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Reef foundation chair tells senators he had no idea Turnbull was going to offer $444m

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/18 - 12:26am

John Schubert appears before Senate inquiry into the grant awarded to his small non-profit without tender

The chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, John Schubert, has told a Senate inquiry he did not know the government was going to offer a $444m grant when he agreed to meet with the then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg.

In the hearing on Tuesday, Schubert said the prime minister’s office called with an invitation two days before the 9 April meeting but gave no information on what was to be discussed.

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Gulf petrodollars are a destructive addiction – the UK must kick the habit | David Wearing

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/18 - 12:00am
The flow of Gulf capital into Britain stifles the development of more sound economic policies and keeps us too close to some of the world’s worst regimes

This month marks 10 years since the financial crisis turned into a full-blown crash, and 10 years since the purchase of Manchester City Football Club by the royal family of Abu Dhabi. What links the two is the flow of revenues generated by the sale of oil and gas (“petrodollars”) into Britain from the Gulf Arab monarchies – principally Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar. The role of Gulf petrodollars remains the untold story of the financial crisis and of the continuing dysfunction of late-period neoliberalism in the UK.

Related: Ten years after Lehmans, it’s as if we’ve learned nothing from the crash | Aditya Chakrabortty

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Adani coalmine: full environmental statement not required to expand dam 450%

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 6:21pm

Green groups say the federal government decision amounts to ‘preferential treatment’

The federal government has ruled the Indian mining company Adani does not have to complete a full environmental impact statement for its application to drastically expand a dam and build a pipeline for its Carmichael coalmine.

The project, which Adani calls the north Galilee water scheme, would involve the construction of a 10 billion-litre dam. An existing dam has a capacity of 2.2bn litres.

Adani also wants to build 110km of pipeline to transport water from the Suttor river and Burdekin basin.

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Number of dirty diesels on road still growing, report shows

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 3:01pm

Three years after the Dieselgate scandal erupted, number of highly polluting diesel vehicles on Europe’s roads has risen to 43 million

The number of dirty diesel vehicles pumping out toxic emissions on Europe’s streets is still rising three years after the Dieselgate scandal began, according to a new report. More than 7m such cars and vans remain on UK roads alone.

There were 29m diesel vehicles whose emissions on the road were significantly higher than official laboratory-based EU limits when the diesel scandal erupted in September 2015. But that has now risen by to 43m, according to analysis by the group Transport & Environment (T&E). France has the most dirty diesels on the road, with 8.7m, followed by Germany’s 8.2m and the UK’s 7.3m.

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Flooding From Hurricane Florence Also Poses Environmental Risks

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 2:14pm

Flood waters breached a pit of coal ash at a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., spilling heavy metals into a nearby lake. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Frank Holleman at the Southern Environmental Law Center about the risks of coal ash water contamination.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 11:30am
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Abandoning fishing lockouts from NSW marine parks is 'gutless tragedy' | James Woodford

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 11:00am

State government’s decision has appalled scientists and conservationists, and widens divide between city and country

When the Batemans marine park, not far from my home on the New South Wales south coast, was first created, fishing on a beach next to my property was illegal. Then, under immense pressure from recreational fishers, the zoning throughout the marine park was changed. A few hundred metres offshore stayed a no-take zone but line fishing and spearfishing is now allowed from my local beach. One of my greatest pleasures is to head down to the water with my children and cast into the breakers at dusk, hoping to catch my dinner.

The rezoning along the Batemans coast meant substantial areas remained off limits to recreational anglers like me. But there are still more than enough spots to fish throughout the marine park. The tourists still come and everyone who wants to catch a fish can.

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Steep emissions reductions targets won't drive up power bills, modelling shows

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 11:00am

Exclusive: Research finds claims emissions targets make electricity more expensive are misguided

Emissions reduction targets, even relatively ambitious ones, will not drive up power prices for Australian consumers, according to new research from the Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

While the Morrison government has abandoned the national energy guarantee because conservatives complain that emissions reduction policies drive up power prices, the new research finds that critique is misguided.

