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Goldman Sachs agreed to stop funding Arctic drilling. Will other banks join them? | Bernadette Demientieff

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/03 - 4:15am

If banks destroy our homeland, they’ll have the Gwich’in Nation, and the millions of Americans who stand with us, to answer to

Last fall, I traveled more than 4,000 miles from my home in Alaska to meet with major banks and urge them to help protect the Arctic national wildlife refuge from destructive oil drilling and exploration. In all the years I’ve worked to defend this place, we’ve been focused on trying to make our voices heard by leaders in the White House or in Congress, and I never thought I’d be sitting in a conference room on the 43rd floor of Goldman Sachs’ global headquarters in downtown New York, talking about the Arctic refuge.

But times have changed. Since the day Republicans in Congress added a rider to the 2017 tax bill opening up the Arctic refuge’s coastal plain for drilling, we’ve known that we would have to move beyond our usual tactics, get creative and fight on every possible front to ensure that this place, which is sacred to my people and critical to our way of life, remains protected.

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NSW, Victoria fires: Australia bushfires cause tens of thousands to flee in mass evacuation – live

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 9:44pm

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews declares state of disaster for East Gippsland, urging people to flee bushfire zones, while Scott Morrison is abused by fire victims in Cobargo. Follow today’s live news and latest updates

4.44am GMT

Trade in shares of Kangaroo Island Plantation Timber has been halted until next Tuesday while the company assesses the damage of fires that have already destroyed more that 13% of its forests.

The company, which grows bluegum and pine trees, has been battling fires on Kangaroo Island, south-west of Adelaide, since before Christmas.

#Bushfire Emergency Warning for #PLAYFORD_HWY/WEST_END_HWY_,_RAVINE #fire. You are in danger. Act now. #EWM ID=0004350 #SAFires https://t.co/LCd7NBdd8T pic.twitter.com/BDq4B4543k

4.38am GMT

Smoke from the bushfires is affecting air quality in Melbourne. EPA Victoria says the air quality is poor; at that press conference at the state control centre just now the report was “hazardous to poor” air quality in Melbourne and as far west as Geelong.

The @EPA_Victoria advises Melbourne is experiencing poor air quality due to the #vicbushfires. Here are some actions you can take to reduce the potential health affects. https://t.co/telLI1BAZh#australiabushfires

I’m in Melbourne, in a kids play centre, indoors, and it’s still so smoky I can see a definite haze from one side of the room to the other.

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Tony Abbott, former Australian PM, tells Israeli radio the world is 'in the grip of a climate cult'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 7:56pm

Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation foreign editor says listeners were angry at the airing of ‘extremist views’

The Israeli public broadcaster has come under fire from angry listeners after broadcasting an interview with Tony Abbott in which he said the world was “in the grip of a climate cult”.

During the interview, recorded on 15 December while his home state of New South Wales was fighting terrifying bushfires, Abbott denied that carbon dioxide was driving global warming. The interview was broadcast on New Year’s Eve in a special show reviewing key international issues of the decade.

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Making progess...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 4:18pm
Two hours into my new years resolution and I am making good progress clearing out the greenhouse.  Just posted a for sale item I need to get rid of - a Weider Pro 6900 weight system I bought when I was bulking up for flying my paramotor.  Since that is no longer on my list of ways to hurt myself, I am offering it up locally really cheap.  46,58,34,0,W
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The hidden environmental cost of your free holiday returns

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 3:48pm

Millions of Americans make free online returns each year, contributing to greenhouse-gas emissions – and many items end up in landfills

Millions of Americans will head to the post office this month, unwanted holiday gifts in hand. But while it may be convenient to return that ugly sweater from your mom, that ease comes at a huge cost to the environment.

Related: Iran crisis: Trump says Suleimani 'should have been taken out years ago' – live updates

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Supreme Court To Take Up Legal Battle Over Water Between Florida And Georgia

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 2:10pm

Georgia and Florida have been waging a decades-long legal battle over water resources, a problem likely to hit other areas as climate changes. The dispute is now headed to the Supreme Court.

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Bushfires In Australia May Get Even Worse With 'Horrible Day' On Horizon

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 12:21pm

Meteorologists are predicting "extreme" conditions for Saturday in New South Wales and Victoria, which have been wracked with deadly fires.

(Image credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

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Amazon threatened to fire employees for speaking out on climate, workers say

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 10:22am

Revealed: emails show group of employees who called for stronger climate action by the company were told they risked dismissal

Amazon has threatened to fire employees for speaking publicly about the company’s role in the climate crisis, tech workers at the retail giant have revealed.

Related: Trump campaign credits impeachment for helping to fundraise $46m – live

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Lone wolf in Belgium gets potential love interest

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 9:25am

Potential female mate spotted in habitat of wild male in east of country

A lone wolf in Belgium has a love interest, after a potential female mate was spotted in his habitat in the east of the country, authorities have said.

The Flemish Agency for Nature and Forests (ANB) revealed this week the first images of a she-wolf it has christened Noëlla, who was spotted in the north-eastern province of Limbourg, bordering the Netherlands.

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The plastic polluters won 2019 – and we're running out of time to stop them

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 5:46am

Further steps have been taken to clean up beaches and seas in 2019 – but much more needs to be done

The beach at Muncar on the island of Java was revolting. The 400-yard wide, mile-long stretch of sand was feet deep in foul-smelling sauce sachets, shopping bags, nappies, bottles and bags, plastic clothes and detergent bottles. Bulldozers had cleared away and buried some of the huge mat of plastic and sand two years ago, but every tide since then had washed up more rubbish from the ocean, and every day tonnes more plastic was washed down the rivers from upstream towns and villages. Now it was fouling the fishing boats’ propellers.

