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Biden pledged to stop funding fossil fuels overseas. It's not stopping one agency

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/05/12 - 2:15pm

Leaders of the Export-Import Bank of the United States voted Thursday to help fund the expansion of an oil refinery in Indonesia.

(Image credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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a peculiar knack for the perpendicular...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2023/05/11 - 4:06pm


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Morning news brief

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/05/11 - 2:12am

Pandemic border rules known as Title 42 will end Thursday night. Rep. George Santos pleads not guilty to federal fraud charges. EPA proposes rules on pollution from gas and coal-fired power plants.

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An EPA proposal to (almost) eliminate climate pollution from power plants

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/05/11 - 2:01am

Coal and natural gas-fired power plants would have to dramatically reduce the climate-warming greenhouse gasses they emit under proposed federal rules.

(Image credit: Julia Simon/NPR)

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The Field Lab - Wed, 2023/05/10 - 4:08pm

118 got resurfaced from just north of the ranch road down to the National Park entrance.  Been 5 years since the last time.  92,98,60,0,B

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The Field Lab - Tue, 2023/05/09 - 3:47pm
Fairly simple circuit sculpture I call "Where and When". Couldn't get all of this to run using one microcontroller so the GPS and OLED display are running off an ESP32 Mini (bottom board) and the buzzer, servo, and blinking LED are running off an ESP8266 Wemos D1 Mini. It takes a couple of minutes for the GPS to get a lock and then a bit more before the info is displayed so I set up a delay on the blinking, beeping, and servo motion. The GPS is accurate to within about 2 meters and the time is listed as UTC (coordinated universal time - which is 5 hours ahead of daylight saving time in my central time zone. 89,99,57,0,B
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Swastika Mountain is renamed Mount Halo in honor of a historical tribal leader

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2023/05/09 - 2:51am

The mountain in Oregon and a nearby town, no longer in existence, were named Swastika more than 100 years ago after a local ranch that bore the same name.

(Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

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In Australia, scientists begin vaccinating koalas against chlamydia

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/05/08 - 11:29pm

The safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, designed specifically for koalas, has previously been tested by vaccinating a few hundred koalas brought to wildlife rescue centers for other afflictions.

(Image credit: Mark Baker/AP)

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The Field Lab - Mon, 2023/05/08 - 5:00pm
Amazing how fragile a hatchling is...  83,101,59,0,B
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written for our learning...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2023/05/07 - 1:55pm

Romans 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 

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Meet the scientist restoring Finland's peatlands

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2023/05/07 - 5:00am

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks with Finnish scientist Tero Mustonen about the state of his country's peatlands. Mustonen has received the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work.

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'It's not for the faint-hearted' — the story of India's intrepid women seaweed divers

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2023/05/07 - 2:00am

In goggles and flipflops, they dive to harvest seaweed. It's risky work. They'll earn $3 to $6 a day. Now climate change and environmental rules make it harder to pursue the traditional profession.

(Image credit: Anushree Bhatter for NPR)

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Desert Toad

The Field Lab - Sat, 2023/05/06 - 2:36pm
Taking advantage of a little water dumped out by my porch.  90.97,53,0,C
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Texas petrochemical plant fire sends 5 workers to hospital

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/05/05 - 8:31pm

Emergency responders were called to help around 3 p.m. on Friday at the Shell facility in Deer Park, a Houston suburb. A Deer Park official said that there was no shelter-in-place order.

(Image credit: Raquel Natalicchio/AP)

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From China with love...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2023/05/05 - 5:09pm

AliExpress is really stepping up their game.  These clock kits made a pretty quick trip from the other side of the world.  89,96,56,0,C

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Giant blobs of seaweed are hitting Florida. That's when the real problem begins

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/05/05 - 2:04am

From Montego Bay to Miami, sargassum is leaving stinky brown carpets over what was once prime tourist sand. But whether it gets ignored or removed, it comes with high health and environmental risks.

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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She ripped up her manicured lawn and challenged the norms of gardening stories

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/05/05 - 2:01am

In Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden, Camille Dungy describes her years-long project to transform her weed-filled, water-hogging, monochromatic lawn into a pollinator's paradise.

(Image credit: Mickey Capper for NPR)

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California's epic snowpack is melting. Here's what to expect

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/05/05 - 2:00am

Warmer temperatures are melting the state's historic snowpack. Already flooded communities downstream are scrambling to prepare for the surge.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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board yet?

The Field Lab - Thu, 2023/05/04 - 2:17pm

These are all the Arduino compatible microcontroller boards (with their relative sizes) that I have tried so far except for the smallest one - the Seeed Xiao.  It is due to arrive next Wednesday.   With a little trial and error, I was finally able to get the GPS working with the ESP32 Mini this morning.  I am hoping I will be able to finalize the GPS project using the tiny Xiao.  83,91,66,0,B

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The latest to be evacuated from California's floods? Bunnies

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/05/04 - 2:00am

Rising rivers are stranding endangered riparian brush rabbits in California. Wildlife officials are searching out and relocating hundreds of them to help protect the species.

(Image credit: Lee Eastman/FWS)

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