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'Steady decline' in honey crop raises concern for honeybees' future

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/23 - 3:55am

British Beekeepers Association survey reveals worrying drop in honey yield, with 62% of beekeepers saying neonicotinoids are to blame

Beekeepers have raised concerns over the future of honeybees as an annual survey showed a “steady decline” in the honey crop.

The survey by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) revealed beekeepers in England produced an average of 11.8kg (26 lb) of honey per hive this year, down 1kg on last year.

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London's £10 T-charge comes into effect in fight against toxic car fumes

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/23 - 3:04am

Drivers of older, more polluting petrol and diesel cars in centre of capital now liable for fee on top of congestion charge

Drivers of the most polluting vehicles must from now on pay a daily charge of up to £21.50 to drive in to central London.

From Monday, people driving older, more polluting petrol and diesel vehicles will be liable for the £10 T-charge, on top of the congestion charge of £11.50, which has been in place since 2003.

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Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one? | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/10/23 - 3:00am

A new study finds that Americans are willing to pay an extra $15 per month on energy bills to tackle climate change.

According to a new study published by Yale scientists in Environmental Research Letters, Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average. This result is consistent with a survey from last year that also found Americans are willing to pay an average of $15 to $20 per month to combat climate change. Another recent Yale survey found that overall, 78% of registered American voters support taxing and/or regulating carbon pollution, including 67% of Republicans and 60% of conservative Republicans.

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Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/10/23 - 1:53am

Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of Houston. Scientists are now trying to identify contaminants spread by the storm, including those in mud at the bottom of the Houston Ship Channel.

(Image credit: Rebecca Hersher/NPR)

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China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/10/23 - 1:52am

After decades of doing little about the pollution that has plagued much of the country, China's government is temporarily shutting down entire industrial regions to inspect for violations.

(Image credit: Andy Wong/AP)

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Blue Planet 2: Attenborough defends shots filmed in studio

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/10/22 - 11:19pm

Most filming done in the wild – including armoured octopuses and hypnotic cuttlefish – but some crucial behaviour had to be captured in lab conditions

Footage of captive wildlife inserted into the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 series remains “totally true to nature”, according to the makers of the flagship show that reveals new insights into life in the oceans.

An octopus that armours itself with shells and rocks, fish that use sign language and tools and dazzling cuttlefish that appear to hypnotise their prey are among the new spectacles uncovered by the series, which starts later this week.

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UK energy firms call on chancellor to boost carbon tax

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/10/22 - 10:01pm

SSE and Drax tell Philip Hammond they need longer-term clarity on price floor if they are to replace coal power plants

Two of Britain’s biggest energy companies have called on Philip Hammond to strengthen a carbon tax that has driven a dramatic collapse in coal power generation, arguing it is essential for the shift to cleaner energy.

SSE, the UK’s second largest energy supplier, and Drax, which runs the country’s biggest power station in North Yorkshire, urged the chancellor to use his autumn budget to shed light on the tax’s fate into the 2020s.

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World Pollutionwatch: evidence grows of lifelong harm from polluted air

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/10/22 - 1:30pm

Historical data from studies on museum bird specimens, combined with current research, gives us a picture of the long-term harm from air pollution

There is growing evidence about the lifelong harm from air pollution. The air that we breathe as children can stunt our lung growth, potentially causing problems later in adult life. Air pollution breathed decades ago has been shown to shorten lives in the UK today. However, investigating these lifelong impacts is hampered by a lack of historic measurements.

Can the natural environment help us? Starting with lichens in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris in 1886, biomonitoring has helped to track air pollution. In a new twist, researchers in the US have constructed a 135-year history of pollution in America’s rust belt by studying soot in the feathers of museum bird specimens. Tests on 1,347 birds showed that air pollution between 1880 and 1920 was worse than we thought. The birds also revealed useful data for climate modellers. It appears that soot pollution started to decrease around 1910, earlier than thought; with dips in the great depression and a rise for the second world war.

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Satan at work...live

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/10/22 - 12:48pm
Recently I came across this live stream.  It features the 24 hour doings of homeless drug addicts encamped on the streets in Everett, Washington.  Since going live in August, the steam has attracted 1,000's of daily viewers, and usually has a very active chat room.  They even have a Facebook page.

