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oh the irony...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 5:02pm
Kind of ironic that I just posted a video of the state of my water supply while Study Butte / Terlingua is under a water emergency due to problems with the municipal water system.  Did a supply run to Alpine yesterday which included picking up over 28 gallons of bottled water for a neighbor who has no catchment in place.  Also looks like my kitchen has relapsed into its' natural state of chaos.  Stay tuned for an upcoming time lapse video on my channel of the transformation back to order.  89,91,73, .01",W
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Crisis in Britain’s coastal villages as local fishing communities fight for survival

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 4:05pm
As tourists pour in, global forces push local fishermen out

It is hard to think of a more faithful depiction of the English fishing village than the scene that greets the visitor to Porthleven in Cornwall: the early summer sun glints off the water, holidaymakers throng the quayside restaurants, enjoying the fresh fish unloaded by the fishermen toiling in their boats.

Yet some argue that things are not what they seem. They say that none of the fish sold at the restaurants or cafés offering “fresh local fish” is caught by the town’s fishermen. Instead it is brought in by van from wholesalers in Newlyn, 15 miles away. And of the boats bobbing in the water, only three are commercial fishing boats. Of those, one fisherman is retiring this year and the other two are ready to call it a day.

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'Rewilding' Australia: not only do we need the outback, the outback needs us

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 3:01pm

Even in vast natural ecosystems, the fate and condition of nature lies in the hands of the people who live on, know, respect and manage that land

Only a small number of vast natural landscapes remain on Earth – wild regions where ecological processes function normally and movements of wildlife remain largely unfettered by the fragmentation of habitats. These few places include the Amazon basin, the boreal forests of Canada, tundra of Siberia, the Sahara Desert, and the Australian Outback.

It has become increasingly apparent to modern science what Indigenous people have understood for centuries: that even in these large, natural ecosystems, the fate and condition of nature lies in the hands of the people who live on, know, respect and manage that land.

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Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia’s tigers back from brink

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 12:10pm
A WWF appeal aims to highlight the threat of habitat destruction and climate change on wild populations

In February, Pavel Fomenko was told that the body of a young female tiger had been discovered underneath a car parked outside the town of Luchegorsk, in eastern Russia. Fomenko – head of rare species conservation for WWF Russia – took the corpse for examination where he uncovered the grim details of the animal’s death.

Related: The Siberian tiger protector - in pictures

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The Siberian tiger protector - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 9:30am

Photographer Antonio Olmos travelled to the Russian far east to document the work of Pavel Fomenko, a man of the wilderness and tiger protector with the World Wildlife Fund

You can become a tiger protector with the WWF here

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Invasive Asian carp found near Great Lakes beyond electrified barrier

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 9:26am

The fish was found miles past a barrier designed to keep it from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US

An Asian carp has been found just miles from the Great Lakes, beyond an electrified barrier designed to keep the invasive species from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US.

The fish, weighing 8lbs and measuring 28in, was found by a monitoring team in a waterway nine miles from Lake Michigan, Illinois state officials said on Friday. The carp was sent to Southern Illinois University for further analysis.

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Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far'

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 7:48am

The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.

(Image credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

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New Orleans mayor: US climate change policy cannot wait for Trump

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 7:00am
  • Mitch Landrieu says cities will lead as federal government is ‘paralysed’
  • NYC’s de Blasio backs push as Miami Beach shows anti-sea rise work

US cities will lead national policy on climate change after the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans said at an annual meeting in Florida.

Related: The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era

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Some U.S. States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 6:02am

Changes to building codes in some U.S. jurisdictions may allow the use of siding similar to that of Grenfell Tower in London. A fire at the apartment building killed at least 79 people last week.

(Image credit: Niklas Halle'n /AFP/Getty Images)

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New Island Forms Off North Carolina's Outer Banks

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 5:01am

In the ever-changing seascape off the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a new sand bar, possibly masking as an island. The questions now is how to get to it.

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On Top Of Hong Kong's High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 5:01am

In one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, a gardening cooperative is helping residents rediscover farming — in the sky.

(Image credit: Deena Prichep for NPR)

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Alaska's 40 Years Of Oil Riches Almost Never Was

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 4:00am

Oil began flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline in 1977, transforming Alaska into a wealthy state. But if it wasn't for one man, the Prudhoe Bay oil field may not have never been found.

(Image credit: George Birch/AP)

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Quarter of England’s rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/23 - 11:01pm

Freedom-of-information data reveals threat of drought that would devastate wildlife, with government slow to act on water management

A quarter of England’s rivers are at risk of running dry, with devastating consequences for wildlife, according to data obtained by WWF under freedom of information rules.

Fish are most obviously affected when rivers slow to a trickle, particularly those that migrate upstream such as salmon, trout, eels and lampreys. But animals such as water voles are also harmed, as they are unable to escape predators by fleeing into rivers to reach underwater entrances to their burrows. Birds such as kingfishers, sandpipers and dippers also suffer, as the insects and small fish they feed on die out.

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New Mexico Fermentation Festival-ticket available

Home Grown New Mexico - Fri, 2017/06/23 - 4:18pm

Just got a phone call that 1 person has 1 extra ticket to sell to the NM Fermentation Festival tomorrow in Albuquerque as someone can’t make it. Price is $15. There may be more tickets available but someone wants to sell theirs.

Event: New Mexico Fermentation Festival Time:  11 am-5:30 pm Where: Gutierrrez-Hubbell House Address: 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 Phone: (505) 244-0507

To see more info on the festival: http://nmfermentationfest.com/

To make arrangements to buy this ticket call:
Teri at 505-920-9383

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Paris agreement's 1.5C target 'only way' to save coral reefs, Unesco says

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/23 - 3:48pm

First global assessment of climate change impact on world heritage-listed reefs says local efforts are ‘no longer sufficient’

Greater emissions reductions and delivering on the Paris climate agreement are now “the only opportunity” to save coral reefs the world over from decline, with local responses no longer sufficient, a report by Unesco has found.

The first global scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on the 29 world heritage-listed coral reefs, published on Saturday, found that the frequency, intensity and duration of heat-stress events had worsened with increasing global warming, with massive consequences for the 29 world heritage sites.

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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/06/23 - 3:09pm

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the University of Arkansas)

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/06/23 - 3:00pm
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'Cause For Serious Concern': Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/06/23 - 11:13am

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

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Banks can help to protect world heritage sites | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/23 - 10:47am
Chris Gee on how banks lend to companies that have the potential to cause irreversible damage to heritage sites

Even protected Unesco world heritage sites – some of the most incredible places on earth – are threatened by decisions being made by banks (Report, 22 June). Almost half of those listed for their natural values are threatened by harmful industrial practices such as oil and gas exploration and mining. Banks lend to companies that have the potential to cause irreversible damage to these sites and this could be avoided if they had the right policies and implementation procedures in place. Our report details the steps banks can take to safeguard these areas. World Heritage sites are home to some of the planet’s most endangered species, and they are relied upon by local communities. We need to be doing everything we can to protect them.
Chris Gee
Head of campaigns, WWF-UK

• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com

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Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/06/23 - 7:00am

Mayor of London wants urgent meeting with new environment secretary to press for action on toxic air quality

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain’s “life and death” air pollution crisis.

This week, Khan activated the capital’s emergency alert system after experts warned toxic air in the capital had reached dangerous levels. Large parts of southern England and Wales were also affected on Wednesday.

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