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If you build them, they will come: record year for cycle counters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/04/26 - 12:00am

New superhighways and better networks are helping cycle lane usage boom across the UK

Cycle lanes are one of the most efficient and healthiest ways of moving people. A single bike lane can transport five times as many people as a motor traffic lane, without the air and noise pollution. This is good news for everyone, whether you drive, walk or cycle – or breathe.

What’s clear from the data, though – despite occasional bizarre claims to the contrary, and attempts to have lanes removed – is that to reap cycling’s benefits you have to build proper infrastructure. But if you build it, they will come – and the cycle counters prove it.

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The joys of springs: how Kenya could steam beyond fossil fuel

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 10:00pm

Engineers are tapping the Rift Valley’s subterranean energy to power an expanding economy

A faint smell of sulphur, a shrill hiss of gas and a Rift Valley panorama punctuated by 30 pillars of steam mark the frontline of renewable energy growth in Kenya.

This is the boundary between Hell’s Gate national park and the geothermal plants that are increasingly powering one of east Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

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Federal election 2019: AEC releases full list of House and Senate candidates – politics live

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 8:50pm

Former WA premier Colin Barnett warns against Clive Palmer preference deal, while Shorten rebuffs Greens on climate policy. Follow the day’s news live

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Related: Fraser Anning press conference ends with teen arrested after violent confrontation

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'Gorilla selfie': Congolese ranger tells how he snapped viral photo

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 6:07pm

Mathieu Shamavu’s photo captured two female orphaned gorillas at a national park in the Congo copying his movements

Two gorillas stand behind a park ranger, one at a side angle, with her shoulders back, head up, apparently posing. The other seems to be peering around the back of the human to make sure she’s in shot.

The photograph – or gorilla selfie, as it has been dubbed – went viral after it was shared by Mathieu Shamavu, a ranger at Virunga national park in eastern Congo, who captured the shot.

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Trump Administration Puts Offshore Drilling Plan On Hold After Setback In Court

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 2:16pm

The Trump administration is delaying efforts to boost offshore oil and gas drilling in the wake of a recent court setback. The plans have been controversial, even in Republican-held states.

(Image credit: Chris Carlson/AP)

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Trump halts plans to expand offshore drilling after legal setback

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 2:02pm

Court decision blocking fossil fuel activity in swaths of the Arctic complicated administration plans to ramp up fossil fuel extraction

The Trump administration has shelved plans to vastly expand offshore oil and gas drilling in the wake of a recent court decision that blocked fossil fuel activity in swaths of the Arctic.

The administration had opened up almost all US waters to companies seeking to drill oil or gas deposits but this expansion has been halted due to a legal setback, according to David Bernhardt, the interior secretary.

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Dove uptate...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 1:41pm
They are growing fast.85,92,54,0,C
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Extinction Rebellion holds Hyde Park rally to mark 'pause' in protests

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 11:49am

Ceremony in London park marks break in activism after day spent targeting the City

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists have gathered at Hyde Park Corner in London to mark a pause in the protests that have gripped London for more than a week and are preparing to take the fight back to local communities.

Climate protesters targeted the city’s financial hub on Thursday to highlight the role the sector plays in climate change. The environmental group said it was the last day of action before it would stop this stage of its campaign of peaceful mass civil disobedience, following protests in which hundreds of people were arrested and thousands of police officers deployed to sites occupied by the group.

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5 Years After Flint's Crisis Began, Is The Water Safe?

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 10:54am

"In some ways we're better," says activist Melissa Mays. "In other ways, we're forever poisoned, damaged, traumatized ... that's not gonna ever be better."

(Image credit: Paul Sancya/AP)

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Belt and Road summit puts spotlight on Chinese coal funding

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 9:50am

Environmentalists say Beijing is exporting a highly polluting model of growth

China will host a trillion-dollar investment summit this weekend amid rising concerns that its funding of overseas coal projects could swamp efforts to keep global warming to less than 1.5C.

The Belt and Road forum, which opens on Friday in Beijing, has been billed by climate campaigners as a pivotal moment that will determine whether China uses its vast financial weight to nudge the world towards renewable energy or continues to promote expansion by its fossil fuel companies.

