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'It's an epidemic' – farmers suffer from the theft of vital quad bikes

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/08/05 - 5:00pm

Jamie Smith has had two vehicles stolen from his farm in Worcestershire in 15 months

Jamie Smith’s Worcestershire farm has been broken into three times in 15 months. On the first two occasions, he had a quad bike stolen. In the most recent burglary, two months ago, his workshop was broken into but fortunately his quad bike was not there.

The 65-year-old, who has been a farmer for 30 years, estimates that over the same 15-month period about 35 quad bikes have been stolen from farms in a 20-mile stretch from Pershore through to Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.

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Farmers using medieval methods to combat rural crime

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/08/05 - 5:00pm

Farmers put up earth banks and dry ditches to block criminals who use 4 x 4 vehicles to get on to farm land

Farmers are resorting to medieval methods to combat rural crime which has risen to its highest level in four years, an increase being blamed on organised criminal gangs and policing cuts.

Offences against farmers and other rural businesses cost an estimated £44.5m last year, an increase of 13.4% from 2016, according to insurer NFU (National Farmers Union) Mutual.

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the length of days...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/08/05 - 1:58pm
Job 12:9  Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?  10  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 11  Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?  12  With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13  With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.  
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The Story Of Sand In 'The World In A Grain'

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/08/05 - 5:29am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with author Vince Beiser about his new book, The World in a Grain. The book tells the story of sand and the crucial role it plays in our lives.

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Turnbull announces immediate payments for drought-stricken farmers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 8:16pm

Lump-sum payments of up to $12,000 just the beginning of long-term response, says PM

Farmers will get up to $12,000 in cash payments to help them and their communities fight one of the worst droughts of the past century.

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, on Sunday returned to a farm at Trangie in central New South Wales to announce the $190m relief package which includes a boost for mental health services.

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'Bad policy': Tony Burke condemns $444m Great Barrier Reef grant

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 6:06pm

Shadow environment minister says researchers would be forced to apply to private foundation for taxpayer funds

The shadow environment minister has condemned the “completely unprecedented” grant of $444m to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, claiming the not-for-profit group “doesn’t yet know what it’s going to do with the money”.

Appearing on ABC’s Insiders on Sunday, Tony Burke questioned the appropriateness of conditions on the federal funding, which he said would allow the foundation to lobby the mining industry for sponsorship but force researchers to apply to the private foundation to get taxpayer funds.

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fine silver skulls for sale...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 5:02pm
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Carmakers React To Freezing Of Fuel Efficiency Standards

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 2:33pm

The Trump administration has rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with John McElroy, host of the TV show Autoline, about how car manufacturers are responding.

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Europe Deals A Blow To CRISPR Technology, U.S. Approves 'Bleeding' Veggie Burger

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 8:14am

A European court tightens rules on genetically engineered foods while the U.S. approves a "bleeding" veggie burger that relies on gene editing, sending mixed messages to the industry and consumers.

(Image credit: Gregor Fischer/Getty Images)

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Heatwave temperatures may top 45C in southern Europe

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 6:34am

Alerts issued in Portugal and Spain as Met Office forecasts 31C for southern England

Much of southern Europe is sweltering in near record-breaking temperatures with the mercury expected to exceed 45C (113F).

A scorching 46C was forecast for Setúbal, near Lisbon, on Saturday, as emergency services in Portugal issued a red alert until Sunday and urged people to avoid picnics and outdoor activities.

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Trump administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 8:03pm

Environmentalists say lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects

The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted.

Environmentalists, who had sued to bring about the two-year-old ban, said on Friday that lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects and other sensitive creatures relying on toxic-free habitats afforded by wildlife refuges.

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San Diego Researchers Measure The Highest Ocean Surface Temperature In A Century

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 4:50pm

The water, collected by scientists with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, measured 78.6 degrees Fahrenheit. "It really is weird," a research scientist said. It all started with the blob.

(Image credit: Tim Buss/Flickr)

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 3:11pm
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Harvard Research Fellow Estimates Puerto Rico's Death Toll Following Hurricane Maria

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 1:38pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Satchit Balsari, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health about his estimate of Puerto Rico's death toll following Hurricane Maria and recommendations for preparedness.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 6:12am

A quarter of a million roosting gannets in Yorkshire, an orca whale mother keeps her dead calf afloat and Norwegian reindeer seek cool in busy road tunnels – it’s the week in wildlife

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Which Vision Of Farming Is Better For The Planet?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 5:03am

Should we concentrate farming in a small area, or spread it out to reduce the environmental impact? It's a dilemma farmers face as they feed a growing planet. A new study weighs in.

(Image credit: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center)

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The future of smart cities is up for grabs: Chips with Everything podcast

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 4:00am

What happens when our smart toaster and smart fridge tech is scaled up to create entire smart cities – and what are the limits to this expansion?

Subscribe and review: Acast, Apple, Spotify, SoundCloud, AudioBoom,Mixcloud. Join the discussion on Facebook, Twitter or email us at chipspodcast@theguardian.com.

The term “smart city” is widely used and recognised – but there’s some disagreement over what exactly makes a city smart. If you take the core concept of a city that is made more efficient, sustainable, or just more enjoyable based on information gathered, most are cities smart already. When it comes to gathering the data that enables these improvements, what are the limits?

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Chimp sanctuary created by World Bank threatened by World Bank-backed dam

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 3:45am

Bank helped create reserve for endangered primates, but has since funded studies used to approve dam that would flood newly created habitat

Less than a year after it helped to create one of the planet’s most important chimpanzee sanctuaries, the World Bank is accused of backing a dam project that could flood the newly protected habitat.

The 6,426 square-kilomet re Moyen-Bafing national park was established by the government of Guinea last November with the support of the International Finance Corporation , the private sector lending arm of the World Bank.

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North Korea warns of natural disaster as heatwave sears crops

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 3:37am

Citizens urged to wage all-out battle to preserve food stocks amid ‘unprecedented’ drought

The North Korean government has called on its people to wage an “all-out battle” against a record heatwave as the country’s already fragile crops face drought and the authorities struggle to respond.

The drought represented an “unprecedented natural disaster”, reported the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ party. It urged citizens to “join the struggle” to save food production in a country that is no stranger to famine. Temperatures have reached more than 40C (104F) in some regions since late July and there have been sporadic reports of deaths from the heat.

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Pollution is slowing the melting of Arctic sea ice, for now | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 3:00am

Human carbon pollution is melting the Arctic, but aerosol pollution is slowing it down

The Arctic is one of the “canaries in the coal mine” for climate change. Long ago, scientists predicted it would warm quicker than other parts of the planet, and they were right. Currently, the Arctic is among the fastest-warming places on the planet. Part of the reason is that as the Arctic warms, ice melts and ocean water is uncovered. The ocean is darker than ice so it in turn absorbs more sunlight and increases its warming. This is a feedback loop.

Another reason is that the Arctic doesn’t get that much sunlight so increased energy from the atmosphere has a bigger influence there than it would have elsewhere.

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