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Warren and Booker lead candidates at environmental justice forum

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/11/09 - 5:11am
  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators hosts event
  • Booker defends support for nuclear power

Only six candidates turned out for the first ever presidential forum on environmental justice at South Carolina State University on Friday night.

Related: Michael Bloomberg: billionaire eyes centre lane in Democratic presidential race

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The Lake That Feeds The Mekong Basin Is Facing A Shortage Of Fish

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/11/09 - 5:01am

As Cambodia kicks off a three-day water festival, fishermen are struggling to make a living in the face of climate change and hydropower dams.

(Image credit: Michael Sullivan/NPR)

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Republicans seek to overturn Key West ban on coral-damaging sunscreens

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/11/09 - 12:01am

Backlash to prohibition on reef-harming chemicals frames issue as one of public health focused on skin cancer risk

When city leaders in the Florida resort town of Key West voted earlier this year to ban the sale of sunscreens that scientists say are harmful to coral reefs, it was, in the words of mayor Teri Johnston, “a black and white issue”.

Related: Florida county refuses to pay for New York Times in libraries: 'It's fake news'

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NSW and Queensland bushfires: two dead and at least 100 homes destroyed

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 7:53pm

Seven people unaccounted for, as fuller picture emerges of the devastation
Latest updates: NSW and Queensland fires – follow live

At least 100 homes have been destroyed in the New South Wales bushfires, with two people dead and seven unaccounted for.

More than 35 people were injured, including 16 firefighters, and 81 fires were still burning throughout the state as of Saturday afternoon.

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Giant Greta Thunberg mural to watch over San Francisco's downtown

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 7:41pm

Project by Argentinian artist Andrés Iglesias is poised for completion next week in eco-conscious city

San Francisco, a city that prides itself on its eco-consciousness, will soon have a giant likeness of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gazing upon its downtown, reminding residents to respect the planet.

Related: 'Greta Thunberg effect' driving growth in carbon offsetting

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Waste export ban revealed by environment ministers but 'devil in the details'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 5:02pm

Environment ministers sign off on timeline after Scott Morrison promises to tackle plastic waste in oceans

A ban on the export of waste glass, plastic, paper and tyres will be phased in from mid next year after environment ministers agreed to a timetable for changes in the way Australia deals with recyclable material.

The federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, and state and territory environment ministers signed off on the timeline, which will see the export of all of these waste materials banned by no later than 30 June 2022.

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Wildfires Rage In Australian State: 'We've Simply Never Had This Number Of Fires'

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 3:53pm

Officials say persistent drought caused a massive outbreak of fires in New South Wales, which is the country's most populous state. Dangerous conditions are expected to continue in the coming months.

(Image credit: Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images)

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 2:54pm
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'Nobody works like Jane': hundreds join Fonda at latest climate protest

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 2:30pm

Activists of all ages join actor in Washington for her fifth ‘Fire Drill Friday’, focused on the military

Hundreds of protesters joined the celebrity activist Jane Fonda in Washington DC for her fifth Friday urging radical change to fight the climate crisis.

In front of the US Capitol, Fonda spoke of the “urgency of the climate crisis and need for activism on an unprecedented scale”.

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What The U.S.-China Trade War Has Meant For North Carolina Tobacco Farmers

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 2:22pm

North Carolina is the U.S.'s biggest producer of tobacco. The Trump administration's trade war with China is beginning to wallop the state's industry which was already struggling.

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Researchers Try New 'Acoustic Fence' To Target Invasive Asian Carp

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 2:22pm

The invasive Asian Carp is making its way south, impervious to efforts to curb the fish. Now, researchers are trying a new way to halt the spread of the species using an "acoustic fence."

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Global funds management giant rejects Scott Morrison's attack on activist investors

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 12:00pm

Exclusive: Aberdeen Standard Investments defends role of environmental groups including Market Forces

Global funds management giant Aberdeen Standard Investments has rejected prime minister’s Scott Morrison’s call for companies to listen to “quiet shareholders” as part of a comprehensive rebuff of the government’s attack on activist investors and the environmental movement.

