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The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 3:00pm
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Puerto Rico Harnesses The Power Of The Sun For A Renewable Energy Future

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 11:58am

Puerto Rico has a plan to rebuild its energy grid and move to 100% renewable power by 2050. Many communities are working toward that themselves, without help from the government.

(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR)

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It Was A Balmy 90 Degrees In Anchorage — For The First Time On Record

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 8:52am

The Alaskan city just had its hottest and driest June ever, with average daily temperatures 5 degrees above normal. Crews are also battling wildfires across the state.

(Image credit: Lance King/Getty Images)

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Toxic caterpillars spark health scare across Germany

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 8:51am

People suffer rashes and breathing difficulties as warm weather brings infestation

Marauding caterpillars with toxic hairs have brought parts of Germany to a standstill, leading to closures of swimming pools, restaurants, public parks and sections of the motorway.

Oak processionary moth caterpillars, named after the nose-to-tail processions they form to travel between the oak trees they devour, have fine, long hairs with an irritating toxin that can cause blistering rashes, feverish dizzy spells and asthma attacks.

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Ancient city of Babylon heads list of new Unesco world heritage sites

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 8:44am

UN also names national park in Iceland among sites protected for their value to humanity

The ancient city of Babylon and an Icelandic national park replete with glaciers, ice caves and volcanoes are among the sites that have been added to Unesco’s world heritage list.

More than 1,000 sites around the world – some cultural, some natural, some both – are protected by listing. Landmarks or areas are chosen for their value to humanity.

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'Biggest compliment yet': Greta Thunberg welcomes oil chief's 'greatest threat' label

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 8:13am

Activists say comments by Opec head prove world opinion is turning against fossil fuels

Greta Thunberg and other climate activists have said it is a badge of honour that the head of the world’s most powerful oil cartel believes their campaign may be the “greatest threat” to the fossil fuel industry.

The criticism of striking students by the trillion-dollar Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) highlights the growing reputational concerns of oil companies as public protests intensify along with extreme weather.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 6:25am

This week: a seal is released back into the wild and sparrows enjoy tarte flambée leftovers

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Chick flick: cockatoo gives anti-nesting spikes the bird in viral video

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/04 - 7:36pm

Footage shows Australian parrot breaching building’s defences with delight

Footage capturing a rebellious sulphur-crested cockatoo’s triumph over bird guard spikes has gone viral on Facebook.

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the fourth...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/07/04 - 4:21pm
Today's holiday task - figuring out the gable fascia.90,100,72, .13",B
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Python reunited with Cambridge owner after four days 'on the run'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/04 - 2:01pm

The 9ft snake, missing since Sunday, was spotted up a tree near its home by a neighbour

A 9ft reticulated python that was on the loose for more than four days has been found. The missing snake, called Turin, has been reunited with its owner, Cambridgeshire constabulary said.

The BBC said the animal was spotted up a tree on Thursday evening by one of its owner’s neighbours about 50m away from its home on Lovell Road on the northern edge of Cambridge.

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6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southern California, Rattling Large Swath Of State

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/04 - 1:46pm

Officials did not immediately report any deaths or major injuries in connection with the earthquake.

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Pollutionwatch: diesel restrictions will not hit poorest most

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/04 - 1:30pm

Less well-off areas have least to lose and most to gain from clean-air zones, study finds

Those who object to low emission or clean-air zones often say restricting old vehicles and diesel cars in city centres will hit the poorest most. A study challenges this.

Researchers from the University of the West of England combined UK census and air pollution data with information from annual vehicle safety (MOT) inspections.

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Lord of the Rain: one man's fight against climate catastrophe – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 11:00pm

Doyte lives in South Omo, Ethiopia, one of the most remote areas in the world and hard hit by the climate crisis. As Lord of the Rain, it’s Doyte’s job to summon the rains, but for five years they haven’t come. Ethiopia’s economy is booming, fuelled by green power and climate-resilient policies. But neither the government, nor Doyte, can reverse the catastrophic change that’s devastating their environment

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UN concerns about Warragamba dam plan labelled ‘extreme embarrassment’ for NSW

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 7:47pm

Unesco committee says proposal to raise wall incompatible with Blue Mountains world heritage listing

Traditional owners and the Blue Mountains mayor have welcomed Unesco’s world heritage committee raising concern about a proposal to raise the wall of the Warragamba dam, saying it should be an embarrassment to the New South Wales government.

The committee has asked Australia to submit an environmental impact statement for the controversial project before any decision is made.

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Going to Europe...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 3:54pm
The rattlesnake skin is finished and shipping out Monday to its new home in Estonia.  My friend Herbert Murd is going to put it on display in his Texas themed restaurant.  90,100,74, .05",B
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Brazil: huge rise in Amazon destruction under Bolsonaro, figures show

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 1:42pm
  • Monthly deforestation up 88.4% compared with a year ago
  • Brazil pressured to protect Amazon under trade deal terms

Deforestation in Brazil’s portion of the Amazon rainforest rose more than 88% in June compared with the same month a year ago, the second consecutive month of rising forest destruction under the rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro.

According to data from Brazil’s space agency, deforestation in the world’s largest tropical rainforest totaled 920 sq km (355 sq miles).

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Locals Support Trump's Decision To Allow Drilling In Alaska's Arctic Refuge

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 1:33pm

The Trump administration will soon let oil companies bid on land to drill in Alaska's Arctic Refuge. Despite decades of opposition, many in the refuge's one small village think it will bring opportunity.

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Trump to claim US is environmental leader in spite of ripping up protections

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 11:38am

Exclusive: On Monday president will likely tout America’s clean air and water, even though he’s rescinded rules to cut pollution

Donald Trump plans to go on the offensive against criticism of his industry-friendly rollbacks of environment protections in a speech on Monday, according to three sources familiar with the plans.

Trump will tout America’s clean air and water, although his administration has advanced many efforts that experts say have undercut the country’s environmental record.

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California sunflower farmers ask visitors to stop trampling fields for selfies

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 10:57am

‘Selfie seekers’ are causing ‘noticeable concern and damage’ to several properties, according to sheriff’s department

Farmers in one California county are asking visitors to stop taking selfies in their scenic sunflower fields and be more respectful of their crop.

“Selfie seekers” are causing enough “noticeable concern and damage” to several properties that the Solano county sheriff’s department posted a warning about the issue on social media.

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CLASS-this Sunday, July 7th-Get the Buzz on Native Bees!

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 8:39am

Hello folks!

Get the Buzz on Native Bees class is still open for sign up below!

Here is the next class this Sunday on native bees, how they differ from honeybees, how to encourage them to your property, what plants offer them nectar and pollen, and a demo on how you can make a simple native bee house. Bob has sold his beautiful native bee houses at the SF Farmer’s Market, SF Botanical Gardens and elsewhere in Santa Fe. It’s going to be great! I know they work, as I own one of his native bee houses!

Sunday, July 7th
12 noon to 2 pm

Get the Buzz on Native Bees!
Do you like melons, pumpkins, and squash? Well, you should thank the native bees! Honeybees might get the most attention, but native bees really are the major pollinators of food crops. Did you know that there are more than 500 species of native bees just in New Mexico alone? Do you know the differences between the native bee and the honeybee?

Come to the Native Bee class July 7 and learn all about these often overlooked pollinators. Bob Zimmerman, retired biology teacher, will show you how to provide a bee friendly yard for native bees and how to make a native bee house to encourage them to hang around your garden!

Instructors: Bob Zimmerman
Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

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