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Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/04/16 - 9:13am

A new report, "Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste," scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

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The 'New Power' Generation: A Manifesto For A More Humane World

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/04/16 - 8:06am

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have written a guide for spreading ideas, building movements and staying ahead.

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The Renewable Energy Movement Ramps Up In Red States

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/04/16 - 7:06am

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy? Try Texas.

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Dutch island wants its rabbits to breed like …

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/04/16 - 6:41am

Biodiversity concerns prompt emergency plan to use ferrets to round up the few rabbits left

It is not a pastime for which rabbits usually require much encouragement. But a mystery depletion in numbers on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog has led to an emergency effort to coax the local population into breeding … well, like rabbits.

Ferrets are being deployed to chase the reluctant remaining animals out of their warrens and into the hands of conservationists, who are bringing them together, safe from the stress of predators, in the hope that romance will blossom.

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'Lightweight PR and greenwash' – BP's low-carbon plan dismissed

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/04/16 - 6:20am

Environmentalists call strategy ‘20th century response to a 21st century problem’

Environmental leaders have dismissed BP’s new low-carbon strategy as “greenwash” and a lightweight response to climate change and the energy market’s rapid switch to renewables.

In a strategy published on Monday, BP said there would be no increase in its carbon footprint over the next seven years because it will cut emissions from its oil and gas rigs, and offset the rest.

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The courts are deciding who's to blame for climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/04/16 - 3:00am

Oil companies? The government? The public? All of the above share the blame.

There are numerous ongoing legal challenges in an effort to determine who’s responsible for climate change. Exxon is under investigation by state attorneys general, cities are suing oil companies over sea level rise costs, and Our Children’s Trust is suing the federal government for failing to protect their generation from climate change. At the heart of these legal challenges lies the question – who bears culpability for climate change and liability for its costs and consequences?

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Two surfers attacked by sharks on Western Australia coast near Pro tournament

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/04/16 - 12:15am

Man in his 30s taken to Royal Perth hospital after being bitten on the leg while a 41-year-old surfer was treated at beach for minor injuries

Two people have been bitten by sharks while surfing off the same stretch of Western Australia’s southwest coast on Monday.

A 37-year-old man was bitten on the lower leg at Cobblestones beach in Gracetown, near the Margaret River Pro surfing tournament, just before 8am and managed to bodysurf back to shore.

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The ingenious cyclewear Victorian women invented to navigate social mores

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/04/15 - 10:00pm

Patents by female inventors from the 1890s reveal the creative ways women made their body mobile through clothing

Much has been written about the bicycle’s role as a vehicle of women’s liberation. But far less is known about another critical technology women used to forge new mobile and public lives – cyclewear. I have been studying what Victorian women wore when they started cycling. Researching how early cyclists made their bodies mobile through clothing reveals much about the social and physical barriers they were navigating and brings to light fascinating tales of ingenious inventions.

Cycling was incredibly popular for middle- and upper-class women and men in the late 19th century, and women had to deal with distinct social and sartorial challenges. Cycling exaggerated the irrationality of women’s conventional fashions more than any other physical activity. Heavy, layered petticoats and long skirts caught in spokes and around pedals. Newspapers regularly published gruesome accounts of women dying or becoming disfigured in cycling crashes due to their clothing.

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Coalition considers letting power companies buy offsets to cut emissions

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/04/15 - 8:07pm

Tony Abbott argues offsets are carbon trading but government says it could include them in energy guarantee

The Turnbull government is hedging its bets on whether to allow energy companies to use external offsets to comply with their new 26% emissions reduction target.

A new 12-page discussion paper obtained by Guardian Australia addressing the emissions reduction architecture of the national energy guarantee (Neg) suggests the government is yet to make a decision about whether domestic or international emissions offsets are in or out.

