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20 February 2015 Balkan dam boom threatens Europe’s last wild waterways

Environmental concerns have pushed one flagship dam project to the brink of cancellation but a ‘gold rush on the rivers’ of south-east Europe puts these unique ecosystems and their wildlife, including the critically endangered Balkan lynx, in jeopardy.

19 February 2015 World’s coral reefs face major bleaching event this year, US agency warns

Worldwide bleaching of coral would be only third such event in recent history, driven by high ocean temperatures caused by global warming, RTCC reports. 2015 could see coral bleaching on a global scale for the third time in history – and the first in the absence of an El Niño. That is the latest prediction…

19 February 2015 Harvard prepares to fight fossil fuel divestment case in court

World’s richest university will appear in court on Friday to seek dismissmal of lawsuit brought by students calling for it to pull investments out of coal, oil and gas companies. Lawyers for Harvard University will appear in court on Friday afternoon to fight off attempts to force the world’s richest university to dump coal, oil…

18 February 2015 Minister’s claims that solar panels harm UK food security are false

Documents from environment secretary Liz Truss’s own department reveal they lack any data to back up claims used to justify removal of subsidies from farm land with solar panels. British food security is not being harmed by the spread of solar panels in the countryside as claimed by the UK’s environment secretary, documents from her…

18 February 2015 Fossil fuel industry protests over ‘risky’ assets warning from energy secretary

Oil and gas industry expresses concern in a letter to Ed Davey about his comments on fossil fuel assets becoming unburnable to stop dangerous climate change.

17 February 2015 Penguins lost ability to taste fish

Penguins can taste only sour and salty food, scientists have discovered. A genetic study suggests the flightless birds lost three of the five basic tastes long ago in evolution. Taste is critical for survival in most animals, but may not matter in the penguin, which swallows fish whole, say researchers in China and the US.

17 February 2015 Biofuel from trash could create green jobs bonanza, says report

Advanced biofuels industry could spur hundreds of thousands of jobs across Europe, says new report, but key European parliament vote next week could throw clean fuel ambitions into disarra.

16 February 2015 The truth behind the wind power subsidies row

Do claims in a recent IPPR report that 100 UK wind turbines are receiving unfair subsidies at a cost of £400m to consumers add up? Fiona Harvey investigates.

16 February 2015 Sub-Saharan African countries are failing to plan for climate change

Failure to factor climate change into long-term investment and planning risks leaving countries across sub-Saharan vulnerable to droughts, floods, heatwaves and rising sea-levels.

13 February 2015 Out of the blue, on the edge of the world, killer whales converge to feast

In the first of a series of special reports on extraordinary marine environments under threat, Guardian Australia’s ocean correspondent visits a ‘pinprick’ in the Southern Ocean where, once a year, a jaw-dropping wonder of nature takes place.

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