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Revealed: big oil's profits since 1990 total nearly $2tn

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/02/12 - 5:17am

BP, Shell, Chevron and Exxon accused of making huge profits while ‘passing the buck’ on climate change

BP, Shell, Chevron and Exxon have made almost $2tn in profits in the past three decades as their exploitation of oil, gas and coal reserves has driven the planet to the brink of climate breakdown, according to analysis for the Guardian.

The scale of their profits is revealed as experts say the fossil fuel boom is coming to an end, with big oil entering a “death knell” phase, according to one prominent Wall St commentator.

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Critics Blast Proposed Changes To The National Environmental Policy Act

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/02/12 - 3:06am

The Trump administration wants to defang the National Environmental Policy Act. At a public hearing in Denver, the law's defenders faced off with federal officials and business interests.

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Beer Waste Helps Montana Town Save Money On Water Treatment

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/02/12 - 3:06am

Brewery waste, fed at the right time at the right dosage to a wastewater treatment plant's bacteria, can be used to treat water. One Montana town is doing just that.

(Image credit: Rachel Cramer/Yellowstone Public Radio)

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Trump ‘turns back the clock’ by luring drilling companies to pristine lands

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/02/12 - 12:00am

Energy companies have leased 9.9m acres from the administration – and the fossil fuels extracted could equal half a year of emissions from China

The Trump administration has offered oil companies a chunk of the American west and the Gulf of Mexico that’s four times the size of California – an expansive drilling plan that threatens to entrench the industry at the expense of other outdoor jobs, while locking in enough emissions to undermine global climate policy.

Energy companies have leased 9.9m acres from the unprecedented 461m acres put up for rent by the Trump administration, according to a new analysis from the Wilderness Society.

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Investing in cycling pays off, but ministers are ignoring the evidence

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/02/12 - 12:00am

A report shows that when bike lanes are built, people cycle more and drive less

If you took a time machine back to John Dobson Street in central Newcastle in 2013, you’d be struck by its transformation in the years since.

An inhospitable dual carriageway has been replaced by a single carriageway with wider pavements and a 400m bike lane. The result: a fourfold increase in people cycling along the route.

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NSW green light to irrigators to harvest rainfall angers downstream residents

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 9:03pm

Menindee’s Graeme McCrabb, who raised awareness of mass fish kills, says he is heartbroken by the state government’s decision

The New South Wales government has given the green light to irrigation farmers in the north-west of the state to harvest the recent rainfall, pleasing some but causing anger in towns such as Menindee and Wilcannia and on the lower Darling where the river has not flowed for a year.

The lifting of the embargo for three days will be welcomed particularly by cotton farmers who have lobbied the NSW water minister, Melinda Pavey, warning that unless they are able to harvest the water their infrastructure will be damaged.

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Wildfires are ruinous - so how to stop them happening in the first place?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 9:00pm

In the wake of destruction caused by wildfires, most recently in Australia, experts are seeking ways of limiting their impact by managing forests better

Vast waves of fire have torn through Australia in recent months, leaving forests of skinned trees in their wake. The wildfires have been one of the most damaging in the country’s history – more than 11m hectares (27m acres) have burned, killing 33 people and decimating wildlife populations.

But they are just the latest in a succession of destructive blazes that have been flaring across the planet – even in the Arctic circle – in the past five years. The response from authorities, in Australia, the Americas and the Mediterranean often seems scrambled and ineffective.

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Trevor St Baker says Collinsville coal plant would need shielding from climate policy change

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 8:55pm

Power baron questions whether there is sound business case for project, saying government would need to indemnify it

Politically connected power baron Trevor St Baker says there is no way a new coal-fired power plant will proceed at Collinsville unless the Morrison government agrees to shield the project from a change of climate policy.

A day after Scott Morrison left open the option of his government indemnifying a new coal plant in Collinsville from future carbon risk, St Baker told Guardian Australia no project at that scale could proceed without an indemnity from the commonwealth.

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'Triple whammy': drought, fires and floods push Australian rivers into crisis

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 8:04pm

The combination of extreme weather events will have cascading impacts on fish, platypus and invertebrates, threatening some with extinction

Australia’s rivers are being hit by a “triple whammy” of impacts that will have serious and long-term effects on species and could push some to extinction, according to experts.

Drought, bushfires in river catchments and now widespread heavy rain in the east of the country have created a cascade of impacts on fish, invertebrates and platypus.