"What this stream is:
This stream is set up to bring awareness to the homeless / druggy encampment on the sidewalk of Smith Ave. A lot of these people do have homes but choose to congregate here and do drugs anyways. The people in this encampment cause thousands of dollars of damage to local businesses every year. Some of the things they do are smash vehicle windows and loot them, harass customers, defecate on the sidewalks and parking lots, thrash the gardens, and break windows on buildings. Recently they smashed out a $2800 window at one of the businesses. They also leave tons of trash everywhere that the city cleans up 3 times a week. It is an absolute mess and has been extremely frustrating to the local business owners. We hope this camera can bring an end to this issue.
FAQ -This stream is located at the intersection of 36th St and Smith Ave in Everett, Washington, USA. -These people do know they're being watched. -Crime and drug deals have cut down since this started. -The stream has been up since the beginning of August and will be up indefinitely.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
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Call for vehicle testing overhaul as Australia's emissions fight moves to roads

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/10/22 - 10:00am

AAA says motorists are being misled by lab tests of emissions and fuel efficiency but green groups accuse it of delaying tactic

Australia’s motoring lobby is launching a campaign for “real-world” vehicle emissions testing, arguing the current system needs an overhaul because it is misleading consumers and regulators.

The Australian Automobile Association will on Monday release results from emissions and fuel consumption tests on 30 passenger and light commercial vehicles showing discrepancies between real world and official fuel consumption established in laboratory testing.

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Fracking protesters vow to 'put their lives on line' after scaling rig

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/10/22 - 7:39am

Invasion of site in North Yorkshire comes as campaigners say they have seen letter stating exploration is due to start

Protesters in a tiny North Yorkshire village have vowed to put their lives on the line to prevent the first fracking operation in six years from taking place this week.

Two campaigners had to be rescued from an 18-metre (60ft) rig on Sunday after scaling the structure and waving flares – leading police to warn them of “the serious risk created by open flames and sparks on a live gas site”.

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Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbott's electorates back 50% renewables target

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 11:09pm

ReachTel poll finds majority in three Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and more ambitious renewable policy

Voters in the electorates held by Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg and Tony Abbott would be more likely to support the government’s new energy policy if it ensured Australia had at least 50% renewable energy by 2030, according to a new opinion poll.

The ReachTel poll, commissioned by progressive thinktank the Australia Institute, shows a majority of voters in those Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and would support more policy ambition in driving renewable energy into the power grid.

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dinner stream...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 5:56pm
Live streaming bunny dinnertime every night from 6:30 to 7:30 PM CST.   Subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won't miss the excitement.
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Fall Harvest Potluck

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2017/09/20 - 8:39am

Last year we had a fabulous fall potluck where everyone shared a dish made from their garden and listened to Deborah Madison talk about her garden. Of course maybe you didn’t have a garden this year, so this would be the time to come and find out what Home Grown NM is about and learn from other gardeners. So please show up-we would love to see you all!

Sunday, October 1st—4 pm to 6 pm
Fall Harvest Potluck
Come to our Fall Harvest Potluck. Share some food from your gardens with like-minded gardeners and listen to The Tomato Lady’s inspirational talk about her veggie gardening in Santa Fe and what worked and didn’t work. Also come see Paul Drumright’s fabulous gardens! Paul was the host last year as well.

Location: Paul Drumright’s house
6 Cuesta Road • Santa Fe (Eldorado), NM
Fee: FREE for everyone!
Guest Speaker: Jannine Cabossel, The Tomato Lady
BRING A DISH!

Please RSVP through Eventbrite so we know how many drinks to supply:


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Small Perennial Fruit Class DIRECTIONS

Home Grown New Mexico - Sat, 2017/08/26 - 6:10am

August 27th —12 noon to 2 pm
Small Fruit Perennial Gardening-Berries, Grapes and more!

Tomorrow is our next class on Small Perennial Fruit and for those of you who signed up, you will need detailed directions to Jeremiah Kidd’s House.

Here is a map and directions to his house: 29 Hidden Valley Rd

directions to Jeemiah Kidds house
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