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Foreign donations prop up Australia's endangered parrot response

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 3:19pm

Western ground parrot needs millions spent on it, but volunteers say Coalition is trying to shift costs to not-for-profits

The Turnbull government helped broker a $200,000 agreement for a German not-for-profit to fund conservation work for a critically endangered Australian parrot, bolstering criticism it is shifting the cost of protecting threatened species to community and philanthropic organisations.

The western ground parrot is one of only three ground nesting parrots found in Australia and is one of 20 birds the government has committed to helping as part of its threatened species strategy.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 8:57am
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Should we be worried about surging Antarctic ice melt and sea level rise? | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 3:00am

Short answer: maybe

There’s recently been a spate of sea level rise denial in the conservative media, but in reality, sea level rise is accelerating and melting ice is playing an increasingly large role. In the first half of the 20th Century, average global sea level rose by about 1.4 millimeters per year (mm/yr). Since 1993, that rate has more than doubled to 3.2 mm/yr. And since 2012, it’s jumped to 4.5 mm/yr.

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Zillow Data Used To Project Impact Of Sea Level Rise On Real Estate

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 1:59am

A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists examined how real estate values were affected in 23 coastal states. Florida has the most to lose, according to the research.

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UK pension funds get green light to dump fossil fuel investments

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 11:26pm

Government directive means trustees will be able to push harder for green investments

Managers of the £1.5tn invested in Britain’sworkplace pension schemes are to be given new powers to dump shares in oil, gas and coal companies in favour of long-term investment in green and “social impact” opportunities.

Government proposals published on Monday are designed to give pension fund trustees more confidence to divest from environmentally damaging fossil fuels and put their cash in green alternatives if it meets their members’ wishes. Until now many pension trustees have been hamstrung by fiduciary duties that they feel requires them to seek the best returns irrespective of the threat of climate change.

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Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 10:00pm

Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years

Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years.

The swelling oceans are forecast repeatedly to soak coastal residences collectively worth $120bn by 2045 if greenhouse gas emissions are not severely curtailed, experts warn. This will potentially inflict a huge financial and emotional toll on the half a million Americans who live in the properties at risk of having their basements, backyards, garages or living rooms inundated every other week.

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Money for old socks: John Lewis to buy back clothes to cut waste

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 10:00pm

Retailer offers incentive to send back worn and unwanted items instead of binning them

John Lewis is to buy back worn and unwanted clothing from its customers – including underwear and old socks – in a UK industry first that aims to reduce the 300,000 tonnes of fashion waste going into landfill each year.

Customers can arrange through an app to have any unwanted clothing that they bought from John Lewis collected from their home, and they will be paid for each item regardless of its condition.

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Country diary: bottlenose dolphin attack shatters Flipper illusions

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 9:30pm

Chanonry Point, Moray Firth: These cetaceans kill their porpoise cousins. Do they see them as competition for food? Or are they just killing for sport?

There are occasions when nature shatters our cosy assumptions. Last week we were watching the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) on the Moray Firth, much loved by tourists because they come so close to shore. They flip and leap, roll and dive, singly or in pods of a dozen or more, only a few yards from camera-clicking visitors thronging the shingle spit.

The dolphins gather in the Chanonry narrows to feast on salmon migrating upstream to spawn. We often see salmon being flung high in the air and swallowed whole. A feeding spectacle. We know dolphins eat fish and we are comfortable with it. But what we witnessed in front of our lenses that day spun us into shock. Forget film-star Flipper, forget frolicking Fungie in Dingle Bay, forget chummy Sebastian in Disney’s Shark Tale – these Moray Firth dolphins are killers.

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The size and age of all...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 4:26pm
If you think believing in God is a stretch, try wrapping your head around the fact that we are but a tiny speck in an expanding universe that is 13.8 billion years old and the observable parts of it are 46 billion light years away.  The good news is accepting Christ is all you have to do to know God is real...a lot easier than accepting the size and age of where He placed us...
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Cambridge zoology museum to reopen

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 4:01pm

Sir David Attenborough to tour new premises that showcase the extinct moa bird’s feathers

When Sir David Attenborough opens the University of Cambridge’s zoology museum this week, the proud curators will show him their fabulous discovery.

It’s fair to say the casual visitor might wonder why they are so excited by the scruffy frame containing a few cobwebby grey-brown wisps, discovered during a £4.1m redevelopment of the museum.

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An unconventional gas boom: the rise of CSG in Australia

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 11:00am

In two decades coal seam gas has come to account for 30% of gas production. Here’s how the picture varies state to state

• ‘Not safe, not wanted’: is the end of NT fracking ban a taste of things to come?

Australia’s production of coal seam gas has risen exponentially since 1995, going from zero to 30% of the country’s overall gas production in 2015-16.

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Australian firms told to catch up on climate change risk checks

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 11:00am

New report says Australian companies lag behind international organisations

Australian companies are not doing enough work to model the risks of climate change and how it will affect their profitability, a new report by a thinktank says.

Progressive thinktank the Centre for Policy Development says that while most companies have committed to considering what climate change and the Paris climate agreement means for their business strategy, too few have begun using scenario analysis techniques to model what its impacts could be and how to respond to it.

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'Not safe, not wanted': is the end of NT fracking ban a taste of things to come?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 11:00am

The NT government has lifted its fracking moratorium despite fierce opposition, reflecting the war of attrition being waged by gas companies

• An unconventional gas boom: the rise of CSG in Australia

When the Northern Territory government announced a moratorium on fracking in 2016, it was a victory for those fighting the expansion of the unconventional gas industry.

