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Students accuse Cambridge university of 'greenwashing' ties with oil firms

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/11/23 - 1:00am

Activists call Cambridge Zero initiative a ‘PR stunt to divert attention from links to fossil fuel industry’

Student activists at Cambridge have accused the university of attempting to greenwash its relationship with oil and gas firms by stealing their group’s name for a university project.

Cambridge University is to launch its Cambridge Zero initiative at an event in London next week. The project’s website, which is already live, touts it as a “bold response to the world’s greatest challenge”.

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‘Culture will be eroded’: climate crisis threatens to flood Harriet Tubman park

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/11/23 - 12:00am

Heritage sites associated with abolitionist, including Underground Railroad park, projected to be inundated at high tide by 2050

On the flat, marshy stretches of Maryland’s eastern shore, not a huge amount has changed since Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery here 170 years ago. Rivers and streams lace a wedge of land dotted with wood-board churches and small towns. Crabs and oysters are plucked from the adjacent Chesapeake Bay.

The climate crisis is set, however, to completely transform low-lying Dorchester county, threatening to submerge some of the key heritage associated with Tubman, the celebrated abolitionist whose daring missions helped free scores of slaves from bondage in her homeland.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/11/22 - 3:50pm
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Environmental Activists Say Lebanon's Government Has Failed To Regulate Polluters

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/11/22 - 3:24pm

Lebanon is suffering from environmental devastation. With activists alleging the government is failing to regulate the polluters, some Lebanese citizens are taking matters into their own hands.

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In Australia, Stubborn Fires Shroud Cities In Smoke, Char Terrain And Menace Koalas

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/11/22 - 12:16pm

The blazes in one state alone have consumed an area about eight times the size of Los Angeles, and other fires have erupted across Australia. Amid drought and dry months to come, it could get worse.

(Image credit: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images)

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Malcolm Turnbull says Liberals' struggles with climate denial are hurting Australia

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/22 - 12:00pm

Exclusive: Former PM tells Guardian Australia the party he once led has been hurt by climate denialism becoming an issue of ‘identity’

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia will struggle to meet its Paris emissions target without rapid decarbonisation of the energy sector, and he says the Liberal party’s continuing failure to develop a coherent climate and energy policy is costing the country much-needed new investment in power generation.

In a wide-ranging interview with Guardian Australia’s politics live podcast ahead of the publication of his memoir next year, the former prime minister said the Liberal party had struggled with climate change denialism since 2007 because climate change had morphed into an issue of “identity” rather than fact.

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UK weather: two killed after tree falls on car in Cotswolds

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/22 - 11:17am

Mother and daughter die in Winchombe, as Met Office forecasts further downpours

Two people, believed to be a mother and daughter, have died after a tree fell on their car, as the Met Office issued more weather warnings for the weekend.

Police were called to the incident shortly after 10pm on Thursday near the Cotswolds town of Winchcombe. Gloucestershire police said a formal identification had not yet taken place but the victims were believed to be a 16-year-old girl and her 56-year-old mother.

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Greta Thunberg, time traveller? Girl in photo from 1898 resembles activist

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/22 - 9:56am

Girl in viral image looks similar to activist in both the intensity of her stare and braided hair, prompting Twitter jokes

Could Greta Thunberg be a time traveller sent from the future to save humanity from the unfolding climate crisis? A cadre of Twitter users seem to think so, after the photograph of a young Klondike goldminer bearing a striking resemblance to the Swedish activist was discovered this week.

The now viral 1898 image of three children operating a goldmine in Canada’s Yukon territory is part of a sprawling collection by the documentary photographer Eric Hegg. Near the end of the 19th century, the Swedish American captured some of the most iconic images of people hoping to make their fortunes in the rugged north.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/11/22 - 9:27am

The pick of the best flora and fauna photos from around the world, including foraging sparrows and a swimming beaver

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Home of one of first Bibles printed in Welsh saved from flood risk

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 11:00pm

Hydropower scheme at William Morgan’s 16th-century house to keep humidity levels in check

One of the most important sites in the history of the Welsh language is being protected from the threat of flooding and heavy rainfall by harnessing the element that is putting it at risk.

