Environment Remains Under Siege Two Years Into the Trump Administration

DeSmog Blog - 5 hours 11 min ago
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By Emily Gertz, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump has racked up some high-profile policy failures. There’s no wall spanning the length of our southern border, no denuclearization underway in North Korea, and ethics scandals have swamped his administration.

But when it comes to environmental policy changes, the administration’s record of success has been remarkable.

Tags: Trump AdministrationClean Power PlanDavid BernhardtAndrew WheelerU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyDeregulation
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Climate change making storms like Idai more severe, say experts

The Gurdian Environment News - 5 hours 52 min ago

Destructive power of storms likely to increase in future as world warms up

The climate crisis that is driving sea level rises and more extreme rainfall is making deadly storms like the one that hit southern Africa more severe, according to experts.

Cyclone Idai, the tropical storm that ravaged Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, has been described as the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, and the UN says more than 2 million people have been affected. Storm-surge floods of up to six metres have caused widespread devastation.

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NSW Labor brings in Jay Weatherill to bolster its climate credentials

The Gurdian Environment News - 6 hours 15 min ago

Former South Australian premier says NSW Coalition is a barrier to getting action among the states

The New South Wales Labor party has wheeled out the former South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, to help bolster its credentials on climate change in key seats where the issue could be the decider.

Climate change is the top issue in Coogee, currently held by the Liberals on a margin of 2.9%, and Balmain, which Labor hopes to reclaim from the Greens, which holds it by 4.7%.

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Seven in 10 hen harriers in UK study likely illegally killed

The Gurdian Environment News - 7 hours 15 min ago

Bird of prey 10 times more likely to die on English grouse moors than other habitats

Hen harriers are 10 times more likely to die or disappear from or near to English grouse moors than any other habitat, according to a long-term study which reveals the scale of the illegal persecution of the endangered raptor.

An analysis of hen harriers over a decade found 72% of 58 satellite-tagged birds were confirmed or considered “very likely” to have been illegally killed. Just 17% of juvenile hen harriers survived beyond their first year around grouse moors in northern England and southern Scotland, compared with 36% across the Scottish mainland, where persecution has also been recorded, and between 37% and 54% on Orkney, where there are no grouse moors.

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Nebraska Floods: 74 Cities, 65 Counties Declare A State of Emergency

NPR Environmental News - 8 hours 43 min ago

Vice President Pence will visit Nebraska on Tuesday to survey damage caused by Midwest floods that have killed at least four people and displaced hundreds.

(Image credit: Nati Harnik/AP)

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Walkers crisp packet recycling claims need 'a pinch of salt'

The Gurdian Environment News - 9 hours 17 min ago

Recycling of 500,000 bags is small fraction of 11m made daily, campaigners say

Claims by the crisp producer Walkers that it has recycled half a million empty crisp packets in three months should be taken with “a pinch of salt” because they represent 0.01% of plastic waste from the number made and sold annually, analysis has found.

The campaign organisation 38 Degrees said Walkers’ production of 11 million crisp packets a day meant its new recycling scheme had only led to a tiny fraction being recycled since its launch.

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Record high US temperatures outpace record lows two to one, study finds

The Gurdian Environment News - 10 hours 59 min ago

Scientists say AP study consistent with peer-reviewed literature and shows clear sign of human-caused climate change

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows.

The AP looked at 424 weather stations throughout the US lower 48 states that had consistent temperature records since 1920 and counted how many times daily hot temperature records were tied or broken and how many daily cold records were set. In a stable climate, the numbers should be roughly equal.

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'Poppy Apocalypse': California City Swarmed By Selfie Stick-Toting Tourists

NPR Environmental News - 11 hours 18 min ago

More than 100,000 people descended on Lake Elsinore, Calif., over the weekend for a chance to frolic among the flowers. City officials strained to keep up.

(Image credit: Gregory Bull/AP)

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Why Restaurant Demand For Smaller Fish Fillets Is Bad News For Oceans

NPR Environmental News - 12 hours 15 min ago

Many U.S. chefs and retailers prefer intact fillets that constitute a single portion. That demand is driving overfishing for young fish that haven't reproduced. A new campaign aims to change that.

(Image credit: Andre Brugger)

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Nebraska's Flood Damaged Highways Are An Immediate Concern

NPR Environmental News - 14 hours 13 min ago

Nebraska officials face millions of dollars in repairs after floods inundated parts of the state. Repairs to bridges and highways could take months or years to finish.

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School climate strikes: 1.4 million people took part, say campaigners

The Gurdian Environment News - 14 hours 19 min ago

Activist Greta Thunberg, 16, says action proved ‘no one is too small to make a difference’

More than 1.4 million young people around the world took part in school strikes for climate action, according to environmental campaigners.

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student whose solo protest last August prompted the global movement, said: “We proved that it does matter what you do and that no one is too small to make a difference.”

