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New batch of skulls

The Field Lab - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 3:24pm

 

16 more skulls on order.  It is brutal casting these during the summer, but it was a bit chilly today so I was able to crank out five of them.  75,95,76, .12",B

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Truthful climate reporting shifts viewpoints, but only briefly, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 12:00pm

Ohio State University researchers gauged responses to climate science versus scepticism and suggest facts bear repeating

People’s views of the climate crisis can be influenced by the media, according to new research. But accurate scientific reporting only has limited impact on people who already have a fixed political viewpoint, particularly if it is opposed to climate action.

Researchers who ran an experiment in the US to find out how people responded to media reporting on the climate found that people’s views of climate science really were shifted by reading reporting that accurately reflected scientific findings. They were also more willing to back policies that would tackle the problem.

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Climate impact of food miles three times greater than previously believed, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 10:30am

Researchers estimate that carbon emissions from transporting food are about 6% of the global total, with fruit and vegetables the largest contributor

Transporting food from where it is produced to our dinner plates creates at least triple the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as previously estimated, a new study suggests.

So called “food miles” are likely responsible for about 6% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the authors of the study found after calculating that 3bn tonnes of CO2-equivalent was produced in transporting food for human consumption each year.

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Bid to ban new gas connections to homes to be launched by Victorian Greens

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 10:30am

Greens bill being introduced to Victorian parliament would ban all new gas connections from 2025

The Victorian Greens will introduce a bill to parliament to impose a ban on all new gas connections to homes within three years, with the requirement for residences to be connected to the network to be scrapped in the meantime.

The party’s leader, Samantha Ratnam, will introduce the Planning and Environment Amendment (Transition From Gas) Bill 2022 in the upper house on Tuesday as part of the Greens platform ahead of the November state election.

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How to wring value from your dryer: start on high spin and don’t overdo it

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 10:30am

Experts share their dried and tested tips for making your dryer work more efficiently and last longer

There is something extremely satisfying about pulling a load of warm, fresh laundry out of a clothes dryer. But as a general rule, if you have the time, space and weather to dry your laundry on a clothesline, you should. It is energy efficient, cheaper and much gentler on your clothes.

But as line drying is not always practical or possible, experts here explain the nuances of using a clothes dryer.

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Welcome to wild Britain: the beavers are back and there’s more to come

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 3:30am

Its detractors argue it is an indulgence, but rewilding is gaining momentum with projects attracting investors, creating jobs and gaining community support

When the Chelsea flower show bestowed its top award this year on a scruffy patch of wet woodland complete with beaver dam, pool and lodge, it was a symbolic moment. Rewilding may still excite or antagonise but here was a radically new way of managing land for nature being embraced by the mainstream – and by the British establishment.

Five years ago, European rewilders were bemused by Britain’s debate over whether beavers should be allowed back on to rivers. Today, hundreds, possibly thousands, of beavers are at large – and legal – across the country. Where one English landowner, the Knepp estate in Sussex, first trod the lonely path to abandon conventional farming for free-ranging herbivores and allowing more natural processes to unfurl, scores of landowners of all sizes are now following.

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Encore: A Hispanic community demands protection from pollutants

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 2:03am

A Hispanic community is demanding action from state regulators after enduring decades of pollution from a neighboring steel mill in Pueblo, Colorado.

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Yellowstone floods highlight gaps in the government's infrastructure plan

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 2:03am

Historic floods in Yellowstone National Park raise questions about long-term government efforts to fix the nation's infrastructure and curb climate change.

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A New Mexico firewatcher describes watching his world burn

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 2:03am

Philip Connors deeply loves the forest he has watched over every summer for the past 20 years. But it was a different forest two decades ago, and will be even more changed once the flames die down.

(Image credit: Philip Connors/Philip Connors)

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Net-zero rules set to send cost of new homes and extensions soaring

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 1:00am

They came into force in England last week to help the UK hit environmental goals by 2050, but this means short-term pain for long-term gain

New building regulations aimed at improving energy efficiency are set to increase the price of new homes, as well as those of extensions and loft conversions on existing ones.

The rules, which came into effect on Wednesday in England, are part of government plans to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. They set new standards for ventilation, energy efficiency and heating, and state that new residential buildings must have charging points for electric vehicles.

