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Spring Fling Potluck tomorrow! 4-6 pm

Home Grown New Mexico - Sat, 2017/03/25 - 12:42pm

Don’t forget tomorrow is our Spring Fling Potluck for all us home garden growers. We already will have a good turnout but more are always welcome!

Sunday, March 26th—4 pm to 6 pm
Spring Fling Potluck-FREE!
Find out what Home Grown New Mexico classes and events are being held in 2017. Share some food and listen to our guest speaker. Bring a dish.

Avery Aguilar from the Santo Domingo Pueblo will give a presentation on Native American Pueblo gardening techniques.

Location: 2520-B Camino Entrada (Santa Fe Area HomeBuilders Association-next to Habitat ReStore on south side • Santa Fe, NM

(Camino Entrada is off  Cerrillos on the south side of town-the Police sttion is on the corner. Go down about 3 blocks and turn right at the “Habitat Restore” entrance sign and then left at the orange cones into the HomeBuilders Association parking area.)

Fee: FREE for everyone!

Please RSVP through Eventbrite:

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Foreign companies flock to build nuclear plants in the UK

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/03/25 - 9:00am
A South Korean firm is just the latest to be lured by Britain’s atomic amibitions as safety concerns and cost stalk the industry

Nuclear energy faces an uncertain future globally as concerns over safety and cost dog the industry. But in the UK, foreign investors are queueing up to back projects. The latest is South Korea. Its biggest power company is in talks to join the consortium backing a nuclear power station in Cumbria, in a sign of the continuing allure of Britain’s atomic ambitions to international companies. Kepco said last week it was interested in taking a stake in NuGen, which is 60% owned by Japan’s Toshiba and 40% by France’s Engie, confirming what had been an open secret in the industry for months.

Kepco’s president, Cho Hwan-eik, said that once the terms of a potential deal were ironed out, “we will be the first to jump into the race”.

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Fell race tests even the spectators

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 10:30pm

Dent Fell, west Cumbria Runners in the Jarrett’s Jaunt race have little time to appreciate the fell’s panoramic views of the Solway Firth

By hump-backed Wath Brow bridge, weary fell runners step gingerly down slippery banking into the icy waters of the river Ehen, swollen by overnight rain. Ah, the blessed relief as they rub and knead their calves with fingers and thumbs, jabbing deep into the muscles, soothing aches caused by scaling fellsides so steep they sometimes needed hands to help.

Related: Cumbria’s iron man

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 3:41pm

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Why reignite Tasmania's forest wars – to produce logs no one will buy? | Lenore Taylor

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 3:37pm

The state government’s determination to open up protected land for logging is a saga that moves from ridiculous to absurd

I thought I’d seen the turbid depths of policy driven by ideology and perceived political self-interest, but then I turned my attention back to the Tasmanian forest “wars”.

I first started reporting on this issue in 1988 when Bob Hawke and his environment minister Graham Richardson appointed a former judge, the late Michael Helsham, to investigate whether parts of the Tasmanian forest were worthy of world heritage listing. That resulted in the first of many agreements over the decades (in 1989, 1997, 2005 and 2013) in which federal and state governments paid hundreds of millions of dollars to “end the forest wars once and for all” by restructuring the industry and determining which forests should be protected and which should be open to logging.

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Inspectors find safety irregularities at Creusot nuclear forge in France

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 2:57pm

Evidence of doctored paperwork found at Areva-owned forge, which has made parts for Hinkley Point

An international team of inspectors has found evidence of doctored paperwork and other failings at a forge in France that makes parts for nuclear power stations around the world.

The UK nuclear regulator said the safety culture at the site, which has produced forgings for British plants including Sizewell B and the planned new reactors at Hinkley Point, fell short of expectations.

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Anti-Adani activists vow 'direct action' against mine contractor Downer

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 2:07pm

Campaigners will occupy work sites, chain themselves to machinery and clog phone lines, Galilee Blockade says

A group of activists say the mining contractor Downer Group is the “prime target” of a civil disruption campaign to force it to walk away from a $2bn deal to build and run Adani’s proposed Queensland coalmine.

Galilee Blockade organisers warn members of their network will occupy work sites, chain themselves to machinery and clog phone lines, among other actions that will cost Downer money until it exits a non-binding contract over the contentious Carmichael site .

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The EU is right to put bees before business | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 11:20am

Sarah Mukherjee accuses the EU proposal to ban neonicotinoids from fields of being “political” (Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides, March 24). Damn right. If she means supporting the long-term interests of people over the short-term blinkered interests of a few businesses, I can hardly think of a better definition of the word.

From DDT to lead in petrol, businesses have fought tooth and nail against legal restrictions, until they came and the predicted disasters never happened. But why stop at fields and neonics? Our parks and gardens have become vital havens for all kinds of wildlife and yet our garden centres are filled with wildlife-unfriendly herbicides and pesticides, ironically shelved alongside the “bee and butterfly friendly” plants. At least farmers can argue, whether or not you agree, that their livelihoods and our food is at stake. Little is at stake if we ban all poisons from our parks and gardens, beyond a few weeds on our paths and some greenfly. Future generations will be astounded that we took so long.
Charles Harris

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Murder in Malaysia: how protecting native forests cost an activist his life

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 8:08am

Malaysian activist Bill Kayong fought to save forest lands from logging and oil palm development. Like a troubling number of environmental campaigners around the world, he paid the highest price, reports Yale Environment 360

Environmentalists at risk: read part one in this series

It was 8.20am on 21 June 2016. Bill Kayong, an up-and-coming political activist in Miri, a coastal oil town in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, was 15 minutes into his morning commute, waiting in his pickup truck at a traffic light across from a shopping mall. Suddenly, two bullets shattered the side window and struck him in the head, killing him instantly.

