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"21.04.2017 16:46:38" theguardian.com Britain set for first coal-free day since Industrial Revolution National Grid expects the UK to reach coal energy 'watershed' on Friday in what will also be the country's first 24-hour coal-free period The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid.
"21.04.2017 13:44:29" Adam Vaughan Here's what it's like inside the construction site for the UK's first new nuclear power station in a generation
"21.04.2017 13:09:00" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Sharks at night, a feeding vampire bat and California's wildflower super bloom are among this week's pick of images from the natural world.
"20.04.2017 10:56:33" theguardian.com 'Whale cams' reveal humpbacks' habits – video Scientists have attached cameras to whales to unlock the mysteries of their lives Scientists have attached cameras to whales to unlock the mysteries of their lives in Antarctica
"20.04.2017 10:44:45" theguardian.com Chris Packham 'cleared of assault' in Malta after bird altercation BBC wildlife presenter, who was making independent film on Malta's spring hunt, says case against him thrown out BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham has said he has been cleared of assault as he filmed a documentary on illegal bird trapping in Malta.
"20.04.2017 09:03:28" theguardian.com Millions of native oysters to be returned to the Solent New project aims to restore what was once Europe's largest oyster fishery, off the south coast of England New project means a thriving oyster population could return to the Solent strait between the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight.
"20.04.2017 08:41:17" theguardian.com A decade of award-winning British landscape photography – in pictures These are some amazing pictures of Britain's landscapes
"19.04.2017 21:01:59" Adam Vaughan Green investment bank sale to Macquarie to be confirmed on Thursday, I'm told
"19.04.2017 10:34:33" theguardian.com Meet the man willing to spend millions to convince Elon Musk to dump Trump Doug Derwin is investing up to $2m to persuade Tesla's CEO to speak out against US climate change policies and resign from groups advising Trump “I want Musk to speak up against Donald Trump's climate change policies ... His failure to do so sends the message that it's not really a big deal and not worth his time.”
"19.04.2017 10:06:27" theguardian.com Giraffes must be listed as endangered, conservationists formally tell US Five environmental groups point to 'trophy' hunting – largely by Americans who travel to Africa – among key threats to animals “This is an iconic animal and it's in deep trouble.”
"19.04.2017 10:02:53" theguardian.com Trump aides abruptly postpone meeting on whether to stay in Paris climate deal Unlikely coalition of fossil fuel firms, environmental groups and Republicans are calling on president to stay despite his pledge to 'cancel' agreement Donald Trump's aides have abruptly postponed a meeting to determine whether the US should remain in the Paris climate agreement.
"19.04.2017 09:01:51" theguardian.com Myanmar camera trap survey reveals endangered tigers, elephants and leopards – in pictures The first ever camera trap survey in the previously inaccessible Karen State hill forests has recorded a wealth of globally threatened mammals
"18.04.2017 15:53:53" theguardian.com Greenpeace fined under Lobbying Act in 'act of civil disobedience' Exclusive: Greenpeace says 'gagging law' favours big business and refused to register as a campaign group in run-up to 2015 election The charity revealed it had been fined £30,000 for refusing to register as a “third-party campaigning organisation” in the run-up to the 2015 election.
"18.04.2017 14:41:10" theguardian.com Denmark to contest UK efforts to 'take back control' of fisheries Exclusive: Copenhagen has built a legal case that claims Danish fishermen's right to fish in seas around Britain dates back to 1400s “The British claim of getting back your waters is a nonsense, because you never had them. Maybe for oil or gas but not for fish.”
"18.04.2017 11:34:54" theguardian.com Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet | Bill McKibben Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he's not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change Words are meaningless if you keep digging up more carbon and selling it to people to burn, and that's exactly what Trudeau is doing. He's hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada
"18.04.2017 11:07:09" theguardian.com Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days First ever observed case of 'river piracy' saw the Slims river vanish as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse The abrupt disappearance of the Slims river, which spanned up to 150 metres at its widest points, is the first observed case of “river piracy”, in which the flow of one river is suddenly diverted into another.
"18.04.2017 10:25:52" theguardian.com Climate change: surely the most important news story of our age? Jonathan Watts, the Guardian's new global environment editor, explains why he feels compelled to return to full-time, specialised environmental reporting The responsibility is huge. The timing is crucial. Brexit was a vote against globalisation. Trump is waging war on the environment. To counter these trends, the Guardian has devoted more resources to its environment coverage.
"13.04.2017 19:16:20" Adam Vaughan British onshore wind power could be making a comeback - in one far-flung corner of the country
"12.04.2017 14:01:33" theguardian.com Scotland's adders emerge from hibernation - in pictures The male adder – Britain's only venomous snake – emerges from hibernation as early as February but does little until early April when the females come out ...
"12.04.2017 09:44:05" Adam Vaughan “Justice and democracy have not been observed in Lancashire. We are truly dismayed at this decision.”
"12.04.2017 09:30:12" theguardian.com UK butterflies worst hit in 2016 with 70% of species in decline, study finds Mild winter, cold spring and late summer lead to fall in numbers as 40 of 57 species struggle to cope with fluctuating weather Butterflies in the UK have suffered one of their worst years on record, study shows.
"12.04.2017 07:47:45" Adam Vaughan Here's what it's like aboard the world's biggest ship
"06.04.2017 15:23:24" theguardian.com Farms could slash pesticide use without losses, research reveals Study shows almost all farms could significantly cut chemical use while producing as much food, in a major challenge to the billion-dollar pesticide industry Study finds 94% of farms would lose no production if they cut pesticides and two-fifths of these would actually produce more.
"06.04.2017 10:39:41" theguardian.com Britons expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring Study finds three-quarters of consumers throw away rather than recycle or donate unwanted garments "No matter if they're worn out or grubby, we're calling on shoppers to donate their unwanted clothes ..."
"06.04.2017 09:19:53" theguardian.com Air pollution made Beijing unbearable. Britain should watch and learn | Tania Branigan I lived in the Chinese capital for five years and the smog made my life hell. Of course it's better here – but we must never be complacent "It's hard to pinpoint exactly when things changed. The research was piling up – scary data on the long-term health impacts: early deaths, heart and lung problems, cancer, diabetes, birth defects. So was the anecdotal evidence: toddlers who developed
"06.04.2017 08:24:30" theguardian.com Make car makers, not drivers, pay for the diesel crisis, experts say German and French governments have already required that manufacturers fix vehicles spewing high levels of toxic pollution but UK is 'doing nothing' The diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis should be solved by making motor companies recall and upgrade the dirty cars they sold - rather than making drivers pay to enter cities, say experts.
"31.03.2017 12:27:57" theguardian.com Scientists understood the climate 150 years ago better than the EPA head today | John Abraham John Abraham: Scott Pruitt denies basic science that we've understood for over a century "Shockingly, 1860s researcher John Tyndall knew more about climate change than does the current head of the EPA.'
"31.03.2017 12:16:12" theguardian.com Japan kills more than 300 whales in annual Antarctic hunt Whaling fleet returns to port after slaughtering hundreds of minke whales, in defiance of moratorium on hunting and global criticism “Each year that Japan persists with its discredited scientific whaling is another year where these wonderful animals are needlessly sacrificed.”
"31.03.2017 08:43:21" theguardian.com Funding boost to help save England's rarest species from extinction Shrill carder bee and chequered skipper butterfly are among 20 endangered bugs, bees, butterflies and plants to benefit from £4.6m in lottery funding “Bringing these species back from the brink cannot be achieved by one group alone. But by pooling resources and developing new ideas, this project will add vital momentum to all our efforts,”
"30.03.2017 12:03:23" theguardian.com El Salvador makes history as first nation to impose blanket ban on metal mining Campaigners celebrate victory for 'water over gold' after country unaninmously ushers through historic bill to end all forms of metal mining “Today water won over gold. This historic victory is down to the clarity and determination of the Salvadoran people fighting for life over the economic interests of a few.”
"30.03.2017 11:05:48" theguardian.com China's legal ivory trade is 'dying' as prices fall Elephant conservationists hopeful amid government clampdown on ivory sellers, but experts remain wary of poaching The wholesale price of raw legal ivory has dropped by almost two thirds since China announced plans to close down its domestic market, research shows.
"30.03.2017 08:48:18" theguardian.com Thousands of pollution deaths worldwide linked to western consumers – study Study shows extent to which US and western European demand for clothes, toys and mobile phones contributes to air pollution in developing countries “If the cost of imported products is lower because of less stringent air pollution controls in the regions where they are produced, then the consumer savings may come at the expense of lives lost elsewhere.”
"29.03.2017 15:02:05" theguardian.com Cycle freight: why the bike is good for moving more than people Better infrastructure for transporting people by bike is great. But cycle freight could free up roads and transform cities and towns too Bikes are about much more than just carrying human beings.
"29.03.2017 10:00:37" theguardian.com Government badger cull kill targets 'deliberately set too low' Lower cull targets are easier to achieve but risk increasing instances of TB in cattle rather than reducing them, warns expert “The targets are being based on poor estimates of [badger] population size and are deliberately being biased downwards.”
"29.03.2017 09:49:56" theguardian.com A strong parliament will be nature's last line of defence during Brexit EU membership has given Britain vital environmental laws. Any changes to legislation must be done with full public scrutiny to protect us from exploitation "A lot will ride on the outcome of this tug of war, and that includes the fate of many vital environmental safeguards we take for granted."
"29.03.2017 09:18:45" theguardian.com Sex, death and sperm whales in the Indian Ocean – in pictures An extraordinary battle between sperm whales and orcas
"29.03.2017 09:10:04" theguardian.com Nearly extinct tigers found breeding in Thai jungle Hope for critically endangered cats as only 221 Indochinese tigers, which once ranged across much of Asia, are thought to remain in Thailand and Myanmar Discovery of rare tigers gives hope for the survival of an animal whose total population may be only a little over 200.
