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"17.01.2017 10:08:04" theguardian.com What lies beneath: discovering surprising jewels in the North Sea Not far from the mouth of the river Tyne, fabulously-coloured nudibranchs and corals can be spotted amongst rusting sunken ships 'On a piece of deck plate, covered by a bright red encrusting sponge, was one of the jewel-like animals I'd set out to capture on film. “That's a Flabellina!” I said to myself in the dark.'
"16.01.2017 17:51:29" theguardian.com Jersey monitors threat from toxic sea lettuce fumes Channel Island's authorities considering measures to protect people from coastal algae linked to death of jogger in France The government of Jersey said it was considering the installation of devices to check gas levels from deposits of sea lettuce
"16.01.2017 16:47:25" theguardian.com Paris vehicle pollution sticker scheme comes into force Police checks last week found only one in 50 vehicles stopped had sticker despite them being available since July Six different coloured Crit'Air (air criteria) stickers indicate the age and cleanliness of a vehicle
"16.01.2017 15:11:42" theguardian.com Oslo temporarily bans diesel cars to combat pollution Norway's two-day city centre ban angers motorists who were encouraged to buy diesel vehicles in 2006 'In Oslo, we can't ask children, the elderly, and those suffering from respiratory problems to remain holed up at home because the air is too dangerous to breathe.'
"16.01.2017 13:34:49" Adam Vaughan Ouch. "Wave power...unlikely to make a significant contribution to the UK energy system in the coming decades"
"16.01.2017 11:13:47" theguardian.com English green belt set to get 360,000 new homes Countryside campaigners fear ministers are set to weaken green belt protection in order to meet housebuilding targets The most dramatic example of a threat to green belt land is around Manchester, where thousands of hectares have been identified by planners for about 50,000 homes
"16.01.2017 10:18:00" theguardian.com Leading scientists urge May to pressure Trump over climate change Scientists worry that Trump, who has called climate change a 'hoax', will not commit the US to the Paris agreement One hundred researchers, including many of the most prominent climate scientists in Britain, have written to Theresa May to warn her of the potential threats posed by Donald Trump
"16.01.2017 10:16:21" theguardian.com China's booming middle class drives Asia's toxic e-waste mountains Sharp rise in discarded electronic goods is generating millions of tonnes of hazardous waste, putting pressure on valuable resources and the environment, study shows The mountain of discarded TVs, phones, computers, monitors, e-toys and small appliances grew by 6.7m tonnes in 2015 – an 107% increase in just five years
"16.01.2017 08:14:53" Adam Vaughan There's another new green electricity supplier on the block – but is is it different enough from Ecotricity, Good Energy and Bulb to stand out?
"13.01.2017 14:02:42" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Fighting meerkats, a posing leopard and rescued turtles are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"13.01.2017 13:33:48" theguardian.com Renault to be investigated over diesel emissions 'cheating' Carmaker's shares fall as French prosecutors launch inquiry just a day after US authorities charged Fiat Chrysler Following a massive emissions scandal involving Volkswagen, independent French experts found dangerously high levels of emissions from diesel engines of several carmakers, including Renault.
"13.01.2017 10:47:41" theguardian.com Almost 75% of Japan's biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report Coral in the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa has turned brown and is covered with algae, according to a government study Almost three-quarters of Japan's biggest coral reef has died, according to a report that blames its demise on rising sea temperatures caused by global warming.
"12.01.2017 15:57:19" theguardian.com Is the justice system failing British cyclists? Help us find out The co-chair of parliament's all-party cycling committee introduces its inquiry into how cyclists are treated by the police and courts Cyclists are more likely to be injured in collisions with other road users but many feel that this is not reflected in the protection afforded by the legal system.
"12.01.2017 15:45:31" theguardian.com Europe should expand bee-harming pesticide ban, say campaigners The threat posed to bees by neonicotinoid pesticides is greater than perceived in 2013 when the EU adopted a partial ban, new report concludes Europe should expand a ban on bee-harming pesticides in light of a new report warning of widespread risks to agriculture and the environment, says Greenpeace.
"12.01.2017 14:58:44" theguardian.com Solar power to rise from Chernobyl's nuclear ashes Climate News Network: Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine Chinese companies plan to build a solar power plant in the exclusion zone to the south of the Chernobyl plant.
"12.01.2017 14:46:36" Adam Vaughan "The UK is blessed with some of the largest tidal energy resources in the world and this outcome should be seen as a landmark step"
"12.01.2017 13:45:20" theguardian.com Lost British birdsong discovered in New Zealand birds Recordings of New Zealand yellowhammer accents enable scientists to hear how their British relatives might have sounded 150 years ago Scientists discover what British yellowhammer birdsong might have sounded like 150 years ago after lost dialects are found to be sung by introduced New Zealand birds.
"12.01.2017 08:36:20" Adam Vaughan ExxonMobil has huge oil assets in the Russian Arctic but is barred from exploring them by sanctions, and would be the main beneficiary of any thawing in relations.
"11.01.2017 15:12:35" theguardian.com MPs tell Theresa May to halt sale of Green Investment Bank Caroline Lucas criticises proposed sale to Macquarie due to Australian firm's 'appalling track record of asset-stripping' Theresa May has been urged to stop the Green Investment Bank being “killed off” by a sale to private firm Macquarie, amid fears the assets will be stripped and its environmental purpose abandoned.
"11.01.2017 15:00:11" theguardian.com Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe Boreholes set up by local conservationists are saving drought-stricken elephants in Hwange national park During a heatwave in October, a conservation worker spotted an elephant partially submerged in a muddy pool ... his limp trunk kept dropping back into the water, unable to catch a fresh breath
"11.01.2017 12:12:35" theguardian.com Rex Tillerson is big oil personified. The damage he can do is immense | Bill McKibben Now a fossil fuel executive will run America's foreign policy, right out in the open. Donald Trump gets credit for a kind of barbaric transparency "It's hard to imagine a single hire that could do more damage to the planet."
"11.01.2017 11:02:11" theguardian.com Of course farmers fear Brexit, but it could save the British countryside | George Monbiot Removing the dependency on European money will be painful for rural Britain, but it could be just what our wildlife and agriculture need "This spending – £3bn a year in the UK, which is roughly equivalent to the NHS deficit – has been protected only by the fact that our government is not directly responsible for it. As soon as the money appears on national accounts, it will become
"11.01.2017 10:49:14" theguardian.com Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study, while butterflies and dragonflies are faring better “Birds are facing a double-edged sword from climate change and declines in habitat quality ... In England, birds really look like they are struggling to cope with climate change."
"10.01.2017 18:12:00" theguardian.com Businesses and investors renew plea to Trump: don't ignore climate change A letter released today contains signatures from 530 companies including Campbell Soup and Johnson & Johnson, urging the president-elect to take action 'We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy ... Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk.'
"10.01.2017 17:23:37" theguardian.com Bristol man in court accused of capturing protected butterflies Phillip Cullen denies six charges relating to large blues allegedly taken from sites in Somerset and Gloucestershire The large blue became extinct in Britain in 1979 but was later reintroduced. The prosecution is believed to be the first involving the large blue.
"10.01.2017 14:57:18" theguardian.com Solar panel researchers investigate powering trains by bypassing grid Imperial College and climate change charity 10:10 to focus on connecting solar panels directly to train lines, reports BusinessGreen The renewable traction power project will see university researchers look at connecting solar panels directly to the lines that provide power to trains
"10.01.2017 12:25:15" theguardian.com Conservative media can't stop denying there was no global warming 'pause' | Dana Nuccitelli Dana Nuccitelli: In the Spectator, the GWPF keeps denying facts and reality This 'pause' myth is a favourite of deniers for one simple reason – if people can be convinced global warming stopped, they won't consider it a threat we need to address urgently by cutting fossil fuel consumption
"10.01.2017 11:46:35" theguardian.com Sandpipers go the extra 8,000 miles to have as much sex as possible Small birds were observed travelling to as many as 24 different breeding sites in Alaska within six weeks, further than flying from Paris to Moscow 'Males have to reduce their sleep and defend and court females virtually non-stop throughout the endless Arctic summer days to successfully reproduce'
"10.01.2017 08:31:57" Adam Vaughan “As an island, tidal lagoons are a game-changing solution for harnessing our most reliable and abundant natural asset – the tide.”
"09.01.2017 14:59:49" theguardian.com The old oak: a year in the life of a tree – in pictures A tree - photo essay I saw a farmer repairing a fence and said, 'You probably think I'm bonkers, but have you got any nice-looking trees?' He was a bit wary but said, 'I think I've got just the one. People are forever photographing it.'
"09.01.2017 10:21:50" theguardian.com Dieselgate: UK motorists launch class-action suit against VW Group of 10,000 Volkswagen owners seek £3,000 each for emissions scandal with carmaker facing potential £3.6bn bill if all owners are compensated VW has not compensated British owners despite reaching a £15bn settlement with 500,000 US drivers, offering instead to fix affected vehicles
"06.01.2017 21:22:42" Karl Mathiesen - Journalist Perversely, the ban could make it more lucrative for the poaching gangs who massacre Africa's elephants and ship their tusks to Asia.
"06.01.2017 21:20:38" theguardian.com 'Elephants are not the only victims': the lament of China's ivory lovers For years China's ivory carvers and collectors have been blamed for elephant poaching. Now their government is banning the ivory trade. How do they see their future? “Overconsumption [of ivory] would cause the elephants to become extinct. But artists like Au should be allowed to use the ivory from elephants' natural
"06.01.2017 13:10:49" theguardian.com Giant iceberg poised to break off from Antarctic shelf Predicted to be one of the largest break-offs ever recorded, separation of iceberg could trigger breakup of most northern major ice shelf, Larsen C Only a final 20km thread of ice now connects an iceberg one quarter the size of Wales to its parent ice shelf.
"06.01.2017 10:20:24" theguardian.com London breaches annual air pollution limit for 2017 in just five days Brixton Road in Lambeth has already broken legal limits for toxic air for the entire year, with many other sites across the capital set to follow London breaks annual toxic air limits just five days into 2017 – a “shameful reminder of the severity of London's air pollution”.
"06.01.2017 09:29:34" theguardian.com Diesel cars are 10 times more toxic than trucks and buses, data shows Stricter EU emissions testing for large vehicles means modern diesel cars produce 10 times more NOx per litre of fuel Campaigners are calling for stricter emissions testing for cars after tests show modern diesels produce 10 times more toxic air pollution than heavy trucks and buses.
"06.01.2017 09:25:53" theguardian.com Inside Glanrhyd, the first solar 'eco hamlet' in Wales Residents of the new eco hamlet in Pembrokeshire can expect greatly reduced fuel bills and shared use of an electric car Wales's first solar village is made up of brilliantly insulated houses made of locally sourced timber and powered by solar energy that should save their residents over £1,000 a year on energy bills.
"05.01.2017 12:23:01" theguardian.com Family out on day trip saves whale caught in fishing net – video A family enjoying a new year's trip has freed a humpback whale it found entangled in fishing nets off the coast of Chile Chilean family starts the new year by saving a whale.
"05.01.2017 12:11:55" theguardian.com Green Investment Bank sale is 'deeply troubling', say Scottish ministers Climate minister Nick Hurd told bank's portfolio will be broken up and asset-stripped by Australia's Macquarie Privatisation may see bank lose its environmental purpose.
"05.01.2017 12:00:16" theguardian.com Cuadrilla starts work on Lancashire fracking site Energy firm says it is building access road at site in Fylde after receiving government green light last year Work starts at controversial Lancashire shale gas site - one of two that the county council rejected but whose decision was overturned last year by the government.
"04.01.2017 17:13:26" theguardian.com Insurers paid out $50bn for natural disaster claims in 2016 Last year saw highest costs from natural disasters since 2012, according to data from reinsurer Munich Re Earthquakes on Japan's southern Kyushu island caused $31bn worth of damage, with only $6bn of the costs covered by insurance
"04.01.2017 13:31:13" theguardian.com Satellite Eye on Earth: December 2016 – in pictures London at night, snow in the Sahara and Hawaii's volcanoes are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month London at night, snow in the Sahara and Hawaii's volcanoes are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month
"04.01.2017 12:08:50" theguardian.com Andrea Leadsom vows to scrap EU red tape for farmers after Brexit Environment secretary pledges to reduce regulatory 'burden' including three-crop rule in speech to farming conference Andrea Leadsom's plan to scrap the 'three-crop rule' – designed to promote biodiversity on larger farms – prompts criticism from the Green party, who called the idea “environmental irresponsibility”.
"04.01.2017 10:51:35" theguardian.com Indian firm makes carbon capture breakthrough Carbonclean is turning planet-heating emissions into profit by converting CO2 into baking powder – and could lock up 60,000 tonnes of CO2 a year A breakthrough in the race to make useful products out of planet-heating CO2 emissions has been made in southern India.
"04.01.2017 08:26:55" theguardian.com Brexit 'zombie legislation' could damage wildlife and farming, MPs warn Cross party committee of MPs also say farmers face a “triple jeopardy” of lost subsidies, export tariffs and increased competition Brexit could harm the UK's wildlife and farming with key protections left as ineffective “zombie legislation”, say MPs
"03.01.2017 13:00:50" theguardian.com Conservationists get their talons out for Japan's owl cafes 'Lucky' owls are the latest animal to join Japan's growing list of themed pet cafes but welfare groups are calling for the practice to stop Bird of prey experts warn that owls make terrible pets and welfare groups consider cafe conditions questionable, if not abusive
"03.01.2017 10:02:49" theguardian.com Indian firm makes carbon capture breakthrough Carbonclean is turning planet-heating emissions into profit by converting CO2 into baking powder – and could lock up 60,000 tonnes of CO2 a year Crucially, the technology is running without subsidy, which is a major advance for carbon capture technology as for decades it has languished under high costs and lukewarm government support
"03.01.2017 09:47:31" Adam Vaughan “After the windfarm started generating in 1991, one of the main criticisms was that the amount we contributed to the National Grid was so insignificant that we shouldn't have bothered. That's why it's so satisfying to see just how far wind energy has come
"02.01.2017 15:13:12" theguardian.com Sheffield tree activists vow to protect 'jewel in the crown' Residents determined to block removal of 31 lime trees from row of 700 along Rivelin Valley Road "Those trees are over 100 years old ... if they're replaced with saplings it's going to be a long time before it looks the same.”
"02.01.2017 14:14:00" theguardian.com Beavers could be reintroduced to Wales after centuries' absence Wildlife experts have applied for licence to release 10 animals following successful reintroductions in Scotland and England The beavers could help with habitat restoration, bringing light into overgrown areas and allowing other nature to thrive
"02.01.2017 12:00:11" theguardian.com Climate change in 2016: the good, the bad, and the ugly | John Abraham John Abraham: 2016 wasn't all bad news for the climate, but it was ugly toward the end Wind, solar, and other renewables have been on an incredible run of decreasing costs and creative financing, which has made them economically competitive with dirty fossil fuels
"02.01.2017 09:46:49" theguardian.com The best of the wildlife photography awards 2016 – in pictures Winning images from national and international wildlife photography competitions of the year
"02.01.2017 09:45:46" theguardian.com Planet Earth II 'a disaster for world's wildlife' says rival nature producer Martin Hughes-Games, a presenter of BBC's Springwatch, says David Attenborough series ignores damage humans are doing "These programmes are still made as if this worldwide mass extinction is simply not happening,” said Martin Hughes-Game.
