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Has Your Doctor Talked To You About Climate Change?

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/07/13 - 5:26am

Some physicians say connecting environmental effects of climate change — heat waves, more pollen and longer allergy seasons — to the health consequences helps them better care for patients.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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‘It’s our problem’: Brazilian drama brings Amazon rainforest battle to screen

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/07/13 - 1:01am

Aruanas aims to make the environment an ‘everyday topic’ at a time when politics is dominated by the interests of agribusiness

Deep in the Brazilian Amazon, an environmental activist meets with a journalist who warns that a mining company is responsible for a looming environmental disaster. “People are already getting sick,” he warns, before promising to bring her documentary proof the next day.

But in the jungle, someone is watching. Driving to their next meeting, the activist hears a phone ringing in the back of her car. She opens the trunk – and finds the journalist’s dead body.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 2:58pm
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New Orleans Residents Anxious As Tropical Storm Barry Heads Toward Them

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 1:08pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with New Orleans resident Rachel Jordan about fears of rain due to hit this weekend. Her family went through Hurricane Katrina and fears how vulnerable they still are.

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Louisiana Residents Try To Find The Best Way To Stay Safe In Tropical Storm Barry

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 1:08pm

The rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Barry are the biggest threat to Louisiana, particularly in the low-lying areas close to the coast. Evacuations are in place and people are concerned.

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Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 11:07am

EPA said studies it considered, most of which were sponsored by industry, found sulfoxaflor isn’t dangerous for the pollinators

The Trump administration is approving the pesticide sulfoxaflor – thought by some experts to harm bees – for use on a wide variety of crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the studies it considered, most of which were sponsored by industry, found the chemical is not dangerous for the pollinators responsible for $15bn in US crops each year.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 10:11am

This week: Hungary’s insect of 2019, and bluehead wrasse courtship and sex change

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Extinction Rebellion protesters appear in court in London

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 10:04am

More than 30 activists have been charged with a range of public order offences

More than 30 Extinction Rebellion protesters have appeared in court in London charged with a range of public order offences.

The charges relate to demonstrations led by the movement in April – when thousands of people blocked landmarks across the capital over 10 days to highlight climate breakdown.

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Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 9:00am

Exclusive: Study shows associated damage to critical pumping muscles, even in children

The hearts of young city dwellers contain billions of toxic air pollution particles, research has revealed.

Even in the study’s youngest subject, who was three, damage could be seen in the cells of the organ’s critical pumping muscles that contained the tiny particles. The study suggests these iron-rich particles, produced by vehicles and industry, could be the underlying cause of the long-established statistical link between dirty air and heart disease.

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A Call For More Research On Cancer's Environmental Triggers

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 6:12am

Scientists are making progress in identifying environmental hazards that contribute to cancer. Researchers say many cases could be avoided if the work is accelerated.

(Image credit: Giles Clarke/Getty Images)

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Sahara was home to some of largest sea creatures, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 4:35am

Scientists reconstruct extinct species using fossils found in northern Mali from ancient seaway

Some of the biggest catfish and sea snakes to ever exist lived in what is today the Sahara desert, according to a new paper that contains the first reconstructions of extinct aquatic species from the ancient Trans-Saharan Seaway.

The sea was 50 metres deep and once covered 3,000sq km of what is now the world’s biggest sand desert. The marine sediment it left behind is filled with fossils, which allowed thescientists who published the study to build up a picture of a region that teemed with life.

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Evacuated Maui Residents Return Home After Wildfire Scorches 10,000 Acres

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/07/12 - 3:20am

The evacuation in Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian island, filled up local shelters, but residents have now been told they can return home.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the County of Maui )

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'Like a horror movie': Dozens of corellas dead after falling from sky in suspected poisoning

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 6:49pm

The native birds were bleeding from their mouths, according to rescuers at One Tree Hill near Adelaide

Nearly 60 native birds have died after they fell out of the sky in front of horrified onlookers and a nearby primary school in a suspected case of mass poisoning in South Australia.

Bird rescuers said it was like “something out of a horror movie” as dozens of birds fell, bleeding from their eyes and beaks at One Tree Hill near Adelaide.

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Koala and kangaroo culling considered as numbers become 'overabundant'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 5:58pm

Species’ expansion threatens South Australia’s habitat and biodiversity, report says

Animals including koalas and kangaroos could be culled in parts of South Australia, where high population numbers are damaging the landscape.

A report from a parliamentary inquiry has recommended the state’s environment minister make an immediate decision to declare koalas, western grey kangaroos, long-nosed fur seals and little corellas overabundant in some areas.

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'A sort of eco-dictatorship': Shanghai grapples with strict new recycling laws

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 5:14pm

Steep fines and social credit penalties face people violating complex waste sorting rules – but some say the answer is all about pigs

For the last two weeks, Shanghai residents have grappled with a singular question: “What kind of trash are you?”

The question is aimed at the city’s daily 22,000 tonnes of household waste that, according to new rules implemented on 1 July, must be sorted into one of four colour-coded bins: dry, wet, recyclable and hazardous.

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don't want no leaks...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 3:39pm
Taped all the sheathing seams and installed some peal and stick leak barrier on the ridge and at the roofing transition.  83,97,75,0,B
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Along The Gulf Coast, People Are Preparing For Tropical Storm Barry

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 2:27pm

Heavy rains are predicted in Louisiana and Mississippi with the expected arrival of a tropical system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico. Flooding is a major concern in areas already saturated by water.

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Mexico's Beaches Are Being Overwhelmed By Sargassum Seaweed From The Atlantic

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 2:23pm

Scientists say there's a mass of seaweed stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa. They call it the biggest seaweed bloom in the world and that it's a signal of a new normal.

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Norway Surveys Sunken Soviet Submarine

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 9:34am

A Norwegian team has found some radioactivity leaking from the sub, which sank in 1989. But they say it poses no threat to the environment.

(Image credit: Ægir 6000/Institute of Marine Research Norway)

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Could Mussels Teach Us How To Clean Up Oil Spills?

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 8:30am

A review of "mussel-inspired chemistry" points to promising ways we can learn from mussels about how to clean up water.

(Image credit: Paul Kay/Getty Images)

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