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NSW remaps old growth forests to open up reserves to logging

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 7:20pm

Exclusive: ‘Sneaky’ rezoning exercise now under way to address timber shortfall

The New South Wales government is considering reclassifying old growth forest to open up some protected reserves in the state’s north-east to the timber industry.

The Natural Resources Commission of NSW has been asked to remap and rezone old growth forest in state forest informal reserves that were previously off limits to logging. Environment groups are concerned the move is an attempt to unpick forest protections that have been in place for decades.

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New Nest

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 4:10pm
Some house finches have taken over (and refined) and old dove nest under the SW corner of the greenhouse.  There are 3 eggs in the nest.  I am monitoring it with my webcam and you can view it on my nightly live stream on YouTube from 7:15 to 8:15 PM CST.  91,99,74,0,B
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Florida's Corals Are Dying Off, But It's Not All Due To Climate Change, Study Says

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 1:26pm

A new study from the Florida Keys shows that a lot of the stress on corals comes from local sources, providing hope that community action can help save them.

(Image credit: JW Porter/University of Georgia)

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July on course to be hottest month ever, say climate scientists

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 9:32am

If global trends continue for another fortnight, it will beat previous two-year-old record

Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists.

The past fortnight has seen freak heat in the Canadian Arctic, crippling droughts in Chennai and Harare and forest fires that forced thousands of holidaymakers to abandon campsites in southern France and prompted the air force in Indonesia to fly cloud-busting missions in the hope of inducing rain.

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Italian forest rangers on the hunt of 'escape genius' bear

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 7:23am

Animal climbed over three electric fences and four-metre high barrier to escape

Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear that has been described as an “escape genius” after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods.

Code-named M49, the 149kg (23 stone) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena.

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The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 6:38am

The shipping industry is starting to move away from pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. Scientists and private companies are betting on a clean replacement technology: hydrogen fuel cells.

(Image credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil | Rev William Barber

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 3:00am

Politicians have chosen process over lives and the result has been rampant cancer in the region

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people” (Isaiah 10:1). I was reminded of this verse from the Bible when I read about the town of Reserve in Louisiana. It is the place in America with the highest risk of cancer due to air toxicity, caused by a raft of government and corporate failure that has deprived residents – many of whom are poor and black – of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reserve is home to the Pontchartrain Works facility, the only chemical plant in America to produce chloroprene, a likely carcinogen, that has spewed from the plant for almost 50 years. US government science has indicated this makes the risk of cancer in that area 50 times higher than the national average.

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As Federal Regulations Lag, States Take Action Against PFAS Chemicals

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 2:06am

Frustrated with federal inaction, states such as New Hampshire, are taking their own measures against a class of pollutants known as "forever chemicals"

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Daylesford cries fowl: locals warn of Instagram backlash if geese relocated

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/15 - 7:57pm

Council in Victorian town to vote whether to re-home birds popular on social media, following reports of ‘intimidating’ behaviour

A plan to relocate a flock of domestic geese in the Victorian tourist town of Daylesford has drawn concern from some local tourism operators, who say the geese are a popular Instagram drawcard.

The Hepburn shire council will vote on Tuesday night on whether to relocate the 30-odd domestic geese, which have been living on Lake Daylesford in increasing numbers for several years.

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Death toll from floods in south Asia rises to more than 100

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/15 - 5:20pm

Millions displaced in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with Assam and Bihar among the worst-hit regions

Floods have forced millions of people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc.

The poor Indian states of Assam and Bihar have been among the worst hit. Some 4.3 million people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region, according to a government release on Monday.

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'Something fishy': penguins detained by New Zealand police after sushi shop stakeout

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/15 - 5:00pm

The flightless birds were found huddling near the grills under the shop, where it was warm

“Waddling vagrants” in the form of two little blue penguins have been released by police after they were detained for setting up home under a Wellington sushi outlet.

Their cover was blown after a shop worker heard them making a cooing, humming sound. It is understood that the penguins were hiding near the grills beneath the sushi shop, where it was warm.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/07/15 - 10:37am
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Giant Shipper Bets Big On Ending Its Carbon Emissions. Will It Pay Off?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/07/15 - 10:09am

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has set a massive goal for itself: going carbon neutral by 2050. This would be good for the world. But how would it be good for the bottom line?

(Image credit: David Hecker/Getty Images)

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Judge Orders Madrid To Continue, For Now, With Car Pollution Measures

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/07/15 - 2:01am

An attempt by the new conservative mayor of Madrid to roll back the city's innovative vehicle pollution controls has Spanish environmentalists fuming, and heading for the courts.

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Bob Brown rebukes Tasmanian windfarm project as the new Franklin dam

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/07/14 - 10:48pm

Former Greens leader says Robbins Island proposal could harm critically endangered birds and affect landscape’s natural beauty

Bob Brown, one of Australia’s most prominent environmental activists, says he opposes a major windfarm development because its towers will affect Tasmania’s natural beauty and could kill endangered wildlife without any economic benefit for the state.

The former Greens leader said the $1.6bn Robbins Island development could harm migratory and critically endangered birds, and transmission lines to link the plant to a new power cable across Bass Strait would require a path to be cut through the Tarkine wilderness.

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In Puerto Rico, The Campaign For A Hurricane Proof House

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/07/14 - 2:13pm

In the nearly two years since Hurricane Maria, about half a million people still don't have a safe affordable home. One architect is working to change that.

(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR)

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Louisiana Cleanup Underway As Barry Moves North

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/07/14 - 2:08pm

Tropical Storm Barry dropped plenty of rain, caused lots of flooding, toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands. Now the cleanup gets underway as the storm moves north.

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Barry spares New Orleans but fuels fears of floods and tornadoes

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/07/14 - 1:19pm
  • Storm briefly attains hurricane strength before weakening
  • Authorities counsel continued caution

Tropical Storm Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf coast states on Sunday, sparing New Orleans a direct hit but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes and prolonged power outages.

Though winds weakened steadily after the storm made landfall on Saturday in Louisiana, rain bands created a flooding and tornado threat from central Louisiana to eastern Mississippi and beyond. Several parishes or counties in both states were under flash flood warnings.

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the greater...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/07/14 - 12:51pm
1 John 4: 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
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A Weakened Tropical Depression Barry Creeps North, But Heavy Rain Remains A Concern

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/07/14 - 8:40am

Forecasters estimate rainfall over south-central Louisiana at about 3 to 5 inches, and isolated maximum rainfall could reach up to 10 inches, posing potential "dangerous, life-threatening flooding."

(Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP)

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