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The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 6:10pm


Had a tiny freak downpour this afternoon.  Got a fast 1/4" of rain then it cleared right up.  77,86,73, .25",B

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Wildfires Are Driving People Out Of Turkish Vacation Spots

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 6:00pm

Residents and tourists alike are being forced to evacuate Turkey's coastal towns, where flames have blazed for six days.

(Image credit: AP)

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NSW exceeds Barwon-Darling water allocations in first year of compliance after regime overhaul

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 4:00pm

Murray-Darling Basin Authority says the state did not operate in a manner consistent with its submitted water resource plan

New South Wales has been found to have exceeded its water allocations for 2019-20 in the Barwon-Darling catchment, one of the main cotton-growing areas of the state, raising new questions about the effectiveness of the state’s water enforcement rules.

The Barwon-Darling is the main tributary for the Darling and was the focus of the 2017 Four Corners report which raised allegations of water theft, pumps being tampered with and water users taking more than their allocations.

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Wildfire fighters advance against biggest US blaze amid dire warnings

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 12:27pm

Oregon’s Bootleg fire 84% contained but parched conditions raise risk of new ignitions

Firefighters made progress battling some of the largest fires burning across the west, but dangers of flare-ups and new ignitions remain amid hot, dry conditions that will bake the parched landscape.

Nine large fires have collectively burned more than 1.8m acres in 12 states, the National Interagency Fire Center reported on Monday morning, including 23 in Montana, some of which have displayed extreme fire behavior.

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Diesel car suits me better than electric, says PM’s climate spokesperson

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 12:04pm

Allegra Stratton cites time taken to recharge on long journeys, despite average electric vehicle now having range of over 200 miles

Boris Johnson’s climate spokesperson has criticised the infrastructure that she says is putting people like her off switching to an electric car.

Allegra Stratton, the prime minister’s former press secretary, revealed she drove a “third-hand” diesel Volkswagen Golf.

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Climate crisis: Siberian heatwave led to new methane emissions, study says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 12:00pm

Leak of potent greenhouse gas is currently small but further research is urgently needed, say scientists

The Siberian heatwave of 2020 led to new methane emissions from the permafrost, according to research. Emissions of the potent greenhouse gas are currently small, the scientists said, but further research is urgently needed.

Analysis of satellite data indicated that fossil methane gas leaked from rock formations known to be large hydrocarbon reservoirs after the heatwave, which peaked at 6C above normal temperatures. Previous observations of leaks have been from permafrost soil or under shallow seas.

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North Sea oil firms will help UK hit net zero | Letter

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 9:41am

The UK offshore oil and gas industry sector is a major asset in ensuring the UK meets its Paris agreement commitment to keep the planet’s global average temperature rise below 1.5C, says Deirdre Michie

Far from threatening the UK’s net zero goals, all companies operating in the North Sea, including private equity and state-backed overseas oil and gas companies, help to provide this country’s energy security while working to reduce their carbon emissions, as set out in the recent North Sea transition deal that our industry agreed with the government (Foreign control of North Sea oil licences threatens UK’s net zero goal, 29 July).

Many of these companies are also involved in low-carbon projects that are critical to the UK achieving net zero by 2050. For example, Neptune Energy is progressing a hydrogen and carbon capture project, and Harbour Energy, which has grown from private equity roots, is part of the Acorn hydrogen and carbon capture and storage project off the north coast of Scotland.

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Stranded killer whale saved after hours-long rescue effort in Alaska

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 9:24am

Orca washed up on Prince of Wales island and was stuck in a crevice of rocks above the tide line

A killer whale stranded on a rocky shore in Alaska was saved in an hours-long rescue effort by boaters, locals and wildlife officials.

The 20-ft (6 metres) orca was spotted washed up on Prince of Wales island last Thursday, apparently stuck in a crevice of rocks 4ft above the tide line.

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Climate crisis has cost Colorado billions – now it wants oil firms to pick up the bill

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/08/02 - 3:00am

ExxonMobil and Suncor face lawsuits in the western state but big oil’s apologists say the US consumer is to blame for emissions

More than a decade after the Fourmile Canyon blaze drove even the firefighters out of Gold Hill, blackened hillsides and scorched trees attest to the Colorado mountain town’s close shave with destruction.

“Because of the wind and the dryness, it took off,” said Chris Finn, who volunteers as the town’s fire chief when he’s not running the local inn. “That day in 2010, I felt that my business and my house might not be here any more.”

