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'A national disgrace': 37,000 Aboriginal land claims left languishing by NSW

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 3:05pm

Exclusive: Backlog of cases awaiting determination – including first one lodged under land rights act in 1984 – labelled a ‘betrayal’

There are 37,000 unresolved Aboriginal land claims in New South Wales awaiting determination by the government, including the first claim lodged under the land rights act in 1984. The backlog has been described as “a national disgrace” and a form of institutional racism.

According to research seen by Guardian Australia, the backlog has built over decades.

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decided to buy the truck and camper...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 2:44pm
Our local tax office finally opened up again so I am heading there tomorrow with the seller to do the title transfer for the Ford F250 I almost passed on.  I chose Liberty Mutual for insurance because of this commercial that ran on a number of my YouTube videos.  Normally I ignore sales pitches, but this one got me.  Not because they are offering anything different from other insurance companies - but because I appreciate the creative way they presented it.

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Detroit: civil rights coalition sues to bar water shutoffs for residents

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 1:54pm

Class action aims to force city with one of country’s most expensive water rates to institute affordable payment plan

A coalition of civil rights groups have filed a landmark class action to permanently ban water shutoffs for Detroit residents and force the city to implement an affordable payment plan.

Detroit, which has one of the most expensive water rates in the country, has disconnected more than 140,000 households since 2014, as part of an internationally condemned debt collection scheme which has left thousands of vulnerable residents without running water for months or years.

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US push to dilute energy regulations as bailouts to fossil fuel firms

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 11:41am

Trump’s energy secretary Dan Brouillette promotes ‘all fuels’ free-market strategy at climate and sustainability summit

The US has argued for less regulation of the world’s energy systems, speaking out against the policy interventions promoting clean energy that are central to a “green recovery” from the coronavirus crisis.

Dan Brouillette, the US energy secretary, told a global summit of energy ministers, focused on sustainable recovery, that democracies should choose the free market over policies such as taxes, regulations and climate risk assessments on companies that would “steer people away from some energy sources and in the direction of others”.

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NSW government awards $1m grant to develop ‘flying car’

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 10:30am

Testing facility for zero-emissions four-passenger electric aircraft expected to be built in Narromine within the year

The New South Wales government has awarded almost $1m from a regional grants fund to a company developing what deputy premier John Barilaro describes as an electric flying car.

Andrew Moore, the chief executive of start-up AMSL Aero, says the company is building what is better described as an electric aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but travels with the efficiency and speed of a plane.

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NSW government says renewable energy zone in New England could power 3.5m homes

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 10:30am

Environment minister Matt Kean says the push to build 8,000 megawatts of wind and solar is part of a plan to replace coal-fired power

The New South Wales government aims to back renewable energy plants in the New England region with the capacity to power 3.5m homes, with the state’s environment minister saying enough will be built to replace most of the state’s coal-fired power stations earlier than scheduled.

Matt Kean, the minister for energy and the environment, will on Friday announce a second renewable energy zone for the state, following a previously planned designated area in the state’s central west.

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Victory for Yellowstone's grizzly bears as court rules they cannot be hunted

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 9:04am

Fish and Wildlife Service had sought to strip safeguards, which would have allowed a limited number to obtain hunting licenses

In a stunning victory for wildlife conservationists and indigenous tribes – and for bears – a US court ruled on Wednesday that grizzly bears living in the vast Yellowstone ecosystem will remain federally protected and not be subjected to sport hunting.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service had sought to strip Yellowstone-area grizzlies of safeguards conferred by the Endangered Species Act. This would have allowed the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to permit a limited number of people to obtain hunting licenses, though sport hunting would have remained prohibited within Yellowstone itself.

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European hamster and caterpillar fungus on brink of extinction

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 5:45am

Update to IUCN red list warns of hamster’s falling birth rate and high demand for fungus

Hamsters and fungi may not be poster species among those threatened with extinction but are no less important in ecosystems, according to an updated list of the world’s most fragile species.

The European hamster once scurried across much of Europe and Russia but has now vanished from most of its original range and on current trends will go extinct within 30 years, according to the update of the IUCN red list, the global database of species on the brink.

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‘It’s all on hold’: how Covid-19 derailed the fight against plastic waste

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 3:00am

Pandemic prompted states to temporarily ban reusable grocery bags and stalled legislation aimed at reducing plastic packaging

2020 was supposed to be the year America revolted against plastic.

Consumers were refusing straws and toting their own coffee mugs. Legislators had proposed an unprecedented wave of laws to ban single-use plastics. Even companies like Coke and Pepsi were opening up to the idea plastic might not be the future.

