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The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/04/19 - 2:52pm
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Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It's unforgivable | Tim Winton

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/19 - 2:00pm

Humanity survived the cold war because no one pushed the button. On climate change, the button has been pushed again and again

I’ve been asking myself a question – and even posing it makes me queasy.

Is it too late – are we beyond saving?

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Extinction Rebellion day five centres on tussle for control of Oxford Circus

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/19 - 1:08pm

Pink boat becomes focus of attention on fifth day of Extinction Rebellion protests

The siege of the Berta Cáceres started started shortly after noon when police in high-vis jackets surrounded the bright pink boat in Oxford Circus, central London, with two cordons and then steadily peeled off the Extinction Rebellion activists stuck to it.

Officers with angle grinders cut through the bars below the hull of the vessel, named after the murdered Honduran environmental activist, which protesters had chained and glued themselves to.

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Hurricane Michael Was A Category 5, NOAA Finds — The First Since Andrew In 1992

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/04/19 - 10:04am

With winds of 160 mph, the October hurricane was the strongest on record to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, where communities are still trying to recover. NOAA upgraded it from a Category 4.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/19 - 7:28am

Mating grouses, grousing mates, a final turtle and a newborn giraffe

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Half of UK consumers willing to pay more to avoid plastic packaging

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/19 - 6:00am

Exclusive: eight in 10 trying to cut plastic waste and 46% feel guilty about it, survey shows

Eight in 10 consumers are trying to reduce their plastic waste and half would be willing to pay higher prices for eco-friendly packaging, according to a survey that highlights the impact of the Blue Planet documentary and the campaign to reduce such rubbish.

The research by YouGov shows 46% of people in the UK feel guilty about the amount of plastic they use, which is motivating them to consider changes in their behaviour, including paying more so companies will find alternatives to single-use plastics.

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Greta Thunberg hopes to join climate protests during London visit

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/19 - 3:58am

Swedish 16-year-old, who is taking campaign to parliament, keen to be part of Extinction Rebellion action

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old founder of the school strikes for action against climate change, has said she hopes to join the Extinction Rebellion protests when she visits London next week.

The Swedish activist will also take the campaign to the UK parliament, where she will speak to dozens of MPs including the Green party MP Caroline Lucas, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the environment secretary, Michael Gove.

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PastBook arrived...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 3:38pm
Very pleased with the quality of the printing.  580 photos from my Facebook timeline over the past 10 years in a hardcover book.  I highly recommend PastBook  74,8258,0,B
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Scotland Yard defends response to climate change protests

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 11:05am

Met comes under pressure to crack down on the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators

Scotland Yard has defended its response to the rolling protests in London that have caused disruption to millions and pushed climate change towards the top of the national news agenda.

The Metropolitan police has come under increasing pressure to crack down on the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators who have blocked transport networks in the capital in recent days; not least from the home secretary, Sajid Javid, who has urged officers to “take a firm stance”.

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Sajid Javid calls for 'full force of law' against Extinction Rebellion protesters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 10:30am

Home secretary asks police to be firm against demonstrators ‘disrupting the lives of others’

Sajid Javid has called on police to use the “full force of the law” against Extinction Rebellion protesters causing disruption in London to draw attention to the issue of climate change.

The home secretary, who is positioning himself for a run at the Conservative party leadership, made a series of tweets condemning “any protesters who are stepping outside the boundaries of the law”.

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We are not yet doomed: the carbon cutters determined to save the world

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 3:21am

An orchestra, a village, an entire country: the movement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions is growing

We are all doomed, it is said. Carbon dioxide is amassing in the atmosphere at levels not seen for millions of years when there were trees at the South Pole and Florida was under water. We have barely a decade to make amends. Protesters are on the streets.

But huge numbers of people have not given up. Not yet. Call them the carbon cutters. They are companies and cities, niche groups and nations. They are commuters and communes, off-gridders and off-setters, investors and institutions – and countless individuals, cutting their meat intake, installing solar panels, eschewing gas guzzlers and long-haul flights.

