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The Field Lab - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 1:28pm
Took a break from baking silver today for a batch of solar oven croissants for a local customer.  Note: silver skull orders start going out in the mail tomorrow... 92,98,75,0,C
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California Company Reaches $119.5 Million Settlement Over Massive Gas Leak

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 1:13pm

For months, starting in late 2015, a gas leak in Los Angeles spewed methane into the air. The Southern California Gas Company has agreed to reimburse local governments and mitigate the damage.

(Image credit: Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Reflecting sun's rays would cause crops to fail, scientists warn

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 10:00am

Research shows geoengineering method intended to combat climate change would have adverse effect on agriculture

Proposals to combat climate change by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space would cause widespread crop failure, cancelling out any benefits to farming from the reduction in warming, according to new research.

By examining the effects of volcanic eruptions on agriculture – which has a similar effect to proposed artificial methods of scattering solar radiation through aerosols – scientists have concluded that such methods could have unintended consequences.

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Jimmy Kimmel on climate change: 'Somebody needs to get through to Trump'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 7:06am

Comics, including Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Kimmel, discussed Paul Manafort’s trial and the threat of climate change

Late-night hosts on Tuesday discussed the trial of former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump’s approach to climate change.

Related: Trevor Noah: 'Trump gets a vacation, but we don't get a vacation from him'

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Sardinia sand thieves face fines of up to €3,000

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 4:56am

Italian officials and vigilantes tackle tourists taking souvenirs of island’s beaches

Sardinian authorities are getting tough with tourists who steal sand from the island’s pristine beaches as a souvenir and are issuing fines of up to €3,000 (£2,700).

Earlier this week, a 40-year-old Italian who lives in the UK but is originally from Naples, was fined €1,000 after police caught him in possession of a bottle of sand from Gallura beach, on the island’s north coast.

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For Berlin, Invasive Crustaceans Are A Tough Catch And A Tough Sell

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 2:19am

Louisiana crawfish have invaded waterways in Germany's capital. Wildlife officials licensed a fisherman to catch them for chefs, hoping a taste for "Berlin Lobster" might control the invasive species.

(Image credit: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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Firefighters battle to contain historic California blaze as political tensions rise

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 2:00am

Distrust in government mingles with fears for cannabis industry while fires spread across hundreds of square miles

Haze from the largest fire in California history filled the air near the town of Clearlake on Tuesday as Jim Steele, a local supervisor, drove his pickup truck through a landscape of smoldering hillsides and charred trees to check on the homes of citizens in his district.

Related: Largest wildfire in California's history expected to burn for rest of August

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The era of megafires: the crisis facing California and what will happen next

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 10:00pm

Three scientists explain the unprecedented danger facing the western US and call for new solutions to a growing threat

California is no stranger to fire. The temperate winters and reliably dry summers that make the Golden state such an attractive place to live are the same conditions that make this region among the most flammable places on Earth.

But even for a region accustomed to fire, the continuing wildfire siege has proven unprecedented. Although it is only early August, numerous very large, fast-moving, and exceptionally intense fires have already burned vast swaths of land throughout the state – consuming hundreds of thousands of acres and thousands of homes and claiming at least nine lives, including four firefighters. State and national firefighting resources are stretched to their limits; choking smoke inundated the state capital of Sacramento; and much of Yosemite national park is closed indefinitely.

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The story of a recovery: how hurricane Maria boosted small farms

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 9:00pm

Puerto Rico’s small farms – aided by outside groups such as World Central Kitchen – have seized a post-disaster opportunity to challenge the island’s import-reliant food economy

Nestled between a chemical factory and sparkling blue ocean sits a wonderland filled with rowdy goats, sturdy passionfruit plants and tiny chive blossom flowers that when bitten, erupt with garlicky flavor 50 times more potent than their size.

That this farm in Manatí, Puerto Rico, exists at all is a marvel, considering owners Efrén Robles and Angelie Martínez could not enter the property after Hurricane Maria tore through on 20 September. The couple said the hurricane destroyed 80% of the farm’s infrastructure and leveled its production capacity to zero.

