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This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:31pm

As wildfires spread through Northern California counties, clouds of smoke and ash are spreading, too, far beyond the flames. Air quality officials have a database that's searchable by ZIP code.

(Image credit: Lesley McClurg/KQED)

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Northern California Wildfires Destroy Thousands Of Businesses

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

In much of the area burning in Northern California, agriculture is the main industry. And in the Sonoma and Napa counties, wine is the big player. It's worth billions and employs a 100,000 workers.

Categories: Environment

The Mechanics Behind Yellowstone's Old Faithful

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

The Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park blows water approximately ever 90 minutes. The the mechanics behind this beautiful mystery have been revealed this week in a new study.

Categories: Environment

California Wildfires Not Yet Contained

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

Nearly two dozen deadly wildfires in Northern California are burning across eight counties. They have burned more than 100,000 acres, and they're not under control yet.

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How Firefighters Are Tackling The Northern California Blazes

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:08pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Cal Fire Assistant Deputy Director Daniel Berlant about how firefighters are dealing with the wildfires in Northern California. At least 24 people have died from the fires.

Categories: Environment

Proof that sustainable meat and dairy farming can work | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 10:35am
David Finlay writes that his experiment in sustainable and ethical meat and dairy farming shows that it is achievable

I had just got back into the house from milking the cows when I read the discussion (Letters, 7 October) on George Monbiot’s latest contribution to the debate about the future of our food production system. While George is a fundamentalist, I must confess I agree with much of what he says! The problem is that, as an extremist fundamentalist, he just goes too far. Here on our rented family farm of 100 dairy cows with some beef and sheep, we are in the first year of a three-year, final-stage experiment to challenge the idea that treating our animals, land, environment and the people who work and live here with respect is somehow incompatible with financial viability and our industry’s ability to provide adequate amounts of affordable food, and is therefore unsustainable.

This is the final part of a much longer-term experiment, incorporating agroecology, agroforestry and calf-with-cow dairying along with appropriate technologies that allow us to achieve these public benefit outcomes. On paper this could work. In practice it hasn’t been easy. But there are glimmers of daylight. We are on the final stretch and many of our targets have been met: substantial (90%-plus) cuts in the use of antibiotics, anthelmintics, vaccines, soluble fertiliser and pesticides (and diffuse pollution) without compromising productivity or animal health; and substantial increases in biodiversity and reductions in staff working hours.

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New airplane biofuels plan would 'destroy rainforests', warn campaigners

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 10:17am

Plan to accelerate production of biofuels for passenger planes would lead to clearing of rainforests to produce ‘vast’ amount of necessary crops

A new plan to accelerate production of biofuels for passenger planes has drawn stinging criticism from environmentalists who argue that most of the world’s rainforests might have to be cleared to produce the necessary crops.

Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, with an 8% leap reported in Europe last year and a global fourfold increase in CO2 pollution expected by 2050.

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Almost 90% of edible tomatoes thrown away based on appearance – research

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

Up to 86.7% of harvest rejected, environmental scientist says – underlining Australia’s costly food waste culture

Up to 87% of undamaged, edible tomatoes harvested from a commercial Queensland farm were rejected and wasted based on appearance, a study has found, highlighting the problem of food wastage.

Tara McKenzie, an environmental scientist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, said that at every point in the supply chain, edible tomatoes that were slightly odd-shaped or marked or deemed too small or too large were rejected because they didn’t meet market standards for premium, unblemished product. She found between 68.6% and 86.7% of the produce was rejected.

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Supermarkets must stop using plastic packaging, says former Asda boss

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 9:12am

Exclusive: Consumers do not want plastic-polluted oceans so supermarkets and packaging industry have to work together, says Andy Clarke

The former boss of Asda is calling for supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging saying billions of pounds of investment in recycling has failed to resolve the world’s plastic proliferation crisis.

Andy Clarke, CEO of one of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains for six years, said the only solution was for retailers to reject plastic entirely in favour of more sustainable alternatives like paper, steel, glass and aluminium.

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California wildfires: 29 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:21am

Unprecedented wildfires raging in California’s wine country leave enormous devastation as fire agency says situation still ‘very serious’

The death toll climbed to 29 on Thursday as wildfires continue to blaze almost completely out of control in California’s wine country and firefighters expect weather conditions to take a turn for the worse.

