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2,000 baby flamingos rescued after being abandoned in South African drought

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 7:49pm

The birds are being hand-reared by volunteers as months of dry weather threatens breeding ground

Under warming red light at a rescue centre in Cape Town baby flamingos are fed, weighed and cared for. The chicks are among 2,000 that were rescued after they were abandoned by their parents as dam waters dried up in South Africa.

A special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril, with a reservoir that hosts one of southern Africa’s largest flamingo populations drying up.

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The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 4:44pm
3D print of a detail of Mary from Michelangelo's Pieta.  Three inches tall / 4.3 meters of filament / 4 hour print time.  74,81,47,T, W
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Meet The Snow Farmers Who Are Rescuing Winter Sporting Events

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 2:27pm

Mora, Minn., is gearing up to host the 47th annual Vasaloppet cross-country ski race despite hardly any natural snow. Instead the Snow Farmers, who make artificial snow, will line the trails.

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2018 Was Earth's Fourth-Hottest Year On Record, Scientists Say

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 1:01pm

The last five years are also the five hottest years on record for average global temperature, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

(Image credit: Kathryn Mersmann/NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio)

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Spelling bees? No, but they can do arithmetic, say researchers

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 12:00pm

Study says honeybees can learn to carry out exact numerical calculations

Honeybees can learn to add and subtract, according to research showing that while the insects have tiny brains, they are still surprisingly clever.

Researchers behind the study have previously found that honeybees can apparently understand the concept of zero, and learn to correctly indicate which of two groups of objects is the smaller.

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2018 was world's fourth hottest year on record, scientists confirm

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 11:50am
  • World 1.5F hotter than average set between 1951 and 1980
  • Current five-year stretch the warmest since records began

Global temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest on record, US government scientists have confirmed, adding to a stretch of five years that are now collectively the hottest period since modern measurements began.

The world in 2018 was 1.5F (0.83C) warmer than the average set between 1951 and 1980, said Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). This means 2018’s average global temperatures were the fourth warmest since 1880, placing it behind 2016, 2017 and 2015.

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Trump State of the Union speech: what climate change experts say

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 7:20am

Top scientists condemn State of the Union address and say future presidents must confront climate change as urgent priority

A climate scientist and a former government expert in the audience for Donald Trump’s annual address to Congress said this will probably be the last administration that can forgo talking about climate change in the State of the Union speech.

Trump did not mention rising temperatures or extreme weather, although he did tout the country’s status as the top producer of oil and gas and boast about how quickly his officials have moved to cut regulations.

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Fracking firm Cuadrilla says earthquake rules hinder its work

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 5:50am

Shale gas firm calls for lighter regulation as it reveals only 5% of Blackpool well is fracked

The shale gas firm Cuadrilla has said commercial fracking cannot go ahead in the UK unless rules on minor earthquakes are relaxed, after admitting it had only been able to frack a tiny section of its gas well near Blackpool because of seismicity regulations.

The company became the first to frack in the UK for years when it started operations last October at its Preston New Road site but was repeatedly forced to pause work for causing tremors that breached a 0.5-magnitude limit.

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Key West To Ban Popular Sunscreen Ingredients To Protect Coral Reef

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 5:35am

Sunscreens containing the chemicals linked to coral reef bleaching will be banned from sale in Key West, the city commission voted 6-1 Tuesday night. Industry officials say the link isn't proven.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

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Pope Francis offered $1m charity donation to go vegan for Lent

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 10:00pm

Campaign targets pope because of his environmental leadership and influence over 1.2bn Catholics

Environmental campaigners have issued a challenge to Pope Francis: go vegan for Lent and receive $1m for the charity of his choice.

The purpose of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign, led by 12-year-old Genesis Butler, is to encourage people to eat less meat and dairy in order to fight climate change. Global warming cannot be beaten without huge cuts in meat eating in rich nations, research shows, while reducing consumption of animal products also tackles pollution and the destruction of forests and wildlife.

