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NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/25 - 8:06am

Hundreds of thousands of workers around the country are approaching another missed paycheck and the latest on the Roger Stone indictment.

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The right bike for the right person: a lesson from Isla Rowntree

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/25 - 8:01am

The Islabikes founder’s new range of bikes for those aged 65-plus shows how different people can often have very different cycling needs

On the Bike Blog we do wang on quite a lot about the vital importance of safe infrastructure to get more people cycling, and with very good reason. But there’s another aspect also worth considering: having people on a suitable bike.

Why did this occur to me? Because of a chat with Isla Rowntree, the eponymous founder, head and design supremo for Islabikes, who has spent 13 years thinking about how bikes can be made easier and more fun for children to ride, and is now branching into intended bikes for older people.

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'Our house is on fire': Greta Thunberg, 16, urges leaders to act on climate

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/25 - 7:57am

Swedish school strike activist demands economists tackle runaway global warming. Read her Davos speech here

Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire.

According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. In that time, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society need to have taken place, including a reduction of our CO2 emissions by at least 50%.

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Cod stocks on course to crash if ocean warming continues

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/25 - 7:40am

Barents Sea is key source of UK cod imports and could see temperature rises of over 6C

Fish fingers and cod and chips are under a far greater threat from carbon emissions than previously thought, according to a recent study that has grave implications for food security.

The North Atlantic cod stock in the Barents Sea is likely to first rise and then crash, possibly to almost zero before the end of the century if climate change isn’t addressed, says the scientific paper, published by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.

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The Week in Wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/25 - 7:30am

Tiger poachers, goldfinches and playful baby elephants feature in this week’s gallery

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Murray-Darling Basin Authority should be broken up, 'damning' report finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 11:36pm

Productivity Commission review finds authority’s dual roles are often in conflict

The agency in charge of Australia’s most important and complex river system should be broken up as part of a major overhaul to protect the Murray-Darling basin and save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, the Productivity Commission says.

The government released the Productivity Commission’s five-year review of the management of the Murray-Darling basin late on Friday afternoon. The report warned of serious risks in Australia’s long-term $13bn plan for the basin, which is designed to reset the balance between the environment and consumptive uses through to mid-2024.

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Toxic legacy: what to do with Britain's nuclear waste – Science Weekly podcast

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 11:00pm

The UK has a problem and it isn’t going to go away anytime soon. But what to do about it? This week Geoff Marsh explores plans to bury the UK’s nuclear waste deep underground

The UK was a pioneer of nuclear energy production but the waste that this innovation left behind is now spread across sites all over the country. Along with other nuclear nations, the UK has come to the conclusion that the safest way to deal with this nuclear waste is to bury it deep underground in what is called a geological disposal facility (GDF).

This GDF would be filled with the current inventory plus any waste produced by future energy production, and then sealed shut for millennia. But will a community step forward and engage with the government and its proposal?

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Japan to resume commercial whaling one day after leaving the IWC

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 9:23pm

A fleet of five vessels will reportedly leave for the country’s coastal waters on 1 July

Japan will resume commercial whaling for the first time in three decades immediately after it leaves the body responsible for protecting global whale populations.

Media reports said a fleet would leave for the country’s coastal waters on 1 July, a day after its official exit from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), whose ban on commercial whaling went into effect in 1986.

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Australia's best beaches: Perth's Cottesloe wins most votes in Guardian poll

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 6:06pm

Cottesloe took out metropolitan category and also gained the most votes overall but Hyams and Wineglass Bay were close behind

The results are in for the Guardian Australia’s best beaches poll.

There were 19,533 votes cast in the survey to find Australia’s best regional, remote and metropolitan beaches.

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British taxpayers face £24bn bill for tax relief to oil and gas firms

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 5:01pm

NAO report reveals cost of removing hundreds of North Sea wells, rigs and pipelines

British taxpayers face a £24bn bill for tax relief awarded to oil and gas companies removing hundreds of North Sea wells, rigs and pipelines, the UK public spending watchdog has said.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said the figure would climb if companies collapse and are unable to pay for cleaning up their operations, leaving the government to pick up the tab.

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‘Worrying’ rise in global CO2 forecast for 2019

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 5:01pm

Levels of the climate-warming gas are set to rise by near-record amounts, Met Office predicts

The level of climate-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is forecast to rise by a near-record amount in 2019, according to the Met Office.

The increase is being fuelled by the continued burning of fossil fuels and the destruction of forests, and will be particularly high in 2019 due to an expected return towards El Niño-like conditions. This natural climate variation causes warm and dry conditions in the tropics, meaning the plant growth that removes CO2 from the air is restricted.

