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Charles Darwin's ailments are 'typical of Lyme disease' in UK

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/01/06 - 11:02am

Naturalist’s symptoms of diarrhoea, rashes, palpitations and flatulence could have been tick infection, say researchers

He travelled the world studying exotic creatures in dangerous lands, but the disease that marred Charles Darwin’s life may have been caught closer to home as he trudged around Britain collecting insects, shooting birds, and picking up stones, researchers say.

The Victorian naturalist who gave the world the theory of evolution is a strong contender for the most famously ill scientist in history. His diaries, notebooks and letters brim with despair over ailments ranging from diarrhoea, rashes and heart palpitations, to vomiting, muscle pain and incessant flatulence.

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The death of Venice? City’s battles with tourism and flooding reach crisis level

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/01/06 - 2:00am

A tax on daytrippers has hit the headlines, but La Serenissima’s mounting problems also include rising waters, angry locals and a potential black mark from Unesco

Why Italy regrets its Faustian pact with tourist cash

Venice’s Santa Lucia railway station is packed as visitors scuttle across the concourse towards the water-bus stops. Taking a selfie against the backdrop of the Grand Canal, Ciro Esposito and his girlfriend have just arrived and are unimpressed with what may greet them in future if the Venetian authorities get their way: a minimum city entry fee of €2.50 throughout the year, rising to between €5 and €10 during peak periods.

It is the price of a cappuccino, but for them “it’s going too far”. “They are using people like a bank machine,” says Esposito. “We are in Europe and can travel freely across borders, yet we have to pay to enter one of our own cities.”

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Katharine Hayhoe: 'A thermometer is not liberal or conservative'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/01/06 - 12:00am

The award-winning atmospheric scientist on the urgency of the climate crisis and why people are her biggest hope

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has contributed to more than 125 scientific papers and won numerous prizes for her science communication work. In 2018 she was a contributor to the US National Climate Assessment and was awarded the Stephen H Schneider award for outstanding climate science communication.

In 2018, we have seen forest fires in the Arctic circle; record high temperatures in parts of Australia, Africa and the US; floods in India; and devastating droughts in South Africa and Argentina. Is this a turning point?
This year has hit home how climate change loads the dice against us by taking naturally occurring weather events and amplifying them. We now have attribution studies that show how much more likely or stronger extreme weather events have become as a result of human emissions. For example, wildfires in the western US now burn nearly twice the area they would without climate change, and almost 40% more rain fell during Hurricane Harvey than would have otherwise. So we are really feeling the impacts and know how much humanity is responsible.

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Climate change ravages Turner’s majestic glaciers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/01/05 - 10:59pm
New images by Emma Stibbon of locations used by Turner and Ruskin highlight the toll taken on Alpine landscape

A Royal Academician has followed in the footsteps of JMW Turner and John Ruskin to capture in photographs the breathtaking sites in the French Alps that 19th-century artists caught so strikingly. The resulting images reveal a stark depiction of how climate change has taken its toll on the glaciated landscape.

For a forthcoming exhibition on Ruskin and Turner, Emma Stibbon was commissioned to go to Chamonix and record the glaciers around Mont Blanc where, in the early 1800s, Turner painted sublime watercolours that inspired Ruskin to embark on his Alpine tours decades later, photographing and drawing awe-inspiring glaciers such as the Mer de Glace.

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Hyams beach: thousands turned away as NSW tourism hot spot 'loved to death'

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/01/05 - 6:41pm

Shoalhaven council uses traffic controllers to redirect visitors after area ‘inundated’ with thousands of cars

Thousands of drivers have been turned away from the New South Wales beach billed as having the world’s whitest sand as the local council brainstorms solutions with residents over its booming popularity.

Shoalhaven city council has appointed traffic controllers to redirect visitors from the Hyams beach village in Jervis Bay, given its parking capacity is 400 but up to 5,000 vehicles are around each day during peak season.

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the first test...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/01/05 - 5:11pm
Did the obligatory first test print today from the pre loaded file on the SD card that came with the new 3D printer.  Figured it would be a good idea to really put the printer through its paces for this first run.  Fortunately, everything worked fine and the print came out quite nice.  The vertical structures are support for overhangs and peel off easily.  It took 5 hours and 31 minutes to print out this silly object but at least I know there aren't any major issues with the printer or how I assembled it.  Good thing I bought a full spool of filament because the little sample they included with the printer isn't nearly enough to print this.  62,70,27,0,C  
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An Engineering Wunderkind's Ocean Plastics Cleanup Device Hits A Setback

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/01/05 - 3:04pm

Four months into its testing phase, the Ocean Cleanup's plastic-catching device isn't catching as much plastic as intended.

