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I can't believe I ate the whole thing...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/09/29 - 3:50pm
Found this rather bloated Trans Pecos Rat Snake hanging out this morning at the end of one of my greenhouse trusses.  Perhaps he is why I haven't seen any baby rabbits this year - or responsible for the recent disappearance of dove hatchlings and eggs....Video next Friday.  82,88,69,0,B
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EPA To Dissolve Office Of Science Adviser

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/09/29 - 2:51pm

As part of a broader reorganization, the EPA will eliminate the role created to counsel acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Critics fear the move is a further demotion of scientific research.

Categories: Environment

Earthquake Devastates Indonesian Island

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/09/29 - 2:51pm

A massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, killing hundreds of people. Yenni Suryani of the Catholic Relief Services updates NPR's Michel Martin on rescue efforts.

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California shark attack: teen lobster diver injured

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/09/29 - 12:29pm
  • 13-year-old bitten on first day of spiny lobster season
  • Encinitas lifeguard says injuries traumatic but not fatal

A teenager was seriously injured in a shark attack off a beach in southern California on Saturday.

Related: The Cape Cod shark attack is a terrible reminder of our fragility – and that of the sea | Philip Hoare

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/09/28 - 3:00pm
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Melting Arctic ice opens new route from Europe to east Asia

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/09/28 - 10:02am

A Danish ship has successfully completed a trial voyage through the Russian Arctic

A Danish-flagged cargo ship has successfully passed through the Russian Arctic, in a trial voyage showing that melting sea ice could potentially open a new trade route from Europe to east Asia.

The Venta Maersk made the journey as a one-off trial, said Palle Laursen, the chief technical officer of A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping group.

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UK's children denied basic human right to clean air, says Unicef

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/09/28 - 8:46am

Young people face a long term ‘health crisis’ unless the government acts to clean up pollution, says children’s charity

Children in the UK are being denied their basic human right to breathe clean air and facing a long term “health crisis” because of the toxic fumes they breathe on their way to and from school, according to leading children’s charity Unicef.

The organisation, which campaigns on children’s rights and wellbeing around the world, described the situation in the UK as “horrific” and has announced it is to make protecting youngsters from air pollution its priority across the country in the months ahead.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/09/28 - 6:00am

A flock of house martins, red foxes and a Bengal tigress are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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UK government urged not to bury nuclear waste under national parks

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/09/28 - 5:18am

Conservation groups speak out as fears grow of Lake District being eyed as possible site

The National Trust and 18 other conservation groups have urged ministers to rule out burying nuclear waste below national parks as fears grow that the Lake District is being eyed as a potential site.

In January, the government restarted its attempt to find a community willing to host such a facility after a previous search collapsed five years ago. Ministers have refused to exclude national parks from the process.

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Fire Ecologists Say More Fires Should Be Left To Burn. So Why Aren't They?

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 1:20pm

Fire ecologists are urging forest managers to allow more wildfires to burn on the landscape to help thin overgrown forests. Many challenges stand in the way.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

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A Drifting Weedkiller Puts Prized Trees At Risk

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 1:09pm

The EPA is deciding whether to let farmers keep using an herbicide called dicamba. The chemical is controversial because it can damage nearby crops. What's less well-known: It's hurting wildlife, too.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

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Eggshell and copper tape do not protect veg from slugs and snails

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 11:30am

Gardeners using methods like these to protect against gastropods are wasting their time, study shows

Environmentally friendly gardeners who attempt to deter slugs and snails from devouring their vegetables with eggshells or copper tape are wasting their time, according to a study by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Gastropods inflicted the same damage to lettuces protected with five natural methods – eggshells, copper tape, horticultural grit, pine bark mulch and wool pellets – as they did to lettuces left untreated.

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Orca 'apocalypse': half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 11:00am

Banned PCB chemicals are still severely harming the animals – but Arctic could be a refuge

At least half of the world’s killer whale populations are doomed to extinction due to toxic and persistent pollution of the oceans, according to a major new study.

Although the poisonous chemicals, PCBs, have been banned for decades, they are still leaking into the seas. They become concentrated up the food chain; as a result, killer whales, the top predators, are the most contaminated animals on the planet. Worse, their fat-rich milk passes on very high doses to their newborn calves.

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Jailed anti-fracking activists release defiant video message

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 9:55am

After receiving a custodial sentence, the three men promise they will win battle against fracking

Three environmental activists jailed for their part in an anti-fracking protest have released a video message promising they will win the battle against fracking.

The men became the first to receive a custodial sentence for environmental protests against shale gas extraction this week. Simon Roscoe Blevins, 26, and Richard Roberts, 36, were given 16 months in prison and Richard Loizou, 31, was sentenced to 15 months in jail on Wednesday after being convicted of causing a public nuisance by a jury at Preston crown court in August.

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throwback thursday...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 9:16am
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No-deal Brexit could result in Northern Ireland blackouts, leaks reveal

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 4:18am

Residents face drastic price rises and being cut off from Irish Republic’s electricity supplies, documents show

Northern Ireland faces blackouts and drastic electricity price rises in the event of a no-deal Brexit, leaked government documents reveal.

The country would likely be cut off from electricity supplies from the Republic of Ireland and unable to use its sole electricity link to the UK mainland, according to an internal briefing.

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Under-fire UN environment chief forced back to HQ

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 3:41am

Erik Solheim, under pressure over frequent flying and rule-breaking, has also now recused himself over wife’s job

The UN’s environment chief, under fire over huge travel expenses and rule-breaking, has been forced leave the UN general assembly in New York early and return to his Nairobi headquarters to deal with the growing crisis.

The problems for Erik Solheim, Norwegian head of the UN Environment Programme (Unep), include the Netherlands becoming the latest nation to withhold millions of dollars in funding until the issues are resolved.

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Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5m

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/09/27 - 3:34am

Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000lb of poorly understood creature

A Seattle-area fish processor who hoped to cash in on China’s appetite for sea cucumber faces years in prison for his role in a $1.5m poaching scheme that rocked an already unstable fishery.

Federal prosecutors claim Hoon Namkoong led a years-long operation to poach and sell sea cucumbers as regulators were cutting the struggling Washington state fishery. Dozens of divers are also implicated in the poaching ring. Namkoong bought at least 250,000lb of stolen sea cucumber taken illegally from waters once rich with the echinoderms.

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cross mojo

The Field Lab - Wed, 2018/09/26 - 4:33pm
I seem to have lost it...had 8 duds in a row with an air pocket right in the middle that leaves a big hole.  This has been happening throughout all the cross casting but usually only 1 out of every 6 or 7.  Still using the same technique but I must be doing something - and have yet to figure out what subtle difference causes this to happen.  It's all magic as far as I'm concerned anyway... 67,78,70,T,B  UPDATE:  Problem solved - see the comments.
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Beluga Charms British With Impromptu Visit

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/09/26 - 1:22pm

People lined the River Thames east of London on Wednesday trying to catch a glimpse of a beluga whale swimming far out of its normal range.

(Image credit: Barcroft/Getty Images)

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