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Unhoused in Phoenix’s perilous heat: ‘If I don’t keep cool, I’ll die’

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 12:32am

Phoenix is the US’s deadliest city for heat fatalities while its urban sprawl makes it a concrete heat island

It was mid afternoon when first responders found David Spell slumped and unresponsive under a bus shelter. The temperature outside was nearing 110F (43C) – the hottest day of the year so far in Phoenix, and 50-year-old Spell was disorientated, dizzy and dehydrated.

Spell had felt hot and weary during his shift at a car auction after driving an old Buick without air conditioning, but couldn’t take a break. After finishing work he bought three cans of spiked blue razz, an 8% alcopop, and sat on the bus shelter bench to drink under the partial shade. He remembers eating some canned mackerel and opening the third alcopop, and then nothing until being roused by the EMTs. He had passed out with heat exhaustion.

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Rewilding ‘not just for toffs’ as one in five councils in Great Britain get onboard

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/06/19 - 10:00pm

From Somerset to Derby, councils are rewilding rivers, parks and golf courses, despite claims by some that it is only for wealthy landowners

One in five county councils have embraced rewilding on public land in Great Britain, with a growing number setting aside former golf courses, post-industrial scrubland and recovering waterways for nature.

From Rhondda Cynon Taf to Brighton, 43 councils in England, Wales and Scotland have launched rewilding schemes or are planning to do so in rural and urban areas, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the wildlife magazine Inkcap Journal found.

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US calls on Vietnam to release environmental activist Nguy Thi Khanh

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/06/19 - 8:44pm

Award-winning founder of green development centre was arrested on tax evasion charges in February

The US government has said it is “deeply concerned” by the sentencing of the Vietnamese environmental advocate and activist Nguy Thi Khanh and called on Vietnam to release her.

Khanh, Vietnam’s first recipient of the prestigious Goldman environmental prize, was reported in February to have been arrested on tax evasion charges. The founder of the Green Innovation and Development Centre was detained in January.

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A tree planted by the water...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2022/06/19 - 4:02pm

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. 

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Heavy industries in Australia’s regions could cut emissions by 80% and create a jobs bonanza, report says

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/06/19 - 10:30am

Business leaders and decarbonisation experts say a high level of collaboration and coordination is needed for transition

The regional powerhouses of Australia’s industrial economy could slash their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% and become centres for multibillion-dollar investments in renewable energy, according to a report backed by some of the country’s biggest companies.

Bringing down emissions from producing iron, steel, aluminium, chemicals and liquefied natural gas is seen as one of the most challenging parts of Australia’s efforts to reach net zero.

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‘Quick jumpstart’: NSW to spend $38m to speed up EV uptake

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/06/19 - 10:30am

Exclusive: state budget funds to go towards boosting number of charging points in apartment blocks and on streets

The New South Wales government will invest $38m to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by building more charging sites, including for apartment buildings and roadsides.

The extra funds, to be unveiled in Tuesday’s budget, will bring to $633m the money being spent on NSW’s strategy aimed at ensuring half of all car sales by 2030-31 are electric.

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Yellowstone to partially reopen Wednesday after catastrophic flooding

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2022/06/19 - 8:15am

Visitors will be allowed on southern loop under system designed to manage crowds after flooding destroyed bridges and roads

After catastrophic flooding destroyed bridges and roads and drove out thousands of tourists, Yellowstone national park will partially reopen at 8am Wednesday.

The National Park Service announced this weekend that visitors will once again be allowed on Yellowstone’s southern loop under a temporary license plate system designed to manage the crowds.

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a little afternoon shade for the front...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2022/06/18 - 6:00pm

 

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Gianforte was vacationing in Italy as Montana flooded, governor’s office says

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/06/18 - 12:50pm

As state suffered record flooding – and Yellowstone national park closed – his office initially declined to say where he was

Montana’s governor, Greg Gianforte, was vacationing in Italy during that state’s historic flooding, which caused Yellowstone national park to close, his office confirmed on Friday.

As the state suffered record flooding and rockslides, Gianforte’s office had initially declined to say where he was or when he might return, citing “security concerns”, even as a statewide disaster was declared.

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Brazil police arrest third suspect in killings of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2022/06/18 - 10:57am

Jefferson da Silva Lima turned himself in to Amazon police as autopsy finds journalist and indigenous expert were shot

Brazil’s federal police said Saturday that a third suspect in the deaths of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira has been arrested. The pair, whose remains were found after they went missing almost two weeks ago, were shot to death, according to an autopsy.

Phillips was shot in the chest and Pereira was shot in the head and the abdomen, police said in a statement. It said the autopsy indicated the use of a “firearm with typical hunting ammunition.”

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