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One fifth of China's farmland polluted

Guardian Environment News - 1 hour 39 min ago
New report confirms scale of China's soil pollution problem with 20% of farmland contaminated Continue reading...
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Easter weekend weather off to a sunny start as butterflies and bluebells abound

Guardian Environment News - 2 hours 37 min ago
Warm spring after mild winter proves a boon for wildlife across Britain but Met Office warns of more unsettled weather moving in Continue reading...
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Botswana bushmen: 'If you deny us the right to hunt, you are killing us'

Guardian Environment News - 3 hours 8 min ago
The San people are reaching out to Prince Charles to help overturn new laws threatening their tribal culture Continue reading...
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habitat upgrade

The Field Lab - 6 hours 16 min ago
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Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2014/04/17 - 1:04pm

Farmers in the parched Central Valley are joining forces with farmworkers and a broad cross section of politicians to pressure the federal government to offer relief.

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A perfect playground for a lamb gang

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/04/17 - 12:59pm
South Uist: One of the lambs has scrambled to the top of a craggy boulder and now, peering down at the others and, almost tap dancing with excitement, is inciting them to give it a try Continue reading...
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Illegal logging 'plagues' the Peruvian Amazon, says new research

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/04/17 - 9:42am

GPS-referenced trees that do not exist is "one of the most commonly cited problems"

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Balcombe's close encounter with fracking has a silver lining

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/04/17 - 8:08am
Being the village at the centre of a national debate on energy production has made us think about our own responsibility Continue reading...
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Dead pigs floating in Chinese river

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/04/17 - 4:13am
170 dead pigs recovered from a river in northwest China is the latest in a string of food and water safety scandals Continue reading...
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Trial of GM plants to help fight heart disease given go-ahead

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2014/04/17 - 12:39am
Scientists to grow a crop of camelina plants genetically modified to produce fish oils that could be used in health supplements Continue reading...
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Summer cycling on the cheap? Bike gear for £25 or less

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 11:00pm

A brief guide to looking the part on two wheels this spring/summer without breaking the bank

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The trade in rhino horn: asset stripping on an apocalyptic scale

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 10:46pm

The South African governments plan to legalise rhino horn sales will simply make life easier for the organised crime cartels that are exterminating the species

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Sharks more evolved than thought, fossil discovery shows

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 10:01pm

325m-year-old shark ancestor with tiny teeth and fish-like features challenges the predators living fossils status

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Grey squirrel tops garden wildlife survey

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 10:00pm
RSPB results show introduced species is the most spotted in the UK's gardens, with few people seeing the indigenous red squirrel Continue reading...
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learning to wait...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 6:01pm
I have mastered the waiting game...patience is a virtue when it comes to powered paragliding.  76,82,37,0,B
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Passing On Knowledge The Fun Way One Generation To Another

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 3:29pm

This week we have enjoyed spending time with a family  visiting T or C in their converted Greyhound bus that they've been living in for one year. The kids are home schooled though from what I can tell their lifestyle has world schooled them.

The other morning while hiking I talked with their daughter Atlee about what school was like for her when she was still in the system back in the Seattle area. She described an experience that matched my own when I was growing up even though for me junior high was 30+ years ago and in New York. She told me stories of girls competing based on clothing and ostracizing each other for being different. Atlee proudly told me that since leaving school the people she has met on the road are unique and she valued this. We've noticed that the homeschool kids we've worked with since living in New Mexico out shine those schooled by the system in attention span, creative thinking, idea generation and interest in learning. I brought Atlee over to our friend Jeannie's place today to see her looms, and other textile arts. It was a match! In typical T or C and small town fashion, each generation shares with the one behind it.
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 1:54pm

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 1:00pm

A plan to replace imported oil with domestic natural gas has led to fuel shortages and long lines in Pakistan. A businessman has spent $500,000 of his own money to develop an affordable solar car.

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Butterfly wings are where nature paints its pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 12:59pm
Glapthorn Cow Pastures, Northamptonshire: It's great to see butterflies out in numbers: regal peacocks, yellow brimstones, rustic small tortoiseshells, spotty commas, and vivid orange tips Continue reading...
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3 Sizes And No Bull

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2014/04/16 - 9:11am

I've always enjoyed a sport. I windsurfed for years, roller bladed, and I swam every chance I was given. No sport has been as body changing as running. I've run 231 miles since Feb 4th, which has dropped me three sizes in clothing. I lost ten pounds, and I probably gained  more than that in muscle. My ass transformed into calves which are now like piston pumps. But what I'm most impressed by is my heart which which has become a very different kind of efficient blood pumping and oxygen delivering system. I feel this when I am walking and hiking. Even my resting heart rate has dropped significantly. I am strong from running in a way no other sport has provided. A heart rate monitor helps me to monitor my heart's development.  A strengthened heart will benefit me the whole of my life.

I cut my morning run short at 5 miles because there was a bull in my way. Mikey runs with them but I find them super scary and totally unpredictable so I let this one turn me around. He was hanging out just past the goats we run with who were zig zagging along a cliff's side. He was blocking the road that I needed to run up in order to run farther and the fence meant to stop them was down. I let the tree full of vultures that was right across the road from this scene stop me. A foreshadowing of could have been in store for me and Sesame.  ARG!
(last image: a scrap I keep near my computer with my measurements for sizing clothes when ordering on line. )

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