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Snot Otter Emerges Victorious In Vote For Pennsylvania's Official Amphibian

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 2:43am

The Eastern hellbender salamander may not be a looker. But its sensitivity to pollution and changing water conditions makes the creature a useful indicator for water quality in rivers and streams.

(Image credit: Rick Callahan/AP)

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Talking about climate change in conservative places is hard. But we can’t afford not to

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 2:00am

If Mississippi reflects on the deep, systemic inequalities its plantation economy created, perhaps it will see those inequalities are exacerbated by climate change

Climate change, I was told when buying a coffee, is not a “polite” topic of conversation in Natchez, Mississippi.

The city sits on the legendarily volatile Mississippi River, which is straining against an aging system of levees. Considered the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi, Natchez is perched on a bluff over the river’s eastern banks. Three hundred miles upriver from New Orleans, Natchez was once a bastion of the old south: steamships moved enslaved people and cotton to market, enriching planters who lived in “Natchez-over-the-Hill”.

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Trump policy of less safety and more offshore drilling is 'a recipe for disaster'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 1:00am

Nine years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Trump administration is exacerbating the industry’s ‘systemic failures’, report warns

Offshore oil and gas drilling in the US is plagued by “systemic failures” in oversight that are being worsened by Trump administration attempts to expand drilling and roll back safety requirements, a new report has warned.

The analysis of public documents by the conservation group Oceana found that while some minor improvements have been made since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, a system of lax oversight, paltry fines and overstretched inspectors risks further major oil spills.

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'Malicious': Shorten and business groups defy Coalition's assault on climate policy

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 12:26am

High-quality international offsets should be part of any credible policy, industry says

Business groups are defying the Morrison government’s political assault on the use of international permits, arguing a credible climate policy should include access to high-quality international offsets, because they are a key mechanism to help Australia meet its Paris target.

With climate change persisting as a significant campaign flashpoint, the chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, James Pearson, told Guardian Australia international permits were part of the toolkit for mitigating climate change in a cost-effective way.

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Briefing notes show Coalition approved Adani water plan despite knowing of risk

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 8:29pm

Company rejected scientific advice its groundwater modelling was ‘not fit for purpose’

The federal government approved groundwater plans for the Adani coal project despite acknowledging the risk that the project would breach environmental approvals and draw excessive water from an ancient springs complex.

Handwritten briefing notes, released publicly by Geoscience Australia and first reported by the ABC, detail how Adani rejected advice that its groundwater modelling was “not fit for purpose”.

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'Decades of denial': major report finds New Zealand's environment is in serious trouble

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 7:17pm

Nation known for its natural beauty is under pressure with extinctions, polluted rivers and blighted lakes

A report on the state of New Zealand’s environment has painted a bleak picture of catastrophic biodiversity loss, polluted waterways, and the destructive rise of the dairy industry and urban sprawl.

Environment Aotearoa is the first major environmental report in four years, and was compiled using data from Statistics New Zealand and the ministry of the environment.

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More than 400 arrested at Extinction Rebellion protests in London

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 4:46pm

Police cells filling rapidly, with reports of people being taken to Luton, Brighton and Essex

There have been more than 400 arrests linked to the Extinction Rebellion protests across London and reports suggest the capital’s cells are rapidly filling up.

The Metropolitan police would not release up-to-date figures on cell capacity, but data from two years ago showed they had 799 cells available across London. With cuts to policing budgets, this number is likely to have fallen, so reports that cell space is under pressure are credible.

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no bugs (yet)

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 3:16pm
Just over a month and the tomato plants are growing like weeds...79,90,50,0,W
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Protests Calling For Climate Action Disrupt London For 3rd Day

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 11:42am

Activists occupied four of London's landmarks and thoroughfares and, on Wednesday, targeted the city's rail service. The organizers want a zero-carbon Britain by 2025.

(Image credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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