Feed aggregator

gravel delivery....

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/01/23 - 5:25pm
I know it just looks like dirt...but this is Terlingua "sandy gravel" thanks to Bryan of Dig Terlingua - video Friday.  Foundation materials being delivered next week.  52,60,30,0,B
Categories: Sustainable SW Blogs

Celebrities call on Japan to scrap resumption of whaling

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/23 - 5:01pm

Letter to Shinzō Abe signed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Fry attacks decision to leave IWC

Celebrities and environmentalists are demanding Japan reverse its decision to resume whaling, condemning the “cruel and archaic practice which has no place in the 21st century”.

An open letter to the Japanese prime minister, Shinzō Abe, criticises Tokyo’s decision to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC), as campaigners plan a peaceful protest march on the Japanese embassy in London on Saturday.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

£25m plan for hi-tech solution to Heathrow's third runway

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/23 - 5:00pm

Ultra high definition cameras and artificial intelligence to monitor aircraft and save congestion

Technology being trialled by air traffic controllers at Heathrow could mean the third runway is built without a new control tower, the airport said.

A £2.5m “digital tower laboratory”, which uses a suite of ultra high definition cameras and artificial intelligence to monitor aircraft, has been built in the base of Heathrow’s existing tower.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

Brittle star sea 'dinosaurs' at risk from commercial fishing, researchers say

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/23 - 11:00am

Ancient species lives at depths of 200 to 800 metres, where key commercial fishing species are found

Species as old as the dinosaurs are swimming around in tropical waters at depths accessed by commercial fishermen, according to a world-first study conducted by Australian researchers.

The study, published in the journal Nature on Thursday, examined data on brittle sea stars pulled from 1,500 research voyages in the southern hemisphere from the equator to Antarctica.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

Florida: Republican 'green governor' seeks to reverse predecessor's legacy

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/23 - 10:04am

Ron DeSantis has broken with fellow Republican Rick Scott in seeking to oust officials who authorised controversial land deal

Barely a week after positioning himself as the new champion of Florida’s polluted waterways and beaches, the new Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, is facing an early test of the environmental credentials that have put him at odds with his predecessor, Rick Scott.

DeSantis has called for the mass resignation of Scott’s hand-picked team of water policy managers, after they defied his request to delay awarding an eight-year land lease extension to the sugar industry giant Florida Crystals in the fragile Everglades wetlands. The land, south of Lake Okeechobee, is earmarked for a $1.6bn clean-water storage reservoir that DeSantis wants completed within four years, to hasten restoration of the state’s famous River of Grass.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

'I Figured It Was Going To Be A Horrible Death, And It Probably Will Be'

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/01/23 - 8:42am

Thousands of coal miners across Appalachia are grappling with complicated black lung, a disease that has drastically changed their lives, their communities and their families.

(Image credit: Matthew Hatcher for NPR)

Categories: Environment

Government will miss its cycling target by a mile. It's time to invest

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/23 - 8:32am

Activists want 5% of transport spending to go on active travel, as happens in Scotland

It is possible a million or more people have cycled past the Houses of Parliament in the past 12 months, but you could be forgiven for thinking this has gone unnoticed by those on the other side of the black railings.

On Wednesday, as the cycle superhighway through Parliament Square whisked commuters to work, inside, the transport select committee heard the government would miss its cycling target. It is predicted to achieve just a third of the 800m hoped-for extra cycling trips by 2025, with much of that predicted growth restricted to London.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

UK has biggest fossil fuel subsidies in the EU, finds commission

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 11:00pm

Subsidies for coal, oil and gas are not falling despite EU pledges to tackle climate change

The UK leads the European Union in giving subsidies to fossil fuels, according to a report from the European commission. It found €12bn (£10.5bn) a year in support for fossil fuels in the UK, significantly more than the €8.3bn spent on renewable energy.

The commission report warned that the total subsidies for coal, oil and gas across the EU remained at the same level as 2008. This is despite both the EU and G20 having long pledged to phase out the subsidies, which hamper the rapid transition to clean energy needed to fight climate change.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

Mass fish kill strikes Lake Inverell in northern NSW

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 6:18pm

State government investigating why thousands of fish found dead almost 900km away from Darling River at Menindee, where up to a million fish died

The mass fish kill crisis in New South Wales is now affecting the state’s north with thousands of carcasses found on the banks of Lake Inverell.

