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'Protesters as terrorists': growing number of states turn anti-pipeline activism into a crime

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 3:00am

Conservative lawmakers have put forward laws criminalizing protests in at least 18 states since 2017 that civil liberties advocates say are unconstitutional

From the Standing Rock camps in North Dakota to tree-sits in Texas, activists have attempted to stop pipeline construction with massive shows of civil disobedience. Now they could be forced to change those tactics, or face heavy penalties under a wave of new anti-protest laws that civil liberties advocates say violate the first amendment.

Conservative lawmakers have put forward laws criminalizing protests that disrupt the construction and operation of pipelines in at least 18 states since 2017.

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It's high time to create a World Carbon Bank | Kenneth Rogoff

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 2:56am

We could use a global carbon tax to give developing countries incentives to phase out coal

Although much derided by climate-change deniers, not least Donald Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal hits the nail on the head with its urgent call for the US to lead by example on global warming. But the sad truth is that, for all the needless waste produced by Americans’ gluttonous culture, emerging Asia is by far the main driver of the world’s growing carbon dioxide emissions. No amount of handwringing will solve the problem. The way to do that is to establish the right incentives for countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

It is hard to see how to do this within the framework of existing multilateral aid institutions, which have limited expertise on climate issues and are pulled in different directions by their various constituencies. For example, to the dismay of many energy experts, the World Bank recently rather capriciously decided to stop funding virtually all new fossil-fuel plants, including natural gas. But replacing dirty coal plants with relatively clean natural gas is how the US has managed to reduce emissions growth dramatically over the past decade (despite Trump’s best efforts), and is a centrepiece of the famous “Princeton wedges” pragmatic options for minimising climate risk. One cannot let the perfect become the enemy of good in the transition to a carbon-neutral future.

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Channel 5's nonsense will make me and other cyclists less safe

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/07/07 - 11:00pm

Cyclists: Scourge of the Roads? isn’t just as bad as the title indicates – it’s irresponsible

On Wednesday morning, I’ll be a little bit more wary when I cycle into work. I’m always hugely careful, anyway – the trip involves sharing space with tonne-plus lumps of speeding metal – but this time I’ll be particularly on my guard. Why? Because Channel 5 are putting me, and others, at risk.

At 9.15pm on Tuesday, a reasonably sizeable number of people, the majority of whom probably drive motor vehicles, will sit down to watch what is undoubtedly the worst, most scaremongering, inaccurate, downright irresponsible programme on cycling I’ve ever seen.

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British Gas and SSE to purge petrol and diesel from fleets by 2030

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

Two of big six energy companies sign up to pledge organised by the Climate Group

Two of Britain’s biggest energy suppliers are accelerating the drive towards greener vehicles by pledging to replace their existing fleet of vans with all-electric models by 2030.

British Gas owner Centrica and SSE have committed to switch to electric cars and vans a decade ahead of the government’s ban on the sale of new combustion engine vehicles.

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UNESCO Adds 8 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings To Its List Of World Heritage Sites

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/07/07 - 3:35pm

The Guggenheim Museum in New York and Fallingwater in Pennsylvania now belong to a list that includes Machu Picchu and the pyramids of Egypt.

(Image credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

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give me liberty

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/07/07 - 12:42pm
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
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Fossil fuel exports make Australia one of the worst contributors to climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/07/07 - 11:00am

Australia looking to become an emissions superpower, the Australian Conservation Foundation says

Australia is responsible for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions and could be contributing as much as 17% by 2030 if the pollution from its fossil fuel exports is factored in, research says.

Under climate accounting rules that record carbon dioxide released within a country, Australia is responsible for about 1.4% of global emissions. The analysis by science and policy institute Climate Analytics found more than twice that, another 3.6%, are a result of Australia’s coal, oil and gas exports.

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UK car industry future hinges 'not on Brexit, but on batteries'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/07/07 - 8:00am

Jaguar Land Rover boss says UK needs batteries made in Britain - or carmakers will leave

The feeling of relief in the British car industry was almost palpable on Friday, when Jaguar Land Rover said it would invest billions in producing new electric vehicles in the UK. After the recent closure of two other UK automotive factories in five months – Honda in Swindon and Ford in Bridgend – JLR boss Ralf Speth was clearly pleased to have good news for the 2,500 workers at the Castle Bromwich plant.

Yet amid the congratulations, Speth also struck a note of warning. Not on Brexit this time, but on the future of the car sector in the absence of a British battery industry. “One thing is clear: if batteries go out of the UK, then also the automotive production will go out of the UK,” he said.

