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UN drops plan to help move climate-change affected people

Australia opposed the plan for a group to assist migration, and it has been left off the draft agreement for UN climate talks in Paris

Australia’s opposition to the creation of a body to help people escaping the ravages of climate change appears to have paid off, with the idea dropped from the draft agreement for the crucial UN climate talks in Paris.

A previous draft of the deal to be thrashed out by nations included a “climate change displacement coordination facility” that would provide “organised migration and planned relocation”, as well as compensation, to people fleeing rising sea levels, extreme weather and ruined agriculture.

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Source: Guardian Environment

VW's CEO: All cars affected by rigging to be fixed by end of 2016

Matthias Mueller tells German newspaper recall of vehicles will begin in January

Volkswagen’s chief executive Matthias Mueller said in an interview with a German newspaper that the company would launch a recall for cars affected by its diesel emissions rigging in January and complete the fix by the end of next year.

“If all goes according to plan, we can start the recall in January,” Mueller told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “All the cars should be fixed by the end of 2016.”

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Source: Guardian Environment

Protesters block award ceremony over Exxon's 'climate change denial funding'

Company’s CEO given top industry award as Greenpeace says it has spent £20m funding researchers and thinktanks that promote misinformation

A major oil and gas conference in central London was blockaded by a protest against a top industry award given to the head of ExxonMobil, the oil company that is reported to have funded climate change denial.

Protesters blocked the entrance on Tuesday evening by glueing themselves to the doors at the Oil and Money conference at the Dorchester on Park Lane, which brings together the most senior executives in the industry. Signs on their backs read “Climate change is nothing to celebrate” and “You can ignore the science but you can’t ignore us”.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Quenda quest: volunteers take stock of Perth's 'lovely' backyard marsupials

For a week each spring about 140 people record every animal they spot to help researchers understand the health of a population threatened by cats and foxes

In backyards across the suburban fringe of Perth, people have been excitedly checking for cone-shaped divots in preparation for the annual spring quenda count, which is in its third year.

Quendas are a subspecies of the southern brown bandicoot, a small, ground-dwelling marsupial that has been hunted to critically low numbers by cats and foxes in south-eastern Australia.

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Source: Guardian Environment

UN climate science panel elects first new leader in 13 years

In a vote Tuesday, Hoesung Lee was chosen to replace Rajendra Pachauri, who was forced to step down after being accused of sexual harassment

The United Nations Nobel-winning climate science panel – the ultimate authority tracking the extent of global warming and its consequences for humanity – has a new leader after 13 years.

In a vote in Dubrovnik on Tuesday, governments chose Hoesung Lee, the long-serving vice-chair of the climate panel, to replace Rajendra Pachauri, who was forced to step down after being accused of sexual harassment by a female employee at his research institute in India.

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Source: Guardian Environment

South Carolina floods: communities left battered as storm passes – video

The sun is back out in South Carolina, but the problems are far from over. Dams have given way and roads have buckled under the weight of historic floods that have devastated parts of the state. The death toll from the severe flooding has now risen to 14 with hundreds of people still living in shelters after losing their homes

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Source: Guardian Environment

Poachers poison 14 elephants in Zimbabwe national parks

Parks and wildlife authority says cyanide used to kill three animals in Matusadona, and 11 in Hwange, with tusks cut off in some cases

Fourteen elephants have been poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said.

Three elephants were killed in Matusadona national park in northern Zimbabwe and 11 more were found dead in two different spots in Hwange national park in western Zimbabwe over the past two weeks, the authority announced on Tuesday.

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Source: Guardian Environment

VW scandal: staff told all carmaker's investments are under review

Board member says Volkswagen faces multibillion-euro bill in emissions-rigging scandal and anything not economical will be questioned

The new chief executive of Volkswagen has warned the carmaker’s staff that the fallout from the diesel emissions scandal “won’t be painless” and that the company needs to make “massive savings” as it faces the prospect of a multibillion-euro bill.

Matthias Müller told a gathering of 20,000 workers at VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg that “every euro that stays in the company helps us”.

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Source: Guardian Environment

British woman killed in French Riviera flooding named

Linda Martinez, 62, believed to have drowned in caravan when river flooded campsite near Antibes where she was staying with husband

A British woman killed in the flooding in southern France at the weekend has been named as Linda Martinez.

The 62-year-old from Lancashire is believed to have drowned when a river flowing past the campsite where she was staying with her husband burst its banks.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Shell boss sees signs of oil price recovery but warns of 'spike'

Ben van Beurden points to first mixed signals of a recovery though raises concern that prolonged low prices could lead to a sudden increase

Shell’s chief executive has said there are signs the price of oil could start to recover and warned that prices may spike if they stay low for a long period.

Ben van Beurden told a conference there are four “signposts” for short-term oil prices: demand for oil in the global economy, the behaviour of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), the US shale industry, and the cost of production.

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Source: Guardian Environment