"02.01.2017 09:44:02" theguardian.com Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat Ineos to conduct seismic survey for shale gas and could be working within 200m of the 1,000-year-old tree Major Oak, documents reveal Ineos, the chemical multinational, which relocated its headquarters to the UK last month, appears to have agreed terms with the forestry commission to spend up to two years using vibroseis machines to search for shale gas
"23.12.2016 14:04:24" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Fruit bats, a nosy kangaroo and the last male northern white rhino are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"23.12.2016 12:08:17" theguardian.com Sighting of uncontacted Amazonian tribe – in pictures Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert captured amazing close-up photographs of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe after his helicopter flight took a detour to avoid a rainstorm and happened to fly over their longhouse
"23.12.2016 11:23:03" theguardian.com The country set to cash in on climate change Record temperatures threaten traditional ways of life in Greenland but as the sea ice retreats, new mining, fishing and tourism opportunities are helping communities to adapt “It's not something that scares people. It's more a question of adapting.”
"23.12.2016 09:11:53" Adam Vaughan Today's pickups are, like the importance of the Queen's speech, not what they used to be.
"22.12.2016 15:27:06" theguardian.com World's first solar panel road opens in Normandy village Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during two-year test period Solar road could generate enough energy to power street lighting in the village of 3,400 residents – but critics say it is not a cost-effective use of public money.
"22.12.2016 14:44:33" Adam Vaughan 50% of the UK's electricity generation came from renewables and nuclear power between July and September.
"22.12.2016 14:37:27" theguardian.com India plans to generate nearly 60% of electricity from renewables by 2027 Expansion of solar and wind power will help exceed Paris targets by almost half and negate need for new coal-fired power stations The Indian government has forecast that it will exceed the renewable energy targets set in Paris last year by nearly half and three years ahead of schedule.
"21.12.2016 16:12:38" theguardian.com Ice-melting temperatures forecast for Arctic midwinter Temperatures in parts of the Arctic are expected to rise above 0C for the second winter in a row Scientists are forecasting ice-melting temperatures in the middle of winter for some parts of the Arctic for the second year in a row.
"21.12.2016 11:13:35" theguardian.com Wildlife Conservation Society's favourite pictures of 2016 Rodrigues fruit bats and Amur tigers are among the species supported by WCS, which works to save wildlife and wild places in nearly 60 countries and all the world's oceans
"21.12.2016 09:30:50" theguardian.com Barack Obama bans oil and gas drilling in most of Arctic and Atlantic oceans Obama uses law that allows presidents to block sale of new offshore drilling and mining rights and makes it difficult for their successors to reverse decision Barack Obama has permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, a last-ditch effort to lock in environmental protections before he hands over to Donald Trump.
"20.12.2016 17:00:00" theguardian.com Norway reprieves 32 of 47 wolves earmarked for cull Under Norway's endangered predator laws, only 15 lone wolves proved to pose a threat to livestock 'The government has shown that Norwegian wolves also have protection in law. It is a protected species...'
"20.12.2016 15:29:24" Adam Vaughan "The microbeads ban must cover all plastics in all household and industrial products that can go down our drains"
"20.12.2016 10:23:41" Adam Vaughan “I'm obviously disappointed in the verdict but it doesn't end here. There is no support in North Yorkshire for this risky industry."
"20.12.2016 09:40:45" theguardian.com This is the polar bear capital of the world, but the snow has gone Canada's Hudson Bay is as ice-free in November as on a summer's day and polar bears could be extinct here by mid-century. If the bears are in trouble, so are we 'There was a mum and a cub and it was very emotional because it looked pretty certain that the cub would not survive much longer'
"20.12.2016 09:39:13" theguardian.com European commission guilty of 'negligence' over diesel defeat devices, says draft report European parliament draft inquiry into dieselgate has found EC ignored evidence of emissions test cheating 'Dieselgate would not have happened if our national governments and the EC had acted on their legal and administrative responsibilities'
"19.12.2016 16:41:04" theguardian.com Arctic ice melt 'already affecting weather patterns where you live right now' Soaring Arctic temperatures 'strongly linked' to recent extreme weather events, say scientists at cutting edge of climate change research Severe “snowmageddon” winters are strongly linked to soaring polar temperatures, with deadly summer heatwaves and torrential floods also probably linked
"19.12.2016 16:39:32" theguardian.com Southern Water fined record £2m for sewage leak on Kent beaches Thanet council forced to close beaches for nine days due to 'catastrophic' leakage and public health concerns Southern Water apologised unreservedly as it did when fined £200,000 in 2013 for similar offences
"19.12.2016 15:20:33" Adam Vaughan The UK's biggest power station is cleared for subsidies that are paying for its conversion from coal to biomass. But some greens are not happy that Drax is getting renewable energy subsidies.
"19.12.2016 10:28:14" theguardian.com The seven deadly things we're doing to trash the planet (and human life with it) | John Vidal We weep at the disappearance of endangered species but avert our eyes to the causes of Earth's destruction After half a lifetime writing for the Guardian about the decline of the natural world, I have to report there is a herd of enormous elephants in the forest trashing the place
"19.12.2016 10:24:38" theguardian.com Ziggy Stardust snake and Klingon newt among 163 new species discovered in the Mekong 163 new species discovered in the Mekong
"16.12.2016 14:16:34" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Feeding Bryde's whales, fighting seals and a Harry Potter spider are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"16.12.2016 12:59:46" Karl Mathiesen - Journalist You didn't know 26-year-old Patrick Muhayirwa, but on Wednesday he was killed by Mai Mai rebels while trying to protect a bit of the world on behalf of all of
"16.12.2016 11:06:13" theguardian.com Green buildings make you work smarter and sleep sounder, study reveals Improved light, ventilation and heat control can boost workers' productivity by thousands of dollars a year and reduce instances of sick building syndrome Study shows green buildings can can make their occupants brainier and well as healthier.
"16.12.2016 09:16:01" theguardian.com New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature Rampant road building has split the Earth's land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, study shows Researchers warn roadless areas are disappearing and that urgent action is needed to protect these last wildernesses.
"16.12.2016 08:32:24" Adam Vaughan "Centrica claims to be 'a world leader for action on climate change' but has been donating thousands of dollars to a climate sceptic thinktank with links to Trump's new energy secretary, Rick Perry, and Ted Cruz."
"15.12.2016 21:03:54" theguardian.com 'The time has never been more urgent': at the world's largest Earth science event With Trump set to have a 'chilling effect' on environmental policy, 20,000 Earth and space scientists met in California to face up to a new responsibility They argued about moon-plasma interactions, joked about polar bears, and waxed nostalgic for sturdy sea ice.
But few of the 20,000 Earth and climate scientists meeting in San Francisco this week had much to say about the president-elect – though his
"15.12.2016 12:09:16" Adam Vaughan England is rubbish at recycling.
"13.12.2016 15:47:32" Adam Vaughan Endurance swimmer & conservationist Lewis Pugh is swimming in freezing waters again to get more Antarctic marine parks created.
"13.12.2016 12:52:43" theguardian.com Leaked BP report reveals serious near-miss accidents Costly failures show 'urgent attention' needed to improve how oil giant manages crucial engineering data at plants One serious near miss was at BP's huge oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana, in 2014, where failures to record data properly led to $258m in lost production
"13.12.2016 10:00:19" theguardian.com Pesticides stop bees buzzing and releasing pollen, says study Researchers find neonicotinoid insecticides harm ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out pollen to fertilise crops The research is consistent with previous work that has shown neonicotinoid pesticides reduce learning and memory in bees
"12.12.2016 17:12:41" theguardian.com Fossil fuel divestment funds double to $5tn in a year UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon welcomes new total revealing concern over coal, oil and gas investments has entered financial mainstream The report found that 688 institutions and more than 58,000 individuals across 76 countries are now committed to divestment
"12.12.2016 17:11:48" theguardian.com Rapid rise in methane emissions in 10 years surprises scientists Methane warms planet 20 times as much as similar CO2 volumes but lack of monitoring means scientists can't be sure of sources Unlike carbon dioxide emissions, which have been tracked in various ways since the 1950s, emissions of methane are poorly understood
"12.12.2016 12:03:03" theguardian.com Trump's transition: skeptics guide every agency dealing with climate change With at least nine senior members of transition team denying basic scientific understanding, president-elect's choices demonstrate pro-fossil fuels agenda Trump has assembled a transition team in which at least nine senior members deny basic scientific understanding that the planet is warming due to the burning of carbon
"12.12.2016 10:53:49" theguardian.com Squid set to top chippy menus as seawater warms up Great British cod supper is under threat as cold-water fish are replaced by warm-water species, says researcher 'In 2025 and beyond, we may need to replace cod and other old favourites with warm-water species such as squid, mackerel, sardine and red mullet.'
"12.12.2016 10:50:23" theguardian.com Why logs are twice as dirty as diesel Pollutionwatch We think of wood burning as natural, but experiments show that wood smoke contains shocking levels of harmful particles Swiss scientists burnt logs in a stove and collected the smoke in a chamber ... the particle pollution in the chamber increased, in some cases by up to three times
"12.12.2016 10:43:28" theguardian.com Wind power key to curbing greenhouse emissions, study finds Edinburgh University researchers say windfarm energy prevented 36m tonnes of harmful coal and gas emissions in six years Researchers said their findings support building more windfarms in the UK to help cut carbon emissions and reduce climate-change impact
"10.12.2016 09:47:09" theguardian.com Another day, another dead wildlife ranger. We must do more to help them Every year more than 100 wildlife rangers are murdered in the line of duty. Why do they get so little support? And where is the outrage? These tireless warriors put their lives on the line to defend this planet every day. It is about time that we stood with them and gave them the support, recognition and respect that they deserve. They fight on behalf of us
"10.12.2016 09:46:28" theguardian.com Cameroonian ranger killed by wildlife poachers Two to three rangers are being shot a week on the frontline of elephant protection “Such is, Mr Minister, the current situation in the conservation service of the Lobéké National Park.”
"09.12.2016 14:01:52" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures A grey crane, bright red autumnal leaves and Tibetan gazelles are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"09.12.2016 10:46:13" theguardian.com Over 200 years of deadly London air: smogs, fogs, and pea soupers | Vanessa Heggie 60 years after the Clean Air Act, Londoners still suffer from air pollution. What can we can learn from two centuries of campaigns against city smog? Sixty years after the Clean Air Act, Londoners are dying, again, from polluted air. Do we have any new solutions?
"09.12.2016 09:38:30" theguardian.com Scott Pruitt's EPA: a dream for oil and gas firms is nightmare for environment Trump's pick to lead Environmental Protection Agency has supported fossil fuel firms and sought to hobble public health regulations he will be responsible for "If environmentalists were to sketch out the government official of their nightmares, it would likely look much like Scott Pruitt ... "
"08.12.2016 16:19:51" Adam Vaughan UK government looks green without any pain. It has killed off filthy way of extracting gas - but it was a non-starter already, TBH.
"08.12.2016 12:43:16" theguardian.com Giraffes facing extinction, warn experts – video report The giraffe is at risk of extinction after a large decline in numbers over the past 30 years, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature The giraffe is at risk of extinction after a large decline in numbers over the past 30 years, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which released its latest 'red list' of threatened species on Thursday.
"08.12.2016 12:03:57" theguardian.com Orangutan stuns zookeepers by becoming pregnant while on the pill Adelaide zoo is hoping to support 34-year-old orangutan Karta through her pregnancy as she has lost six infants in the past A Sumatran orangutan at Adelaide zoo has fallen pregnant, despite being on contraceptives.
"08.12.2016 11:15:58" theguardian.com Satellite Eye on Earth: November 2016 – in pictures Ancient water channels in Morocco, declining Arctic sea ice and the US-Mexico border were among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month Ancient water channels in Morocco, declining Arctic sea ice and the US-Mexico border were among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month
"08.12.2016 09:45:56" theguardian.com Giraffe facing extinction after devastating decline, experts warn Latest update to the red list of threatened species shows world's tallest animal is on the brink, but some good news for Madgascan freshwater fish The world's tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with 40% of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis.
"08.12.2016 09:35:36" theguardian.com Leonardo DiCaprio meets Donald Trump as climate sceptic appointed Meeting at New York Trump Tower comes as US president-elect picks climate change sceptic to head Environmental Protection Agency “Having Scott Pruitt in charge of the US Environmental Protection Agency is like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires."
"07.12.2016 12:29:44" Adam Vaughan “This is not a good time to be cutting back on Foreign Office staff working on climate change."
"07.12.2016 09:05:10" Adam Vaughan London gets extra cash for hybrid buses, electric taxis and other measures to clean up its filthy air.
"07.12.2016 08:32:39" theguardian.com Sea ice extent in Arctic and Antarctic reached record lows in November 'Almost unprecedented' event attributed to warm temperatures and winds, with some areas more than 20C (36F) warmer than usual Both the Arctic and Antarctic experienced record lows in sea ice extent in November, with scientists astonished to see Arctic ice actually retreating at a time when the region enters the cold darkness of winter.
"06.12.2016 14:40:15" Adam Vaughan “Our founders are convinced climate change is a real, immediate threat, so we have to do our part.”
"06.12.2016 11:07:33" theguardian.com US could see extreme rains increase by 400% by end of century As global temperatures rise, extreme downpours will increase putting huge strains on infrastructure and agriculture, finds climate study A new study finds that as global temperatures rise, storms could dump considerably more rain and skyrocket in frequency
"06.12.2016 11:02:41" theguardian.com England may be in deforestation state due to lack of tree planting England fells more trees than it plants and government must keep to its targets to evade deforestation, say forestry groups Two prestigious organisations are warning that England may have tipped into deforestation, with more trees being cut down than planted for the first time in possibly 40 years
"05.12.2016 13:12:02" theguardian.com Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, says Cecil the lion scientist Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats 'The big issue here is lion conservation and how it can realistically be achieved. Whether or not I personally like lion hunting is irrelevant,' says Prof David MacDonald.
"05.12.2016 12:42:24" theguardian.com 'Human swan' crosses Channel on her epic 4,500-mile migration Sacha Dench is first woman to cross the Channel in a motorised paraglider, as part of her journey following migrating birds from Russia to Britain Travelling at just 35mph – struggling to keep up with the birds – Dench flew in a v-formation with geese over Russia and debated shooting swans with hunters in Poland
"05.12.2016 11:50:58" theguardian.com Sea Sheperd activists set sail for Antartic to battle Japanese whalers Fast new patrol vessel built with Dutch, British and Swedish lottery funds aims to challenge Japan's defiance of international court ruling on whaling Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission's moratorium in force since 1986. But it uses a loophole that allows whales to be killed for the purposes of scientific research
"05.12.2016 11:30:08" theguardian.com Ogoni king: Shell oil is killing my people King Emere was in a London court last week for the case that he hopes will allow him to sue Shell in the UK for polluting his tribal land 'It is getting worse. We are getting strange illnesses. Our boys and girls cannot have children. We have strange deaths,” says King Emere.