The upland farmhouse Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant in Snowdonia, north Wales, is the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, whose translation of the Bible in the 16th century was a key moment for the Welsh language.

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electron magic...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 4:38pm
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Australia fires: record-breaking temperatures fuel bushfires across the country

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 3:23pm

Temperatures top 40C in Victoria’s north, up to 11 properties hit by fire in South Australia and NSW and Tasmania face difficult conditions

Record-breaking spring temperatures helped spark and fan bushfires across the country on Thursday.

In Victoria, 100km/h winds fanned more than 60 fires as an unprecedented heatwave moved north to south, drawing comparisons with the “worst conditions you’d see in February or March” from the state’s emergency services minister, Lisa Neville.

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Boris Johnson set to snub election leaders' debate on climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 3:09pm

Channel 4 to broadcast first such discussion – but prime minister unlikely to participate

The first ever election leaders’ debate focusing on the climate crisis will be broadcast by Channel 4 next week, with the prime minister the only major party leader set to be absent.

Channel 4 News said it was awaiting confirmation from Boris Johnson as to whether he would take part and could place an empty chair in the place of the PM if he declines to attend.

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Jeremy Corbyn urges public to vote for 'manifesto of hope'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 12:46pm

‘Investment blitz’ promised as experts taken aback by scale of Labour’s tax and spend plans

Jeremy Corbyn has urged the public to vote for his “manifesto of hope” as he unveiled plans for the most dramatic increase in tax and spending in more than half a century if Labour wins power next month’s general election.

In an upbeat launch event at Birmingham City University, the Labour leader said he welcomed the hostility of the billionaires, bad bosses and dodgy landlords who would lose out from his policies.

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Queensland says it won't back Coalition's emissions reduction scheme without gas funds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 10:01am

Angus Taylor wants support for $2.55bn rebadged fund and roll out of new generation and transmission projects

Queensland has demanded federal funds for gas infrastructure in return for its co-operation with the Morrison government’s rebooted emissions reduction scheme.

The state’s energy minister, Anthony Lynham, will head to Western Australia for the energy Coag meeting later on Friday, pressing for Canberra’s financial support to expand its gas industry into the Galilee and Bowen basins.

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'Maybe It Will Destroy Everything': Pakistan's Melting Glaciers Cause Alarm

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 7:35am

Pollution and global warming are causing glaciers to melt and form unstable lakes in the north of the country. NPR visits a valley where farms were destroyed by glacial floods.

(Image credit: Diaa Hadid/NPR)

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Australia fires: emergency bushfire warnings in NSW, Victoria and SA amid severe heat - live

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/11/20 - 9:52pm

Extreme weather conditions trigger fires in several states and thunderstorm asthma warning and dust storm in Victoria. Follow all the latest updates

4.52am GMT

The fire situation over the last 72 hours.

Australia in the last 72 hours. #nswfires #qldfires #SAfires #vicfires #WAfires pic.twitter.com/aTCGPTl2aN

4.52am GMT

Here’s the latest from Victorian emergency management commissioner, Andrew Crisp:

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Sydney faces tougher water restrictions as NSW grapples with drought

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/11/20 - 8:44pm

Under the level-two water restrictions, people will need to use a bucket or watering can to water gardens at approved times

Parts of New South Wales will face tougher water restrictions in an attempt to stem falling dam levels as the state grapples with drought.

The premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the water minister, Melinda Pavey, on Thursday announced Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra would be subject to level-two water restrictions from 10 December.

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Labour manifesto promises 1m green jobs to tackle climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/11/20 - 5:01pm

Party wants UK workers to take advantage of opportunities in a global green economy worth £3tn

Labour is promising to create 1m green jobs in the energy sector and through nationwide home refurbishments in a bid to tackle the climate crisis.

Environmental protection is expected to be a central theme of Jeremy Corbyn’s general election manifesto, launched in Birmingham today, with new jobs promised through insulation upgrades, offshore wind and carbon capture developments.

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fuse and breakers...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/11/20 - 2:23pm
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