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How One Company Pulls Carbon From The Air, Aiming To Avert A Climate Catastrophe

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 3:01am

A U.N. climate report says the only way to avoid the worst climate impacts will be to suck carbon emissions out of the air. Researchers are trying to find a feasible way to do that.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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The new abnormal: why fires like Paradise will happen again and again

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 2:00am

Of the traumatic consequences of climate change, scientists consider increasingly ferocious wildfires to be one of the most starkly apparent

Ruth McLarty, an experienced surgeon, was fairly certain she was about to die in a particularly grisly way. Surrounded by a hellish inferno of burning trees and cars, McLarty reasoned the flames would engulf her long before the smoke could choke her to death.

Trapped in nearby vehicles, some of McLarty’s colleagues made similarly macabre calculations. Two nurses, stuck in the back of a stalled police car, contemplated shooting each other. Another nurse rolled down her window and gulped in the smoke. McLarty edged her car away from a burning wreckage, fired off some final messages to her sister and called her daughter, who said she could hear the roar of the blaze over the phone.

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Global commitment to climate change dies on the floor of a committee and Australia is silent | First Dog on the Moon

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 11:39pm

Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin goes to COP24

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BP faces shareholder challenge over carbon targets

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 5:01pm

Company is among energy firms being urged to set goals in line with Paris agreement

BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil face a shareholder challenge to set carbon targets in line with the Paris climate agreement, as a green group seeks to repeat its success in pressuring Shell to set environmental benchmarks.

When Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, laid out an ambitious long-term carbon target last year, he acknowledged the role played by a resolution on carbon targets submitted by Dutch activist shareholders Follow This.

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Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world's biggest investors

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 5:01pm

UN summit urged to end all coal burning and introduce substantial taxes on emissions

Global investors managing $32tn issued a stark warning to governments at the UN climate summit on Monday, demanding urgent cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. Without these, the world faces a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis, they said.

The investors include some of the world’s biggest pension funds, insurers and asset managers and marks the largest such intervention to date. They say fossil fuel subsidies must end and substantial taxes on carbon be introduced.

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Former U.S. Science Envoy: The Tone Of Climate Talks Is Now 'Quite Grim'

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 3:23pm

NPR's Michel Martin talks with Daniel Kammen, former science envoy to the State Department, about the U.N. climate talks being held in Poland.

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one mind and one mouth

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 2:57pm
Romans 15:1  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Australia's silence during climate change debate shocks COP24 delegates

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 2:17pm

Country accused of tacitly supporting oil allies’ rejection of the latest science

As four of the world’s largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from “welcoming” a key scientific report on global warming, Australia’s silence during a key debate is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait.

The end of the first week of the UN climate talks – known as COP24 – in Katowice, Poland, has been mired by protracted debate over whether the conference should “welcome” or “note” a key report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Largest ever group of global investors call for more action to meet Paris targets

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 10:00am

The group of 414 institutional investors with $31 trillion under management say governments must take serious steps to cut emissions

The largest ever group of institutional investors has called on governments around the world to urgently increase their efforts to meet the Paris climate change agreement goals.

The 414 global investors - which represent US$31 trillion of assets-under-management - say they are deeply concerned about the “ambition gap” that exists between governments’ commitments and what is needed to limit the global temperature increase to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

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Fire-Resistant Is Not Fire-Proof, California Homeowners Discover

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 5:52am

California has some of the strictest building codes in the country for homes built in areas with wildfire risk. But recent fires show that even the most fire-resistant homes will burn.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

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How A Shorter Sea Ice Season Is Changing Life In The Arctic

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 5:52am

Climate change is so dramatic in northern Alaska that the effects on hunting and erosion are very real to people who've lived their whole lives there.

(Image credit: Ravenna Koenig / Alaska's Energy Desk)

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after the rain

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 4:43pm
Had 1.20" of rain over the past 36 hours.  Checked the new road and job site by drone today and happy to see it didn't all wash away.  47,54,42, .10", C
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Man in serious condition after shark attack on NSW mid-north coast

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 4:33pm

Man surfing at Nambucca Heads receives five deep lacerations to his leg when he is bitten by a shark

A man in his 30s is in a serious condition after a shark attack on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

The man received five deep lacerations to one of his lower legs when he was bitten by a shark at Nambucca Heads after 7am on Sunday, an ambulance spokesman said.

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Next election test of leadership on climate and the environment

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 2:11pm

Centrist voters are increasingly placing a priority on these issues at a federal level, according to research

The next election could shape up as an important contest for centrist voters who consider climate and environmental concerns as a test of leadership according to leading social researcher Rebecca Huntley.

Huntley says her work increasingly shows voters broadly connect environmental issues such as climate change, energy, clean air and water, food security and waste with capacity for leadership.

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Airlines ignoring efficient planes in blow to carbon targets – study

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 4:00am

TUI Airways comes top of 2018 Atmosfair Airline Index while Virgin Atlantic ranks 83rd

Airlines are failing to take up the most efficient planes in sufficient numbers to make a significant dent in their carbon dioxide emissions, a new study has found.

The most efficient new aircraft models, such as the Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 and A320neo, can achieve substantial carbon savings over older models, but no airlines have invested sufficiently in the new types to reach the top levels of energy efficiency, according to a ranking by Atmosfair, a German NGO.

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

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 4:00am

When lobsters are life, environmental change affects livelihoods, and warming waters will ultimately bust the lobster industry

The American lobster is a symbol of Maine, central to the state’s ethos and economy.

Its image appears on license plates, restaurant signs and clothing. It is sold alive, with its claws banded shut, on docks, at highway rest stops and supermarkets. Cooked, it is served everywhere from seaside shacks to the finest restaurants.

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'It's a sad reality': a troubling trend sees a 97% decline in monarch butterflies

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 11:00pm

In the 1980s, roughly 4.5 million monarchs wintered in California, but at last count, there may be as few as 30,000

The hillside groves of eucalyptus trees that tower over the Santa Cruz shoreline would, not so long ago, be teeming with monarch butterflies at this time of year.

Boughs would be bent under the weight of black and orange clusters, as hundreds of thousands of the magical invertebrates nestled into the leaves, waiting out the frost on the California coast before returning north.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 3:26pm
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After Devastating Fire, Ventura Residents Push To Get Back Home For The Holidays

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 2:30pm

"My wife is absolutely obsessed that she's ready for Christmas," Ed Fuller says. "Last Christmas, we sort of lost."

(Image credit: Stephanie O'Neill for NPR)

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World's First Insect Vaccine Could Help Bees Fight Off Deadly Disease

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 12:45pm

American foulbrood is an infectious disease that devastates honeybee hives. Scientists say they've created a vaccine for it, despite a big hurdle: Bees don't have antibodies.

(Image credit: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

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