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Ofgem's £25bn plan puts climate goals at risk, say energy firms

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 1:31am

Companies claim that reducing returns to cut energy bills will have impact on investment

Energy companies have accused the regulator Ofgem of putting Britain’s climate goals at risk by clamping down on returns for green investors in an effort to shave £20 a year from home energy bills.

Ofgem has proposed halving the returns that companies can make over the next five years through a £25bn green investment plan designed to prepare Britain’s energy infrastructure for a low-carbon future.

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Birdwatching increased tenfold last lockdown. Don't stop, it's a huge help for bushfire recovery | The Conversation

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/07/08 - 11:06pm

Australians are reporting bird sightings at record rates – it’s good for the spirit, and for science

Many Victorians returning to stage-three lockdown will be looking for ways to pass the hours at home. And some will be turning to birdwatching.

When Australians first went into lockdown in March, the combination of border closures, lockdowns and the closure of burnt areas from last summer’s bushfires meant those who would have travelled far and wide to watch their favourite birds, instead stayed home.

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Global temperatures likely to hit at least 1C warming for next five years

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/07/08 - 5:46pm

Experts say new climate data shows how close world already is to breaching 1.5C Paris agreement pledge

There is a one-in-five chance annual global temperatures will be at least 1.5C warmer than in pre-industrial times in the next five years, experts have said.

Annual global temperatures are likely to be at least 1C above the levels they were before the industrial era in each year between 2020 and 2024, a long-range forecast by experts led by the UK Met Office shows.

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Entire rare bird colony vanishes, baffling New Zealand scientists

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/07/08 - 4:37pm

Experts believe endangered shore plovers – known for their pluck and friendliness – might have flown away or been eaten by predators

A specialist search and recovery team has been deployed to recapture the last remaining survivors of a flock of endangered birds that absconded from a predator-free island in New Zealand during coronavirus lockdown.

There are only 250 shore plover or tūturuatu left in the wild and they are the world’s rarest plover. Conservationists have been painstakingly reintroducing them to the mainland after they were almost wiped out by cats and rats by 1880.

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watch work...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2020/07/08 - 3:02pm
96,105,79,0,C
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Rare California Condors Seen In Sequoia National Park

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/07/08 - 12:55pm

California condors are among the biggest flying creatures in North America and are very close to extinction. They were recently spotted in Sequoia National Park for the first time in nearly 50 years.

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International aviation and shipping likely to be added to UK's net zero carbon target

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/07/08 - 11:57am

Sector excluded in transport emissions figures but policy change unlikely until 2023

International aviation and shipping emissions are likely to be included in the UK government’s net zero target, it has emerged – but not until after 2023.

The intention to review carbon accounting emerged after ministers and advisers, including climate activists, held the first meeting of the Department for Transport’s net zero board.

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US children who drink water from private wells at higher risk of lead exposure

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/07/08 - 3:00am
  • Research shows lead exposure worse for poor and black children
  • Highlights risk from contaminants in unregulated private wells

American children whose homes rely on private wells for drinking water are 25% more likely to have high lead levels in their blood than those with access to regulated community water services, according to new research.

The lead exposure is worse for poor and black children due to historic discriminatory public policies.

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'Playing the hand of God': scientists' experiment aims to help trees survive climate change

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/07/08 - 3:00am

Scientists use a strategy called assisted migration in an attempt to rescue tree species from inhospitable conditions

There is an impressive array of pine species at the Nature Conservancy’s Plum Creek preserve in Maryland – loblolly, Virginia, shortleaf – creating a landscape that emits the smell of Christmas well into the summer. But a newcomer to the preserve has fueled an ethical debate about the role of conservationists in the age of climate change.

Since 2013, TNC has planted more than 2,000 longleaf pine seedlings in fields not far from the Delaware state line. Today, clumps of longleaf stand together like gangly kids at recess, their eponymous green needles shooting out like pompoms in every direction.

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'Landscape of fear': what a mass of rotting reindeer carcasses taught scientists

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/07/07 - 11:45pm

When 323 reindeer were killed by lightning on a remote Norwegian plateau, their bodies were left for nature to take its course

In August 2016, a park ranger stumbled upon 323 dead wild tundra reindeer in Norway’s remote Hardangervidda plateau. They had been killed in a freak lightning event. But instead of removing the carcasses, the park decided to leave them where they were, allowing nature to take its course – and scientists to study this island of decomposition and how it might change the arctic tundra ecosystem.

Over the years scientists observed the bloated, fly-infested bodies turn into dry skeletons. The latest paper, published by the Royal Society in June, looked at the creation of a “landscape of fear”, as top predators such as wolverines, golden eagles and arctic foxes took advantage of the carrion.

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test result

The Field Lab - Tue, 2020/07/07 - 3:30pm
94,101,76,0,B
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