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Shutdown hits American farmers already hurt by China trade war

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

Closure of agriculture department offices could not have come at a worse time for farmers awaiting emergency federal aid

Just as American farmers thought Donald Trump had rescued them from the economic consequences of his trade war with China, along came the government shutdown.

Related: American farmers fear being caught up in Trump's trade wars

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'It's a nightmare': Americans' health at risk as shutdown slashes EPA

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

The Environmental Protection Agency has been cut to a skeleton staff, meaning work to ensure clean air and water is left undone

The US government shutdown has stymied environmental testing and inspections, prompting warnings that Americans’ health is being put at increasing risk as the shutdown drags on.

More than 13,000 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are not at work, with just 794 people deemed essential staff currently undertaking the agency’s duties.

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‘It’s tough sleeping at night’: ranchers seek to protect herds as wolves move in

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

As wolves arrive in California for the first time since the 1920s, ranchers try non-lethal methods to deter animals once seen as livestock-killing vermin

Breanna Owens had no idea where to turn for help when the wolves arrived. The northern California-based rancher used to take her cattle to graze each summer in Oregon, but in 2014, OR-7, a solitary wolf dubbed Journey, found a mate and produced a litter of pups in the vicinity of Owens’ herd. The Rogue pack was the first in the area in generations.

“All of a sudden it’s, ‘Oh, he set up camp. And there’s a female. And there’s pups – oh my gosh!’” she recalled.

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more testing...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 5:42pm
The number of configuration settings available for 3D printing is mind boggling.  Finding the right combination is a real challenge.  60,73,39,0,B
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Massive Fatberg Found Blocking Sewer In British Seaside Town

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 4:41pm

The giant clump of fat, oil and wet wipes lurking below the town of Sidmouth measures 210 feet, making it 42 feet longer than the White House. It will take about eight weeks to break it apart.

(Image credit: South West Water/AP)

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Joshua Tree National Park Will Remain Accessible During Government Shutdown

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 4:31pm

Reversing an announcement made earlier this week, park officials said recreation fees will be used to keep the popular park open and to mitigate sanitation problems and environmental damage.

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Once Again On The Rise

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 2:30pm

A newly released report shows that the United States' CO2 emissions spiked last year. A booming economy and busy transportation sector are to blame.

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Warning deadly Irukandji jellyfish heading further south as number of stings surge

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 10:00am

Twenty-two people have been hospitalised this summer with Irukandji stings, which can cause brain haemorrhages

The deadly Irukandji jellyfish is likely to spread further down Australia’s east coast as temperatures warm, an expert says, after twice as many Queenslanders were stung by the species this season than usual.

Twenty-two people have been hospitalised this summer with Irukandji stings – which are so severe they can cause brain haemorrhages and a debilitating sensation of impending doom, known as Irukandji syndrome.

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Solar panel users to be paid for excess power – but will need to wait

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 4:53am

People who install solar from April will have to give away surplus until scheme launches

Households with solar panels are to get a guaranteed payment for excess electricity they export to the grid – but there will be a hiatus when people are expected to give it away for free.

Energy minister Claire Perry said on Tuesday she would legislate for a new market that will make energy firms compete to offer solar homes the best price for any unused energy they export.

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Caroline Lucas calls for action in Brighton recycling row

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 4:50am

Green party MP presses Veolia to accept more plastic waste

The recycling company Veolia has been accused of refusing to adapt a 30-year contract to allow Brighton and Hove council to collect more plastic waste as local authorities struggle to meet a national target of 50%.

Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said the company had refused requests to change the contract. As a result, attempts by the city to increase the collection of plastic waste had failed.

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'Voice of the forest': George the snail, last of his kind, dies at age 14

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 4:00am

Climate change and invasive predators have taken a heavy toll on native animals and insects in the Hawaiian Islands

As New Year’s Day broke in the Hawaiian Islands, one rare creature was not there to emerge from his shell and greet it: George, the last snail of his kind and a local celebrity, was dead at age 14.

Related: World's oldest known wild bird to become a mother for the 37th time

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Bath Abbey to be heated using water from city's hot springs

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 3:43am

Green energy scheme uses 1.1m litres of hot water flowing through Roman baths each day

Work to install eco-friendly heating in Bath Abbey using hot water from the city’s Roman baths is beginning.

Contractors are surveying the great Roman drain, which carries steaming water from Bath’s hot springs to the River Avon, as part of a project to use the springs to warm the nearby abbey that starts on Tuesday.

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Carbon emissions up as Trump agenda rolls back climate change work

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/01/08 - 3:00am

Last year’s 3.4% jump in emissions is the largest since 2010 recession and second largest gain in more than two decades

A new analysis shows US greenhouse gas levels are increasing as the Trump administration unravels efforts to slow climate change.

Carbon emissions rose sharply last year, increasing 3.4%, according to new estimates from the economic firm Rhodium Group. That year’s jump in emissions is the biggest since the bounce back from the recession in 2010. It is the second largest gain in more than two decades.

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Galápagos island gets its first iguanas since Darwin after mass-release

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/01/07 - 5:58pm

Land iguanas wiped out by feral pigs have been reintroduced to Santiago Island

A group of more than 1,400 iguanas have been reintroduced to an island in the Galápagos archipelago nearly two centuries after they disappeared from there, authorities said on Monday.

The Galápagos land iguanas from North Seymour Island were freed onto Santiago Island as part of an ecological restoration program, the National Galapagos park authority said in a statement.

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Base paired up: study suggests genetic formula to monogamy

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/01/07 - 1:00pm

Scientists compared DNA of 10 species and found 24 genes which marked out males that stayed with their mates

It could be a handy riposte for the stalwart commitment-phobe. When challenged on their reluctance to be tied down, half-hearted partners could shrug and claim their neural gene expression profiles made them that way.

That is, at least, if research on smaller animals holds true in humans. Researchers who compared the DNA of 10 different species found a common genetic formula which marked out males that stayed with their mates and lent a hand from their less-than-committed cousins.

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Canada: indigenous anti-pipeline protesters call police presence ‘act of war’

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/01/07 - 11:56am

Police officers deployed near checkpoint where protesters have gathered to block the construction of a natural gas pipeline

Indigenous protesters in Canada have called a growing police presence near their makeshift checkpoint “an act of war”, as tensions mount over a stalled pipeline project in northern British Columbia.

In defiance of a court order, dozens of protesters have gathered on a logging road nearly 700km (430 miles) north-west of Vancouver, to block the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/01/07 - 10:04am
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Dutch eco initiative halves energy bills in first UK homes

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/01/07 - 7:00am

Nottingham pioneers ‘Energiesprong’ after it wins £5m funding from EU

A Dutch approach to transforming old homes through a dramatic green makeover has arrived in the UK and cut tenants’ energy bills in half.

Nottingham has become the first city council to pioneer the “Energiesprong” (energy leap) initiative, which has radically upgraded the energy efficiency of thousands of homes in the Netherlands.

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National Park Service Plans To Expand Operations Amid Government Shutdown

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/01/06 - 8:08pm

Volunteers and a skeletal staff have maintained sites in some parks. In others, the amount of damage and trash triggered an unprecedented move from the National Park Service to return more workers.

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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lusty...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/01/06 - 4:04pm
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
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