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NSW has wettest November in 121 years of records

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 6:10pm

Some towns in the state experienced four times the usual rainfall as the La Nina weather event took hold, the Bureau of Meteorology records show

NSW has experienced its wettest November since at least 1900, with some inland regions recording as much as four times the usual rainfall as the La Nina event in the Pacific took hold.

The Bureau of Meteorology, which will later today release more details on last month and the spring for the entire country, said a range of towns from Bathurst to Forbes beat previous rainfall records by a fifth.

This story was amended on 1 December 2021. An earlier version stated November was the coolest on record for NSW when it was the coolest since 1999.

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One in six Australian birds are now threatened, landmark action plan finds

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 5:27pm

Once-in-a-decade study finds 216 out of 1,299 species are in danger – up from 195 in 2011

One in six Australian birds are now threatened, according to a once-in-a-decade study that finds the climate emergency is pushing species closer to extinction.

The action plan for birds is a major scientific study led by Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University, with input from more than 300 bird experts.

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Laundro Day...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 4:11pm



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What's the environmental impact each time we hit 'buy now,' and can we change course?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 2:36pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author J.B. MacKinnon about the impact of American consumerism on the environment, and how pulling back could positively affect the planet.

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The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ends as the third most active year ever

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 2:19pm

Hurricane Ida alone caused more than $60 billion in damages, making it one of the five most costly U.S. hurricanes on record since 1980. Forecasters ran out of names for a record second year in a row.

(Image credit: NOAA)

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Energy firms fined after subsea cable delay pauses Scottish windfarms

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 10:38am

Turbine sites paid to switch off on windy days because there was no way to transmit power to south of UK

Two energy companies will pay a record £158m fine after delays to a major subsea power cable bringing renewable energy from Scotland to England and Wales caused home energy bills to rise.

National Grid and Scottish Power agreed to pay the penalty after an investigation by the industry regulator found many of Scotland’s windfarms were paid to turn off on windy days because there was no way to transmit the clean electricity to areas of high energy demand in the south of the UK.

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The plan to transform one of New York City’s dirtiest freeways into green space

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 4:00am

The noxious Cross Bronx Expressway could get an upgrade thanks to new federal funding

It’s an appalling freeway. It’s loud, congested, and contributes to some of the nation’s highest asthma rates.

But now, after years of organizing from community groups and state lawmakers, there’s federal funding to develop a plan: cover portions of the highway with green space and reconnect neighborhoods separated by the structure.

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Climate change is blamed for dramatic flooding in British Columbia

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 3:01am

British Columbia, devastated by wildfires last summer, is now coping with severe flooding — both dramatic examples of the impact of climate change.

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City trees are turning green early, prompting warnings about food and pollination

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 3:00am

A study of trees in dozens of cities found that urban heat and light pollution are pushing urban trees to sprout leaves earlier than trees in more rural areas.

(Image credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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Australia accused of trying to block Unesco process that could put Great Barrier Reef in danger list

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/29 - 6:49pm

A dozen countries block Morrison government’s ‘highly inappropriate’ push to suspend process for adding sites to world heritage ‘in danger’ list

A dozen countries have accused the Australian government of trying to hit pause on a process that could still lead to the Great Barrier Reef being placed on a list of world heritage sites “in danger”.

But a global climate change policy to guide how more than 190 countries deal with the crisis affecting some of the world’s most special places, couldn’t be agreed on at a major international meeting in Paris.

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Futura 2000

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/11/29 - 3:43pm
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UK farmers may have to cut livestock count to save rivers, says expert

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/29 - 10:01am

Overload of chicken and dairy cow manure has left some catchments critical, says author of book on issue

UK farmers may have to reduce the number of animals they keep because of the critical state of some river catchments, a pollution expert from the government’s environment watchdog has said.

Farming is the most significant source of water pollution and ammonia emissions into the atmosphere in the UK, according to government data. It accounts for 25% of phosphate, 50% of nitrate and 75% of sediment loadings in the water environment, which harms ecosystems.