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Working USB stick found in leopard seal's year-old frozen faeces

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 8:20pm

New Zealand puts out call to find owner of memory stick spotted in frozen poo sample

A functioning USB stick has been found in the scat of a rare Antarctic leopard seal, prompting New Zealand’s national science body to launch a hunt for the owner.

Volunteers at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) recovered the device while examining the animal’s frozen faeces – which had been sitting in a freezer for over a year.

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Australian Residents Return Home After Flash Floods, Amid Warnings Of Another Storm

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 6:57pm

Hundreds of residents in the coastal city of Townsville are heading home after days of devastating flooding submerged entire neighborhoods. Police have reported two fatalities.

(Image credit: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

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The North Magnetic Pole Is Shifting East, Fast

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 2:22pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Nature reporter Alex Witze about a rapid shift in the Earth's magnetic poles.

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Congressional Democrats Say Climate Change Is A Priority As They Control The House

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 2:22pm

Two House committees are holding climate-related hearings on Wednesday. The Democrats are hoping to bring attention to the issue of climate change — an issue that was not a priority for Republicans.

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Report: Global Warming Could Melt At Least A Third Of Himalayan Glaciers

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 1:46pm

If temperatures continue to rise, glaciers would begin to disappear, with a serious impact on the area's water resources.

(Image credit: Whitworth Images/Getty Images)

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All good things must come to an end...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 1:32pm
Had some errands to run in Alpine yesterday.  Over the years, I have left Chupa out during the day hundreds of times to guard the estate and he has always been there to attack unannounced visitors and greet me when I came home...but not yesterday.  No sign of what happened - no blood, no feathers, no Chupa.  I guess we'll never know - but I suspect fowl play by a predator who got lucky.  Chupa was a good egg...
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Runner suffocated mountain lion after animal attacked him, officials say

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 11:35am

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says man fought off the cougar, hiked out of the area after attack and drove himself to hospital

Wildlife officials say a man who fought off a young mountain lion on a northern Colorado trail killed the animal by suffocating it.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the man was running alone near Fort Collins when the lion attacked him from behind after the movement apparently triggered its hunting instincts.

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Belgian minister resigns over school-strike conspiracy claims

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 11:16am

Joke Schauvliege falsely claimed state agencies had evidence that children’s climate change protests were a ‘set-up’

A Belgian environment minister has been forced to resign after falsely claiming the country’s intelligence services held evidence that children skipping school to demonstrate over climate change were being directed by unnamed powers.

Joke Schauvliege, a minister in Flanders, where the school-strikes movement first emerged, provoked a wave of criticism of the wider political class after suggesting the protests were a “set-up” and “more than spontaneous actions of solidarity”.

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Trump Accused Of Moving Too Fast With Plans To Drill For Oil In Alaska

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 3:05am

The Trump administration is holding public hearings on its push to drill oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Critics say the process is being rushed and downplays environmental risks.

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Townsville flooding: reports of two men found dead – live

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/04 - 9:54pm

Bodies are believed to be the men, aged 21 and 23, reported missing yesterday. Follow all the developments

4.54am GMT

Never leave a kangaroo behind.

2 RAR soldiers demonstrate humility and affection by rescuing our national native symbol. A 'Skippy' soldier rescuing 'Skippy'. Well done to the men and women of the battalion. Great work#yourADF! pic.twitter.com/9PBDw1Chl3

4.40am GMT

We learned earlier today that the Bruce Highway had reopened. That is crucial news given the food shortages that had arisen.

However there are still major road closures elsewhere, as this statement from the Queensland roads minister, Mark Bailey, points out.

“The Finders Highway is expected to be cut for some days with the Macrossan Bridge over the Burdekin River under water,” he said.

“We have also recorded multiple landslips on Hervey Range Road, between Townsville and Charters Towers, as well as a major landslip on Paluma Range.

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