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Could This Tree Be An Eco-Friendly Way To Wean Indonesian Farmers Off Palm Oil?

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/19 - 2:06pm

Palm oil plantations have led to widespread deforestation in Indonesia. But now some farmers are turning to a different crop — damar, a kind of anti-palm oil, grown in forest-based farms.

(Image credit: Julia Simon for NPR)

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Australia and European Union push for east Antarctic marine sanctuary

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/19 - 12:00pm

A proposed sanctuary to protect reefs and marine life off east Antarctica was knocked back last year by nations including China and Russia

Australia will push for a million square kilometres of the Antarctic ocean to be protected as a marine sanctuary at an international forum in Hobart this week.

Bids to preserve a large area of pristine ocean off east Antarctica have struck opposition in the past, including at last year’s meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, where China, Russia and Norway played a part in blocking the proposal.

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Cook Islands: manager of world's biggest marine park says she lost job for backing sea mining moratorium

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/19 - 12:00pm

Environmentalist Jacqueline Evans says she was dismissed from the Marae Moana for urging caution on deep-sea mining

The public champion of the world’s largest marine reserve – the Cook Islands’ Marae Moana – has said she lost her job managing it because she supported a moratorium on seabed mining in the Pacific.

Six months ago, Jacqueline Evans won the Goldman Environmental prize – the world’s foremost environmental award – for her work establishing Marae Moana (meaning “sacred ocean”), which covers the Cook Islands’ entire exclusive economic zone of more than 1.9m sq km.

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Chasing the sun: the World Solar Challenge 2019 – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/19 - 12:00pm

The World Solar Challenge, celebrated biennially since 1987, saw teams from around the world set off from Darwin on a 3,000km race to Adelaide by solar-powered car. Belgian team Agoria took first place this year after Dutch rivals Vattenfall caught fire 250km from the finish line

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Forget campfires… today’s scouts focus on climate crisis and homelessness

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/19 - 5:22am

Spurred on by the likes of Greta Thunberg, the movement is now engaging with social problems

Inspired by a wave of youth activism, scouts from across Britain are setting aside campfires and hobby badges to tackle some of the UK’s biggest social issues, from homelessness and the climate crisis to migrants and mental health.

The 112-year-old movement has enlisted the support of British astronaut Tim Peake to lead its campaign, in part spurred on by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

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'Just don't waste': David Attenborough's heartfelt message to next generation

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/18 - 4:01pm

At launch of BBC nature series Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough says message is finally getting through

David Attenborough has delivered a heartfelt message to children around the world on how they can help save the planet: “Live the way you want to live but just don’t waste.”

At the first screening of the BBC’s forthcoming blockbuster nature series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, the 93-year-old offered his advice to a five-year-old in the London audience. The boy was overwhelmed by nerves when handed the microphone, so his father asked his question on his behalf: “What can he do to save the planet?”

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/10/18 - 3:13pm
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New Movement Along Garlock Fault Line In California Could Mean Bigger Earthquakes

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/10/18 - 1:27pm

The bulging of the Garlock fault line in California can be seen from space and it's moving in ways never seen before, raising the question for Californians if it raises the risk of "The Big One."

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Second whale found dead in Thames in less than two weeks

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/18 - 9:26am

Discovery of whale’s body near Gravesend follows death of young humpback this month

A second whale has been found dead in the Thames less than two weeks after a humpback nicknamed Hessy died near the same stretch of water.

The Port of London Authority confirmed the suspected fin whale was discovered in the river at Denton, near Gravesend, on Friday morning.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/18 - 9:17am

A plucky otter, a mysterious blob and a Florida panther on the prowl

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Energy watchdog accused of stalling electric vehicle rollout

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/18 - 8:22am

Scottish Power boss says UK regulator needs reform after refusing upgrades to cope with e-vehicle demand

The energy regulator has been accused by Scottish Power of hindering the UK’s electric vehicle rollout due to its “colossal disconnect” with Britain’s climate policies.