(Image credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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London nurseries to get air purifiers after toxic air concerns

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/01/05 - 2:32pm

Mayor Sadiq Khan says toddlers’ exposure to air pollution is ‘inexcusable’

A group of state-run nurseries in London are to be given air filtration systems as concern grows about the impact of the UK’s toxic air on some of the capital’s youngest and most vulnerable residents.

Five nurseries have been selected for the purifiers in the first wave, with 20 nurseries being audited to measure the extent of toddlers’ exposure to the potentially deadly particles from vehicles.

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Threatened Bluefin Tuna Sells For $3 Million In Tokyo Market

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/01/05 - 1:00pm

Sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura purchased the 612-pound Pacific bluefin tuna at auction. Conservationists are alarmed about the fate of the species.

(Image credit: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

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'An Eerie Silence' Where Federal Land Agency Workers Are Furloughed

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/01/05 - 3:01am

The partial federal government shutdown has furloughed thousands of people who work on millions of acres of public land across the country. That means work on critical projects has mostly stopped.

(Image credit: Kirk Siegler/NPR)

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London's ultra-low emission zone: good or bad idea?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/01/05 - 1:30am

Campaigners say it will cut pollution, but opponents claim it will hit poor people hardest

“I’m just really glad the ULEZ is coming. Children’s lungs can’t wait,” says Jemima Hartshorn, a Brixton resident who helped set up campaign group Mums For Lungs.

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'Appalling' toilets and rule-breaking as US shutdown hits national parks

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 11:00pm

Deaths reported at several sites amid staffing shortages, as local teams lend a hand at Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and elsewhere

Human waste by the side of a busy road in Yosemite. Overflowing toilets in the Grand Canyon. The Rocky Mountains inaccessible because of unplowed roads.

And in all these places, ordinary people stepping in to try to save some of America’s most revered landmarks from being overrun.

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Sushi king pays record $3.1m for endangered bluefin tuna in Japan

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 8:18pm

The winning auction bid for the enormous tuna was more than double the price fetched five years ago

A record $3.1 m (£2.4 m) has been paid for a giant bluefin tuna at Tokyo’s new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year.

The winning bid for the prized but endangered species at the predawn auction was more than double the 2013 annual New Year auction.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 5:06pm
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Private Companies Are Paying To Keep Roads Groomed, Bathrooms Cleaned In Yellowstone

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 3:02pm

Because of the partial government shutdown, some national parks are closing because employees aren't working and both trashcans and toilets are overflowing. Yellowstone has found a work-around.

(Image credit: Eric Whitney/Montana Public Radio)

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Devastating Wildfires Force California's Largest Utility To Plan Sale Of Gas Assets

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 2:19pm

Senior officials at Pacific Gas & Electric are working on a plan to sell off the company's natural gas division to avert bankruptcy and raise funds to cover huge projected liability costs.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

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Local councils heading for fracking showdown with government

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 11:08am

Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome as discontent spreads

Ministers are facing a fresh confrontation with local councils over their controversial plans to expand fracking, after one of the biggest combined authorities in the country set out plans to ban the practice.

Greater Manchester’s decision to effectively stop companies from extracting underground shale gas in the region was greeted as a critical moment in the fight against fracking, which critics say is dangerous and unproven.

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 9:06am

Ground control to Ultima Thule.

(Image credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 8:52am

Rescued turtles, piggybacking toads and a sadly missed rhino feature in this week’s gallery

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No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for UK farmers, warns NFU

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/01/04 - 5:20am

Union boss Minette Batters says tariffs would price British farms out of export market

The UK’s farmers face a profound crisis in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and there is dangerous ground ahead even if a deal is agreed, according to the head of the National Farmers’ Union.

Minette Batters, the union’s first female leader, is determined to be cautiously positive about Brexit, for which a majority of farmers voted. “We have to embrace the future … and make sure we have a goal and a plan,” said Batters, who declined to reveal how she voted in the referendum.

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