“Now the winds are going back up and the humidity is going back down,” said Heather Williams, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fire protection. “We’re still not out of the woods. It’s a very serious situation.”

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On Fire, Out West

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 7:06am

Nearly every state west of the Rockies has a fire burning.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 6:28am

Ministers publish long-delayed blueprint for hitting target of cutting emissions by 57% in next 15 years

Millions of draughty homes in England and Wales will be insulated and overhauled by 2035 to save families as much as £300 a year on their energy bills, under the government’s climate change plans.

The long-delayed blueprint for how the UK will hit its binding target of cutting emissions by 57% by 2032 includes about 50 policies supporting everything from low-carbon power and energy savings to electric vehicles and keeping food waste out of landfill.

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UK climate change masterplan – the grownups have finally won

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 5:32am

Government’s clean growth strategy unequivocally states that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy go hand in hand

The grownups have finally won and everyone in the UK, from those in cold homes to those on polluted streets and in flooded towns, will benefit. The most important aspect of the UK government’s new clean growth strategy is its unequivocal statement that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy are one and the same thing.

This has been clear to many for some time, including Philip Hammond, if not his predecessor George Osborne. There is no long-term, high-carbon economic strategy because the impacts of unchecked climate change destroy economies, as Lord Nicholas Stern puts it.

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Finding Nemo? We may be losing him, says climate study

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 10:26pm

Clownfish under threat from warming ocean waters, which are damaging the anemones that serve as its home

The clownfish, the colourful swimmer propelled to fame by the 2003 film Finding Nemo, is under threat from warming ocean waters wreaking havoc with sea anemones, the structures that serve as its home, a study has found.

Closely related to corals, sea anemones are invertebrate marine creatures that live in symbiosis with algae, which provide them with food, oxygen and colour.

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'Boar War': the Forest of Dean pixies fighting against the cull of wild pigs

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 10:00pm

Activists claim the boar should be welcomed in Gloucestershire – and they are determined to sabotage marksmen targeting pigs roaming ancient woodland

Drew Pratten admits it can be a little unnerving to suddenly come upon a wild boar in the forest.

“They are very big. When they growl at you it’s primal. You get the sort of feeling deep in your stomach that you get when you hear a lion roar. But these animals don’t want to hurt anyone. If you slowly back away they are fine. We should all be living peacefully together.”

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Australian desert reaches peak budgie as thousands dazzle wildlife photographer

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 9:26pm

Steven Pearce captures up to 10,000 birds swooping for a drink at an outback water hole in rare display he describes as a marvel of agility

A wildlife photographer has captured stunning images of budgerigars in a murmuration of up to 10,000 birds near a water hole outside Alice Springs.

Steven Pearce said the display was rare, unique and relatively short-lived – lasting for only about 10 minutes. Pearce was able to shoot dozens of photos displaying the birds’ agility and dazzling splashes of colour in the middle of the desert.

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Abbot Point coal terminal: Westpac may not refinance Adani loan

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 6:51pm

Report reveals Adani needs to refinance $2bn of loans for Abbot Point coal terminal, which is more than it paid for it in 2011

Adani’s financing for its proposed Carmichael coalmine could face a further hurdle, with Westpac appearing to indicate it will not refinance its existing loan to Adani’s coal terminal at Abbot Point.

A recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (Ieefa) revealed Adani needed to refinance more than $2bn worth of loans for its Abbot Point coal terminal in the coming year – an amount that is more than it paid for the port in 2011. That means the company has negative equity on the facility – owing banks more than it is worth.

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tailgate day...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 5:25pm
The latch on my tailgate has gotten progressively worse over the past year.  Just replaced it today for $17 (including shipping).  76,82,56,0,B
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Fossil fuels win billions in public money after Paris climate deal, angry campaigners claim

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 4:01pm

Coal, oil and gas finance from major development banks totalled $5bn in year after historic climate pact, according to estimates

Billions of dollars of public money was sunk in new fossil fuel projects by the world’s major development banks in the year after the Paris climate change deal was agreed, according to campaigners who are calling for the banks to halt their financing of coal, oil and gas.

The new analysis also reveals that some of the taxpayers’ money given to coal and gas projects was counted as “climate” finance.

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From Their Home, They Saw A Wall Of Flames And Knew They Had To Go

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 1:44pm

Emily Cocks lost her home to the Atlas Fire burning through Napa Valley in California. She speaks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the moment she decided to leave and what she lost.

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