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This summer was greenest ever for energy, says National Grid

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 4:01pm

Carbon emissions pushed to lowest level yet as first subsidy-free large solar power project opens in the UK

The UK has set a new landmark for clean energy after the National Grid announced that the electricity powering the UK’s homes and businesses this summer was the greenest ever.

The record comes as the first subsidy-free large solar power project opens in the UK, in what the government described as a significant moment for the energy sector.

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Consumers can help defend land rights | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 10:43am

We should use our collective purchasing power to send a clear message to businesses threatening communities across the globe, says Ruth Chambers

John Vidal shines a light on communities across Africa, Latin America and Asia fighting to protect their land, water and livelihoods (Land defenders call on UN to act against violence by state-funded and corporate groups, theguardian.com, 21 September). The efforts of these land rights defenders benefit us all. The forests and land they fight to protect provide globally important carbon stores, havens for wildlife, life-saving medicines and clean water for millions. But these lands are often sacrificed to grow crops or mine metals that end up in our everyday lives. As consumers, we should use our collective purchasing power to send a clear message to businesses that these lands – and their people – matter, and they should be protected.
Ruth Chambers

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 10:03am

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Minister’s call for cyclists to behave is more headline-grabbing hypocrisy

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 3:12am

A Highway Code prompt aimed solely at cyclists – not to the road users that caused more than 99% of deaths on UK roads last year – has nothing to do with improving safety

On Friday, transport minister Jesse Norman wrote to cycling leaders asking them to remind their members to follow the Highway Code. The letter came less than 48 hours after the announcement of a review on whether the law should be changed to tackle dangerous cycling.

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The Mail's censure shows which media outlets are biased on climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 3:00am

Right-wing media outlets like Breitbart, Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh echoed the Mail’s “significantly misleading” and now censured climate story

Back in February, the conservative UK tabloid Mail on Sunday ran an error-riddled piece by David Rose attacking Noaa climate scientists, who had published data and a paper showing that there was never a global warming pause. The attack was based on an interview with former Noaa scientist John Bates, who subsequently admitted about his comments:

I knew people would misuse this. But you can’t control other people.

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Climate experts criticise Scotland's greenhouse emissions cuts strategy

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 12:23am

Committee on Climate Change says policies needed to reach 2050 goal of 90% reduction are too weak and ill thought out

Climate experts have warned the Scottish government its ambitious plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions lack credibility and risk stalling unless its strategies improve dramatically.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said the devolved government had so far led the UK in its efforts to cut emissions, reducing its actual CO2 emissions by 38% by 2015 compared with 35% at UK level. Scotland is now on the brink of meeting its 2020 target to cut emissions by 42% several years early.

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Red admiral thrives in butterfly count while whites show decline

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/09/24 - 10:01pm

A record 60,000 people took part in the Big Butterfly Count but each participant saw on average only 11 butterflies, the lowest since the count began in 2010

Summer’s washout failed to dampen the prospects for the red admiral, one of the UK’s most popular butterflies, whose numbers rose by 75% compared with last year, according to the annual Big Butterfly Count.

Other butterfly species were less fortunate, however, with declines seen across the three common species of white butterflies. The green-veined white and both the large white and small white were down more than a third on last year, reflecting difficult weather conditions.

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Cut Off From The World, Puerto Ricans Search For A Ghost Of A Signal

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/09/24 - 8:25pm

On a major expressway in the north of the island, drivers chase after elusive cell service. Some have managed to make calls to the mainland — though not always to relatives elsewhere on the island.

(Image credit: Camila Domonoske/NPR)

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Humpback whale carcass exhumed from NSW beach after protests

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/09/24 - 8:24pm

Port Macquarie-Hastings council bows to community concerns and begins removing a whale it buried at Nobbys beach

A large excavator has started digging up an 18-tonne humpback whale that was buried at a mid-northern New South Wales beach a week ago.

The 12-metre whale died after being beached and its carcass was buried at Port Macquarie’s Nobbys beach because it was too big to be moved.

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Portuguese children to crowdfund European climate change case

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/09/24 - 4:01pm

Group from region hit by deadly forest fires to sue 47 countries alleging failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to life

Portuguese schoolchildren from the area struck by the country’s worst forest fires are seeking crowdfunding to sue 47 European countries, alleging that the states’ failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to life.

The children, from the Leiria region of central Portugal, where fires this summer killed more than 60 people and left hundreds injured, are being represented by British barristers who are experts in environmental and climate change law.

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Red admiral butterfly sightings at their highest UK level since 2010

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/09/24 - 4:01pm

Numbers soar to 73,000 during three-week survey after mild winter and warm spring

The number of red admirals in Britain soared over the summer despite the soggy conditions, according to conservationists who said public sightings of the butterflies had risen to their highest since 2010.

