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World's Largest Shipping Company Heads Into Arctic As Global Warming Opens The Way

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 11:21pm

Container giant Maersk will send one of its ships through the Arctic on the Northern Sea Route to test its feasibility as a new, time-saving shipping lane.

(Image credit: Anton Vaganov/TASS via Getty Images)

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The heat is on for fans of publicly owned energy companies

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 10:01pm

The stranglehold of the big six and tough market conditions bode ill for Labour policy

Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon may be big fans, but the rise of publicly owned energy companies looks like it is faltering in the face of tough market conditions.

The movement was dealt a blow this month when a newly Lib Dem-controlled Portsmouth city council scrapped the former Conservative administration’s plans for an energy firm.

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Green energy tariffs 'no longer an expensive luxury', study finds

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 10:01pm

Green deals account for half of cheapest 10 tariffs, despite public thinking they are dearer, says uSwitch

Green tariffs now account for many of the cheapest deals on the energy market, despite many consumers still wrongly believing renewable energy deals are more expensive.

Half of the top 10 cheapest tariffs are green ones offered by challenger suppliers taking on the big six.

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the persnickety shekel...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 4:21pm
I have been wanting to cast one of these biblical coins in silver for years and now that I am finally experimenting with casting sand - I have my chance.  Turns out casting a coin is pretty tricky.  Thanks to a couple of YouTube videos, I almost have the technique nailed down.  I have tried 5 times and getting a little closer each time.  I have been casting in petrobond and just bit the bullet and ordered some (more expensive) delft clay which is a much finer casting media.  This was my last test that was tumbled for two hours then "antiqued" with liver of sulfur.   The pewter copy I am using to cast from is on the left.  The reverse (tails side) came out almost perfectly, but the obverse (heads side) didn't quite make it.  89,95,76,0,B
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Forget 'survival of the fittest' – the laziest will inherit the earth

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 4:01pm

Species which use the most energy in their daily lives die out quicker than less energetic animals, say evolutionary biologists

It is the perfect comeback for those who are admonished for not pulling their weight. Never mind that work is piling up, being lazy is a winning evolutionary strategy that postpones the extinction of the species.

That, at least, is one interpretation. Researchers who studied nearly 300 forms of mollusc that lived and died in the Atlantic over the past five million years found that a high metabolism predicted which species had gone the way of the dodo.

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Trump Administration Proposes New Plan To Regulate Carbon Emissions From Coal

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 3:01pm

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule on Tuesday, giving states more authority to regulate carbon emissions from coal fired power plants. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Dan Lashof of the World Resources Institute about the new rule.

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How the Trump administration is rolling back plans for clean power

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 10:43am

EPA proposals published on Tuesday have no national emissions reduction target and could result in 1,400 deaths per year

What has the Trump administration done?

“Did you see what I did to that? Boom, gone,” Donald Trump said about the clean power plan last year. Trump has long targeted the plan – the cornerstone of Barack Obama’s climate change agenda – by portraying it as disastrous for coal-producing regions in particular and the US economy in general.

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Activists publish list of badger cull farmers to 'sabotage' their time

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 9:44am

Stop the Cull group says it will not threaten cull organisers but rather disrupt them

Animal rights activists have published what they claim is a comprehensive list of farmers leading the badger cull complete with addresses, phone numbers and a map.

The Stop the Cull group has suggested its supporters get in touch with the scores of cull organisers it says it has identified to express their opposition, “sabotage” their time by making misleading phone calls or arrange demonstrations outside their farms.

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Trump administration scraps Obama-era regulation on coal emissions

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 9:30am

Plan would boost output from coal-fired plants and lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths a year

The Trump administration has put forward a greenhouse gas emissions plan that could boost output from coal-fired power plants rather than push them towards closure and result in as many as 1,400 premature deaths each year.

Related: Andrew Wheeler: 'point man for Trump' focused on undoing Obama's EPA agenda

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Flint water crisis: Michigan's top health official to face trial over deaths

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 7:44am

State’s health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area

A judge has ordered Michigan’s health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter over two deaths linked to legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city’s tainted water scandal.

Nick Lyon is accused of failing to issue a timely alert about the outbreak. District court judge David Goggins said deaths probably could have been prevented if the outbreak had been publicly known. He said keeping the public in the dark was “corrupt”.

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Pebble plunderers in Cornwall warned as tourist faces £1,000 fine

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 7:19am

Councils remind public that taking pebbles risks floods, erosion and wildlife harm

A holidaymaker who took pebbles from a Cornish beach was forced to travel hundreds of miles to return the souvenirs to avoid a hefty fine.

The man was traced to his home after taking a carrier bag full of stones from a beach at Crackington Haven near Bude.

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Trump Moves To Let States Regulate Coal Plant Emissions

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 7:02am

The administration is proposing to substantially weaken President Barack Obama's signature rule on climate change. It would give states more power to regulate carbon emissions from coal plants.

(Image credit: J. David Ake/AP)

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The Smoke In Redding, Calif., Is So Thick You Can't See The Sun Most Days

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 4:26am

Prolonged smoke across the West Coast will affect hundreds of thousands of people living in and around fire-prone areas. Scientists are warning of a lengthening — and worsening — smoke season.

(Image credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

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Trump Administration Expected To Reveal Changes On Coal-Fired Plants

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 4:20am

David Greene talks to former EPA official Janet McCabe as President Trump is expected to formally propose a vast overhaul of climate change regulations, including rules she helped to write.

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Debate Brews In Pueblo Over The Balance Of Coal And Renewable Energy

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 2:06am

In Colorado, residents of Pueblo are concerned renewable energy jobs will not be as well paying as the ones in the nearby coal plant.

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West Texas Vineyards Blasted By Herbicide Drift From Nearby Cotton Fields

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/08/21 - 2:02am

Texas is one of the largest producers of wine in the U.S. But the grapevines in the High Plains are facing a threat that's causing them to twist and wither. And it's coming from the cotton fields.

(Image credit: Merrit Kennedy/NPR)

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/08/20 - 10:17am
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