Environment Headlines

  • World's longest penguin dive, of more than half an hour, is recorded

    Record-breaking dive in Antarctic waters emerges after scientists accidentally tagged wrong emperor penguins Scientists in Antarctica have recorded the world’s longest penguin dive, an astounding 32.2 minutes under the water; a full five minutes longer than the previous record. Emperor penguins, which live only in Antartica, are the tallest and heaviest penguins in the world, and have the best diving ability. They can dive as much as 500 metres down in some of the world’s harshest and coldest...

    the Guardian
  • Adani builds coal-fired power plant in India to send energy to Bangladesh

    But is it a genuine energy solution – or just a prop for the Carmichael mine? • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Godda, in the Indian state of Jharkhand, is surrounded by the country’s most productive coalmines. It will soon also be home to the Adani group’s latest coal-fired power station, a plant built for the sole purpose of sending energy across the border to Bangladesh.Adani has framed its planned 1,600-megawatt Godda power plant as a humanitarian venture....

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  • UK businesses make world-first pact to ban single-use plastics

    'Together, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic'

  • How palm oil ban has made the EU a dirty word in Malaysia

    Angry farmers despair at what will happen to their livelihoods when the Brussels biofuels ban takes effect in 2020 In the small farming settlement of Palong in rural Malaysia, the EU is a dirty word. A few months ago, these men – mostly in their sixties, their skin brown and weathered from years working the land – had never even heard of the European parliament: but now their livelihoods are at risk because of it. The crop they harvest is palm oil, one of Malaysia’s biggest exports worth $20bn a...

    the Guardian
  • Officials say radioactive sludge barrel ruptures now total 4

    A total of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site were found to have ruptured, officials said Wednesday, after initially saying earlier this month that one barrel was leaking. Officials said there were no injuries and no threat to the public, and workers...

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  • Climate change will make thousands of islands uninhabitable. A new study says it'll happen sooner than we thought.

    On Christmas Eve 2008, the president of the Marshall Islands declared a state of emergency after seawater flooded the country’s biggest urban areas, displaced hundreds of islanders, destroyed dozens of homes, and contaminated freshwater reserves. But this wasn’t some freak storm or tsunami; it was a garden-variety, seasonal storm surge, coupled with high tides—and it marked the […]

    Mother Jones
  • B.C. government to unveil pipeline reference question on Thursday morning

    The B.C. government will release its much-anticipated pipeline reference case question on Thursday morning.

    Global News
  • These autonomous sailing drones help researchers forecast extreme weather

    The drones are solar and wind-powered and are equipped with 15 sensors to gather and transmit real-time measurements to researchers.

  • US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems

    Problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste is supposed to be treated in the future continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility, U.S. investigators have said. The Tri-City Herald reports that the Government Accountability...

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  • Ancient skeleton of child found in ruins of Pompeii's bath

    ROME (AP) - Work at ancient thermal baths in Pompeii's ruins has revealed the skeleton of a crouching child who perished in Mount Vesuvius' eruption in A.D. 79. Pompeii's director Massimo Osanna said in a statement Wednesday that the skeleton, believed to be of a 7- or 8-year-old child, was ...

  • After all the hugs, Macron stands up for everything Trump vowed to destroy

    French president addresses Congress, presenting himself as an advocate of liberal world order – the opposite of Trump’s image After spending a day of intimate presidential fraternity with Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned speech in Washington on Wednesday advocating many of the things Trump has spent much of his presidency trying to destroy. Related: The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs | Hannah Jane Parkinson Continue reading...

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  • Europe launches seventh Sentinel Earth observation satellite

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe has launched the seventh of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus programme to help predict weather phenomena such as El Nino and track the progress of global warming.

  • Fishy business: Mexico arrests Chinese traveler transporting endangered totoaba

    Mexico City police found 416 totoaba swim bladders, prized for their purported rejuvenating qualities, in passenger’s suitcases Mexican authorities have arrested a Chinese airline passenger after a strong smell emanating from his suitcases led to the discovery that he was transporting body parts from hundreds of endangered fish. Police at the Mexico City international airport “found 416 totoaba swim bladders in [the passenger’s] two suitcases,” the prosecutor general’s office said in a statement...

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  • Rising sea levels could make thousands of islands from the Maldives to Hawaii 'uninhabitable within decades'

    Damage to infrastructure and contamination of fresh water will mean people can no longer live in low-lying coral atolls

  • Gorillas are far more numerous than thought, landmark survey reveals

    Larger-than-expected population in Africa gives hope for species survival, scientists say, but animal remains critically endangered There are far more gorillas left in the world than previously thought, according to a landmark new survey, with numbers as much as double earlier estimates. However, their populations are continuing to fall fast, down 20% in just eight years, leaving them critically endangered. Furthermore, 80% of the remaining gorilla troops do not live in protected areas, leaving...

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  • Climate change to drive migration from island homes sooner than thought

    Low-lying atolls around the world will be overtaken by sea-level rises within a few decades, according to a new study Hundreds of thousands of people will be forced from their homes on low-lying islands in the next few decades by sea-level rises and the contamination of fresh drinking water sources, scientists have warned. A study by researchers at the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Deltares Institute in the Netherlands and Hawaii University has found that many small islands in the Pacific and...

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  • How Scott Pruitt Plans to Defend Himself on Capitol Hill: Spread the Blame

    A new document shows how Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. chief, is preparing to answer tough questions about his ethics and spending scandals when he appears before Congress on Thursday.

  • Westminster, not the EU, is to blame for the sorry state of UK fishing

    Roger Mainwood, David Walker and John Byrne respond to claims that Brexit will restore the fortunes of the UK’s fishing fleets Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, claims that if Brexit happens we can “take back control of our waters” (Letters, 25 April). He cites the UN convention on the law of the sea (Unclos) as evidence. What the convention says is that “the coastal State, taking into account the best scientific evidence available to it, shall ensure...

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  • Baldly go where lots of men have gone before

    Disabled politicians | Royal guff | 100-ball cricket | Moth tips | Hair loss Frances Ryan (In plain view, 25 April) highlights yet another catastrophic treatment of people by the government: the freezing of the fund for disabled would-be politicians. I write not just for the deaf, my “disability”, but for all with a disability; I am disgusted at reading how some candidates were treated. There should be no barriers, and in the future I hope we do get, as Ryan says, the best candidate for the...

    the Guardian
  • Costa's approach to reducing waste is a start, but it's just one option out of many we should be implementing

    Environmental problems can be solved by a combination of conservation and technical advance. But there is a further element in the mix: common sense

  • Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting 'baby boom'

    Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates. The last census in 2011 showed the East African country had 480 mountain...

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  • World Penguin Day quiz: test your knowledge of our flightless friends

    Everybody loves penguins – but how much do you know about them? It is World Penguin Day, so what better way to celebrate than to test your knowledge of penguins, and their appearances in history and popular culture, while also looking at pictures of penguins? You might even learn something along the way. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Jane Goodall on her greatest discovery, and seeing herself in ‘Jane’

    Chimp expert Jane Goodall reflects on her extraordinary life and what humanity can do to continue her legacy.

    Global News
  • Singapore euthanizes 27-year-old polar bear born in tropics

    Inuka, the world’s first polar bear born in the tropics, was euthanized Wednesday by the Singapore Zoo, officials said.

    Washington Post