That elation was replaced with shock and disappointment in April, when the chief minister, Michael Gunner, said the practice could resume following a 15-month scientific inquiry.

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Hot Sauces and Cold Relishes using fermentation methods

Home Grown New Mexico - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 6:30am

A NOTE ON THE BOKASHI COMPOSTING CLASS“The Bokashi composting class on June 10th was great. Taught us a different way to compost using fermentation and anaerobic composting method instead of the traditional aerobic composting that I have done. Going to definitely try this.”
Giant Veggie Gardener/The Tomato Lady of Santa Fe


Now for the next Home Grown New Mexico class! Still room to sign up

Sunday, June 24th—
12 noon to 2 pm

Hot Sauces and Cold Relishes
In this workshop, you will learn how to make a fermented hot sauce from dried chiles and a spicy fermented relish (or chutney). We’ll also make pickled vegetables and discuss when (and when not) to use vinegar and/or refrigeration.

Fermentation is easy, but requires patience – a declining virtue in today’s “fast-food culture”. Many foods can be fermented, including condiments. Historians tell us that Confucius “would not eat food without its proper jiang (fermented condiment)”. Sriracha is now the #1 condiment in the U.S., replacing ketchup! A few years ago, that would have been unthinkable, but changing demographics and new research on the healthy biome has contributed to the rediscovery of ancestral practices of food preparation and preservation. For many, a little heat simply just tastes good!

Long before refrigeration and canning were invented, people preserved foods by salting and fermenting them. Salt inhibits the yeasts that break down sugars into alcohol, and creates an environment that allows lactobacilli to digest starches and make lactic acid. This lactic acid acts as a preservative and provides many other health benefits.

Please join us for a fun session of chopping and stuffing veggies, and tasting the results. Fermentation isn’t just about sauerkraut – there’s a whole world of veggies and fruits out there waiting for your discovery!

Instructor: Teri Buhl
Location: 2520-B Camino Entrada (Santa Fe Area HomeBuilders Association-next to Habitat ReStore on south side) • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for members/$10 non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite:

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Siemens pilots the use of ammonia for green energy storage

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 6:01am

Firm hopes to better conventional batteries to store renewably generated power

A chemical compound commonly used to boost crop yields could be the answer to helping the world increase its consumption of renewable energy.

In a world first, Siemens is opening a £1.5m pilot project in Oxfordshire employing ammonia as a new form of energy storage.

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Surfers Against Sewage ride the wave of the 'Harry and Meghan effect'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 5:14am

In nearly 30 years, a bunch of surfers concerned about pollution have become a serious marine conservation force. An unexpected royal patronage has given them more funding and greater reach than ever to fight plastic pollution

Despite its eye-catching name, Surfers Against Sewage probably owes its existence to plastic. “The advent of panty-liners meant you could really see sewage slicks. Condoms, panty-liners and other plastic refuse made for a visceral, and visual, reminder of pollution,” Chris Hines, surfer and co-founder of this small charity in Cornwall, recalled in Alex Wade’s book, Surf Nation.

Sick of ear, throat and gastric infections, he and others called a meeting in St Agnes village hall. A who’s who of the most committed, passionate surfers in Cornwall – and just about the whole village – turned out. It was 1990 and Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) was born.

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Drought And Fire Threat Lead To Forest Closings

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 5:12am

Forest officials closed the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado because of "historic levels" of fire danger. The closure will affect local tourism economies.

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High risk of food shortages without pesticides, says chemical giant

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 4:00am

Head of Syngenta, world’s biggest pesticide maker, says rejecting farming tech could have serious consequences within 20 years

The world is likely to face food shortages within 20 years if pesticides and genetically modified crops are shunned, according to the head of the world’s biggest pesticide manufacturer.

J Erik Fyrwald, CEO of Syngenta, also said the technologies to produce more food from less land are vital in halting climate change, but that better targeting will mean farmers around the world will use less pesticide in future.

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Where have all our insects gone?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/17 - 1:00am
There is a crisis in the countryside – and a massive decline in insect numbers could have significant consequences for the environment

When Simon Leather was a student in the 1970s, he took a summer job as a postman and delivered mail to the villages of Kirk Hammerton and Green Hammerton in North Yorkshire. He recalls his early morning walks through its lanes, past the porches of houses on his round. At virtually every home, he saw the same picture: windows plastered with tiger moths that had been attracted by lights the previous night and were still clinging to the glass. “It was quite a sight,” says Leather, who is now a professor of entomology at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

But it is not a vision that he has experienced in recent years. Those tiger moths have almost disappeared. “You hardly see any, although there used to be thousands in summer and that was just a couple of villages.”

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How safe are savings as Fed rushes in where ECB fears to tread?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/06/16 - 11:00pm
With the base rate in the eurozone still at 0%, funds are flowing back to the US using a myriad of financial instruments

While governments around the world contemplate the fallout from Donald Trump’s trade war with China, banks are wrestling with central bank moves that are likely to have a much more fundamental impact on the global economy.

On Wednesday the US Federal Reserve pressed ahead with its policy of raising interest rates, adding a seventh quarter-point rise since 2015 to leave the base rate at 1.75-2%. The Fed also pledged to continue selling back to the private markets loans it bought as part of a vast $4.5 trillion quantitative easing programme.

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