Speaking independently, Tim Bailey of the Environment Agency said the state of catchments such as the River Wye and the Somerset Levels and Moors had become critical because of the number of chickens and dairy cows and the problem of disposing of manure from farms.

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‘Confronting’: Great Barrier Reef faces frequent extreme coral bleaching at 2C heating, research finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/29 - 9:30am

Even if warming is kept to 1.5C, bleaching would hit more than three times a decade, study predicts

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef would be hit with extreme levels of coral bleaching five times each decade by the middle of this century if global heating was kept just below 2C, according to ‘“confronting” new research.

Even under the most ambitious scenario where heating is kept to 1.5C, coral bleaching strong enough to kill corals would hit somewhere on the reef more than three times a decade, the study predicts.

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New study links major fashion brands to Amazon deforestation

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/29 - 7:00am

LVMH, Zara, Nike and others at risk of contribution to destruction of rainforest based on connections to leather industry

New research into the fashion industry’s complex global supply chains shows that a number of large fashion brands are at risk of contributing to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, based on their connections to tanneries and other companies involved in the production of leather and leather goods.

The report, released Monday, analyzed nearly 500,000 rows of customs data and found that brands such as Coach, LVMH, Prada, H&M, Zara, Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Teva, UGG and Fendi have multiple connections to an industry that props up Amazon deforestation.

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White rhinos flown from South Africa to Rwanda in largest single translocation

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/29 - 4:00am

In a bid to secure the future of the near threatened species, 30 animals have been driven, flown and finally rehomed in Akagera national park

Getting stuck into the in-flight wine wasn’t an option for the 30 passengers flying overnight from South Africa to Rwanda. Crew members instead worked to keep the first-time air travellers placid and problem-free. The last thing anyone wanted was a 1.5-ton rhino on the rampage aboard a Boeing 747.

“All the rhinos were slightly sedated to keep them calm and not aggressive or trying to get out of the crates,” said Jes Gruner, of conservation organisation African Parks, who oversaw the largest single rhino translocation in history this weekend. “The rhinos weren’t sedated on the plane in the sense they were totally lying down, as that’s bad for their sternums. But they were partly drugged, so they could still stand up and keep their bodily functions normal, but enough to keep them calm and stable.”

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We’re losing our green homes grant because of supply problems

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/29 - 12:00am

We were told we would be able to get £5,000 towards insulation and an air source heat pump

We are renovating a 1950s bungalow that still has coal-fired central heating and we had planned to install a new clean heating system.

Just before the government axed its green homes grant scheme, we applied and were delighted when it got in touch in late June to tell us that we had been accepted, and would be able to receive £5,000 towards the £15,000 cost of insulating the home and installing an air source heat pump system.

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Reprobate - an unprincipled person

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/11/28 - 4:11pm

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

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US north-west dodges new ‘atmospheric river’ flooding but threat remains

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/28 - 2:18pm

Forecaster says some rivers could still cause moderate floods in area hit by extreme weather this month

Though flooding expected to threaten parts of the US north-west turned out not too bad on Sunday, officials urged residents to remain alert because more rain was on the way to an area subject to lingering effects from extreme weather earlier this month.

“There’s some good news and some pending news,” said Steve Reedy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

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Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/28 - 8:00am

Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as ‘arks’ best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhere

A Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say.

Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland used modern portfolio theory (MPT), a mathematical framework developed by the economist Harry Markowitz in the 1950s to help risk-averse investors maximise returns, to identify the 50 reefs or coral sanctuaries around the world that are most likely to survive the climate crisis and be able to repopulate other reefs, if other threats are absent.

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Hope ‘rabbit hotels’ can help Britain’s decimated population bounce back

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/28 - 12:00am

Brash piles provide safety from predators and place to breed for animal now hailed as ‘ecosystem engineer’

Symbol of Easter and scourge of Mr McGregor, the rabbit may be the cute hero of children’s books but its rapid reproduction has traditionally made it a pest for farmers and gardeners.

Now, however, with British rabbit populations are being decimated by disease, the humble bunny is being hailed as an “ecosystem engineer” and landowners encouraged to create innovative “rabbit hotels” to revive its numbers.

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