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Despite Shutdown, Trump Administration Continued Effort To Expand Alaska Oil Drilling

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 2:03pm

The Bureau of Land Management has gone ahead with a series of public meetings on its effort to expand oil development in the 22-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

(Image credit: Judy Patrick/AP)

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'Raining spiders': airborne arachnids appear over south-east Brazil

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 9:11am

Soaring temperatures bring tales of eight-legged invaders as huge numbers of communal species spin invisible webs in the sky

Summer in south-east Brazil has brought soaring temperatures and some disconcerting eight-legged visitors.

Residents in a rural area of southern Minas Gerais state have reported skies “raining spiders”, a phenomenon which experts say is typical in the region during hot, humid weather.

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Guardian to be first national newspaper with biodegradable wrapping

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 8:53am

The change aims to reduce plastic waste, following readers’ feedback

The Guardian’s print edition will no longer be sold in plastic packaging, becoming the first national newspaper to switch to biodegradable wrapping.

The Saturday edition of the paper contains a large number of supplements which are currently packaged in polythene to meet the demands of retailers and ensure they reach readers.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 8:02am

An adopted leopard cub, a preening moorhen and tiny turtles feature in this week’s gallery

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Hitachi set to cancel plans for £16bn nuclear power station in Wales

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/11 - 6:48am

Move by Japanese firm would be blow to UK plans to replace coal plants and ageing reactors

The Japanese conglomerate Hitachi looks certain to cancel its plans for a £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, leaving Britain’s ambitions for a nuclear renaissance in tatters.

An impasse in months-long talks between the company, London and Toyko on financing is expected to result in the flagship project being axed at a Hitachi board meeting next week, according to the Nikkei newspaper.

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another revision...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/01/10 - 6:46pm
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Dozens Of Stranded Seals Flounder In Canadian Town

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/01/10 - 2:48pm

As winter closed in on the town of Roddickton-Bide Arm in Newfoundland, a pod of seals became separated from open water by miles of ice.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brendon Fitzpatrick)

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Mexican fishermen attack Sea Shepherd vessel protecting vaquita porpoise

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/10 - 2:15pm
  • Two dozen boats douse conversation vessel with gasoline
  • As few as 15 vaquita may remain in Gulf of California

The Sea Shepherd environmental group has published video showing an attack by about two dozen small fishing boats on the group’s vessel Farley Mowat in Mexico’s Gulf of California.

The fishermen in the Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, oppose environmentalists trying to protect the vaquita marina, the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise.

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Warming oceans likely to raise sea levels 30cm by end of century – study

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/10 - 12:00pm

Seawater temperature is rising faster than predicted, which is likely to worsen extreme weather events around the world

The world’s oceans are warming at a faster rate than previously estimated, new research has found, raising fresh concerns over the rapid progress of climate change.

Warming oceans take up more space, a process known as thermal expansion, which the study says is likely to raise sea levels by about 30cm by the end of the century, on top of the rise in sea levels from melting ice and glaciers. Warmer oceans are also a major factor in increasing the severity of storms, hurricanes and extreme rainfall.

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Extinct mammoths could be given protected status in bid to save elephants

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/01/10 - 11:36am

Proposal is intended to protect African elephants from being poached for their tusks

The long-extinct woolly mammoth could gain protected status in an unprecedented attempt to save the African elephant from the global ivory trade.

If approved, the protection of the mammoth under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) could prove vital in saving its modern relatives. The proposal by Israel would close a loophole that enables the trafficking of illegal elephant ivory under the guise of legal mammoth ivory, which is almost identical in appearance.

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Should Hyping Edible Bugs Focus On The Experience Instead Of The Environment?

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/01/10 - 9:49am

A new study shows that when ads made hedonistic marketing claims, such as "exotic" or "delicious," rather than targeting environmental interests, more people were willing to try eating insects.

