Standing Rock Sioux tribe says Trump is breaking law with Dakota Access order

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has called Donald Trump’s decision to push forward the controversial Dakota Access pipeline “utterly alarming”, and warned the president that rushing through the project would break federal law. Analysis Resurrection of Keystone and DAPL cements America’s climate antagonism Contrary to all evidence, the new US president will ignore climate change science and proceed with aggressive pro-oil and gas policies Read more On Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order instructing the army corps of engineers to “review and approve in an expedited manner” the Dakota Access…

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Big Garden Birdwatch: cold snap may bring unusual migrant birds to gardens

Unusual migrant birds could be seen in UK gardens in the cold snap, experts said as they urged people to take part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey. More than half a million people are expected to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which is taking place over three days for the first time. The RSPB said this winter there had been reports of hundreds of waxwings, birds with dusky pink colouring with a black strip across the eye and a punk-like crest, arriving along the east…

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Theresa May must challenge Trump’s ‘contempt’ for climate change, say MPs

Prime minister Theresa May must challenge President Donald Trump’s “contempt” for environmental protection and urge him to remain in the global agreement to fight climate change, according to MPs from across the UK’s political parties. May will meet Trump on Friday in Washington DC and has been warned by MPs that the US president’s approach to global warming could determine whether or not people around the world suffer the worst impacts of climate change, such as severe floods, storms and heatwaves. In his first few days as president, Trump has…

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Canadian scientists offer support to muzzled US counterparts

Canadian scientists – who were muzzled for nearly a decade by the country’s previous Conservative government – have been making contact with their counterparts in the US to offer their support and solidarity amid mounting fears that Donald Trump’s presidency will seek to suppress climate science. For nine years, scientists with Canada’s federal government grappled with what many described as an all out assault on science. Scientific libraries were closed, programmes suffered drastic cutbacks while federal scientists were banned from talking to media on topics that ranged from snowflakes to…

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Brexit will delay new British nuclear power stations, warn experts

Britain’s first nuclear power station in two decades will be delayed by a government decision to quit Europe’s atomic power treaty, experts have warned. Ministers revealed on Thursday that Brexit would involve the UK leaving Euratom, which promotes research into nuclear power and uniform safety standards. The news poses problems for the Hinkley Point C station in Somerset, while raising questions over safety inspection regimes and the UK’s future participation in nuclear fusion research. “Leaving Euratom is a lose-lose for everyone. For nuclear proponents, the industry becomes less competitive –…

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