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Fossil fuels produce less than half of UK electricity for first time

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/20 - 4:01pm

National Grid is able to confidently predict the 2019 record just six months into the year

Zero-carbon energy sources are poised to overtake fossil fuels as the UK’s largest electricity source over a full calendar year.

This year will be the first that fossil fuels make up less than half of the electricity generated, according to National Grid, following a dramatic decline in coal-fired power and rising renewable energy.

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KIMCHI CLASS this Sunday, June 23

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2019/06/20 - 1:37pm

Sunday, June 23rd
12 noon to 2 pm


No Korean meal would be complete without a side dish of kimchi. As American palates shift toward spicier condiments, this ancient Asian “pickle” is becoming more popular on U.S. tables. Just like sauerkraut, the basic ingredients of kimchi are cabbage and salt. Unlike sauerkraut, it’s fermented with a special type of red chili powder. Recipes often include ginger and scallions, and sometimes fish sauce or paste. Ancient, traditional methods of fermenting kimchi used a large crock buried in the ground. 

In this workshop, we’ll use modern equipment to make kimchi in a small batch that can ferment on your kitchen counter. Everyone will leave with copies of all recipes. If you’ve been thinking about trying kimchi, but thought it might be too complicated or too spicy, this workshop is for you!

Instructor: Teri Buhl
Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite:


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Oregon's Republican senators flee capitol to delay vote on emissions reduction plan

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/20 - 3:00am
  • Clean energy job bill would allow cap and trade of emissions
  • Governor dispatches state troopers to get session back on track

Oregon is poised to become the second US state after California to impose a cap and trade program aimed at reducing industrial carbon emissions.

But ahead of a vote on the legislation Thursday, all 11 Republican state senators fled the capitol in a bid to delay the process. Several claimed to have left the state, beyond the reach of state troopers dispatched by the governor in order to get the legislative session back on track.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Replacement To Obama's Clean Power

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/06/20 - 2:03am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Joseph Goffman, of the Environmental & Energy Law Program at Harvard, about the end of the Clean Power Plan, which he worked on in the Obama administration.

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How 1 Farmer Navigates California's Strict Limit On Groundwater

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/06/20 - 2:03am

New rules in California governing groundwater usage have pushed farmers to experiment with some innovative techniques, including developing micro markets for water.

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Critics seek to stop Great Lakes pipeline run by company with poor safety habits

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/19 - 11:00pm

Environmental groups say Line 5 poses a major threat and is run by Canada’s Enbridge which has a long record of mismanagement

A coalition of environmental groups and newly elected Democrats in Michigan are seeking to shut a controversial pipeline through the Great Lakes they say represents a major environmental threat and is being run by a company with a long record of mismanagement, poor safety habits and deception.

Canadian oil giant Enbridge wants to replace an ageing pipeline called Line 5 that cuts through the Great Lakes, which hold more than 90% of the nation’s freshwater. It transports about 540,000 barrels of oil and liquid natural gas daily in 4.4 miles of pipelines that are exposed on the lake floor in the Mackinac Straits.

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Plastic wrapped in plastic: the wasteful reality of America's grocery stores

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/19 - 10:00pm

On a shopping trip to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and other leading markets, plastic feels more plentiful than the food itself

A bundle of six small brie cheeses from Trader Joe’s seemed to sum it all up. Each 0.9oz wheel was encased in flexible clear plastic, bound together in a plastic sack, to be sold to Americans who might carry it home in a single-use plastic shopping bag, none of it apparently recyclable.

Supermarkets in the United Kingdom have at least attempted to reduce the more than 800,000 tons of plastic waste they sell each year, starting plastic bottle deposit schemes and ending sales of plastic bags.

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Which 2020 Democrats are powering their campaigns on fossil fuel donations?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/19 - 10:00pm

Democrats accept the climate crisis must be confronted – but there’s a split between those who signed a pledge to no longer accept industry money those who haven’t

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started the repairs...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/06/19 - 4:10pm
That must have been quite a wind...found roof parts 100 yards from the site.  Two 4x6 porch beams ( 8' and 9' long) were 60 yards away.  I figure the catastrophic failure happened because I had yet to finish fully securing the porch beams to the porch posts.  Fortunately, I can reuse the beams and most of the rafters and sheathing.  Collected all the parts and reinstalled the east and middle gables and the bathroom beam this morning.  Didn't find any other damage.  The plan is to get all the repairs (and extra securing) done by the end of the weekend.  90,99,75,0,B
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