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'Uninhabitable Earth' Spotlights 3 Climate Change Misunderstandings

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 3:01am

Rachel Martin talks to David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth, who outlines the current misunderstandings and upcoming impacts of climate change.

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Labor demands investigation into ministers Cash and Keenan over AFP raid on AWU – politics live

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/18 - 9:52pm

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live

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Wayne Swan will be delivering his valedictory at 4.10

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Government doesn't know if exported rare birds are still in German facility, Senate hears

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/18 - 9:25pm

Australian officials have not visited the centre where hundreds of rare and endangered birds were sent

The federal environment department does not know if hundreds of rare and endangered Australian birds exported to a German organisation headed by a convicted kidnapper and extortionist are still at the group’s facility in Brandenburg.

Department officials told Senate estimates on Monday night their wildlife compliance unit was investigating after Guardian Australia reported the government had been warned birds sent to the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) could be sold to collectors at a huge profit.

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Bulk carrier runs aground on Solomon Islands reef spilling oil

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/18 - 8:48pm

Cyclone delays cleanup after ship runs aground in rough seas near Rennell Island

Solomon Islands authorities are scrambling to clean up an oil spill caused after a bulk carrier came aground about a fortnight ago on a coral reef on the southern coast.

Category 2 cyclone Oma and rough weather had delayed efforts to salvage the ship, MV Solomon Trader.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/02/18 - 2:21pm
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Iowa operatives say ethanol worship is now as corny as The West Wing

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/18 - 4:00am

Support for the biofuel and its economic impact used to be key in the caucus state. Then Ted Cruz opposed it and won

For decades, supporting ethanol was considered the price of admission for the Iowa caucuses. Government backing for production of the corn-based biofuel was seen as a sacred cow. Presidential candidates who opposed it either skipped the state or changed their mind. There was even an episode of The West Wing that revolved around candidates grudgingly endorsing ethanol in order to save their political bacon.

Related: Leftwing Democrats steal the 2020 spotlight but can centrists fight back?

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NSW Labor pledges state-owned renewable energy company to power three million homes

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/17 - 9:33pm

Environment groups hail Michael Daley’s promise a ‘game-changer’ that would slash state’s carbon emissions by 12%

A New South Wales Labor government would establish a state-owned renewable energy company to support the rollout of enough renewable energy to power more than three million homes across the state in the next decade.

On Monday the NSW opposition leader, Michael Daley, announced that if elected on 23 March, Labor would deliver seven gigawatts of extra renewable energy by 2030.

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Great Barrier Reef coral at risk of bleaching from Queensland flood waters

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/17 - 9:10pm

Marine park authority fear freshwater bleaching after scientists report ‘extensive’ flood plumes and drop in water salinity

Freshwater bleaching of corals could occur this year as a result of flood waters from Queensland’s overflowing rivers pouring into the Great Barrier Reef, the marine park authority has warned.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority told Senate estimates hearings in Canberra on Monday that there is a chance corals hit by mass bleaching in 2016 or 2017 could be damaged again by one of several impacts from the flooding disaster.

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Tesla big battery is holding its own in a burgeoning energy storage market | Giles Parkinson

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/17 - 8:41pm

The South Australian battery pockets $4m as the market looks to unlock multiple potential value streams

The Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia continues to make its mark on the Australian energy market, pocketing another $4m in the fourth quarter from the provision of frequency and ancillary services.

Related: South Australia's Tesla battery on track to make back a third of cost in a year

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Food waste bins should be collected weekly, says Michael Gove

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/17 - 5:01pm

Drive to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle and cut waste’ could include plastic tax and deposit scheme

Millions of homes could have their food waste bins collected weekly, if new proposals from the environment secretary are implemented in the wake of a government consultation on the UK’s waste system.

Michael Gove’s proposed measures to ensure consistent recycling collections come after a number of councils cut the frequency of collections, leaving residents with overflowing bins.

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Create in me a clean heart...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/02/17 - 3:36pm
Psalm 51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
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Florida's farmers plot new course after Hurricane Michael's deadly tear

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/17 - 4:00am

Storm’s assault through Panhandle has left growers moving away from traditional farming towards alternatives like hemp and hops

Hurricane Michael’s deadly tear through Florida’s Panhandle four months ago will help fuel a transformation of the state’s agricultural industry, experts are predicting, with significant numbers of growers moving away from traditional farming and towards a future of alternative crops such as hemp and hops.

Related: Florida: seafood industry struggles to recover after Hurricane Michael

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Sharp rise in methane levels threatens world climate targets

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/17 - 12:00am

Experts warn that failure to act risks spike in global temperatures

Dramatic rises in atmospheric methane are threatening to derail plans to hold global temperature rises to 2C, scientists have warned.

In a paper published this month by the American Geophysical Union, researchers say sharp rises in levels of methane – which is a powerful greenhouse gas – have strengthened over the past four years. Urgent action is now required to halt further increases in methane in the atmosphere, to avoid triggering enhanced global warming and temperature rises well beyond 2C.

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Chupa Merch

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/02/16 - 5:12pm
I miss my old buddy and if you do too, Chupa mugs and tshirts will be available again from my online store starting Monday.  A limited/numbered edition of BE LIKE CHUPA sterling silver coins will be available this summer.  78,83,55,0,W
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Labour green group urges Corbyn to back second Brexit vote

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/16 - 1:22pm

Socialist Environment and Resources Association says leaving EU will do untold damage to countryside

The only environmental group affiliated to the Labour party has written to Jeremy Corbyn calling on him to back a second referendum on Brexit and to campaign for remain.

It warns that leaving the EU will have devastating consequences for millions of British people, drastically undermine UK farmers, and do untold damage to the countryside.

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UK fracking industry pushes for review of earthquake limits

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/16 - 9:00am
Firms say regulations forcing operations to stop if they trigger tremors greater than 0.5 magnitude threaten viability

The UK’s nascent fracking firms are headed for a crunch moment that will determine whether the industry has a future, according to observers and insiders.

The past fortnight has seen a concerted lobbying drive by two of the leading shale companies calling for the government to review rules on earthquakes caused by their operations.

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As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines?

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/02/16 - 5:01am

The vast majority of American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market — albeit not as quickly as environmental activists might like.

(Image credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sky Islands And Starry-Eyed Frogs: Breathtaking Photos Of Remote Ecosystems

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/02/16 - 5:00am

Prasenjeet Yadav wants his photos to make people care about the environment — whether it's grasslands vanishing in southwest India or windmills taking over a lizard's habitat.

(Image credit: Prasenjeet Yadav )

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/02/15 - 4:58pm
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US coastal businesses hit by everyday impact of climate change, study shows

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/15 - 12:00pm

Annapolis seeing sea rise at about twice the global rate. Flooding there foreshadows problems other coastal towns can expect

When the parking lot in the bustling tourist zone of downtown Annapolis floods, the employees at Pip’s Dock Street Dogs restaurant take off their socks and shoes, wrap their legs in trash bags and wade out into the water.

A lot of the time, it’s not even raining. High tides intensified by sea-level rise are just pushing the water inland, overwhelming the drainage system.

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