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‘Teeming with biodiversity’: green groups buy Belize forest to protect it ‘in perpetuity’

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/04/22 - 3:00am

Conservation organisations purchase 950 sq km biodiversity hotspot, helping to secure a vital wildlife corridor

“These logs are historic,” says Elma Kay, standing in Belize Maya Forest, where she has been doing an inventory of felled trees. “These are the last logs that were cut here, for mahogany and other hardwoods, left behind by the previous logging company.”

Trees will no longer be cut down in this 950 sq km (236,000-acre) area, after the land was bought by a coalition of conservation organisations to save one of the world’s last pristine rainforests from deforestation. “The forest will now be protected in perpetuity,” says Kay.

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News Brief: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ohio Shooting, Schools' Crisis Year

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/04/22 - 2:04am

President Biden plans to re-establish the U.S. as a climate leader. Protesters gather in Columbus after an officer shot a Black teenage girl. Schools aim to help kids after a year of uncertainty.

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Pipeline tells Black Memphis landowners: sell us the rights to your land or get sued

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/04/22 - 2:00am

The legal battle over Byhalia pipeline has become a flashpoint in the conversation about environmental justice and the right of energy companies to take private land

This story is a collaboration between Southerly, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, and the Guardian.

The only things Karmen Johnson-Tutwiler has left to remind her of her mother are a few photographs and just under a quarter acre of land covered in bramble and wildflowers that backs up to a railroad track. When her mother, Sharon Watson, died in 2010, she and her sister inherited it. “She always told me it was important to have a piece of property as your own,” Johnson-Tutwiler said.

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Biden administration says Australia needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions sooner

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 7:03pm

US president hopes prime minister Scott Morrison will commit to more climate change action echoing the global push

The Biden administration says Australia needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster than planned and the US president hopes Scott Morrison will commit to doing more at a virtual summit on the climate crisis on Thursday night.

Although the Morrison government has promoted a “technology not taxes” approach to emissions reduction to convince allies that Australia is serious about making the transition, a senior Biden administration official told reporters Australia could not rely on technology alone to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

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Two masters...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 5:07pm


Two master patterns to cast from this weekend.  The pattern making takes a lot longer than the actual casting.  After 3D printing, they get about 10 coats of primer over several days to soften the edges of the pattern so they will release from the casting sand and leave good impressions.  It's always important to leave a good impression... 61,68,41,0,W

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Biden Hoping For Brazil's Bolsonaro To Agree To Stop Destroying The Amazon Rainforest

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 1:37pm

The Biden administration is hoping Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro will commit to climate standards for the Amazon. Activists warn of the folly of a deal with Bolsonaro, who's long dismissed climate concerns.

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Scott Morrison seeks international partners to develop low-emissions technology at Biden climate summit

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 10:30am

Coalition is under pressure for lack of action on climate change and has pledged $565.8m to develop technologies including hydrogen and CCS

Scott Morrison will use a global climate action summit organised by the United States president Joe Biden to foreshadow a spend of $565.8m over the next eight years to build international collaboration to drive development of some low-emissions technologies.

The Australian prime minister will tell the virtual summit during a contribution expected on Thursday night that he wants to build practical, project-based international partnerships to accelerate new energy technologies and drive down costs. The spending, to be confirmed in the May budget, will be accompanied by additional domestic investment in hydrogen hubs and carbon capture and storage projects.

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On Climate, U.S. And China Pledge Cooperation, But Competition Will Also Be Prominent

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 10:23am

Bilateral ties are at a low and while Washington and Beijing agreed on climate cooperation, details are unclear. Competition with China is key to the Biden administration's response to climate change.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

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Ikea to invest £3.4bn in renewable energy by 2030

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 10:10am

Swedish retailer is set to build wind and solar farms, and make first steps into energy storage

Ikea plans to accelerate its investment in renewable energy by spending an extra €4bn (£3.4bn) by the end of the decade to build wind and solar farms, while fitting its stores with electric vehicle charge points.

Ingka Group, the owner of most Ikea stores, spent €2.5bn over the last decade installing 935,000 solar panels on the roofs of its stores and warehouses, and investing in 547 wind turbines and 10 solar parks to more than cover its own electricity use.

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Joe Biden faces major test building US credibility at climate summit

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 8:51am

President will unveil new emissions reduction target while much will hinge upon cooperation between China and US

Joe Biden’s desire to re-establish US leadership on the climate crisis will face a severe test this week at a summit the president hopes will rebuild American credibility and kickstart a spluttering international effort to stave off the effects of global heating.

Biden has invited 40 world leaders to a two-day virtual gathering starting on Earth Day, Thursday, as the opening salvo in negotiations leading to crunch United Nations talks in Scotland later this year. Scientists say the world is severely lagging in tackling the climate crisis and its heatwaves, storms and floods, with planet-heating emissions set to roar back following a dip due to coronavirus shutdowns.