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there is always time...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 4:30pm
Someone contacted me this morning who wanted to buy 4 coins ASAP even though I have sort of closed down the mint for now.  Decided I could squeeze some pours in today.  The 3D printer just paid for itself...  54,67,30,0,B
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California Investigation Finds PG&E Blameless In Massive 2017 Wine Region Wildfire

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 3:59pm

Power transmission lines owned by the beleaguered utility company are still the focus of an investigation into the cause of the Camp Fire in 2018.

(Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP)

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'Struggling Here With Just Living' In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Michael

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 2:24pm

Florida's Panhandle took the brunt of Hurricane Michael three months ago. Small, beachside communities are just beginning to grapple with the costs and challenges of recovery.

(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR)

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US off track to reach climate goals as oil and gas production expand

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 12:34pm

US will become increasingly reliant on natural gas and could become a net energy exporter by next year

The US could become a net energy exporter by next year as oil and gas production expands, according to new projections from the Energy Information Administration.

America is becoming increasingly reliant on natural gas – a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change but less so than coal. Solar power will grow rapidly too. Both will replace nuclear and coal power plants that are more expensive.

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Organizing 2019 Classes/Events

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 12:00pm

Hello Home Grown members and not yet members!
As Home Grown is preparing and organizing our 2019 classes/events, we hope your new year is off to a fabulous start. I know all this snow we are getting is really helping the trees and plants and it is a good time to plan out your gardens and for us to plan out the Home Grown New Mexico classes. We are excited about several new things on the horizon we want to share with you.

We are gearing up for an exceptional season of supporting our members with gardening, preservation, fermentation and cooking classes to help us all create a more sustainable life for ourselves whether you live in the city or countryside.

We will start our season with the Seed Exchange which will take place at Frenchy’s Barn from 4-6 pm on March 13th.

These are a SAMPLE of just a FEW of the classes on the line-up this year (class dates TBD):
FERMENTATION-Learn to Make Kimchi class
COOKING OUTDOORS-Solar Cooking class
PRESERVATION-“What’s Jamming’-Learn to make and can homemade jams during our fruit season
BEES-Build a native bee house class
GARDENING-Learn How do Drip Irrigation systems for gardeners
FOOD-Learn to Make Gnocchi class

and many more classes to come...

We are working on dates for all our classes right now.
We wish you all the best success in your endeavors as the season gets underway. Stay tune for the classes to be released in late February. Together let’s make this one the best year yet!

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Britain’s hidden fossil fuel subsidies | Letter

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 10:49am
Joan Walley says it’s time the government admitted that the fossil fuel industry gets a lot more help from UK taxpayers than appears on the balance sheet

Further evidence that Britain leads the EU in giving subsidies to fossil fuels (Report, 24 January) highlights yet again the urgency of rebalancing UK energy subsidies.

Back in 2013-14 the environmental audit select committee found that “energy subsidies in the UK are running at about £12bn a year, much directed at fossil fuels”. It concluded that “the absence of any internationally agreed definition of what constitutes energy subsidy has provided a way for the government to reject – erroneously in our view – the proposition in some areas that it provides energy subsidies”.

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Doomsday clock stays at two minutes to midnight as crisis now 'new abnormal'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 10:24am

Warning that ‘We are like passengers on the Titanic, ignoring the iceberg ahead’ in face of nuclear arms and climate change threats

The risk to global civilisation from nuclear weapons and climate change remains at an all-time high, according to a group of prominent US scientists and former officials, who said the world’s predicament had become the “new abnormal”.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that its symbolic “doomsday clock”, unveiled every year, was stuck at two minutes to midnight, the same as last January. The only other time the Bulletin has judged the world as being this close to catastrophe was 1953, in the early volatile stages of the cold war.

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Take the Airbus chief's no-deal Brexit warning seriously | Nils Pratley

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 8:27am

The aviation industry is run on multinational lines. UK wing production could easily take off and land somewhere else

There is one complaint about Tom Enders’ latest warning about Brexit. The chief executive of Airbus would do himself a favour if he sounded vaguely grateful for the huge subsidies his company has received from the UK government, and thus British taxpayers, over the decades. The corporate sense of entitlement is one reason why we’re in the current mess.

But let’s save that one for another day. When Enders warns that a no-deal Brexit could force “potentially very harmful decisions” for Airbus’s operations in the UK, it’s time we listened to him and ignored what he called “the Brexiteers’ madness”. This is about the politics and economics of aircraft production and three points are important.

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Why people in the US south stay put in the face of climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/24 - 5:00am

From New Orleans to the Florida panhandle, many have built up psychological resilience after living through years of extreme weather

I’ve long felt America, particularly the south, where I grew up, is in the “denial” stage of grief when it comes to our psychological response to climate change.

The sixth mass extinction has begun, our oceans are warming 40% faster than scientists anticipated, and the US’s carbon dioxide emissions rose 3.4% in 2018. How, I wonder, is everyone so calm? So business-as-usual?

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