Keith Anderson, the chief executive of the “big six” energy company, said businesses in the sector could do more to help the UK become a carbon neutral economy, but efforts are being held back by Ofgem’s outdated regulation.

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Big oil to be eclipsed by the sun

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/18 - 4:46am

Reasons to be cheerful include signs that a renewables revolution could soon end rising demand for fossil fuels

Oil has been a game-changer for humanity. It turbocharged more than a century of growth and destruction: people got bigger, went further, stayed warmer and lived longer. Oil powered travel, exploration, science, industry and innovation.

But it also powered conflict, both as a fuel and a potential spoil. It exacerbated inequality. And it polluted – oceans, rivers, wildernesses and, of course, the atmosphere.

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Wahala: trouble in the Niger delta – photo essay

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/17 - 11:00pm

Photographer Robin Hinsch travelled to the Niger delta, visiting the gas flaring sites, artisanal refineries, and meeting the communities living in the hugely polluted environments caused by the oil industry

Covering 70,000 sq km (27,000 sq miles) of wetlands, the Niger delta was formed primarily by sediment deposition. It is home to more than 30 million people and 40 different ethnic groups, making up 7.5% of Nigeria’s total land mass.

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Naming and shaming the polluters – podcast

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/17 - 7:00pm

Global environment editor Jonathan Watts discusses the Guardian’s investigation into the fossil fuel industry, and the structures that need to change to halt the climate emergency. And: Gary Younge on Donald Trump’s mental health

The Guardian’s global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, tells Anushka Asthana about the polluters series, which identified 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

The project shows many of the worst offenders are investor-owned companies that are household names around the world and spend billions of pounds on lobbying governments and portraying themselves as environmentally responsible. They discuss the systemic changes that would need to take place to change the way the world produces and uses fossil fuels.

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Queensland claims cabinet confidentiality to block release of climate protest details

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/17 - 6:14pm

Details of photos used to justify new protest laws blocked from release

The Palaszczuk government has blocked the release of basic information about climate protests – including dates and locations of photographs used to justify controversial proposed laws – by claiming the details are subject to cabinet confidentiality.

At an inquiry hearing last week, the Queensland police tabled photographs of “locking devices” that are proposed to be banned by the new legislation.

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Scariest thing about Halloween is plastic waste, say charities

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/17 - 4:01pm

Equivalent of 83m plastic bottles in often throwaway outfits sold by leading retailers

An estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste – equivalent to 83m bottles – will be generated from throwaway Halloween clothing sold by leading retailers in the UK this year research suggests.

An investigation by Hubbub, an environmental charity, into the seasonal outfits available from 19 supermarkets and retailers – including Aldi, Argos, Asos, Amazon, Boden, John Lewis, M&S, Next, and Tesco – found that 83% of the material used was polluting oil-based plastic likely to end up in landfill.

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more batteries...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/10/17 - 2:39pm
Had to add 2 more batteries to the Casita solar to fulfill Big Bend Telephone's requirements (minimum of 800 Ah).  They are coming tomorrow morning to hook up the equipment.  Video tomorrow night.  79,86,47,0,B
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Wisconsin launches taskforce to face 'grave threat' of climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/17 - 12:42pm

Democratic governor establishes taskforce despite inevitable pushback from state’s Republican-controlled legislature

The Democratic governor of Wisconsin is launching a taskforce to brainstorm ways to cut climate pollution, despite inevitable pushback from the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

Tony Evers has vowed Wisconsin will meet the goals of the international Paris climate agreement, even as Donald Trump aims to leave the pact and has discounted climate science, rescinded pollution efforts and promoted fossil fuels.

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Video: Climate Activist Yanked From Top Of London Train Amid Melee

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/10/17 - 12:29pm

The actions snarled Londoners' morning rush hour, sparking frustration among people who rely on the train. Police have made at least 1,711 arrests in the climate activists' 12 days of protests.

(Image credit: @Mahatir_Pasha/Screenshot by NPR)

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