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Yosemite's secretive Starbucks: cafe opens in park, to delight and dismay

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/03/26 - 3:00am

A new Starbucks provides convenience and caffeine to visitors, but to many it represents a trend of commercialism and 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening

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Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/03/26 - 3:00am

Wind, solar, and storage could meet 90–100% of America’s electricity needs

In order to combat climate change, we need to rapidly move from fossil fuel energy to clean, renewable energy. The two energy sources I am most interested in are wind and solar power; however, there are other sources that have great potential.

Some people doubt how much wind and solar can supply to a country’s electricity grid. This is a particularly challenging question to answer in part because both solar power and wind power fluctuate in both space and time. We all know solar panels work well during the day, when the sun shines – they don’t work so well at night. And wind turbines only send electrons when the wind is blowing.

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Dairy’s ‘dirty secret’: it's still cheaper to kill male calves than to rear them

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/03/26 - 12:00am

Dairy farms need female cows to produce milk but with little demand for male calves many farmers can’t afford to keep them beyond birth

The number of male calves being killed straight after birth is on the rise again, despite efforts by the dairy industry to end the practice known as ‘the dirty secret’.

A Guardian analysis shows that it can cost a farmer up to £30 per calf to sell it on for beef or veal, while early disposal costs just £9. A growing number of farmers feel compelled to take the latter option, with 95,000 killed on-farm in the most recent set of figures.

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Ex-cyclone Nora brings flooding rain to far north Queensland

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 6:05pm

Landslides close highway north of Cairns as more than 100 people call for help

Cairns and Port Douglas were mopping up on Monday after torrential rain from ex-cyclone Nora caused flash flooding in Queensland’s far north.

Low-lying parts of Cairns were inundated and, in the tourist town of Port Douglas, water crept up to the doors of some holiday apartments.

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Cape Town's Water Crisis Marks Divide Between Rich And Poor

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 2:10pm

Wealthy residents of the South African city are coping with the drought by drilling bore holes into the aquifer. But compliance with water restrictions may have put off the day when the taps run dry.

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The Great Pacific Garbage 'Patch' Much Bigger Than Previously Thought

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 2:10pm

The most thorough examination of the infamous "Pacific Garbage Patch"-- a floating swath of debris caught in a gyre — shows it's bigger, way bigger, than thought. And it's mostly plastic.

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beware of evil concupiscence...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 10:05am
Colossians 3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.  5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:  6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.  8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
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Exclusive: sawmillers call for access to Victorian parks and water catchments

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 10:00am

Sawmillers say industry in ‘wind-down mode’ as state government discusses logging agreements extension

Victoria’s national parks and water catchments should be opened up for sustainable logging, according to a group of six Victorian sawmillers.

The sawmillers – who call themselves the G6 – say the Victorian timber industry is in crisis. They want access to either more timber or exit packages.

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Nuclear watchdog raises Hinkley Point C concerns

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 8:20am

Management failings could affect safety at EDF power station if unaddressed, says inspector

The UK nuclear regulator has raised concerns with EDF Energy over management failings that it warns could affect safety at the Hinkley Point C power station if left unaddressed, official documents reveal.

Britain’s chief nuclear inspector identified several shortcomings in the way the French firm is managing the supply chain for the £20bn plant it is building in Somerset.

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Good news about renewables: but the heat is still on to cut fossil fuel use

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 11:59pm
New data shows global emissions are at a historic high. Political leaders must now consider imposing serious penalties

For optimists, it was tempting to view three years of flatlining global carbon emissions, from 2014-16, as the new normal. We now know celebrations should be put on hold. Figures for 2017 published last week show global emissions from energy have jumped back up again, to a historic high.

The data from the International Energy Agency shows we still have much to do when it comes to stopping global warming. Three years ago experts cautioned that 2015’s near standstill in emissions might be only a temporary pause before resuming the upward march as India and China developed. Those warnings were prophetic.

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First of London’s new drinking fountain locations revealed

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 5:05pm
Mayor Sadiq Khan confirms that four of 20 outdoor fountains will be in the West End, Liverpool Street station and Southwark

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed the locations of the first four drinking fountains to be installed in the capital under a new pilot scheme in an effort to combat single-use plastic.