"02.12.2016 19:44:31" theguardian.com Trump supports Dakota pipeline – but claims it's not due to his investment in it Transition team says that the president-elect's endorsement of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline 'has nothing to do with his personal investments' Donald Trump has said he supports a controversial oil pipeline that runs next to a Native American reservation in North Dakota – a project that the president-elect is personally invested in.
"02.12.2016 14:45:35" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures A baby slow loris, a 'walking shark' and caribou in Alaska are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"02.12.2016 13:05:49" theguardian.com Four of world's biggest cities to ban diesel cars from their centres Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City will ban the most polluting cars and vans by 2025 to tackle air pollution Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City take the lead on banning diesel cars to cut pollution, and campaigners call for other cities to follow suit.
"02.12.2016 11:53:20" The Guardian The multi-billion euro Iter nuclear fusion project in France represents our best chance at cracking nuclear fusion. The project expects to generate record breaking fusion runs, which would produce more energy than it consumes for the first time. But since The multi-billion euro Iter nuclear fusion project in France represents our best chance at cracking nuclear fusion. The project expects to generate record breaking fusion runs, which would produce more energy than it consumes for the first time. But since
"02.12.2016 10:47:01" theguardian.com Joy as China shelves plans to dam 'angry river' Environmentalists celebrate as Beijing appears to abandon plans to build a series of giant hydroelectric dams on the 1,750-mile Nujiang China's last free-flowing river has been saved from a series of huge dams in what environmentalists have called a 'turning point for the efforts to preserve China's rivers'.
"02.12.2016 09:58:20" theguardian.com After 60 years, is nuclear fusion finally poised to deliver? It's been a long time coming, but the world's top powers are now betting billions on the Iter collaboration to deliver clean, safe, limitless energy for the modern world The quest for limitless energy: leaders representing half the world's population – the EU, China, Russia, US, India, Japan and South Korea – are now making the €18bn wager that fusion can deliver
"01.12.2016 14:49:30" theguardian.com US businesses push against Trump's attempts to dismiss climate change Environmentally friendly groups at Companies vs Climate Change said they will work to make sure Trump won't undo all the progress the country has made A growing number of environmentally friendly American businesses – including major airlines and banks, as well as energy, tech and pharmaceutical companies – are pushing back against the Donald Trump's attempts to dismiss climate change concerns.
"01.12.2016 09:49:08" Adam Vaughan "This is a fine example of the new jobs and investment that people across the UK can expect to see if the government backs offshore wind in its industrial strategy and emissions reductions plans"
"01.12.2016 09:23:17" theguardian.com Climate change will stir 'unimaginable' refugee crisis, says military Unchecked global warming is greatest threat to 21st-century security where mass migration could be 'new normal', say senior military “Climate change is the greatest security threat of the 21st century ... We're going to see refugee problems on an unimaginable scale, potentially above 30 million people.”
"30.11.2016 21:00:08" How Obama's climate change legacy has been weakened Barack Obama has been called the first 'climate president' for acknowledging the real threat of global warming. But research shows Obama's climate record has been badly tarnished by investments made in dirty fuels around the world.
"30.11.2016 14:18:41" theguardian.com Tesco and Sainsbury's ban plastic cotton buds to cut waste UK's two largest supermarket chains will replace the plastic stems with paper ones in all own-brand products by the end of 2017 UK's two largest supermarket chains join a growing list of companies replacing plastic stems with paper to reduce plastic waste in the oceans and on beaches.
"30.11.2016 13:11:14" theguardian.com Inner Mongolia's unauthorised steel factories – in pictures Haunting photographs of unauthorised steel mills in Inner Mongolia by Canadian photojournalist Kevin Frayer underline the scale of Beijing's challenge to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels
"30.11.2016 12:43:16" theguardian.com How Obama's climate change legacy is weakened by US investment in dirty fuel Exclusive: an agency inside the Obama administration poured billions into fossil fuel projects that will lead to global carbon emissions of a damaging scale Exclusive: An obscure agency within Obama's own administration has quietly spoiled his climate record by helping fund a steady outpouring of new overseas fossil fuel emissions
"30.11.2016 11:32:57" theguardian.com EU declares war on energy waste and coal subsidies in new climate package Plan to cut energy use by 30% before 2030 forms centrepiece of package to help EU meet its Paris climate commitments Europe will phase out coal subsidies and cut its energy use by 30% before the end of the next decade, under a major clean energy package announced in Brussels.
"30.11.2016 09:49:43" theguardian.com Great Barrier Reef: Australia's 'response plan' draft contains no new action or funding Exclusive: 'Confidential' draft acknowledges coral bleaching but does not make any attempt to address climate change Exclusive: 'Confidential' draft acknowledges coral bleaching but commits no new action, pledges no new money and does not make any attempt to address climate change
"30.11.2016 09:04:10" theguardian.com Two-wheel takeover: bikes outnumber cars for the first time in Copenhagen Denmark's capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city – there are now more bikes than cars on the streets. Can other cities follow? "We've shown the world that if you build protected infrastructure, people will start riding their bikes ..."
"29.11.2016 13:02:15" Adam Vaughan “Renewable energies are becoming competitive with fossil fuels and new nuclear, such as Hinkley Point"
"29.11.2016 12:57:55" theguardian.com Let the people lighten energy load with citizen-owned schemes Urgent climate action must be taken and communities are willing to participate in their own electricity production – if the incentives are right A recent study showed that by 2050 half of all Europeans could produce their own electricity either at home or as part of a cooperative
"29.11.2016 10:53:11" theguardian.com Love, death and rewilding – how two clothing tycoons saved Patagonia Alongside her husband, billionaire Doug Tomkins, she bought up vast swathes of Patagonia to save it from developers. Now, a year after Tomkins' sudden death, she explains how their shared vision is close to reality “If we hadn't bought the land? Then the grasslands of Patagonia would not have begun to heal themselves, the rainforests would have been logged.”
"29.11.2016 10:41:53" theguardian.com David Attenborough on climate change: 'The world will be transformed' – video An extract from Liberatum's documentary In this Climate, in which a range of cultural and environmental figures respond to the threat of climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2016/nov/29/david-attenborough-on-climate-change-the-world-will-be-transformed-video
"28.11.2016 14:51:37" theguardian.com EU stalls pledge to carry out independent checks on car emissions Leaked documents reveal EU promise to organise tests deleted from draft as governments come under pressure from carmakers “There is a Mexican standoff going on, with governments afraid to act against their own fraudulent carmakers for fear it will put their domestic industry at a competitive disadvantage"
"28.11.2016 12:02:33" theguardian.com China risks wasting $490bn on new coal plants, say campaigners Carbon Tracker says many plants running at overcapacity but China reluctant to wean itself off coal, fearing unemployment and unrest China already operating coal units at less than half their capacity, Carbon Tracker says, but “perversely” had another 205GW already under construction and plans for an additional 405GW
"28.11.2016 12:00:06" theguardian.com South Pacific island ditches fossil fuels to run entirely on solar power Ta'u island in American Samoa will rely on solar panels and Tesla batteries as they do away with diesel generators Using more than 5,000 solar panels and 60 Tesla power packs the tiny island of Ta'u in American Samoa is now entirely self-sufficient for its electricity supply
"28.11.2016 11:55:34" theguardian.com Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia Climate News Network: Three main dams supplying water to La Paz and El Alto are no longer fed by Andean glaciers and have nearly run dry Bolivia cannot rely on new sources to resolve its water crisis, given the costs and potential range of climate change impacts. So one of the country's most critical challenges will be to plan and implement strategies for managing water under uncertain
"25.11.2016 15:27:03" theguardian.com Why melting Arctic ice can cause uncontrollable climate change – video report Arctic scientists have reported that the speed at which the northern ice cap is melting risks triggering 19 climate tipping points, with disastrous consequences “The warning signals are getting louder.” Watch our video of how Arctic tipping points could affect the rest of the world.
"25.11.2016 14:07:59" theguardian.com The week in wildlife - in pictures A newborn Sitatunga calf and an orange-bellied parrot are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"25.11.2016 12:51:16" theguardian.com Is this the beginning of the end for coal? Canada has joined a growing list of countries phasing out the most polluting fossil fuel and global demand has fallen. Is this the start of a low-carbon energy era or just a blip in coal's dominance? Are we seeing the start of a low-carbon energy era or just a blip in coal's dominance?
"25.11.2016 10:27:15" theguardian.com Government accused of 'dirty tricks' over controversial fracking report Ministers deliberately delayed a report showing fracking could affect house prices, health and the environment until after a crucial planning decision, documents reveal The report was published in 2014 in heavily redacted form but Greenpeace used a FoI request to reveal its full contents
"25.11.2016 10:13:25" theguardian.com Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level Scientists warn increasingly rapid melting could trigger polar 'tipping points' with catastrophic consequences felt as far away as the Indian Ocean Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe.
"24.11.2016 15:07:57" Adam Vaughan Microbeads will be gone from Tesco cosmetics and cleaners in a month. About time too.
"24.11.2016 12:25:36" theguardian.com Vote for your favourite wildlife image of the year – in pictures The Natural History Museum has chosen 25 of the year's best images from its Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 shortlist. Which is your favourite?
"24.11.2016 12:18:42" theguardian.com Protected forests in Europe felled to meet EU renewable targets – report Europe's bioenergy plants are burning trees felled from protected conservation areas rather than using forest waste, new report shows “This report provides clear evidence that the EU's renewable energy policies have led to increased harvesting of whole trees and to continued use of food crops for energy.”
"24.11.2016 10:13:43" theguardian.com Peru declares state of emergency over deadly forest fires Blazes have burnt 12,000 hectares, including five protected natural areas and endangered species under threat from fires that 'took us by surprise' Wildfires have spread across drought-hit Peru threatening endangered species such as the spectacled bear – which inspired the Paddington Bear stories – and the white-winged guan.
"23.11.2016 16:03:46" theguardian.com Drive, baby, drive: Hammond's autumn statement is more grey than green The money for new roads and freezing fuel tax overwhelms support for electric cars, further fuelling the nation's air pollution crisis Chancellor announces more money for new roads but neither climate change or the environment get a single mention
"23.11.2016 12:24:30" theguardian.com UK has second-highest number of deaths from NO2 pollution in Europe
"23.11.2016 10:47:22" theguardian.com Paris climate deal: Trump says he now has an 'open mind' about accord Asked by the New York Times whether he would pull the US out of the Paris climate accord, the president-elect wavered on his previously stated position Donald Trump wavers on previous pledge to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord
"23.11.2016 08:26:14" theguardian.com Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on 'politicized science' Nasa's Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as the president-elect seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration Nasa's Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space
"22.11.2016 18:17:04" Adam Vaughan “Poachers are the first people behind the road builders."
"22.11.2016 16:49:56" theguardian.com VW shifts focus to electric cars with US expansion plan German carmaker seeks to revive fortunes after diesel scandal by becoming world leader in clean-energy vehicles The company has ambitious plans to sell 1m electric cars per year by 2025
"22.11.2016 15:39:21" theguardian.com Africa's biggest windfarm sparks controversy in the desert Morocco's ambitious plans for wind power in Western Sahara have drawn international praise - but are raising heckles in the disputed territory The Tarfaya complex stretches more than 100 square km across the Saharan desert
"22.11.2016 15:12:43" theguardian.com Morocco's Saharan windfarms fan accusations of 'green plunder' Tarfaya's clean energy project generates huge amounts of electricity but some Saharwis say it will deepen the occupation of their land "Tarfaya is a sleepy concrete village, sparsely surrounded by military checkpoints, camel trains, inlets dotted with flamingos – and 12 waves of turbines that rise from the Saharan sand dunes like a desert circus."
"22.11.2016 13:51:33" theguardian.com Natural flood protection defends homes against Storm Angus Success of natural measures in Bossington coincided with revelation that such schemes receive no government funding The natural measures included allowing trees to fall into the rivers to slow the flow of water
"22.11.2016 10:50:42" theguardian.com 'Extraordinarily hot' Arctic temperatures alarm scientists Danish and US researchers say warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year Temperatures have been only a few degrees above freezing when -25C should be expected, according to one of the researchers
"21.11.2016 17:34:19" theguardian.com Only a third of UK consumers' plastic packaging is recycled Two-thirds of such household waste is sent to landfill or incinerated each year, Recoup survey reveals Recycling groups said the problem was largely caused by consumer uncertainty
"21.11.2016 15:17:24" theguardian.com High court gives ministers deadline for tougher air pollution plan UK environment department must publish stronger air quality plan by April 2017, five months sooner than the deadline that government wanted Judges rejected the demand for a longer timetable, saying it was 'far too leisurely'
"21.11.2016 13:53:03" theguardian.com High court gives ministers deadline for tougher air pollution plan UK environment department must publish stronger air quality plan by April 2017, five months sooner than the deadline that government wanted "Now is the time for the government to prove that it truly cares about people's health.”
"21.11.2016 10:57:51" theguardian.com No room for bikes: how one street shows the UK-wide failure over cycling The fate of my small, south London road is a microcosm of the ways towns and cities are still planned around cars, not humans The failings in this part of south-east London contain lessons for the wider lack of safe cycling across the whole of Britain
"21.11.2016 10:25:02" theguardian.com UK government not funding natural flood prevention methods Despite government support for measures such as planting trees to stop floods, no funds have yet been been allocated The discovery was made following a freedom of information request by Friends of the Earth
"18.11.2016 15:37:27" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Who does this bird's yellow quiff remind you of? Enjoy this week's pick of images from the natural world.
"18.11.2016 13:57:56" Adam Vaughan Green groups and politicians are mobilising across the world against any Trump-led efforts to water down climate change action
"18.11.2016 10:44:35" Adam Vaughan Can grass provide the gas to heat the UK's homes? Probably not, but interesting to see whether this gets any traction.
"18.11.2016 10:44:31" theguardian.com 150 years of global warming in a minute-long symphony – video Sometimes, a tune can say so much more than an image or words. Here, we turn almost 150 years of global temperatures into music. The higher the temperature, the higher the pitch of the note. And the louder the note, the more carbon there is in the Louder, higher, hotter - this is the sound of global warming.
"17.11.2016 17:22:02" theguardian.com UK ratifies Paris climate agreement Foreign minister, Boris Johnson, signs global pact to cut carbon emissions in London UK has become the 111th country to ratify the Paris climate agreement
"17.11.2016 14:03:03" theguardian.com Penguin chicks, polar bears and icebergs – pictures from the Poles Award-winning wildlife photographer, Sue Flood, captures animals, people and landscapes in the Arctic and Antarctica
"17.11.2016 12:37:03" theguardian.com 'We have been almost buried': the Sudanese villages being swallowed by sand Climate change and deforestation mean people who once lived among trees now go to bed not knowing if their homes will be lost to the desert by morning. Villagers are learning how to adapt and stop the sand In Sudan, villagers are adapting to the affects of climate change after decades of drought and deforestation have allowed sand to roll in from the desert and swallow homes and farmland.
