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The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/04/21 - 4:39pm
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Mozambique prays for rain as water shortages hit country’s poor

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/21 - 4:05pm

Taps in capital city of Maputo being turned off every other day as climate change exacerbates southern African drought

In the township of Chamanculo, in Maputo, Mozambique, a network of household taps made the community water pump obsolete years ago, freeing residents from the daily burden of lugging massive jerrycans of water long distances.

But a water crisis, partly caused by an ongoing drought affecting much of southern Africa, is already reversing progress in this coastal city. An emergency “orange alert”, declared last February by the country’s disaster management council after failed rains, has triggered such strict water rationing across the capital city that the taps are turned off every other day and irrigation is banned.

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Categories: Environment

Frydenberg stalls on woodlands protection after pressure from states and farmers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/21 - 3:15pm

Decision on Tasmanian, NSW and Queensland woodlands’ on hold despite advice from expert committee

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Farmers’ associations, the Tasmanian deputy premier and a Tasmanian Liberal senator lobbied the environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, not to grant critically endangered status to woodlands eligible for protection under Australia’s national environment laws.

In 2017 the independent threatened species scientific committee, which provides scientific advice to the government about conserving threatened species, recommended two new woodlands be listed as critically endangered ecological communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans' way of life

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 11:00pm

Arctic Dispatches, part 1: The past winter was the warmest on record in the Arctic, putting a lifestyle that has endured for millennia at risk: ‘The magnitude of change is utterly unprecedented’

A few days before Christmas last year, Harry Brower, mayor of Alaska’s North Slope Borough, was at home when he heard a stunning noise – the sound of waves lapping at the shore.

The sound was as wrenching and misplaced as hearing hailstones thud into the Sahara. Until fairly recently, the Arctic ocean regularly froze up hard up against the far north coast of Alaska by October. In 2017, it wasn’t until the final few days of the year that the ice encased the waves.

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People using fly-tipping firms face crackdown

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 3:55pm

Measures would demand ‘all reasonable measures’ are taken to ensure handlers are licensed

People who have their rubbish dumped illegally could face fines of up to £400, even if they do not personally engage in fly-tipping, under proposals being considered by ministers.

The measures are aimed at tackling people who charge householders to take away their rubbish and then dump it illegally. They build on existing powers to issue on-the-spot fines to save the hefty court costs often involved in pursuing offenders.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 2:57pm
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Betting On Artificial Intelligence To Guide Earthquake Response

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 2:55pm

A California tech firm believes that artificial intelligence can help communities prepare for, and respond to, quakes.

(Image credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

Malibu Moves To Ban Single-Use Plastic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 1:53pm

Whether you think it's time or a waste of time, the city of Malibu decided to ban the use of plastic straws, utensils and stirrers as a means of reducing their harmful effects on the environment.

(Image credit: Reed Saxon/AP)

Categories: Environment

What steps can the UK take to reach net zero emissions by 2050?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 9:24am

The government has pledged to review its long-term climate targets. Renewable energy, housing and and transport are just some areas where new policies could cut emissions fast

More wind farms, solar power and electric cars: these are likely to be the future of the UK, under government plans announced this week to seek a zero-carbon economy in the next 30 years.

Some of the less obvious effects could be just as transformative, however, involving innovations such as smart houses and smart roads, widespread changes to the countryside wrought by new tree-planting and new farming practices designed to conserve soils.

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Major Earthquake On Bay Area Fault Could Kill 800 People, USGS Predicts

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 7:36am

The U.S. Geological Survey simulated a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward Fault near Oakland, Calif., and found that such a quake could kill hundreds and cause more than $100 billion in damage.

(Image credit: Ben Margot/AP)

Categories: Environment

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 6:00am

A newly hatched turtle, a roaming peacock and egrets in China are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 5:00am

After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.

(Image credit: Becky Harlan/NPR)

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Sainsbury's accused of breaking pledge on chicken welfare

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 3:51am

Supermarket clashes with Compassion in World Farming over award given in 2010

Sainsbury’s has been accused of breaking promises on improving welfare conditions for chickens after it handed back a good practice award.

The animal rights pressure group Compassion in World Farming said Sainsbury’s applied for the group’s “good chicken” award in 2010 and committed to upgrade within five years all its fresh own-label chicken to the RSPCA welfare mark, which involved giving birds more living space and light.

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Mallorca's scenic roads, designed for early motorists, are a cyclist's dream

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 3:46am

Former pro-cyclist Doug Petty has been bringing cyclists to the Balearic island for more than 50 years to ride the famous hairpin bends on its spectacular mountain roads

Mallorca attracts more than 200,000 roadies a year. Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are usually credited for popularising winter riding on this Spanish Balearic island, but it’s two others who really put the island on the cycling map, one of them quite literally.

1950s pro cyclist Doug Petty has been bringing cyclists to Mallorca every year for 51 years, and he’s been able to keep them coming because of the lure of two twisting roads built in the late-1920s by local engineer Antoni Parietti, who built the snaking carreteres to attract motor tourists. Sports car drivers still head to the Coll dels Reis and the Cap de Formentor mountain road, but the majority of those now skimming Parietti’s curves are pedal powered.

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Exclusive: US official appeared to delay protections for endangered species at behest of oil group

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 3:00am

The energy friendly agenda inside Trump’s interior department is revealed in records obtained by the Guardian and the watchdog groups Documented and the Western Values Project

The Texas hornshell is a sleek green-grey mussel that once thrived in the Rio Grande watershed, its habitat stretching from southern New Mexico down into the arid Texas borderlands. Some of its habitat happens to overlap with rich deposits of oil and gas.

Amid a long-term decline in its range, the Obama administration in 2016 proposed to declare the mussel an endangered species. Upon taking office, however, the Trump administration changed tack.

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How Pokemon Inspired A Citizen Science Project To Monitor Tiny Streams

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 2:06am

How do we accurately forecast the amount of water that will be available any given year? It's not easy. But some Colorado scientists think they're onto a possible solution — inspired by Pokemon.

(Image credit: Kira Puntenney-Desmond/Colorado State University)

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Growing pains: how Oregon wound up with way more pot than it can smoke

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/20 - 12:01am

The state’s glut of marijuana – over 1m lb of unsold pot – is in many ways the result of an industry still finding its feet

Trey Willison, a cannabis farmer in Eugene, first started worrying last May about there being too much marijuana in Oregon. He had sold all his “clone” plants to other growers, who were using them to cultivate yet more marijuana.

“You start doing the math on that and it just didn’t make sense how people could be growing that many plants,” Willison said.

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London 'pollution pods' let you sample the smog in Beijing and Delhi

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/04/19 - 11:00pm

New installation at Somerset House in London lets visitors experience the air of some pollution hotspots – plus a pristine Norwegian island

New Delhi: the suffocating smell of old cars and industry. São Paulo: enough ethanol to make your eyes water. And in London, a scent called Living Diesel.

Those are the dominant notes of those cities’ contaminated air, according to an “artist’s approximation” that aims to raise awareness of the problem of pollution around the world.

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‘Magical' mushroom mix to boost regrowth of lost Scottish forests

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/04/19 - 10:30pm

Return of Great Caledonian forest speeded up with fungi spores to help saplings flourish

The return of the Great Caledonian forest that once covered much of Scotland’s highlands is being boosted with a special mix of mushroom spores that should help saplings survive better on the hills.

Fungi living on the roots of trees play a vital role in the ecology, helping to break down nutrients in the soil. But trees were lost in much of the Highlands many years ago so the fungi vanished too.

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First hatchling...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2018/04/19 - 4:43pm
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