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Toyota's Altona site to become hydrogen production and refuelling centre

The Gurdian Environment News - March 18, 2019 - 9:26pm

Carmaker to join with renewable energy agency to create $7.5m centre for commercial-grade hydrogen

Toyota and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) will kick in $7.4m to transform part of the carmaker’s decommissioned car manufacturing site in Altona into a commercial-grade hydrogen production and refuelling site.

The new centre will demonstrate the processes required to produce hydrogen from renewable sources through electrolysis, and then the subsequent compression and storage.

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Fake hake: species frauds deterred by sustainability standards, study finds

The Gurdian Environment News - March 18, 2019 - 9:00pm

Less than 1% of products certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council were mislabelled

DNA barcoding of more than 1,400 seafood products certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has revealed that less than 1% were mislabelled, compared with an average of 30% across the sector as a whole.

The MSC is the international NGO that sets the standard for sustainable fishing around the world and its blue label – on products in store, on fresh fish counters and on restaurant menus – indicates that seafood has been sustainably caught and traced back to its source. More than 300 fisheries in over 34 countries are certified to the MSC’s standard and more than 35,000 seafood products worldwide carry the label.

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Nebraska floods: private pilots fly in to help city walled off by water

The Gurdian Environment News - March 18, 2019 - 8:01pm

Some are offering free flights to shuttle stranded residents to and from Fremont, and bringing in supplies

A Nebraska city walled off by massive flooding is getting a big lift from private pilots who are offering free flights to shuttle stranded residents to and from their hometown.

Flooding from the Platte River and other waterways is so bad that just one highway lane into Fremont remains uncovered, authorities said Monday. Emergency responders have restricted access for safety reasons, leaving residents in the city of 26,000 stuck on an island in the middle of Nebraska farm country, about 40 miles north-west of Omaha. The flooding in Fremont comes as communities in several midwestern states grapple with swollen rivers and breached or overtopped levees following heavy rain and snowmelt.

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#Superbloom or #poppynightmare? Selfie chaos forces canyon closure

The Gurdian Environment News - March 18, 2019 - 7:52pm

California town bars access to site as stunning flowers draw at least 50,000 visitors

This weekend thousands of tourists frolicked through fields of poppies in southern California, posting photos tagged #superbloom. But for the town of Lake Elsinore, the influx of visitors quickly became a #poppynightmare.

Related: Super bloom: can this tiny California town avoid another 'flowergeddon'?

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Energy and Corporate Trade Associations Spend $1.4 Billion on PR Campaigns

DeSmog Blog - March 18, 2019 - 7:08pm
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Originally posted on Climate Investigations Center.

How much money have the fossil fuel industry’s powerful trade association allies spent to convince the American public that its products are beneficial and necessary — and to stymie progress on climate change that could harm its financial interests?

To find out, Climate Investigations Center researchers analyzed the public relations expenditures of these trade associations going back to 2008, using data from publicly-available federal Form 990 tax records. The expenditures provide unique insight into fossil fuel trade association priorities and the willingness of public relations firms to represent socially harmful industries.

Tags: American Petroleum Institutechamber of commerceastroturfing
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Use forecast to talk about climate change, urges ex-BBC presenter

The Gurdian Environment News - March 18, 2019 - 7:01pm

Bill Giles calls on broadcasters to add slot explaining humans’ impact on climate

The veteran weatherman Bill Giles is calling on the BBC and other major broadcasters to radically overhaul their forecasts to incorporate information about climate change.

The former head of BBC weather presenters has said more needs to be done by broadcasters to highlight climate change to face the “reality more squarely and openly”.

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England could run short of water within 25 years

The Gurdian Environment News - March 18, 2019 - 5:00pm

Exclusive: Environment Agency chief calls for use to be cut by a third

England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned.

The country is facing the ‘‘jaws of death”, Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country’s rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change.

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Judge Rules Against DNR Wetland Permit For Kohler Golf Course On Rare Wetlands, State Park

WPR Environment News - March 18, 2019 - 4:44pm

The Kohler Co.'s plan to build a golf course on land containing rare wetlands has been blocked by an administrative law judge.

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Offshore windfarm development: bigger, better, cheaper

The Gurdian Environment News - March 18, 2019 - 4:30pm

Cost of offshore wind has fallen as turbines have improved, along with energy storage schemes

It is hard to keep up with how quickly offshore wind technology is developing. Turbines standing in shallow seas will soon cover hundreds of square miles of the UK’s coasts, providing one-third of Britain’s electricity.

Next it will be the turn of floating turbines. Admittedly, it took 15 years for Statoil to develop the first floating windfarm off Aberdeen, but its output has exceeded expectations. The Norwegian state oil company, renamed Equinor to make its image greener, has said more than half of the North Sea is suitable for deploying floating wind power. Electricity produced from these turbines anchored in deep water could provide all the EU’s electricity four times over.

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