"17.11.2016 10:47:19" Adam Vaughan Prince William: "We are on the right side of history. But here is the problem: we know that we aren't moving fast enough to keep up with the crisis. Rhinos, elephants, pangolin, lions – they are all still being killed in horrifying numbers."
"16.11.2016 16:28:33" theguardian.com John Kerry: We will fight to keep US in the Paris climate deal Secretary of state says the outgoing Obama administration is determined to prevent Trump withdrawing the US from the landmark deal “This is bigger than one person, one president ... We have to figure out how we're going to stop this.”
"16.11.2016 10:08:46" Adam Vaughan ICYM: Another shale gas site has been approved for drilling in the UK, this time in East Midlands
"16.11.2016 08:51:07" theguardian.com Paris climate deal at risk unless countries step up plans, says watchdog International Energy Agency chief says current government pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions are inadequate Paris agreement is only a “framework”and requires sweeping policy changes among governments around the world to put its aims into force, says International Energy Agency.
"15.11.2016 09:48:25" theguardian.com Coal mines to turbines: how energy shapes the Welsh landscape – in pictures Photographer Richard Jones's Energy+Notion project tells the story of energy in Wales, from the remnants of coal mining that shaped its towns and landscapes to the new windfarms springing up where the mines once stood
"14.11.2016 15:57:42" theguardian.com Walking paths in England and Wales are a pattern of feast and famine | Dominic Bates Dominic Bates: While prestigious routes are well-maintained, smaller footpaths under the care of local councils are suffering from budget cuts - and it's these we need the most "With the UK's burgeoning obesity and mental health problems, we need there to be as fewer obstacles as possible to people enjoying the benefits of a good walk in the outdoors."
"14.11.2016 12:04:58" theguardian.com 'It was too hot, even to leave home': stories from the world's hottest year From drought-hit Nigeria to wine-growing Finland, we hear from people whose lives have already been changed by a warming world
"14.11.2016 11:05:23" theguardian.com 2016 will be the hottest year on record, UN says World Meteorological Organisation figures show global temperature is 1.2C above pre-industrial levels and will set a new high for the third year running “Another year. Another record.”
"14.11.2016 09:13:17" theguardian.com UK to investigate human health impact of microplastics Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Dame Sally Davies to carry out study into health impacts of tiny particles of plastic consumed by fish “It's welcome news that the Chief Medical Officer will investigate the impact of microplastics on human health."
"11.11.2016 13:22:59" theguardian.com Trump presidency a 'disaster for the planet' Leading scientists warn the climate denier's victory could mean 'game over for the climate' and any hope of warding off dangerous global warming At a pivotal moment when the planet's nations have belatedly banded together to confront an existential threat, the US has elected a political novice who calls global warming a Chinese-invented hoax. This could be 'game over for the climate'.
"11.11.2016 13:04:28" theguardian.com Leprosy revealed in red squirrels across British Isles Scientists believe the animals have been infected with the disfiguring disease for centuries and pose little risk to humans today Endangered red squirrels have been found to carry the same leprosy bacteria that causes the human disease - but scientists say risk to humans is minimal and no one has caught the disease in the UK for hundreds of years.
"11.11.2016 11:57:16" theguardian.com Prix Pictet 2016 shortlist turns the lens on space - in pictures From Hong Kong's tiny subdivided flats to the migrant crisis, this year's photography and sustainability award shortlist explores the theme of space from all perspectives
"10.11.2016 10:53:10" theguardian.com Action to combat UK air pollution crisis delayed again Ministers reject court proposal to deliver an effective plan within eight months following their legal defeat against NGO ClientEarth last week "There is a simple and deadly fact underscoring this case – 40,000 people are dying early from the harmful effects of our illegally dirty air. If this isn't enough to get the government to do whatever it takes, including really drastic measures to reduce
"10.11.2016 09:03:16" Adam Vaughan “It's another example of how much of the stuff we have and we don't really know what we're going to do with it, we're just leaving it. It's an appalling choice."
"09.11.2016 12:27:16" theguardian.com US election result throws Paris climate deal into uncertainty Many fear Donald Trump will reverse the ambitious course set by Barack Obama, withdraw the US from the accord and increase fossil fuel spending "The election of President Trump is clearly a major threat to our climate and future wellbeing of generations to come."
"09.11.2016 11:57:20" theguardian.com How forensics are aiding the fight against illegal wildlife trade Environment 360: From rapid genetic analysis to spectrography, high-tech advances in forensics are being used to track down and prosecute perpetrators of the illegal wildlife trade In many countries where endangered wildlife are poached or traded, forensics is just beginning to gain traction ... but there are hopeful cases that show how the field could have a profound impact.
"09.11.2016 09:42:41" theguardian.com Cars don't just choke our children – they tear a hole in our communities | George Monbiot A chance has emerged to press the UK government into action over deadly pollution – and I don't mean just the fumes from diesel engines. We must take it
"09.11.2016 09:12:09" Adam Vaughan Coal, which powered the UK's industrial revolution, will be gone from Britain by 2025 and maybe even as soon as 2022.
"08.11.2016 17:39:01" theguardian.com EU drops plans to make toasters more energy efficient over 'intrusion' fears Proposal to cut emissions controversially emits several appliances on the grounds that economic benefits would not be worth the negative publicity “The strong negative publicity about intrusiveness raises the question whether the estimated but hardly evaluated economic benefits are worth the political costs for the EU and the commission in particular.”
"08.11.2016 16:27:43" theguardian.com Global 'greening' has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds Increased growth of plants fertilised by higher CO2 levels is only partly offsetting emissions and will not halt dangerous warming, scientists conclude
"08.11.2016 14:44:35" theguardian.com Water at England's beaches is cleanest on record Dry summer, tighter regulations and more spending by water companies sees 98.5% of beaches monitored by the Environment Agency meet EU standards “The continuing improvement of England's beaches and bathing water are a terrific success story."
"08.11.2016 10:33:52" theguardian.com Study reveals huge acceleration in erosion of England's white cliffs Iconic southern coastline is eroding 10 times faster than the past few thousand years due to human management and changes in storm intensity “We are concerned that increasing sea-level rise and more storms will drive more erosion.”
"07.11.2016 16:02:27" theguardian.com Tax meat and dairy to cut emissions and save lives, study urges Surcharges of 40% on beef and 20% on milk would compensate for climate damage and deter people from consuming as much unhealthy food “It is clear that if we don't do something about the emissions from our food system, we have no chance of limiting climate change below 2C.”
"07.11.2016 10:27:00" theguardian.com Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table Is it a conflict of interest to have representatives of coal and oil companies at the climate change discussions? The world gathers in Morocco today for the historic first meeting under the Paris agreement
"07.11.2016 09:15:21" theguardian.com 'Every breath is an effort': Delhi residents suffer amid smog crisis Using the hashtags #Delhismog and #DelhiChokes, locals are voicing concern over heavy pollution shrouding the city
"07.11.2016 09:14:32" Jessica Aldred "The importation of pot plants into the UK is bringing with it an avalanche of harmful and unwanted species."
"04.11.2016 14:26:57" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures A sleeping dormouse, baby marine iguana and a frilled dragon are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"04.11.2016 13:10:58" theguardian.com Oil firms announce $1bn green fund as Paris climate deal comes into force Analysts criticise fund – which focuses on cutting the impact of fossil fuels but will not support renewable energy - calling it a 'drop in the ocean' 10 of the world's biggest oil companies announce fund to cut the climate change impact of fossil fuels - but climate campaigners dismiss it as greenwash.
"04.11.2016 09:32:57" theguardian.com Paris climate change agreement enters into force Environment groups hail 'momentous occasion' but warn governments need to cut carbon emissions more steeply to avoid dangerous global warming Today marks the first time governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises - but environment groups say even tougher action is needed to rapidly slash emissions.
"04.11.2016 09:25:35" theguardian.com Your carbon footprint destroys 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice a year New research calculates the impact of the average westerner's carbon emissions to help people understand their own contribution to climate change New study allows us to understand how we each contribute to global warming.
"03.11.2016 17:09:45" theguardian.com Greece set to win €1.75bn from EU climate scheme to build two coal plants Public funds from Europe's carbon trading programme – set up to help poorer countries reduce emissions – will help build two plants that will emit about 7m tonnes of CO2 a year “You couldn't make this up ... The [emissions trading system] was intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but it now risks being abused to facilitate investments in the new coal plants, which would operate well within the 2060s."
"03.11.2016 14:25:06" Adam Vaughan The UK government should rethink its opposition to onshore windfarms, says the boss of one of the country's biggest energy companies (who wants to build more of them).
"03.11.2016 12:43:18" theguardian.com Indigenous rights are key to preserving forests, climate change study finds Leaving forests in communal hands cuts carbon emissions from deforestation, helps communities and offers long-term economic benefits: 'Everyone wins' “When communities have secure forest rights, not only are forests better protected, but communities fare better. It's what economists call an optimal solution. Everyone wins,”
"03.11.2016 12:11:13" theguardian.com World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN Current climate commitments are insufficient to reduce emissions by the amounts needed to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, says Unep report “If we don't start taking additional action now, we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy.”
"02.11.2016 16:12:32" theguardian.com UK coal-powered electricity projected to fall by record amount When a graph is worth a thousand words. This is coal power generation in the UK – it's declining at an unprecedented rate.
"02.11.2016 15:42:02" theguardian.com Dublin bike-share scheme faces funding crisis Expansion plans for the Irish capital's successful scheme have been placed on hold while organisers seek new ways to cover basic operating costs "To begrudge a couple of million euros in public funds before having those numbers, is socially and environmentally irresponsible.”
"02.11.2016 09:45:16" theguardian.com High court rules UK government plans to tackle air pollution are illegal Court rules for second time in 18 months that the government is not doing enough to combat the national air pollution crisis UK government loses second court case over air pollution plans
"02.11.2016 09:23:23" theguardian.com Natural measures must be key to UK flood protection, MPs urge Report also criticises government's plans and funding and calls for Environment Agency to be stripped of responsibility for flooding “Our proposals will deliver a far more holistic approach to flooding and water supply management, looking at catchments as a whole.”
"02.11.2016 09:20:56" Adam Vaughan "In addition to all the other good reasons for elephant conservation, there is a compelling economic one too."
"02.11.2016 08:17:39" theguardian.com Make central London diesel-free to solve air pollution crisis – report IPPR study on delivering clean air in the capital comes as the high court is due to rule on the UK government's air quality plan “Air pollution in London is at lethal levels ... Bringing these levels down will save lives and make the capital more pleasant and prosperous for all Londoners.”
"01.11.2016 11:42:21" theguardian.com Global carbon intensity falls as coal use declines China leads the charge for emissions efficiency, but faster progress is needed to meet the Paris climate goals, reports Climate Change News “What we've seen in 2014-15 is a real step change in decarbonisation”
"31.10.2016 14:30:46" Adam Vaughan “This letter shows the Conservative government is in complete denial about the scandalous waste caused by throwaway coffee cups."
"31.10.2016 05:41:00" theguardian.com The river gushes through a gorge where the Romans quarried Country diary: Gelt Woods, Cumbria The modern river has sunk down into a narrow channel, carving the rock into strange shapes like rolling muscles or slumped candle wax
"31.10.2016 01:48:33" theguardian.com 300 million children live in areas with extreme air pollution, data reveals Global study reveals huge number of children breathing toxic fumes more than six times over safe limits, while billions are affected by air pollution that exceeds guidelines
"30.10.2016 22:10:34" theguardian.com Air quality worsens in Greece as recession bites World pollutionwatch The ban on diesel cars in Athens and Thessaloniki has been lifted and the price of heating oil has tripled. Hard-pressed Greeks have turned to burning logs – and other things
"30.10.2016 21:40:35" theguardian.com Cuts to marine reserves would deliver 'minuscule' economic benefits Exclusive: Analysis of government review shows destructive fishing practices would rise and very few fishers would benefit
"30.10.2016 19:47:59" theguardian.com There are alternatives to a third runway at Heathrow | Letters Letters: Heathrow has never taken responsibility for the dangerous pollution caused by the stacking of aircraft
"30.10.2016 06:13:47" theguardian.com The eco guide to self-provisioning How to live off the land without doing a complete downshift
"30.10.2016 00:58:47" theguardian.com Shark detection buoys set for trial in New South Wales Sonar equipment to be positioned off Port Stephens in 'nursery for juvenile great whites' will be able to send information to lifesavers via SMS messages
"29.10.2016 08:05:47" theguardian.com Tesla boss Elon Musk unveils solar roof tiles Musk showcases new energy products to illustrate benefits of merging his firm with solar installer SolarCity
"29.10.2016 04:37:45" theguardian.com Return of the mandarin ducks Country diary: Strathnairn, Highlands I counted 18 of them coming in to feed on the mixed grain we spread out on two ground-level bird tables below the apple trees
"29.10.2016 00:05:40" theguardian.com From swimming sloths to lions in Botswana, this is Planet Earth II A decade after the groundbreaking Planet Earth, the BBC's six-part sequel looks set to be even more spectacular. Here are some of its stars
"28.10.2016 22:50:37" theguardian.com Exhausted snow geese head to Canada wildlife facility to rest up for migration At least three birds were found this week and brought to Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, showing no energy to rejoin their 'snowstorm' of birds
"28.10.2016 21:19:43" theguardian.com Why the attack on 'foreign-funded' environment groups stinks of hypocrisy | Graham Readfearn Supporters of coal projects want transparency and proper use of charity status – but only when they support their arguments
"28.10.2016 18:41:00" theguardian.com Shipping industry criticised for failure to reach carbon emissions deal International Maritime Organisation agrees sulphur emissions cap but is condemned for delaying measures to cut greenhouse gases
"28.10.2016 18:10:51" theguardian.com Shipping industry agrees to cap sulphur emissions by 2020 BusinessGreen: Cap on sulphur content of marine fuels worldwide will save millions of lives in the coming decades, say campaigners
"28.10.2016 17:40:44" theguardian.com Prince Charles joins clean soil project to combat climate change Prince of Wales says soil health is of 'critical importance' as he joins initiative to keep carbon locked in the world's soils
"28.10.2016 17:10:45" theguardian.com Mass extinction, whaling and a new marine park – green news roundup The week's top environment news stories and green events
"28.10.2016 13:39:50" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures An elusive shoebill, a Yellowstone grizzly and spawning red snappers are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"28.10.2016 13:27:17" Two-thirds of wild animals wiped out The world is on track to lose a staggering percentage of wild animals by 2020, according to the Living Planet Index by the UK World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London.
Anthropocene is the proposed term for this new era of global human
"28.10.2016 08:47:35" theguardian.com World's largest marine park created in Ross Sea in Antarctica in landmark deal EU and 24 countries sign long-awaited agreement to protect 1.1m sq km of water in Southern Ocean, ensuring that fewer younger fish will be caught Landmark international agreement creates the world's largest marine park in the Southern Ocean after five years of compromises and failed negotiations.
