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A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire's Physical And Emotional Damage

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/10/14 - 4:00am

Dealing with a fire or other natural disaster is hard on anyone, from evacuation to aftermath. And people with physical or developmental disabilities have particular needs, say emergency planners.

(Image credit: Adam Grossberg/KQED)

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Geoengineering is not a quick fix for climate change, experts warn Trump

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/14 - 12:00am

Leading researchers and campaigners express concern that geoengineering research could be used as an excuse not to reduce CO2 emissions

Leading climate scientists have warned that geoengineering research could be hijacked by climate change deniers as an excuse not to reduce CO2 emissions, citing the US administration under Donald Trump as a major threat to their work.

David Keith, a solar geoengineering (GE) expert at Harvard University has said there is a real danger that his work could be exploited by those who oppose action on emissions, at the same time as he defended himself and colleagues from the claims GE strengthens the argument for abandoning the targets set by the Paris climate agreement.

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Hundreds Missing In Northern California Where Fires Continue To Burn

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 2:28pm

Fire rescue workers in Northern California are searching for hundreds of people who've gone missing since the start of evacuations. Some may be in shelters. But others may not have survived.

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With OK From EPA, Use Of Controversial Weedkiller Is Expected To Double

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 2:14pm

The EPA says farmers can still spray dicamba on their crops next year — with some new restrictions. The weedkiller has been blamed for drifting into fields, damaging millions of acres of crops.

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Police show their true colours at fracking protest | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 10:18am
Green peer Jenny Jones says the police’s actions at a fracking protest show they are helping impose government policy and defending corporate interests

When the police forcibly remove a 79-year-old woman for serving refreshments to fracking protesters, you know they have taken sides (Report, 11 October). Having wasted their time and our money dragging pensioners around, the Lancashire constabulary has asked the Home Office for an extra £3.1m to cover the cost of drafting in police from Somerset and Wales. It is time for the policing operation at New Preston Road to be scaled back, or called off altogether. The police are helping to impose a government decision to frack, which is opposed by local residents at every level of local government. The police should go back to patrolling the streets and arresting criminals, instead of defending corporate interests by harassing the protesters.
Jenny Jones
Green party, House of Lords

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California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture, Fire Researchers Say

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 10:11am

The wildfires in California's wine country are coming in the midst of a near-record fire season nationwide. Researchers say a warming climate is a factor.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 7:06am

This week, we saw an executive order on health care, a shift in immigration strategy and a step forward on disaster relief.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 6:00am

A wild boar, clown fish and two rhinoceros calves are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Mull islanders launch appeal to buy up neighbouring Ulva

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 4:22am

Scottish ministers have blocked £5m sale of tiny Hebridean island to allow community to organise bid

Islanders on Mull will launch a worldwide appeal to help buy the tiny Hebridean island of Ulva after Scottish ministers stopped its owner selling it for as much as £5m.

The appeal is likely to include Australians whose forebears left Ulva during and after the Highland clearances, which resulted in its population plummeting from about 600 people two centuries ago to just six.

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Penguin disaster as just two chicks survive from colony of 40,000

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 11:31pm

‘Catastrophic breeding event’ leads to demands for a marine protected area to be set up in East Antarctica

A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation – not previously seen in more than 50 years of observation – has been wrought on the population.

The finding has prompted urgent calls for the establishment of a marine protected area in East Antarctica, at next week’s meeting of 24 nations and the European Union at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart.

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Adani says it will break ground on Carmichael rail link 'within days'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 11:04pm

Federal government concessional loan is yet to be secured but the group is confident of delivering first shipment in March 2020

The Adani Group has said it will “break ground within days” on the rail link for its Carmichael coalmine and has claimed daily progress on a project for which it still needs to secure about $5bn in finance.

The Adani Mining chief executive, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, said in a statement on Friday the company remained “confident and committed” to delivering its first coal shipment in March 2020.

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Paris Mayor Plans To Eliminate All Non-Electric Cars By 2030

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:16pm

"We are seeing a revolution in terms of mobility and on the issue of climate," said the city's deputy mayor. "We can't wait."

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Australia lagging on electric cars and tax breaks needed to drive demand – report

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:03pm

Australia Institute wants free access to bus lanes after electric cars accounted for just 0.1% of new car sales in 2015

Tax breaks and free access to bus lanes should be used to help reverse Australia’s poor uptake of electric vehicles, a new report has said.

Australians remain deeply reluctant to buy electric cars, which accounted for just 0.1% of new car sales in 2015. Australia is increasingly falling behind other countries, particularly in Europe, where sales of electric cars represented 1.2% of new European Union car sales in the same year.

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Chevron abandons plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 4:31pm

Environmentalists hail decision that comes almost exactly a year after BP ditched its own scheme for the untapped basin

Chevron has become the second big oil company to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, almost exactly a year after BP ditched its more advanced plans for the untapped basin.

Oil companies have compared the potential of the bight to the Gulf of Mexico, where there are thousands of oil rigs.

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This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:31pm

As wildfires spread through Northern California counties, clouds of smoke and ash are spreading, too, far beyond the flames. Air quality officials have a database that's searchable by ZIP code.

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Northern California Wildfires Destroy Thousands Of Businesses

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

In much of the area burning in Northern California, agriculture is the main industry. And in the Sonoma and Napa counties, wine is the big player. It's worth billions and employs a 100,000 workers.

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The Mechanics Behind Yellowstone's Old Faithful

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

The Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park blows water approximately ever 90 minutes. The the mechanics behind this beautiful mystery have been revealed this week in a new study.

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California Wildfires Not Yet Contained

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

Nearly two dozen deadly wildfires in Northern California are burning across eight counties. They have burned more than 100,000 acres, and they're not under control yet.

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How Firefighters Are Tackling The Northern California Blazes

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Cal Fire Assistant Deputy Director Daniel Berlant about how firefighters are dealing with the wildfires in Northern California. At least 24 people have died from the fires.

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Proof that sustainable meat and dairy farming can work | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 10:35am
David Finlay writes that his experiment in sustainable and ethical meat and dairy farming shows that it is achievable

I had just got back into the house from milking the cows when I read the discussion (Letters, 7 October) on George Monbiot’s latest contribution to the debate about the future of our food production system. While George is a fundamentalist, I must confess I agree with much of what he says! The problem is that, as an extremist fundamentalist, he just goes too far. Here on our rented family farm of 100 dairy cows with some beef and sheep, we are in the first year of a three-year, final-stage experiment to challenge the idea that treating our animals, land, environment and the people who work and live here with respect is somehow incompatible with financial viability and our industry’s ability to provide adequate amounts of affordable food, and is therefore unsustainable.

This is the final part of a much longer-term experiment, incorporating agroecology, agroforestry and calf-with-cow dairying along with appropriate technologies that allow us to achieve these public benefit outcomes. On paper this could work. In practice it hasn’t been easy. But there are glimmers of daylight. We are on the final stretch and many of our targets have been met: substantial (90%-plus) cuts in the use of antibiotics, anthelmintics, vaccines, soluble fertiliser and pesticides (and diffuse pollution) without compromising productivity or animal health; and substantial increases in biodiversity and reductions in staff working hours.

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