"28.03.2017 15:40:53" Adam Vaughan For first time ever, UK electricity demand was lower in the afternoon than at night - because of solar power growth
"28.03.2017 12:11:35" theguardian.com Only Sweden, Germany and France are pursuing Paris climate goals, says study UK ranks fifth in table assessing EU actions to cut carbon emissions by 40%, with most countries gaining wiggle room via loopholes “EU politicians portraying themselves as climate leaders should put their money where their mouth is by closing loopholes in the EU's key climate law and pushing for more ambition...”
"28.03.2017 11:18:14" theguardian.com Trump begins tearing up Obama's years of progress on tackling climate change Fossil fuels to the fore as president signs orders to review clean power plan, lift ban on coal leases and discard expert thinking on true cost of carbon emissions Climate change is “an issue that deserves attention but I think the president's been very clear he's not going to pursue climate or environmental policies that put the US economy at risk”...
"27.03.2017 20:24:01" theguardian.com Sunshine state shuns solar as overcast New York basks in clean energy boom Despite its natural advantages, disincentives mean Florida has few solar panels but the Empire state's policies have boosted installed solar capacity by 800% Despite its Sunshine state moniker, Florida is barely harnessing its bountiful rays for energy. Here's why.
"27.03.2017 17:21:52" theguardian.com Non-native species aren't all vandals. It's time to rebrand them | Patrick Barkham From 'feral' daffodils to grey squirrels, invasive species have a bad name, and some are strongly linked to extinction. But is that a reason to kill them? The language is problematic. “Invasive” suggests the species is to blame, when it is usually moved by globetrotting humans. Protecting “native species” sounds like nativism...
"27.03.2017 16:55:58" theguardian.com Murder in Pondoland: how a proposed mine brought conflict to South Africa Yale Environment 360: The death of activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe has not stopped local communities from opposing plans for a major titanium mine that threatens ecologically important lands and a way of life There are killing fields in Pondoland, and they are part of a global pattern. The NGO Global Witness has logged about 200 slayings in the past two years, in what it regards as an epidemic of violence against environmental and land rights activists...
"27.03.2017 15:44:54" theguardian.com 12 ways to turn water from waste to resource As 80% of the world's wastewater flows untreated into the environment, we asked an expert panel to discuss how to promote water reuse Proper reuse of water can save money and generate income... In the Netherlands, there is now a wastewater plant that actually generates energy.
"27.03.2017 12:54:17" The Guardian Join our live bee hive inspection! The secretary of the Basingstoke Beekeepers Association is opening her hives for the first time this season. As spring arrives, beekeepers need to check that their hives survived winter and are in good health. We're also Spring is here and that means beehive inspection time. Join our live stream now and leave your questions
"27.03.2017 11:25:30" theguardian.com Trump presidency 'opens door' to planet-hacking geoengineer experiments As geoengineer advocates enter Trump administration, plans advance to spray sun-reflecting chemicals into atmosphere Geoengineers argue that spraying sun-reflecting chemicals would be an inexpensive way to reduce global warming, but scientists have warned it could have catastrophic consequences for the Earth's weather systems.
"27.03.2017 10:24:19" theguardian.com Climate change: 'human fingerprint' found on global extreme weather Global warming makes temperature patterns that cause heatwaves, droughts and floods across Europe, north America and Asia more likely, scientists find “It is not just a problem of nature conservation or polar bears, it is about a threat to human society that comes from these rapid changes.”
"27.03.2017 09:25:23" Adam Vaughan "An immense screw-up"
"27.03.2017 07:15:47" Adam Vaughan "Smart meters should signal the end of inaccurate bills and it's not right that people with this technology should suffer because of suppliers' mistakes."
"24.03.2017 21:48:21" Adam Vaughan They're still using correctional fluid similar to Tippex at a French nuclear forge - and that's a serious problem for nuclear safety regulators.
"24.03.2017 13:48:13" theguardian.com US scientists launch world's biggest solar geoengineering study Research programme will send aerosol injections into the earth's upper atmosphere to study the risks and benefits of a future solar tech-fix for climate change US scientists are set to send aerosol injections 20km up into the earth's stratosphere in the world's biggest solar geoengineering programme to date.
"24.03.2017 12:47:34" theguardian.com Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers Collection will help scientists piece together a large branch of insects' family tree and be a resource for scientists who study natural controls on the environment “They're such wonderful creatures ... Wouldn't you like to fly? Wouldn't you like to swim underwater for three days? Not to mention stinging. I have a neighbor I would like to sting.”
"24.03.2017 08:49:50" theguardian.com Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides Exclusive: Draft regulations seen by the Guardian reveal the European commission wants to prohibit the insecticides that cause 'acute risks to bees' The world's most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe this year.
"23.03.2017 13:10:21" theguardian.com Stunning 'new' cloud formations captured in updated atlas – in pictures Roll clouds and wave-like asperitas are among the additions to the new digital International Cloud Atlas, that dates back to the 19th century.
"23.03.2017 09:39:39" theguardian.com Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar 'heatwaves' Extent of ice over North pole has fallen to a new wintertime low, for the third year in a row, as climate change drives freakish weather “I have been looking at Arctic weather patterns for 35 years and have never seen anything close to what we've experienced these past two winters.”
"22.03.2017 16:07:11" theguardian.com Uber for bikes: how 'dockless' cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas New cycle-share firms in China allow you to simply drop your bike wherever you want. They have caused colourful chaos – and world cities could be next "Unlike traditional rental services, which require bikes to be returned to a fixed docking station, riders are free to leave the bikes wherever their journey ends."
"22.03.2017 12:10:24" theguardian.com Princess Anne backs GM crops and livestock – unlike Prince Charles Anne says she would farm GM food and GM livestock a 'bonus', while Charles says GM crops will cause 'biggest disaster environmentally of all time' “GM is one of those things that divides people but surely if we are going to be better at producing food of the right value, then we have to accept that genetic technology is going to be part of that."
"22.03.2017 12:03:27" theguardian.com Thames Water hit with record £20m fine for huge sewage leaks Massive fine reflects change in sentencing as previously low penalties failed to deter water firms from polluting England's rivers and beaches Enormous volume of untreated sewage was discharged into the Thames and its tributaries with serious impacts on residents, farmers and wildlife, killing birds and fish.
"22.03.2017 06:30:21" Adam Vaughan “The decline in new coal plants in Asian countries is truly dramatic, and shows how a perfect storm of factors are simply making coal a bad investment.”
"21.03.2017 17:58:00" theguardian.com The big bike helmet debate: 'You don't make it safe by forcing cyclists to dress for urban warfare' The question of whether cyclists should wear helmets provokes fury – often from those on four wheels. But which has the bigger benefit: increased physical safety, or creating a better environment for people to cycle helmet-free? 'You make cycling safe by creating a road system that insulates cyclists from fast-moving and unpredictable road traffic...'
"21.03.2017 13:26:26" theguardian.com Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study Trees and green spaces are unrecognised healers offering benefits from increases in mental wellbeing and allergy reductions, says report 'Middle-aged Scottish men with homes in deprived but verdant areas were found to have a death rate 16% lower than their more urban counterparts...'
"21.03.2017 12:22:57" theguardian.com Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings Indian court cites the Whanganui in New Zealand as example for according status to two rivers considered sacred “There are already 1.5bn litres of untreated sewage entering the river each day, and 500m litres of industrial waste ... All of this will become illegal with immediate effect, but ... how this decision pans out in terms of practical reality is very
"21.03.2017 11:42:31" theguardian.com Satellite eye on Earth: February 2017 – in pictures Vibrant vegetation in a Venezuelan lake, Saharan dust in snowy Sierra Nevada, cloud vortices in South Korea, a vast solar farm in China, and a lone ship in the Atlantic are among our satellite images this month https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/21/satellite-eye-on-earth-february-2017
"21.03.2017 11:30:34" theguardian.com Record-breaking climate change pushes world into 'uncharted territory' Earth is a planet in upheaval, say scientists, as the World Meteorological Organisation publishes analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows “Even without a strong El Niño in 2017, we are seeing other remarkable changes across the planet that are challenging the limits of our understanding... We are now in truly uncharted territory.”
"20.03.2017 17:06:53" theguardian.com UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point Move likely to embarrass British government as UN agency says lack of talks with Europe means it should refrain from further work 'Opposition to Hinkley started with knowledgeable energy specialists and environmentalists. It grew to involve a wide array of businesses and media commentators. Now it includes neighbouring countries and a UN body...'
"20.03.2017 16:11:43" theguardian.com Four select committees launch joint inquiry into UK air pollution crisis MPs say unprecedented investigation will study harm caused by toxic air and scrutinise government efforts to tackle it Government statistics show 38 out of 43 UK “air quality zones” breach legal limits for air pollution and last year the high court ruled ministers must cut illegal levels of NO2 in dozens of towns and cities because current policies to improve air quality
"20.03.2017 12:18:53" theguardian.com My village didn't even have a traffic light. Now it has 1.4 million people When author Xiaolu Guo was a child, her village was a remote farming settlement. Now, like hundreds of others across China, it has become a metropolis with four-lane roads, a cancer epidemic … and even a new language 'Wenling is full of brand-new but cheaply constructed skyscrapers, casting shadows on rough-looking peasants, their root vegetables stuffed in shoulder bags as they trudge along newly paved highways...'
