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NSW organic farmers call for more protection as state lifts ban on GM crops

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 8:02pm

Representatives say regulators need to ensure there is no contamination from windblown seeds and pollen from genetically modified produce

Organic farming representatives say a decision by the New South Wales government to lift a ban on genetically modified crops will hurt its thriving industry.

NSW agriculture minister Adam Marshall announced Tuesday the state’s 18-year moratorium on GM crops would be lifted on 1 July.

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UK urged to create green apprenticeships to help Covid recovery

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 5:01pm

Danger of young people’s futures being blighted by climate and Covid crises, say campaigners

Green apprenticeships would prepare young people for jobs in renewable energy and the restoration of the UK’s natural landscape, and stop young people having their careers blighted for life by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, a report says.

The report found that 250,000 green apprenticeships and a network of skills centres at further education colleges could be created with about £10.6bn of government money. Local authorities could create more than 44,000 apprenticeships in London with the right investment, along with about 20,000 in the West Midlands and 14,000 in Greater Manchester.

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Plug-in hybrid cars burn more fuel than tests record, says Which?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 5:01pm

Research suggests pollution from the vehicles could be worse than advertised

Plug-in hybrid cars burn significantly more fuel than official tests record, according to research that suggests pollution from the vehicles could be much worse than advertised.

Tests of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by Which?, the UK consumer group, found that some popular cars achieved as little as a third of the fuel economy advertised in official tests.

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Ordered this crucible...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 3:14pm

 

Graphite Foundry Crucibles are made from a combination of graphite and clay, and are recommended for melting precious, or non-precious metals and can handle large batches of material. Their thick inner walls can handle direct heat and open flame foundries. They can be used with propane melting furnaces as well as a standard torch method. Rated to withstand temperatures up to 2912°F (1600°C). Measurements: 5-1/4" high x 4-3/4" in diameter (exterior dimensions); 4-3/4" deep x 3-3/4" in diameter (interior dimensions). *The "#" in title represents the amount of aluminum that the crucible can accommodate (in pounds); the "Kg" is for the amount of kilograms of brass and copper capacities.51,59,42,0,B

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Teenagers taking the Australian government to court over climate change

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 9:30am

A landmark class action against the Australian government, led by eight teenagers, begins in the federal court on Tuesday. The case could set a precedent that would stop the government from approving new fossil fuel projects because of their contribution to climate change. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to 16-year-old Anj Sharma about the action.

Read Adam Morton’s story about the landmark case and other legal challenges over government’s inaction on climate change here.

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Wind power company vows to help save critically endangered California condor

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 7:05am

The condor, a vulture threatened by giant wind turbines, may be helped by energy company’s breeding project

An energy company in California is teaming up with federal wildlife officials and the Oregon Zoo in an innovative project to ease the plight of the mighty, soaring condor, a critically endangered species of vulture threatened by giant wind turbines in the Tehachapi mountains north-east of Los Angeles.

Avangrid Renewables, which operates 126 turbines as part of its Manzana wind power project, will finance the breeding of birds in captivity to replace any that might be killed by the 252ft diameter turbine blades.

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A Texas city had a bold new climate plan – until a gas company got involved

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 4:00am

The fossil fuel industry is using the same playbook to fight city climate plans around the country

When the city of Austin drafted a plan to shift away from fossil fuels, the local gas company was fast on the scene to try to scale back the ambition of the effort.

Like many cities across the US, the rapidly expanding and gentrifying Texas city is looking to shrink its climate footprint. So its initial plan was to virtually eliminate gas use in new buildings by 2030 and existing ones by 2040. Homes and businesses would have to run on electricity and stop using gas for heat, hot water and stoves.

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Chicago hunger strike against recycling plant grows: 'We're starving ourselves to save people's lives'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 4:00am

Activists oppose metal shredder moving to East Side, a low-income Latino community reeling from the effects of industrial pollution

Hunger strikers on Chicago’s Southeast Side have gone nearly four weeks without food to protest against environmental racism, and now the city is beginning to reconsider its stance on the controversial metal shredder that started it all.

“I share your commitment to equity and fully understand that our frontline communities, particularly on the South and West Sides of Chicago, have been significantly impacted by environmental pollution and other compounding environmental issues, for multiple generations,” wrote Lori Lightfoot, the city’s mayor, in a letter from last Tuesday.

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How Fast Are Oceans Rising? The Answer May Be In Century-Old Shipping Logs

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 3:03am

A century ago, the shipping industry recorded the daily ebb and flow of tides. Now, those records are becoming crucial for forecasting how fast sea levels are rising in a warming climate.

