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Republican lawmakers react to the IPCC report – ‘we have scientists’ too! | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 3:00am

Journalists grilled GOP politicians on climate change. It didn’t go well

Major climate science reports usually pass by largely unnoticed, but in the wake of the latest IPCC report a number of journalists laudably grilled Republican lawmakers about its findings. While their responses were predictably terrible, it’s nevertheless crucial for journalists to hold GOP politicians accountable for their climate denial and policy inaction. Donald Trump’s answers were particularly ignorant and nonsensical in his 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl.

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Anti-fracking activists appeal against prison terms amid protests

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 2:59am

Hundreds gather outside high court in London as jailed trio challenge sentences

Several hundred supporters of the three protesters jailed for blocking access to the Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire have gathered outside the high court in London before their appeal against their sentences.

Related: Fracking in the UK: what is it and why is it controversial?

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'The coming of the mine separated us': a community split in South Africa

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 9:00pm

Poverty, conservation and industry are at loggerheads in the eastern town of Somkhele

Drive for an hour into the hills that lie behind South Africa’s wild eastern coast, and you will find a game park full of rhino and big cats, a sprawling town spread over dozens of summits and dry valleys, and a vast opencast coal mine.

If all the advantages of the rainbow nation – stunning landscape and wildlife, massive mineral resources and a youthful population – are represented here, then so too are all its problems.

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'They're billin' us for killin' us': activists fight Dakota pipeline's final stretch

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 5:58pm

Opponents of the 160-mile Bayou Bridge pipeline, which will cross Native American land and 700 bodies of water, have chained themselves to machinery

As the flat-bottom fishing boat speeds through waterways deep inside Louisiana’s Atchafalaya basin, the largest river swamp in the US, the landscape suddenly shifts from high banks of sediment and oil pipeline markers on either side to an open grove of cypress trees towering above the water. Flocks of white ibis appear, seemingly out of nowhere, to nest and hunt amid the moss-dripped, century-old wetland forest.

“This is what the entire basin is supposed to look like,” explained Jody Meche, president of a local crawfishermen alliance and a lifelong resident with a thick Cajun accent.

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AA

The Field Lab - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 2:25pm
Super crappy weather this week so I have my rainy days project to work on.  Doing some tests for a possible commission for some AA "desire chips" cast in fine silver.  Had 3 failed attempts but I am getting there.  Just need to tweak the pour so I can get a little more detail and everything is legible.  40,48,38, .15", C
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Ian Kiernan, founder of Clean Up Australia, dies aged 78

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 1:58pm

Environmentalist and former Australian of the Year was diagnosed with cancer in July 2017

Ian Kiernan has died at the age of 78.

The former builder and Sydney yachtsman became one of Australia’s most well-known environmentalists after he founded Clean Up Australia in 1989.

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Be brave, UK business leaders and say why you're not going to the Saudi Davos

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 11:52am

City firms have hardly covered themselves in glory over the Jamal Khashoggi affair

It should be an easy decision for a board of directors to make: after the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it would be obscene to send a corporate representative to next week’s “Davos in the Desert” event in Riyadh. What’s more, it should not be difficult to say so.

The list of high-profile dropouts is growing but, sad to report, the British financial establishment has not led the way to the exit. Big-name chief executives from the US – the likes of Jamie Dimon from JP Morgan – pulled out on Monday but the Brits followed only on Tuesday, leaving the impression they jumped only once it was less embarrassing, or commercially safer, to do so.

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UK farm funding remit launched before EU subsidies are cut

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 10:19am

New independent panel may allocate funding based on more varied factors than EU CAP

Farming conditions across the UK’s regions are to be assessed for the first time with a view to allocating financial assistance after EU subsidies are withdrawn, the government has said.

A new independent advisory panel will consider what factors should determine how future funding is divided among England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with a remit to look at farm sizes and farm numbers, as well as environmental and socio-economic issues.

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After Midterms, Democrats Hope To 'Change The Narrative' On Environmental Rollbacks

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 9:17am

Democrats are making Trump's environmental rollbacks and climate denial a big issue in swing races this fall. If they take the House, they plan lots of oversight hearings and tough questions.

(Image credit: J. David Ake/AP)

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Beer Prices Could Double Because Of Climate Change, Study Says

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 9:17am

The price of a six-pack in the U.S. could rise by $1 to $8 because of drought and heat. As one of the researchers says, it's "another way climate change will suck."