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8 Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 6:11am

In an NPR/Ipsos poll, 65% of teachers said they don't talk about climate change because it's not related to the subjects they teach. Here are some tips that you can use in any classroom.

(Image credit: Angela Hsieh /NPR)

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A pod of orcas is starving to death. A tribe has a radical plan to feed them

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/25 - 3:00am

The Lummi Nation is dropping live salmon into the sea in a last-ditch rescue effort: ‘We don’t have much time’

Bobbing on the gray-green waters west of Washington state’s San Juan Island, Sle-lh’x elten Jeremiah Julius lifted a Chinook salmon from a 200-gallon blue plastic fish box. He carried the gulping fish to the boat’s rail and slid it into the sea, where it lingered a moment, then disappeared in a silver flash.

It was a quietly radical act.

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North American drilling boom threatens big blow to climate efforts, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/24 - 10:00pm
  • More than half the world’s new pipelines in the US and Canada
  • Pipelines ‘locking in huge emissions for 40 to 50 years at a time’

More than half of the world’s new oil and gas pipelines are located in North America, with a boom in US oil and gas drilling set to deliver a major blow to efforts to slow climate change, a new report has found.

Related: Millions more Americans breathing dirty air as planet warms, study finds

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Aaron update...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/04/24 - 5:22pm
67,85,61, .02",B
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Hoop House class

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2019/04/11 - 8:08pm

For those of you signed up to attend the Hoop House class this Sunday, here is a map of where they are located on the SFCC campus.

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Time to plant greens!

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2019/04/03 - 10:16am

April is a great time to plant greens like spinach, lettuce, cabbage and mustard greens. Plant now so you will get some greens to eat before it gets too hot. When it is hot they will bolt and become bitter. They can be grown in part shade to last longer when the heat comes. The spinach was actually started last spring and made it through the winter and the chartreuse and purple bok choi were put out 3 weeks ago. All are covered at night with row cover.

Other good crops to plant in April are bok choi and chard. They are real workhorses in the garden being able to withstand our cold and hot seasons. They can be grown in part shade to full sun.

Also good crops to plant in April are beets and carrots. Be sure to plant these in areas of your garden that are getting full sun and water 2 times a day until they are up.

Of course all this is dependent on your soil being warm enough now. How warm should your soil be? Between 40-60 degrees. How do you know how to tell? Get a soil thermometer and stick it in your soil about 2 inches deep. Here is a soil temperature chart to help you know when to plant veggies.

And these plants should still be covered with row cover at night because of our cold temperatures.

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NEW! Santa Fe starts a ‘Seed Library’

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2019/03/21 - 4:23am

Santa Fe Seed Library Kickoff-Saturday, March 23
If you are a gardener in Santa Fe, you should be excited about this. Santa Fe is starting a Seed Library in the Santa Fe Southside Library branch off Jaguar. All free this Saturday.

The Santa Fe Seed Library will provide open-pollinated seed to the Santa Fe Community and will encourage the development of a community of seed savers and seed stewards. The Santa Fe Seed Library is a collaboration between the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners. In addition to providing access to open-pollinated seeds, the Seed Library will offer a number of free public programs to help facilitate the growth of a community of climate-savvy gardeners.

This Saturday is the kickoff of it with guest speakers, info tables, a Seed Swap and the movie ‘Seed: The Untold Story‘ and of course seeds! Home Grown New Mexico will be there with an info table on our classes this year and will be putting on a mini-seed swap.  It will be open from 1 to 4pm at Santa Fe Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, Santa Fe, NM, Hope to see you there!

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SPRING FLING POTLUCK-this Sunday March 24

Home Grown New Mexico - Mon, 2019/03/18 - 7:01am

Come to our potluck this Sunday and share some food and garden experiences! Come get the class flyers for 2019!


Sunday, March 24th
4 to 6 pm

Spring Fling Potluck-FREE!
Come to our Spring Fling Potluck and find out what Home Grown New Mexico classes and events are being held in 2019. Please bring a dish. Jannine will go over the class schedule.

Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for everyone! No need to sign up-just show up!

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