Kayong was one of dozens of people killed while defending environmental and human rights causes in 2016. His life was taken just one day after a report from the human rights group Global Witness revealed that the previous year had been “the worst on record for killings of land and environmental defenders”, with 185 people around the world killed while taking a stand against development projects ranging from dams, to mines, to logging, to agricultural plantations.

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Bitten by the same bug: Octogenarian couple donate insect collection to university – video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 8:02am

Octogenarian couple Charles and Lois O’Brien have this week announced they would donate their home collection of more than a million insects to Arizona State University. The collection was gathered over almost six decades and is worth an estimated $10m (£8m). It will help be a resource for scientists who study natural controls on the environment

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How Keystone XL, the pipeline rejected by Obama, went ahead under Trump

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 7:03am

The expansion, which was originally proposed in 2008 and faced strong protest from environmental advocates, secures permit to start building from Trump


TransCanada proposes expanding an existing pipeline to transport oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Port Arthur, Texas, to transfer Canadian tar sands oil to US refineries. It was scheduled to be completed by 2013.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 7:00am

Cactus flowers, a former circus bear and a baby elephant are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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US scientists launch world's biggest solar geoengineering study

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 5:39am

Research programme will send aerosol injections into the earth’s upper atmosphere to study the risks and benefits of a future solar tech-fix for climate change

US scientists are set to send aerosol injections 20km up into the earth’s stratosphere in the world’s biggest solar geoengineering programme to date, to study the potential of a future tech-fix for global warming.

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Keystone XL: Trump issues permit to begin construction of pipeline

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 5:31am

President ushers in ‘new era of American energy policy’ Friday as environmental activists denounce revived oil pipeline as a ‘disaster for the planet’

Donald Trump announced a “new era of American energy policy” as he signed the presidential permit allowing TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

“It’s going to be an incredible pipeline. Greatest technology known to man. Or woman. And frankly, we’re very proud of it,” said Trump in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

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Pigs' teeth and hippo poo: behind the scenes at London zoo

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 4:30am

The Zoological Society of London zoo is home to more than 650 animal species. Photographer Linda Nylind was given exclusive access to spend time with the keepers and find out more about their daily routines

London zoo was established in 1828 and is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Created as a collection for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the animals from the Tower of London’s menagerie were transferred there in 1832 and it opened to the public in 1847. Today it houses more than 20,000 animals and almost 700 species.

ZSL is not funded by the state – it relies on memberships and fellowships, entrance fees and sponsorship to generate income.

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Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/03/24 - 3:00am

Collection will help scientists piece together a large branch of insects’ family tree and be a resource for scientists who study natural controls on the environment

In two rooms of Charles and Lois O’Brien’s modest home in Tucson, Arizona, more than a million insects – a collection worth an estimated $10m – rest in tombs of glass and homemade shelving. They come from every continent and corner of the world, gathered over almost six decades; a bug story that began as a love story.

This week, the O’Briens, both octogenarians, announced that they would donate their collection, one of the world’s largest private holdings, to Arizona State University.

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Turnbull leaves open idea of carbon credits to meet emissions target

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/03/23 - 9:04pm

‘High quality units’ could lower cost of obligations, discussion paper says, despite previous opposition from Tony Abbott

The Turnbull government has left open the prospect of using international carbon credits to help meet Australia’s emissions reduction targets at lowest cost, a practice Tony Abbott ruled out when he was prime minister.

While Abbott used to characterise the trade of international credits as “money that shouldn’t be going offshore into dodgy carbon farms in Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan” – a new discussion paper, released on Friday, notes that “high quality international units could contribute to lowering the costs of meeting [Australia’s] 2030 target”.

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Breitbart's James Delingpole says reef bleaching is 'fake news', hits peak denial | Graham Readfearn

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/03/23 - 6:50pm

A claim like this takes lashings of chutzpah, blinkers the size of Trump’s hairspray bill and more hubris than you can shake a branch of dead coral at

It takes a very special person to label the photographed, documented, filmed and studied phenomenon of mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef “fake news”.

You need lashings of chutzpah, blinkers the size of Donald Trump’s hairspray bill and more hubris than you can shake a branch of dead coral at.

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The CommBank contradiction: support for cricket and fossil fuels | David Ritter

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/03/23 - 6:20pm

Extreme heat endangers cricketers yet the bank is Australia’s most significant private investor in climate-change-inducing fossil fuels

Contrary to most expectations, the Australia-India Test series is proving to be an absolute cracker, with the teams locked together 1-1 going into the decider that begins on Saturday in Dharamsala.

Australian commercial sponsors of sport must always be delighted when the results are close, wherever they are played. Excitement means more viewers, leading to greater brand recognition for the “proud sponsor”. One of only two “platinum partners” of Cricket Australia, the Commonwealth Banksponsors the national game at all levels.

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came up short...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/03/23 - 5:23pm
Glued down a lot of mirrors today...came up a little short.  Tune in tomorrow night for all the dirty details.  91,95,64,0,W
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