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Frydenberg again delays giving protection to threatened woodlands

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 11:24pm

Minister accused of letting political lobbying interfere with listing a year after recommendation by independent committee

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Conservation groups have accused the environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, of allowing political interference in the scientific assessment of threatened species listings.

Frydenberg has delayed, for the third time, granting an endangered listing to woodlands eligible for protection under Australia’s national environment laws.

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The 22 best US national parks to escape the crowds, chosen by experts

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 11:00pm

Park visitation is at a record high – good for tourism, not so good for peace and quiet. From Acadia to Zion, Bryce Canyon to Yosemite, leading writers and environmentalists share their alternatives to the most popular spots

Featuring Bill McKibben, Cynthia Barnett, Ryan Zinke, Leslie Marmon Silko and more

Location: Northern Minnesota, on the Canadian border
Best place to stay: Camping near Kabetogama lake, for the incredible quiet
Best entry point: Start paddling from Ash river visitor center

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Radiophobia: why do we fear nuclear power? – Science Weekly podcast

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 10:00pm

Nuclear energy is back on the UK government’s agenda. However, concerns about safety have plagued this technology for decades. Given it kills less people than wind, coal or gas, why are we so radiophobic? Ian Sample investigates.

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By 2050, the UK will have a net zero carbon economy. That, at least, is what the government claims. How it will do this is yet to be decided but it could include projects like growing trees and restoring soils to absorb more carbon from the atmosphere. However, other measures might be met with more opposition: investing in carbon sequestration abroad, phasing out petrol and diesel sooner than 2030 and, potentially, nuclear power.

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another computer down...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 4:16pm
My almost 8 year old HP "All In One" computer finally shit the bed today.  https://thefieldlab.blogspot.com/2010/06/big-brother.html  Ordered a new one that is twice the speed and four times the storage space for half the price ( still gotta love Moore's Law).  Luckily I just backed up all my images and videos that were on it about a month ago.  Pulled the hard drive out and will see what else I can salvage from it when I get the new computer tomorrow.   89,95,63, .03",B
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Hawaii Officials Send Different Messages For Residents And Tourists About Active Volcano

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 1:35pm

Hawaii officials continue to warn the public about dangers from the active volcano on the Big Island, including the lava flowing toward a power plant. In the meantime, they are trying to reassure possible visitors that the tourism opportunities have not been affected.

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Facebook Project Wants You To 'Buy Nothing' And Ask For What You Need

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 1:35pm

The Buy Nothing Project encourages people to share without money changing hands. In five years it has spread around the world on Facebook with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 1:30pm

WHO database lowers Beijing’s particulate ranking from 40th worst in world to 187th, as coal plants flagged as key culprit

Beijing is slowly shedding its image as the world’s most polluted city. In 2013, it ranked as the 40th worst city for the particulate PM2.5 in the World Health Organisation global database. Four years on, thanks in part to a crackdown on polluters, it stands in 187th place.

Air pollution in the 62 Chinese cities tracked by the WHO dropped by an average of 30% between 2013 and 2016. China’s air pollution problems are often blamed on the country’s rapid industrial growth but the problems probably date back to the 1950s.

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A Warming Planet Could Zap Nutrition From Rice That Feeds The World

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 1:04pm

Scientists found that exposing rice to high levels of carbon dioxide causes it to lose valuable nutrients like iron, zinc, and B vitamins. But some varieties are better at resisting than others.

(Image credit: Maximilian Stock, Ltd./Getty Images/Passage)

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Asteroid Impact That Wiped Out The Dinosaurs Also Caused Abrupt Global Warming

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 11:30am

The crash of the space rock that slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula also warmed up the Earth's atmosphere for 100,000 years. And scientists say it's a cautionary tale for people living today.

(Image credit: SPL/Science Source)

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Birds had to relearn flight after meteor wiped out dinosaurs

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 9:58am

Fossil records suggest only flightless birds survived when T rex was wiped off the Earth

Birds had to rediscover flight after the meteor strike that killed off the dinosaurs, scientists say.

The cataclysm 66m years ago not only wiped out Tyrannosaurus rex and ground-dwelling dinosaur species, but also flying birds, a detailed survey of the fossil record suggests.

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Clothes moths’ part in the circle of life | Brief letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 9:41am
Taxpayer’s right to healthcare | ‘Falling’ pregnant | Female film critics | Nancy Banks-Smith | Clothes moths

You report (24 May) that Pauline Pennant, a UK citizen living overseas, pays UK taxes through her pension, earned after 30 years working with the NHS, yet is no longer entitled to free healthcare. If she is no longer entitled to this because she lives overseas, then why does she still pay UK tax on her pension and what, or who, is this deducted tax being used for?
Lin Aldridge
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

• Once again we read that a woman “had fallen pregnant” (Landmark conviction for forced marriage, 23 May). Since the word “fall” generally indicates a failure of some kind, isn’t it time to replace this antiquated and somewhat sexist expression with the more factual “had become pregnant”?
Dr Brigid Purcell

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Air pollution worse inside London classrooms than outside, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 3:55am

Exclusive: study of schools in capital finds dangerous levels of fine particulate pollution within classrooms, putting children at risk

Children in London schools are being exposed to higher levels of damaging air pollution inside the classroom than outside, putting them at risk of lifelong health problems, a new study has revealed.

Related: Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

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'We can't see a future': group takes EU to court over climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 3:25am

Litigants from eight countries claim EU institutions are not protecting fundamental rights

Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change.

A case is being pursued in the Luxembourg-based general court, Europe’s second highest, against the European parliament and the council of the European Union for allowing overly high greenhouse gas emissions to continue until 2030.

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Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 3:12am

Holyrood says ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing

New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.

The draft climate change bill, published on Thursday morning, sets a target of a 90% reduction by 2050 – which the UK Committee on Climate Change states is currently “at the limit of feasibility” – with the aim of achieving 100% reduction, or “net-zero”, as soon as possible.

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'It’s wrong to stink up other people’s lives': fighting the manure lagoons of North Carolina

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 3:00am

Pigs outstripped people in Duplin county long ago - but now the residents are fighting back

Two poles that once hoisted a clothes line stand rusting and unused in Elsie Herring’s back garden in eastern North Carolina. Herring lives next door to a field where pig manure is sprayed and the drifting faecal matter wasn’t kind to her drying clothes.

“The clothes would stink so you’d wash them again and again until they fell apart,” said Herring, whose family has lived in Wallace since her grandfather, a freed slave, purchased land in the 1890s.

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Back from the brink: chequered skipper butterfly takes to English skies again

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 1:07am

Dozens of fast-flying butterflies released in a secret location in Northamptonshire forest after disappearing in 1976

It mysteriously vanished from England after the long hot summer of 1976, but the chequered skipper butterfly is taking to the skies again as part of a bid to revive 20 endangered species.

Several dozen mostly female butterflies have been collected in Belgium and released in a secret location in Rockingham forest, Northamptonshire.

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