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so pretty...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 5:29pm
I see a lot of people asking for prayers to bless all the people of the earth during this pandemic.  The problem is - God does not answer the prayers on the behalf of those that have rejected Him.  For believers - you must ask for guidance in helping to lead those who deny Him.  Ask not for blessings, but for the ability to lead the unbelievers to Christ and to turn away from Satan before it is too late for them.  Isaiah 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
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Nature can be source of solace in crisis, says David Attenborough

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 4:01pm

Broadcaster says in magazine interview that if we damage nature ‘we damage ourselves’

The natural world can be a source of solace during times of crisis, Sir David Attenborough has said.

Speaking about the climate, the broadcaster and naturalist, 93, said the world was at an unprecedented point.

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Tornado Strikes Arkansas City; Officials Say Pandemic Closures Kept People Safe

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 11:09am

The tornado injured at least 22 people and caused extensive damage to many properties. Officials attribute the relatively low number of casualties in part to social distancing and business shutdowns.

(Image credit: Said Said/Triples S Phone and Computer Repair/via REUTERS)

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'Probably the worst year in a century': the environmental toll of 2019

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 9:30am

The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage

Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst environmental conditions across the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale”, according to a new report.

The index of environmental conditions in Australia scored 2019 at 0.8 out of 10 – the worst result across all the years analysed from 2000.

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Endangered sea turtles hatch on Brazil's deserted beaches

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 8:49am

Coronavirus keeps crowds that usually greet hatching of hawksbill turtles away

Nearly 100 critically endangered sea turtles have hatched on a deserted beach in Brazil, their first steps going almost unnoticed because of coronavirus restrictions that prohibit people from gathering on the region’s sands.

The 97 hawksbill sea turtles, or tartarugas-de-pente as they are known in Brazil, were born last Sunday in Paulista, a town in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco.

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Aberdeen: teetering between its high-carbon past and a green future

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 7:04am

A city more reliant than most on oil and gas reserves hopes to profit from a shift to net zero

Aberdeen is one of the few cities in the world where your taxi driver is almost guaranteed to know the global market price for oil.

It is the second week of March in the capital of the North Sea oil and gas industry and Aberdonians have witnessed one of the sharpest oil price slumps in a generation. The Granite City is still one week away from a market collapse even deeper than the 2016 price crash.

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Pandemic Delays Return Of Arctic Researchers

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 4:00am

The COVID-19 crisis is throwing off the complex logistics of a year-long Arctic research expedition. A team set to rotate out may have to stay on board an ice-breaker for another six weeks.

(Image credit: Ravenna Koenig/Ravenna Koenig)

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sprung spring...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/03/28 - 4:03pm
Going to have to repair the alarm spring on the music box clock.71,80,48,0,W
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Fires Where They Are 'Not Supposed To Happen' In Australia's Ancient Rainforest

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2020/03/28 - 4:00am

Australia's unprecedented fire season scorched sections of rare, ancient rainforests. It's another signal that climate change is intensifying and expanding wildfires globally.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

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Wildlife rescue centres struggle to treat endangered species in coronavirus outbreak

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/03/28 - 1:00am

Shortages in funds, medicines and masks threaten charity work around the world

Last Thursday morning Louisa Baillie drove down the five-kilometre dirt track that connects her jungle home in the Amazon rainforest to the main road. At the junction, she parked, hiking the rest of the way into Mera, a town of about 8,000 people.

After filling her backpack with fruit and vegetables from local sellers, she grabbed some leaves and set about plucking termites off trees along the roadside, stuffing them into a bucket containing small fragments of the insects’ nests. Baillie works as a veterinarian at Merazonia, a wildlife rescue centre in Ecuador. The termites were dinner for Andy the anteater, a baby recently confiscated at a police checkpoint.

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Tackle climate crisis and poverty with zeal of Covid-19 fight, scientists urge

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/03/28 - 1:00am

Actions taken to suppress coronavirus reveal what measures are possible in an emergency, say experts

Government responses to climate breakdown and to the challenges of poverty and inequality must be changed permanently after the coronavirus has been dealt with, leading scientists have urged, as the actions taken to suppress the spread of the virus have revealed what measures are possible in an emergency.

