. But Lancashire county council (LCC) planning officers said these impacts “would be low or could be mitigated” and “concluded that the principle of exploration for shale gas would be acceptable”.

Related: A county divided: is Lancashire ready for its fracking revolution?

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