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Pacific nations beg for help for islanders when 'calamity' of climate change hits

Coalition of Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tokelau ask wealthy nations to help their people migrate and find work if they have to flee because of rising sea levels

Pacific island nations have pleaded with wealthy countries to help their people migrate and find work if they are forced to flee their homelands because of the consequences of climate change.

Related: Besieged by the rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji

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Source: Guardian Environment

Steve Backshall: nature is panacea for obesity and mental health issues – video

Broadcaster and naturalist Steve Backshall calls on the government to direct NHS funds towards helping people access green spaces and the coastline to tackle obesity and mental health issues. The funds requested would amount to 1% of NHS England’s £1.8bn public health budget. The proposal is one of 10 laid out by 26 nature organisations, including the RSPB, National Trust and Wildlife Trusts, in a report published on Tuesday

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Source: Guardian Environment

Nestlé lawsuit claims food and beverage giant is illegally bottling California water

Environmental groups claim Nestlé is breaking federal law by operating on an expired permit to remove millions of gallons of water from a southern California forest despite the state’s historic drought

A consortium of environmental advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the US Forest Service, alleging that the federal agency has allowed food and beverage giant Nestlé to illegally pump millions of gallons of water from California’s San Bernardino National Forest for decades, despite the current historic drought.

The Story of Stuff Project, along with co-plaintiffs the Center for Biological Diversity and the Courage Campaign Institute, claim that Nestlé is breaking federal law, operating on a permit expired nearly 20 years ago, in 1988, removing between 50m-150m gallons of water each year from a creek in the southern Californian forest to use in its Arrowhead bottled water brand. The organizations are asking the US Forest Service to immediately turn off the water spigot and conduct a permit review, assessing the environmental impact of Nestlé’s operations.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Startled tourists watch great white shark devour seal near Alcatraz

Video shot on Saturday shows the first recorded attack by the finned predator in the modern history of San Francisco Bay

A group of tourists, on a boat between Alcatraz and the mainland, were met with an unexpected sight over the weekend. The water was dyed a startling red.

A video, uploaded on Saturday, shows what appears to be a great white shark devouring a seal in the first recorded attack by the finned predator in the modern history of San Francisco Bay, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. It already has more than 500,000 views on YouTube.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Why Lauren Singer, the 'zero trash girl', is my crush of the month

This New Yorker’s mason jar-sized waste output is enough to make me swoon. Let her eco-friendly excellence serve as motivation, not fuel for resentment

One early morning a few days ago, I detached myself from my sweaty toddler and crept out of bed. I made a mug of green tea, sat down at my desk and started reading about Lauren Singer.

I think I’ve finally found my soulmate.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Des art-activistes préparent la plus grande action de désobéissance civile pour le sommet de Paris sur le climat

Des milliers de personnes sont attendues pour participer à des blocages « lignes rouges » au cours de la conférence de Paris sur le climat, après deux semaines de manifestations baptisées « Jeux Climatiques »

Des milliers de militants ont annoncé qu’ils allaient bloquer la conférence internationale de Paris sur le climat en menant des actions directes non-violentes à une échelle sans précédent en Europe.

Des ONG allant de 350.org à Attac France pèsent de tout leur poids pour donner de l’importance aux « Jeux Climatiques » face à la conférence intergouvernementale qui se déroulera en décembre. Les manifestations consisteront en dix blocages, chacun lié à un thème et une « ligne rouge » dont ils ont peur que les négociateurs venus de presque 200 pays ne la franchissent.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Oil unlikely to ever be fully exploited because of climate concerns – BP

Concerns about climate change and carbon emissions means world’s remaining oil resources are not likely to be exhausted, says BP’s chief economist

The world’s oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.

The statement, by the group’s chief economist, is the clearest acknowledgement yet by a major fossil fuel company that some coal, oil and gas will have to remain in the ground if dangerous global warming is to be avoided.

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Source: Guardian Environment

San Francisco man sues for $5m after giant pine cone falls on head

Sean Mace is suing the government, the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

A navy veteran is suing after what his lawyer described as a 16lb pine cone fell and crushed his skull in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Sean Mace is suing the US government, the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for $5m.

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Source: Guardian Environment