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The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/06/10 - 10:00am
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Police begin dialogue with Greenpeace BP oil rig protesters

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/06/10 - 9:56am

Energy firm expected to launch court proceedings to remove activists who boarded vessel on Sunday

Scottish police have begun talks with climate protesters from Greenpeace after its activists boarded an oil rig heading out to the North Sea.

Two protesters climbed on to the 27,000-tonne platform as it was being towed out of the Cromarty Firth, north of Inverness, after Greenpeace used boats to intercept it at about 6.30pm on Sunday.

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Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/06/10 - 4:54am

Energy firm says project will be big step towards continuous renewable power for UK

Scottish Power is to undertake the most ambitious battery power project in Europe in an attempt to unlock the potential of the UK’s wind and solar farms.

The company will connect an industrial-scale battery, the size of half a football pitch, to the Whitelee onshore windfarm early next year to capture more power from its 215 turbines.

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Gatwick hosts UK's first airport reusable coffee cup trial

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 4:01pm

Customers buying coffee from South Terminal Starbucks will be able to borrow free refillable cup

The UK’s first airport reusable coffee cup trial gets under way this week at Gatwick, offering passengers the opportunity to borrow and return refillable cups in a bid to help cut waste and tackle “throwaway” culture.

Customers buying hot takeaway drinks from Starbucks will have the option to borrow a free reusable cup instead of using a paper cup, which they can then drop off at a designated point before boarding their flight.

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The will of God

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 2:29pm
1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
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Midwest Flooding Harms Farmer's Yields

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 2:24pm

Rain and flooding have made growing conditions difficult for crops like corn. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Matt Boucher, a farmer in Dwight, Ill., about how the weather has affected his crops.

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Seagull photobombs professor's food porn moment

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 2:07pm

Pepperdine scholar photobombed by lobster-hungry bird happy to see picture of roll reversal go viral

Alicia Jessop knew Friday was going to be memorable, but she didn’t realize it would be a day she would never forget.

Related: 'We live in a lobstocracy': Maine town is feeling the effects of climate change

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Arts institutions: cut your ties with BP | Farhana Yamin

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 7:00am
We at Extinction Rebellion call for the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Opera House to stop enabling this agent of climate breakdown

When Extinction Rebellion activists shut down London in April, we sounded the alarm loud and clear about the climate and ecological crisis that threatens humanity’s very survival. In response, around the world, governments, local councils, companies and professionals are stepping up and declaring a climate emergency.

Related: Leading artists call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties to BP

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Leading artists call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties to BP

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 7:00am

Judge also among those calling on gallery to sever links to oil firm on eve of its annual awards

A judge and several leading artists have written to the director of the National Portrait Gallery on the eve of its annual awards calling on it to end its links to BP.

They accuse the central London gallery of helping to launder the oil industry’s image through its BP sponsorship deal and say the oil company is aggravating the climate crisis by extracting fossil fuels.

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New rules give households right to sell solar power back to energy firms

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 1:00am
Government also wants to encourage people with rooftop panels to install batteries

Britain’s biggest energy companies will have to buy renewable energy from their own customers under new laws to be introduced this week.

Homeowners who install new rooftop solar panels from 1 January 2020 will be able to lower their bills by selling the energy they do not need to their supplier.

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Unesco advisers raise concerns over plan to raise Warragamba dam wall

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 12:58am

World Heritage centre says proposal would result in inundation of large part of world heritage-listed Blue Mountains wilderness area

Advisers to the United Nations have expressed concerns about a plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall because of its likely impact on the Blue Mountains.

The World Heritage Centre, which advises the UN committee in charge of world heritage properties, published its position on the project on Friday.

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Minorities in the US breathe in more air pollution caused by white people

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/08 - 11:00pm

Black and Hispanic people are disproportionately exposed to air pollution produced by white people, a study analyzing personal consumption has found

Black and Hispanic people are disproportionately exposed to air pollution caused mainly by the consumer behaviours of white people in the US, according to a new study. Researchers call this “pollution inequity” (inequity is about unfair, avoidable differences and so it’s different to inequality which can simply describe uneven results).

Air pollution exposure matters; it is the largest environmental health risk factor in the US, adding up to about 100,00 deaths each year. In March, Christopher W Tessum and his colleagues of engineers and economists tried to quantify these differences in a study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/06/08 - 5:18pm
The Field Lab version of the classic BLT:  bacon, cole slaw, field lab tomato, melted muenster cheese, course ground pepper, on pita bread. 91,103,73,0,C
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Ex-BP boss John Browne: ‘It’s going to take a long time to take oil and coal out of the energy system’

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/08 - 7:00am

The energy executive talks about squaring his business dealings with his personal convictions – and what he would say to Greta Thunberg

Before standing down in 2007, John Browne was CEO of BP for 12 years. In 2015, he returned to the global oil business as executive chairman of L1 Energy. Since leaving BP, he has written five books; in the latest, he argues that engineers will save humanity from the threats such as disease, artificial intelligence and global warming.

You say that civilisation is founded on engineering innovation and technology. Do you equate human progress with machines?
Absolutely not. It is the combination of the machines, the engineering and humans that makes progress. Without engineering, there will not be progress, but machines without humans will go nowhere.

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'We All Owe Al Gore An Apology': More People See Climate Change In Record Flooding

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/06/08 - 3:00am

Research shows more people are linking climate change to extreme weather events, like the ongoing flooding in America's heartland. Experts are hoping it also inspires action.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

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Heathrow eateries to take least sustainable fish off menus

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 4:01pm

Airport will be world’s first accredited for serving sustainably sourced fish

Heathrow is to become the world’s first airport accredited for serving sustainably sourced fish and seafood, as all its restaurants pledge to help tackle overfishing.

Outlets whose menus still include “red-rated” fish – deemed by the Marine Conservation Society to be the least sustainable – have pledged to remove them by June 2020. Fish in that category include wild atlantic salmon, bluefin tuna and king prawns from non-certified farms.

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Victoria ignored recycling warnings that left it vulnerable to China move – report

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:23pm

Auditor general finds Victoria has had no statewide waste policy since 2014, and agencies had not effectively regulated the industry

Victorian authorities failed to prevent the state sleepwalking into a recycled waste crisis, amid signs China was curbing imports six years ago, a scathing watchdog report has concluded.

The auditor general report released this week noted the state’s environment department and Sustainability Victoria had ignored early warnings.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:05pm
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Australia's standing in Pacific has plummeted because of our climate change failure | Dermot O'Gorman

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:00pm

It’s about the very survival of people, nations and cultures. If action isn’t taken there are islanders who may have nowhere to go

Scott Morrison flew to the Solomon Islands last weekend to “show our Pacific step-up in action” but this policy will fail if his government doesn’t take meaningful action on climate change. A successful step-up must include stopping our own pollution, defending the sovereignty of our friends in the Pacific and offering a safety net to those who may need it.

Over the past five years Australia’s standing in the Pacific has declined dramatically because of an unwillingness to take strong action on climate change. It’s not as if the Pacific hasn’t been clear. From female fishers to the Fijian prime minister, to remote communities in the Solomon Islands, climate change is a top-order issue. It’s about the very survival of people, nations and cultures. If action isn’t taken, in 40 years there are people in Pacific island states who may have nowhere to go.

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Flooding That Swamped Midwest Flows To Already Soaked Mississippi

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 2:08pm

Mississippi is another state dealing with massive flooding. In fact, the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for more than 100 days — a record length of time going back to 1927.

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