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The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 3:02pm
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London to have world-first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 9:31am

The buses will only have water exhaust emissions and will be on the capital’s streets by 2020

London will have the world’s first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses on its streets next year, as the capital steps up attempts to tackle its polluted air.

Transport for London (TfL) has ordered 20 of the buses, which cost around £500,000 each and only emit water as exhaust.

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Labour weighs up delisting UK firms if they fail to fight climate change

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 7:00am

John McDonnell’s tough message likely to trip City alarm bells as party puts climate battle at heart of agenda

UK companies failing to tackle climate change would be delisted from the London Stock Exchange under radical plans for greening the economy being drawn up by Labour.

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said he would consider changing the law if necessary to force UK-listed firms to take adequate steps to fight the “climate emergency” facing the planet.

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 6:30am

A buzzard, elephants and yellowbanded sweetlips

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Rare black bear seen in no-go zone between North and South Korea

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 6:27am

Find shows ecological value of demilitarised zone after decades cut off from humans

When an unmanned camera captured movement inside the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea, it wasn’t a sign of troops on the march. Instead, photographs released this week show a rare black bear clambering on rocks next to a peaceful stream.

The animal has been identified as an Asiatic black bear, a species that is native to parts of Asia including the Korean peninsula and is classified as “vulnerable” on the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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What are the alternatives to endless growth?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 2:53am

Upside readers are calling for a shift to a sustainable economy. So what would that look like?

Another week, another report lamenting the decimation of wildlife and the threat of natural collapse.

The UN tome was so gloomy it needed 1,800 pages to spell out the message: 1 million species face extinction if we carry on like this.

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Ever Changing Focus

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 4:26pm
Today I came across a YouTube channel that came in very handy.  I decided to do a search on how to repair airstream windows and came across Miller Garage.  They had a great series on all the steps involved.  Last time I did a search for that (about 6 years ago), I found very limited information.  Checking out some more of their content, I found they were shifting direction in their lives - but seemed to be concerned about their shift and how it may affect their channel and social media.  This blog has shifted direction over the years and often people complain that I am no longer true to my "original vision".  One thing I like to point out is that my online life is a diary - not a dialog.  I found their Facebook page and offered the following:  Thanks for that series on rebuilding Airstream windows. Something I have been wanting to do for a long time with my old Airstream. As for your channel and lives changing focus - don't give it a second thought and don't worry about losing followers (I am a new subscriber and I don't subscribe to very many channels). I have lived off the grid for 11 years near Terlingua, TX and at first I was all gung ho on all aspects of off grid and "sustainable living". I have been doing a daily blog for 10 years since moving to the desert and I am no longer focused solely on all things off grid. We all change and (hopefully) evolve and when someone who follows you feels "betrayed" if things change - they seriously need to get a life. I have had a YouTube channel for 13 years, but just started concentrating on it at the beginning of 2018 - posting 2 videos a week. I do it for myself...not for my "viewers". I don't try to appear as if I am friends with them to develop some kind of false personal relationship - contrary to what YouTube says you need to do in order to have a successful channel. If people like my content...great! If they don't...they are free to watch whatever they want. I don't concentrate on producing content consistent with one particular view or lifestyle because I have a lot of different interests and they are always changing. For me - living a life worth talking about is much more satisfying than sitting around watching what others do - and trying to entertain a group of people who are watchers instead of doers is a losing game.  83,91,53,0,W
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'Polluter pays': welfare lobby demands climate compensation for people on low incomes

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 11:00am

Social services statement backs Labor’s emissions reduction target as a minimum

Action on climate change should make polluters pay and include compensation for people on low incomes, according to the social services sector.

The Australian Council of Social Services and others have called for “at least” a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 coupled with regular indexation of the energy supplement to compensate welfare recipients.

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Extinction Rebellion founder cleared over King's College protest

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 9:37am

Jury finds Roger Hallam not guilty of causing damage after spray painting building’s wall

The founder of Extinction Rebellion has been cleared by a jury of all charges relating to a protest against fossil fuels in what campaigners say is a historic moment for the climate justice movement.

Roger Hallam, 52, did not deny criminal damage worth £7,000 in an action to urge Kings College, London to divest from fossil fuels.

