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Microplastics Are Turning Up Everywhere, Even In Human Excrement

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/22 - 3:01pm

A very small study shows that microplastics are in human waste in many parts of the world. While it's not entirely clear what that means for our health, it might be a sign that we need to pull back.

(Image credit: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images)

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Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/22 - 3:00pm

Study suggests the tiny particles may be widespread in the human food chain

Microplastics have been found in human stools for the first time, according to a study suggesting the tiny particles may be widespread in the human food chain.

The small study examined eight participants from Europe, Japan and Russia. All of their stool samples were found to contain microplastic particles.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/10/22 - 10:44am
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UK’s plastic waste is a burning issue | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/22 - 9:35am
New plastic-to-fuel technology means there is a growing case for stockpiling our plastic waste, argues Patrick Cosgrove. David Reed says it’s time to start burning all household rubbish to generate power

In August, exchequer secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Tackling the scandal of plastic pollution is one of our top priorities.” But it’s now confirmed what many have long suspected, that the UK recycling industry is riven with corruption (Report, 19 October) and only now is government dimly aware of the problem. Taxing coffee mugs and plastic straws, and placing a charge on plastic bags are commendable actions, but in the face of ever-increasing plastic production, single-use or not, are minuscule and potentially token. In addition to stamping out the illegal export of waste and reducing single use plastic at source, a radical upheaval of domestic recycling is required. Local authorities pay waste management companies to collect, sort and, hopefully, recycle domestic plastic waste. Yet they only recycle a proportion of it and ship the rest abroad. Much ends in landfill or in the oceans. The council tax we pay for these destructive processes could be better deployed.

With rapid progress now being made on carbon capture, home and industrial-based pyrolysis (waste to energy), and other plastic-to-fuel processes, there is a strong case to stockpile plastic that is difficult to recycle or contaminated. In compacted or granulated form at 10% of its previous volume, it can be stored for future use as feedstock for negative emission energy production and other innovative uses. We used to have grain mountains and wine lakes. Why not temporary plastic mountains?
Patrick Cosgrove
Chapel Lawn, Shropshire

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Trump thinks scientists are split on climate change. So do most Americans | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/22 - 3:00am

There’s a 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming, but most Americans are unaware

When queried about the most recent IPCC report, Republican lawmakers delivered a consistent, false message – that climate scientists are still debating whether humans are responsible. The previous IPCC report was quite clear on this, attributing 100% of the global warming since 1950 to human activities. As Nasa atmospheric scientist Kate Marvel recently put it, “We are more sure that greenhouse gas is causing climate change than we are that smoking causes cancer.”

Donald Trump articulated the incorrect Republican position in an interview on 60 Minutes:

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P&O cruise ship dumped 27,000 litres of waste on Great Barrier Reef, Senate hears

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 11:57pm

Australian Maritime Safety Authority report says food waste and grey water spill occurred on 26 August

A P&O cruise ship spilled 27,000 litres of food waste and grey water into the Great Barrier Reef marine park in August, a Senate estimates hearing has heard.

The Greens senator Larissa Waters told the hearing a report from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority – which is investigating the incident – had been supplied to her anonymously.

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'Extremely Threatening' Hurricane Willa Heads For Mexico's Pacific Coast

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 9:56pm

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, is expected to make landfall on the southwestern coast of Mexico sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday.

(Image credit: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images)

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FareShare's surplus food redistribution saves UK £51m a year

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 4:01pm

Charities tackling hunger could save Britain £500m a year if they had capacity, finds report

The collection and redistribution of edible food by the UK’s largest charity tackling hunger – and that would otherwise go to waste – saves the UK economy some £51m every year, according to an independent report published on Monday.

If FareShare and other charities in the sector were able to scale up their capacity in order to handle half of the surplus food available in the UK supply chain, the value back to the state could be as much as £500m per year, it claims.