"18.03.2017 19:53:54" Adam Vaughan “We've got a lot more to offer than just oil. I get Aberdeen is quite heavily based on that, but I don't think we just need to rely on that"
"18.03.2017 09:12:44" Adam Vaughan Enjoyed reporting this, though I was sad to discover some of the people I'd been recommended for interviews had passed away in recent years.
"17.03.2017 15:46:14" theguardian.com CO2 emissions stay same for third year in row – despite global economy growing International Energy Agency report puts halt in emissions from energy down to growth in renewable power Three years of flat emissions in a growing global economy are a "cause for optimism" but too soon to say that global emissions have definitely peaked.
"17.03.2017 14:14:03" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Nesting bald eagles, Adélie penguins and a newly hatched Komodo dragon are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"17.03.2017 13:23:34" theguardian.com Haddock from UK waters removed from sustainable seafood list MCS takes some haddock fisheries off green list – but Scottish fishermen accuse it of 'dressing advocacy up as science' It is among the most popular fish in the UK, but haddock may soon be off the menu in some fish and chip shops because of dwindling stocks.
"16.03.2017 16:01:10" theguardian.com Urban butterfly declines 69% compared to 45% drop in countryside Pesticides, paving and higher temperatures have put huge strain on urban butterfly over past two decades, finds study Industrial agriculture has long been viewed as the scourge of butterflies and other insects but city life is worse, a study shows.
"16.03.2017 11:23:04" theguardian.com 'Airpocalypse' smog events in China linked to melting ice cap, research reveals Stagnant weather caused by fast-melting Arctic ice helped create conditions for China's recent extreme air pollution events, scientists say “The very rapid change in polar warming is really having a large impact on China ... Emissions in China have been decreasing over the last four years, but the severe winter haze is not getting better.”
"16.03.2017 11:06:11" theguardian.com Stopping global warming is only way to save Great Barrier Reef, scientists warn Improvements to water quality or fishing controls don't prevent underwater heatwaves damaging coral, studies of mass bleaching events reveal Parts of Great Barrier Reef have a “slim” chance of ever recovering to their former state if a fourth mass bleaching event hits within the next decade or two, say scientists.
"16.03.2017 11:00:10" theguardian.com Record number of birds illegally killed on British military base, says RSPB More than 80,000 songbirds were killed last autumn, say charities calling for UK government to help embattled military police at the Cyprus base More than 800,000 songbirds, including blackcaps, robins and garden warblers, are estimated to have been illegally killed last autumn on a British military base in Cyprus.
"15.03.2017 19:53:27" Adam Vaughan I'm in Aberdeen on Thursday to report on the oil industry and Scottish independence.
If you live there and would like to talk, please send me a message or post a comment, ideally with an email or other way to contact you.
"15.03.2017 15:26:37" theguardian.com No cancer risk to using glyphosate weedkiller, says EU watchdog Chemical used in the best-selling Roundup herbicide is cleared for public use following an EU licensing battle due to potential health risks Controversial chemical used in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller has been judged safe for public use by the European Chemical Agency.
"15.03.2017 11:03:58" theguardian.com Flying high: why peregrine falcons are kings of the urban jungle Last century, the cliff-dwelling bird of prey almost became extinct in Britain. Now it has reinvented itself as a city creature. What is behind this spectacular recovery? Patrick Barkham on the spectacular recovery of this bird of prey
"15.03.2017 09:35:53" theguardian.com Tasmania's coastline glows in the dark as plankton turn blue Eerie scenes on north-west coast show bioluminescent waters from 'sea sparkle' Tasmania's coastline has started glowing.
"14.03.2017 16:56:58" theguardian.com Rex Tillerson used email alias at Exxon to discuss climate, says New York AG Eric Schneiderman's office, investigating whether Exxon misled public on climate change, says secretary of state used email pseudonym 'Wayne Tracker' 'Exxon produced some 60 documents bearing the “Wayne Tracker” email but never said it was used by Tillerson for relevant communications at Exxon.'
"14.03.2017 14:45:59" theguardian.com Trump and climate chaos: a letter to my daughter Jeremy Hance writes a letter to his young daughter as a part of the Letters to the Revolution initiative. "Trump is the most dangerous kind of person, Aurelia. One who views the entire world as a showcase for their own ego. Nothing is sacred to him, beyond plunder. Nothing matters, beyond projecting his own power over others"
"14.03.2017 11:49:01" theguardian.com British scientists face a 'huge hit' if the US cuts climate change research Academics fear Donald Trump's environmental policy may put an end to key data from US agencies “Everything we do is international ... we particularly rely on American satellite data. Perhaps we could manage if other areas were cut – the Chinese or the Indians might even step in to fill the gaps – but we would definitely miss the satellite data from
"14.03.2017 10:58:25" theguardian.com 'Spinning sail' rebooted to cut fuel and make ocean tankers greener Century-old rotating columns fixed to ship's deck interact with wind to provide forward thrust and could make 10% fuel saving International shipping runs largely on highly polluting “bunker” fuel and the industry is coming under increasing pressure to play its part in tackling climate change by reducing emissions.
"13.03.2017 12:51:39" theguardian.com The fossil fuel industry's invisible colonization of academia | Benjamin Franta and Geoffrey Supran Benjamin Franta and Geoffrey Supran: Corporate capture of academic research by the fossil fuel industry is an elephant in the room and a threat to tackling climate change. Who can argue with balance and rationality? And with Harvard's stamp of approval, surely the information presented to students and the public would be credible and reliable. Right? Wrong.
"13.03.2017 12:30:00" theguardian.com Thank you for your support, which is more important now than ever | Katharine Viner The Guardian now has the financial support of hundreds of thousands of readers. Thank you for backing the values to which we're committed "You are showing how much you value the Guardian's fair and factual reporting, informed by our progressive and liberal values. This feels more important now than ever"
"13.03.2017 12:13:02" theguardian.com Warning: living in a city could seriously damage your health | Florence Williams More people than ever live in urban environments, where dirty air, noise and stress must be tackled The closer we live to these roads, the higher our risk of autism, stroke and cognitive decline in ageing ... Scientists suspect it has something to do with fine particles causing tissue inflammation and altering gene expression in the brain's immune
"13.03.2017 12:00:44" theguardian.com The west's throwaway culture has spread waste worldwide | Waste packaging Packaging unwrapped: Packaging has created a rubbish problem that now pollutes every corner of the world. Manufacturers got us into this mess, but it's up to us to dig ourselves out – and here's how We asked readers how they tackle the packaging problem... Here are their suggestions
"13.03.2017 11:14:37" theguardian.com Anti-fracking protesters take government to court in Lancashire Activists will challenge permission granted to Cuadrilla for test fracking sites near Blackpool as pressure mounts over the cost of policing the protests Protesters argue that the government's decision to overrule the council was unlawful because it failed to properly apply relevant planning laws and policy.
"12.03.2017 15:21:25" Adam Vaughan Another reason for people to be unhappy about the government selling off the Green Investment Bank
"10.03.2017 17:17:12" theguardian.com High price of rhino horn leaves bloody trail across the globe The recent killing of a rhino in a Paris zoo marks a shocking new development in this ruthless global trade but rhino experts remain optimistic that the situation can be reversed “The criminal networks involved have shown themselves to be far more innovative and utterly ruthless ... They are often outthinking law enforcement and government regulations, finding new loopholes to exploit.”
"10.03.2017 16:08:03" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures A rare jaguar sighting in the US, a green toad and spring flowers are among this week's pick of images from the natural world.
"10.03.2017 12:19:42" theguardian.com Russia's rare snow leopards find protection in camera traps In the remote Altai mountains, cameras traps are shedding light on the secret lives of these elusive animals, enabling researchers to identify individual leopards in the first ever nationwide census The snow leopard is so rare that it's commonly known as the “ghost of the mountains”. But researchers are increasingly coming face to face with this endangered animal through a growing network of camera traps.
"10.03.2017 11:12:11" theguardian.com Great Barrier Reef bleached for unprecedented second year running Reef authority says findings of aerial surveys show enough to confirm another mass coral bleaching event, after last year's dramatic death rate “Just a few months ago, these corals were full of colour and life. Now, everywhere you look is white. The corals aren't getting the chance to bounce back from last year's bleaching event. If this is the new normal, we're in trouble.”
"10.03.2017 10:59:33" theguardian.com Elon Musk: I can fix South Australia power network in 100 days or it's free The Tesla founder says he can build a 100MW battery storage farm within 100 days or provide the system free of charge Billionaire founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments ...
"09.03.2017 14:33:50" theguardian.com Use buggy covers to combat air pollution danger, parents warned Parents should protect their infants by using covers on pushchairs during the school run, particularly in the morning, according to experts Pram covers offer some protection from fine particle pollution from vehicle exhausts, which is higher during the morning school run, researchers say.
"09.03.2017 12:39:14" theguardian.com Too close for comfort: campaign aims to give cyclists safe space Cycling UK is raising funds to replicate nationwide a West Midlands police initiative that teaches drivers how to overtake cyclists safely Drivers overtaking cyclists too closely account for a third of threatening encounters that cyclists have with motor vehicles, research shows. Cycling UK's Kickstarter campaign hopes to address the problem.
"09.03.2017 08:12:32" Adam Vaughan UK oil and gas revenues in 2015-16 were their lowest since records began in 1968-69, according to the OBR
"08.03.2017 17:51:22" The Guardian It's frogspawn season and we're live streaming from a very special pond in Hampshire. As night falls, we're using an infrared camera to observe hundreds of common frog pairs gathering (alongside a few smooth newts).
