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The cross I bear this year...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/06/16 - 12:17pm
Matthew 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
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Pumping begins to reduce flood waters in Lincolnshire town

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/16 - 11:01am

Environment Agency brings in high-volume pumps in a bid to lower water levels in Wainfleet

High-volume pumps are being used to reduce flood waters in a Lincolnshire town where nearly 600 homes have been evacuated.

Police have advised residents in around 590 properties in Wainfleet and neighbouring areas to evacuate amid concerns about flood defences along the river Steeping.

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Major global firms accused of concealing their environmental impact

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/16 - 10:13am

More than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, lack transparency, campaign group claims

A $10tn (£7.9tn) investor alliance has accused more than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, of failing to reveal the full extent of their impact on the climate crisis, water shortages and deforestation.

The major global companies, with a combined worth ofmore than $15tn, lack transparency over their effect on the environment, according to the intervention by some of the world’s biggest financial names.

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Radical action needed to hit UK’s zero-carbon target | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/16 - 9:47am
Michael Stone on the reality of Britain’s consumption, Celia Forsyth on support for fossil fuel projects, Gemma Cantelo on making cities greener and Stephen Martin on the sustainable development goals

Theresa May is deceiving us, either deliberately or through ignorance, with regard to the goal of reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 (May puts 2050 zero emission target into law, 12 June). This is impossible for any economy based on mass consumption.

Over decades, most British manufacturing has shifted abroad, in particular to Asia where labour is cheap. These items are usually produced with high carbon outputs, with electricity supplied through coal. For an accurate figure of Britain’s emissions, our consumption of goods produced overseas must be included. As Britain’s consumption has increased enormously over the past 30 years, this carbon addition will be substantial.

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France to declare natural disaster after storms rip through crops

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/16 - 9:08am

‘Orchard of France’ is badly hit by extreme weather that has killed two people

France will declare a state of natural disaster after rain and hail storms lashed a swathe of the south-east on Saturday, devastating crops.

The flash storms, which brought hailstones as big as pingpong balls to some areas, killed two people in France and Switzerland, and injured at least 10 others.

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The Gulf Of Mexico's Expanding Dead Zone

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/06/16 - 5:03am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais about the expanding dead zone that is likely to appear in the Gulf of Mexico because of record Midwest rains.

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Global heating to inflict more droughts on Africa as well as floods

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/16 - 12:00am
New UK research predicts extremes of weather will hit food production

Global heating could bring many more bouts of severe drought as well as increased flooding to Africa than previously forecast, scientists have warned.

New research says the continent will experience many extreme outbreaks of intense rainfall over the next 80 years. These could trigger devastating floods, storms and disruption of farming. In addition, these events are likely to be interspersed with more crippling droughts during the growing season and these could also damage crop and food production.

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Lincolnshire flooding: hundreds of homes evacuated

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/15 - 2:58pm

Military helicopters are drafted in to repair broken bank of River Steeping in Wainfleet

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated in a Lincolnshire town following severe flooding as the local MP warned that residents are “by no means out of the woods yet”.

Residents in at least 590 homes in Wainfleet and Thorpe Culvert were told to leave as waters continued to surge on Saturday.

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last night's storm...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/06/15 - 2:03pm
This cell missed me by about 5 miles...but I ended up getting three tenths of an inch out of another cell that I just caught the edge of.  I like lighting...when it is far away.  This photo is pretty grainy because it is a still from some video I was shooting during the storm.  86,95,74,0,B
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Hundreds of dolphins have died along Gulf Coast since February, scientists say

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/15 - 8:53am

At least 279 animals have been stranded, triple the usual figure, and 98% have died, prompting investigation

At least 279 dolphins have become stranded across much of the US Gulf coast since the start of February, triple the usual number, and about 98% of them have died, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said.

Scientists will investigate whether lingering effects from the 2010 BP oil spill and more immediate effects from low salinity because of freshwater flowing from high rivers and a Louisiana spillway contributed to the deaths, said Teri Rowles, coordinator for Noaa fisheries’ marine mammal health and stranding response program.

