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Michigan Pushes To Have Nation's Toughest Lead Water Rules

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/11/13 - 3:00am

After the Flint crisis, GOP Gov. Snyder wants to adopt stricter rules regarding lead in water. He's pushing state regulators to change the federal rule because Republican state lawmakers won't do it.

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From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/11/13 - 2:47am

Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe

From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

A new report on Monday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reveals that the number of natural world heritage sites being damaged and at risk from global warming has almost doubled to 62 in the past three years.

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Fossil fuel burning set to hit record high in 2017, scientists warn

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/11/13 - 1:30am

The rise would end three years of flat carbon emissions – a ‘huge leap backward’ say some scientists, while others say the longer term trend is more hopeful

The burning of fossil fuels around the world is set to hit a record high in 2017, climate scientists have warned, following three years of flat growth that raised hopes that a peak in global emissions had been reached.

The expected jump in the carbon emissions that drive global warming is a “giant leap backwards for humankind”, according to some scientists. However, other experts said they were not alarmed, saying fluctuations in emissions are to be expected and that big polluters such as China are acting to cut emissions.

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Why my council pension fund is divesting £1.2bn from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/11/13 - 12:23am

Local authorities invest £16bn in fossil fuel companies. In Southwark, we will no longer do this

Data released on 9 November shows that the UK’s local authorities invest more than £16bn into companies that extract oil, gas and coal. Collectively, the country’s local government pension funds have nearly £3,000 invested in fossil fuels for every pension fund member. Southwark has decided we will no longer do this.

In December 2016, Southwark council pension fund made a landmark commitment. Following more than a year of consultation, deliberation and work with community groups we announced a decision to divest the £1.2bn fund from fossil fuels.

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Medibank drops fossil-fuel investments worth tens of millions of dollars

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/11/12 - 6:26pm

Australia’s largest private health insurer says it ‘acknowledges the science of climate change and the impacts on human health’

Australia’s largest private health insurer, Medibank, will shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments because of the effects of climate change on human health.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange before its annual general meeting in Melbourne on Monday, its chair, Elizabeth Alexander, said the company would move to low-carbon investments “in line with our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our customers”.

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Queensland land clearing could become 'tsunami', say conservation groups

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/11/12 - 10:00am

Notification of planned clearing is up 30% in the past year compared with the previous three-year average

A dramatic land-clearing surge in Queensland could turn into a “tsunami” in the coming year, say conservationists, the rate of notifications of planned clearing rising 30% in the past year compared with the previous three-year average.

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rejoiceth

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/11/12 - 8:05am
PROCEDURE: XR Chest 2 Views CLINICAL INFORMATION: Pre-op. COMPARISON: None. FINDINGS: LUNGS: No significant pulmonary parenchymal abnormalities. VASCULATURE: Unremarkable. CARDIAC: Normal cardiac size and configuration. MEDIASTINUM: Radiographically unremarkable. PLEURA: No effusion or pleural thickening. BONES: No acute or currently significant findings. OTHER: Nothing significant. IMPRESSION: Normal exam. 
     The LORD is my strength and my shield;      my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:      therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;      and with my song will I praise him.      Psalm 28:7 
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Instagram Crowds May Be Ruining Nature

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/11/12 - 5:31am

When a particularly scenic shot gains traction on Instagram, visitors flood in. Travel photographer Brent Knepper tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro that can lead to permanent changes in the landscape.

(Image credit: RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Michael Gove: from 'shy green' to 'full-throated environmentalist'?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/11/12 - 1:00am

Many feared what the MP would do when he became environment secretary this year – but he has pleasantly surprised his critics

Michael Gove has transformed from a “shy green” into a “full-throated environmentalist”, according to close allies who have said the Conservative MP has been heavily affected by his latest ministerial brief.

Howls of protest made by green groups, commentators and political opponents when Theresa May decided, in June this year, to elevate the high-profile Brexiter to environment secretary were slowly being proven wrong, they claim.

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Pittsburgh's Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/11/11 - 11:11pm

Pittsburgh wants to become a model for cutting edge energy supply. Researchers in the city are planning a network of microgrids.

(Image credit: Daniella Cheslow/NPR)

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EXOSEAL® Vascular Closure Device

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/11/11 - 5:33pm
Still resting easy so I don't pop the plug.  Will be interesting to see how much my insurance company gets billed for this.  I bought a titanium tibial nail just like the one they fixed my leg with for fifty bucks on ebay...my insurance company got billed $9,000 for the one in my leg. 70,83,49,0,C
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Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/11/11 - 5:05pm
Ancient peatlands that store huge amounts of carbon are under threat from logging

Stumbling on submerged roots, attacked by bees and wading waist-deep through leech-infested water, the three researchers and their Pygmy guides progress at just 100 metres an hour through the largest and least-explored tropical bog in the world.

