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Dignity in chains: stark macaque portrait shines light on animals’ plight in Indonesia

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/14 - 4:01pm
Nominations for Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards include images of endangered species on island of Sulawesi

Nona is a Sulawesi crested black macaque. Photographed here by Stefano Unterthiner, she is seen chained to a chair outside the house where she is kept as a pet. The scene is made particularly poignant because Unterthiner has included in his image the shadow of Nona, her chain and a tree, thus underlining the freedom that the little animal has lost. At the same time, the owner of Nona – which means “miss” – stands relaxing in the early morning sun.

It is illegal to keep this critically endangered animal in captivity. Yet the law is rarely enforced, particularly in remote areas. Hence the grim picture – though far worse was taken by Unterthiner, an Italian wildlife photographer, during his visit to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Hunting, the live-animal trade and forest clearance have caused the animal’s population on the island to crash by 90% in the past 30 years. Only a few thousand are left there.

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a pressing issue...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/10/14 - 3:57pm

One tool I have found very handy out here is an air compressor.  My 15 year old Porter Cable has been showing its age for the past year.  Finally got to the point where it was blowing the breaker on my generator every time I fired it up.  Trouble shot the issue back to the pressure switch.  Found a replacement online - a no-brainer as far as shopping goes.  Replace the switch for $95 or buy a whole new compressor for $107.  89,94,61,0,C
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Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh trampled to death by wild elephants

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/14 - 12:51pm

Deaths of three children and a woman highlight environmental impacts of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar into forested hills of Balukhali

Wild elephants trampled sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the early hours of Saturday, killing three children and a woman in the second such incident since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar in just a few weeks.

Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in southern Bangladesh, where the incident took place, have been chopped down to house the massive influx of Rohingya Muslims escaping violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

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Hinkley nuclear site radioactive mud to be dumped near Cardiff

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/14 - 12:13pm

Critics say dredging of sediment could increase risks of contamination on Welsh side of Severn estuary

More than 300,000 tonnes of “radioactive” mud, some of it the toxic byproduct of Britain’s atomic weapons programme, will be dredged to make way for England’s newest nuclear power station and dumped in the Severn estuary just over a mile from Cardiff.

Related: Electricity consumers 'to fund nuclear weapons through Hinkley Point C'

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A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire's Physical And Emotional Damage

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/10/14 - 4:00am

Dealing with a fire or other natural disaster is hard on anyone, from evacuation to aftermath. And people with physical or developmental disabilities have particular needs, say emergency planners.

(Image credit: Adam Grossberg/KQED)

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Geoengineering is not a quick fix for climate change, experts warn Trump

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/14 - 12:00am

Leading researchers and campaigners express concern that geoengineering research could be used as an excuse not to reduce CO2 emissions

Leading climate scientists have warned that geoengineering research could be hijacked by climate change deniers as an excuse not to reduce CO2 emissions, citing the US administration under Donald Trump as a major threat to their work.

David Keith, a solar geoengineering (GE) expert at Harvard University has said there is a real danger that his work could be exploited by those who oppose action on emissions, at the same time as he defended himself and colleagues from the claims GE strengthens the argument for abandoning the targets set by the Paris climate agreement.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 3:00pm

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Hundreds Missing In Northern California Where Fires Continue To Burn

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 2:28pm

Fire rescue workers in Northern California are searching for hundreds of people who've gone missing since the start of evacuations. Some may be in shelters. But others may not have survived.

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With OK From EPA, Use Of Controversial Weedkiller Is Expected To Double

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 2:14pm

The EPA says farmers can still spray dicamba on their crops next year — with some new restrictions. The weedkiller has been blamed for drifting into fields, damaging millions of acres of crops.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

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Police show their true colours at fracking protest | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 10:18am
Green peer Jenny Jones says the police’s actions at a fracking protest show they are helping impose government policy and defending corporate interests

When the police forcibly remove a 79-year-old woman for serving refreshments to fracking protesters, you know they have taken sides (Report, 11 October). Having wasted their time and our money dragging pensioners around, the Lancashire constabulary has asked the Home Office for an extra £3.1m to cover the cost of drafting in police from Somerset and Wales. It is time for the policing operation at New Preston Road to be scaled back, or called off altogether. The police are helping to impose a government decision to frack, which is opposed by local residents at every level of local government. The police should go back to patrolling the streets and arresting criminals, instead of defending corporate interests by harassing the protesters.
Jenny Jones
Green party, House of Lords

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California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture, Fire Researchers Say

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 10:11am

The wildfires in California's wine country are coming in the midst of a near-record fire season nationwide. Researchers say a warming climate is a factor.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 7:06am

This week, we saw an executive order on health care, a shift in immigration strategy and a step forward on disaster relief.

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

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 6:00am

A wild boar, clown fish and two rhinoceros calves are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Mull islanders launch appeal to buy up neighbouring Ulva

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 4:22am

Scottish ministers have blocked £5m sale of tiny Hebridean island to allow community to organise bid

Islanders on Mull will launch a worldwide appeal to help buy the tiny Hebridean island of Ulva after Scottish ministers stopped its owner selling it for as much as £5m.

The appeal is likely to include Australians whose forebears left Ulva during and after the Highland clearances, which resulted in its population plummeting from about 600 people two centuries ago to just six.

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Penguin disaster as just two chicks survive from colony of 40,000

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 11:31pm

‘Catastrophic breeding event’ leads to demands for a marine protected area to be set up in East Antarctica

A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation – not previously seen in more than 50 years of observation – has been wrought on the population.

The finding has prompted urgent calls for the establishment of a marine protected area in East Antarctica, at next week’s meeting of 24 nations and the European Union at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart.

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Adani says it will break ground on Carmichael rail link 'within days'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 11:04pm

Federal government concessional loan is yet to be secured but the group is confident of delivering first shipment in March 2020

The Adani Group has said it will “break ground within days” on the rail link for its Carmichael coalmine and has claimed daily progress on a project for which it still needs to secure about $5bn in finance.

The Adani Mining chief executive, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, said in a statement on Friday the company remained “confident and committed” to delivering its first coal shipment in March 2020.

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Paris Mayor Plans To Eliminate All Non-Electric Cars By 2030

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:16pm

"We are seeing a revolution in terms of mobility and on the issue of climate," said the city's deputy mayor. "We can't wait."

(Image credit: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

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Australia lagging on electric cars and tax breaks needed to drive demand – report

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:03pm

Australia Institute wants free access to bus lanes after electric cars accounted for just 0.1% of new car sales in 2015

Tax breaks and free access to bus lanes should be used to help reverse Australia’s poor uptake of electric vehicles, a new report has said.

Australians remain deeply reluctant to buy electric cars, which accounted for just 0.1% of new car sales in 2015. Australia is increasingly falling behind other countries, particularly in Europe, where sales of electric cars represented 1.2% of new European Union car sales in the same year.

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Chevron abandons plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 4:31pm

Environmentalists hail decision that comes almost exactly a year after BP ditched its own scheme for the untapped basin

Chevron has become the second big oil company to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, almost exactly a year after BP ditched its more advanced plans for the untapped basin.

Oil companies have compared the potential of the bight to the Gulf of Mexico, where there are thousands of oil rigs.

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OBS

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 4:17pm
Finally figured out the settings for a decent live stream on YouTube with my slow upload speed using free software.  85,92,55,0,B
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