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28,000 jobs at risk in north of England over low-carbon economy

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 4:01pm

Thinktank says transition to low-carbon economy could result in ‘local deprivation’

As many as 28,000 jobs will be lost in the north of England in the next 12 years under the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has warned.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said in its report that the region could be at the heart of a “clean energy revolution” – with a potential for 46,000 new green jobs – but instead faced economic decline under current plans.

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A project guided by The Holy Spirit

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 1:56pm
Cross #100Romans 8: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
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Migrants building £2.6bn windfarm paid fraction of minimum wage

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 7:51am

Workers on Beatrice project in Scotland have included irregular migrants on under £5 an hour

Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.

Offshore windfarming is one of the UK’s biggest growth industries, hailed by both the Conservatives and Labour as a priority for investment that will create thousands of jobs while also producing clean energy.

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Wentworth won't prompt climate rethink, says Frydenberg

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 7:25pm

Treasurer says government does not intend to ‘reduce emissions at the expense of people’s power bills’

Josh Frydenberg has played down the need for a significant shift in the Morrison government’s stance on climate change before the next federal election after the strong protest vote in the seat of Wentworth.

The treasurer and former energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg told Sky News on Sunday people in Sydney’s eastern suburbs were concerned about climate change, but he said the government did not intend to “reduce emissions at the expense of people’s power bills”.

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castaway...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 4:22pm
Last batch of 50 more silver crosses ready for finishing and immediate shipping (weather permitting).  Due to high demand, I suggest you order soon.  I won't be making any more this year.  54,63,59, .55",B
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Tasmanian salmon should be off the menu for now, says conservation group

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 3:22pm

Fish eaters advised to ‘Say No’ due to environmental concerns surrounding Tasmania’s salmon farming industry

It’s one of Australia’s – and the world’s – favourite fish but Tasmanian Atlantic salmon should be off the menu for now, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, publishers of Australia’s independent sustainable seafood guide.

On Wednesday, the AMCS downgraded the farmed fish’s rating from an amber “Think Twice” to a red “Say No” due to ongoing environmental concerns. The previous review was in 2015.

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Crowdsourcing To Find Survivors Of Hurricane Michael

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 2:26pm

According to one website, at least 300 people are still unaccounted for on the Florida panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

(Image credit: David Goldman/AP)

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What Migrants Displaced By The Dust Bowl And Climate Events Can Teach Us

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 5:46am

The World Bank predicts climate change may displace 143 million people by 2050. Environmental shifts have caused migration on smaller scales throughout the history of North America, historians say.

(Image credit: Dorothea Lange/AP)

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A Climate Scientist On 'Slaying The Climate Dragon'

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 5:12am

Kate Marvel, a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA, talks to NPR's Scott Simon about her fairy tale on climate change and reads passages from the story.

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Minor earthquakes detected near fracking site in Lancashire

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 5:01am

One tremor was magnitude 0.3, the level beyond which experts say fracking has to proceed with caution

A series of small earthquakes have been detected in Lancashire close to the site where fracking operations began this week.

The British Geological Survey (BGS), which provides impartial advice on environmental processes, recorded four tremors in the vicinity of the energy firm Cuadrilla’s site on Preston New Road near Blackpool on Friday.

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£7m crowdfunding bid for Orkney tidal energy turbine launches

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 4:21am

Scheme launched by ethical investment platform Abundance offers 12% interest

A “green” investment that pays 12% interest and involves putting your money into a major tidal energy project was launched this week.

But that high rate indicates this is a great deal riskier than putting your money into a high street savings account, with no compensation if things go wrong. So this is not one for the risk-averse.

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'It Will Be Years' Before Life At Tyndall Air Force Base Returns To Normal

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/10/20 - 2:09am

Home to 11,000 airmen and their families, the base sustained catastrophic damage when Hurricane Michael came through Florida earlier this month. Residents don't know if they will ever go back.

(Image credit: Kelly Walker/U.S. Air Force)

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