The federal government has launched a review into why up to a million fish died along the Darling River at Menindee, in the state’s west, earlier this month.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

Biologists Test Promising Treatments For Bats Threatened By Fungal Disease

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 4:00pm

A fungal disease called white-nose syndrome has killed millions of North American cave-dwelling bats over the past decade. Now, scientists are field testing some promising treatments.

Categories: Environment

last silver for awhile...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 2:52pm
Just finished another order of AA desire chips for the client who prompted me to figure out how to successfully cast these.  Now that they are done and I know the 3D printer will work for me printing masters of my own design to cast from - the Field Lab mint will be on the back burner for the coming months as it's time to shift gears and put on the tool belt.  Six yards of gravel is coming for the construction site tomorrow and foundation materials will be delivered early next week so it's time to go into building mode.  55,66,60,0,W
Categories: Sustainable SW Blogs

Concern About Global Warming Among Americans Spikes, Report Says

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 2:08pm

The proportion of those polled who say global warming is "personally important" to them jumped from 63 to 72 percent last year.

(Image credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

Analysis warns of lack of progress on 2020 global emissions target

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 10:53am

Thinktank says not enough is being done to cut coal burning and end fossil fuel subsidies

Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long, too many forests are still being destroyed, and fossil fuel subsidies are ongoing despite their distorting effect on the market, a study has found.

There has also been insufficient progress in agriculture to stop harmful practices that increase carbon dioxide production, and heavy industry is not doing enough to use energy more efficiently, according to analysis carried out by the World Resources Institute thinktank.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

Americans’ climate change concerns surge to record levels, poll shows

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 10:45am

Total of 72% polled now say global warming is personally important to them, Yale said, as 73% accept it is happening

Americans’ concerns about climate change have surged to record levels, new polling shows, following a year marked by devastating storms, wildfires and increasingly dire warnings from scientists.

Related: Greenland's ice melting faster than scientists previously thought – study

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

Jair Bolsonaro alarms climate activists with pro-business speech

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 10:42am

New Brazilian president highlights need to grow economy in Davos appearance

Brazil’s new rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro has prompted fresh alarm among environmentalists after stressing that protecting his country’s unique ecosystem has to be consistent with growing the economy.

In remarks that did little to assuage fears of the risks that a go-for-growth strategy would pose to the Amazon region, Bolsonaro used his first overseas trip since taking control at the start of the year to outline a strongly pro-business agenda.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

Private conservation group spends $55m to protect Murray-Darling swamp

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 10:00am

With neighbouring Yanga national park and government-owned Gayini-Nimmie Caira, more than 200,000 hectares are under protection

A record $55m has been spent by the Nature Conservancy to buy two cattle stations along the Murrumbidgee River near Balranald in New South Wales to preserve valuable wetlands, known as the Great Cumbung Swamp, that are a major breeding ground for birds.

The properties, which adjoin the NSW-government owned property, Gayini-Nimmie Caira and the Yanga national park, near Balranald, have been bought through a partnership with an agricultural investment company, Tiverton.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

'A hydra with many heads': Australia needs better protection from bio-invasion

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 10:00am

Politicians face repeated calls to reduce emissions and stop land clearing, but there isn’t much public pressure for better biosecurity

In November 2018 the owners of the huge Ocean Monarch oil rig, towed into Hobart waters for maintenance, refused to let the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) inspect the hull for marine pests. One of the EPA’s concerns was a foreign sea squirt that had appeared in Western Australia in 2010, invading seagrass meadows in Perth’s Swan River.

In January the rig’s owners, Diamond Offshore, said they would inspect the rig themselves and submit their findings. The EPA’s impotence in this incident prompted calls for reform of biosecurity laws.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment

Pollution at fracking protest site rises despite lack of fracking

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 7:58am

Lorries, demonstrators and police drive up air pollution in Kirby Misperton, study finds

A shale gas company’s lorries, police vehicles and protesters’ wood fires have combined to drive up air pollution levels near a gas well in the north of England, despite fracking failing to get started at the site.

Operations at the Kirby Misperton well in North Yorkshire have been delayed after the operator Third Energy ran into financial problems, but the project’s local pollution impact has been revealed by government-backed research.

Continue reading...
Categories: Environment
Syndicate content