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Tranquil moments where the forest meets the sea

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 9:30pm

New Forest South Only on private land can we experience a sense of remoteness that was once commonplace here

Small heath butterflies flirt among the delicate pink flowers of sea-spurrey. A solitary meadow brown flashes past, wind-driven and quickly lost against the muddy crust of dried-out estuarine pools.

There’s bright blue sky overhead, but the spinnaker-ballooning yachts out in the Solent lean over on a choppy white-tipped sea. Oystercatchers hunker down in the gulleys above which three forest ponies graze. Their movement disturbs a group of shelduck sheltering in a dip that bob fleetingly into sight.

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Voyage to the sea floor: expedition returns with fascinating finds

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 4:38pm

Museum Victoria collects gelatinous fish, spiny crabs, scarlet sea-spiders, nightmarish cookie cutter sharks and plenty of rubbish

• Gallery: Deep sea discoveries: sea pigs, a dumbo octopus and glow-in-the-dark sharks

There’s no sunlight four kilometres below the waves but there is light.

It comes from a sea cucumber that emits a faint glow from its sticky skin, attracting fish and crabs that try to take bites out of its side. The skin is both a lure and a trap, marking incautious predators with a sticky glowing dot, an “eat me” sign to any passing larger predators.

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Deep sea discoveries: sea pigs, a dumbo octopus and glow-in-the-dark sharks

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 4:36pm

Images of bizarre deep sea creatures found in May and June by the research ship Investigator as it travelled along the Australian coastline to the Coral Sea. The scientists aboard the ship mapped the sea floor to a depth of 4,000 metres and collected more than 1,000 different marine species, about a third of which were new to science and half of which showed some kind of bioluminescent quality

• Voyage to the sea floor: expedition returns with fascinating finds

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 3:05pm

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Ecuadorians denounce foreign loggers in Yasuni national park

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 2:17pm

Interview with anthropologist José Proaño on dangers to indigenous peoples in “isolation” posed by timber trade

Three NGOs in Ecuador marked the UN’s World Environment Day last week by releasing a report alleging that illegal loggers are operating in the famous Yasuní National Park in the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse places in the world. The loggers are crossing the border from Peru and mainly extracting cedar from territories used by indigenous peoples living in “isolation”, according to the NGOs.

The report focuses on a reconnaissance trip made in May which documented illegal logging in the park, as well as “massive” commercial hunting and the abandonment of premises supposedly run by the Environment Ministry and military. The trip was made, the report states, after several government visits to the region in recent years which confirmed that illegal loggers and hunters were operating, but led to almost no action being taken to stop them. On one occasion illegal wood was confiscated, but it was recovered by Peruvian loggers, it is claimed, in a “possible violent attack against [an Ecuadorian] military post.”

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Businesses must promote diversity – not just because it's good for the bottom line | Tim Ryan

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 9:34am

Too many of America’s workplaces are not representative of our communities. In a divided country, we have a duty to advance diversity and inclusion

We’re living in a country of growing division and tension, and it’s having an impact at work. But it’s often the case that when we walk into the office – where we spend the majority of our time – we don’t address these issues.

And yet there’s so much to talk about – from growing societal inequality and America’s racial divide to single-digit minority representation in corporate America. (Just 1% of the nation’s Fortune 500 CEOs are black, only 4% are women, and even fewer are openly gay).

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Don’t blame green targets for Grenfell – insulation saves lives | Alice Bell

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 8:49am
Rightwing papers have implicated energy-efficiency measures in the tragedy. But cold homes are dangerous and disproportionately affect poorer people’s health

As the London Fire Brigade’s dogs and drones searched the ruins of Grenfell Tower in west London, Friday’s Daily Mail chose to lead its coverage with the question: “Were green targets to blame?” Reading out headlines on Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning, you could hear the scorn in John Humphrys’s voice as he quoted “green energy ticks” in the Sun. So was this disaster, as rightwing newspapers have been quick to suggest, the fault of what former prime minister David Cameron was once said to have termed “green crap” – some unnecessarily expensive, lefty lifestyle fad?

Related: Grenfell shows just how Britain fails migrants | Nesrine Malik

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Michael Gove returns, plastic pollution and city cycling – green news roundup

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 7:57am

The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inbox

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Tesco fined £8m for fuel leak at petrol station in Lancashire

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 6:17am

Supermarket handed record fine for single incident of pollution after 23,500 litres of fuel escaped in Haslingden

Tesco has been fined £8m fine after a massive fuel leak at one its petrol stations polluted a Lancashire river, killing fish and forcing those living nearby to leave their homes.

