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Victoria ignored recycling warnings that left it vulnerable to China move – report

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:23pm

Auditor general finds Victoria has had no statewide waste policy since 2014, and agencies had not effectively regulated the industry

Victorian authorities failed to prevent the state sleepwalking into a recycled waste crisis, amid signs China was curbing imports six years ago, a scathing watchdog report has concluded.

The auditor general report released this week noted the state’s environment department and Sustainability Victoria had ignored early warnings.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:05pm
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Australia's standing in Pacific has plummeted because of our climate change failure | Dermot O'Gorman

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:00pm

It’s about the very survival of people, nations and cultures. If action isn’t taken there are islanders who may have nowhere to go

Scott Morrison flew to the Solomon Islands last weekend to “show our Pacific step-up in action” but this policy will fail if his government doesn’t take meaningful action on climate change. A successful step-up must include stopping our own pollution, defending the sovereignty of our friends in the Pacific and offering a safety net to those who may need it.

Over the past five years Australia’s standing in the Pacific has declined dramatically because of an unwillingness to take strong action on climate change. It’s not as if the Pacific hasn’t been clear. From female fishers to the Fijian prime minister, to remote communities in the Solomon Islands, climate change is a top-order issue. It’s about the very survival of people, nations and cultures. If action isn’t taken, in 40 years there are people in Pacific island states who may have nowhere to go.

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Flooding That Swamped Midwest Flows To Already Soaked Mississippi

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 2:08pm

Mississippi is another state dealing with massive flooding. In fact, the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for more than 100 days — a record length of time going back to 1927.

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Many People Living In Flood-Prone Areas Can't Afford Expensive Flood Insurance

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 1:24pm

Federal flood insurance has become dramatically more expensive in some places, putting it out of reach for many people who live on floodplains.

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 9:22am

White tiger cubs, urban deer and many millions of ladybirds

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BHP reveals five mine dams at 'extreme' risk of causing damage and loss of life

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 7:36am

Company says rating reflects potential extent of damage in event of collapse

Five dams used to store mining waste are at “extreme” risk of causing environmental damage if they fail, according to a review by BHP, the world’s biggest mining company.

BHP said in a presentation on Friday that four tailings dams in Australia and one in the US were ranked at the highest level of risk, and had the potential to cause serious damage to the local environment and cause scores of deaths in the case of a collapse.

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Bruce Friedrich: How Is Eating Meat Affecting Our Planet?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

Bruce Friedrich shows how plant and cell-based products could soon transform the way we eat ... and reduce the global meat industry's impact on the planet.

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash / TED)

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Greta Thunberg: Are We Running Out Of Time To Save Our Planet?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

In 2018, teenager Greta Thunberg began protesting to demand action on climate change. She has inspired protests worldwide. Greta says it's time to panic: we're running out of time to save our planet.

(Image credit: Courtesy of TED)

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Per Espen Stoknes: What Holds Us Back From Facing The Threats Of Climate Change?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes explains the inner defenses that block most people from recognizing the urgency of climate change. He asks, what is a better way to think and talk about this crisis?

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash / TED)

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Sean Davis: What Can We Learn From The Global Effort To Save The Ozone Layer?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

In 1988, the Montreal Protocol was the first step in a long process to save the ozone layer. Sean Davis explains the impact of the agreement, and the lessons we can apply to the crisis we face today.

(Image credit: Jivan West/Courtesy of TED)

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Jennifer Wilcox: How Can We Remove CO2 From The Atmosphere? Will We Do It In Time?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

To slow climate change, we need to lower emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere. Chemical engineer Jennifer Wilcox says the technology is there, and we need to scale it.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman / TED)

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Organic Farming Has A Plastic Problem. One Solution Is Controversial

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 4:00am

Many organic farmers rely on plastic as a form of mulch, but it ends up in landfills. Biodegradable plastic could help, but some worry about its long-term effects on soil health and the environment.

(Image credit: Lisa Elaine Held/NPR)

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UN expert: Canada's toxic waste policy shows disdain for Indigenous rights

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 2:00am

Special rapporteur Baskut Tuncak urges Canada to engage with groups who live near toxic sites and respect basic human rights

Canada’s handling of toxic chemicals and industrial waste shows a “blatant disregard for Indigenous rights”, a UN human rights expert has said following an extensive fact-finding mission in the country.

Baskut Tuncak, the special rapporteur on toxic chemicals, called on Canada to improve its monitoring of hazardous materials in the country – and to better engage with the Indigenous people who live near harmful pollution.

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US schools accused of censoring climate crisis message in graduation speeches

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/06 - 11:00pm

Students say authorities have barred them from reading a text that warns of ‘catastrophic climate change’ for being too political

Schools and colleges across the US have been accused of censoring students who have attempted to use their graduation speeches to speak out on the unfolding climate crisis.

A youth-led movement called Class of 0000 is encouraging students to read out a prepared text at their graduation ceremonies that warns of “catastrophic climate change” and tells elected leaders to “have plan to get to zero emissions, or get zero of our votes”.

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A 'cloud of ladybugs' had the internet buzzing. But was it real?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/06 - 10:00pm

‘It’s definitely not birds, and it’s not bats. But we’re still not sure if it’s ladybugs,’ National Weather Service meteorologist says

The internet is abuzz with talk of ladybugs.

On Tuesday, the San Diego office of the National Weather Service tweeted that it had picked up an odd radar echo that evening.

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Carmakers To White House: Work With California On Rules For Greenhouse Gases

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/06/06 - 5:39pm

Seventeen automakers signed a letter to the Trump administration and California Gov. Gavin Newsom saying they want one set of policies to reduce greenhouse gases and make cars more fuel efficient.

(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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Indigenous elders want plan to raise Warragamba Dam scrapped

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/06 - 5:12pm

Traditional landowners say NSW government has not done all promised checks on affected artefacts and sites

Traditional landowners have condemned a plan to raise the wall of Warragamba Dam, saying the New South Wales government has failed to fully check the affected area for Indigenous cultural artefacts and sites.

The government plan proposes to raise the wall 14 metres.

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Down Time

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/06/06 - 4:19pm
I made good use of construction down time waiting for storms to pass by clearing the front of the greenhouse.  The inside is a whole other matter I am just beginning to attend to (again).  In other news - the doves have left the nest.  89,98,63,0,B
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Spotted: A Swarm Of Ladybugs So Huge, It Showed Up On National Weather Service Radar

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/06/06 - 11:28am

Meteorologists in Southern California were puzzled by the big green blob on their radar — it looked like a rainstorm on what was a clear day. Then they discovered it was beetles.

(Image credit: National Weather Service via /AP)

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