These frogs hibernate through winter It's frogspawn season in the UK and we're live streaming from a very special pond in Hampshire. As night falls, we'll switch to an infrared view to watch as dozens of common frogs gather to mate. Being nature, however, things may not go to plan
"08.03.2017 16:57:42" theguardian.com Police to visit UK zoos and wildlife parks after rhino killing in France Britain's wildlife crime head says urgent security checks are needed to protect 111 rhinos in UK after attack near Paris The head of Britain's National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) said the French attack, the first of its kind in a European facility, was a wake-up call.
"08.03.2017 15:26:26" theguardian.com Climate change battles are increasingly being fought, and won, in court | Tessa Kahn Around the world courts are stepping in when politicians fail to act, with South Africa's government the latest to lose a groundbreaking climate lawsuit with judges ruling against its plans for a new coal-fired power station "For as long as governments fail to take the steps necessary to avert dangerous change, courts can be expected to act as vital checks on political inaction."
"08.03.2017 09:14:33" theguardian.com Stop stalling on bike plans, Sadiq. Political timidity gets you nowhere Cycle schemes have stagnated for 10 months, writes the former cycling commissioner. Will new cycling delegate Will Norman get London up to speed? "Among cyclists, there's been a willingness until recently to give Sadiq the benefit of the doubt. As the prospect looms of a cycling programme consisting largely of 20mph signs, free hi-vis vests and some very attractive new paving slabs, that's now
"08.03.2017 08:50:16" theguardian.com Sainsbury's ditches scheme aimed at halving household food waste Exclusive: Supermarket drops £10m five-year programme as official statistics show average family throws away £700 of food each year Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has dropped an ambitious target to get consumers to halve their household food waste after finding it was more difficult than expected to achieve behavioural change.
"07.03.2017 20:24:38" Adam Vaughan Yet another big energy supplier blaming renewable energy subsidies for putting up prices
"07.03.2017 17:38:36" theguardian.com Barcelona to ban old cars from roads to tackle air pollution Motorists will be prohibited from driving vehicles older than 20 years on weekdays from 2019 in effort to cut emissions “The people of Barcelona have told us clearly in surveys that they want to fight against air pollution because it is a health problem of the first order.”
"07.03.2017 16:34:57" theguardian.com Brexit putting British scientists at risk of becoming bit-part players, warns report Participation in prestigious projects ranging from an Antarctic mission to a major satellite programme is now in doubt, a report from Prospect finds Concerns about Britain's watered down role in major projects have contributed to more than one in ten (11%) Stem professionals now saying they plan to leave the UK up to and after Brexit
"07.03.2017 13:53:04" Adam Vaughan Solar still growing at a dizzying rate.
"07.03.2017 11:28:15" theguardian.com UN experts denounce 'myth' pesticides are necessary to feed the world Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for 'systematic denial of harms' and 'aggressive, unethical marketing tactics' “The corporations are not dealing with world hunger, they are dealing with more agricultural activity on large scales.”
"07.03.2017 08:13:50" Adam Vaughan Global oil supply and demand will edge closer together in the next five years, the world's energy watchdog expects
"06.03.2017 12:56:11" Adam Vaughan “It's utterly absurd to penalise schools for investing in solar panels."
"03.03.2017 14:06:23" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Poison arrow frogs, a Steller sea lion and a chameleon are among this week's pick of images from the natural world.
"03.03.2017 12:47:23" theguardian.com UN climate chief unable to secure meeting with US state department Global governance expert decries 'snub' of Patricia Espinosa as Trump administration considers whether to pull out of Paris climate deal “Patricia Espinosa has been very gracious about this and she understands what it is like to be a foreign minister. But not responding to the executive secretary is not good manners.”
"03.03.2017 11:18:34" theguardian.com Exclusive: Omega-3 oil could tackle damage caused by air pollution, research shows Emerging research indicates the benefits of eating omega-3 fatty acids, but also that pollution particles can penetrate the lungs into many organs, including testicles New research on mice showed that omega-3 fatty acids, found in flax, hemp and fish oils, can both prevent and treat the inflammation and oxidative stress caused by air pollution, delivering a 30-50% reduction in harm.
"03.03.2017 09:39:35" Adam Vaughan “We're not doing anything illegal, immoral. I believe we're doing something useful. You may have a different view. Fine, express it, write to your MP, come and shout – we've provided a protest area. You can scream, shout, wave banners, but don't try and
"02.03.2017 10:15:03" theguardian.com How have you been affected by air pollution? If you are campaigning against high levels of toxic air or planning to relocate because of it, we'd like to hear from you Share your experiences: Whether you are a parent or work in education we'd like to hear how air pollution has affected you, and how you are campaigning against it.
"01.03.2017 16:22:33" theguardian.com Apocalypse hedgehog: the fight to save Britain's favourite mammal The much-loved creature of the suburban garden is in rapid decline – with new builds, roads and badgers to blame. Can we prevent their extinction? For all the small accidents that can befall a hedgehog, its decline is driven by one big trend, according to Warwick: habitat fragmentation.
"01.03.2017 16:18:57" Adam Vaughan “Unlike other arrangements, if we don't get this right, business stops. There will be no trade. If we can't arrive at safeguards and other principles that allow compliance [with international nuclear standards] to be demonstrated, no nuclear trade will be
"01.03.2017 16:16:39" Adam Vaughan "With the deal now a knife edge, and Treasury hawks looking to make quick profit, let's hope this legal challenge forces ministers to think again.”
"01.03.2017 15:30:57" theguardian.com Northern hemisphere sees in early spring due to global warming Spring is sprung 26 days earlier than a decade ago, causing problems for the natural cycle of plants and wildlife, Climate News Network reports An early spring doesn't mean a sunnier, kinder world for everybody. Ticks and mosquitoes become more active, pollen seasons last longer. Crops could flourish or be at risk from a sudden late frost or summer drought.
"01.03.2017 13:31:30" theguardian.com Taxi drivers and business leaders call for diesel scrappage scheme Broad coalition writes to chancellor, urging him to tackle air pollution with compensation scheme for motorists Campaign to get dirty diesels off the roads grows with calls for chancellor to introduce a system in next week's budget to compensate motorists switching to more environmentally friendly vehicles.
"01.03.2017 13:17:29" theguardian.com Burger King animal feed sourced from deforested lands in Brazil and Bolivia Campaign group Mighty Earth says aerial drones, satellite imaging and field research show farmers carried out forest-burning for fast food giant's soy suppliers The hamburger chain Burger King has been buying animal feed produced in soy plantations carved out by the burning of tropical forests in Brazil and Bolivia, according to a new report.
"01.03.2017 12:04:39" theguardian.com Revealed: exported EU animals subject to abuse and illegal conditions Undercover videos show EU cattle and sheep being beaten, electrocuted and inhumanely slaughtered at their destinations in Turkey and Middle East The footage shows cattle and sheep from France, Romania and Lithuania kicking and flailing violently as their throats are crudely cut or sawed at repeatedly, often in crowded street markets and run-down abattoirs.
"01.03.2017 10:13:50" theguardian.com Syngenta photography award 2016-17 exhibition – in pictures Stunning images from around the world capture this year's theme of grow-conserve.
"01.03.2017 09:42:38" theguardian.com British people unaware of pollution levels in the air they breathe – study 'Citizen science' project launched as FoE survey indicates population outside London overestimates air quality How clean is the air you breathe? People across the UK are underestimating the impact of the air pollution crisis in their local areas, says a new survey.
"28.02.2017 16:03:42" theguardian.com Heathrow aims to make third runway carbon neutral Exclusive: Plan also targets local air and noise pollution but critics say long-term solutions to environmental challenges are no closer to reality The airport says it will use 100% renewable electricity from April and aims to get 35,000 more people a day using public transport rather than arriving in cars by 2030 and double that by 2040.
"28.02.2017 15:04:27" Adam Vaughan As the UK produces more wind power, it's increasingly looking to export that electricity to other countries when UK demand is low
"28.02.2017 11:48:14" theguardian.com Coca-Cola U-turn could help UK catch up on can and bottle recycling European countries using deposit return schemes, such as Estonia, have recycling rates far better than the UK “There is significant gap between green thinking and acting. The deposit system's monetary incentive is the key to decreasing that gap.”
"28.02.2017 10:51:11" theguardian.com Shell's 1991 warning: climate changing 'at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age' Critics say public information film shows Shell 'understood the threat was dire, potentially existential for civilisation, more than a quarter of a century ago' • 'Shell knew': oil giant's 1991 film warned of climate change danger “In a crowded world subject to such adverse shifts of climate, who would take care of such greenhouse refugees?” asks the film's narrator.
"28.02.2017 10:49:55" theguardian.com 'Shell knew': oil giant's 1991 film warned of climate change danger Public information film unseen for years shows Shell had clear grasp of global warming 26 years ago but has not acted accordingly since, say critics Shell's 28-minute film, Climate of Concern, was made for public viewing, particularly in schools and universities. It warned of extreme weather, floods, famines and climate refugees as fossil fuel burning warmed the world...
"27.02.2017 18:36:16" theguardian.com How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future A cottage industry is growing around new technology for solar power developers to design, build and operate solar farms to help compete with fossil fuel power The new technology could help solar farms compete with fossil fuel power.
"27.02.2017 17:48:54" theguardian.com Thought the Newbury bypass devastated wildlife? These M4 plans are far worse | Patrick Barkham The days of ripping up reserves for motorways were supposed to be over. But the Newport scheme would create a 'Berlin wall' for nature The road will wreck four sites of special scientific interest, supposedly protected for nature, and create a “Berlin wall for wildlife” across the marshes for otters, water voles and rare dragonflies.
