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The Field Lab - Sat, 2015/01/31 - 4:40pm
Good soaking rain overnight...clouds broke up by 11 for a sunny afternoon.  Total rainfall accumulation for 2014 was 9.26".

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Montana oil spill latest in pipeline company's string of of incidents

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/01/31 - 12:29pm

Wyoming operator had nine spills between 2006 and 2014 as sister company recorded 21 over same period – leaking a total of nearly 283, 832 gallons of oil

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Beavers are back – and we should welcome them with open arms

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/01/31 - 1:30am
We drove beavers to extinction in Britain. Now they’re back, and thriving from Devon to Scotland. Every wetland should have some Continue reading...
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A solitary and mysterious garden visitor

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 10:30pm
Achvaneran, Highlands Tree creepers will mix with other birds in the winter but I have only ever seen solitary ones in my garden Continue reading...
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the forgotten zone

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 4:52pm
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Climate change is lifting Iceland – and it could mean more volcanic eruptions

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 3:34pm

Land moving upward faster than researchers expected at 1.4in every year, allowing ‘hot potato’ rocks to rise

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Fracking debate in the UK: does it affect you?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 9:56am

The decision on the UK’s first full scale fracking site in Lancashire has been deferred despite demands from demonstrators that the application be refused. Elsewhere Scotland has announced a moratorium on planning consents for fracking.

Are you protesting against fracking plans where you live or are you in part of the UK that is off-limits? We want to hear from you if your area is part of the fracking debate

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 8:25am

A playful baby elephant and an uncomfortably close view of a crocodile’s jaws are included in this week’s round-up of the best images from the natural world

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In flight and on the run: your January wildlife photos

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 8:00am

We asked you to share your January pictures of the wildlife around the world with which we share our outdoor spaces. Here’s our pick of the best

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Government failing to adequately protect marine life, say wildlife experts

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 7:16am

Conservationists warn lack of protection for key English marine sites puts wildlife at risk after government announces just 23 potential new conservation zones

The Government has been accused of “dragging its feet” on protecting the seas, as it announced fewer than two dozen potential sites for new conservation areas.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed 23 new marine conservation zones in the second stage of creating a network of protected areas in the seas around England – down from 37 candidate sites announced last year.

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Grassroots sports at risk from heatwaves due to climate change, report warns

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 6:22am

Sports such as tennis, Aussie rules and cricket will have to find ways to better protect the wellbeing of competitors as temperatures rise

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Turtles head for freedom in Gulf of Mexico after rescue operation

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 5:35am

Some 1,200 young and ‘cold-stunned’ Kemp’s ridley turtles who were stranded in Massachusetts last year have been released into warm waters off Louisiana

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How to eradicate grey squirrels without firing a shot

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 5:04am

In Ireland, greys squirrels are being pushed into the sea and the reds are swarming back across the land – all thanks to pine martens

Is there anything more stupid than the government’s plan to kill grey squirrels?

I ask not because I believe – as Animal Aid does – that grey squirrels are harmless. Far from it: they have eliminated red squirrels from most of Britain since their introduction by Victorian landowners, and are now doing the same thing in parts of the continent. By destroying young trees, they also make the establishment of new woodland almost impossible in many places. As someone who believes there should be many more trees in this country, I see that as a problem. A big one.

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UK supermarkets failing to stock enough sustainable fish, says report

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 3:46am

Sainsbury’s offers the most with 163 certified products, but despite rising consumer demand Tesco stocked 18, Morrisons eight and Lidl just seven sustainable seafood products


Some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets are not offering enough sustainably caught fish, despite soaring demand from consumers, according to new research published on Friday.

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Threatened species given lifeline by new bait developed to kill feral cats

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/30 - 1:35am

West Australian researchers spent 10 years developing bait of poison mixed with kangaroo mince and chicken fat to appeal to notoriously fussy feline palates

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Tracks in the snow

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/29 - 10:30pm
Cressbrook Dale, Derbyshire: I’d walked this way 10 days before and barely noticed their burrows, but now they were conspicuous, their location revealed by the rabbits themselves Continue reading...
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World's cities experiencing more heatwaves, study shows

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/29 - 5:01pm

Number of extremely hot days a year has increased in hundreds of cities since the 1970s years, with frequencies peaking in the last five years

World cities are experiencing more heatwaves and fewer cold spells, according to a study of extreme temperatures in hundreds of urban areas over the past 40 years. It found that many cities are seeing fewer extremely windy days than in the 1970s and have more extremely hot individual days and nights.

The climate researchers from US and Indian universities identified 620 of the world’s urban areas with a population over 250,000 and then chose 217 which were situated close to an international weather station with rainfall, wind and temperature records stretching back to 1973.

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a little more bite...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2015/01/29 - 4:15pm
Finally got the new wheels on - I'm so used to the old ones, I only notice a slight difference.  61,71,40,0,B
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Republicans push through Keystone bill to set up showdown with Obama

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/29 - 3:27pm

Bill in favour of pipeline’s construction glides to 62-36 passage in the Senate, but the president has repeatedly said he will veto the proposal

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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2015/01/29 - 3:26pm

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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