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The California city that wants to eliminate disposable coffee cups

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/05 - 4:00am

Berkeley’s new law targeting throwaway food packaging requires customers to go reusable or pay a fee

The next time Charles Bunch goes on a coffee break without his reusable coffee mug, he knows he’s going to pay for it.

On 1 January, the city of Berkeley, California, where Bunch works, rolled out the nation’s most comprehensive law to fight throw-away food packaging. The groundbreaking new rules require restaurants and cafes to charge 25 cents for each disposable cup, make all to-go containers compostable and, starting in July, use reusable foodware, such as porcelain dishes, for customers who are dining in.

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Scott Morrison promises aid package for areas ravaged by Australia bushfires

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/04 - 8:59pm

Prime minister says communications breakdown left NSW fire authorities unaware army reservists called up

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has promised an aid package for areas ravaged by Australia’s continuing bushfire crisis and says he will consider a royal commission into the deadly blazes, which have burned vast areas on the east coast.

Speaking during a press conference the prime minister also said there had been a breakdown in communications with New South Wales authorities that left the Rural Fire Service and their Australian Defence Force liaison unaware army reservists had been called up to help with the fire effort.

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NSW south coast and southern highlands bushfires tear through areas that have not burned in decades

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/04 - 7:12pm

Kangaroo Valley, Milton and St Georges Basin all faced fire after a ‘catastrophic’ day as 20 new fires sparked between Nowra and Batemans Bay

“Right here we are the meat in the sandwich, so thanks for coming down.”

And so began Mark Coombes’s briefing for a new shift of firefighters in Nowra.

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Australian fires: RFS commissioner not told of Scott Morrison's call-up of ADF reserve

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/04 - 5:41pm

Shane Fitzsimmons was ‘disappointed and frustrated’ to learn of prime minister’s reservists deployment plan from media reports

The New South Wales RFS commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, said neither he nor defence force personnel working from the state control centre were informed by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, of a plan to deploy 3,000 army reservists to assist in the bushfire crisis.

Fitzsimmons was “disappointed and frustrated” to learn of the plan through media reports on Saturday when fire crews were battling the most challenging conditions to date in terms of the number of concurrent fires in NSW.

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the bathroom door is hung...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/01/04 - 4:40pm
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How Climate Change Is Affecting Australia's Fires

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2020/01/04 - 5:54am

Australia's Conservative government rejects efforts to tackle climate change. NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with former fire commissioner Greg Mullins about the public's anger as parts of Australia burn.

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Threatened Hawaiian Bird Strives To Make Comeback

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2020/01/04 - 3:00am

One of Hawaii's most threatened seabirds, the Newell's shearwater, makes its home on the island of Kauai. Conservationists there are fighting to keep the iconic bird from disappearing.

(Image credit: André Raine/Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project )

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Australia bushfire coverage: ABC emergency fire broadcasts praised but News Corp goes on attack

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/03 - 6:57pm

The ABC has received overwhelming praise for its ‘vital’ emergency reporting, despite ongoing scorn from Murdoch-owned media

Since Boxing Day, as bushfires raged across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, the ABC has handled more than 100 emergency broadcasts in a single week, receiving widespread praise for the practical, life-saving information and the professionalism on display.

The number of ABC emergency broadcasts for the first half of the 2019-20 financial year is already close to double that of the entire previous year.

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a film by john wells

The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/01/03 - 5:52pm
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'Silent death': Australia's bushfires push countless species to extinction

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/03 - 3:33pm

Millions of animals have been killed in the fires but the impact on flora and fauna is more grim even than individual deaths

Close to the Western River on Kangaroo Island, Pat Hodgens had set up cameras to snap the island’s rare dunnart – a tiny mouse-like marsupial that exists nowhere else on the planet.

Now, after two fires ripped through the site a few days ago, those cameras – and likely many of the Kangaroo Island dunnarts – are just charred hulks.

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Largest Plague Of Locusts In A Quarter Century Hits Africa And Middle East

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/01/03 - 2:11pm

The worst locust infestation in a quarter century has struck wide areas of Africa and the Middle East, endangering populations that are already living on the edge.

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Greta Thunberg changes Twitter name to Sharon after quiz show error

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/03 - 1:41pm

Actor Amanda Henderson answered ‘Sharon’ to Thunberg-related question on Celebrity Mastermind – and the teen activist loved it

Greta Thunberg has been mocked and called many names since becoming the world’s most famous climate activist.

Related: Greta Thunberg: 'I wouldn't have wasted my time' speaking to Trump

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/01/03 - 10:01am

The pick of the best flora and fauna photos from around the world, from baby beavers to a coyote on camera

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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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