The Guardian – The week’s top environment news stories and green events


Green news roundup: Energy bill, air pollution and fracking
 Wednesday 19 December 2012 06.10 EST 

A fracking site in rural Pennsylvania
Fracking: is the UK right to go ahead? Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Corbis
Environment news• Fracking lobbyists prepare case against Matt Damon’s Promised Land
Coalition faces backbench rebellion on energy bill
Coal to challenge oil’s dominance by 2017, says IEA
EU declares no winner in carbon capture competition
Obama tightens air pollution limits
Pollution from car emissions killing millions in China and India

On the blogs
Eradicate the rodent population on Galapagos Pinzon Island

• Fracking: is the UK right to go ahead?
This fracking fantasy is the delusion of fossil fuel addiction
Bangladesh’s climate compensation push a ray of light after dismal Doha

Where has he been hiding? A new miniature fish that has just been discovered in Surat Thani, Thailand. The tiny fish that measures just 15-20mm was recorded at several sports within the lower Tapi river catchment. The fish is one of 126 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong area according to the WWF.

• Singing frog and ‘walking’ catfish among 126 new species discovered in Mekong basin – in pictures
Chasing Ice filmmakers plumb the ‘bottomless’ depths of climate change – video
Eradicating Pinzon Island’s invasive rat population – in pictures
The week in wildlife – in pictures

Features and comment

• Beans mean high profits for guar farmers of Rajasthan
Could Scottish salmon farming be transformed by moving to dry land?
Let’s learn to love carbon capture, before it’s too late

Best of the web

• At the edge of the carbon cliff
Tim Yeo energy bill speech: ‘dash for gas would be a gamble’
Too big to flood? Megacities face a future of major storm risks
Southampton solar farm gets green light

…And finally

• Chasing Ice movie reveals largest iceberg break-up ever filmed – video
It’s like watching ‘Manhattan breaking apart in front of your eyes’, says one of the researchers for filmmaker James Balog. He’s describing the largest iceberg calving ever filmed, as featured in his movie, Chasing Ice


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