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The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 3:13pm
Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.  (Disclaimer:Although I am quite fond of my new computer, it is an important tool in my life and not necessarily a possession that I covet.)   
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Kilauea Volcano Disrupts Big Island's Tourist-Dependent Economy

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 2:18pm

The spectacular lava fountains and fissures on Hawaii's Big Island are scaring the tourists away. That's a big problem for an island whose economy is heavily dependent on visitor dollars.

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West, Midwest Prepare For Wildfire Season

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 2:18pm

Prescribed burns are underway in several states right now to try to get an early handle on wildfires. But the deliberate fires carry their own risks, including widespread and persistent smoke.

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Halogen light bulbs could disappear from Australian stores within two years

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 11:00am

Manufacturers will act early on September 2020 ban as LED already the preferred option

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Halogen lights will disappear from Australia within two years, as the industry and federal government pivot towards more efficient and environmentally-friendly LED lighting.

A ban on halogen bulbs, which use four times the energy of LED globes, was announced last month at a meeting of state and federal environment ministers.

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Emissions scheme wastes millions on projects that would have gone ahead anyway

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 11:00am

Government advisers call for changes to Direct Action policy to end investment in schemes that do not reduce emissions
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Independent experts advising the Turnbull government have called for changes to the Coalition’s Direct Action climate policy to prevent tens of millions of dollars of public money going to projects that would have gone ahead anyway.

The recommendation is in a review of the $2.55bn emissions reduction fund, the central plank of Direct Action, which pays landowners and companies to avoid emissions or sequester carbon dioxide in plants at the lowest cost. The fund is supposed to support projects that would reduce Australia’s carbon pollution below what it would otherwise have been.

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England may get more national parks after protected areas review

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 9:55am

Michael Gove says move prompted by rising population and decline in certain habitats

A new wave of national parks could be created after the environment secretary, Michael Gove, announced plans for a review of protected areas.

The review, which will also consider areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), will look at how they can bolster wildlife, improve visitor access and support people who live and work there.

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We need to clean up our act on roadside pollution | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 9:02am
Guardian readers respond to Michael Gove’s defence of what the government is doing to address air pollution

We must cut through the smog of rhetoric if we are to have clean air. Through deft political sleight of hand, the environment secretary Michael Gove’s defence of what the government is doing to address air pollution (Letters, 24 May) diverts attention from the cause of dirty air in most of our cities: diesel-fuelled vehicles. This risks slowing down the action required to tackle air pollution at a moment when more and more people are becoming aware that it is a serious risk to health in places beyond London.

As city leaders, we are keen to work with ministers to tackle the wider challenges of air pollution, but this requires a government strategy that has cleaner transport at its heart. We need a national framework so that residents and businesses can make the shift as quickly as possible to less polluting ways of moving around.

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Rare birds ‘at risk of poisoning from eating lead shot’

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 12:00am
Warning by expert panel says up to 400,000 wildfowl a year may suffer lead poisoning

Several rare bird species, including a breed of red-headed duck listed as “vulnerable”, are under threat from lead poisoning linked to shooting, a new report says.

Numbers of common pochard, a duck species at risk of global extinction, have fallen substantially over the past 30 years, a decline partly attributed to the fact that they eat some of the 5,000 tonnes of lead pellets discarded in the countryside by people shooting game, according to the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG).

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How ships bring agonising death to last Greek whales

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 11:05pm

Government promises action on collisions to avoid slaughter on busy shipping routes

In an office up a steep hill in a seaside suburb of Athens, a tiny blue light flickers from a computer terminal. Dr Alexandros Frantzis, Greece’s foremost oceanographer, points it out. The light, he says, tracks marine traffic “in real time”.

It is key to saving one of the world’s most endangered whale populations.

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Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 9:59pm
Campaigners demand that post-Brexit Britain matches the EU’s plan to tackle waste

The EU is to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks in a bid to tackle the rising tide of plastic waste, a move that has prompted urgent calls for the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to guarantee that the UK will follow Brussels’ lead after Brexit.

The restrictions on “single-use” plastic will be launched on Monday by the European commission as part of its plan to ensure that 55% of all plastic is recycled by 2030. About 80-85% of all litter in the oceans is plastic, and half of that is made up of throw-away items such as plastic straws.

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Nothing like a new computer....

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 3:05pm
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‘Going to get worse’: red fire ants detected in Queensland's Scenic Rim

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 3:02pm

Pests could cost the state in billions if the spread continues, Invasive Species Council warns

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One of the world’s worst invasive pests, red fire ants, have been detected outside a containment zone in Queensland’s scenic rim.

The ants, destroyers of crops and harbingers of doom for many forms of outdoor recreation, are considered a potential $45bn problem should they become widely established in Queensland.

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Florida, Alabama In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 2:11pm

The first named storm this season is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding. Florida Gov. Rick Scott — and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey later on Saturday — sounded alarm bells.

(Image credit: National Hurricane Center/NOAA)

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America's tree sitters risk lives on the front line

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 6:26am

In the hills on the border of Virginia and West Virginia protesters – mainly women – are defying police and energy companies in non-violent environmental activism

Way out in the Appalachian hills, on the line between Virginia and West Virginia, after an hour-long backwoods hike up Peters Mountain, an orderly clutch of tents were surrounded by a plastic yellow ribbon that read, “police line do not cross”.

Past that, a woman sat on top of a 50ft pole.

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Chicken safety fear as chlorine washing fails bacteria tests

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 6:00am
British microbiologists find that American technique at heart of Brexit trade row does not kill listeria and salmonella

The chlorine washing of food, the controversial “cleaning” technique used by many US poultry producers who want access to the British market post-Brexit, does not remove contaminants, a new study has found.

The investigation, by a team of microbiologists from Southampton University and published in the US journal mBio, found that bacilli such as listeria and salmonella remain completely active after chlorine washing. The process merely makes it impossible to culture them in the lab, giving the false impression that the chlorine washing has been effective.

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Country diary: mystery of the walled 'rooms' deep in the wood

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/05/25 - 9:30pm

Mike’s Wood, River Kent, Cumbria: There are dozens of black gates along the valley, marking the route of the Thirlmere to Manchester aqueduct

Like little beacons among the hazel trees, stitchwort flowers lead me onwards towards the enclosure. There is always a moment, before passing through the black gate into this woodland “room”, of wondering about the motives for creating a separate space within the wood. The deeply mossed encircling wall strides over the crags and boulders of precipitous ground – a fine exemplar of the drystone-waller’s art. But why an enclosure here?

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