The Covid-19 crisis has revealed what governments are capable of doing and shone a new light on the motivation for past policies and their outcomes, said Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, and chair of the commission of the social determinants of health at the World Health Organisation.

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Snowy Hydro 2.0 will cost more and deliver less than promised, 30 experts say

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 12:00pm

Group calls for independent review of project it says would permanently damage Kosciuszko national park

Engineers, economists, energy specialists and environmentalists are calling for a final decision on the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project to be delayed to allow an independent review, claiming it will cost far more and deliver far less than has been promised.

The group of 30 said the 2,000-megawatt pumped hydro storage project in the Snowy Mountains would permanently damage the Kosciuszko national park.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 11:19am

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a puma on the streets of Santiago, Chile

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Chris Packham begins legal case to halt HS2 amid coronavirus crisis

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 10:49am

Rail contractors accused of using pandemic as cover to hasten ancient woodland destruction

Chris Packham is seeking an urgent injunction to immediately halt HS2’s destruction of ancient woodlands as campaigners criticise construction teams for allegedly ignoring the government’s physical distancing rules for coronavirus and endangering local people.

The naturalist and broadcaster’s £100,000 crowd-funded legal challenge includes requesting a judicial review of the government’s decision-making behind the £106bn high-speed railway and an interim injunction to stop “enabling” works scheduled to destroy swaths of five ancient woodland areas in April.

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Brazil scales back environmental enforcement amid coronavirus outbreak

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 10:37am

Experts fear efforts to protect field agents from virus could lead to surge in deforestation

Brazil will reduce efforts to fight environmental crimes during the coronavirus outbreak, despite concerns that reduced protection could lead to a surge in deforestation.

The director of environmental protection at Ibama environmental agency said the outbreak had left little choice but to send fewer enforcement personnel into the field.

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a little 3d printing job...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 10:11am
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Trump administration allows companies to break pollution laws during coronavirus pandemic

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 7:53am

Extraordinary move signals to US companies that they will not face any sanctions for polluting the air or water

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended its enforcement of environmental laws during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, signaling to companies they will not face any sanction for polluting the air or water of Americans.

In an extraordinary move that has stunned former EPA officials, the Trump administration said it will not expect compliance with the routine monitoring and reporting of pollution and won’t pursue penalties for breaking these rules.

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Utrecht rooftops to be ‘greened’ with plants and mosses in new plan

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 7:02am

‘Vertical forest’ tower will have 10,000 plants on its facade in bid to reinvigorate biodiversity

Every roof in the city district of Utrecht is to be “greened” with plants and mosses or have solar panels installed under plans driven by the success of a similar scheme for the municipality’s bus stops.

The “no roofs unused” policy is part of an attempt to reinvigorate biodiversity in the city and create a less stressful and happier environment, of which the construction of a so-called “vertical forest tower with 10,000 plants on its facade is set to become a leading example.

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Canada mourns Takaya – the lone sea wolf whose spirit captured the world

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 4:19am

The life – and this week’s sudden death – of the legendary wolf shone a light on the often-strained bond between humans and wild animals

When Doug Paton burst from his trailer on a warm spring afternoon, he expected to confront yet another stray dog agitating the livestock on his sister’s farm outside Victoria, a city on Canada’s west coast. Instead, standing barefoot in the grass, he found himself face to face with a wolf.

“It stopped dead in its tracks and it stared me down,” he says. Then, as quickly as it appeared, the wolf trotted away, pausing once to stare back at Paton before clearing a five-foot metal gate and vanishing.

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Wildlife charity plans to buy UK land to give it back to nature

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 3:59am

Heal Rewilding will find lower-grade land and let it recover naturally, rather than planting

A new national wildlife charity called Heal Rewilding is planning to buy ecologically depleted land across Britain and give it back to nature.

The charity, which launches on Monday, is crowdfunding and will seek former farms, green belt or lower-grade land where wildlife can recover. The sites will be within easy reach of large towns and cities to benefit more people.

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