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Empty North Sea gas fields to be used to bury 10m tonnes of C02

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 5:36am

Ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent to pipe greenhouse gas into vast under-sea reservoir

Three of the largest ports in Europe – Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent – are to be used to capture and bury 10m tonnes of CO2 emissions under the North Sea in what will be the biggest project of its kind in the world.

The ports, which account for one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions from the Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg region, are to be used to pipe the gas into a porous reservoir of sandstone about two miles (3km) below the seabed.

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PM says bill that mentions testing makeup on animals is 'action' on extinction crisis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 3:48am

Scott Morrison claims to have passed laws ‘dealing with that very issue’ raised by the UN environment report

Scott Morrison has identified a bill that restricts testing makeup on animals as an example of his government “taking action” on the extinction of a million plant and animal species raised by a landmark UN report.

On Tuesday, the prime minister told reporters he had “been taking action” on matters raised by the report, saying: “We already introduced and passed legislation through the Senate actually dealing with that very issue in the last week of the parliament.”

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'Biggest Little Farm': Offers Ways To Improve Man's Relationship With Nature

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 2:02am

A new documentary chronicles the life of a couple who left the city for a farm north of LA. They built a bio-diverse farm that survived the recent wildfires and offers lessons for sustainable living.

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The UK's feral roads deter cycling – we need enforcement, not calls for respect

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 11:00pm

Our public space is increasingly out of reach for all but the fit, the brave, and those in motor vehicles

Almost 90% of cyclists experience a “close pass” – an overtake within 1.5m – at least weekly, and 70% say conditions on Britain’s roads haven’t improved in the last five years, according to a new damning survey from British Cycling.

Of 15,000 respondents, 66% said they were concerned about their safety while cycling on Britain’s roads, and almost 40% said they experienced a close pass daily.

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Peter Garrett urges Bill Shorten to declare climate emergency if Labor wins

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 7:51pm

Exclusive: Former environment minister calls for creation of ‘war’ cabinet committee to plot transition to zero carbon

The former environment minister Peter Garrett has urged an incoming Labor government to convene a climate emergency summit to plot a transition to zero carbon, and create a super department aligned to Treasury, like the Department of Post War Reconstruction after the second world war, to implement the transition.

In a speech overnight in New Zealand, Garrett – a former environment minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments – said Bill Shorten should create a standalone “war” cabinet committee, charged with the responsibility of overseeing the new initiatives and ensuring Australia meets its emission-reduction goals.

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I have felt hopelessness over climate change. Here is how we move past the immense grief | Rob Law

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 5:01pm

My intellectual and rational understanding of it has shifted to much more of an emotional and personal one

Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life.’ ‘The planet has seen sudden warming before, it wiped out almost everything.’

These are some of the headlines that bombard us at ever-increasing rates.

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new eggs

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 4:38pm
The dove nest that was vacated a week ago has two new occupants waiting to hatch...83,90,64,0,B
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Runaway consumption: 2tn drinks containers being used every year

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 4:01pm

Global sales of plastic and glass drinks bottles, cans and cartons are rising, report finds

People around the world are using almost 2tn plastic and glass drinks bottles, cans and cartons each year, according to research.

The findings, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), reveal that global sales of drinks containers are set to reach 1.9tn in 2019 – up from 1.6tn in 2015.

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Climate crisis: flooding threat ‘may force UK towns to be abandoned’

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 4:01pm

Environment Agency calls for urgent action to protect country from river and coastal floods

Entire communities might need to be moved away from coasts and rivers as the UK takes urgent action to prepare for an average global temperature rise of 4C, the Environment Agency warned.

The agency said on Thursday that difficult decisions would have to be taken in the coming years to make sure the UK was resilient amid flooding that would not be held back by higher land defences.

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Uber And Lyft Caused Major Traffic Uptick In San Francisco, Study Says

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 12:57pm

Researchers compared data from fall 2010 — before the companies made inroads in the city — and fall 2016. They found that the companies are to blame for more than half of a big increase in traffic.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant To Close, Latest Symbol Of Struggling Industry

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 12:34pm

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, site of the nation's worst nuclear accident, will shut down by the end of September. Backers failed to secure subsidies to keep the plant operating.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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