"28.10.2016 06:25:09" theguardian.com Grouse shooting estates shored up by millions in subsidies Common agricultural policy money given to estates in England, including one owned by the Duke of Westminster, Britain's richest landowner
"28.10.2016 04:39:03" theguardian.com Toadstools shine like cat's eyes in the wood Country Diary: Odell, Bedfordshire An ape-like shuffle brings me under coppiced hazel bushes to a string of pale, sunlit fungi
"27.10.2016 21:45:41" theguardian.com EU proposes total commercial fishing ban on Atlantic sea bass Move would also cut Scottish whiting catches to zero, while Celtic cod and Irish sole face hefty reductions to prevent stocks collapsing
"27.10.2016 21:15:32" theguardian.com Worst of times for the butterfly Butterflywatch: The scientific numbers are not yet in from the UK Butterfly Monitoring scheme, but the Big Butterfly Count recorded its worst figures since it began
"27.10.2016 20:45:36" theguardian.com Fears for isolated Bolivian tribe met by Chinese oil firm in Amazon David Hill: Company operating near the border with Peru has reportedly had near encounters with indigenous people living in “isolation”
"27.10.2016 20:15:23" theguardian.com Climate change rate to turn southern Spain to desert by 2100, report warns Mediterranean ecosystems will change to a state unprecedented in the past 10,000 years unless temperature rises are held to within 1.5C, say scientists
"27.10.2016 19:45:27" theguardian.com Tour England's countryside in one London garden Country Diary: Natural History Museum, London A short walk takes you on a wildlife journey that would otherwise take days of travelling
"27.10.2016 19:15:25" theguardian.com UK public support for fracking falls to lowest level Just 17% of people surveyed back the process, the lowest level since the government survey started tracking public attitudes about shale gas
"27.10.2016 18:45:22" theguardian.com Swifts spend ten months a year entirely airborne, study reveals Research using miniature tracking devices suggests that swifts eat and sleep in the sky, as some birds did not land at all during their migratory period
"27.10.2016 18:15:21" theguardian.com 10 years on from the Stern report: a low-carbon future is the 'only one available' Economist says green development is the only route to global economic growth and points to China leading the world on climate change action
"27.10.2016 17:45:27" theguardian.com We must protect the Grand Canyon before time runs out Americans must prevail on President Obama to establish a national monument around Grand Canyon National Park before we lose this historic chance
"27.10.2016 17:16:11" theguardian.com Autumn colours around the world – in pictures Trees across the northern hemisphere are putting on their annual dazzling display
"27.10.2016 14:36:37" theguardian.com Whaling watchdog shrinks loophole allowing Japan's 'scientific' hunts Resolution imposes stricter reviews of whales killed under the scientific programme which Japan's critics say it abuses to hunt for meat “We welcome this result as an important reaction to Japan unilaterally issuing its own permits for so-called scientific whaling.”
"27.10.2016 12:01:25" theguardian.com Could giving wild animals property rights help stop their decline? Two-thirds of wild animals could be lost by 2020 and the biggest driver is destruction of their homes. A radical idea to give animals a 'voice' could encourage land managers to think about wild areas in a new way
"27.10.2016 11:01:47" theguardian.com Scheme to reopen river Severn to fish wins almost £20m in funding Project to open up miles of the river to enable fish to reach spawning grounds will help to restore threatened and declining species A £19m project will reopen the UK's longest river to fish species, many of which vanished from its upper reaches after weirs were installed during the industrial revolution.
"27.10.2016 10:11:05" theguardian.com Frog goes extinct, media yawns Is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets How can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren't even told about its victims?
"27.10.2016 08:37:38" theguardian.com World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity's impact The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
"27.10.2016 06:11:00" theguardian.com World's wildlife being pushed to the edge by humans - in pictures Global wildlife populations will decline by 67% by 2020 unless urgent action is taken, warns the biennial Living Planet report. From elephants to eels, here are some of the wildlife populations most affected by human activity
"27.10.2016 04:11:21" theguardian.com A big day in Manchester for bird fanciers – archive, 27 October 1906 27 October 1906: Billed as the 'most important exhibition of cage birds in the kingdom,' Hulme Town Hall allows breeders to show 1,500 birds
"26.10.2016 20:35:16" theguardian.com Alan Jones-backed reef group must condemn climate deniers, say scientists Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef must accept that climate change is damaging the reef, say Climate Council chief and university expert
"26.10.2016 19:25:14" theguardian.com UK water firms call for 'do not flush' labelling on wet wipes Letter to trading standards body calls for manufacturers to remove 'misleading' labelling to prevent wipes from blocking sewers and washing up on beaches
"26.10.2016 18:51:10" theguardian.com Climate change tipping points are not just symbolic | Letters Letters: The tipping points we should also be paying attention to are the mass extinctions, global warming, melting ice and complete habitat changes we are currently seeing worldwide
"26.10.2016 18:21:05" theguardian.com Heathrow expansion is good for business – but not for most of us | Brief letters Brief letters: Benefit cuts | Third runway | Landlines | Charity shops | Football numbers
"26.10.2016 17:51:03" theguardian.com Humans create carbon emissions which spawn Australia's extreme weather – report State of the Climate report from CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology says human activities have driven 'significant changes' to Australia's climate
"26.10.2016 17:17:59" theguardian.com New projects boost Europe's attractiveness to renewables investors BusinessGreen: Europe may be performing better in EY's influential rankings, but the UK has fallen to its lowest position yet
"26.10.2016 14:59:20" theguardian.com Japan pleads with whaling watchdog to allow 'cultural' hunts Countries including US, Europe, Australia vehemently oppose small hunts by coastal communities but Japan says are unjustly barred from a traditional food source Pro- and anti-whaling nations clash over “small type coastal hunting” at meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Slovenia.
"26.10.2016 14:01:46" theguardian.com Oil drilling underway beneath Ecuador's Yasuní national park Government claims oil extraction is causing minimal disturbance to the Unesco biosphere reserve in the Amazon Critics fear that oil will destroy the Unesco Yasuní reserve due to deforestation, pollution and colonisation by people but Ecuador's government say new technology and strict regulations mean exploitation is possible without environmental damage.
"26.10.2016 13:41:41" theguardian.com EU drops law to limit cancer-linked chemical in food after industry complaint Campaigners say leaked documents show 'undue influence' by the food industry after plans to limit acrylamide - found in starchy foods such as crisps, cereals and baby foods - are weakened EU weakens law to limit amounts of acrylamide - an 'extremely hazardous substance' found in starchy foods that have been cooked at very high temperatures, such as crisps, potato chips, breakfast cereals and instant coffee.
"26.10.2016 07:43:07" theguardian.com What is causing the rapid rise in methane emissions? Yale environment 360: New research finds some surprising culprits and shows that fossil-fuel sources have played a much larger role than previously estimated
"26.10.2016 04:42:51" theguardian.com No hiding place for a stranded squab Country diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire This scratty bundle feigning invisibility generates an anxiety that permeates a bright autumn morning
"26.10.2016 00:53:54" theguardian.com Swimming with whales – in pictures Rita Kluge's distinctive photos capture the humpback whale calving season in the south Pacific
"25.10.2016 20:20:48" theguardian.com Heathrow promises immediate boost after runway go-ahead As Grayling makes assurances on fares, jobs and UK-wide benefits, runway opponents say decision is only start of long battle
"25.10.2016 19:53:51" theguardian.com Heathrow airport expansion gets government approval Transport secretary hails 'truly momentous' move but widespread protests and legal challenges are expected to follow decision
"25.10.2016 19:30:02" theguardian.com Backyard battery recycling is biggest chemical polluter for poorer nations Report finds mining, leather tanning, rubbish dumps and the dye industry among the most polluting industries harming health and causing early death
"25.10.2016 19:06:07" theguardian.com 'We feel betrayed': Harmondsworth residents furious at Heathrow decision Six years after Cameron vowed no third runway, people in village set for part-demolition angry government now backs airport's expansion
"25.10.2016 18:40:52" theguardian.com Study links blood pressure risk to road noise Traffic noise is associated with an increase in hypertension cases, according to research from five European countries
"25.10.2016 18:22:50" theguardian.com Keep it in the ground: renewable energy breaks new records Last year renewable energy accounted for more than half of new power generation worldwide, for the first time
"25.10.2016 17:59:00" theguardian.com Australia's coal seam gas emissions may be vastly underestimated – report Report says industry's true carbon emissions could easily amount to twice the emissions Australia promised to cut by 2030
"25.10.2016 17:34:59" theguardian.com US funding new soldiers in wildlife trafficking war: giant rats Elite rat team to begin by spotting illegal shipments of pangolins, the world's most trafficked animal, at ports in Tanzania
"25.10.2016 17:11:04" theguardian.com Local residents on Heathrow's third runway: 'I would lose my house, community and friends' People living in Harmondsworth, Sipson and Harlington share their views on how they will be affected
"25.10.2016 12:01:14" Adam Vaughan "What is the most disappointing is that all these efforts are ultimately being undermined by IWC member countries who are thousands of miles away, not even in the southern hemisphere and some even on the other side of the world."
"25.10.2016 11:02:55" theguardian.com Hacked emails reveal plan to counter Rupert Murdoch's climate denial Emails sent to Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta reveal $3m campaign aimed to put media mogul 'on the defensive' and help conservative politicians support global warming action
"25.10.2016 08:10:43" Adam Vaughan Renewable energy growth is speeding up worldwide – but the UK is lagging behind.
"25.10.2016 07:26:33" theguardian.com Night parrot population discovered in Queensland national park Discovery of elusive bird, thought to be extinct for a century until 2013, leads scientists to believe the 'dumpy budgerigar' may be more common than thought
"25.10.2016 06:48:35" theguardian.com Opposing camps to hold dialogue on railway through Nairobi National Park Paula Kahumbu: The proposal to put a railway through Kenya's iconic wildlife sanctuary raises issues that should concern us all
"25.10.2016 04:36:31" theguardian.com For exotic looks, nothing beats the native spindle Country diary: Ladle Hill, Hampshire The spindles are brave impressionist paintings among the ash and crab apple
"25.10.2016 01:29:33" theguardian.com Coal will be important 'for many, many decades to come', says Turnbull Prime minister defends fossil fuel as part of Australia's energy mix as critical Senate bloc opposes 'green lawfare' changes
"25.10.2016 00:14:31" theguardian.com 'That is definitely not a dolphin': shark attack victim plays down hysteria Jade Fitzpatrick says reports of attacks often make them sound 'bigger and scarier' and he will be surfing again within days
"24.10.2016 18:43:57" theguardian.com Fin whales sometimes seen in North Sea | Brief letters Brief letters: Fin whales | Weighing passengers | Traffic | Quakers | Angela Carter
"24.10.2016 18:19:55" theguardian.com Alan Jones launches Great Barrier Reef site after criticising 'global warming hoax' Australian radio hosts broadcasts show critical of climate 'alarmists' from Cairns before launching the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef website
"24.10.2016 17:55:02" theguardian.com Industrial scars: The environmental cost of consumption – in pictures Environmental artist J Henry Fair captures the beauty and destruction of industrial sites to illustrate the hidden impacts of the things we buy – the polluted air, destroyed habitats and the invisible carbon heating the planet
"24.10.2016 17:30:58" theguardian.com UK government boosts local air quality with £3m in funding Annual funding for local air quality management in England has been restored to previous levels, reversing a chronic decline, reports The ENDS Report
"24.10.2016 17:07:55" theguardian.com 'The atmosphere is being radicalized' by climate change | Dana Nuccitelli Dana Nuccitelli: To paraphrase Donald Trump, this is radical atmospheric change and Republicans won't even mention the words
"24.10.2016 11:38:25" Palm oil in Liberia Bacchus Wilson Panyonnoh, a 35-year-old palm oil worker, and Lee Sworh, a community activist, live in the remote forests of south-east Liberia. Both have been affected by the arrival of Golden Veroleum Liberia to build one of the country's largest palm
"24.10.2016 11:09:24" theguardian.com 'New era of climate change reality' as emissions hit symbolic threshold Carbon dioxide reached 400 parts per million on average during 2016 and will not dip below that mark for many generations, experts say “The year 2015 ushered in a new era of optimism and climate action with the Paris climate change agreement. But it will also make history as marking a new era of climate change reality with record high greenhouse gas concentrations.”
"24.10.2016 08:19:58" theguardian.com 'Beauty and horror' in the industrially scarred landscapes of south Wales John Vidal takes to the skies with US photographer J Henry Fair on an aerial toxic tour of south Wales “I am appalled by the subject I photograph but I love what I see in old industry."
"24.10.2016 07:40:42" theguardian.com Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws Car industry successfully lobbied for loopholes to dilute EU laws limiting toxic particulates emissions for new cars, the Guardian has learned
"24.10.2016 04:40:24" theguardian.com A storybook world growing from a medieval quarry Barnack Hills and Holes, Cambridgeshire The quarrying has left a strange, toy landscape of ridges and valleys not a kilometre square. Nature has taken it back
"24.10.2016 04:10:23" theguardian.com Environment group named in WikiLeaks email release responds to attacks The low-profile Australian group Sunrise Project hits back at coal lobby after being criticised over funding sources shown in hacked US Democratic emails
"24.10.2016 02:28:22" theguardian.com Victoria's Hazelwood power station to close, French media reports say Utility company Engie say no decision has been made regarding the future of Australia's most polluting coal-fired power plant despite reports in Les Echos
"23.10.2016 23:40:19" theguardian.com Shark attack near Byron Bay leaves surfer with minor leg injuries Attack on beach between Suffolk Park and Broken Head in northern NSW follows a weekend protest against plan to install shark nets in the area
"23.10.2016 23:16:22" theguardian.com Flood defences 'skewed towards wealthy families and regions' Press Association study suggests flood protection funding formula tilts system towards richer households and areas
"23.10.2016 23:10:18" theguardian.com 'Overwhelming' case for Heathrow expansion, says commission chair Sir Howard Davies, of the Airports Commission lends backing to expanding UK's largest airport instead of Gatwick
"23.10.2016 21:49:20" theguardian.com Daylight penetrates deep recesses of the woods: Country diary 100 years ago Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 27 October 1916: Overhead the change which you most note is that whereas a few weeks ago daylight scarcely penetrated these recesses, misty beams now shoot through
"23.10.2016 20:44:05" theguardian.com A handsome pest with a taste for aromatic plants Specieswatch The rosemary beetle arrived in Britain over twenty years ago, and is chewing its way through our culinary favourites – heading north at an alarming rate
"23.10.2016 18:54:06" theguardian.com Airport expansion's disastrous effects, near and far | Letters Letters: The UK government's decision to greenlight aviation expansion is a predictable failure, but not an acceptable one
"23.10.2016 16:33:06" theguardian.com Chris Grayling: decision on airport expansion to be made on Tuesday Transport secretary denies government has already decided which plan it will back in choice between Heathrow or Gatwick
"23.10.2016 08:10:22" theguardian.com Foreign invaders infiltrate Britain's ancient woodlands Trees are coming under attack from beetles and moths that are infesting imported timber
"23.10.2016 05:10:24" theguardian.com The eco guide to televisions How highly should we rate the energy ratings?