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Welcome to Australia's plastic beach – video

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/04/15 - 5:59pm

How much rubbish could you collect from a suburban beach in 30 minutes? You may find the answer confronting. Guardian Australia joins Paul Sharp and Silke Stuckenbrock from the Two Hands Project to see just how prevalent plastics are on Australia's beaches

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Hidden in my heart...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/04/15 - 2:28pm
Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.  11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
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'Plastic is literally everywhere': the epidemic attacking Australia's oceans

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/04/15 - 11:00am

‘It never breaks down and goes away,’ say scientists struggling to understand the impact of widespread pollution

While heading down the Brisbane river, Jim Hinds once pulled aboard a drunken half-naked man just seconds from “going down for the last time”.

But on this day, like most other days for Hinds, it’s back to the horribly predictable as he launches his boat into the Nerang river on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

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UK government criticised for 'shocking' inaction on insulating draughty homes

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/04/15 - 7:15am

Citizens Advice says silence on energy efficiency plans will mean households lose out

The government’s failure to take action on insulating draughty homes has been criticised by the statutory body for energy consumers.

Related: Smart systems key to future of cheaper and cleaner energy supply

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Hidden plastics: just when you thought it was safe to dunk a teabag

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/14 - 11:00pm
Five surprising objects that contain plastic – with toxic implications for the environment

Last Tuesday, Waitrose announced plans to remove all disposable coffee cups from their stores by autumn of this year – customers will have to bring a reusable one of their own. Despite their cardboard appearance, coffee cups are actually lined with polyethylene and are hard to recycle. The cups gradually break down to form microplastics, which make their way into our waterways and food supply.

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As public pressure grows, Clipper is latest brand to end use of plastic in teabags

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/14 - 10:04pm
Firm joins PG Tips in dropping synthetic sealants as other major producers look to make bags 100% biodegradable

The UK’s longest-established Fairtrade tea brand has become the latest to ditch synthetic sealants in its teabags, amid mounting consumer pressure on manufacturers to help cut down on plastic pollution.

Clipper Teas – which champions the unbleached teabag – hopes to introduce a new, fully biodegradable bag free of polypropylene, a sealant used across the industry to ensure bags hold their shape, by the summer.

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Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21st

Home Grown New Mexico - Sat, 2018/04/14 - 8:22pm

Come celebrate Earth Day in Santa Fe on April 21st-10 am to 2 pm at the Railyard Park. Free workshops and demos, vendors, music and more! Come visit our table, Home Grown New Mexico and see what great classes/workshops we are having for 2018. We are all about growing, raising, harvesting, cooking and preserving homegrown food using organic and sustainable methods for urban gardeners. If you like to grow food, you should join us for some classes or better still become a member.

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another bread day...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/04/14 - 5:05pm
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Government sets aside £60m to fight scourge of plastic waste

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/14 - 2:30pm

Fund to be split into three pots to tackle ocean pollution, research and waste management

The government has earmarked £61.4m from the public purse to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Theresa May announced the fund ahead of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London next week.

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British farmers in turmoil as delayed spring plays havoc with growing season

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/14 - 12:26pm
A combination of the beast from the east and a dismal bank holiday weekend has put the nation’s crops on hold

Last year, asparagus growers were harvesting as early as 8 April. This spring, they are not expecting to harvest their open-field crop until the last week of April – a week later than the official start of the season, St George’s Day, 23 April. Welcome to just one of the consequences of Britain’s disastrously delayed spring.

“We have had a very challenging time,” said Guy Smith, vice president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). “March breezed in with the ‘beast from the east’ and went out with the worst bank holiday on record.” For asparagus-lovers there is at least an upside. “The combination has to be right for the crowns to push through,” explained Per Hogberg, of grower Wealmoor. “The air temperature has to be at least 12C, while the soil temperature should be between 8C and 10C. With warmer weather expected, consumers can expect a bumper crop in mid-May,” he said.

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MOT changes could bring nasty surprise for diesel drivers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/14 - 4:00am

Motoring experts believe thousands of older diesel cars will fail revamped vehicle test

Thousands of older diesel cars could be forced off the roads from next month by a stricter emissions test that forms part of the biggest shakeup to MOTs for 20 years.

From 20 May, people taking their car to a testing station will face a completely new MOT, which motoring experts believe will lead to many more diesel car failures.

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