"27.02.2017 15:16:12" theguardian.com Check if your London nursery, school or college is exposed to toxic air How worrying are the nitrogen dioxide levels at your child's school? There are 802 educational institutions in London where pupils are being exposed to levels of nitrogen dioxide that exceed the EU legal limit. Check if your nursery, school or college is suffering from toxic air in the table below.
"27.02.2017 13:57:43" Join hundreds of wild red kites for lunch at Gigrin Farm - The Red Kite Feeding Centre in Rhayader, Wales. These birds of prey are predominantly scavengers – known as 'natural rubbish collectors' – and can live for up to 25 years.
When the UK population
"27.02.2017 11:56:56" theguardian.com Just who are these 300 'scientists' telling Trump to burn the climate? | John Abraham John Abraham: As with all such lists, the 300 'scientists' badly lack climate expertise Hardly anyone on the list was a climate scientist; many were not even natural scientists. It is almost as though anyone with a college degree was qualified to sign that letter.
"27.02.2017 11:26:03" theguardian.com Sand mining: the global environmental crisis you've never heard of From Cambodia to California, industrial-scale sand mining is causing wildlife to die, local trade to wither and bridges to collapse. And booming urbanisation means the demand for this increasingly valuable resource is unlikely to let up Cities require mind-boggling amounts of sand ... every apartment block, skyscraper, office tower and shopping mall that gets built anywhere from Beijing to Lagos is made with concrete, which is essentially just sand and gravel glued together with cement
"27.02.2017 11:01:56" theguardian.com Is there anything good about that spider in the corner of my room? | Lizzy Lowe Is it true climate change is making spiders bigger? Why do spiders give us the creeps? We get a spider expert to answer questions about our eight-legged friends? Warming temperatures in particular are likely to benefit the growth and development of spiders. We may also see larger spiders in areas like cities where there is lots of food for them...
"26.02.2017 10:09:19" Adam Vaughan My leader for the Observer today: "At some point the political narrative and public discourse needs to turn 180 degrees: from blaming renewables for rising energy prices to viewing renewables as our saviour from them."
"24.02.2017 09:08:32" Adam Vaughan House of Lords committee claims that successive UK governments have got their priorities wrong on energy policy by giving priority to carbon emissions cuts over keeping costs down and keeping the lights on. Unsurprisingly, their report has gone down like
"23.02.2017 12:16:47" theguardian.com Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures “The only way the ecosystem is going to respond is by some animals dying off.”
"23.02.2017 11:22:37" Adam Vaughan Australia's 'vampire bank' tries to win over MPs who are convinced it will ruin the UK's Green Investment Bank
"22.02.2017 17:07:39" A starling murmuration over Winchester, in the south of England. For the past few nights, between 100,000 and 200,000 birds have gathered over the course of about half hour.
The starling population has fallen by over 80% in recent years, meaning they are
"22.02.2017 16:54:24" theguardian.com EU set to ban raw ivory exports from July Exclusive: Leaked documents indicate that the European Union is now preparing a full ban of raw ivory The political signal is warmly welcomed by campaigners, after similar moves to squeeze the bloody trade in China and the US.
"22.02.2017 15:02:26" theguardian.com Trump can save his presidency with a great deal to save the climate | Dana Nuccitelli Dana Nuccitelli: Donald Trump is a deal maker, and there's a great deal to be made on climate change Trump and the Republican Party need an issue and a policy that has strong support among all Americans. Climate change and a carbon tax fit the bill perfectly.
"22.02.2017 11:52:16" theguardian.com What next for renewables in cities? – the expert view A complex range of factors is shaping how and why cities adopt renewable energy, from costs to the need for stable power supplies Companies with large energy demand and available roof space are making the switch to solar, not just because it's greener but because it's cheaper than alternatives. Where the grid is unreliable, it also reduces reliance on expensive diesel generators.
"22.02.2017 11:11:50" theguardian.com Satellite Eye on Earth January 2017 – in pictures A sacred Tibetan lake, a crack in the Antarctic ice shelf and deforestation in Cambodia are among images captured by Nasa and the ESA this month https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/22/satellite-eye-on-earth-january-2017-in-pictures
"21.02.2017 18:09:02" theguardian.com Bao Bao the giant panda leaves Washington zoo for new home in China The three-year-old giant panda left the Smithsonian's National Zoo Tuesday to take a 16-hour non-stop to China to join a panda breeding program there Bao Bao, whose personality is described as “very independent”, will travel aboard a specially chartered FedEx plane for China
"21.02.2017 13:25:46" theguardian.com Heathrow protest by climate activists closes M4 motorway Campaigners chain themselves to a vehicle, blocking tunnel leading to airport and causing lengthy delays Campaigners for Rising Up used three cars to close the tunnel leading from the motorway to Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 at about 8.25am
"21.02.2017 11:13:43" theguardian.com 'Insane' camera trap video captures rare battle in the Amazon Without camera traps we would never be privy to two endangered species sparring in the remote Amazon rainforest. The video captures 12 hair-raising seconds of a giant anteater going toe-to-toe with a jaguar – a battle rarely, if ever – seen by human eyes.
"21.02.2017 08:17:39" Adam Vaughan "EDF has provided no information as to why the outage time went from a few days to seven weeks"
"20.02.2017 17:49:17" theguardian.com Can we have too many trees? | Patrick Barkham Hunting and mountaineering organisations say that plans to increase forest cover in Scotland will ruin the countryside. I disagree Our treeless uplands are, to me and most other people, completely normal. In times of bewildering change, in everything from politics to the climate, we cling to normality...
"20.02.2017 14:51:14" theguardian.com Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen by 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharks It is increasingly clear that the heaviest burden of climate change is falling on the planet's oceans, which absorb more than 30% of the carbon produced on land.
"20.02.2017 11:48:20" theguardian.com Eco road trip: Los Angeles to Las Vegas by Tesla A teenager has launched a green car service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, using Tesla electric vehicles. Stephanie Theobald gets a lift and finds the conversation as fascinating as the technology I had worried this trip might be a bit worthy, but 10 minutes into our 278-mile drive, our “pilot,” a pro inline skater, “hemp activist” and musician, is talking about a recent ayahuasca ceremony in Joshua Tree
"20.02.2017 11:26:24" theguardian.com The supermarket food gamble may be up | Felicity Lawrence Brexit, migration and climate pressures mean our 'too big to fail' global food chain could unravel The food supply system is miraculous in its scale, speed and efficiency, but it has two fatal flaws: it depends on the profligate use of finite resources – water, soil, and fossil fuels ...and the exploitation of cheap, mostly migrant, labour
"19.02.2017 02:43:15" theguardian.com Wildlife ranger killed in Zambia leaves behind seven children Rodrick Ngulube was shot by poachers in West Petauke game management area, after rangers discovered carcasses of a warthog and zebra The poachers who killed Rodrick Ngulube remain at large.
"15.02.2017 17:01:41" theguardian.com Trump's likely science adviser calls climate scientists 'glassy-eyed cult' William Happer, frontrunner for job of providing mainstream scientific opinion to officials, backs crackdown on federal scientists' freedom to speak out 'There's a whole area of climate so-called science that is really more like a cult,” William Happer told the Guardian. “It's like Hare Krishna or something like that.'
"15.02.2017 16:54:28" theguardian.com EU criticised for 'emergency authorisations' of banned bee-harming pesticide Just under half of requests for exceptions to the neonicotinoids ban were filed by industry, not farmers, legal analysis shows Analysis found that 82% of country notifications did not provide any economic evidence of a threat to plant production, and around the same percentage did not list any alternative means of pest control.
"15.02.2017 13:08:37" theguardian.com European commission issues 'final warning' to UK over air pollution breaches UK is one of five countries served with the warning over persistent breaches of nitrogen dioxide levels, which comes factories and vehicles, particularly diesel engines UK has failed to address repeated breaches of legal air pollution limits in 16 areas including London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Glasgow.
"15.02.2017 12:44:38" theguardian.com 10 ways to beat air pollution: how effective are they? From particle-zapping bus stops to compact 'smart' air filters, we examine the methods that tackle the symptoms of air pollution
"15.02.2017 12:37:25" theguardian.com UK fishermen may not win 'waters back' after Brexit, EU memo reveals Document obtained by the Guardian states existing quotas will remain despite promises made by leave campaigners Document says in order for UK and EU to keep to commitments on sustainable fishing contained within the UN stocks agreement “it is difficult to see any alternative to the continued application of the common fisheries policy”.
"15.02.2017 12:21:50" theguardian.com Bat hibernation: Scottish quest to solve puzzle – in pictures It remains a mystery as to where most of Scotland's bats hibernate. Anne Youngman, Scottish officer for the Bat Conservation Trust, and the ecologist John Haddow conduct a survey in a disused quarry tunnel and at Doune Castle
"15.02.2017 11:34:52" theguardian.com 'Filthy glamour': could polluted Marylebone Road help fix London's air? Marylebone Road has the odd distinction of being the world's most studied road in terms of air pollution – yet remains a chief culprit in London's 'shameful' air quality. Now it's home to a series of new experiments Marylebone Road is one of London's worst air pollution hotspots. It's also home to a cutting-edge research lab, making it one of the most studied roads in air pollution terms anywhere. So what can it teach us about toxic air in our cities?
"15.02.2017 11:06:19" theguardian.com Delhi's deadly dust: how construction sites are choking the city The Indian capital's inherently dusty air is made worse by countless unregulated construction sites – and the production of bricks and concrete to feed them “At one stage you have to think Delhi is not the place to live, you should look for a better option.”
