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In Oklahoma, Tulsa Braces For More Flooding, Big Test Of The City's Levees

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/05/28 - 3:33pm

Record rainfall and flooding are causing all sorts of problems in Oklahoma. And more rain is predicted to make it even worse. In Tulsa, thousands of people have been evacuated.

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33m polluting cars still on EU roads after Dieselgate scandal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/05/28 - 3:01pm

Analysis of EU commission figures found diesel cars clean up going at ‘snail’s pace’

More than three quarters of the 43m cars tampered with in the Dieselgate emissions test cheating scandal are still on the road four years later.

It will probably take another two years to recall the remaining 33m vehicles that were tampered with, according to analysis of unpublicised European commission figures which was released last week.

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Finally some rain?

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/05/28 - 2:48pm

A little rain prep. Took awhile, but I finally got the ol' water pump started in case I get a rain event that allows me to pump extra water out of the arroyo. I have two 3,000 gallon tanks waiting for a refill. It has been 2 years since I had enough sudden rain to do this.  A fast half inch will cause the arroyo to run for about an hour which is enough time to fill a 3,000 gallon tank with this pump.  89,99,65,0,B

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Australia to achieve 50% renewables by 2030 without government intervention, analysis finds

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/05/28 - 11:00am

RepuTex modelling suggests surge in state schemes and rooftop solar will reduce wholesale prices, making gas- and coal-fired power less competitive

Australia is on track to achieve 50% renewable electricity by 2030 even without new federal energy policies, according to modelling by the energy analysts RepuTex.

The analysis, to be released on Wednesday, suggests that a surge in renewable energy driven by state schemes and rooftop solar installations will reduce wholesale prices from $85 per MWh to $70 over the next three years.

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Instagramming Crowds Pack National Parks

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/05/28 - 5:01am

Social media is helping drive more people to visit national parks. While it's getting folks out there, it's also causing traffic jams and congestion in places valued for solitude and reflection.

(Image credit: Nate Hegyi/KUER)

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How eminent domain is blighting farmers in path of gas pipeline

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 11:00pm

Compulsory purchase – or the threat of it – of property on the route of a pipeline for fracked natural gas has left a slew of grievances and lawsuits in West Virginia and Virginia

In July 2015, Neal Laferriere and his wife, Beth, purchased a home in Summers county, West Virginia. The first time they visited the property after purchasing it, they found stakes outlining what they would later find out to be the route for a gas pipeline.

About two years later, representatives for the Mountain Valley pipeline approached the Laferriere family over the land rights to their property. “The land agent was saying if we don’t come to the table they would just take it via eminent domain,” Laferriere told the Guardian.

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Florida appoints first chief science officer to take on climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 11:00pm

Tom Frazer plans to make water quality a priority in new role created by Republican governor Ron DeSantis

To say Dr Tom Frazer faces a daunting workload as he begins his new job as Florida’s first chief science officer would be an underestimation. From the increasing risk of ever stronger Atlantic hurricanes, toxic algae blooms that have inundated the state’s beaches and inland waterways, and rising sea levels that threaten to leave Florida underwater by the end of the century, the challenges appear immense.

But where many see a five-alarm climate emergency laying siege to his state, Frazer, with a measured approach honed from more than three decades’ experience of working in environmental science, sees only opportunity.

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Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals – here's how it could affect your health

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 11:00pm

If you care about what you eat, you should care about what it comes in

The internet cheered in December when Trader Joe’s announced it would take meaningful steps towards making its packaging more sustainable. The supermarket chain outlined a plan that included reducing and eliminating excess waste, using materials that could realistically be recycled and avoiding harmful substances. It’s the last part that medical and environmental activists are keeping an eye on.

We’re just beginning to understand some of the short- and long-term risks associated with the chemicals in packaging: obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease and other health issues. Some consumer advocates say phasing out some of the riskier substances that come into contact with our food is long overdue.

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From chicken to tomatoes, here's why American food is hurting you

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 11:00pm

The recent news about glyphosate and cancer only highlights a broader problem with our system: our obsession with killing the natural world is poisoning us

The recent headlines announcing billions of dollars in damages to people who have gotten cancer after using Roundup are just the tip of a very large iceberg. There are over 1,000 lawsuits against Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, waiting to be heard by the courts. Beyond concerns about that specific glyphosate-based weedkiller, we should be talking about the innumerable other potentially punishing chemicals in our food system.