The first fountain was installed last week in Carnaby Street in the West End, while in the coming weeks two will be set up in Liverpool Street station and another in Flat Iron Square in Southwark.

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How IVF and stem cell science could save the northern white rhino from extinction

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 5:05pm
Scientists believe they can bring the species back from the brink after the death of the last male last week

The story of humanity’s interaction with the northern white rhino is one of the conservation movement’s grimmest tales of recent years. “In the 60s there were 2,500 northern whites left in central Africa,” said Paul De Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London. “Poaching brought that down to 30 by the end of the 20th century, and now to the last two.”

Last week the species’ last male, Sudan, had to be put down because of ill health, leaving only two ageing females on the planet as representatives of a creature that once roamed in its tens of thousands across Africa. It is a sad history which, most of the world assumes, is nearing its end.

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Hemmed in by big coal: 'A bad feeling is constantly hanging over us'

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 2:18pm

With seven coalmines and a gas company surrounding their cattle property, a Queensland family is battling to stay put

It’s a hot summer’s afternoon at Riverside station, 50km north of the purpose-built mining town Moranbah in the central Queensland highlands. Jeanette and Allan Williams are drinking tea and eating Christmas cake around the kitchen table with three of their six children. Holly and twins Claire and Charles have returned to live and work on the family’s 80,000-hectare cattle enterprise. Running more than 16,000 Brahman cattle, the family breeds and fattens their stock on prime cattle country that grows brigalow trees and buffel grass.

The homestead, which sits on top of the world’s highest-quality coal deposits, has been under threat for more than 15 years. A proposed underground mine at the family’s adjoining property, Red Hill, is likely to cut through to Riverside and under the house.

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Taste and See

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 2:13pm
Had a nice visit with Ginger Hillery yesterday - owner of Taste and See bakery in Alpine.  She gave me a thumbs up on my bread flavors..."Amazing bread! I love it! Great crumb, terrific taste, and yes, goes well with butter. I liked the honey wheat with oats, but must say the Chupa was delicious and a favorite with my employees. Actually I enjoyed every loaf and am thinking that you folks down south are gonna be lining up to buy his bread!!"   She uses only fresh milled flour in her baked goods and gave me 4 cups of her Montana Prairie Gold to experiment with.  Prepped two batches this afternoon to compare them when they get baked tomorrow - one with my Blue Bird flour and one with her fresh milled hard white wheat flour.  Since I first contacted her last week, I have been researching milling my own flour.  If I decide to make the switch - I need some of my loyal followers to order Chupa mugs and tshirts so I can buy a grain mill. (free loaf of Field Lab Solar Oven Bread to any visitors that show up wearing a Be Like Chupa tshirt!)  77,91,51,0,B
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To Save Whales, Maine's Iconic Lobster Industry May Have To Change

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 6:46am

Scientists says to help whales, the ropes used to tend lobster traps must be changed or eliminated. Mainers who catch lobster for a living feel they're being singled out for an international problem.

(Image credit: David L. Ryan/Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Canada: how a pipeline engineer got arrested in anti-pipeline protests

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 3:00am

Two federal MPs among more than 100 people arrested challenging 1,000km line

One of Romilly Cavanaugh’s first jobs was an environmental engineering position at the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries crude and refined oil across western Canada.

Two decades later, Cavanaugh was arrested for blocking the entrance of a facility belonging to her former employer, as part of a wider protest against plans to expand a pipeline snaking from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific coast.

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‘We want to repower NSW’: thousands rally against coal in Sydney

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/03/23 - 9:52pm

‘Time to Choose’ protest demands a fresh focus on renewable energy by the state government

Exactly a year out from the state election, thousands of people from across New South Wales – including some on horseback – have marched through Sydney, calling for an end to coal seam gas and coal mining and a renewed focus on renewables.

The “Time to Choose” rally, which began at Martin Place, marched to Prince Alfred Park in the city’s south stretching almost 2km along a partially closed Elizabeth Street.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/03/23 - 3:27pm
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