"14.02.2017 16:59:08" theguardian.com Underwater photographer of the year 2017 winners – in pictures French photographer Gabriel Barathieu has been named this year's winner for his 'balletic, malevolent' dancing octopus, while British winner Nick Blake captured a lone diver among the otherworldly sunbeams of a Mexican cave
"14.02.2017 11:44:19" theguardian.com Are you at risk? How pollution increases your chance of death – interactive Greenpeace has calculated the increased risk of death at varying levels of air pollution in 3,000 cities around the world – by combining risk analysis from the IHME's Global Burden of Disease project with annual average background levels of fine
"14.02.2017 10:34:46" theguardian.com 65% of British public support new Clean Air Act, says survey Exclusive: Research also found 58% believe current levels of air pollution in UK are harmful or very harmful to health 'The prime minister must take personal control ... she must come up with a credible plan that will reduce air pollution as soon as possible, so we are not choking on illegal levels until 2025 or beyond'
"13.02.2017 17:54:57" theguardian.com Act now before entire species are lost to global warming, say scientists Climate change is threatening about 700 endangered species and policymakers must act urgently to lessen impact New analysis has found that nearly half (47%) of the mammals and nearly a quarter (24.4%) of the birds on IUCN red list of threatened species are negatively impacted by climate change – a total of about 700 species.
"13.02.2017 16:08:02" theguardian.com 'Extraordinary' levels of toxic pollution found in 10km deep Mariana trench Presence of manmade chemicals in most remote place on planet shows nowhere is safe from human impact, say scientists Small crustaceans that live in the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times more toxic chemicals than crabs that survive in heavily polluted rivers in China
"13.02.2017 14:29:49" theguardian.com 'What can I do to help elephants?' Climate change, poaching, competition for food and water… elephants have never faced such threats. Here are more than 50 ways to give them a helping hand. Can you add to the list?
"13.02.2017 14:27:26" theguardian.com What do you love about your local park? Share your pictures A park manager recently shared their fears for Britain's underfunded green spaces. Tell us via GuardianWitness what local parks mean to you Whether you use your park to walk your dog, exercise, volunteer or just get the kids out of the house, tell us how you use your local park and what it means to you – and share your pictures.
"13.02.2017 12:45:48" theguardian.com This is why conservative media outlets like the Daily Mail are 'unreliable' | Dana Nuccitelli Dana Nuccitelli: Journalists try to get facts right. Tabloid propagandists try to advance an agenda Wikipedia editors recently voted to ban the Daily Mail tabloid as a source for their website after deeming it “generally unreliable".
"13.02.2017 12:10:53" theguardian.com 'We had to sue': the five lawyers taking on China's authorities over smog In an unprecedented legal case, a group of Chinese lawyers have charged the governments of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei with failing to protect their citizens from air pollution, which is linked to a third of all deaths in the country “Our bodies are being harmed because of the ineffectiveness of our government ... the pollution has affected my family, my son is coughing, I'm also coughing, and I feel the smog caused this. I am suing as a victim.”
"13.02.2017 11:49:29" theguardian.com UK's cash-starved parks at tipping point of decline, MPs warn Slashed budgets risk the nation's 27,000 parks becoming no-go areas, with negative effects on park-goers' health and the environment Park managers warn that the neglect of parks is set to plunge them “into the disaster crisis of the 1980s and 1990s when they became no-go areas full of syringes and no park rangers".
"13.02.2017 10:36:27" theguardian.com Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research In cities such as Allahabad in India, or Zabol in Iran, the long-term damage from inhaling fine particulates could outweigh the health gains of cycling after just 30 minutes...
"13.02.2017 10:33:02" theguardian.com Suffocating planet: urban air pollution around the world today – live As Guardian Cities kicks off a week investigating air pollution, our correspondents report from the front lines of this global urban crisis Correspondents around the world kick off a week-long report on the global urban crisis of air pollution
"12.02.2017 15:26:40" Adam Vaughan “I don't think there's any doubt about the political commitment of any party, apart from perhaps Ukip, to offshore wind. I think it's got an incredibly healthy future."
"10.02.2017 14:08:31" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures A tiger family drinking at the watering hole, a nightingale and a snake that plays dead are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"10.02.2017 12:06:26" theguardian.com Hundreds of whales die in mass stranding on New Zealand beach Urgent plea issued for locals to drop work and school commitments and head to the remote beach to save surviving whales Hundreds of whales have died overnight on a New Zealand beach after a mass stranding thought to be the largest in decades.
"10.02.2017 09:51:19" theguardian.com The world's most unloved, underappreciated wildlife – in pictures Vote for your favourite 'unloved' animal in the Wildscreen Arkive's Valentine's Day campaign to help protect under-appreciated species from poaching and climate change
"09.02.2017 07:22:36" Adam Vaughan Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe's electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent's rapid shift away from fossil fuels.
"08.02.2017 17:18:47" theguardian.com Republican elders call for new national carbon tax to replace federal regulations GOP elder statesmen urge Donald Trump's administration to impose a 'free market, limited government' response to rising global temperatures New proposal estimates a family of four would receive about $2,000 a year in dividends, offsetting any increase in fuel costs that would occur as a result of the tax
"08.02.2017 15:05:36" theguardian.com Massive ancient undersea landslide discovered off the Great Barrier Reef Scientists were amazed to discovered the remains of a massive sediment slip while conducting 3D mapping of the deep sea floor Scientists say huge underwater collapse in Australia dates back more than 300,000 years.
"08.02.2017 11:31:52" theguardian.com Data inconclusive linking death and air pollution, says Indian minister Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave overlooks Greenpeace research stating 1.2m Indians die each year from airborne pollutants Greenpeace research estimated nearly 1.2m Indians die each year due to high concentrations of airborne pollutants such as dust, mould spores, arsenic, lead, nickel and the carcinogen chromium.
"08.02.2017 11:12:31" theguardian.com Microbead ban should include all products washed down the drain, say campaigners A proposed government ban on the tiny plastic beads that pollute the ocean should be extended to include items such as make-up, sunscreen and cleaning products Proposals for a UK microbead ban in 'rinse-off' products such as face scrubs and toothpaste leave a loophole for the use of the tiny plastic pieces in many other products, say campaigners.
"08.02.2017 10:01:09" Adam Vaughan The government promised to explain the impact of renewable energy subsidies on bills, every year. But it hasn't done so in 2015, 2016 or 2017.
"07.02.2017 21:39:54" theguardian.com Dakota Access pipeline: final phase to be approved in major blow to Standing Rock Sioux The army corps of engineers says it intends to grant a permit for the oil pipeline to cross the Missouri river, following Donald Trump's executive order The US government is set to allow the final phase of construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to begin as early as Wednesday, dealing a major blow to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
"07.02.2017 17:01:58" theguardian.com Power to the EV: Norway spearheads Europe's electric vehicle surge With ambitious emissions-reduction targets, and support from government and the auto industry, electric vehicles are on the verge of a major expansion in Europe, reports Paul Hockenos Norway has the highest per capita number of all-electric cars in the world: more than 100,000 in a country of 5.2 million people
"07.02.2017 16:21:42" The Guardian Is it too late to change?
As scientists try to make sense of ongoing, extreme Arctic warmth, the rest of humanity continues to use up its carbon budget.
On this display, the bottom line shows the time left until we exceed the IPCC's carbon budget, As climate scientists try to make sense of ongoing, extreme Arctic warmth, the rest of humanity continues to use up its carbon budget. On this display, the bottom line shows the time left until we exceed the IPCC's carbon budget, after which 2°C of
"07.02.2017 14:46:53" theguardian.com Extraordinary migration of giant Amazon catfish revealed The dorado catfish travels 11,600km from the Andes to the mouth of the Amazon and back, but is threatened by dams and mining Scientists behind the new work warn that the building of dams, mining operations, and deforestation are threatening to break the giant fish's epic life cycle
"07.02.2017 13:23:27" theguardian.com Even Trump can't dismiss the success of renewables New US president may be forced to concede solar and wind's huge potential for job creation and self sufficiency Many of the US's most powerful companies, such as Apple and Google, are committed to clean energy ... “and they're not going to let the government get in the way of what they want to do.”
"07.02.2017 11:28:32" theguardian.com Floods and erosion are ruining Britain's most significant sites From Wordsworth's gardens to the south's white cliffs and salmon rivers in Wales, climate change is wrecking historic sites, finds study “Climate change often seems like a distant existential threat but ... it is already impacting upon some of our most treasured places around the UK,” said Prof Piers Forster of Leeds University.
"06.02.2017 18:20:33" theguardian.com Europe escalates action against UK for breaching air pollution limits UK fails to apply environmental law on air quality, water standards, and the conservation of several species, EU review reveals Britain has been in breach of EU nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limits since 2010, with London overshooting its annual air pollution limit for the whole of 2017 in just the first five days.
"06.02.2017 16:50:30" theguardian.com California protests lead the way for Trump resistance movement State has embraced its reputation for progressive politics and civil rights activism, cementing its role leading the movement to defy the White House “California is becoming a beacon for progressive states in our country looking for hope as we enter the Trump era in America,” said state senate president Kevin de León.
"06.02.2017 16:48:40" theguardian.com Green party councillor arrested at Sheffield tree protest Alison Teal among seven people detained during latest demonstration against felling of roadside trees in city Alison Teal's partner, Simon Crump, accused the police of “ramping up the situation” and “turning a peaceful demonstration into a mass arrest”.
"06.02.2017 13:41:04" Adam Vaughan "We're really comfortable about coal going," says National Grid. But it is worried about the UK's old nuclear power stations going.
"06.02.2017 11:42:47" theguardian.com Mail on Sunday launches the first salvo in the latest war against climate scientists | John Abraham John Abraham: David Rose penned an attack described by expert as “so wrong it's hard to know where to start” There is a real fear of renewed personal attacks, and it appears those fears are now being realised. What the attackers do is identify and isolate scientists...
