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U.S. Faces Global Criticism For Ditching Paris Climate Deal

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/11/04 - 10:59am

The United States received a deluge of criticism from national and international organizations for its departure Wednesday from the Paris Agreement.

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Denmark announces cull of 15 million mink over Covid mutation fears

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/11/04 - 10:49am

Mutated virus infects 12 humans, sparking concerns that effectiveness of future vaccine could be affected

The world’s largest mink producer, Denmark, says it plans to cull more than 15 million of the animals, due to fears that a Covid-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardise future vaccines.

At a press conference on Wednesday, the Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said 12 people are already infected with the mutated virus and that the mink are now considered a public health risk.

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Renewables cut Australia's emissions more than Covid, energy analysis finds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/11/04 - 9:30am

Wind and solar displacing coal in the five states of the national energy market

Wind and solar power pushing out fossil fuel generation has cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions more than the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis.

Renewable energy’s share of electricity generation also hit a record 26.5% across the five states forming the national energy market in the 12 months to the end of September.

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Leaked report shows Scotland missed target for marine wildlife protection

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/11/04 - 7:29am

Government document reveals decline in seabed habitats with protected status due to the climate crisis and overfishing

The Scottish government has failed to meet its target for preventing damage to important marine life, according to a leaked report by scientists from Scotland’s nature agency that shows losses of vital underwater habitats.

The draft report, seen by the Guardian, found that seabed habitats awarded “priority” status by the government to protect them have shrunk in five large areas in the period between 2011 and 2019.

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Fate of climate crisis hangs on election as US exits Paris agreement

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/11/04 - 6:59am

Trump administration set US withdrawal in motion a year ago but it didn’t take effect until 4 November

The United States on Wednesday officially became the only country in the world refusing to participate in global climate efforts, with the fate of the crisis hanging on the still uncalled presidential election.

Donald Trump as of Wednesday has withdrawn the US from the Paris climate agreement, an international pact to try to avert dangerous temperature increases that are already leading to more extreme weather and threaten to shrink world food supplies, force millions to flee their homes and deprive many of basic human rights. Trump’s administration set the US exit in motion a year ago, but it didn’t automatically take effect until 4 November.

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'A Refuge From The Roar': Yosemite Welcomes Visitors - No Reservation Necessary

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 7:08pm

Yosemite National Park welcomes visitors without reservations for the first time since March.

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'A Refuge From The Roar': Yosemite Welcomes Visitors - No Reservation Necessary

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 7:08pm

Yosemite National Park welcomes visitors without reservations for the first time since March.

(Image credit: George Rose/Getty Images)

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fear for your future...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 2:29pm

 


As usual...I don't watch any news reports during election day and will wait to see what our fate is tomorrow morning.  71,83,44,0,B

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Animals vote, too: how different species choose – or depose – a leader

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 10:35am

Honeybees, Indian jumping ants and pigeons are some of the species that have evolved ways of collective decision-making

Americans are currently deciding who they think will best serve them as leader. While animals don’t emerge from polling places with the “I Voted” sticker, they make collective decisions about who’s going to take charge, too.

Related: Bears, whales and wolverines: the species imperiled by Trump's war on the environment

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Pests, pathogens and pandemics: Australia's biosecurity needs an overhaul, CSIRO warns

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 9:30am

Covid-19 crisis offers ‘unique opportunity to make transformational changes’

Australia’s biosecurity needs a major overhaul within a decade to protect people, environments and industries from a wave of invasive pests, pathogens and future pandemics, a CSIRO report has found.

Interceptions of materials that were a biosecurity risk – such as insects, soils and plants – rose by 50% between 2012 and 2017, the report says, and new invasive weeds are establishing themselves every few weeks.

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How are you helping wildlife in your garden? Share your experiences

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 7:19am

We want to hear how you’ve been helping the animals and insects in your garden

Gardens are important habitats for a range of species including small mammals, songbirds and insects. Although it might seem a small contribution, gardening in a wildlife-friendly way can make a massive difference in counteracting biodiversity loss. In the UK, for example, gardens take up more space than all nature reserves combined.

We want to see photos of what you’ve been doing to help. Perhaps you’ve built a bug hotel? Or made holes in the fence so hedgehogs can get through? Or conjured up a designer bird box?

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Shell’s climate poll on Twitter backfires spectacularly

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 6:09am

Oil giant accused of gaslighting after asking users: ‘What are you willing to change?’

A climate poll on Twitter posted by Shell has backfired spectacularly, with the oil company accused of gaslighting the public.

The survey, posted on Tuesday morning, asked: “What are you willing to change to help reduce emissions?”

