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Global atmospheric CO2 levels hit record high

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/30 - 6:06am

UN warns that drastic action is needed to meet climate targets set in the Paris agreement

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at record speed last year to hit a level not seen for more than three million years, the UN has warned.

The new report has raised alarm among scientists and prompted calls for nations to consider more drastic emissions reductions at the upcoming climate negotiations in Bonn.

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New data gives hope for meeting the Paris climate targets | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/30 - 3:00am

Global carbon pollution appears to be close to peaking

Over the past half-century, growth in the global economy and carbon pollution have been tied together. When the global economy has been strong, we’ve consumed more energy, which has translated into burning more fossil fuels and releasing more carbon pollution. But over the past four years, economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions have been decoupled. The global economy has continued to grow, while data from the EU Joint Research Centre shows carbon pollution has held fairly steady.

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How Tariffs Could Help And Hurt The Solar Industry

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/10/30 - 2:00am

The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.

(Image credit: Grace Hood/CPR)

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Anti-Adani protests dog Palaszczuk's regional Queensland campaign

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/10/29 - 7:04pm

Carmichael mine opponents disrupt campaign as LNP leader Tim Nicholls fends off questions about One Nation

The Adani controversy has dogged Annastacia Palaszczuk at the outset of her state election campaign, with the premier forced to contend with disruptions from mine opponents within hours of hitting the trail in regional Queensland.

An anti-Adani protester crashed a live TV interview Palaszczuk was giving from Airlie Beach in north Queensland on Monday morning, and a Labor staffer tackled the man as he brandished a sign.

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Research breakthrough raises hope of predicting future Ebola outbreaks

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/10/29 - 5:01pm

Scientists optimistic of creating early-warning system after identifying two-year gap between clearance of forests inhabited by fruit bats and emergence of virus

Scientists studying links between the Ebola virus and deforestation have made a breakthrough that could lead to the development of an early warning system for outbreaks.

Existing research into how the disease could be spread from animals to humans found Ebola hotspots matched deforestation patterns in west Africa.

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5 Years After Hurricane Sandy, A Neighborhood Is Largely Deserted

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/10/29 - 3:23pm

Five years after Hurricane Sandy, residents of a coastal Staten Island neighborhood are selling their homes to the state, leaving behind barren and decrepit land.

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trip scripture...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/10/29 - 1:36pm
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
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Did The EPA Censor Its Scientists?

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/10/29 - 6:08am

Last week, EPA scientists were pulled from speaking at a meeting where they would address climate change. New EPA leaders were quickly accused of censoring their own scientists, says Adam Frank.

(Image credit: stevegeer/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Bats And Tequila: A Once Boo-tiful Relationship Cursed By Growing Demands

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/10/29 - 5:07am

As the tequila industry surges, the early harvesting and cloning of agave are disrupting the ecosystem of some species — leading some groups to go to bat for the hardworking nighttime pollinators.

(Image credit: Merlin Tuttle/Bat Conservation International)

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The eco guide to sanitary products

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 11:00pm

Menstrual pads are hard to talk about, and also an eco disaster on our beaches – but we need to change our ways

This column nearly didn’t happen. When a manufacturer of eco friendly menstrual pads bounded up to me and asked me brightly in public: “Are you a flusher or a binner?” I stared at her in total horror. Menstrual products and their disposal represent one of the last great consumer taboos – odd in a society which cheerfully discusses the vajazzle. It’s a taboo that powers a huge environmental issue. In their 2016 beach clean-up, the Marine Conservation Society found 20 tampons and sanitary items per 100 metres of shoreline.

Why not embrace the rise of the reusables?

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Queensland Labor keeps promise on Great Barrier Reef coal-ship loading ban

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 5:21pm

Exclusive: Election-eve ban aims to cut contamination from coal and oil spills to help struggling reef

The Queensland Labor government has banned the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, following through on its 2015 election promise.

The environment minister, Steven Miles, signed off on the ban on Saturday, in response to public concerns after the environment department last month flagged allowing so-called trans-shipping in the marine park under certain rules.

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Battle for the mother land: indigenous people of Colombia fighting for their lands

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 4:05pm

The 50-year civil war is over but, in the Cauca Valley, indigenous communities are on frontline of fight against drug gangs, riot police and deforestation

In pictures: Colombia’s land battles shatter the peace in Cauca Valley

A green-and-red flag flies over a cluster of bamboo and tarpaulin tents on the frontline of an increasingly deadly struggle for land and the environment in Colombia’s Cauca Valley.