"06.02.2017 10:35:29" theguardian.com From wallabies to exploding beetles: where to find Britain's most fantastic beasts It may not be a tropical paradise, but the UK is home to plenty of weird and wonderful creatures all the same. Here are five of the strangest Britain exists at a northerly latitude, so its species cannot luxuriate in a tropical paradise, but, being busy creatures, we easily overlook the weird and wonderful wildlife that is tucked away on – and just off – our shores.
"06.02.2017 10:28:08" theguardian.com Hedgehogs now a rare garden sight as British populations continue to decline More than half of people surveyed had never seen a hedgehog, once common in UK gardens The spiky creature was once a common sight, with the population estimated at 30 million in the 1950s, but that has plummeted to fewer than one million today
"06.02.2017 08:16:52" Adam Vaughan Shell's chief financial officer ruffles feathers by suggesting it might be better to let old oil platforms collapse and become coral reefs – rather than removing them, as international rules require.
"03.02.2017 17:43:27" Adam Vaughan This will leave a major hole in the UK's nuclear power ambitions when it comes to pass, as I'm told it will.
"03.02.2017 15:44:25" theguardian.com RSPB logged 200 reports of crimes against birds of prey in 2015 Charity calls for tougher legislation to prevent shooting, poisoning andtrapping of birds such as peregrine falcons, red kites, buzzards and hen harriers Illegal shooting, poisoning and trapping of birds of prey is still happening too regularly in the UK countryside, say RSPB.
"03.02.2017 14:21:29" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures An otter family, a diving kingfisher and the Amazon coral reef are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
"03.02.2017 14:11:17" theguardian.com Sweden criticises US climate stance as it reveals ambitious carbon emissions law Prime minister Stefan Löfven calls the Trump administration's approach worrying as he announces new law binding future governments to a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045 Sweden's climate minister urges European countries to take a leading role in tackling climate change, now “the US is not there anymore to lead”.
"03.02.2017 10:59:25" theguardian.com Rising carbon emissions could kill off vital corals by 2100, study warns Destructive seaweeds found in reefs worldwide will grow more poisonous and eventually take over in the fight for space The “scale of the problem is so big, removing a bunch of seaweed from the reef isn't going to do much because it just regrows and regenerates”.
"02.02.2017 12:56:39" theguardian.com European Tree of the Year 2017 – vote for your favourite tree The Woodland Trust is calling on tree lovers to vote for their favourite entry in this year's contest
"02.02.2017 09:56:46" theguardian.com Electric cars and cheap solar 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020' Solar power and clean cars are 'gamechangers' consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report 'Gamechangers': Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020 – report
"02.02.2017 09:26:53" theguardian.com Rush to build new homes will increase flooding, experts warn Plans for one million new homes by 2020 risk overwhelming drains, unless the government ends freeze on legal requirements for sustainable drainage A government policy that exempts new homes from having to include sustainable drainage systems has not sped up house building or saved money – but has put properties at risk of flooding, a new report shows.
"01.02.2017 16:02:30" theguardian.com Mais wee, monsieur: Paris finds eco solution to public peeing Boxes installed in French capital convert urine into compost for use in parks, and absorb unpleasant smell The French capital has a new weapon in its longstanding battle against les pipis sauvages, or wild peeing.
"01.02.2017 12:40:40" theguardian.com Scottish government launches public consultation on fracking Four-month consultation on possiblity of oil and gas extraction in Scotland runs until end of May with dedicated website at talkingfracking.scot Studies have shown Scotland's geology, in particular a stretch of land through Scotland's central belt referred to as the Midland Valley, could contain significant quantities of shale gas and oil
"01.02.2017 09:41:46" theguardian.com 'Tinder for orangutans': Dutch zoo to let female choose mate on a tablet Orangutan Samboja will be shown males on a touchscreen in experiment aimed at learning more about mating choices "The scientists' main problem has been building a touchscreen tough enough to withstand Samboja's attentions."
"31.01.2017 17:36:12" theguardian.com Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, sparking rallies Land totaling the size of Connecticut has been targeted in a new bill in the Republican House, uniting hunters and conservationists in opposition Jason Chaffetz, a Tea Party Republican, has claimed that the 3.3m acres of national land, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), served “no purpose for taxpayers”.
"31.01.2017 15:00:06" theguardian.com Air pollution crisis 'plagues' UK, finds UN human rights expert 'Silent pandemic' of air pollution affects UK children and no indication current protection against toxic waste will be retained after Brexit 'The UK has repeatedly not been among the more progressive EU member states on debates over the development of stronger health and environmental protections.'
"31.01.2017 12:42:51" theguardian.com Bay of Bengal: depleted fish stocks and huge dead zone signal tipping point Long treated as a bottomless resource pit, economic over-exploitation of the ocean, pollution and rising sea levels are having a catastrophic impact on life in the bay 'A catastrophic convergence of flawed policy, economic over-exploitation, unsustainable forms of waste management, and climate change impacts are intensifying in unpredictable ways.'
"31.01.2017 11:38:31" theguardian.com Judge in environmental activist's trial says climate change is matter of debate Controversial statements angered environmentalists who insist courts have an obligation to recognize the science about manmade climate change Judge Michael E Rickert said: 'I don't know what everybody's beliefs are on [climate change], but I know that there's tremendous controversy over the fact whether it even exists.'
"31.01.2017 10:36:29" theguardian.com Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser Climate-change denier Myron Ebel says he expects Trump to withdraw the US from the global climate change agreement 'Myron Ebell said US voters had rejected what he dubbed the “expertariat” and said there was no doubt Trump thinks that climate change is not a crisis and does not require urgent action.'
"30.01.2017 17:17:26" Adam Vaughan “Everyone knows that it's game over for coal. It would be counterproductive to throw bill-payers' money away on a dirty technology which the government has quite rightly committed to phasing out by 2025.”
"30.01.2017 14:54:33" theguardian.com First images of unique Brazilian coral reef at mouth of Amazon The discovery of the 600-mile-long reef in 2016 stunned scientists but oil companies are planning to drill in the area The reef spans the mouth of the Amazon and is already known to be home to more than 60 species of sponges, 73 species of fish, spiny lobsters and stars
"30.01.2017 12:49:32" theguardian.com Renewable power in cities: send us your photos Offices, gyms, supermarkets – even your local bus shelter. We want to find out about the renewables projects in your cities We want to see what's happening in the cities where you live so share your photos and stories with us by Tuesday 14 February 2017 and we'll feature the best contributions on the site
"30.01.2017 12:19:55" theguardian.com Anti-pipeline activists and film-makers face prison, raising fears for free press Trials begin Monday in Washington state after actions intended to shut down oil sands pipelines, in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux tribe's efforts The court cases – also in North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana – come at a time of increasing anxiety for journalists and activists surrounding the arrest and aggressive prosecution of reporters and protesters critical of US government and powerful
"30.01.2017 10:17:08" theguardian.com Smog in the cities: the truth about Britain's dirty air As London pollution hits a five-year high, will we see a return to the carpets of fog? 'London nestles in land that is surrounded by hills and air gets trapped in this basin, particularly when wind flow is low and temperature inversions occur. Add to this, the high levels of vehicle use and you have a recipe for grim pollution.'
"30.01.2017 10:14:47" theguardian.com Prince Charles may raise climate change during Trump's visit to Britain Some in Whitehall are urging the prince to challenge US president's pledge to abandon 2015 UN climate change deal The prince will not lecture Trump on what needs to be done to tackle global warming but has not ruled out addressing the topic
"28.01.2017 17:26:44" Adam Vaughan There are not enough women in energy. But getting more into the sector is difficult - as the boss of the UK's largest power station is finding out.
"27.01.2017 15:29:55" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures A baboon squaring up to a leopard, white-tailed eagles, and a cauliflower jellyfish are among this week's pick of animals from the natural world
"27.01.2017 12:07:47" Adam Vaughan “Leaving Euratom is a lose-lose for everyone. For nuclear proponents, the industry becomes less competitive – and for nuclear critics, safety regulation diminishes."
"27.01.2017 11:48:57" theguardian.com Big Garden Birdwatch: cold snap may bring unusual migrant birds to gardens Participants in the world's biggest wildlife survey this weekend could see droves of charismatic waxwings arriving from Scandinavia, says RSPB If you're taking part in the world's biggest wildlife survey this weekend look out for waxwings. The birds are not usually visitors to the UK but arrive from Scandinavia in droves every seven or eight years, when food is scarce in their northern breeding
"27.01.2017 10:22:35" theguardian.com Theresa May must challenge Trump's 'contempt' for climate change, say MPs MPs from across the political spectrum say the UK prime minister must urge the US president to remain in the global Paris agreement “We have grave concerns about the new president's views on climate change and his reported plans to abandon the Paris agreement.”
"27.01.2017 10:04:37" theguardian.com Shark photobombs 10-year-old surfer's big wave moment in Australia Boy, 10, was surfing off Port Stephens when picture-taking father realised son was on collision course with possible great white Father captures the moment his 10-year-old son has a close encounter with a shark.
"26.01.2017 15:05:48" Adam Vaughan "This ruling is a true outrage," said one campaigner
"25.01.2017 15:08:34" Adam Vaughan BP claims oil demand will still be going strong in two decades.“It's not Teslas & the US. It's the fact that 2 billion people, much of that in Asia, are moving to middle incomes, can buy their first motor car & that drives up oil demand."