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Hopes for climate progress falter with coal still king across Asia

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/15 - 8:00am
A depressing picture of global power generation has coal still firmly on top. And in a vicious cycle, the very heatwaves and winter freezes high carbon emissions cause seem to be increasing them

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund is preparing to leave fossil fuels behind. Last week, Norway’s parliament confirmed by unanimous vote that its $1tn sovereign wealth fund would dump $13bn of fossil fuel investments – and start investing billions in renewables.

The move is designed to protect Norway’s state-owned investment fund from the decline in fossil fuels that will be vital if full-blown climate catastrophe is to be averted.

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Cracking cheese, Gromit! Wensleydale waste to heat 4,000 homes

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/15 - 6:00am
Yorkshire dairy by-products will be turned into renewable biogas to cut carbon emission

The crumbly cheese beloved of TV duo Wallace and Gromit will soon help heat thousands of Yorkshire homes with renewable “green gas” made from cheese waste.

The Wensleydale Creamery has struck a deal to supply the waste whey from its cheese factory to a local bioenergy plant that produces enough renewable biogas to heat 4,000 homes. The Leeming biogas plant, which currently runs on ice-cream residue, will use a process called anaerobic digestion to turn the dairy-based waste into renewable biogas.

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High Flooding On Lake Ontario And St. Lawrence River

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/06/15 - 4:57am

The U.S. and Canada are under pressure to show a water control plan for the area along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River didn't actually make flooding worse.

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Climate crisis: aviation industry hears clamour for electric planes

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/15 - 12:00am

Shift from fossil fuels top of agenda for Paris air show, industry having lagged behind other sectors

Faced with growing calls for action on the climate crisis, aerospace companies gathering for the Paris air show next week are turning their thoughts to a future run on electricity rather than fossil fuels.

The scale of the challenge is considerable. The target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and embraced by the UK this week, coincides with the expectation that the number of flights will double in the next 20 years.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/06/14 - 3:05pm
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Two Greenpeace activists arrested as it sends ship to join BP oil rig protest

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/14 - 11:55am

Group defies court order against Arctic Sunrise supporting occupation of North Sea rig

Police have arrested two Greenpeace activists who had boarded a North Sea oil rig as the environmental group said it was sending its ship Arctic Sunrise to join the protest in defiance of court orders obtained by BP.

The oil firm has taken out injunctions against the ship and the Greenpeace ice-breaker, the Esperanza, forbidding them from supporting a protest on a rig in Scotland’s Cromarty Firth that is now in its sixth day.

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Pope Francis declares 'climate emergency' and urges action

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/14 - 11:53am

Addressing energy leaders, pope warns of ‘catastrophic’ effects of global heating

Pope Francis has declared a global “climate emergency”, warning of the dangers of global heating and that a failure to act urgently to reduce greenhouse gases would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations”.

He also endorsed the 1.5C limit on temperature rises that some countries are now aiming for, referring to warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of “catastrophic” effects if we crossed such a threshold. He said a “radical energy transition” would be needed to stay within that limit, and urged young people and businesses to take a leading role.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/14 - 10:14am

A cattle egret, a roving monkey and a curious chipmunk

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White House physicist sought aid of rightwing thinktank to challenge climate science

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/14 - 8:40am

William Happer contacted Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that fossil fuels cause global heating

A member of the Trump administration’s National Security Council has sought help from advisers of a conservative thinktank to challenge the reality of a human-induced climate crisis, a trove of his emails show.

William Happer, a physicist appointed by the White House to counter the federal government’s own climate science, reached out to the Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that burning fossil fuels is causing dangerous global heating, in March.

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Battery benefits questioned | Letter

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/14 - 8:36am
Scottish Power claims it is making a ‘significant step’ forward with renewable energy, but David Miller has doubts

Jillian Ambrose (Report, 11 June) claims that a 50MW battery system is a “significant step”. But how significant a step does not depend upon the instantaneous energy output in megawatts. Most significantly, it depends on how long it can keep this energy flow going. So the relevant measurement, to compare with rival systems, would be in MW hours (which are what we pay for in our electricity bills).
David Miller
(Emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at UCL), London

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