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Coal comeback could drive up UK energy emissions – report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 8:54am

Extra coal-burning may lead to problems meeting binding carbon targets

Britain’s ability to meet its emissions targets is being challenged by a comeback for coal power stations that threatens to drive up the energy sector’s carbon emissions for the first time in six years.

Coal plants have become more economic to run than their gas counterparts in the past month because wholesale gas prices have hit 10-year highs. A report by Imperial College London said the extra coal-burning had increased emissions by 15% in September, equivalent to an extra 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hour.

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Germany launches world's first hydrogen-powered train

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 7:20am

Two trains built by the French train maker Alstom are now operating on a 62 mile stretch of line in northern Germany

Germany has rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, on Monday began running a 62 mile (100km) route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany – a stretch normally plied by diesel trains.

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Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In U.S.

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 5:02am

The new beer bottles can be refilled up to 40 times and are designed to be easily separated from the rest of the glass in the deposit system, ensuring that they get refilled instead of recycled.

(Image credit: Cassandra Profita/OPB/Earthfix)

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California plans to show the world how to meet the Paris climate target | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 3:00am

Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order for statewide carbon neutrality by 2045

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed State Senator and US Senate candidate Kevin de León’s SB 100, which mandates that the state obtain all of its electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2045. That in itself was a big deal, but Brown didn’t stop there; he also issued an executive order calling for the entire California economy to become carbon-neutral by 2045. That’s a huge deal.

In order to stay below the Paris climate threshold of 2°C global warming above pre-industrial temperatures, humanity must become carbon-neutral by around 2060 or 2070. If California can meet Brown’s target, it will be providing the rest of the world a blueprint for meeting the Paris target. As the world’s fifth-largest economy, California can provide a powerful roadmap for others to follow.

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NSW government makes U-turn over marine park sanctuary zones

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/17 - 12:15am

Coalition’s backdown follows reversals on stadiums, greyhounds, council amalgamations and emergency services levy

The New South Wales government has performed yet another about-face, ditching a proposed ban on fishing at 25 “no take” sanctuary zones in a proposed marine park stretching between Newcastle and Wollongong.

Just weeks after the government announced the plan to create the Sydney region marine park, the primary industries minister, Niall Blair, backed down on Monday after sustained opposition from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party.

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afflictions of the gospel...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/09/16 - 12:40pm
2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
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Cheesemaking class tomorrow-2 spot just opened up!

Home Grown New Mexico - Sat, 2018/09/15 - 4:42pm

TWO SPOTS JUST OPENED UP FOR TOMORROW’S CLASS BELOW. TO SIGN UP AT THIS LATE DATE, CALL 505-660-4986

Sunday, Sept 16th—
12 noon to 3 pm

Cheesemaking-Mozzarella
Hands on-Learn how to make mozzarella cheese and take some home!

Instructors: Diane Pratt/Jannine Cabossel
Location: 2520-B Camino Entrada (Santa Fe Area HomeBuilders Association-next to Habitat ReStore on south side)
Fee: $10 for members/$20 for non-members—this is not a membership-memberships sold separately here
Space is limited to 12 people

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Boozy Garden Delights

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2018/09/06 - 2:51pm

Hey there are still a few openings for this event on Sunday! Read on and sign-up below. FREE TO MEMBERS.

Sunday, Sept 9th—
12 noon to 2 pm

Boozy Garden Delights
Preserve the flavors of the harvest with alcohol based digestifs and amaros. Learn to extract flavors from local fruits, herbs and conifers and make delicious and unique liqueurs. We will discuss suitable plant material, making simple syrups and aging the final product. We will also have a tasting of last season’s projects.

Instructor: Steve Haines
Location: Steve and Alessandra Haines house:
52 Mansion Drive • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite:

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