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Fossil fuel pollution behind 4m premature deaths a year – study

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 8:00pm

Burning gas, coal and oil costs global economy $8bn a day and particularly harms children

Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is responsible for more than 4m premature deaths around the world each year and costs the global economy about $8bn a day, according to a study.

The report, from Greenpeace Southeast Asia and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, found that burning gas, coal and oil causes three times the number of deaths as road traffic accidents globally.

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the clock kit works!

The Field Lab - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 6:20pm

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Florida: $20,000 reward offered after two dolphins found stabbed or shot dead

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 3:32pm
  • Officials say dolphins had what looked like bullet wounds
  • Dead mammals found in waters off Naples and Pensacola

US federal authorities have offered a reward of up to $20,000 after two dolphins were found with gruesome and life-ending injuries along Florida’s Gulf coast in recent weeks.

Related: DDT and other banned chemicals pose threat to vulnerable dolphins on Great Barrier Reef

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Pacific lamprey project in peril after floods wash away hundreds of fish

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 8:27am

At least 250 unaccounted for after heavy rainfall across Pacific north-west overwhelmed cage of fish waiting to be released

A pioneering tribal biodiversity project to restore the sacred Pacific lamprey population has been dealt a major blow after huge floods washed away hundreds of fish before they could be released into the wild.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have spent two decades reintroducing the lamprey into tributaries of the Columbia River after US government dams and industrial fishing wiped out the endemic species.

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Proposals To Ban Fracking Could Hurt Democrats In Key States

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 3:48am

Some Democratic presidential candidates want to ban fracking to help address climate change. That attracts young people, but may alienate swing voters in key oil and gas states like Pennsylvania.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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Critics Say Proposed Copper Mine In Minnesota Threatens Pristine Water

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 3:03am

A company in northern Minnesota wants to build an underground copper mine near a federally protected wilderness with crystal clear drinking water. Which jobs are more key: mining or tourism?

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Colorado Voters Are Set To Decide If Wolves Should Be Reintroduced To The State

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 3:00am

In November, Coloradans are set to vote on whether to return wolves to the state. The ballot initiative may be the first time voters in any state could force reintroduction of an endangered species.

(Image credit: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

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The government must invest in cycling. Here's how to do it

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 12:00am

Co-chair of all-party parliamentary group on cycling and walking sets out a manifesto for active travel

The all-party parliamentary group for cycling and walking has, in collaboration with its 80 member groups, set out a manifesto for cycling and walking. The economic case for investment in these modes of travel is strong. We get £5.50 for every £1 we invest and the benefits are cross-cutting: a healthier population; stronger, safer local communities; better access to jobs and education; and lower levels of pollution.

Almost three years ago the government committed to a cycling and walking investment strategy for England, with a stated aim to return walking levels to 300 stages (ie part of a journey) per person per year, double cycling stages by 2025 and increase walking to school. As many people pointed out at the time, the investment strategy had little in the way of actual investment. Indeed, dedicated funding for cycling from government since then has been sporadic and meagre, with only a handful of cities investing at the levels required to catch up with the level we see in neighbouring, successful countries for active travel such as the Netherlands.

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Mike Cannon-Brookes says Zali Steggall’s bill could repair Australia’s reputation on climate

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 7:09pm

Exclusive: Atlassian co-founder says the MP’s bill is the exact type of action we need and deserves bipartisan support

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has thrown his support behind a climate action bill proposed by the independent Zali Steggall and has urged the major parties to put down the cudgels and support it.

And the Australian Energy Council, representing major electricity and gas businesses, said the Steggall bill deserved to be seriously considered as it had the potential to deliver certainty and a path forward for the national economy.

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Queensland braces for more wild weather and NSW man rescued after 12 hours in floodwaters

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 6:17pm

Rainfall across the east coast is welcome news for the water grid as Sydney’s Warragamba dam levels reach 69% and continue to rise

Queensland is bracing for more wild weather with storms forecast to lash the state’s southeast.

Heavy falls are expected daily this week before becoming isolated to the state’s south-east corner into the weekend, bureau forecaster Kimba Wong said.

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Alarm over collapse of chinstrap penguin numbers

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 5:01pm

Global heating suspected to be behind sharp decline in populations across Antarctic islands

Colonies of chinstrap penguins have fallen by more than half across islands in Antarctica, prompting scientific concern that “something is broken” in the world’s wildest ecosystem.

After more than a month counting chicks in the South Shetland Islands, researchers suspect global heating is behind the sharp fall in numbers of the distinctive birds, which get their name from a black line that runs below the beak from cheek to cheek.

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