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Consumers being misled by labelling on 'organic' beauty products, report shows

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 9:45pm

Many brands use the word organic on labels when their products are not certified as such, warns Soil Association

The makers of many “organic” beauty products have been accused of confusing and meaningless labelling, according to a new survey in which 76% of consumers admitted they felt misled.

According to the Soil Association’s recent market report, sales of organic health and beauty products swelled by more than 20% in 2016, with the market now worth about £61.2m in the UK.

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First steps on the stone road to Banbury

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 9:30pm

Stamford, Lincolnshire Discovering that a footpath named the Jurassic Way not only glanced my door but set off from it, I decided to walk it piecemeal

It took 10 years of living here before I looked hard at my town’s Ordnance Survey map. There, like most who neglect study of their closest ground, I saw my daily familiar articulated in a diagrammatic, unfamiliar way. Here notable historic echoes inscribed alongside its present. And I discovered that a footpath named the Jurassic Way not only glanced my door but set off from it, travelling 88 miles from this old Lincolnshire town to the unlikely end of Banbury, traversing a ridge-seam of limestone that gave Stamford its stone and the route its name. Drawn, it presents like a diagonal scratch across the belly of England.

With spring here I decided to walk it piecemeal, beginning today with the first mile. With the town’s spires to my back I cross the floodplain of the meadow, joining the bank of the Welland. Its banks are plump with green, the water still but for the odd ripple from a surfacing fish. The path is a balding in the grass.

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Honour for environmental activist farmer, 83, surrounded by mines on three sides

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 9:01pm

For 30 years anti-pollution campaigner Wendy Bowman has stood firm against mining giants, supporting other landowners under pressure to sell

Each morning just after dawn, if you stop at the top of the hill that separates the town of Singleton from the tiny village of Camberwell in New South Wales, says Wendy Bowman, “you’ll see this brown scud across the sky”.

“It doesn’t go over the ridges; it stays in the valley, going up and down all the time.” She mimes a slow sieving motion: up, down.

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Australian activist Wendy Bowman wins Goldman environmental prize – video

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 9:00pm

Wendy Bowman, an 83-year-old farmer, has been given the Goldman environmental prize, awarded across six global regions for grassroots work. For three decades Bowman has fought the march of open-cut coalmines across the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and helped organise her community to protect agricultural land and water

• Honour for activist farmer, 83, surrounded by mines on three sides

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UK's rarest plants are at risk of extinction, charity warns

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 4:06pm

Campaign group Plantlife unveils list of top 10 endangered species and calls for better management of road verges that have become habitats of Britain’s flora

Some of the UK’s rarest plants are at risk of extinction unless action is taken to look after the road verges that have become their final refuge, a charity has warned.

Species such as fen ragwort and wood calamint are now only found on road verges, with fen ragwort hanging on in just one native spot near a burger van on the A142 in Cambridgeshire, conservation charity Plantlife said.

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#NPRpoetry Naturally Goes Outside For Some Earth Day Inspiration

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 2:53pm

This weeks #NPRpoetry Twitter submissions celebrate Mother Earth.

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The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 2:35pm
James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
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Birds on the battlefield: Country diary 100 years ago

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 2:30pm

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 27 April 1917

Reports of the arrival of the swallow are coming in thick and fast from all parts of the district; it is impossible to mention them in detail. A few straggled in earlier, but from the 16th onwards they have been arriving or passing in considerable numbers, and now the long-delayed sand martins are with them. On the 22nd a house martin was seen at Stretford. On the 21st, the cuckoo was calling in Hertforshire; we may expect it here any day. Willow wrens, too reported, but so far only odd bird; chiffchaffs, also very late, are now well distributed. Ring ousels and wheatears are on the moors, where twite, curlew, and golden plover are preparing for domestic duties.

Those who imagine that the course of Continental migration is disturbed or deflected should note a report from an officer at the front in France. On the 16th and 17th he saw scores of swallows and sand martins crossing the devastated land, and on the later date noted a house martin, a few tree pipits, two black redstarts, and three scoter ducks. A flock of linnets “insisted on sitting on a derelict bit of telegraph wire where shells fell continually. They were there day after day.” Even the resident birds are little troubled, for my friend adds: “Odd wrens and dunnocks are still in the flattened villages, and a few blackbirds and mistle thrushes.” Another friend comments upon the coltsfoot peeping out everywhere through the shell-torn ground. Nature’s healing touch!

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Giant redwoods brought to British shores on a tide of Victorian fashion

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 1:30pm

In woods across the UK, an imported American stands higher and broader than the trees that surround it

A wooded ridge overlooking the Ouzel Valley in Bedfordshire has a remarkable set of trees sticking head and shoulders above the rest.

Credited with being able to grow into the world’s largest living thing, they can reach a height of 100 metres, nearly three times as high as a mature oak.