"25.01.2017 12:32:25" theguardian.com Shampoo bottle made from oceans plastics hailed as 'technological breakthrough' Limited edition Head & Shoulders bottle to go on sale in France will only represent tiny proportion of global sales Millions of tonnes of plastic are sent to landfill every year, and a large chunk of this ends up in the oceans ... P&G has become the latest company to attempt to show it is tackling the problem
"25.01.2017 10:52:41" theguardian.com Trump bans agencies from 'providing updates on social media or to reporters' Administration put de facto gag order on EPA and agriculture department staff, following similar guidance for USDA and Department of Transportation, reports say The president has banned environment agency employees from “providing updates on social media or to reporters,” according to interagency emails first obtained by the Associated Press
"25.01.2017 10:51:23" theguardian.com Europe faces droughts, floods and storms as climate change accelerates Europe and northern hemisphere are warming at faster pace than the global average and 'multiple climatic hazards' are expected, says study 'Temperatures in the Alps and the Pyrenees are predicted to soar to glacier-melting levels, while the Mediterranean faces a “drastic” increase in heat extremes, droughts, crop failure and forest fires.'
"24.01.2017 21:35:49" Adam Vaughan Under Hollande, France has pledged to reduce its reliance on nuclear from 78% of electricity generation to 50% by 2025 and increase its use of renewables, such as wind and solar. The country's nuclear plants are ageing, with many expected to come to the
"24.01.2017 15:21:15" theguardian.com Why a protest camp in Florida is being called the next Standing Rock At first glance the quiet town of Live Oak seems an unlikely venue for a stand against Big Energy. But in recent weeks it's become a centre of opposition One section of the so-called Sabal Trail pipeline is being laid beneath the crystal waters of the Suwannee river, whose pure mineral springs were once fabled to cure anything from marital strife to gout.
"24.01.2017 11:27:43" theguardian.com What if we gave universal income to people in biodiversity hotpots? Writer and professor, Ashley Dawson, argues in his new book that capitalism is behind our current mass extinction crisis. But installing universal guaranteed income in biodiversity hotspots may be one remedy. 'When species are viewed as resources under capitalism, they are relentlessly targeted until the resource – i.e. animal population – collapses.'
"24.01.2017 10:34:46" theguardian.com Why oysters, mussels and clams could hold the key to more ethical fish farming Aquaculture is fast becoming unsustainable and unnecessarily cruel. It's time to look to bivalves, the most environmentally sound animal species to farm Aquaculture must reduce its pressure on wild-caught fish for feed. One way to do this is to farm animals lower on the food web that require little to no feed
"24.01.2017 09:45:47" theguardian.com Why shouldn't Prince Charles speak out on climate change? The science is clear Climate change is not a controversial subject. Whatever the Mail says, the facts are established. That's why Charles helped write a Ladybird book about it The Victorian essayist and editor of the Economist Walter Bagehot
wrote in1867 in the English constitution that the monarchy has “the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn”.
"23.01.2017 18:01:36" theguardian.com London on pollution 'high alert' due to cold air, traffic, and wood burning Camden, City of London, and Westminster hit 10 out of 10 on index, while pollution levels across UK also peaked The forecast for Tuesday is that air pollution levels will remain unacceptably high
"23.01.2017 12:29:18" theguardian.com So you want to be a climate campaigner? Here's how Readers have asked how to get involved after the Guardian's 24-hour digital event last week. Opportunites abound to make a difference, from setting up an online petition, to joining a local green group, to entering politics With a green movement to cater for every age, location, and type of plastic recycling, how do you turn your enthusiasm into action?
"23.01.2017 11:49:02" theguardian.com A place in the country: meet the new woodlanders If you go down to the woods today... you might find a school, a photographer's studio, or a carpenter's workshop. Britain's forests are getting a makeover “It's like four different people throughout the year: there's the spring character, the summer persona, then autumn and winter, each with a different energy. It took two full cycles of seasonal change to identify what I could do to help it.”
"23.01.2017 11:36:37" theguardian.com We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years | John Vidal At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century. Stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them People have been deforesting the tropics for thousands of years for timber and farming, but now, nothing less than the physical transformation of the Earth is taking place
"23.01.2017 10:15:33" theguardian.com 60mph speed limit for M1 under consideration to combat air pollution Highways England plans to introduce Britain's first pollution-linked speed limits to help reduce smog over Sheffield A 60mph speed limit at rush-hour when vehicle numbers are highest where the M1 runs close to schools and homes in Sheffield could help address air quality concerns
"21.01.2017 10:35:32" Adam Vaughan The energy storage revolution continues apace
"20.01.2017 15:33:06" theguardian.com Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans' birthright Republican lawmakers have quietly laid the foundation to give away Americans' birthright: 640m acres of national land.
"20.01.2017 14:16:32" theguardian.com The week in wildlife – in pictures Hugging deer, feeding green turtles and a Konik foal are among this week's pick of images from the natural world.
"20.01.2017 11:42:39" theguardian.com Parks at risk: green campaigners launch crowdsourcing study MPs and council leaders to face questions about their plans for local parks and green spaces amid concern about cuts "From fewer park rangers to deals with big companies that mean local people have to pay to use their parks, parks around the country are at risk."
"20.01.2017 11:35:36" theguardian.com How to reduce your carbon footprint #GlobalWarning From cutting down on meat to contacting your local representatives and investing in clean energy, here are 15 ways to help reduce global carbon emissions 15 things you can do to cut your own carbon footprint.
"19.01.2017 15:12:23" theguardian.com Climate change will affect all of us. So why the lack of urgency? | Polly Toynbee From Trump to Brexit, we are all fixated on more immediate news stories. We need to look at the bigger picture "The planet is heating up fast – but not fast enough for the hungry 24-hour news cycle."
"19.01.2017 12:53:23" How much are sea levels likely to rise?
"19.01.2017 10:36:24" The Guardian What are your hopes or fears for the climate?
Share below in short comment, and Matt from Scriberia will try to visualise them #globalwarning Watch people draw climate change live, here. #GlobalWarning
"19.01.2017 10:27:42" theguardian.com Trump urged to make America great again by embracing green tech Fulfilling pledge to boost fossil fuels will mean US misses out on huge market for clean energy, experts say “The best way to make America great again is by owning the clean technologies of the future.”
"19.01.2017 10:04:57" The Guardian What are your hopes or fears for the climate?
Share below in short comment, and Matt from Scriberia will try to visualise them #globalwarning
"19.01.2017 10:01:41" The Guardian What are your hopes or fears for the climate?
Share below in short comment, and Matt from Scriberia will try to visualise them #globalwarning #GlobalWarning: what are your hopes or fears for the climate?
"19.01.2017 09:39:14" theguardian.com China's Xi Jinping says Paris climate deal must not be allowed to fail President says 'we only have one homeland' in a coded warning to Donald Trump not to dismantle the agreement “There is only one Earth in the universe and we mankind have only one homeland.”
"19.01.2017 09:32:27" theguardian.com How hot are you on global warming? Try our climate change quiz What is the impact of livestock on greenhouse gas emissions? And how much does Arctic sea ice loss affect the rise in ocean levels? Put your climate change knowledge to the test with our quiz. Part of our 24-hour climate change live blog - read it here gu.com/global-warning #GlobalWarning
"19.01.2017 07:56:32" theguardian.com Donald Trump's mission? To keep the US in the fossil age While China invests heavily in renewable energy, the fossil economy in the US will be given the green light to squeeze every last cent from oil and coal "Trump is the president that corporate luddites have dreamed of: the man who will let them squeeze every last cent from their oil and coal reserves before they become worthless. They need him because science, technology and people's demands for a safe and
"19.01.2017 07:52:42" theguardian.com Global warning: live from the climate-change frontline as Trump becomes president With climate sceptics moving into the White House, the Guardian will spend the next 24 hours focusing on climate change happening right now, and what we can all do to help protect the planet With climate sceptics moving into the White House, the Guardian will spend the next 24 hours focusing on climate change happening right now, and what we can all do to help protect the planet.
"18.01.2017 16:39:49" theguardian.com Scott Pruitt confirmation hearing for Environmental Protection Agency: the key points A climate change sceptic who has sued the agency, Pruitt faces opposition from Democrats and environmentalist who say he's too cozy with fossil fuel industry Pruitt has called the EPA's rule “unlawful and overreaching” and has cast doubt on the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activity is causing global warming
"18.01.2017 15:32:56" theguardian.com 2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame Final data confirms record-breaking temperatures for third year in a row "The spate of record-warm years that we have seen in the 21st century can only be explained by human-caused climate change. The effect of human activity on our climate is no longer subtle. It's plain as day."
"18.01.2017 08:49:26" theguardian.com Campaigners call on EU to halve food waste by 2030 The initiative, which would apply to the UK if passed, would wipe out 44m tonnes of food waste every year People are being urged to support a campaign calling on MEPs to halve 'farm to fork' food waste in Europe by 2030
"17.01.2017 16:04:14" theguardian.com @Ivanka from Brighton sends climate change reply to Donald Trump Woman whom president-elect mistook for his daughter on Twitter uses her 15 minutes of fame to speak out on environment "You're a man with great responsibilities. May I suggest more care on Twitter and more time learning about #climatechange.”
"17.01.2017 12:31:28" theguardian.com Chinese discard hundreds of cycles-for-hire in giant piles It was hoped bike-hire schemes would cut pollution and congestion but it seems some users just want to ride and dump In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, more than 500 bicycles for hire have been found dumped, according to reports.
"17.01.2017 11:42:49" theguardian.com Parts of United States are heating faster than globe as a whole | John Abraham John Abraham: A new study shows the Northeast USA will reach the dangerous 2°C warming threshold faster than most of the rest of the planet 'The north-east US will warm 50% faster than the planet as a whole ... the US will also reach a 2C warming 10–20 years before the globe as a whole'
"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