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To ensure a green future the UK cannot rely on free markets alone | Richard Partington

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/07/07 - 5:58am

The scale of the climate emergency requires nothing less than full government engagement

With just 11 years left to prevent irreversible damage caused by the climate emergency, there are still options to wean the world’s economy off its reliance on fossil fuels. However, anything less than putting Britain on a war footing will not be enough.

The government response so far has been timid. Theresa May introduced a net-zero carbon emissions target for 2050, but there are reasons why the Conservatives haven’t gone further: her party is hard-wired to fail. Clinging to a belief in the power of free markets, it neglects the fact that to decarbonise the economy greater investment from the state is required.

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One climate crisis disaster happening every week, UN warns

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/07/07 - 4:00am

Developing countries must prepare now for profound impact, disaster representative says

Climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week, though most draw little international attention and work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the profound impacts, the UN has warned.

Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the drought afflicting India make headlines around the world. But large numbers of “lower impact events” that are causing death, displacement and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, said Mami Mizutori, the UN secretary-general’s special representative on disaster risk reduction. “This is not about the future, this is about today.”

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Location change for BEE Class tomorrow!

Home Grown New Mexico - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 6:11pm

Hello all attendees- We’ve sent you a notice from Eventbrite about a location change for tomorrow’s class. This post hopefully will catch any of you that haven’t read your email! We look forward to a great presentation so please still come!

Due to a snafu with SF Home Builders Assoc, we’ve had to move (at the last minute) the venue to the following location. Same time. Different place. LOCATION: Jet Stream Energy
19 Plaza La Prensa, Santa Fe, NM 87507  

DIRECTIONS: (you can also get the directions from google map if you prefer)
South on Cerrillos to Beckner – turn right. Follow service drive and turn right at The New Mexican.  Turn left at first stop sign. First business on right has solar satellite dishes – turn right into parking lot.

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Hornworm Season

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 2:53pm
A couple of days ago, I noticed the first evidence of tomato hornworms on my plants.  Haven't been able to spot them yet.  Did a quick internet search today and discovered they are easy to find after dark if you use a blacklight - they glow bright green.  Dug through one of my old boxes of electronics and found a black light that I probably bought over 10 years ago...and it still works!  Going hornworm hunting tonight. 75,94,70, .08",B
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To Build Resilience, Puerto Rico Communities Embrace Grassroots Partnerships

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 2:30pm

Across Puerto Rico, communities have partnered with foundations and charities to become more resilient against future natural disasters.

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Aftershocks Rattle Southern California Following 2 Quakes

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 2:30pm

California is recovering from a pair of the strongest earthquakes in two decades. Seismologists say the region can expect to continue to be hit by strong aftershocks for some time to come.

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Anchorage Breaks Heat Records

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 5:04am

NPR's Renee Montagne talks with KTUU Weekend Meteorologist Tracy Sinclare about the record-breaking heat in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Southern California Hit By 2nd Large Earthquake In 2 Days

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 5:04am

Southern California was hit by another big earthquake Friday, after one struck the day before.

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A Day's Work On Delhi's Mountain Of Trash

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 5:04am

It's almost as tall as the Taj Mahal. It smolders and festers. And it's a source of income for slum dwellers nearby.

(Image credit: Xavier Galiana/AFP/Getty Images)

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Solar power: how investing can help to change lives

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 12:34am

Energise Africa offers a 5% return and allows you to help support low-income families

Fight the climate crisis and earn a return of 5% at the same time, plus enjoy a guarantee on your investment.

That’s the offer from an ethical investment scheme that allows people to put money into companies providing African families with access to clean, affordable solar energy.

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Making a crust: Tesco to use unsold bread in new products

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 12:00am

Supermarket to create olive crostini and bread pudding from baguettes to reduce waste

Britain’s largest supermarket chain is launching a drive to reduce food waste from bread by turning unsold baguettes and batons from its in-store bakeries into new products.

Surplus bread is one of the biggest waste problems for food retailers, according to the government’s food waste adviser Wrap, particularly from freshly baked lines which have a short shelf life.

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Frydenberg defends decision to query if he had power to weaken grasslands protections

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 5:00pm

Former environment minister says Angus Taylor made inquiries on behalf of farmers in his electorate

Josh Frydenberg has defended a decision when he was environment minister to query whether he had the power to water down federal protections for critically endangered grasslands, and establish if any change had to be published, saying he was just investigating the process.

The Senate this week passed a Greens motion forcing the government to explain the conduct of two of its senior ministers – Angus Taylor and Frydenberg – in relation to critically endangered grasslands at the centre of an investigation involving companies part-owned by Taylor.

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