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Coffee Rust Threatens Latin American Crop; 150 Years Ago, It Wiped Out An Empire

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 5:02am

The fungus, which has no cure, is destroying harvests in Latin America. In the 1800s, it devastated Sri Lanka's powerhouse coffee industry. And scientists say it's only a question of time.

(Image credit: Jeff Koehler for NPR)

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I was arrested for direct action against fracking. This is too important to stand aside | Esme North

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 4:26am
As a trained paramedic I understand emergency situations. In the face of catastrophic climate change, protest is a moral obligation

I was arrested yesterday for blockading Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire for more than 12 hours. It was the first day of fracking after a seven-year delay due to earthquakes, powerful local opposition and legal challenges.

As a trained paramedic, I have a good appreciation of emergency situations. Climate change is the biggest emergency of them all. I join more than 350 people who have been arrested for disrupting Cuadrilla’s site in Lancashire over the last two years. People driven to take such action range from local councillors to faith leaders, students to grandparents. In the past fortnight, three people were sentenced to up to 16 months in prison for climbing on top of lorries that carried key fracking equipment.

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Democrats Plan More Environmental Oversight If Midterms Swing Their Way

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 2:02am

Democrats running in some swing races are prioritizing environmental rollbacks and climate denial for the midterm elections. That could mean more oversight if Democrats take over the House.

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Getting Back What You Lost — Rebuilding In A Wildfire Zone

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 1:53am

In northern California, homes are being rebuilt in the same area that burned to the ground in last year's Tubbs Fire. Despite the risk, a severe housing shortage in the area is forcing tough choices.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

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Scottish Power shifts to 100% wind generation after £700m Drax sale

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 1:32am

Big six energy firm drops fossil fuels for generation and say cheap green energy is the future

Scottish Power has ditched fossil fuels for electricity generation and switched to 100% wind power, by selling off its last remaining gas power stations to Drax for more than £700m.

Iberdrola, Scottish Power’s Spanish parent company, said the move was part of its strategy to tackle climate change and would free it up to invest in renewables and power grids in the UK.

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Seed School

Home Grown New Mexico - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 4:53pm

Home Grown New Mexico has finished up our classes for the year, but we wanted to share this upcoming event presented by others. If you want to learn about seed saving (and you should!) Read on and sign up below

NOV. 9-11, 2018

Learn the current state of the seed crisis and what YOU can do in your own backyard to restore our seed sovereignty, improve your own and our planet’s health by reconnecting with our
seed-saving heritage.

 Friday 7 p.m.: Screening of Seed: The Untold Story
The Emmy-nominated film about the past and future of our seed cultural heritage

 Saturday 8:30-4:30: Seed School in a Day
Seed selecting, growing, collecting, harvesting, storing

 Sunday 8:30-12:30: Field Trip
Hands-on seed collecting and threshing

Tuition: $65 for the entire weekend

FOR INFO—Learn more. Attendance is limited. Register today! 


Presented by Santa Fe Master Gardener Association,
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, and Institute for Applied Ecology

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Critic Of Federal Public Lands Management To Join Department Of The Interior

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 1:47pm

The Department of the Interior has chosen a prominent property rights attorney in Wyoming as their new deputy solicitor. Its a controversial appointment for environmental groups.

(Image credit: Mead Gruver/AP)

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Colorado's Anti-Fracking Measure Would Keep Wells Farther Away From Homes And Schools

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 1:28pm

A ballot measure would keep new oil and gas wells 2,500 feet away from homes and schools, the strictest setback in the nation. The oil and gas industry says that threatens its very existence.

(Image credit: Grace Hood/CPR)

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Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 12:00pm

More than 300 mammal species have been eradicated by human activities, say researchers

Humanity’s ongoing annihilation of wildlife is cutting down the tree of life, including the branch we are sitting on, according to a stark new analysis.

More than 300 different mammal species have been eradicated by human activities. The new research calculates the total unique evolutionary history that has been lost as a result at a startling 2.5bn years.

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Grenfell fire survivors demand answers from ministers about toxins

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 10:59am

Grenfell United group wants to know why residents were not told of soil contamination fears

Survivors of the Grenfell fire have demanded urgent meetings with ministers and senior health officials following revelations that significant amounts of toxins were found in soil close to the tower in preliminary findings of a major study.