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Golden jackals expected to emerge in Belgium, say experts

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 5:13am

Expectation creature will settle in country comes after sheep attacks just 40 miles away in Germany

After more than a century, Belgium recently witnessed the return of the wolf and the lynx due to a mix of nature and nurture reasons. Now, to the trepidation of local farmers, an entirely alien species to the country is on the verge of making an entrance: the jackal.

The expectation that the wolf-like canine will be seen for the first time follows the discovery of attacks on sheep in Kranenburg, a German municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia, just 40 miles from the Belgian border.

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‘Embarrassing’: Denmark forced to U-turn on meat ban for state canteens

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/11/03 - 4:45am

The initiative had been part of the government’s aim to achieve a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

The Danish government has reversed its ban on state canteens serving meat for two days every week after a backlash from employees.

Officials had proposed to introduce two vegetarian days a week in the canteens, as well as limiting beef or lamb to once a week. However, trade union objections forced a U-turn on the policy after barely a week.

The government has now said it would be up to individual workplaces to decide whether or not to introduce meat-free days.

Denmark had been attempting to make reductions in the nation’s diet-related footprint to help meet its ambitious new climate targets. Last year it approved a new climate law to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030.

Related: Danish bacon: what happens when you push pigs to the limit?

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‘Mind-boggling variety’: the food crusaders preserving India’s heritage

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/11/02 - 11:00pm

A rich range of native crops and seeds is being nurtured in an effort to halt the country’s rapidly vanishing food diversity

A small army of botanical heritage enthusiasts is spearheading a movement in India for the revival and preservation of the country’s rapidly vanishing food biodiversity by bringing back the rich crop varieties that thrived in the past, but are now on the verge of extinction.

Babita Bhatt, a 43-year-old former software professional, is just one of these crusaders, who are eschewing established careers and fat pay packets to become farmers, activists and entrepreneurs.

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Scott Morrison pressured by Britain, France and Italy to announce 'bold' climate action

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/11/02 - 4:37pm

Organisers of global climate summit tell Australian PM ‘there will be no space for general statements’

Britain and France are leading a group of countries calling on the Australian government to make ambitious new commitments to combat the climate crisis by next month if Scott Morrison is to speak at a global summit on the issue.

A letter sent to Morrison and other national leaders on 22 October called on countries to rebuild economies after the coronavirus “in a way that charts a greener, more resilient, sustainable path” that puts the world on track to limit global heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

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With post election lawsuits looming...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2020/11/02 - 3:55pm
Trump has claimed numerous times (without merit) that mail in voting is subject to widespread fraud and has repeated over and over again that he plans on litigating election returns he deems "unfair" (i.e., if he loses) - and his minions have already tried to suppress votes in Texas and Nevada.  Today, a conservative federal judge rejected an effort by Republicans to invalidate more than 100,000 ballots cast at drive-thru voting location in Democratic-leaning Harris County, Texas, in a case that has been closely watched because of its potential to affect the presidential race.  A Nevada judge on Monday rejected yet another frivolous lawsuit filed by Trump's re-election campaign which sought to halt the counting of early ballots collected in Clark County, stating that the plaintiffs failed to produce any evidence that support their claims that election officials were violating state law.  Regardless of the outcome of the election, Trump is buoyed only by an army of lawyers and his private heavily armed militia of ignoramuses - home grown domestic terrorists with misplaced patriotism known as "Vanilla ISIS" or "Y'All Qaeda".  72,80,56,0,B
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People of color more likely to live without piped water in richest US cities

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/11/02 - 1:00pm

Study finds more than 1.1m people live without indoor plumbing, with largest number of homes in New York and Los Angeles

People of color in some of America’s wealthiest cities are significantly more likely to live in houses without indoor plumbing essential for running water, new research reveals.

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Treat artificial light like others forms of pollution, say scientists

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/11/02 - 10:59am

Impact of human illumination has grown to point of systemic disruption, researchers find

Artificial light should be treated like other forms of pollution because its impact on the natural world has widened to the point of systemic disruption, research says.

Human illumination of the planet is growing in range and intensity by about 2% a year, creating a problem that can be compared to climate change, according to a team of biologists from the University of Exeter.

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Businesses making eco-friendly claims to be vetted by watchdog

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/11/02 - 10:34am

Competition and Markets Authority says rising demand may lead to ‘greenwashing’

Companies that market their products or services as eco-friendly are to be scrutinised by the UK competition watchdog to make sure they live up to the claim and do not mislead consumers.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it was concerned that a rise in demand for green goods could encourage some businesses to make misleading claims about the environmental impact of what they are selling.

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