(Image credit: Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

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Why It's Hard To Change Minds About Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 7:06am

The science is there. But some people aren't.

(Image credit: Aishath Adam/Getty Images)

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Coffee Rust Threatens Latin American Crop; 150 Years Ago, It Wiped Out An Empire

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 5:02am

The fungus, which has no cure, is destroying harvests in Latin America. In the 1800s, it devastated Sri Lanka's powerhouse coffee industry. And scientists say it's only a question of time.

(Image credit: Jeff Koehler for NPR)

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I was arrested for direct action against fracking. This is too important to stand aside | Esme North

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 4:26am
As a trained paramedic I understand emergency situations. In the face of catastrophic climate change, protest is a moral obligation

I was arrested yesterday for blockading Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire for more than 12 hours. It was the first day of fracking after a seven-year delay due to earthquakes, powerful local opposition and legal challenges.

As a trained paramedic, I have a good appreciation of emergency situations. Climate change is the biggest emergency of them all. I join more than 350 people who have been arrested for disrupting Cuadrilla’s site in Lancashire over the last two years. People driven to take such action range from local councillors to faith leaders, students to grandparents. In the past fortnight, three people were sentenced to up to 16 months in prison for climbing on top of lorries that carried key fracking equipment.

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Democrats Plan More Environmental Oversight If Midterms Swing Their Way

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 2:02am

Democrats running in some swing races are prioritizing environmental rollbacks and climate denial for the midterm elections. That could mean more oversight if Democrats take over the House.

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Getting Back What You Lost — Rebuilding In A Wildfire Zone

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 1:53am

In northern California, homes are being rebuilt in the same area that burned to the ground in last year's Tubbs Fire. Despite the risk, a severe housing shortage in the area is forcing tough choices.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

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Scottish Power shifts to 100% wind generation after £700m Drax sale

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/16 - 1:32am

Big six energy firm drops fossil fuels for generation and say cheap green energy is the future

Scottish Power has ditched fossil fuels for electricity generation and switched to 100% wind power, by selling off its last remaining gas power stations to Drax for more than £700m.

Iberdrola, Scottish Power’s Spanish parent company, said the move was part of its strategy to tackle climate change and would free it up to invest in renewables and power grids in the UK.

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Seed School

Home Grown New Mexico - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 4:53pm

Home Grown New Mexico has finished up our classes for the year, but we wanted to share this upcoming event presented by others. If you want to learn about seed saving (and you should!) Read on and sign up below

FIRST EVER!
SEED SCHOOL WEEKEND
NOV. 9-11, 2018

Learn the current state of the seed crisis and what YOU can do in your own backyard to restore our seed sovereignty, improve your own and our planet’s health by reconnecting with our
seed-saving heritage.

 Friday 7 p.m.: Screening of Seed: The Untold Story
The Emmy-nominated film about the past and future of our seed cultural heritage

 Saturday 8:30-4:30: Seed School in a Day
Seed selecting, growing, collecting, harvesting, storing

 Sunday 8:30-12:30: Field Trip
Hands-on seed collecting and threshing

Tuition: $65 for the entire weekend

FOR INFO—Learn more. Attendance is limited. Register today! 

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Presented by Santa Fe Master Gardener Association,
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, and Institute for Applied Ecology

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Critic Of Federal Public Lands Management To Join Department Of The Interior

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 1:47pm

The Department of the Interior has chosen a prominent property rights attorney in Wyoming as their new deputy solicitor. Its a controversial appointment for environmental groups.

(Image credit: Mead Gruver/AP)

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Colorado's Anti-Fracking Measure Would Keep Wells Farther Away From Homes And Schools

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 1:28pm

A ballot measure would keep new oil and gas wells 2,500 feet away from homes and schools, the strictest setback in the nation. The oil and gas industry says that threatens its very existence.

(Image credit: Grace Hood/CPR)

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Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/15 - 12:00pm

More than 300 mammal species have been eradicated by human activities, say researchers

Humanity’s ongoing annihilation of wildlife is cutting down the tree of life, including the branch we are sitting on, according to a stark new analysis.

More than 300 different mammal species have been eradicated by human activities. The new research calculates the total unique evolutionary history that has been lost as a result at a startling 2.5bn years.

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