The UK’s biggest listed fund manager, which controls assets worth more than £550bn, also defended the role of environmental groups including Market Forces, which has been accused by the attorney general, Christian Porter, of pressuring companies through “widespread, co-ordinated harassment and threats of boycotts”.

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Hidden meaning in Jeremy Corbyn’s horseradish gift to Tom Watson? | Brief letters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 10:51am
Brexit poetry | Reporting abuse | Tom Watson’s resignation | Film ratings | GCSE marking | Fracking

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s description of Brooke’s The Soldier as “snivelling ethnocentricity” (Brexit poetry offers pleasure and catharsis, Journal, 7 November) showed a marked lack of empathy for the catharsis of others. During and after both world wars, many soldiers and their wives/widows, children/orphans have found solace in Brooke’s stirring words. One could debate the merits of patriotism, but this poem is not “snivelling ethnocentricity”.
Mark Thompson
Romford, Essex

• Joel Golby says TI’s behaviour in having his daughter’s hymen checked annually “borders on abuse” (G2, 8 November). Under Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People, every school and college in the land would refer that behaviour for what it is: abuse. Many abusers attempt to justify their actions – we should not pander to them.
Liz Leek
Barnsley College

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Top officials at Trump's EPA impeding inquiry into chief of staff, watchdog says

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 10:09am

Andrew Wheeler’s top agency lawyer argues political staffers have leeway to decide what information to provide to investigation

Top political appointees at Donald Trump’s environment agency are hindering an investigation into the agency’s chief of staff, who pressured a prominent scientist to alter her congressional testimony to make it more favorable for the agency, according to an ethics watchdog.

In the latest development of the fight, the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has forced the agency’s head, Andrew Wheeler to explain his position in a letter to Congress. Wheeler’s top agency lawyer is arguing that political staffers have leeway to decide what information to provide to the watchdog, while investigators are warning that agency leaders are trying to subvert their legally mandated independence.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 9:42am

Red squirrels, a laughing kookaburra and a dehydrated koala

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The News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 9:06am

Over 11,000 scientists support a new study that warns of a climate emergency.

(Image credit: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)

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As Delhi Chokes On Smog, India's Health Minister Advises: Eat More Carrots

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 9:01am

Residents of one of the world's most polluted cities are getting fed up with government inaction — and a few questionable tweets aren't helping.

(Image credit: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times/Getty Images)

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Poorly planned Amazon dam project 'poses serious threat to life'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 9:00am

Operator faces choice of weakening 14km barrier or potentially devastating a biodiversity hotspot

The biggest hydroelectric project in the Amazon rainforest has a design flaw that poses a “very serious” threat to human life and globally important ecosystems, according to documents and expert testimony received by the Guardian.

The studies suggest engineers failed to anticipate the impact of water shortages on the Pimental dam at Belo Monte, which has been closed and turned into a barrier. This is forcing the operators to choose between a structural weakening of the 14km-wide compacted-earth barrier and a reallocation of water in the reservoir or on the Xingu river, which is home to indigenous communities, fishing villages and some of the world’s most endangered species.

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The Water Is Already Low At A Florida Freshwater Spring, But Nestlé Wants More

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 4:00am

Nestlé wants to increase the amount of water it withdraws from Ginnie Springs to nearly 1.2 million gallons a day, to the dismay of environmental groups and local activists.

(Image credit: Reagan Fink/WUFT)

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Bird of the year 2019: galah misses out as top 10 announced for run-off vote – live

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/11/07 - 9:20pm

The final votes have been counted and the results are in for the final run-off between the top 10 birds of 2019

4.14am GMT

And with that, we’ll be wrapping up the liveblog for today – but voting is now fully underway for the final round of Bird of the Year. The slate is wiped clean. These 10 made it this far, they can do anything.

At dawn today, the willie wagtail was sitting pretty. It was safe, secure, mentally on holiday, round 2 participant sash draped around the beak.

Related: Australian bird of the year 2019: vote for your favourite #BirdOfTheYear

3.55am GMT

The internal cassowary review into the unloseable election is in:

cassowary fam we need to organise sooner and better next year https://t.co/U4sWT0TxmN

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