After all, our food and our health are deeply connected. American healthcare spending has ballooned to $3.5tn a year, and yet we are sicker than most other developed countries. Meanwhile, our food system contains thousands of chemicals that have not been proven safe and many that are banned in other countries.

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Angus Taylor calls for bipartisanship on climate policy

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 8:36pm

Energy minister effectively demands Labor back away from stronger emissions reduction target of 45%

Angus Taylor has reiterated his calls for Labor to back the government’s climate policies, saying the opposition had to “decide whether they want to join us”.

The energy and emissions reduction minister was referring to the Coalition’s 26%-28% emissions reduction target, a policy much less ambitious than the 45% target Labor took to the election and one that is not aligned with the ultimate aim of the Paris agreement, which is to limit global heating to no more than 2C.

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Greens to use EU election mandate to focus on climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 7:00pm

Green politicians to push agenda urging climate action, social justice and civil liberties

Europe’s Greens, big winners in Sunday’s European elections, will use their newfound leverage in a fractured parliament to push an agenda of urgent climate action, social justice and civil liberties, the movement’s leaders say.

“This was a great outcome for us – but we now also have a great responsibility, because voters have given us their trust,” Bas Eickhout, a Dutch MEP and the Greens’ co-lead candidate for commission president, told the Guardian.

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'American Soil' Is Increasingly Foreign Owned

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 1:17pm

The number of acres of U.S. farmland held by foreign-owned investors has doubled in the past two decades, raising alarm bells in farming communities.

(Image credit: John Minchillo/AP)

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 12:22pm
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Warren Entsch declares war on plastic in new Great Barrier Reef envoy role

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 11:00am

Veteran Liberal MP is aiming to rid beaches of plastics, micro and nano plastics, but won’t commit to a ban

The Liberal MP Warren Entsch has launched a crusade against single-use plastics as part of his new role as special envoy for the Great Barrier Reef.

Entsch told Guardian Australia he was inspired by the 10-year-old campaigner Molly Steer – who convinced Cairns to phase out single-use plastics – comparing her example favourably with activists who he accused of “frightening the living Jesus out of kids” to recruit school students to climate strikes.

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Right whale population decline linked to ocean warming, research says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 10:36am

A report shows that the animal’s food supply shifted, causing them to travel farther for food and moving them closer to shipping lanes

The endangered North Atlantic right whale faces increased odds because its main food supply has shifted due to ocean warming, according to new research.

Related: What’s the future for Sri Lanka’s ‘lost’ population of whales?

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Every Breath You Take: An Indoor Smog Story (Rebroadcast)

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 8:06am

Just keep breathin' and breathin' and breathin' and breathin'...

(Image credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Memorial Day: sweltering heat and storms follow tornadoes and flooding

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 7:09am

Sweltering heat, storms and possible twisters were expected to hit the southern plains and south-eastern states on Memorial Day, on the heels of deadly tornadoes and flooding.

Related: Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is the climate crisis to blame?

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Dog Sledding After Divorce (Rebroadcast)

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 7:06am

The wild called to Kristin Knight Pace. And she responded.

(Image credit: KATIE ORLINSKY)

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World's rivers 'awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 4:01pm

Largest global study finds the drugs in two-thirds of test sites in 72 countries

Hundreds of rivers around the world from the Thames to the Tigris are awash with dangerously high levels of antibiotics, the largest global study on the subject has found.

Antibiotic pollution is one of the key routes by which bacteria are able develop resistance to the life-saving medicines, rendering them ineffective for human use. “A lot of the resistance genes we see in human pathogens originated from environmental bacteria,” said Prof William Gaze, a microbial ecologist at the University of Exeter who studies antimicrobial resistance but was not involved in the study.

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For NPR Student Podcast Challenge, Many Students Tackle Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 2:06pm

This year, NPR challenged students across the country to make podcasts about anything. Hundreds of students took on one topic: climate change.

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