(Image credit: Oliver Brachat/for NPR)

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Minister urged to drop new coal-mining plans in Northumberland

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 11:30pm

Druridge Bay project makes mockery of UK’s goal to phase out coal by 2025, say critics

A wild stretch of Northumberland beach has become the ultimate testing ground of the government’s much-vaunted commitment to phase out coal by 2025, according to campaigners.

On Friday, James Brokenshire, the minister for communities and local government, will start examining whether to allow a local coal mining company, Banks Group, to extract three million tonnes of coal from 250 hectares of land behind the sand dunes of Druridge Bay, in a project that will extend beyond the government’s own deadline for the end of coal.

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Whitsundays shark attack: woman and child bitten in shallow waters

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 8:35pm

Girl to be transferred from Hamilton Island to have bite on foot treated, while woman was bitten on leg

A girl and a elderly woman have been bitten by a shark in the Whitsundays, continuing a spate of attacks in the popular north Queensland region.

Related: Shark attack: five survivors on what it's like when a great white tries to eat you

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Joshua Tree national park announces closure after trees destroyed amid shutdown

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 6:48pm

Maintenance and sanitation problems also reported 18 days after government shutdown furloughed the vast majority of park staff

A day after this story was published, the National Park Service announced that it had averted the closure by tapping revenues from recreation fees, and that campgrounds and entrance stations would be reopened on Thursday. In a press release, the NPS expressed thanks to volunteers “who provided basic sanitation at campgrounds and other closed areas during the lapse in appropriations”.

For 17 days, a host of volunteers and a skeleton staff kept the trash cans and toilets from overflowing at Joshua Tree national park.

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Interior Restaffs Some Wildlife Refuges During Shutdown

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 5:47pm

Furloughed staff will return to 38 protected sites around the country. Critics are panning the move as a way to avoid bad optics during the political tussle.

(Image credit: Adam Kealoha Causey/AP)

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Australia had third-warmest year on record in 2018

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 4:50pm

Bureau of Meteorology says average temperature was 1.14C above average for 1961-1990, making 2018 slightly warmer than 2017

Last year was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, with every state and territory recording above average temperatures in 2018.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, the nation’s average temperature last year was 1.14C above the average for 1961-1990, making 2018 slightly warmer than 2017.

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bed in a box...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 4:04pm
Been having lower back pain issues for the past month so I thought I might try a new mattress.  Unfortunately, I couldn't 3D print one...  51,60,48,0,B
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Heavy Winter Storm Wrecks Syrian Refugee Camps In Lebanon

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 12:41pm

Thousands of Syrians seeking refuge in neighboring Lebanon are scrambling for shelter and an 8-year-old girl was reported dead.

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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Report sparks concerns over poor air quality on London Underground

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 12:36pm

Pollution in tube stations 30 times higher than beside busy roads in capital, experts say

Fresh concerns over air quality on the London Underground have been raised after researchers found that the concentration of particulate pollution in tube stations was up to 30 times higher than beside busy roads in the capital.

Air pollution experts have called for more analysis of the possible harmful effects of the underground’s particulates.

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Not all environmentalists eat tofu: the hunters fighting climate change

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 4:00am

Progressives should think twice about who their allies are. Conservatives, especially those who hunt, can be alarmed about climate change too

I first read about Bald Knob, Arkansas, in 2010, after thousands of poisoned blackbirds dropped dead from the sky in nearby Beebe. On first look, Bald Knob has an unsettling aesthetic: a sparsely populated town, a bygone agricultural zone with toppled silos, old trailers, taxidermy businesses, boarded-up shops and a Waffle House. It’s a narrative cliche to present a rural place below the Mason-Dixon line this way, yet the scenery fits the bill.

I’ve lived in places like these, where a casual observer sees a weathered town and locals just see home. I proceed with caution anyway. I’m also unsettled by news reports of armed white nationalists marching at the capitol building in nearby Little Rock. I know this is how a lot of people experience the rural south – sorting through stereotypes and history as they go, wondering how much of the old south is present in the new.

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