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Michael Bloomberg to world leaders: ignore Trump on climate change

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 12:02pm
  • Former New York mayor defends Paris climate deal in new book
  • Bloomberg argues states and markets will ensure US hits emissions goals

The former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged world leaders not to follow Donald Trump’s lead on climate change, and declared his own intention to stave off the “tragedy” that would be the collapse of the Paris climate deal.

Related: Trump aides abruptly postpone meeting on whether to stay in Paris climate deal

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Jon Vogler obituary

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 9:23am

My father, Jon Vogler, who has died aged 77, used his skills as an engineer to set up the UK’s first large-scale recycling system. In 1974, when recycling at home was virtually unknown in Britain, Jon designed a household scheme in West Yorkshire for Oxfam called Wastesaver.

His innovative “dumpy” device, made of metal tubing, held four different coloured bags into which households sorted their waste. With the co-operation of Kirklees council, the sorted material was collected from 20,000 homes and taken to a disused mill in Huddersfield for recycling. The project revealed for the first time the public’s appetite for such schemes. When the collection of waste became unviable due to fluctuations in commodity prices, Wastesaver changed tack to deal with clothes and textiles.

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Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren't More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use?

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 5:00am

Digesters convert livestock manure into electricity. Farmers can use it to power their operations or even sell some back to the grid. But some have found the technology too pricey to maintain.

(Image credit: Dani Fresh for WHYY)

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Clashes Over Grazing Land In Nigeria Threaten Nomadic Herding

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 3:37am

Nomadic herders who live across West Africa are having to travel further and further south for their cows to graze. Some are letting cows graze on cropland, leading to deadly conflicts with farmers.

(Image credit: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sharks: deter rather than cull, says Western Australia premier

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 11:07pm

Laeticia Brouwer, 17, was killed by a shark in Esperance on Easter Monday but Mark McGowan waited to comment as he did not want to politicise the issue

The premier of Western Australia remains in favour of personal devices to deter sharks instead of culling, nets and drumlines following the death of a 17-year-old girl.

Laeticia Brouwer was surfing with her father during a family holiday in Esperance on Easter Monday when she was mauled on the leg.

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Can slag heaps help save the planet?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 11:00pm
British scientists are exploring ways to use the steel industry’s waste to capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

The Industrial Revolution left a deep mark on our world. Its dawning saw the start of the widespread burning of coal for factories and steam engines and, as a result, the beginning of significant outputs of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Our climate is now warming noticeably as these emissions have accumulated across the planet.

The British landscape has also been changed dramatically. In particular, the countryside is now peppered with piles of slag left over from old steel mills. Landscaping these piles of industrial waste has required major efforts by local authorities in recent decades.

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The eco guide to fast fashion | Lucy Siegle

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 10:00pm

Reforms are under way but not enough has been done to end poverty wages in the garment industry

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza catastrophe, in which 1,134 garment workers in Bangladesh were killed when their factory collapsed. The workers died in the overcrowded and poorly constructed building while working to meet our demands for fast fashion.

Across the world conscious consumers will join fashionrevolution.org – a vibrant global civil movement focused on cleaning up the $3trn fashion industry, based primarily in low-wage economies.

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Trump’s offensive to ‘wipe out’ al-Shabaab threatens more pain for Somalis

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 4:05pm
Efforts to avert a disaster caused by drought are at risk from renewed offensive

A new US-backed military offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia could undermine the massive international effort to help millions of people threatened by the worst drought there in more than 40 years, aid officials in the unstable east African state fear.

More than £50m has been raised by individual donors in the UK and the British government has contributed another £110m to help avert hundreds of thousands of deaths in Somalia. More than six million people there are in need of immediate assistance, with half of them facing famine.

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Out Of The Lab And Into The Streets, Science Community Marches For Science

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 3:24pm

Thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets to advocate for public support for science and technology today in Washington, D.C., and other cities around the country.

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Canadian oil firm pulls out of national park in Peru's Amazon

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 2:22pm

Pacific abandons one million hectare concession including indigenous peoples’ territories along Brazil border

A Canadian-headquartered company, Pacific Exploration and Production, has pulled out of a huge oil and gas concession overlapping a new national park in the Peruvian Amazon. The concession, Lot 135, includes approximately 40% of the Sierra del Divisor national park established in 2015.

The concession has provoked opposition in Peru and just across the border in Brazil for many years, including regular statements since 2009 from indigenous Matsés people in both countries and a lawsuit recently filed by regional indigenous federation ORPIO. Both Lot 135 and the park overlap territory used by the Matsés and a proposed reserve for indigenous people living in “isolation.”

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In A New 'Anti-Science' Era, Bill Nye 'Saves The World' With Same Optimism

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 2:11pm

"The Science Guy" dons his lab coat and bow tie uniform yet again, this time, in a a new political context. In his new Netflix series, Nye tackles climate change deniers and beyond.

(Image credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

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