The group halt and unpack what looks like a spear, which is plunged over and over again into the waterlogged forest floor. Each time it brings up a metre-long core of rich, black peat made up of partly decomposed leaves and ancient plantlife. The deepest the steel blade reaches before meeting the underlying clay is 3.7 metres.

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Loving Blue Planet? Go one better and take a real submarine trip to the deep

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/11/11 - 5:04pm
The new must-have accessory for cruise liners and luxury yachts is a bubble-shaped submersible

The unknowable expanse of the oceans has become a little more familiar after Blue Planet II. Now it is set to become more familiar still to tourists with enough cash to spare.

The BBC series is the most-watched show of 2017, with 14.1 million viewers tuning in for unseen wonders like cannibalistic Humboldt squid, methane belching from the ocean floor and an underwater lake of brine. Scenes like these are beyond the view of anyone except TV crews, scientists and explorers – but not for much longer. Submarine tourism is riding a wave of interest that is likely to swell as the series continues.

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Alternative US group honouring Paris climate accord demands 'seat at the table'

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/11/11 - 8:55am

The America’s Pledge group claims to represent US majority opinion on carbon emissions, despite Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement

The United Nations should give a “seat at the table” to a powerful group of US states, cities, tribes and businesses that are committed to taking action on climate change, Michael Bloomberg has urged.

In an apparent bid to circumvent US president Donald Trump’s moves to withdraw from the Paris accord, the billionaire philanthropist also said the world body should accept an alternative set of US climate commitments alongside national pledges to reduce carbon emissions.

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US groups honouring Paris climate pledges despite Trump

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/11/11 - 3:30am

US states, cities and businesses signed up to ‘America’s pledge’ to combat global warning have a combined economic power equal to the world’s third-biggest economy

The US states, cities and businesses that have signed up to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite president Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw from the Paris agreement would, if put together, have the clout of the world’s third biggest economy, after the US and China.

To date, 20 US states and more than 50 of its largest cities, along with more than 60 of the biggest businesses in the US, have committed to emissions reduction goals.

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Vietnam braced for second storm after devastating impact of Typhoon Damrey

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/11/11 - 12:00am

As 400,000 people in coastal communities await emergency assistance after first deadly cyclone, aid workers warn Typhoon Kaikui will inflict further misery

Almost 400,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance following a typhoon that has devastated some of the poorest communities in Vietnam, pummelling homes and destroying water supplies.

Typhoon Damrey made landfall on 4 November in the country’s south-central coastal region, with winds of 135km an hour. At least 100 people have died, according to Vietnam’s disaster management authority.

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It’s true, wind turbines are monstrous. But I have learned to love them | Alice O’Keeffe

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/11/10 - 11:00pm
At first I resented the way they blocked the view. But now the towers look like part of a brighter future

Over the last few months I have been watching with mixed feelings as the Rampion wind farm emerges like a great monster from the sea off Brighton beach. It has happened so quickly: one morning in the early summer a few small grey stumps appeared on the previously flat horizon. Only weeks later, the first turbines were up, instantly giving the familiar sea view a new, industrial edge. Since then more and more have appeared, row upon row of them. Though they are eight miles offshore, they dominate the view from the beach now, and create strange optical illusions; in some weathers they look close, and in others very far away. Occasionally, on a seemingly clear day, they inexplicably disappear from view.

Over the summer I mourned the glorious, uninterrupted horizons that used to beckon

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/11/10 - 4:03pm
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Al Gore: 'I tried my best' but Trump can't be educated on climate change

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/11/10 - 12:18pm

At UN climate talks in Bonn, Gore is heading an unofficial group trying to stop climate change – in the face of scepticism from Trump administration officials

Al Gore has accused Donald Trump of surrounding himself “with the absolute worst of climate deniers” and said he has given up attempting to persuade the president to reverse his dismantling of policies combatting global warming.

However, both Gore, the former US vice-president, and Jerry Brown, governor of California, told the Guardian they were confident the US will regain its leadership position on climate change if Trump is defeated in the next presidential election.

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Trump environment nominee struggles to answer basic climate questions – video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/11/10 - 12:01pm

Kathleen Hartnett White struggles to answer basic questions posed by the Senate committee on environment and public works on Thursday. Hartnett White, Trump’s nominee for the environmental quality council chair, had difficulty answering questions from Senators Ben Cardin and Sheldon Whitehouse on green house emissions and climate science 

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