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British fracking firm to challenge 'de facto ban' on shale gas projects

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/07/27 - 4:58am

Aurora Energy drops application to drill at Altcar Moss in Lancashire

A British fracking company has vowed to challenge the effective ban on shale gas projects after withdrawing its application for two wells in Lancashire.

Aurora Energy Resources blamed the government’s “de facto ban on shale gas activity” for its decision to drop an application to frack at Altcar Moss in west Lancashire.

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What the US exiting the Paris climate accord means

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/07/27 - 12:00am

Donald Trump is taking the US out of the global pact on 4 November – so how will this affect the rest of the world?

The world will be watching the US presidential election on Tuesday 3 November, but just 24 hours later is another hugely consequential news event when the US will formally leave the Paris climate agreement.

The Trump administration set the withdrawal in motion with a letter to the UN, and, in a coincidence of timing, the US will exit the day after the election, joining Iran and Turkey as the only major countries not to participate in the agreement.

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The US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord will hurt people of color most | Adrienne Hollis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/07/27 - 12:00am

The Paris agreement threw a lifeline to millions of people of color facing a premature death. Trump is tearing that away

It’s official – in 100 days the United States will formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The impact of Donald Trump’s decision, taken three years ago, is already being felt by environmental justice communities.

Racism is the driving force behind why certain people and places face disproportionate environmental exposure to toxic substances, adverse climate change effects, Covid-19 infections and deaths. This raises the question: was withdrawing from the Paris agreement also a racist decision? How will this morally incomprehensible policy change affect Black, Latinx, Indigenous and other communities of color?

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In 100 days, the climate emergency may be even more serious. That's why we’re launching this series | John Mulholland

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/07/27 - 12:00am
  • The day after the election, the US is poised to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
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On 4 November, the day after the presidential election, the US is poised to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The agreement, which came together after years of diplomacy by the Obama administration and other global leaders, commits 200 countries to chart a new course in efforts to combat climate change.

But very soon the United States may not be one of them.

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How the global climate fight could be lost if Trump is re-elected

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/07/27 - 12:00am

The US will officially exit the Paris accord one day after the 2020 US election and architects of that deal say the stakes could not be higher

It was a balmy June day in 2017 when Donald Trump took to the lectern in the White House Rose Garden to announce the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the only comprehensive global pact to tackle the spiraling crisis.

Todd Stern, who was the US’s chief negotiator when the deal was sealed in Paris in 2015, forced himself to watch the speech.

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To save the EU, its leaders must first focus on saving the planet | Daniel Judt, Reja Wyss and Antonia Zimmermann

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/07/27 - 12:00am

European countries are spending big to revive their economies, but they will have no legitimacy with young people if they ignore the climate

The future of Europe depends on climate action. This is the resounding message that young Europeans have delivered to their leaders over the past two years. To be sure, the wave of young climate activists across the continent, from Fridays for Future to Extinction Rebellion, is part of a global response to the climate crisis. But for the EU in particular, it is also a warning from a new generation of Europeans to their leaders: our European identity hinges on your climate policies.

For our parents’ generation, the European Union defined itself as a protector of peace, a fortress against fascism and a society of (relative) social security. For our generation – we are in our mid-20s – this narrative does not resonate. We came of age in a Europe of crises: a financial collapse, a panic over migration, a surge of populism. These formative moments gave the lie to the notion of a united European identity. To many of us, the EU appeared less a project of democracy, diversity or solidarity than one of bureaucracy, xenophobia and fracture. What is more, Europe’s responses to these crises were hardly material for a new common narrative. Just the opposite: the responses were the crises.

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UK electricity grid's carbon emissions could turn negative by 2033, says National Grid

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 10:01pm

Operator says UK can tap carbon capture and renewables to help meet UK’s targets

Carbon emissions from Britain’s electricity system could turn negative by as early as 2033 if the UK uses carbon capture technology alongside more renewable energy to reach its climate targets, according to a report from National Grid.

The electricity network operator on Monday set out its vision for an “emissions negative” grid that would include 30m electric vehicles on UK roads, and 8m heat pumps used to replace gas boilers in energy-efficient homes.

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'E-highways' could slash UK road freight emissions, says study

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 10:00pm

System of overhead cables and adapted lorries could pay for itself within 15 years

The UK could eliminate the majority of the carbon dioxide emissions from road freight by installing overhead charging cables for electric lorries on “e-highways” across the country, a report by government-funded academics suggests.

The plan for a so-called electric road system would cost £19.3bn and put all but the most remote parts of the UK within reach of the trucks by the late 2030s, with the potential for the investment to pay for itself within 15 years, according to the report by the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight. The centre is backed by government research grants and industry partners including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and John Lewis.

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One million Cambodians under threat from development of vital wetlands – report

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 5:59pm

New sprawling development near Phnom Penh could prompt environmental catastrophe, including for the capital’s water systems

The destruction of critically-important wetlands by politically-connected developers in Cambodia threatens to flood more than one million Phnom Penh residents, ruin the city’s wastewater system, force hundreds of families from their homes, and trigger environmental devastation, a new report has warned.

The sprawling Tompoun/Cheung Ek wetlands, just south of Phnom Penh, play a vital role in sustaining the Cambodian capital, acting as a natural store of 70% of its rain and wastewater and providing livelihoods for the more than 1,000 families who live, farm and fish in the area.

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A Sunday post for atheists..

The Field Lab - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 12:24pm

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Labor asks for inquiry into how Shine Energy secured $4m grant for Collinsville coal plant study

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 10:30am

Mark Butler asks auditor general for investigation into how company invited to apply for grant two days after securing it

Labor has requested an auditor general investigation into how Shine Energy secured $4m for a feasibility study into a coal-fired power station at Collinsville in north Queensland with an application two days after the grant was publicly announced.

