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Trump’s Border Wall Plan Hits Snag with Environmental Suit – April 13, 2017

US Congressman joins Center for Biological Diversity in call for environmental analysis that could delay construction for years

A US congressman and environmental group have filed the first lawsuit targeting Donald Trump’s plan to build a 30-foot wall on the US-Mexico border.

photo of border fencePhoto by Gary Goodenough, Flickr A section of the existing border fence between Arizona and Mexico. A US congressman is calling for an environmental impact assessment before a border wall is built.

The suit, brought by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and the Center for Biological Diversity in the US district court for Arizona, seeks to require the government to undertake a comprehensive environmental impact analysis before… more

by: The Guardian

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Secret Images Obtained of Wild Elephants Sold into Captivity in Chinese Zoos – April 6, 2017

Animal welfare advocates have filmed some of the wild elephants captured in Zimbabwe last year to feed the live wildlife trade

Last year more than 30 young elephants were captured from the wild in Zimbabwe and flown by plane to China. The elephants — some reported to be as young as three — were dispersed to a number of zoos throughout the country, including the Shanghai Wild Animal Park, the Beijing Wildlife Park and the Hangzhou Safari Park, according to conservationists.

But what are their lives like now?

photo of captive elephantsphoto courtesy of WieboA photo from the social media site Weibo of the elepahnt calves imported from Zimbabwe into China in December 2016. Conservationists say some are currently at the Hangzhous… more

by: The Guardian

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Trump Begins Tearing up Obama’s Years of Progress on Tackling Climate Change – March 28, 2017

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

Update, 12:45 p.m. March 28: Trump signed the executive order that will trigger a review of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama's signature policy to address climate change, late this afternoon. This article has been updated to reflect this development.

Donald Trump launched a major assault on Barack Obama’s climate change legacy on Tuesday with a series of orders that undermine America’s commitment to the Paris agreement.

Asked by The Guardian if Trump accepted the science of manmade climate change, a senior White House official replied: “Sure, yes, I guess, I think the president understands the disagreement over the policy response and you’ll see that in the order … We’re… more

by: The Guardian

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Coal in ‘Freefall’ as New Power Plant Construction Dives by Two-Thirds – March 23, 2017

Report says move to cleaner energy in China and India is discouraging the building of coal-fired units

The amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, prompting campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel was in freefall.

The dramatic decline in new coal-fired units was overwhelmingly due to policy shifts in China and India and subsequent declining investment prospects, according to a report by Greenpeace, the US-based Sierra Club, and research network CoalSwarm.

photo of oman solarPhoto by Coal Power Plant According to a new report, new coal power plant construction starts declined dramatically last year largely due to policy shifts in China and India.

The report… more

by: The Guardian

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The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Quiet Colonization of American Academia – March 14, 2017

Corporate capture of academic research by fossil fuel interests is a threat to tackling climate change

On February 16, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center hosted a film screening of the "Rational Middle Energy Series." The university promoted the event as “Finding Energy’s Rational Middle” and described the film’s motivation as “a need and desire for a balanced discussion about today’s energy issues.”

photo of BP and BerkeleyPhoto by Joe HallFrom Harvard to UC Berkeley, fossil fuel interests have colonized nearly every nook and cranny of energy and climate policy research in American universities.

Who can argue with balance and rationality? And with Harvard’s stamp of approval, surely the information presented to students and the… more

by: The Guardian

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