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Hurricane Harvey's Size And Impact Points To Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 1:31pm

Hurricane Harvey bears the marks of climate change. Warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico and rising sea levels make rain heavy storms like Harvey more likely in the future.

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How A Warmer Climate Helped Shape Harvey

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 12:32pm

Rising temperatures factored into making the storm a watery giant, but other factors helped turn it into a catastrophe.

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Electricity demand in southern Europe to soar with air con – scientists

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 12:00pm

Study predicts power consumption to rise with hotter temperatures, increasing need for renewable sources, while northern Europe’s demand may fall

Demand for electricity is set to soar in southern Europe as climate change takes hold, research has revealed, with the effect likely to be down to a boom in the use of air conditioning.

By contrast, electricity demand is expected to drop in northern countries, leading to an increasingly polarised pattern across the continent – a situation, the researchers say, that bolsters the case for greater integration of electricity supplies across Europe, particularly given the shift to renewable energies.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 10:57am

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What makes Houston so vulnerable to serious floods?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 10:39am

The size of storm Harvey is unusual – but rapid expansion, poor infrastructure and a distinctive topography have played a role in the devastating impact

Flooding is nothing new to Houston residents. Over the past five decades no other urban area in the country has experienced as many casualties and property loss from flooding.

Related: Tropical storm Harvey: Texas's entire National Guard activated – live

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Mystery remains over chemical haze that hit East Sussex coast

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 9:04am

Theories include toxins from algal blooms and accidental discharge from a water plant though true cause still unclear

The chemical cloud that left beachgoers on the East Sussex coastline with stinging eyes, sore throats and even vomiting on Sunday remains a mystery, with officials saying it is unclear what caused the haze or what it was composed of.

Experts have put forward a number of possibilities, ranging from accidental discharges of chemicals at water treatment plants to toxins from algal blooms.

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Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don't buy the science

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 8:19am

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change

In 50 years, the region near where I grew up, Cameron Parish in south-west Louisiana, will likely be no more. Or rather, it will exist, but it may be underwater, according to the newly published calculations of the Louisiana government. Coastal land loss is on the upswing, and with each hurricane that sweeps over the region, the timeline is picking up speed.

As a result, Cameron, the principal town in this 6,800-person parish (as counties are called in Louisiana), could be the first town in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels and flooding. So it’s here one would expect to feel the greatest sense of alarm over climate change and its consequences.

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Using Plastic Bags Is Now Illegal — And Punishable By Jail Time — In Kenya

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 7:39am

The East African economic powerhouse is following in the footsteps of its much smaller neighbor Rwanda. Kenya's government says it's good for the environment, but critics say it will hurt the poor.

(Image credit: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

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Kenya brings in world's toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 7:27am

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first


Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect.

The east African nation joins more than 40 other countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed single use plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy.

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Greens call for urgent inquiry into East Sussex chemical cloud

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 7:24am

Authorities say mysterious haze that left 150 people requiring medical treatment is unlikely to have come from France

The Green party has called for an urgent investigation into the chemical cloud that closed beaches across East Sussex on Sunday.

Caroline Lucas, the party’s co-leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion, said an inquiry was needed to determine “how this gas came to be in our atmosphere and engulfing our beaches, and an action plan put in place to ensure this never happens again”.

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It's a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 7:07am

We can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it

What can we say about the role of climate change in the unprecedented disaster that is unfolding in Houston with Hurricane Harvey? There are certain climate change-related factors that we can, with great confidence, say worsened the flooding.

Related: What we know so far about tropical storm Harvey

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Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 3:00am

A new study finds that a lecture from evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educates evangelical college students, validating the “trusted sources” approach

Approximately one-quarter of Americans identify as evangelical Christians, and that group also tends to be more resistant to the reality of human-caused global warming. As a new paper by Brian Webb and Doug Hayhoe notes:

a 2008 study found that just 44% of evangelicals believed global warming to be caused mostly by human activities, compared to 64% of nonevangelicals (Smith and Leiserowitz, 2013) while, a 2011 survey found that only 27% of white evangelicals believed there to be a scientific consensus on climate change, compared to 40% of the American public (Public Religion Research Institute, 2011).

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Bike helmets by Grayson Perry, Stephen Jones and more – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 12:00am

An exhibition of cycling helmets designed by artists will be on show at London bike shop and cafe Look Mum No Hands! from 1 September. Helmets will be auctioned online to raise money for the brain injury charity Headway

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Kangaroo Island koala cull rejected by South Australian government

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/27 - 11:50pm

University of Adelaide modelling finds koala numbers on island have more than tripled over past five years

Koala numbers on Kangaroo Island have more than tripled over five years but the South Australian government has rebuffed calls to cull the animals, saying they can be managed through existing sterilisation programs.

Koalas were introduced to Kangaroo Island in the 1920s because of concerns they were facing extinction from hunting and habitat destruction on the mainland.

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Jet and lorry fuels made from rubbish to receive UK funding

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/27 - 11:18pm

Department for Transport offers £22m to projects developing waste-based fuels for vehicles too heavy to use electric power

Airline passengers could fly to their destinations on jets fuelled by industrial waste or the contents of people’s dustbins if a government scheme succeeds in creating a new green energy source.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is offering £22m of funding for projects to develop low-carbon, waste-based fuels for planes and lorries. About 70 groups want to bid for funding.

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Malcolm Turnbull pledges more funds for Snowy Hydro 2.0 as Labor attacks 'gas crisis'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/27 - 10:19pm

PM says he will put more pressure on electricity retailers to reduce prices as Bill Shorten says scheme will ‘take years’

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a further $8m in federal funds for the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro energy storage scheme and promised to put further pressure on electricity retailers to reduce prices.

At a press conference in Cooma on Monday, Turnbull revealed the Australian Renewable Energy Agency would contribute the funding towards the scheme’s $29m feasibility study, to be completed by the end of the year.

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be that as you may...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/08/27 - 12:55pm
Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
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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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