It is the banner for what indigenous activists are calling the “liberation of Mother Earth”, a movement to reclaim ancestral land from sugar plantations, farms and tourist resorts that has gained momentum in the vacuum left by last year’s peace accord between the government and the leftwing guerrillas who once dominated the region – ending, in turn, the world’s longest-running civil war.

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Forget cod and salmon: Britons urged to rediscover the humble Cornish sardine

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 4:01pm
Though regarded as among the tastiest fish, 90% of the catch goes to Europe. Now a supermarket campaign aims to change that

At close to midnight, the crew of the Rachel Anne are surprisingly cheerful, given they have spent seven hours fruitlessly searching the English Channel for sardines. Scanning the screens in the wheelhouse, Richard Chamberlain, the skipper, suddenly spots a red blob on the echo-sounder which indicates a sizeable shoal is close by. “It’s looking good,” he shouts, checking its location and satisfied that it is a “tight” (and therefore plentiful) shoal, and not too deep. “Let’s shoot.”

The nocturnal silence off Cornwall is shattered as a huge circular net is catapulted or “shot” overboard by a hydraulic winch and – engine revving – the boat lurches ahead in a giant curve, the net unfurling behind.

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gotta go back...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 3:26pm
Got the dreaded call yesterday afternoon that my cardiologist wants to have me back for a followup right away on Monday.  Good news is they didn't suggest I go to the ER immediately.  Bad news is, based on the images from my stress test there might be some blockage to contend with.  I asked if I needed to make immediate plans for a couple of days in the hospital and all they would tell me is that the doctor most likely will want to schedule an angiogram next (the gold standard for detecting blockages in the arterial system).  Best case scenario is that they don't end up finding any blockage.  Second best scenario is that I am only a candidate for balloon angioplasty and/or stent placement - which really isn't so bad considering how common this procedure is.  Worst case scenario would be if I need surgical bypass surgery (which would kind of suck but not really that bad considering how common that procedure is).  Planning on doing the long round trip on Monday (without getting another speeding ticket) for the consult.  Already have my house sitter in place in case I have to stay a couple of days (if they can schedule whatever right away).  59,63,40,0,B 
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'All Is Not Lost': These Experts Help Save Hurricane-Soaked Heirlooms

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 2:41pm

Hurricane victims can replace chairs, cars, even homes. But they can't replace family photos or VHS tapes of grandma. So the Smithsonian and FEMA have dispatched a "heritage task force" to Texas.

(Image credit: Allison Lee/Houston Public Media)

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EPA Cancels Scientist Discussion Of Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 5:09am

New York Times reporter Lisa Friedman talks with Melissa Block about EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's latest moves to curb his agency's regulations and shift the focus away from climate change.

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Assessing The Damage To Puerto Rico's Rain Forest

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 5:09am

The trees in the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico were raked bare by Hurricane Maria. Grizelle Gonzalez from the International Institute of Tropical Forestry talks with NPR's Melissa Block.

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Nestlé, Hershey and Mars 'breaking promises over palm oil use'

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 2:10am

This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) says consumers have been “deceived” by promises from the brands to clean up their supply chains which were subsequently delayed, revised or watered down.

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Organic or starve: can Cuba's new farming model provide food security?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/28 - 2:00am

Once it grew only sugar and was heavy handed with fertilizers and pesticides, now Cuba is in the grip of a small-scale organic farming revolution

In the town of Hershey, 40 miles east of Havana, you can see the past and the future of Cuban farming, side by side.

The abandoned hulk of the Camilo Cienfuegos sugar plant, shut along with 70 other cane refineries in 2002, towers over the town. But in the lush hills and grasslands around Hershey, fields of cassava, corn, beans, and vegetables are a sign that there is life after sugar.

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US winter has shrunk by more than one month in 100 years

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/10/27 - 5:56pm

Scientists find that climate change has helped push first frosts later across the country

The length of the US winter is shortening, with the first frost of the year arriving more than one month later than it did 100 years ago, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide.

The trend of ever later first freezes appears to have started around 1980, according to data from 700 weather stations across the US going back to 1895 and compiled by Ken Kunkel, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

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