(Image credit: Heritage Images/Getty Images)

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'Run The Oil Industry In Reverse': Fighting Climate Change By Farming Kelp

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 3:00am

A Maine startup is drawing high-profile support for its low-tech plan to soak up carbon emissions. It says its kelp farms will sink to the ocean floor and lock the carbon away for millennia.

(Image credit: Fred Bever/Maine Public)

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'Looking for a flamingo?': bird trafficking in Iraq – photo essay

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/03/01 - 1:35am

When flamingos migrate to the southern Iraqi marshes in the winter months, the poachers are waiting – and so are the customers who want them to decorate their gardens

Photographs by Chloe Sharrock. Words by Quentin Müller and Sylvain Mercadier

“Is it flamingos you’re looking for? Come to my place after 1pm,” whispers Mustafa Ahmed Ali from inside his small shop, which is buzzing with bird sounds of all kinds. He has been selling birds – wild and bred – at the bird market in Amara, in Iraq’s Maysan province, for more than 30 years.

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The global climate disaster misinfornado will end up killing way more people than the Texas ice storms | First Dog on the Moon

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 11:41pm

Texas freezes and the power goes off across much of the state. Whose fault was it? Donald Trump knows

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Fossil fuel cars make 'hundreds of times' more waste than electric cars

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 11:00pm

Analysis by transport group says battery electric vehicles are superior to their petrol and diesel counterparts

Fossil fuel cars waste hundreds of times more raw material than their battery electric equivalents, according to a study that adds to evidence that the move away from petrol and diesel cars will bring large net environmental benefits.

Only about 30kg of raw material will be lost over the lifecycle of a lithium ion battery used in electric cars once recycling is taken into account, compared with 17,000 litres of oil, according to analysis by Transport & Environment (T&E) seen by the Guardian. A calculation of the resources used to make cars relative to their weight shows it is at least 300 times greater for oil-fuelled cars.

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Aviva sets target for net zero carbon footprint by 2040

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 5:01pm

Asset manager tells 30 biggest carbon dioxide emitters in its portfolio to set net zero goals

Aviva has become the first leading insurer worldwide to set a target to shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2040, a decade earlier than most banks.

The firm, one of the UK’s top asset managers with £300bn of investments under management, said it had written to the 30 biggest CO2 emitters in its portfolio, comprising companies in the oil and gas, utilities and mining sectors, asking them to sign up to the science-based targets aligned to the Paris climate agreement and to set net zero emission goals with fixed deadlines of 12 to 36 months.

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Shine a light...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 1:49pm

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 15 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

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Denmark’s climate policies 'insufficient' to meet 2030 target

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 7:57am

Report says country set to cut carbon emissions by 54% compared with 1990 levels, not 70% as planned

The Danish government’s efforts towards meeting the country’s ambitious target of reducing emissions by 70% by 2030 have been judged “insufficient” by the body tasked with monitoring its progress, with measures so far announced only likely to take it a third of the way.

In its first annual status report, the Danish Council on Climate Change said new laws, inter-party agreements and initiatives announced since the country’s climate law came into effect last June would reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7.2m tonnes of CO2 by 2030, which is only enough to reduce Denmark’s emissions by 54% compared with 1990 levels.

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It's Not Just Texas. The Entire Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade For Extreme Weather

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 5:00am

The Texas blackout is a reminder that climate-driven extreme weather stresses the U.S.'s power system in many ways. Much is needed to harden the grid for the future as the number of outages increase.

(Image credit: John Antczak/AP)

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'It's a toxic blend': where the kids are warned not to swallow the bath water

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 4:00am

Predominantly Latino towns in California like East Orosi face huge obstacles getting clean drinking water

An invisible line splits the rural road of Avenue 416 in California’s Tulare county, at the point where the nut trees stretch east toward the towering Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance.

On one side of the line, residents have clean water. On the other side, they do not.

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How Deb Haaland's confirmation bid became a 'proxy fight' over fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 3:00am

Joe Biden’s progressive nominee for interior secretary faced harsh questions from lawmakers with deep industry ties

Partway through the sometimes contentious confirmation hearing for Deb Haaland as US secretary of the interior last week came an acknowledgement of the two powerful forces, with very different attitudes to the climate crisis, that have squared off over the nomination.

“I almost feel like your nomination is a proxy fight over the future of fossil fuels,” Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington, told Haaland during the Senate hearing.

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Miami Beach to cut back on famous palm trees over climate concerns

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 1:00am

City to plant shadier trees to preserve its environment, keep people cool, reduce urban warming and improve air quality

As a poster child for the climate emergency, Miami Beach has become a world leader in mitigating the effects of sea-level rise. Now the subtropical Florida city is cutting back on its famous swaying palm trees as it seeks shadier alternatives to preserve its environment and try to keep residents and visitors cool.

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