“We fear for the future,” one elderly woman said. She remembered Muncar only a decade ago as one of the most picturesque towns in Indonesia and a tourist hotspot. “If it carries on like this we will be buried in plastic. We have no choice but to throw plastic into the rivers. Now we are angry. Something must be done,” she said.

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A warm welcome? The wildlife visitors warning of climate disaster

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 12:00am

Britain’s milder weather is attracting exotic guests. While we may celebrate their arrival now it should also alert us to what’s ahead

Mediterranean egrets balancing on the backs of cows, multicoloured moths the size of a human hand, and impossibly exotic bee-eaters hawking for insects under English skies. All are here as a direct consequence of the climate crisis, which has allowed continental European species to extend their ranges northwards, and then make the leap across the Channel to gain a foothold in southern Britain.

Whenever I take a walk along the disused railway line across the Avalon marshes, near my Somerset home, I can’t help noticing these new arrivals. Tall and elegant, great white egrets first arrived here from France just a few years ago; now I encounter them every time I visit. Down the road, at the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s reserve at Catcott Lows, flocks of cattle egrets – the same species we see in wildlife films from Africa – gather to feed, perched appropriately on the backs of cattle. Elsewhere on the marshes, secretive night herons and little bitterns have also bred in recent years.

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Country diary: vanished giants of the age of coal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 10:30pm

Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire: There was something monumental about these terracotta-coloured funnels, these magical vessels of rain-river-cloud

And there they were, gone. We stood on the boathouse steps in Dale End park below the Albert Edward bridge, staring over the river into trees above which the four cooling towers of the power station loomed. Except that, now, they didn’t. We had come to see their absence, to look into the space where they had been, as had others. A small group of folks gathered at the riverside; I’m not sure what we expected to see. There was nothing to witness; the crowds that assembled to watch what television news showed as synchronised explosions wobbling the great towers like sloppy clay on a potter’s wheel had long gone. Dust had settled; lumps of Buildwas power station concrete were already on eBay; rain fell into the void.

Perhaps we had seen them as landmarks, heard stories about construction workers falling to their deaths; stories about coal-fired pollution causing acid rain in faraway forests. Perhaps we had come to ponder dismantling symbols of an engineering genius that began here in Coalbrookdale in the 18th-century birthplace of the Industrial Revolution to become the leviathan of 21st-century climate chaos and ecological crisis. Buildwas power station was the last big working industrial structure in the Ironbridge Gorge, once fed by local coal and local people who spent their entire working lives here until it closed a few years ago.

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Australia fires live: NSW state of emergency declared as 17 missing in Victoria bushfires – latest

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 9:50pm

At least nine people have died since Christmas Day, and the RFS is urging people to evacuate the New South Wales south coast before dangerous conditions on the weekend. Follow the live news and latest updates today

4.50am GMT

An ADF liaison officer has been sent to the ACT in case things change suddenly.

There is an ADF liaison officer in every fire command centre in NSW and Victoria.

4.47am GMT

The state of alert for the ACT is because of the severe weather conditions which are going to hit the wider Canberra area.

We’ve decided to take this action, a state of alert, in the ACT as a formal precaution to ensure that we can alert Canberrans about the risk that’s occurring for the ACT into this near future. We see Saturday as a severe fire rating day.

Winds will change.

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New Zealand glaciers turn brown from Australian bushfires' smoke, ash and dust

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 9:43pm

Snow-capped peaks and glaciers discoloured as former PM says ash could accelerate glacial melting

Snow and glaciers in New Zealand have turned brown after being exposed to smoke, dust and ash from the Australian bushfire crisis.

On Wednesday many parts of the South Island woke up to an orange haze and red sun, after smoke from the Victorian and New South Wales blazes drifted east on Tuesday night, smothering many parts of the island for most of the day.

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NSW Young Liberals' climate push puts them at odds with Morrison government

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 7:49pm

President says the party’s young membership understands the risk if no climate change action is taken

The New South Wales division of the Young Liberals’ push for a change in the government’s climate policy was spurred on by a membership which understands the risk it faces if no action is taken, its president has said.

The NSW branch passed a motion at the Young Liberal council in early December calling for a “practical, market-based means” for Australia to cut emissions by 30% of Kyoto levels by 2030, and provide energy market certainty.

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a new year - a new clock

The Field Lab - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 3:27pm
After a couple of adjustments, the wooden clock is ticking away pretty well.  Now it is running for about 5 hours on a full winding and is accurate within about 4 seconds over that amount of time.  Next I am going to attempt to add a second hand with a gear made with my 3D printer.  45,56,38,0,B
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In Australia Wildfires, Scenes Of Smoke, Sparks And Chaos

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 11:53am

Fires are blazing across southeast Australia. Scenes of smoke, sparks and blazing red capture the destruction happening in towns around the country.

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

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From Texas To Minnesota: 1A Across America In 2019 (Rebroadcast)

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 9:06am

1A Across America has done a lot in its first year. Find out where the team heads next.

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Water Crisis Puts Oregon Community At A Crossroads

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 3:00am

Groundwater in southeastern Oregon is drying up. Farming, which uses a lot of that water, could decimate the region unless communities make drastic changes soon.

(Image credit: Emily Cureton/Oregon Public Broadcasting)

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