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Top seeds: artists capture global efforts to future-proof nature – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 11:30pm

Scientists, ecologists and artists have collaborated to showcase global work to protect seeds in an exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & art gallery (Ramm) in Exeter.

Seedscapes: future-proofing nature runs until 5 September

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Sharks fleeing toxic red tide take refuge in Florida canal

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 11:00pm

Lemon, blacktip, bonnethead and nurse sharks retreat from sea as state struggles to contain pollution problem

Hundreds of coastal sharks have taken refuge in a Florida canal, apparently to escape the effects of a toxic red tide outbreak killing hundreds of tons of marine animals.

Related: Sexy secret life of basking sharks uncovered in Hebrides

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Lost and Found

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 3:37pm

Luke 15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

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Tourists evacuated from Pescara as Italy records more than 800 wildfires

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 12:26pm

Wildfires burn across Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey in heatwave bringing temperatures above 40C

At least five people have been wounded and holidaymakers evacuated after wildfires devastated a pine wood near a beach in Pescara, Italy, as one of the worst heatwaves in decades swept across south-east Europe.

A five-year-old girl was taken to hospital but her condition is not believed to be life-threatening, according to reports.

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UK’s net zero goal ‘too far away’, says No 10 climate spokesperson

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 11:22am

Allegra Stratton says carbon emissions must change ‘right now’, as UK moves towards 2050 goal

The UK’s goal of tackling the climate crisis by reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 is “too far away”, the prime minister’s climate change spokesperson has said.

Allegra Stratton, Boris Johnson’s former press secretary, said the “science is clear” that the UK must change its carbon emission output “right now”.

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Environment officials questioned use of land government already owned as offset for western Sydney airport

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 10:30am

Exclusive: Green group decries infrastructure department’s ‘dodgy offset’ plan to use government site that already had protections

Federal environmental department officials questioned the credibility of a government plan to use heritage-listed land it already owned as the main environmental offset for the western Sydney airport.

Documents obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws show officials asked the federal infrastructure department to justify the use of Defence Establishment Orchard Hills to offset the destruction of more than 100ha of critically endangered Cumberland Plain woodland and other habitat.

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Ex-SpaceX engineers in race to build first commercial electric speedboat

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 9:44am

LA-based Arc Boat company announces $4.25m seed fund to start work on 475-horsepower craft

A team of former SpaceX rocket engineers have joined the race to build the first commercial electric speedboat.

The Arc Boat company announced it had raised $4.25m (£3m) in seed funding to start work on a 24ft 475-horsepower craft that will cost about $300,000.

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Prince Harry should settle bird-shooting mystery in memoirs, say campaigners

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 3:38am

Wildlife campaigners hope Harry will shed light on the killing of two of Britain’s rarest birds over Sandringham in 2007

Wildlife campaigners have called on Prince Harry to use his forthcoming memoirs to help solve a 14-year mystery about the killing of two of Britain’s rarest birds over one of the Queen’s estates.

In October 2007, just a few weeks after his 23rd birthday, Harry was questioned by the police after two hen harriers, a legally protected species, were seen being shot over Sandringham in Norfolk.

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The oldest tree in eastern US survived millennia – but rising seas could kill it

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/08/01 - 3:00am

A 2,624-year-old bald cypress could teach us how to fight climate change – if it doesn’t get destroyed first

A wizened eastern bald cypress dwells in an expanse of North Carolina’s wetlands.

It lives among a cluster of eastern bald cypress trees in the state’s Black River, some with origins dating back a millennium. But this singular tree has witnessed more than its comrades; a 2019 study found it’s been alive since at least 605BCE. It’s the oldest-known living tree in eastern North America and the fifth-oldest living non-clonal tree species in the world.

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Baked barnacles, scorched cherries: the disastrous impact of heatwaves on plants and animals

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/07/31 - 10:00pm

More than a billion sea creatures across the Pacific north-west perished in this year’s heatwave. And it’s just a taste of what’s to come

When forecasts foreshadowed the Pacific north-west’s devastating heatwave at the end of June, marine biologist Christopher Harley was alarmed and intrigued.

Then came the smell, and his feelings somberly shifted.

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Western Wildfires May Take Weeks To Months To Contain

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/07/31 - 9:13pm

The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, the country's largest active blaze, could reach full containment in October. Until then, officials say, wildfire conditions will only continue to intensify.

(Image credit: U.S. Forest Service)

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