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EPA staff opposed agency’s new rules on asbestos use, emails reveal

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/10 - 1:20pm

Emails obtained by New York Times show workers worried that companies could get away with using asbestos in ways the EPA did not list

The Environmental Protection Agency’s own staffers objected to a controversial new US rule governing the use of cancer-causing asbestos, according to internal emails.

Related: EPA ordered to ban pesticide linked to learning disabilities

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A California town ravaged by wildfire – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/10 - 12:54pm

The Carr fire, one of 13 large fires burning in California, was ignited in late July when a trailer tire blew out and created sparks as it ground on the asphalt. It killed seven people and destroyed 1,077 homes in the small city of Redding, in the far north of the state. New photos released by the city show the extent of the damage

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/10 - 7:52am

A Sumatran orangutan, fireflies mating and a sea lion cooling off in record-breaking Californian heat are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/08/10 - 7:27am

Egg collecting was once a popular pastime. Now, the pristine specimens in one collection are a key resource for research on a range of topics, from the climate change to changes in bird populations.

(Image credit: Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura)

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The chips are down in Belgium as heatwave hits supply of frites

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/10 - 2:15am

Reduced yields are putting national dish and ‘symbol of Belgium’ under threat

Food vendors in Belgium are praying for rain as the hot weather threatens the supply of the country’s national dish, frites.

The Europe-wide heatwave has shrunk Belgium’s early crop of potatoes by about one-third compared with an average year. Without significant rainfall over the next few weeks, the key September and October harvests could be smaller still.

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Adani knew of Abbot Point pollution risk before spill, conservationists say

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 11:40pm

It and the Queensland government were aware polluted water could spill during 2017 cyclone, says Mackay Conservation Group

Adani and the Queensland government were aware that polluted water could be released from the company’s Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, conservationists say.

Adani was granted a temporary emissions licence on 27 March last year, before cyclone Debbie made landfall, to pollute the nearby Caley Valley wetlands in an area referred to as W1.

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As panic about climate change sets in, I’m thinking about escape – to Canada | Emma Brockes

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 10:00pm

The summer of heatwaves and forest fires leaves my friends feeling helpless and a little hysterical. And who can blame us?

The New York Times has devoted an entire edition of its magazine, some 30,000 words, to a terrifying piece about climate change. With 2C warming – an unlikely best-case scenario at this point, scientists were quoted as saying – the planet faces “long-term disaster”. With 3C warming, we are looking at “the loss of most coastal cities”. The possibility that the Earth might warm by 5C, wrote the author, Nathaniel Rich, had prompted some of the world’s leading scientists to warn of the end of human civilisation.

Related: Huge rise of people at risk from wildfires as western US population grows

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Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will ban plastic bags

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 6:04pm

Retailers given six months to stop providing lightweight plastic bags or face fines of up to NZ$100,000

New Zealand will ban single-use plastic bags over the next year, the government has announced.

Retailers in the country will be given six months to stop providing lightweight plastic bags, or face fines of up to NZ$100,000 (£51,000).

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California Wildfires Set Off Political Fight Over Who Should Pay For Damage

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 2:32pm

One controversial topic is whether utilities should have to pay for damage their equipment causes — even if the companies followed state safety regulations and laws.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Cal Fire Chief Discusses How Firefighters Are Battling California Blazes

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 2:32pm

The Mendocino Complex Fire in California is now the state's largest wildfire ever recorded. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Trump Claims California Is Wasting Water That Could Be Used To Fight Wildfires

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 2:07pm

The president blamed the intensity of the fires on state environmental policies, incorrectly claiming water that could be used to fight the fires is being pumped into the Pacific Ocean.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

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Man missing and 1,600 evacuated as floods hit southern France

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 12:32pm

Helicopters, divers and hundreds of firefighters involved in rescue after torrent swept through campsite in Gard region

A German man in his 70s, who was helping supervise children at a campsite in south-east France, was missing on Thursday after being swept away by floodwaters, police said.

The 75-year-old man was accompanying a group of around 100 German children who were evacuated from a campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, some 60km (37 miles) north of Avignon in the Gard region.

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throwback thursday...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 8:09am
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Colorado Voters May Get A Chance To Weigh In On Oil And Gas Issues

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 2:04am

Signatures for ballot initiatives — one by advocates for residents opposed to fracking; the other by advocates for landowners seeking to protect mineral rights — have been submitted to officials.

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The vision splendid? A24 and its grassroots push for a new Australia

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/08/09 - 1:41am

A24’s pillars for a better society sound a little like the manifesto of a left-leaning Scandinavian nation

What would the Australia of your dreams look like? That was the question civil society groups, unions, welfare groups and Indigenous representatives asked themselves nearly three years ago.

Faced with competing world views of the US president, Donald Trump, One Nation, the Business Council of Australia, alongside the pragmatic visions of Australia’s major parties, the group – known as A24 – began asking themselves: why do we do what we do? What’s our common vision of society that underpins our daily activism?

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E-waste from drop-offs at Officeworks exported, possibly breaching treaty

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 6:57pm

NGO says it used GPS units to track waste from collection points at Officeworks to Hong Kong and Thailand

Electronic waste dropped at government-approved recycling points at Officeworks stores was allegedly exported to developing countries, potentially breaching a global waste treaty, a non-government organisation has said.

The US-based Basel Action Network (Ban) – which embeds GPS units inside discarded electronics and monitors them – said in a report to be released on Thursday that two LCD monitors the organisation placed at Officeworks’ “Bring IT Back” drop zones in Brisbane were tracked to an area of Hong Kong’s New Territories known for “e-waste trafficking”.

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Is There A Better Way To Fight Massive Wildfires?

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 2:59pm

Massive wildfires in Western states are rapidly depleting funds set aside to fight fires. At the same time, many experts argue our priorities are wrong — we should be spending more on prescribed burns, and less on fighting fires in unpopulated areas.

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Explore One Of The World's Largest Collections Of Bird Eggs And Nests

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 2:57pm

The Western Foundation for Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, Calif., houses one of the largest collections of birds eggs and nests in the world. We meet the scientists who run the foundation.

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back to basics...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 1:28pm
Took a break from baking silver today for a batch of solar oven croissants for a local customer.  Note: silver skull orders start going out in the mail tomorrow... 92,98,75,0,C
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California Company Reaches $119.5 Million Settlement Over Massive Gas Leak

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/08/08 - 1:13pm

For months, starting in late 2015, a gas leak in Los Angeles spewed methane into the air. The Southern California Gas Company has agreed to reimburse local governments and mitigate the damage.

(Image credit: Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images)

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