"22.10.2016 09:35:26" theguardian.com Four in 10 UK councils exceed air pollution limits, figures show Ministers reveal 169 local authorities breached annual legal limits on nitrogen oxide, linked to lung disease, last year
"22.10.2016 04:44:25" theguardian.com Lonely and mysterious, this is the other Borrowdale Country diary: Borrowdale, Lake District Borrowdale is thriving following an era of being successfully farmed by generations of Westmorland hill farmers
"21.10.2016 21:27:23" theguardian.com Heathrow expansion will boost air quality | Letters Letters: The redesign of local roads, support for sustainable transport and the opportunity to introduce an airport emissions charge all have the potential to bring improvements
"21.10.2016 19:04:38" theguardian.com US energy shakeup continues as solar capacity set to triple Climate Central: Solar expected to almost triple in less than three years by 2017 as coal continues to fall, solidifying gas as country's chief electricity source
"21.10.2016 18:40:38" theguardian.com Heathrow expansion, nuclear fusion and Tasmanian devils – green news roundup The week's top environment news stories and green events
"21.10.2016 18:15:40" theguardian.com Global warming continues; 2016 will be the hottest year ever recorded | John Abraham John Abraham: We will soon see a three-peat of record hot annual global temperatures
"21.10.2016 17:51:36" theguardian.com Hundreds of snow leopards being killed every year, report warns Figure of 220-450 annual deaths could be even higher, as killings by poachers or farmers often go undetected in the remote mountains of central Asia
"21.10.2016 17:27:28" theguardian.com Rare fin whale stranding in Norfolk puzzles scientists Experts say fin whales are normally found on south or west coasts of UK, not on east coast
"21.10.2016 15:34:29" theguardian.com Documentary film-makers face decades in prison for taping oil pipeline protests Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel face felony charges that first amendment advocates say are part of a growing number of attacks on freedom of the press “I was surprised at the conspiracy charges. I never thought that would ever happen ... All she was doing was her job of being a journalist and covering the story.”
"21.10.2016 14:24:52" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures An inquisitive polar bear, blue-footed boobies and autumn colours are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"21.10.2016 10:57:55" theguardian.com Rare birds thriving on Scilly Isles after scheme rids islands of rats Number of nesting Manx shearwaters almost triples in three years after a project, backed by Prince Chales, sucessfully kills off the rats that eat the birds' chicks and eggs “All the hard work ... has been well worth it when you know that a species has been returned to a habitat which is rightfully theirs.”
"21.10.2016 06:56:19" theguardian.com Islabikes' radical new plan means you may never need to buy your child a bike again Imagine Project sets out to cut waste in the industry by renting rather than selling bikes, which can then be returned and refurbished when the child outgrows them
"21.10.2016 06:05:17" theguardian.com After coking plant's last gasp, a feast for nature Country Diary: Rother valley, Derbyshire The malign dragon's breath ceased, the air cleared, then a corner of the vast works became a nature reserve
"21.10.2016 05:39:18" theguardian.com We are approaching the Trumpocene, a new epoch where climate change is a big scary conspiracy | ... Websites pushing climate science denial are growing their audience in an era where populist rhetoric and the rejection of expertise is gaining traction
"21.10.2016 03:20:15" theguardian.com Australia joins bid to outlaw large-scale commercial and 'scientific' whaling International Whaling Commission meeting in Slovenia follows Japan's recent slaughter of more than 300 minke whales
"21.10.2016 00:38:36" theguardian.com Spiders can 'tune' their webs to sound out plucky potential mates Spiders can control their web's tension and stiffness to help them identify potential partners as well as prey, study shows
"20.10.2016 18:59:58" theguardian.com Quality of life v the push for fracking and airport expansion | Letters Letters: The very promise of payment for householders threatened by fracking constitutes a bribe, which is both wrong in principle and an exploitable precedent for antisocial actions
"20.10.2016 17:50:51" theguardian.com Europe's offshore wind industry booming as costs fall Environment 360: The European Union's push away from fossil fuels toward renewables, along with falling costs, has seen offshore wind thrive with turbines being installed from the Irish to the Baltic Seas
"20.10.2016 17:19:47" theguardian.com EU leaders at loggerheads over nature laws review In a letter seen by the Guardian, European parliament president, Martin Schulz, warns EU chief, Jean Claude-Juncker, that inaction over a stalled review of the EU's nature directives is jeopardising EU biodiversity targets
"20.10.2016 15:31:40" theguardian.com Nigerian president leads tributes to oil activist Ken Wiwa The Ogoni leader and son of renowned Niger delta environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa has died from a stroke in London, aged 47 “Wiwa was an ardent believer in the unity, progress and stability of his community. I urge family, friends and associates to honour his memory by making his dream of an environmentally safe, secured and prosperous Ogoniland a reality.”
"20.10.2016 15:26:59" theguardian.com Park ranger murdered while trying to protect Congo's rare gorillas Munganga Nzonga Jacques died in a region of Kahuzi Biega national park previously believed to be safe for the gorillas, Mongabay reports Twenty-six year old ranger, Munganga Nzonga Jacques, is the second ranger to be killed in Kahuzi Biega in the last six months.
"20.10.2016 07:42:44" theguardian.com Japan to face criticism at international summit for flouting whaling ban Japanese fleets have killed more than 300 minke whales in the Southern Ocean despite a court ruling and three-decade-old ban
"20.10.2016 06:35:44" theguardian.com Onshore windfarms more popular than thought, UK poll finds Some 73% of the British public polled by ComRes support onshore windfarms in contrast with government decisions to block them
"20.10.2016 05:59:43" theguardian.com Great Barrier Reef scores D for health for fifth year in a row Results of annual report card based on data collected before bleaching killed a fifth of the reef's coral, suggesting next year's results will be even worse
"20.10.2016 04:38:44" theguardian.com Listening for the shovels, hooves and curses of long-dead miners Country Diary: Frosterley, Weardale The footpaths were deserted, but, at every turn, there were signs of the days when they echoed with the sounds of human labour
"19.10.2016 19:39:44" theguardian.com No longer taken seriously, we're seeing the last gasp of climate denial groups | Dana Nuccitelli Dana Nuccitelli: Anti-climate groups like GWPF try to leech credibility from serious scientific organizations like the Royal Society
"19.10.2016 19:16:05" Adam Vaughan “It says we want the cleanest air in the world but does not even begin to tackle the fundamental question of how we might help people to shift away from diesel cars."
Greenpeace? Friends of the Earth? No, that's the government's opinion of its own air
"19.10.2016 19:15:44" theguardian.com Cameron aide said government was 'exposed on Heathrow' over air quality As Theresa May prepares for airport expansion decision, memo emerges in which former PM was told he did not 'have an answer' on pollution concerns
"19.10.2016 18:51:44" theguardian.com Going Dutch on recycling pays off | Letter Letter: In the Netherlands our bin was only emptied once a month as everything else – paper, metal, plastic – was collected free
"19.10.2016 18:20:47" theguardian.com UN tells Bangladesh to halt mangrove-threatening coal plant Climate Home: Rampal coal plant poses a 'serious threat' to a key ecosystem for Bengal tigers and must be cancelled, says the UN world heritage body
"19.10.2016 17:50:49" theguardian.com British doctors and health professionals call for rapid coal phase-out Group of health bodies says tackling climate change and air pollution linked to coal would improve health and reduce NHS costs
"19.10.2016 17:17:45" theguardian.com Conventional thinking will not solve the climate crisis | Andrew Simms Andrew Simms: Choosing the best possible future means considering radical scenarios that align energy use and industry with climate action
"19.10.2016 12:18:40" theguardian.com Where is climate change in the Trump v Clinton presidential debates? While we rake over Clintons' emails and Trump's late-night tweets climate has been the elephant in the room, leaving scientists and campaigners asking why there hasn't been a single direct question about the crisis
"19.10.2016 11:45:09" theguardian.com Scientists investigate death of 10,000 endangered 'scrotum' frogs in Peru Researchers and campaingers suspect pollution killed the rare Titicaca water frogs that are endemic to the famous lake and derive their nickname from their wrinkly skin At least 10,000 critically endangered frogs were found in a tributary river to Peru's famous Lake Titicaca.
"19.10.2016 10:17:24" theguardian.com Satellite Eye on Earth: September 2016 - in pictures A newly calved iceberg, an ice avalanche in Tibet and urban growth in Nairobi were among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month
"19.10.2016 08:00:31" theguardian.com Tasmanian devils developing immune response to contagious face cancer Breakthrough the first indication the tumour is survivable and confirms research showing marsupials are rapidly evolving in response to the disease
"19.10.2016 07:20:08" theguardian.com World's mammals being eaten into extinction, report warns First global assessment finds 301 species are primarily at risk from human hunting for the bushmeat trade Hundreds of mammal species - from chimpanzees to hippos to bats - are being eaten into extinction by people, according to the first global assessment of the impact of human hunting.
"19.10.2016 07:11:32" theguardian.com Shipping 'progressives' call for industry carbon emission cuts Some of the world's biggest shipping groups say 'ambitious' action is needed at a key UN meeting to bring the industry in line with Paris climate goals
"19.10.2016 06:19:29" theguardian.com Tasmanian tap water tastes the best in the country, says water industry group A sample from Barrington in the north of Tasmania beat four other state finalists to the prize of top drop
"19.10.2016 04:36:23" theguardian.com Dawn burnishes the landscape, while mice feed on windfall apples Country diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley Golden light burnishes withered leaves, reflects on the glossy green of ash and enhances the redness of prolific haws
"19.10.2016 00:59:23" theguardian.com South Australian windfarms revise safety settings after statewide blackout Energy market operator says nine of 13 windfarms 'tripped' because their settings disconnected them from the grid after transmission lines were blown over
"18.10.2016 22:28:22" theguardian.com 2016 wildlife photographer of the year - winners in pictures American photographer Tim Laman was named winner of the prestigious annual competition for his image Entwined Lives, showing a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the Indonesian rainforest
"18.10.2016 21:47:24" theguardian.com Fraser Island oil spill clean-up begins along 40km stretch of sand Dozens of people enlisted to remove small 'patties' found between Eurong beach and Dilli village
"18.10.2016 19:35:14" theguardian.com There are oilfields in the South Downs too | Letters Letters: Oil is being extracted from several small fields, including one in the middle of the national park
"18.10.2016 18:10:14" theguardian.com 2016 locked into being hottest year on record, Nasa says Data shows September was the warmest in modern temperature monitoring following months of record-breaking anomalies this year
"18.10.2016 17:45:27" theguardian.com US Senate could block landmark HFC climate treaty, legal experts warn A new deal to reduce the use of powerful climate-changing chemicals will require Senate approval in the US, reports Climate Central
"18.10.2016 17:18:26" theguardian.com Exxon asks court to throw out New York state's climate change case Subpoena would force oil company to hand over decades of documents that would establish whether it misled investors about climate risks
"18.10.2016 13:10:19" theguardian.com Treasury blocked moves to charge diesel cars to enter polluted UK cities High court hears evidence in air pollution case against the government that environment and transport department plans were overruled The Treasury blocked the move, with officials arguing it “would be politically very difficult, especially given the impacts on motorists”.
"18.10.2016 13:09:39" theguardian.com Norway faces climate lawsuit over Arctic oil exploration plans Campaigners say decision to open up the Barents Sea violates the nation's constitution and threatens the Paris climate agreement "By allowing oil companies to drill in the Arctic, Norway risks undermining global efforts to address climate change."
"18.10.2016 09:56:07" Adam Vaughan If you live in the UK, £110 of your £991 annual energy bill in 2020 will go towards the cost of windfarms and solar power.
But you'll be buying an awful lot of green energy for that money. Renewable sources already make up 25% of UK electricity
"18.10.2016 07:45:32" theguardian.com Tasmanian devil milk could kill golden staph and other antibiotic-resistant bugs Research shows milk from devils could kill superbugs and combat the facial tumour that has killed 80% of their population
"18.10.2016 07:15:32" theguardian.com We can save elephants. But can we save wild elephants? Elephants will certainly survive. But it may only be in 'fortress' conservation parks. Is there any way to allow elephants to stay wild?
