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The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/02/23 - 4:18pm
Pulley bearing and counterweight for the 3D printed clock.  How many pennies?  Video Monday.  59,65,40,0,W
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We can no longer rely on coal for our future prosperity. We must plan for life without it | Greg Jericho

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/23 - 4:00pm

Two significant events have showed that a major adjustment of our economy is needed to end our reliance on coal

It will be no news to anyone that the coal industry is a pretty big deal in our economy – it is our biggest export and a major source of economic growth. We do however get a bit overexcited about it as we get trapped into thinking the Australian economy is all about mining and any hits to it means we are effectively stuffed. Events this week showed that we need to start preparing for life without it.

With the exception of a few years when iron ore exports were boosted, coal has long been our major export. Japan is the biggest destination, but around 20% of it goes to China. Even so, the coal mining sector is not quite as important as you might think. It accounts for less growth in our economy than iron ore mining, or indeed something as mundane as the retail sector. So while we do need to be concerned about the mining sector, it’s when people stop buying things in our shops that we’ll know we’re in recession territory.

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A year after the Beast, Scotland basks in record winter highs

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/23 - 2:27pm
Glaswegian men are going topless and Aberdeen is positively balmy. What is going on with the weather?

In Scotland, good weather is rarely unconditional. Take the honey bees, for instance. You’d think the wee fellas would be delighted with all this unseasonably good weather, but you’d be wrong. In Edinburgh on Saturday, Michelle Wood, who sells organic vegetables from her stall in the farmers market below the castle, was delivering a lesson in bee welfare. “People are tempted to cut their lawns too early when the weather is as mild as this in February,” she said. “That means the daisies and dandelions, which are a vital source of food for the honey bees, get cut, too, thus endangering the hive. I’m starting a campaign to raise awareness of this.”

In Princes Street Gardens and up by the National Monument on Calton Hill, little clutches of daffodils were gathering, soon to announce their riotous presence. At the head gardener’s house at the east end of the Gardens, purples, pinks and yellows were already emerging. It is hard to believe that in this week last year all these places, along with just about everywhere else in Scotland, were impassable amid massive snowdrifts. The country’s first ever red warning for snow was issued as the “Beast from the East” occupied most of the UK and held it fast for two weeks.

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'You didn't vote for me': Senator Dianne Feinstein responds to young green activists

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/23 - 4:48am

Sunrise Movement says California senator reacted with ‘smugness and disrespect’ to their campaigning for New Green Deal

The California senator Dianne Feinstein is facing criticism over a video of her response to a group of children and teenagers asking her to support the Green New Deal.

The video clip shows parts of a Friday morning meeting between the Democrat and young activists from the Sunrise Movement. Founded in 2017, the group organizes young people to fight climate change and support the Green New Deal.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 5:00pm
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Al Gore admits US poverty 'shocking' – but warns climate crisis will make things worse

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 10:20am

Former vice-president continues environmental justice tour in Alabama and urges political leaders to take drastic action

Al Gore continued an environmental justice tour with a visit to poor areas of Alabama – and warned that already dire conditions are set to worsen because of climate change.

Related: Hoda Muthana's father sues in bid to bring his daughter back to US

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Boy, 12, said to have created nuclear reaction in playroom lab

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 10:16am

Hobbyists say Jackson Oswalt of Tennessee is youngest person to achieve fusion

An American 14-year-old has reportedly become the youngest known person in the world to create a successful nuclear reaction.

The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, a hobbyist group, has recognised the achievement by Jackson Oswalt, from Memphis, Tennessee, when he was aged 12 in January 2018.

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Teachers and students stage mock climate classes in Whitehall

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 9:50am

Traffic blocked at Department for Education during call for national curriculum changes

More than 100 teachers, academics and students have blocked traffic and staged mock climate classes outside the Department for Education in a protest against the underplaying of environmental problems in the national curriculum.

The demonstrators – who carried Teach the Truth, Rebel for Life and Climate: More Important Than Brexit banners – urged the government to make the climate and ecological crisis an educational priority.

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 9:06am

Violent protests in Haiti, a summit at the Vatican and the death of a fashion legend: we’re recapping the week in global news.

(Image credit: LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 8:18am

Pangolins, a mountain lion and a sad good-bye to Papua New Guinea’s Bramble Cay melomys

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Crusade ends as Indiana Dunes becomes newest national park in US

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 8:18am

Redesignation makes Indiana Dunes the US’s newest national park, ending a fight for recognition lasting 103 years

Wild and rugged – though the link to Spielberg’s similarly-named action hero ends there – Indiana Dunes has been designated America’s newest national park, marking the end of a 103-year-long effort instigated by the US National Park Service’s first director Stephen Mather.

The first national park in the state of Indiana, the area is already popular with tourists and day trippers from Chicago, with more than two million visitors a year exploring the 50 miles of walking trails through one of the country’s most biodiverse protected areas. Covering 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, its vast sand dunes, forests, marshes and prairies are home to over 350 species of bird and 1,100 native plants.

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Watchdog permits 170,000 wild bird killings in five years

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 6:39am

Exclusive: birds and eggs from 70 species, some rare, have been licensed for destruction

The government’s conservation watchdog has issued licences to destroy 170,000 wild birds, eggs and nests, including rare and declining species such as curlews and swifts, in the past five years.

Natural England has given permission to kill birds of more than 70 species, or have their nests and eggs destroyed. These include peregrine falcons, barn owls, buzzards and red kites, alongside garden favourites such as robins, blackbirds and blue tits. A licence was even issued to destroy a wrens’ nest to “preserve public safety” in South Yorkshire.

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School curriculum fails to reflect the urgency of the climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 12:00am

Informed students are prompting adults to act on the issue

I draw three circles on the board as my class watches.

“So, what might this gas be?”

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Colombian tribe calls for action on alleged effects of UK oil firm

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 12:00am

In part two of our series, indigenous Siona people claim their health is being affected by apparent contamination of river

María Isaura Cuaran, an indigenous Siona woman, is displaying a rash that has appeared at the base of her neck. It is barely visible, but there nonetheless. Pulling her turquoise top off her left shoulder and tugging down on her bead necklace, Cuaran talks about “the company” and how, she alleges, it has affected the local river.

“Stomach problems, coughing, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, welts, little spots, little blotches, general malaise …”

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Bike theft affects the young and poor most – why is it not taken seriously?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/22 - 12:00am

National cycle crime strategy set to launch after survey finds 50% of victims feel police don’t take the offence seriously

For many people a bicycle is the only transport they can afford and the only exercise they get. These people are often among society’s most vulnerable, and the impact of the loss of their bike can be devastating. So why is cycle theft so often seen as a minor crime?

According to the police, 96,210 bikes were stolen in 2018, and about one in 50 bicycle-owning households are victims of cycle theft each year, but it’s a crime disproportionately visited on the young and the poor.

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NOAA Researcher's Ashes Were Dropped Into The Eye Of Hurricane Michael

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 10:29pm

NOAA researcher Michael Black pioneered the use of dropwindsondes — small measuring devices dropped into hurricanes to gather data. That data has dramatically improved hurricane forecasting.

(Image credit: Courtesy NOAA)

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close to home...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/02/21 - 3:22pm
The wildflower season is going crazy out here...most I have ever seen in 11 years.  I even have a stray bluebonnet growing on my road.  65,72,45,0,B
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