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California Officials Pledge Not To Roll Back Fuel Efficiency Standards

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 1:38pm

California officials have said they will not back off the fuel efficiency standards established under Obama, despite the Trump administration's plan to revisit those standards.

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Trump To Reopen Review Of Car Fuel Efficiency Standards

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 1:38pm

President Trump announced he is reopening review of car fuel efficiency standards at a rally Wednesday in Michigan. But his claims that the standards are hurting the auto industry's bottom line come at a time when carmakers are enjoying record profits.

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Emails Reveal Monsanto's Tactics To Defend Glyphosate Against Cancer Fears

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 12:20pm

Internal emails show Monsanto executives scrambling to counter a U.N. agency's finding that glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup, can cause cancer. One email proposed "ghost-writing" scientific papers.

(Image credit: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

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Stopping global warming is only way to save Great Barrier Reef, scientists warn

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 11:29am

Improvements to water quality or fishing controls don’t prevent underwater heatwaves damaging coral, studies of mass bleaching events reveal

The survival of the Great Barrier Reef hinges on urgent moves to cut global warming because nothing else will protect coral from the coming cycle of mass bleaching events, new research has found.

The study of three mass bleaching events on Australian reefs in 1998, 2002 and 2016 found coral was damaged by underwater heatwaves regardless of any local improvements to water quality or fishing controls.

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‘Airpocalypse’ smog events in China linked to melting ice cap, research reveals

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 11:00am

Stagnant weather caused by fast-melting Arctic ice helped create conditions for China’s recent extreme air pollution events, scientists say

Climate change played a major role in the extreme air pollution events suffered recently by China and is likely to make such “airpocalypses” more common, new research has revealed.

The fast-melting ice in the Arctic and an increase in snowfalls in Siberia, both the result of global warming, are changing winter weather patterns over east China, scientists found. Periods of stagnant air are becoming more common, trapping pollution and leading to the build up of extreme levels of toxic air.

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Fracking site approval by government based on legal errors, court hears

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 10:29am

Residents opposed to the drilling sites in Lancashire say the communities secretary Sajid Javid’s decision was unlawful

The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, made significant legal errors when he overturned a council’s refusal to allow test drilling at a fracking site in Lancashire, a court has been told.

Residents opposed to the drilling sites near Blackpool told Manchester high court that Javid acted “in breach of the rules of natural justice” when he gave the green light to test fracking in October.

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Mexico authorities search for crocodile that killed and apparently ate man

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 9:47am
  • 10ft reptile carried off 18-year-old fishing in Chiapas reserve
  • If found, crocodile will be relocated to animal reserve, park or zoo

Environmental authorities are searching for a 10ft (3-meter) crocodile that killed and apparently ate a man in southern Mexico.

Related: Mexican police officer accused of gunning down crocodile — a protected species

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Glyphosate weedkiller, previously linked to cancer, judged safe by EU watchdog

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 8:23am

Chemical used in the best-selling Roundup herbicide is cleared for public use following an EU licensing battle due to potential health risks

A controversial chemical used in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller has been judged safe for public use by the European Chemical Agency (Echa).

Glyphosate has been the subject of a relicensing battle which split governments, regulators and scientists, with one arm of the World Health Organisation linking the substance to cancer, while another denied any risk.

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I Want To Eat Fish Responsibly. But The Seafood Guides Are So Confusing!

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 6:16am

All reputable seafood guides are science-based, and yet can offer conflicting advice, because they have different goals. Some support sustainable fishers. Others aim to recover declining populations.

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The financial benefits of the EPA data Trump doesn't want you to know about

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 5:00am

Making EPA data easily accessible to the private sector plays a significant role in many billion-dollar industries, from renewable energy to auto manufacturing

For more than 25 years, Walter Hang has helped local governments, engineers and homeowners make sense of hazardous waste. To do that, he digs into the enormous data vault maintained by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and pinpoints information that is useful for his clients to assess the health and financial risks from nearby industrial properties and toxic waste sites.

Hang, who runs Toxics Targeting, now fears this trove of knowledge will become more difficult to access as the EPA’s newly minted chief, Scott Pruitt, begins a broad rollback of regulations and shrinks the agency’s staff. President Trump has vowed to weaken the EPA, contending that its rules for protecting public health stifle business development. The Trump administration has already eliminated or buried some information on EPA websites and moved to muzzle agency employees.

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A guide to the EPA data under threat by the Trump administration

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 5:00am

EPA data is kept in dozens of databases and represents decades of monitoring the American environment in fine detail. Here are some examples

Several highly publicized campaigns are taking place to save the data maintained by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from becoming inaccessible to the public under the Trump administration.