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Hawaii Volcano Quiets After Months-Long Eruption

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 4:38pm

Over more than three months, lava from Kilauea inundated two seaside communities and reshaped the island's southeast coast. But while activity has lessened, it doesn't mean the eruption has ended.

(Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey/AP)

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What Effects Tree Thinning Has On Wildfires

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 2:43pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Matthew Hurteau, a forest ecologist at University of New Mexico, about the effectiveness of tree clearing and thinning in preventing wildfires or mitigating their intensity.

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Casting a silver ring...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 1:51pm
First try at ring making.  Casting it is the (relatively) easy part.  Finishing and polishing it is quite another story.  Video of the casting coming Friday.  89,96,71,0,B
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Victoria toughens negotiating stance on national energy guarantee

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 11:00am

ACT offers compromise on emissions target in bid to end standoff with Turnbull government

The Australian Capital Territory has floated a compromise on setting an emissions reduction target in an attempt to break the current impasse on the national energy guarantee, as Victoria toughens its negotiating stance.

The Andrews government, after a cabinet deliberation on Monday, has now set four concrete conditions it says it wants met, which if insisted upon, could torpedo the national energy guarantee.

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UK should support mini nuclear reactor projects, says official review

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 9:41am

Subsidies similar to those for offshore wind could help meet emissions targets and boost exports, experts say

Britain should offer developers of mini nuclear plants subsidies similar to those made available to the offshore wind industry, an independent review commissioned by the government has recommended.

Britain needs to invest in new power-generating capacity to replace ageing coal and nuclear plants that are due to close in the 2020s, and is seeking low-carbon options to help meet its emission reduction targets.

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Lawyers say Gove proposals for Brexit environmental watchdog are useless

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 9:07am

Bar Council say planned new UK watchdog lacks teeth, as it will not be able to take the government to court

A new watchdog supposed to safeguard the UK’s environment after Brexit will lack the legal “teeth” necessary to hold the government to account, the country’s top lawyers have said.

According to the Bar Council, the body to be charged with overseeing the UK’s environmental protections would not be able to take the government to court, a key power under the current legislation which comes from the EU.

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Sea Levels Rise On A Community Not Convinced Of Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 8:20am

America's first full casualty of climate change could be Tangier Island, a tiny sliver of land in the Chesapeake Bay.

(Image credit: Kaycie Goral/1A)

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Graduation snap: Texas student's photo with alligator goes viral

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 3:55am

Makenzie Noland’s pose with 14ft Big Tex has become an internet sensation

Makenzie Noland, a Texas student, poses for her graduation photo in cap, sash and – somewhat unusually – with an alligator.

The student shared the image on Facebook and Instagram with the caption “not your typical graduation photo”, and found herself at the centre of the internet’s attention.

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Caribbean states beg Trump to grasp climate change threat: 'War has come to us'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 3:00am

As warming temperatures caused by climate change is strengthening hurricanes, leaders in the region plead with Trump to rejoin the Paris climate deal

Caribbean states and territories have rounded on the Trump administration for dismantling the US’s response to climate change, warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be sharply cut to avoid hurricanes and sea level rise threatening the future of their island idylls.

The onset of this year’s hurricane season has seen leaders in the region tell the Guardian that Donald Trump needs to grasp the existential threat they face. Rising temperatures and increased precipitation caused by climate change is strengthening hurricanes, researchers have found, even as the overall number of storms remains steady.

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Climate Change Threatens Midwest's Wild Rice, A Staple For Native Americans

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 1:57am

When harvests are bad, Native Americans in the region may go without rice for the year. And there have been a lot of bad years lately, as climate change causes more frequent and severe rainstorms.

(Image credit: Joe Proudman/Courtesy of University of California Davis)

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Western Fire Crews Get An Assist From Australia And New Zealand

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/07 - 1:56am

Fires in Washington state, Oregon and Northern California have firefighters overtaxed and needing a break — relief is coming from New Zealand and Australia.

(Image credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

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