The disclosures have prompted Grenfell United, which represents the families of the 72 people who died, to ask why no one who knew about the early results of the research had warned residents of the potential contamination problem.

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Anger and blockades as fracking starts in UK for first time since 2011

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 10:42am

Operations start at Lancashire site after protesters block entrance and nearby road

Fracking has begun in the UK for the first time since 2011 despite an attempt by protesters to blockade the entrance to the Lancashire site.

Activists from campaign group Reclaim the Power used a van to block the entrance to a site on Preston New Road near Blackpool for 12 hours from 4.30am on Monday, but the shale gas company Cuadrilla said all the equipment it needed to frack was already there and it had started the process by 1pm.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 10:27am
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Protesters attempt blockade at Lancashire site as fracking begins – video report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 10:10am

Activists have attempted to blockade a fracking site in Lancashire as operations began for the first time in seven years in the UK. Campaigners from Reclaim the Power used a van to block the entrance to the site on Preston New Road near Blackpool early on Monday. One protester climbed on top of a scaffold and locked his neck to it. Police dispersed the protesters and the energy company Cuadrilla commenced with planned operations

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Craig Kelly says Coalition must kill off renewable energy subsidies

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 10:00am

Chairman of Coalition’s backbench energy committee says Morrison government should wind up program

The chairman of the Coalition’s backbench energy committee, the outspoken conservative Craig Kelly, says the government needs to axe current subsidies for households and businesses to install renewable energy technology like solar panels.

With the Morrison government in the middle of formulating its new energy policy, and with Labor now promising to maintain subsidies for households and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy until 2030, Kelly told Guardian Australia the Coalition needed to wind up the program.

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Fracking in the UK: what is it and why is it controversial?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 7:34am

As Cuadrilla starts operations in Lancashire, we examine the main arguments

Fracking restarted in the UK on Monday – the first such operation since 2011. The oil and gas firm Cuadrilla commenced work at a well in Lancashire after seeing off a last-minute legal challenge on Friday.

The aim is to extract shale gas to contribute to the country’s energy supply but environmental campaigners fiercely oppose it.

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Will Americans Embrace A Zeal For Eel? This Maine Entrepreneur Hopes So

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 5:02am

Most catches are exported to unagi-loving Asian nations, which pay up to thousands of dollars per pound. But one woman is raising and marketing eels for U.S. buyers: "Why not keep that value at home?"

(Image credit: Keith Shortall/Maine Public Radio)

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There’s one key takeaway from last week’s IPCC report | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 3:00am

Cut carbon pollution as much as possible, as fast as possible

The Paris climate agreement set a target of no more than 2°C global warming above pre-industrial temperatures, but also an aspirational target of no more than 1.5°C.  That’s because many participating countries – especially island nations particularly vulnerable to sea level rise – felt that even 2°C global warming is too dangerous.  But there hadn’t been a lot of research into the climate impacts at 1.5°C vs. 2°C, and so the UN asked the IPCC to publish a special report summarizing what it would take to achieve the 1.5°C limit and what the consequences would be of missing it.

The details in the report are worth understanding, but there’s one simple critical takeaway point: we need to cut carbon pollution as much as possible, as fast as possible.

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striving together

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 5:34pm
Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel
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New Zealand bird of the year: 'drunk, gluttonous' kererū pigeon wins

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 3:56pm

Often heard before it is seen, the kererū has been known to fall out of the odd tree after too much fermented fruit

A native green and bronze wood pigeon with a taste for fermented fruit has been named the 2018 bird of the year in New Zealand.

The kererū is endemic to the country and can be found in both the North and South islands, living in cities as well as rural areas. Although quiet and reclusive by nature, kererū have earned a reputation as the drunkest bird in New Zealand, and been known to fall from trees after consuming rotting fruit left lying on the ground. During the summer when fruit is in abundance drunk kererū are sometimes taken to wildlife centres to sober up.

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Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts Underway In Florida

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 2:24pm

While water and some food is being delivered, residents in some of the harder hit areas of Hurricane Michael are growing frustrated. The extensive destruction is more than they anticipated.

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