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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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The eco guide to new mindful activism

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 10:00pm

Placard-bearing angry activists have their place, but their are other, gentler ways to make a difference

Activists are the vital foot soldiers of the environmental movement. But is the classic activist model – placard-bearing and angry – actually effective? There’s a suggestion that if you’re not shouting in the face of The Man 24 hours a day, do you actually care?

Sarah Corbett warns that angry activists are in danger of burning out

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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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Frydenberg 'absolutely confident' energy prices will fall but gives no guarantee

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 5:49pm

Energy minister says he believes Labor and Coalition can agree on reliability obligations but differ on emissions targets

The energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has stopped short of guaranteeing prices will come down under the Turnbull government’s new energy policy, but says he’s “absolutely confident” power prices will fall.

Frydenberg also indicated the major parties might be able to come to terms on the mechanism, which imposes reliability and emissions reduction obligations on electricity retailers.

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High court proves we have free speech against environmental wreckers | Bob Brown

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 2:00pm

Adani and the loggers should watch out – we have a right to peaceful protest to protect our environment

The high court has drawn a line in the sand against laws which burden the right of Australians to peaceful protest.

The court made no judgement on Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman’s decision to flatten the Lapoinya state forest in northwest Tasmania against the wishes of the local community. But it struck down his Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 aimed at stopping people from protesting effectively against such forests being logged.

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Is Congress about to wreck America's natural treasures?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 12:38pm

The Antiquities Act has been used to preserve some of the most beloved US lands and landmarks but it is facing assault from Trump and Congress

One-hundred-eleven years and a few months ago, Theodore Roosevelt signed the landmark law that helped cement his place as America’s conservation president.

Related: National park ban saved 2m plastic bottles – and still Trump reversed it

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British apple boom brings back hundreds of forgotten varieties

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 12:02pm

As events across the UK celebrate Apple Day this weekend, we talk to the growers preserving the country’s ‘lost’ harvest

Britain is enjoying a remarkable apple boom, as hundreds of new community orchards revive lost varieties and contribute to a thriving heritage market.

According to Steve Oram, who is the apple diversity officer at the wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species: “We are adding new orchards to the register all the time. Some are in allotments, others in schools and even housing developments.

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'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 3:39am

Xinjiang has nearly 20,000 glaciers, half of China's total. They're all receding at a record pace — and will continue to melt, some scientists warn, even if global temperatures stop rising.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR)

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A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/10/21 - 12:00am

Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming

Thirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide “fog”, he managed to extract all the small living things in the canopies of 19 individuals of one species of tropical tree, Luehea seemannii, in the rainforest of Panama. He recorded about 1,200 separate species, nearly all of them coleoptera (beetles) and many new to science; and he estimated that 163 of these would be found on Luehea seemannii only.

He calculated that as there are about 50,000 species of tropical tree, if that figure of 163 was typical for all the other trees, there would be more than eight million species, just of beetles, in the tropical rainforest canopy; and as beetles make up about 40% of all the arthropods, the grouping that contains the insects and the other creepy-crawlies from spiders to millipedes, the total number of such species in the canopy might be 20 million; and as he estimated the canopy fauna to be separate from, and twice as rich as, the forest floor, for the tropical forest as a whole the number of species might be 30 million.

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'A world where a 12-year-old can cycle safely' is the aim, but minister expects others to deliver

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/10/20 - 11:30pm

Jesse Norman wants to make cycling safer, but sees local authorities and charities like Sustran as key facilitators, not government

Jesse Norman, the transport minister whose brief includes cycling, has only been in the job for six months but has already prompted controversy by insisting that cyclists follow the Highway Code, something criticised here on the Bike Blog.

In his office at the Department for Transport in Westminster, he comes across as affable and open – and talks the talk when it comes to bikes for transport.

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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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