Labor’s climate spokesman, Mark Butler, has written to the auditor general requesting an inquiry into the supporting reliable energy infrastructure program, which Guardian Australia revealed resulted in “specific guidelines” drawn up for a one-off grant to the company.

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UK campaigners call for action to tackle surge in Covid-19 fly-tipping

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 6:26am

Widespread illegal dumping during lockdown prompts outrage among communities

The pile of abandoned tyres looms higher than a house and blocks the full width of the road in an industrial estate in Drumchapel, west of Glasgow city centre. Spiked with other incongruous debris, including children’s toys and a Zimmer frame, this week the city council began the task of proper disposal, an operation expected to cost thousands of pounds.

“I’ve never seen outrage like it,” said local Scottish Labour councillor Paul Carey, in regards to the community response to this “industrial scale” fly-tipping. “Locals are really concerned about the environmental impact as well as the immediate hazard. It’s in the middle of a residential area and if it went on fire you’d have toxic fumes right across their homes,” he said.

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/07/25 - 4:16pm
New worldwide record numbers for the past week.  1,686,539 new cases and 43,183 deaths...and I get this in my the email bullshit folder:
Together We Can Make Americans Free AgainDuring the contrived COVID-19 debacle, the liberties and freedoms of Americans have been taken away with breathtaking speed, and are still limited, even in states that claim to be reopening their economies. The size of gatherings is prescribed by the government. Businesses are expected to limit the amount of time customers can spend in stores. Children are required to wear masks at school, if they can even go to school. People are unable to visit their family members in nursing homes and hospitals; and even to be with them when dying.
In some states, conditions are even worse. Some cities are locked down for the rest of the summer. Restaurants are asked to collect names and phone numbers of patrons in case needed for contact tracing. People have been told that they cannot leave the house without being tested for COVID-19, and centers have been set up to quarantine children away from their families.
We all have seen significant evidence showing that the “end game” is mandatory testing, contact tracing, and vaccines with technology allowing law enforcement to determine who is and is not permitted to leave the house, shop, work, or go to school.
This is like a dystopian nightmare from which we can’t wake up.
But if we are smart and organized we can
make our people free again!

My reply to this email:Contrived Covid-19 debacle?  The real truth is..."The liberties and freedoms of Americans that were taken away with breathtaking speed"  were too little / too late and reopening came far too soon.  Had the world taken more drastic steps early on such as zero non-essential interstate and country to country travel, this pandemic would be fading away by now.  The spike in the worldwide infection and death rates since easing restrictions is not a lie contrived by some nefarious group to control the population - it is a cold, hard fact.  Ignorant/selfish people believing stupid conspiracy theories (or anything Donald Trump says) are going to be the doom of this country and the world.  You are playing a very dangerous game by spreading this nonsense.
Note: Any Trump supporters or conspiracy theorists that would care to debate this - Don't bother, you'll just look stupid.

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Biden plots $2tn green revolution but faces wind and solar backlash

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/25 - 1:00am

Enormous overhaul will have to defeat opposition from fossil-fuel lobbyists and residents unhappy with nearby turbines

Joe Biden’s $2tn plan to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from the US electricity grid within 15 years has been applauded by climate campaigners, but the enormous overhaul will have to pick its way through a minefield of community as well as lobbyist opposition.

Related: New Yorkers vote in special contest to reimagine famous Brooklyn Bridge

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'Green thinking' must lead infrastructure design, says watchdog chair

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/25 - 12:00am

Chair of Natural England wants environmental impact considerations baked into planning system

Instead of blaming protected newts for thwarting the “build build build” agenda, politicians and developers must incorporate green thinking into the design of new infrastructure, according to the chair of the government’s conservation watchdog.

Natural England’s Tony Juniper called on the government and planners to change their thinking to ensure environmental considerations were designed into new housing estates, as well as road and rail projects, at the beginning, rather than being a hasty “add-on” or “mitigation” at the end.

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UK demand for new vegan food products soars in lockdown

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/25 - 12:00am

Trademarks registered double in a year as supermarkets and restaurants eye fast-growing sector

The number of trademarks registered for new vegan food and drink products in the UK more than doubled to a record high last year.

Latest figures reveal that companies successfully applied for 107 trademarks in 2019 for everything from ice cream to meat-free burgers – a 128% increase on the 47 recorded in 2018 – as consumer demand for vegan alternatives continued to soar.

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Trump Administration's Environmental Review Greenlights Gold Mine In Alaska

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/07/24 - 1:36pm

The Trump administration says a massive gold and copper mine in Alaska would not pose major environmental harm. Opponents worry about the mine's impact on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.

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Friday Poll...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/07/24 - 1:31pm
Question for the families of the 145,000 people who have died in the US in the past 5 months from Covid-19. Which of these statements by Donald Trump best shows his cognitive abilities?
A. "Person, woman, man, camera, TV"
B. "We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It's going to be just fine."
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Forecaster Issue Advisories On 3 Tropical Storms

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/07/24 - 1:16pm

It's already been an active start to the Atlantic hurricane season with several records set for the earliest number of named storms. Now the tropics are firing up again.

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NSW minister urges Morrison government not to 'smash through' conservation law changes

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/07/24 - 1:01pm

State Liberal Matt Kean calls on his federal counterpart to drop opposition to an independent environment protection authority

The New South Wales environment minister has called on the Morrison government not to “smash through” changes to national conservation laws and to drop its opposition to an independent environment protection authority.

In a significant intervention from a Liberal government minister, Matt Kean questioned his federal counterpart’s rush to introduce draft laws to change the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act while a major review was still under way, saying it was more important to get the detail right.

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