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Fossil fuel funding and world-leading research at Oxford | Letter

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 8:09am

Peter P Edwards, responding to a report about Oxford University’s receipt of money from fossil fuel firms, writes in support of the KACST-Oxford Centre for Petrochemical Research

Re your report (Oxford University receives £11m from fossil fuel firms, report finds, 20 April), the KACST-Oxford Centre for Petrochemical Research (KOPRC), has been located and supported at Oxford to the tune of £3m. In 2018, KOPRC, a joint research centre created by the University of Oxford and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), was designated as a centre of excellence in petrochemicals by Saudi Arabia – the only such centre outside the Middle East.

This recognition stems from two world-leading advances from KOPRC of pressing global concern: first, the discovery of an earth-abundant catalyst to produce sustainable aviation fuel directly from CO2; and second, a process for producing high-purity hydrogen from plastic waste. Is it climate justice, therefore, that Oxford University should now “stand free from these ties” and disband this centre?
Peter P Edwards
Statutory chair in inorganic chemistry, University of Oxford

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Governors Urge Biden To Order 100% Zero-Emission Car Sales By 2035

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 7:33am

In a letter to the president, 12 governors asked that the White House order a ban on greenhouse gas-emitting cars and light trucks within 14 years.

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101 Nobel laureates call for global fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 6:11am

Dalai Lama among those to sign letter to world leaders calling for rapid shift to renewable energy

A hundred and one Nobel laureates, including the Dalai Lama, are calling for governments around the world to sign up to a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty to help tackle the climate crisis.

In an open letter to world leaders published on Wednesday former presidents, scientists, novelists and religious leaders are urging governments to commit to a rapid and just transition away from fossil fuels, and a “transformational plan” to ensure everyone around the world has access to renewable energy.

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Four in 10 Americans live in counties with unhealthy air pollution levels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 5:09am
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, Los Angeles and California cities get F rating
  • American Lung Association tracks particle and ozone pollution

New research from the American Lung Association finds that more than four in 10 people – a whopping 135 million in the US – live in counties with unhealthy levels of particle or ozone pollution.

In their 22nd annual “State of the Air” report, released on Wednesday, the group examined federal data on the two most widespread types of air pollution to create a comprehensive overview of toxic air across the country. The annual air quality “report card” identifies the parts of the country with the most polluted air, and gives them a letter grade (from A to F). This year, it also found that people of color were three times as likely to live in the nation’s most polluted places.

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Avocado Going Bad? Put It In Chocolate Mousse

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 3:00am

If you've got an avocado that's about to go bad, you can use it to make this simple, healthy chocolate mousse recipe.

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VIDEO: Is Recycling Worth It Anymore? People On The Front Lines Say Maybe Not

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 3:00am

As America continues to lead the world in per capita waste production, it's becoming more and more clear that everybody — from manufacturers to consumers — "over-believes" in recycling.

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Lower UK air pollution limits to prevent deaths, says coroner

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 3:00am

Report following 2013 death of Ella Kissi-Debrah, 9, calls for Britain to follow WHO recommendations

Legally binding maximum levels of particulate air pollution should be lowered in the UK to be in line with World Health Organization limits, a coroner has said.

UK levels for two particularly harmful kinds of pollution are currently twice as high as the WHO recommends.

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Crises collide as climate emergency pushes America’s homeless population to the brink

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 3:00am

As homelessness rises, climate-related disasters make matters worse. But Covid relief measures and Biden’s infrastructure proposal are providing cause for cautious optimism

Terri Domer knows well what a brewing storm looks like.

Domer, 62, an Iowa native, has spent her life watching thunderstorms gather and tornadoes dash across rolling hills. Last August, when the midday sky darkened over the riverside homeless encampment where Domer and four other people spent most nights – built on a sandy bank near downtown, under tall trees – she quickly set about covering up their supplies.

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Scientists Hope New Techniques Will Reverse Decline In Florida Reefs

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 2:03am

NOAA is overseeing a $100 million effort to restore Florida's most important coral reefs. Over the last 40 years, they've been degraded by disease, development and environmental stresses.

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NSW government pays Shenhua $100m to cancel coalmine project

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/04/21 - 12:44am

Watermark deal ends as NSW Nationals talk up coal industry before Upper Hunter byelection

The NSW government will pay Chinese-owned mining company Shenhua $100m to withdraw from its Watermark coalmine project on the Liverpool Plains, ending a 13-year battle with the region’s farmers.

The deputy premier and resources minister, John Barilaro, confirmed the deal on Wednesday that will see Shenhua withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the mine.

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