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Trump Has Multiple Escape Routes From Paris Climate Accord

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/05/31 - 9:42am

President Trump is nearing a decision on whether to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and has been meeting this week with competing voices in his Cabinet.

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‘Faceless’ fish rediscovered in Australian waters – video report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/05/31 - 5:02am

A ‘faceless’ fish has been rediscovered by scientists on an expedition in the depths of a massive abyss in waters south of Sydney. The 40cm fish was found 4km below sea level. It was last seen in waters off Australia in 1873

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UK government sued for third time over illegal air pollution from diesels

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/05/31 - 4:24am

Environmental lawyers who have defeated ministers twice return to court in a bid to remove ‘major flaws’ from air quality plans

Environmental lawyers are taking the government to the high court for a third time in a bid to remove “major flaws” from minister’s plans to tackle the UK’s illegal levels of air pollution.

ClientEarth has inflicted two humiliating defeats on the government over previous plans, which were ruled not to meet legal requirements. Lawyers from ClientEarth had requested improvements to the latest plan from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) but were refused, prompting the new court action.

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Trees talk to each other, have sex and look after their young, says author

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/05/31 - 4:17am

Peter Wohlleben’s book has become bestseller in Germany but he tells Hay festival audience it has annoyed scientists

Trees are social creatures that mother their young, talk to each other, experience pain, remember things and have sex with each other, a bestselling author has said.

If that persuades you to go and hug the nearest tree, then great, said Peter Wohlleben. Just avoid a birch: “It is not very sociable. Try a beech.”

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U.N. Official Says Pulling Out Of Paris Climate Deal Will Cost Jobs

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/05/31 - 2:03am

Steve Inskeep talks with U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim, who says the U.S. would lose out on green jobs if President Trump pulls out of the Paris climate agreement.

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'Faceless' fish missing for more than a century rediscovered by Australian scientists

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/05/31 - 12:01am

Expedition leader says the deep-sea fish had not been seen in waters off Australia since 1873

A “faceless” deep-sea fish not seen for more than a century has been rediscovered by scientists trawling the depths of a massive abyss off Australia’s east coast, along with “amazing” quantities of rubbish.

The 40cm fish was rediscovered 4km below sea level in waters south of Sydney by scientists from Museums Victoria and the Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on the weekend.

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Court recommends $900m New Acland mine be rejected

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 10:47pm

In historic decision, land court advises Queensland government to refuse environmental and mining licences

A court has recommended the Queensland government reject a controversial coalmine in what farmers and lawyers hailed as a historic victory in one of Australia’s largest environmental public interest cases.

The saga of the $900m New Acland mine proposal, which included a public slanging match between the broadcaster Alan Jones and Campbell Newman that led to a defamation suit by the former premier, drew to an extraordinary conclusion with a ruling by a land court member, Paul Smith, on Wednesday.

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Michaelia Cash says Donald Trump should keep US in Paris climate deal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 8:20pm

Minister says Australia’s view clear to US although departmental secretary unable to point to ‘particular discussion’

The employment minister, Michaelia Cash, says Australia’s national interest is best served if Donald Trump stays the course with the Paris climate agreement.

With the US president expected to make a decision this week about whether America will pull out of the Paris accord, officials were asked during Senate estimates hearings whether Australia had made diplomatic representations to the Trump administration encouraging the president to remain in the agreement.

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Adani: director on board that will consider $900m loan says project is 'vital'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 6:14pm

Karla Way-McPhail, who runs mining labour and equipment companies, will not say whether she will recuse herself from Carmichael decision

A director of the independent board due to provide recommendations regarding a $900m taxpayer loan to Adani publicly declared she was “very supportive” of its “vital” coal project, a day after she was accused of allowing a perceived conflict of interest to develop.

Karla Way-McPhail, who runs mining labour and equipment hire companies, last week told a central Queensland newspaper that Adani’s Carmichael mine project would be “a huge boost” for the region.

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Cambridgeshire zookeeper killed by tiger was a 'shining light'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 5:05pm

Rosa King’s mother says keeper had always loved working at Hamerton Zoo Park, which remains closed after death

Friends and family of a zookeeper killed by a tiger have paid tribute to an “inspirational” woman who was the “shining light” of the Cambridgeshire zoo where she worked.

Rosa King, 33, died at Hamerton Zoo Park near Huntingdon on Monday after a tiger entered the enclosure where she was working.