It is the largest fine for a single incident of pollution and is second only to the £20m in fines and costs Thames Water was ordered to pay in March which related to multiple offences.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 6:00am

A great white pelican, a slow loris and wildebeest on migration in the Masai Mara are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Plastic polluted Arctic islands are dumping ground for Gulf Stream

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 5:15am

Beaches in the remote Arctic islands were found to be more polluted than European ones due to plastic carried from much further south

Beaches on remote Arctic islands are heavily polluted with plastic, a new expedition has found, demonstrating that the region is the dumping ground for waste carried northwards on the Gulf Stream.

The shorelines of islands in the Svalbard archipelago and of Jan Mayen island were found to be littered with much more plastic waste than on European beaches, despite tiny local populations.

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Houston fears climate change will cause catastrophic flooding: 'It's not if, it's when'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 3:00am

Human activity is worsening the problem in an already rainy area, and there could be damage worthy of a disaster movie if a storm hits the industrial section

Sam Brody is not a real estate agent, but when his friends want to move home they get in touch to ask for advice. He is a flood impact expert in Houston – and he has plenty of work to keep him busy.

The Texas metropolis has more casualties and property loss from floods than any other locality in the US, according to data stretching back to 1960 that Brody researched with colleagues. And, he said: “Where the built environment is a main force exacerbating the impacts of urban flooding, Houston is number one and it’s not even close.”

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Gas grab and global warming could wipe out Wadden Sea heritage site

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 11:00pm

The world’s largest unbroken intertidal system and a haven for migratory birds on the Dutch coastline is at risk of sinking out of existence

The world’s largest unbroken intertidal system of sand and mud flats could sink beneath the waves by the end of the century due to sea level rise and subsidence caused by gas drills funded by Barclays and other international banks.

The Unesco world heritage site at the Wadden Sea on the Dutch coast stretches over 10,000 sq km. Its saltmarshes, sandy shoals, dunes and mussel beds host millions of migratory birds every year, as well as thousands of basking seals.

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Plovers pose on the dark peat hags

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 9:30pm

Bleaklow, Derbyshire So sleek, quick and nimble, with butter-gold speckles on its back, this bird is a shy jewel of the moors

The sombre northern flank of Bleaklow has three Black Cloughs, differentiated with admirable directness as Near, Middle and Far. Clough is a northern word, likely Old Norse in origin, for a cleft in a hill.

The overall effect is familiar enough – bleak, desolate, country. But look more closely and the contrasts are spectacular.

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Explorers Probing Deep Sea Abyss Off Australia's Coast Find Living Wonders

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 8:04pm

A monthlong expedition into one of the deepest, least-documented places on the planet discovered hundreds of unknown species. The finds included a "faceless fish" undocumented there since 1873.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Museums Victoria / CSIRO)

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first flight...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 4:36pm
Since I got it a week ago, I decided it was finally time to launch the drone this morning .  Did 5 short flights in "beginner mode" just to get a hang of the controls. So far so good.  Did a firmware update when I came back inside which took about a half hour.  The app tells you when a new update is available (requiring an internet connection) and DJI can actually update not only the aircraft, but also the batteries, controller, and android app as needed. Tune in tomorrow night for the video.  99,102,77,0,B      
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Lead Detected In Baby Food Samples. Pediatricians Say There's No Safe Level

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 3:23pm

Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Pediatricians say there's no safe lead level. FDA is reviewing its policy.

(Image credit: Wiktory/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Green streets are the way to go

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 1:30pm

Green roofs and walls insulate buildings and soak up rain. And like trees and hedges, they absorb pollutants. What’s not to like?

As the connected problems of climate change and air pollution from traffic make living in cities more hazardous, the health benefits of greening our streets become ever more apparent.

On crowded city roads green barriers, in the form of dense hedges between traffic and people on the pavements, dramatically reduce the danger from fumes, but are difficult to squeeze in.

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Flint officials may face jail for water crisis. That's bittersweet news | Douglas Williams

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 9:31am

The water supply of an entire city was poisoned. None of this had to happen – and true justice is a long way off

The news that several state officials in Michigan have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to a death in the Flint water crisis is bittersweet. The thought that there might be some measure of justice in one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern American history is only matched by the sense that none of this had to happen in the first place.

Rick Snyder, Michigan’s Republican governor, was not among those listed in the indictments. That’s a crime itself.

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Judge Delivers Blow To Trump Administration In Dakota Access Fight

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 8:37am

The federal judge found the Trump administration failed to follow environmental procedures. While the ruling doesn't order a halt to pipeline operations, it does open the door to that possibility.

(Image credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP)

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