"18.10.2016 05:24:30" theguardian.com Green subsidies to push UK energy bills higher than expected National Audit Office says household bills will be £17 higher annually than previously expected by 2020 due to the installation rate of windfarms and solar panels
"18.10.2016 04:47:31" theguardian.com A bird of beauty laid to rest in the lingering fragrance of summer Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk I laid my song thrush down in the earth where all those life scenes and memories and scents arose
"17.10.2016 18:10:29" theguardian.com Finance for deep-rooted prosperity is coming | Joseph Robertson Joseph Robertson: We're entering a new age for the Earth's climate and for the way we conceive of finance
"17.10.2016 17:30:29" theguardian.com Morally and legally, the UK government has failed us on air pollution | James Thornton James Thornton: A lack of urgency and failure to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide is why ClientEarth is taking the UK government back to court this week
"17.10.2016 17:06:26" theguardian.com MIT nuclear fusion record marks latest step towards unlimited clean energy Scientists create the highest plasma pressure ever recorded with the Alcator C-Mod reactor in a breakthrough for clean energy technology
"17.10.2016 11:35:54" theguardian.com Global warming experiment turns up the heat in Puerto Rican artificial forest A pioneering research project is aiming to determine how forests in the Amazon, the Congo and elsewhere in the tropics will reacting to rising temperatures
"17.10.2016 08:00:47" theguardian.com Antarctic marine reserves deal within reach as Russia thaws environmental stance After five years of failed negotiations, conservations are hopeful Russia is prepared to make a deal to protect the Ross Sea and East Antarctica
"17.10.2016 04:48:43" theguardian.com Wolves once hunted these Helsfell slopes Country diary: Kendal, Lake District A skeleton unearthed by a Victorian archaeologist should give us clues as to when wolves last roamed the Lakeland fells
"16.10.2016 23:56:43" theguardian.com Use of strongest antibiotics rises to record levels on European farms Medicines classified as 'critically important in human medicine' appear to be in frequent use, says European Medicines Agency
"16.10.2016 21:50:44" theguardian.com Taking shelter from the blinding sheets of rain: Country diary 100 years ago Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 17 October 1916: Then the scud came, rain wind-driven in blinding sheets, forcing the cattle under the lee of the hedge
"16.10.2016 20:51:43" theguardian.com A long-distance traveller on a refuelling stopover Birdwatch: A bar-tailed godwit on the mudflats may be on her way from the Arctic to sub-Saharan Africa. But she's a lightweight compared to her New Zealand cousins
"16.10.2016 19:20:45" theguardian.com In their clamour for shale gas, ministers forgot the climate agreement | Letters Letters: Given the rapid phase-out of the UK's existing coal power stations, shale gas will not be produced at sufficient scale and in the necessary timeframe for it to be a substitute for coal
"15.10.2016 23:26:33" theguardian.com Hunted to the brink, but Africa's reviled vultures are vital in fight against disease Wildlife photojournalist of the year exposes the plight of the endangered scavenger
"15.10.2016 20:40:35" theguardian.com Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change The deal done in Rwanda on Saturday will cut greenhouse gases. We assess its global significance
"15.10.2016 20:18:35" theguardian.com Shark conservationists fear backlash after viral cage-smashing video Experts emphasize that the incident, in which a great white broke through a cage holding a diver, was a 'one in a million occurrence'
"15.10.2016 15:36:59" theguardian.com Greenhouse gases deal will make little difference to west HFCs deal is vital for reducing emissions but poorer countries rely on old coolant technologies and will now have to upgrade
"15.10.2016 09:13:54" theguardian.com Climate change: global deal reached to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons Global deal on HFCs – greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide – seen as 'largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement'
"15.10.2016 08:18:52" theguardian.com Energy storage vital to keep UK lights on, say MPs Committee urges investment in batteries and smart demand technologies to ensure energy supply as old coal and nuclear power stations close
"15.10.2016 07:12:52" theguardian.com Climate change: global deal reached to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons Global deal on HFCs – greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide – seen as 'largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement'
"15.10.2016 06:47:53" theguardian.com British households fail to recycle a 'staggering' 16m plastic bottles a day Almost half of all plastic bottles used in the home end up in landfill sites, research shows, with huge impacts on marine life
"15.10.2016 04:51:53" theguardian.com No shortage of birds as the chilly months approach Country diary: Rogerstown, County Dublin Brent geese are here, and black-tailed godwit have begun arriving from their breeding grounds in Iceland
"14.10.2016 23:57:56" theguardian.com Airport expansion: the experts' view Guardian writers examine the pros and cons of a third runway at Heathrow airport from three different perspectives
"14.10.2016 21:07:55" theguardian.com Electric cars, an escaped gorilla and fracking – green news roundup The week's top environment news stories and green events
"14.10.2016 20:29:58" theguardian.com Heathrow third runway: what does the Tory cabinet think? Where Theresa May's team stands on the proposed expansion of the west London airport
"14.10.2016 18:32:46" theguardian.com Before the Flood: Leonardo DiCaprio hopes his new film will inspire climate action Documentary that sees the actor touring the world to see global warming's impact first-hand has its UK premiere in London on Friday
"14.10.2016 18:04:46" theguardian.com Majority of potential UK fracking sites are rich in important wildlife Almost two-thirds of proposed areas have higher biodiversity, valuable for functions such as pollination and pest control, analysis shows
"14.10.2016 17:39:44" theguardian.com Winter electricity blackouts risk recedes, says National Grid Extra power will mean lights will not go out this winter, says firm that operates UK's electricity transmission network
"14.10.2016 17:13:45" theguardian.com Climate scientists published a paper debunking Ted Cruz | John Abraham John Abraham: Earth's atmosphere is warming faster and more in line with models than Ted Cruz and his witnesses argued
"14.10.2016 16:32:59" theguardian.com New bee arrives for first time in the UK Viper's bugloss mason bee, common in Europe, was spotted for the first time in Britain in a London park Brexit may have caused an anti-immigration buzz but a traveller from the continent has made the UK its new home: the viper's bugloss mason bee.
"14.10.2016 13:10:54" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Toxic lion fish, a rare brown panda and a green sea turtle are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"14.10.2016 11:52:14" theguardian.com London zoo denies gorilla escaped by smashing window Zoo curator says it is investigating Kumbuka's escape as Born Free Foundation calls for inquiry “Categorically … our male silverback gorilla Kumbuka did not break through any glass”
"14.10.2016 04:50:31" theguardian.com Heritage apples – taking your pick of history Country diary: West Dean, West Sussex I munched on wedges of spicy Sussex Mother, fragrant Tinsley Quince and nutty russets
"14.10.2016 03:24:29" theguardian.com We should be putting the brake on the Carmichael coalmine, not hitting the accelerator | Graham ... The Paris climate deal should be a signal to cut fossil fuel use, rather than an excuse to mine more coal
"14.10.2016 00:00:31" theguardian.com Shark nets don't enclose swimmers – they catch and kill sharks | Leah Gibbs The suggestion that nets prevent bites is an oversimplification of a complex story, a misrepresentation of technology and data
"13.10.2016 21:12:32" theguardian.com Autumn: a season of saints and little summers Weatherwatch: According to folklore there could be several distinct spells of good weather in autumn, each named after a saint's day
"13.10.2016 18:30:47" theguardian.com Shambling fox is caught out Country Diary: Ouse Fen, Cambridgeshire There is a looseness, a jauntiness in an off-duty fox, an actor out of costume, performance over. But why was this one stopping so often?
"13.10.2016 17:45:23" theguardian.com Electric vehicles could go first at traffic lights under UK clean air zone plans Government proposals to tackle air pollution in five UK cities could see electric vehicle drivers using bus lanes and getting priority at traffic lights
"13.10.2016 17:16:13" theguardian.com Cycling, saints and Santini: Italy's legendary Giro Di Lombardia The end-of-season classic is not only among the oldest races, but also one of the toughest. Peter Kimpton delves into its course, kit and culture
"13.10.2016 14:37:40" theguardian.com Power stations to get early warning against jellyfish invasions Researchers say forecasting tool will stop coastal plants from being shut down by swarms blocking cooling water intakes Jellyfish swarms have also closed nuclear and coal power plants in Sweden, the US and Japan in recent years, but a new forecast tool hopes to solve the problem.
"13.10.2016 14:18:02" theguardian.com The EU's effect on Blackpool's beaches – before and after pictures Greenpeace sent photographer Vanessa Miles to Blackpool to recreate a series of images she took in 1990 when just one in five UK beaches met EU bathing water guidelines From raw sewage to blue flag, see how Blackpool's beaches cleaned up, in pictures.
"13.10.2016 13:47:20" theguardian.com Red squirrels in Wales protected with military-style strategy Ogwen valley, which allows easy defence against grey squirrels, is selected for new colony Conservationists have turned to military strategy to ensure a new wild colony of red squirrels is protected from its bushy-tailed grey adversary in Wales.
"13.10.2016 08:16:53" Adam Vaughan The fracking industry is winning the planning battle in Britain, but losing the fight for hearts and minds
"13.10.2016 07:50:23" theguardian.com UK must focus on carbon removal to meet Paris goals, climate advisers urge Report from the Committee on Climate Change says a government strategy to deploy new, radical technologies at scale by 2050 must begin now
"13.10.2016 07:00:10" theguardian.com Electric car sales set to pass 2m landmark globally by end of 2016 China leads EU and US in market size, with Nissan Leaf taking the top spot for best-selling model followed by Tesla's Model S and two Chinese-made models
"13.10.2016 06:32:32" theguardian.com Moratorium on logging Tasmania's old growth forests could be reversed Environmentalists furious that 2020 moratorium on 400,000ha of Tarkine forests could be reversed to help Forestry Australia 'stand on its own feet'
"13.10.2016 04:08:34" theguardian.com British public support for fracking sinks to lowest ever level Long-running YouGov poll shows support for shale gas extraction at 37.3% – just as industry gears up to begin drilling
"13.10.2016 00:39:02" theguardian.com Shark attack victim worries nets will snare turtles and dolphins Seneca Rus, 25, was bitten by a suspected white pointer in surf in Ballina on Wednesday
"12.10.2016 19:05:53" theguardian.com Butterfly decline is no surprise to bee-liners | Letters Letters: The decline in not only butterflies and other insects but birds and wildflowers too is no doubt due to the fashion for 'gardening' the countryside
"12.10.2016 18:30:55" theguardian.com Investors warn car industry over climate change Climate News Network: Car manufacturers told they must address climate change by switching to low-emission models − or face a sell-off of their shares
"12.10.2016 17:45:54" theguardian.com Xavi Bou's photographs reveal flight paths of birds – in pictures Spanish photographer Xavi Bou digitally combines sequential pictures of birds in flight
"12.10.2016 17:17:47" theguardian.com Can an upcycling expert transform my junk? Max McMurdo has made a career out of turning household tat into chic new forms. But can his creations match his talk? We put him to the test
"12.10.2016 09:08:43" Adam Vaughan Editor of the Guardian's environment site, occasional reporter. Running, cycling and swimming addict For more environment news and chat, from climate change and energy to wildlife and conservation, you can also follow our environment editor on his Facebook page here:
"12.10.2016 07:35:03" theguardian.com Hillary Clinton urges Florida voters not to elect 'climate change denier' Trump In a joint address in Miami, Clinton and former vice-president Al Gore hammered the Republican nominee for his belief that global warming is a hoax “We can transform our economy, we can rally the world to cut carbon pollutions and above all we can fulfill our moral obligation to protect the planet. Just remember what is at stake. My opponent is a guy who denies science, who denies climate change
"12.10.2016 06:40:12" theguardian.com Shark attack at Ballina: beaches closed after surfer bitten Sixth attack in 21 months persuades the premier, Mike Baird, to lobby federal government to install shark nets on north coast beaches
"12.10.2016 04:51:12" theguardian.com Blood and bandages: a healer in the hedgerow Country dairy: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Even though the woundwort has lost its place in the pharmacy, bees visit these late flowers for the nectar tucked inside them
"12.10.2016 00:15:10" theguardian.com 生态保护者谴责津巴布韦出口活大象的计划 尽管津巴布韦国家公园管理方予以否认，但专家相信该国正计划将数十只大象运往中国。
"11.10.2016 21:20:12" theguardian.com Germany takes steps to roll back renewable energy revolution Leaked plans show Berlin halving its goal to expand its northern windfarms because its power grid cannot keep pace
"11.10.2016 20:21:07" theguardian.com Coal-fired power stations: Senate committee to examine how best to close them Greens and Labor to combine forces to push for inquiry looking at ways to meet Australia's climate change targets
"11.10.2016 19:50:04" theguardian.com Drones monitor 'dramatic' weight loss of southern right whales during calving season The changing size of mother whales during calving season is being monitored after the southern white whale came back from the brink of extinction
"11.10.2016 19:20:06" theguardian.com Clinton's little-known crusade to save Africa's elephants Relentless poaching is decimating Africa's elephants. But the world's largest land mammal could have a powerful, new champion if Hillary Clinton becomes president of the U.S.
"11.10.2016 18:41:04" theguardian.com Christine Howson obituary Other lives: Marine biologist and diver who compiled and edited the first catalogue of British marine flora and fauna
"11.10.2016 18:11:03" theguardian.com Coalition urged to regulate Indigenous hunting of endangered animals Warren Entsch tells party room dugongs and sea turtles are being subjected to cruelty and being hunted commercially
"11.10.2016 17:36:04" theguardian.com UK minister dismisses threat of climate court battle Climate Home: Nick Hurd waved away suggestions the government could be taken to court over a shortfall in policy to meet binding emissions targets
"11.10.2016 17:05:52" theguardian.com Hurricane Sandy-level flooding is rising so sharply that it could become normal Findings of research into hurricanes, the spread of wildfires and the early arrival of spring show an America that is already in the grip of climate change
"11.10.2016 11:14:01" Adam Vaughan Pretty extraordinary scolding for the UK from World Energy Council, which says myriad changes & policy uncertainty have left the country facing potential energy gap.
"11.10.2016 07:08:27" theguardian.com An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid New technology is a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations that would enable smarter electricity use by homes and businesses
"11.10.2016 04:50:27" theguardian.com Swallows have taken their leave and the sky seems empty Country diary: Waltham Brooks, West Sussex Around the pool's edges, snipe drill into the mud as the sun sinks towards the horizon
"11.10.2016 03:26:04" theguardian.com A clean energy transition is already happening, but it is at risk The transition to a low carbon economy is already happening in Australia's Capital Territory, but is at risk at upcoming local elections.
"10.10.2016 20:36:06" theguardian.com Science Museum should drop Statoil sponsorship of children's gallery | Letters Letters: The Wonderlab children's gallery at the Science Museum in London has been sponsored by a company that wants to drill seven new wells in the fragile Arctic
"10.10.2016 20:05:52" theguardian.com Science Museum condemned for oil company sponsorship Caroline Lucas and dozens of other campaigners and scientists call on museum to drop Statoil backing of children's gallery
"10.10.2016 19:35:56" theguardian.com Theresa May's local council set to spend £50,000 to fight Heathrow runway Windsor and Maidenhead council looks to increase budget for fighting expected government go-ahead for third runway
"10.10.2016 18:20:54" theguardian.com Bill Mollison obituary Ecologist and one of the co-creators of permaculture
"10.10.2016 17:50:53" theguardian.com Caring for Creation makes the Christian case for climate action | John Abraham John Abraham: The new book by Mitch Hescox and Paul Douglas is a marriage of science and faith
"10.10.2016 17:20:53" theguardian.com Global summit to strike deal on phase-out of HFCs Meeting in Rwanda seeks amendment to Montreal protocol to eliminate manufacture of the chemicals used in fridges, air conditioners and inhalers
"10.10.2016 15:53:36" Adam Vaughan Previous research has shown there is a clear link between economically deprived areas and greater exposure to polluted air.
But new work, which comes as Sadiq Khan launches a consultation on charges to tackle London's polluted air, is one of the first
"10.10.2016 11:14:18" theguardian.com A celebration of botanical art throughout history – in pictures A new book Plant: Exploring The Botanical World celebrates the beauty and diversity of plants from around the world across all media - from murals in ancient Greece to a Napoleonic-era rose print and cutting-edge scans
"10.10.2016 04:55:32" theguardian.com Winner takes all on the hill of the stag Country diary: Ben Damh, Wester Ross Each stag is ready to fight to the death for his chance to mate – and he only has only a short window to take his opportunity
"10.10.2016 04:05:35" theguardian.com Record low number of UK butterflies a 'shock and a mystery' Annual Big Butterfly Count records lowest ever number of usually prolific species despite the relatively warm, dry summer
"09.10.2016 21:50:31" theguardian.com Grey squirrel spotted in Manchester suburb: Country diary 100 years ago: Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 13 October 1916: The appearance of the American grey squirrel in a Withington garden might well cause surprise
"09.10.2016 20:41:30" theguardian.com How can we know when the air we are breathing is harmful? Pollutionwatch In response to public concern, small, relatively inexpensive air pollution sensors are coming on to the market. But tests show that they can be inaccurate. Is there an alternative?