“There is no reason to think the data is safe,” says Gretchen Goldman, research director at the Center for Science and Democracy, a program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “The administration, so far, hasn’t given any indication it will respect science and scientific data, especially when it’s inconvenient to its policy agendas.”

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'Sea sparkle' plankton turns water blue off Tasmania – video report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 4:25am

Waters off the coast of Tasmania turn a shimmering blue, caused by Noctiluca scintillans – also known as sea sparkle. Despite people flocking to photograph the eerie scenes, scientists have warned that they are, in fact, a worrying sign of climate change

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Millions of single-use plastic soft drink bottles sold every year, report shows

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 4:05am

A survey of five of the six biggest soft drinks firms found just 7% of throwaway plastic bottles are made from recycled materials

More than two million tonnes of throwaway plastic soft drinks bottles are sold each year, with only a small proportion made from recycled materials, research reveals.

A survey by Greenpeace found five of six global soft drinks firms sold single-use plastic bottles weighing more than two million tonnes – only 6.6% of which was recycled plastic.

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EPA Reopens U.S. Rules Setting Vehicle Efficiency Standards For 2025

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/03/15 - 3:37am

U.S. automakers may not have to reach fuel efficiency standards that were set during the Obama administration, which had set a target of 54.5 miles per gallon for the 2025 model year.

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Life returns to a Cornish orchard

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/03/14 - 10:30pm

Harrowbarrow, Tamar Valley Short twigs of February-grafted cherries already show swelling buds above the yellow plastic tape

The new tall fence should help protect Mary and James’s orchard from the attention of roe deer, which come from the valley’s sheltering woodland to nibble leaves, bark and the precious shoots of new grafts, as well as shed their potentially dangerous ticks.

Most of the fruit trees are more than 30 years old, but this diverse and catalogued collection of once widely grown apples, cherries and pears is constantly being refined and added to. Short twigs of February-grafted cherries already show swelling buds above the yellow plastic tape that binds specific varieties to vigorous root-stocks. Lanky poor specimens of cherries have been dug out and the spaces infilled with more apples.

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Tasmania's coastline glows in the dark as plankton turn blue

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/03/14 - 10:28pm

Eerie scenes on north-west coast show bioluminescent waters caused by ‘sea sparkle’

The waters along Tasmania’s north-west coastline have taken on a bizarre, glowing appearance in recent days. Photographs taken off Preservation Bay and Rocky Cape showcase bioluminescent waters caused by Noctiluca scintillans (AKA sea sparkle), tiny plankton emitting blue light in self-defence.

The phenomenon, which is best seen in calm, warm seas, is foreboding. “The displays are a sign of climate change,” Anthony Richardson, from the CSIRO, told New Scientist after an occurrence in Tasmania in 2015.

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Renewables roadshow: how Daylesford's community-owned windfarm took back the power

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/03/14 - 5:58pm

In the first of a series about Australian communities building renewable energy projects, we look at how Victoria’s Hepburn Shire overcame local opposition to deliver a new homegrown, community-owned generator

From the fertile spud-growing country of Hepburn Shire, 90km northwest of Melbourne, has sprung what many hope will become a revolution in renewable energy in Australia.

On Leonards Hill, just outside the town of Daylesford – famed for its natural springs – stand two wind turbines that not only power the local area, but have also added substantial power to the community-owned renewable energy movement in Australia.

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Renewables roadshow – Daylesford: 'The windfarm is a symbol of our community'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/03/14 - 5:57pm

Kicking off our six-part series highlighting innovative community renewable energy projects across Australia, we visit the town of Daylesford in Hepburn Shire in rural Victoria. Despite early local opposition, residents have tackled the electricity crisis by building their own renewable energy projects, starting with a cooperative-owned windfarm and moving into the hydro power that was once a feature of the town

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‘Countless lives at stake’ warn NGOs as hunger in east Africa prompts major appeal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/03/14 - 5:10pm

The Disasters Emergency Committee calls for urgent response to humanitarian emergency unfolding in east Africa, with 16 million people facing hunger

A major appeal is being launched on Wednesday to help more than 16 million people facing hunger in east Africa.

The Disasters Emergency Commission is calling for funds to scale up the response to drought in the region and prevent “hunger on a massive scale”, while aid agencies warn that “countless lives are at stake”.

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an old project...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/03/14 - 5:03pm

Decided to revisit a very old project that was never really utilized to its' full potential.  Had to replace about 40 mirrors on the solar fryer.  Just so happened that I recently came across two mirror orders still in unopened boxes that I received about 7 years ago.  Gearing up for another TFL off grid cooking video coming soon.  83,87,40,0,B
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