Results from the Big Butterfly Count show that sightings of red admirals reached 73,000 over the three-week survey, a rise of 75% on 2016, and as many as were counted in the past three years put together.

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So you think you're an atheist?

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/09/24 - 1:34pm
Simply declaring there is no God without even trying and following that conjecture is rather foolish when considering the consequences.  It is very easy to just deny the existence of God based on worldly thought promoted by a society that wallows in earthly pleasure rather than putting forth the effort to search Him out and having the faith of trusting in Him.  Ask and you shall receive...it is as simple as that.  For those of you who insist on ignoring His gift - here is an incredibly flawed primer for you to follow.  Good luck with that if you can't see the problem with any of these excuses to deny God.  Be very careful.  Are you sure you want to go there without even trying?  There is no turning back.  Note:  If you really want to seal the deal, the website has a link to "cool atheist / agnostic / humanist proscience / skeptical / irreligious t-shirts which are fun to wear".

Matthew 12:32  And whosoever speaketh the word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
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Why India's farmers want to conserve indigenous heirloom rice

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/09/24 - 3:00am

India was once home to 100,000 rice varieties, but high-yield, less hardy hybrids have taken over encouraging farmers to safeguard more resistant strains

India is rice country: the cereal provides daily sustenance for more than 60% of the population. Half a century ago, it was home to more than 100,000 rice varieties, encompassing a stunning diversity in taste, nutrition, pest-resistance and, crucially in this age of climate change and natural disasters, adaptability to a range of conditions.

Today, much of this biodiversity is irretrievably lost, forced out by the quest for high-yield hybrids and varieties encouraged by government agencies. Such “superior” varieties now cover more than 80% of India’s rice acreage.

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Liberal MPs did not stand in Abbott's way on renewables target, Greg Hunt says

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/09/23 - 10:34pm

Health minister responds to Abbott’s hint that his party kept him from scrapping the RET, saying 33,000GwH was the minimum the Senate would accept

Tony Abbott wasn’t kept from reducing the renewable energy target by his colleagues while he was leader, one of his former ministers has claimed, despite the former prime minister appearing to point the finger at his own party.

Abbott reignited the Coalition’s energy debate last week, by going on the attack against any further move by the Turnbull government towards renewables, threatening to cross the floor if it headed towards the “unconscionable” direction of encouraging further investment in the renewable market.

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The eco guide to cleaning products

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/09/23 - 10:00pm

Let’s banish bleach – it really isn’t a healthy way to clean the loo, and there are perfectly good green alternatives

It seems obvious that exposure to powerful cleaning products, including bleach, isn’t ideal, but now there’s powerful evidence of just how harmful they can be.

Using them just once a week could increase a person’s chances of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by nearly a third, according to a recent 30-year study from Harvard University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. This isn’t the first time a link has been shown between serious health problems and everyday spray products. The culprit used to be phosphates, once the heroes of gleam, and omnipresent in laundry and dishwasher detergent. But in water, phosphates caused toxic bacteria growth. They were stopped, primarily by us – revolting consumers (in every sense).

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Fall Harvest Potluck

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2017/09/20 - 8:39am

Last year we had a fabulous fall potluck where everyone shared a dish made from their garden and listened to Deborah Madison talk about her garden. Of course maybe you didn’t have a garden this year, so this would be the time to come and find out what Home Grown NM is about and learn from other gardeners. So please show up-we would love to see you all!

Sunday, October 1st—4 pm to 6 pm
Fall Harvest Potluck
Come to our Fall Harvest Potluck. Share some food from your gardens with like-minded gardeners and listen to The Tomato Lady’s inspirational talk about her veggie gardening in Santa Fe and what worked and didn’t work. Also come see Paul Drumright’s fabulous gardens! Paul was the host last year as well.

Location: Paul Drumright’s house
6 Cuesta Road • Santa Fe (Eldorado), NM
Fee: FREE for everyone!
Guest Speaker: Jannine Cabossel, The Tomato Lady

Please RSVP through Eventbrite so we know how many drinks to supply:

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Small Perennial Fruit Class DIRECTIONS

Home Grown New Mexico - Sat, 2017/08/26 - 6:10am

August 27th —12 noon to 2 pm
Small Fruit Perennial Gardening-Berries, Grapes and more!

Tomorrow is our next class on Small Perennial Fruit and for those of you who signed up, you will need detailed directions to Jeremiah Kidd’s House.

Here is a map and directions to his house: 29 Hidden Valley Rd

directions to Jeemiah Kidds house
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