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China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

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China’s offshore supply ship De Shen working at an oil spill area during a clean-up operation at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photograph: Transport Ministry Of China/EPA

Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed

January 18, 2018 — Consumers in Japan, China and South Korea should be wary of buying seafood until governments in the region have monitored and released details about the toxic impact of the Sanchi oil spill, scientists have warned. Continue reading China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn

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A series of government pledges have little or no detail on how they will be delivered, the Committee on Climate Change said.
Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy

Vague ambitions, such as banning new petrol cars by 2040, must be turned into solid plans, says the Committee on Climate Change

January 17, 2018 — The UK will miss its legally binding carbon targets without urgent government action, official advisers have warned. Continue reading UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn

Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

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Logging has tripled in Estonia in the past decade (Pic: Arthur Neslen)

Baltic state lobbied for flexibilities in EU rules to enable a dramatic increase in forestry, turning its thriving woodland into a net emitter of carbon by 2030

January 16, 2018 — A quarter of Estonia’s forestland is at imminent risk from a major logging increase, aided by “flexibilities” in EU rules that the Baltic state championed. Continue reading Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

BP’s Deepwater Horizon bill tops $65bn

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The Deepwater Horizon rig pictured on fire the day after the accident on 20 April 2010.
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Firm’s financial pain offset by rising oil prices as it winds down payouts from 2010 disaster

January 16, 2018 — BP is nearing the end of the $65bn (£47bn) Deepwater Horizon compensation process, it said as it announced an unexpectedly high payout of $1.7bn among the final few hundred outstanding claims. Continue reading BP’s Deepwater Horizon bill tops $65bn

Qantas worst airline operating across Pacific for CO2 emissions, analysis reveals

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For each kilometre Qantas transports a passenger across the Pacific, it uses 64% more fuel than the two most fuel-efficient airlines, an analysis says. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Qantas used the two most fuel-intensive aircraft and carried the most empty seats of any transpacific airline

January 16, 2018 — Qantas emits more carbon dioxide per passenger-kilometre than any other airline operating across the Pacific, according to an analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation, the group that exposed the Volkswagen emissions scandal in 2014. Continue reading Qantas worst airline operating across Pacific for CO2 emissions, analysis reveals

East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

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Smoke and flames from the burning Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea. Photograph: AP

Ship was carrying 136,000 tons of oil that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing waters

January 16, 2018 — The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the Continue reading East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

Trump says US could ‘conceivably’ return to Paris climate deal

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump’s comments will renew questions about whether he actually intends to withdraw or simply wants easier US emissions targets

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Jan. 10, 2018) — US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, January 10, that the United States could “conceivably” return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction. Continue reading Trump says US could ‘conceivably’ return to Paris climate deal

International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse

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Angela Merkel (Pic: European People’s Party/Flickr)

Reports Berlin will abandon its ambitious carbon-cutting goal with two years to go are “disheartening” and “problematic”, say observers

January 10, 2018 — Germany’s reputation as a green leader is slipping, after reports this week the putative government will give up on meeting its 2020 emissions target. Continue reading International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse

Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

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A speech by by Theresa May on Thursday will set out plans to tackle UK’s ‘throwaway culture’.
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Expansion expected of highly successful policy of charging 5p for each bag could be extended beyond large retailers

January 10, 2018 — The 5p charge for plastic bags is expected to be applied to small shops under government plans to be unveiled by Theresa May this week as she seeks to tackle Britain’s “throwaway culture”. Continue reading Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

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A flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the Yasuní national park in Ecuador. Photograph: Georg Ismar/Alamy

State oil company starts second phase of drilling in one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots

January 10, 2018 — Ecuador’s state oil company has begun drilling the first of 97 planned wells inside a new field of the Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Continue reading New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park