"09.10.2016 13:40:29" theguardian.com John Abbott obituary Other lives: Mathematician who worked to tackle pollution and advance clean air legislation
"09.10.2016 12:14:28" theguardian.com World Bank says Paris climate goals at risk from new coal schemes Jim Yong Kim says slowing down growth in coal-fired power stations is essential in order to reduce emissions
"09.10.2016 10:23:30" theguardian.com Sand tiger sharks: far friendlier than you think They are thought to be solitary, but new research shows one shark species to be intensely social
"09.10.2016 08:25:28" theguardian.com Carmichael mine to be given 'essential' status in sign of Palaszczuk support Queensland government poised to declare mine 'critical infrastructure' to speed remaining approvals process
"09.10.2016 05:40:26" theguardian.com The eco guide to unleaded playgrounds Beware toxic lead paint on climbing frames and seesaws, says Lucy Siegle
"09.10.2016 03:58:25" theguardian.com Drones to monitor shark activity off Western Australia coastline Three-month surveillance trial will stream live pictures to surf lifesavers at metropolitan and regional beaches
"08.10.2016 19:30:29" theguardian.com Top anti-Heathrow Tories will miss vote on third runway Theresa May set to support expansion and spare opponents including Boris Johnson and Justine Greening embarrassment
"08.10.2016 18:45:23" theguardian.com Welsh tidal lagoon project could open way for £15bn revolution in UK energy A prototype system of dams and turbines in Swansea Bay could provide Britain with a major zero-carbon source of power
"08.10.2016 07:28:25" theguardian.com 'Walking into the unknown': rural England weighs up the reality of Brexit The EU helped shape the UK landscape with both money and a swath of rules and directives. In places like Crediton, a picture-perfect corner of rural Devon, locals fear the change to come – but also smell opportunity
"08.10.2016 04:54:32" theguardian.com Predatory menace of the peregrine in the pylon Country diary: Airedale, West Yorkshire We have kestrel and sparrowhawk here, buzzard and kite, but nothing quite matches the peregrine for dramatic oomph
"07.10.2016 18:40:23" theguardian.com Hundreds expected to protest at Lancashire fracking site Environmentalists plan sustained campaign against Cuadrilla after government gave it green light for drilling
"07.10.2016 17:55:21" theguardian.com Overwhelming global response to giving away Australian wildlife sanctuary Harry Kunz's search for a successor willing to continue his legacy of caring for injured creatures has been met by an avalanche of calls, emails and visits
"07.10.2016 17:28:11" theguardian.com UK fracking, record temperatures and fishy accents – green news roundup The week's top environment news stories and green events
"07.10.2016 13:01:22" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures A snacking water vole, two-towed sloths and humpback whales and among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"07.10.2016 10:51:25" theguardian.com Delay to curbs on toxic shipping emissions 'would cause 200,000 extra premature deaths' Unpublished study warns of the global health consequences of delaying by five years a cap on the sulphur content of shipping fuels "The shipping industry is by far the world's biggest emitter of sulphur ... A single large cruise ship can reportedly burn as much fuel as whole towns, and emit more sulphur than 7m cars."
"07.10.2016 10:43:02" theguardian.com North Sea or Great Australian Bight, oil drilling is always a risky business | John Sauven John Sauven: As BP pushes ahead with plans to drill in the pristine Bight, the oil leak off the coast of Scotland serves as a timely reminder of the company's track record on environmental disasters BP's inadequate response to a spill in the North Sea and its push to drill the Great Australian Bight – an area of exceptional marine significance on the coastline of South and Western Australia – merely underline how poorly equipped they are to manage
"07.10.2016 06:21:02" theguardian.com Hounds hot on the heels of poachers in rhino country Tracker dogs trained on human scent are the latest weapon being used to help catch criminals in South Africa's Kruger national park, the epicentre of the rhino poaching epidemic
"07.10.2016 04:41:58" theguardian.com Rattle and screech as jays and magpies go on raptor alert Country Diary: Dibbinsdale, Wirral The alarm builds, then we hear a plaintive whistle from on high, the birds take flight and we glimpse the buzzard
"06.10.2016 21:00:58" theguardian.com UK fracking decision is nothing short of hypocrisy | Damian Carrington Damian Carrington: The UK government supports unproven, climate-polluting and unpopular fracking, while undermining proven, clean and popular renewables
"06.10.2016 20:31:00" theguardian.com World needs $90tn infrastructure overhaul to avoid climate disaster, study finds Report by Global Commission on the Economy and Climate says world needs 'urgent' shift away from carbon-heavy infrastructure over the next 15 years
"06.10.2016 19:39:56" theguardian.com Intensive farming v the environment | Letters Letters: Non-industrial agriculture will require more labouring away in the fields in order to provide us with more expensive food
"06.10.2016 18:45:57" theguardian.com First deal to curb aviation emissions agreed in landmark UN accord Global scheme, agreed to by 191 nations, applies to passenger and cargo flights that generate more than 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually
"06.10.2016 18:11:56" theguardian.com Pew survey: Republicans are rejecting reality on climate change | Dana Nuccitelli Dana Nuccitelli: Only 48% of Americans – and 15% of conservative Republicans – realize that humans are causing global warming
"06.10.2016 17:10:57" theguardian.com 'He's rewriting the rules': locals furious at minister's fracking intervention Campaigners in Lancashire say Sajid Javid's decision to overrule council is an affront to local democracy
"06.10.2016 15:46:09" theguardian.com Scotland bans controversial gas extraction technique Ministers heed expert advice warning that underground coal gasification poses 'numerous and serious' risks to the environment and climate “This is a victory for people power. Setting coal seams alight under two of our major firths was always a reckless idea."
"06.10.2016 11:22:52" theguardian.com Wildscreen's Witness the Wild open-air exhibition - in pictures An open-air photography exhibition features large-scale images by several of the world's top wildlife and conservation photographers
"06.10.2016 09:08:34" Adam Vaughan UK government pushes through fracking despite local opposition
"06.10.2016 08:10:40" theguardian.com UK common toad numbers down two-thirds in 30 years Study reveals 'worrying' 68% decline in all regions since 1985, with multiple factors to blame
"06.10.2016 07:35:37" theguardian.com Fracking for gas in UK is better than importing it, Cuadrilla boss says Francis Egan says process is best solution for fuel shortage as his company awaits government ruling on sites in Lancashire
"06.10.2016 06:17:37" theguardian.com Cycle lanes don't cause traffic jams: they're part of the solution The theory that bike routes clog motor traffic has moved from the internet to the newspapers. It's time to counter the myth
"06.10.2016 05:20:38" theguardian.com Councils failing to monitor most British schools for dangerous air pollution FoI requests reveal 'alarming discrepancies' in the monitoring of particulate pollution outside schools by local authorities - despite government advice
"06.10.2016 04:42:22" theguardian.com Plum drunk: the red admirals all on board for a last boozy feast Country Diary: Crook, Durham The butterflies became stupefied drinking liquid seeping from the plums, completely losing their inhibitions
"05.10.2016 21:49:11" theguardian.com Paris climate deal a 'turning point' in global warming fight, Obama says Commitments from other countries push accord forward and is set to be activated on 4 November after the EU, Canada and India ratify the agreement
"05.10.2016 19:55:15" theguardian.com Conservationists deal last-minute blow to 'unlawful' fracking bid Friends of the Earth tells Nottinghamshire council that planned exploratory drilling would harm nature reserve
"05.10.2016 18:55:14" theguardian.com The future belongs to clean energy | Anders Runevad Anders Runevad: Wind power is projected to more than double in developing countries and increase by one-third in developed nations by 2030
"05.10.2016 18:25:14" theguardian.com Climate change could lead to decades-long 'megadroughts' in US Warming temperatures and uncertain rainfall mean if more isn't done to slow climate change, droughts lasting 35 years could blight western states, study says
"05.10.2016 17:54:48" theguardian.com The seven big decisions made at the Cites global wildlife summit A major meeting on the regulation of trade in endangered species is drawing to a close in Johannesburg - here are seven of its key hits and misses
"05.10.2016 17:24:20" theguardian.com Fossil fuel industry's methane emissions far higher than thought Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas from coal, oil and gas are up to 60% greater than previously estimated, meaning current climate prediction models should be revised, research shows
"05.10.2016 15:13:21" theguardian.com Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats Unexpected move reverses a trend that has seen increasing numbers of large carnivores shot by hunters each year since Romania's accession to the European Union Romania has banned all trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats in a surprise decision that gives Europe's largest population of large carnivores a reprieve from its most severe and immediate threat.
"05.10.2016 08:00:46" theguardian.com Has hope become the most endangered species in conservation? As wildlife continues to decline around the world, conservation has become a bleak calling. Can a new Optimism Summit help reframe the mission to save life on Earth?
"05.10.2016 07:26:42" theguardian.com Cod may have regional accents, scientists say Cornish fish moving north with climate change may struggle to understand Scouse counterparts, study says, making it harder for them to mate Experts believe the fish, which make sounds with their swim bladders to attract mates, may have regional accents – and if males cannot “chat up” females who speak a different dialect it could threaten their ability to breed.
"05.10.2016 06:25:47" theguardian.com Green 'abuse' warrants Australian law review, says resources minister Matt Canavan cites leaked 2011 'disrupt and delay' anti-development strategy of NSW environmental group as clear 'abuse of our legal system'
"05.10.2016 04:39:44" theguardian.com Why the elder is a gift of wonders Country diary: Wenlock Edge Elder is a 'culture follower', a plant that travelled with people, who scattered its seeds and encouraged it around their settlements
"04.10.2016 20:10:44" theguardian.com 'Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows Giant collection of fishing nets, plastic containers and other discarded items called a 'ticking time bomb' as large items crumble into micro plastics
"04.10.2016 17:14:31" theguardian.com By failing to rein in climate change, our children's rights are being disregarded | James Dyke James Dyke: A paper from the prominent Nasa climate scientist James Hansen reminds us of the debt young people face if we continue our high fossil fuel emissions
"04.10.2016 14:42:33" Jessica Aldred “These are some of the most extensive and densely populated coral reefs in Hawaii. It's amazing to find such rich coral communities down so deep.”
"04.10.2016 08:54:56" theguardian.com Sharks and rays win new protections at global wildlife summit Cites votes for new measures to control the trade in silky and thresher sharks, hunted for their fins, and devil rays, whose gills are prized as a medicinal 'cure' "Today is a huge step forward for sharks and rays and for the health of our oceans globally.”
"04.10.2016 07:52:48" Adam Vaughan “This is a valuable milestone on the road to renewables overtaking fossil fuels."
"04.10.2016 06:35:38" theguardian.com Sublime moment with a warbler on the canyon's rim Country diary: Vikos Gorge, Greece Wrapped right around our planet from Alaska to Vladivostok, these migrant birds are draining south now among us all
"04.10.2016 04:08:36" theguardian.com Planet at its hottest in 115,000 years thanks to climate change, experts say Global warming is said to be bringing temperatures last seen during an interglacial era, when sea level was 6-9 meters (20-30ft) higher than today
"03.10.2016 23:30:26" theguardian.com Trees thought to be extinct in UK found at Queen's residence in Edinburgh Two 100ft Wentworth elms were 'hidden in plain sight' and spotted during recent tree survey at Holyrood Palace
"03.10.2016 21:29:17" theguardian.com BP platform leaks 95 tonnes of oil into North Sea Spill 46 miles off Shetland is being monitored by air and said to be heading away from land and dispersing
"03.10.2016 19:37:18" theguardian.com DOE charts show why climate doom and gloom isn't needed | Dana Nuccitelli Dana Nuccitelli: Clean tech costs have fallen 41–94% over the past 7 years. Wind and solar accounted for two-thirds of new energy installations in the US in 2015.
"03.10.2016 19:05:18" theguardian.com Ian Mercer obituary Conservationist who was the first national park officer for Dartmoor and the first chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales
"03.10.2016 18:35:19" theguardian.com The Welsh hills are alive with the sounds of visitors Country diary: Cadair Idris, Gwynedd This diverse aural geography perhaps reflects the transformation of the Welsh hills from a rural landscape into a recreational one
"03.10.2016 18:05:19" theguardian.com South Australia seeks to put 'emissions intensity' trading scheme in play State pushes for greater integration of Australia's electricity network – but Josh Frydenberg says the idea will have to wait
"03.10.2016 17:35:20" theguardian.com BP's North Sea oil spill heading away from land Oil on the surface of the water appears to be moving north following a spill west of Shetland on Sunday, energy firm says
"03.10.2016 17:05:20" theguardian.com Virtual reality project lets users see life as a doomed cow or piece of coral Scientists hope immersive experience, enabling people to experience the world through the eyes of a cow destined for market or a coral on a dying reef, can increase people's connection with environmental issues
"03.10.2016 13:40:09" theguardian.com Bid for stronger protection for all African elephants defeated at wildlife summit Cites meeting blocks proposal for ban on all trade of ivory from four southern African countries with stable or increasing elephant populations - but passes other vital conservation measures “Where elephants fall on the Cites appendices is inconsequential to their survival. All the paper protection in the world is not going to compensate for poor law enforcement, rampant corruption and ineffective management.”
"03.10.2016 12:32:53" theguardian.com Revealed: MRSA variant found in British pork at Asda and Sainsbury's Tests find UK-produced pork products infected with the livestock strain of the superbug, with potentially serious implications for human health “It is extremely worrying to find livestock associated-MRSA in British-produced pork.”
"03.10.2016 07:15:51" theguardian.com Six billion plastic bags can't be wrong – so what do we tax next? In the first six months of the 5p charge in England, 6bn fewer bags were handed out. Watch out coffee cups and plastic bottles
"03.10.2016 04:18:49" theguardian.com Woman uses thong to scare off stalking crocodile in Northern Territory Reptile retreats after woman claps rubber shoe against her hand at famous Kakadu national park feeding ground, where rangers are calling for stricter safety controls
"02.10.2016 23:40:49" theguardian.com All nature flourishes along the hedgerows: Country diary 100 years ago Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 7 October 1916: A dragon-fly, green and gold, was searching over the tops of the bushes, where almost innumerable insects were on the wing
"02.10.2016 22:05:49" theguardian.com Countries fail to agree on complete ban to protect African lions from global trade The 182 countries at the Johannesburg summit did reach a compromise banning only the trade in bones, teeth and claws from wild lions
"02.10.2016 19:10:47" theguardian.com World's nations agree elephant ivory markets must close With poachers killing an elephant every 15 minutes on average, the pressure to shut down the legal trade in ivory is intensifying
"02.10.2016 14:20:44" theguardian.com African grey parrot has global summit to thank for protected status Convention in Johannesburg votes to end all international trade in popular pet birds whose populations have plummeted
"02.10.2016 11:24:42" theguardian.com India to ratify Paris climate change agreement at UN Narendra Modi has committed that by 2030 at least 40% of country's electricity will be generated from non-fossil sources
"02.10.2016 06:09:41" theguardian.com Butterfish is a big problem for little puffins Warmer seas have attracted a new fish to the Maine coast – but puffin chicks can't stomach it
"01.10.2016 22:30:42" theguardian.com How can we put the taste back into British food? Fresh local produce has been replaced by cheap, bland, industrial-farmed food as supermarkets slash prices. What will it take to bring change?
"01.10.2016 21:48:40" theguardian.com Shark attacks: Coalition to deploy extra drumlines to protect surfers Strategy, which helps track and monitor sharks without baiting or killing them, will be prioritised on north coast
"01.10.2016 09:55:44" theguardian.com Debate: Would a legal ivory trade save elephants or speed up the massacre? Horns will lock over the future of the African elephant at Cites CoP17. We ask experts whether lifting the ivory trade ban could end the global poaching crisis
"01.10.2016 08:35:42" theguardian.com Searching for the ash trees of childhood Country diary: Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire Lime-green bunches clustered heavy on each branch, spinning down with the equinoctial gales or hanging as grim, dry, umber swags