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Satellite Eye on Earth: November and December 2017 - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 11:00pm

Winter solstice, night lights and interesting islands are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month

Dust blowing out of the Copper River valley on Alaska’s south coast. The dust plume was likely comprised of fine-grained loess, which was formed as glacial ice moved over the area and ground the underlying rock into a powder. Dust storms in southern Alaska generally occur in late autumn, when river levels are relatively low, snow has not yet fallen, and the layers of dried, loess-rich mud are exposed to the wind. The Copper River - named for ore deposits found upstream - drains an area of more than 24,000 square miles (62,000 square kilometres) and is, by volume of discharge, the 10th largest river in the United States. Its delta forms one of the largest and most productive wetlands on the Pacific Coast of North America.

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Woolworths to stop selling pesticide linked to global bee decline

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 10:48pm

Australian grocery giant will join Bunnings to withdraw Yates Confidor from sale

Woolworths in Australia has joined a growing list of companies to stop supplying a controversial pesticide linked to global declines in bee populations.

On Tuesday the grocery giant announced it would join Bunnings in pulling Yates Confidor, a class of pesticide which some international studies have found damage the survival of honeybee colonies.

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Minerals Council steps up coal advocacy despite BHP call for neutrality

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 10:44pm

MCA publicises report asking governments to commit similar resources to carbon capture and storage as to renewables

The Minerals Council of Australia has stepped up its advocacy for coal power in spite of its biggest member, BHP, saying it will leave the group unless it shifts its stance to become technology-neutral.

On Tuesday the MCA publicised a report by the Coal Industry Advisory Board that called for governments to commit similar resources to carbon capture and storage as they do to renewable energy.

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Canadian climate science faces crisis that may be felt globally, scientists warn

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 3:20pm

In a letter to Justin Trudeau, 250 scientists highlight their concern over the imminent end of a research program to better understand climate change

Canadian climate science is facing a looming crisis whose repercussions could be felt far beyond the country’s borders, hundreds of scientists have warned, after the Canadian government failed to renew the country’s only dedicated funding program for climate and atmospheric research.

Related: Indigenous Canadians face a crisis as climate change eats away island home

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Peru passes law allowing roads through pristine Amazon rainforest

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 1:18pm
  • Pope warned on Friday of threat to Amazon and its peoples
  • New roads in border areas could affect five indigenous reserves

Peru has approved a law that would allow roads to be built in the most remote and pristine region of its Amazon rainforest, a haven for isolated indigenous groups and an area of primary forest rich in mahogany trees.

Related: Pope Francis says Amazon indigenous people under greater threat than ever

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 11:05am
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Bob Katter says there is an 'unpleasant odour' to Adani-linked airport

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 10:00am

Townsville and Rockhampton councils to spend $34m on airport hundreds of kilometres from either city

Outspoken federal MP Bob Katter has questioned why two Queensland councils are paying $34m to build an airport to service a massive Adani coalmine, saying there is an “unpleasant odour” to the deal.

In October Townsville and Rockhampton councils announced they would spend $18.5m and $15.5m respectively on an airport, hundreds of kilometres away from either city, at the Carmichael coalmine, as part of a funding deal with Adani.

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Pioneering wolf becomes first sighted in Belgium for a century

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 9:54am

Researchers have tracked Naya from eastern Germany into the Netherlands and now Flanders

The first recorded wolf on Belgian soil for at least 100 years has made her bloody mark.

Farmers in north-east Flanders have been put on high alert after evidence emerged that Naya, a female originally from eastern Germany that has been making a pioneering trek across Europe, had killed two sheep and injured a third near the Belgian town of Meerhout.

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Fears for future of UK onshore wind power despite record growth

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 9:35am

2.6GW of capacity built in 2017 before subsidies ban industry says will make generation dearer

A record amount of onshore wind power was built in the UK last year, but government policy has been stalling the sector and risked increasing energy bills for consumers, the industry has warned.

Turbines capable of generating 2.6GW were installed across Britain in 2017 as developers rushed to meet the government deadline for securing subsidies. The previous record was 1.3GW in 2013.

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Switching to electric cars is key to fixing America's 'critically insufficient' climate policies | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/01/22 - 4:00am

Nearly 60% of US carbon pollution comes from power and transportation, and power is already decarbonizing fast

In order to meet its share of the carbon pollution cuts needed to achieve the 2°C Paris international climate target, America’s policies are rated as “critically insufficient” by the Climate Action Tracker. The Trump Administration has taken every possible step to undo the Obama Administration’s climate policies, including announcing that America will be the only world country to withdraw from the Paris agreement, and trying to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

In 2020, the next American president will have to make up the lost ground and come up with a plan to rapidly accelerate the country’s transition away from fossil fuels. Currently, transportation and power generation each account for about 30% of US greenhouse gas emissions, so those sectors represent the prime targets for pollution cuts.

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The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/01/21 - 3:52pm
We have all heard the phrase "Cleanliness is next to godliness".  While there's nothing intrinsically wrong with the notion, in spite of mentioning God the phrase doesn't have a Biblical basis...or does it?  

God and Satan are both orderly and chaotic imaginings of the principle that governs the universe. God being the perceived principle of Order for the universe, and Satan being the Chaos principle. They may be orderly and chaotic reflections of each other, but that might just be missing the point. The principle of God is the principle of Order, in which the universe is governed by God, as an organized matrix in which the individual has no freedom to create his/her own structure and must conform to that of God, or the universe. This principle implies obedience and subservience to a higher power as the highest ideals yet these principles need to be applied to our earthly life.  The principle of Satan is the principle of Chaos, in which the individual is free to create one’s own structure and rules based on the raw material of the universe, and it is possible for the individual to have one’s own will and power, thus there is no order besides one’s own, and nothing rules the universe. This principle implies freedom and personal power...but is a dangerous lie.1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
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