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Categories: Environment

perfect timing...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 5:04pm
The weirdest things get me excited.  I really love this timer circuit I found for the new Pepino how to video series I am doing.  The one I have been using for the pump on my DIY swamp cooler was twice the price of this one, came in kit form, and only had rough timing adjustments via micro potentiometers.  This new one comes fully assembled, has 18 different programmable functions (I only need function #6), and I can precisely punch in the on/off timing cycle down to the millisecond.  The "chinglish" instructions are a little difficult to understand, but thanks to YouTube videos like this I figured out what is what.  79,83,58,0,B
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Quitting Paris climate deal would threaten US security, UN chief warns

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 4:06pm

António Guterres says exiting landmark accord would threaten US economy and society: ‘If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it’

The UN secretary general, António Guterres, warned on Tuesday that if Donald Trump withdraws from the Paris climate agreement, there could be negative economic, security and societal consequences for the US.

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‘We have been poisoning ourselves’: has ice analysis revealed the truth about lead?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 12:00pm

Exclusive: ice cores and records from the Black Death show lead entered the air from human activity – and scientists claim “natural background” levels are zero

Analysis of an ice core taken from the Swiss Alps together with records dating from the time of the Black Death have revealed that there is no “natural” level of lead in the air, researchers have claimed.

Once in the body, lead is known to have harmful impacts on health, from behavioural to neurological, reproductive and cardiovascular effects.

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Outsourcing IT poses risks in Britain and in India | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 11:31am
Sue Roaf says excessive electricity use is causing power cuts in India, Nigel Boddy worries that we’re overreliant on modern technology, and Richard Gilyead wonders whether there will be resignations at British Airways

British Airways and many other businesses have offshored electricity-dependent functions like IT services and call centres to northern India (BA chief refuses to resign after ‘catastrophic’ IT failure, 30 May). Increasingly this is a region in the grip of extended droughts and annual heatwaves associated with record-breaking temperatures that scientists say will only get worse with climate change.

Catastrophic electricity system failures are exacerbated by heat-triggered thunderstorms and regional outages resulting from the air-conditioning-related energy demand spikes that are common in India. In July 2012 power failed for 600 million people in northern India in the biggest blackout in history.

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Opinion: My First-Nations Identity Feels More Like An Absence

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 9:58am

Indigenous stories are ongoing, not simply legends from the past. I don't want my students to have the distorted idea that First Nations people have vanished or are not "modern."

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Three Mile Island faces shutdown without financial rescue from Pennsylvania

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 8:58am

Owner of plant – site of worst commercial nuclear power accident in US history – urges state to preserve ‘clean, reliable’ energy source

The owner of Three Mile Island, site of the worst commercial nuclear power accident in US history, will shut down the plant in 2019 unless it receives a financial rescue from the Pennsylvania state government.

In March 1979, equipment failure and operator errors led to a partial core meltdown of one of Three Mile Island’s two reactors. The damaged reactor has been mothballed since then but the other reactor is still in use.

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 8:58am

The company that owns the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, says the facility will be closed unless the state of Pennsylvania decides to bail it out.

(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

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Robert Llewellyn's quest to spur a green energy revolution in his village

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 7:55am

Actor’s efforts to persuade Temple Guiting to generate its own electricity captured in BBC4’s Great Village Green Crusade

Robert Llewellyn is not a typical eco-activist. “Oh, I’m absolutely un-green,” says the actor and TV presenter. “I’m as un-green as a corporate exec. I fly a lot. Though I have hugged a tree. Actually, I’ve lent against one while I was having a wee in the woods, I’m not sure if that counts?”

You don’t need to wear an environmental hairshirt, however, to believe it’s possible to live in a different, more sustainable way. For the actor, who presented Scrapheap Challenge on Channel 4 and is best known for playing Kryten on BBC2’s Red Dwarf, that belief stemmed from a longstanding passion for new technologies, particularly renewable energy.

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Erdington: 'This election could be lost on litter'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 7:29am

In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the country to find out what matters to you and your area. In the latest dispatch from Erdington, Birmingham, Nazia Parveen and photographer Christopher Thomond learn that a growing rubbish crisis could easily lay waste to local politicians’ careers

In 1990s New York, the then mayor, Rudi Giuliani, tested an academic theory called broken windows: by tackling minor lawlessness, serious crime would fall.

The idea was that by creating nicer neighbourhoods a sense of pride within communities would be fostered, which in turn would lead to a reduction in crime. It broadly worked. Now the question is whether a similar approach can work in the Birmingham suburb of Erdington.

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John McCain urges action on Great Barrier Reef and Paris climate deal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/05/30 - 5:58am

Speaking in Sydney, US senator says he is ‘afraid about what the world is going to look like for our children’

The death of the Great Barrier Reef is one of the “great tragedies of our lives”, US senator John McCain has said, arguing America should uphold its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, or accede to it with minor modifications.

Speaking in Sydney on Tuesday night, the veteran politician and former Republican party presidential candidate said climate change was undeniably real and that it was incumbent upon world leaders to act now to halt and reverse global warming.

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