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Keystone XL could face new lawsuit from Nebraska ranchers

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 1:45pm

Monday’s legal pushback arrived despite a new push in Congress to wrest the decision out of Obama’s hands

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No whey forward – future of Britain’s dairy industry hangs in the balance

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 10:53am

Years of falling milk prices could spell an end to the fresh, safely produced dairy products we take for granted

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Iceland brewery makes beer using smoked whale testicles

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 10:44am

Conservationists hit out at whaling industry’s attempt to create market for its products as brewery produces fin whale testicle beer for Thorri festival

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NMP set to lose contract to clean up Sellafield nuclear waste

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 10:39am

Government expected to announce termination of £9bn contract awarded to private consortium Nuclear Management Partners

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12 dams that changed the world

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 9:44am

From the iconic Hoover Dam of US to Mao’s Three Gorges Dam in China and India’s Sardar Sarovar, here is a selection of 12 mega dams of the world – but are they a boon or bane?

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Poland's shale gas revolution evaporates in face of environmental protests

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 7:00am

Fear and loathing stalk Poland’s shale fields, where a 400-day site occupation stopped a Chevron drill earlier this year

“Whenever Chevron organised anything, we demonstrated,” said Barbara Siegienczuk, 54, one of the leaders of the local anti-shale gas protest group Green Zurawlow in south-eastern Poland. “We made banners and placards and put posters up around the village. Only 96 people live in Zurawlow – children and old people included – but we stopped Chevron!”

For 400 days, farmers and their families from Zurawlow and four nearby villages blockaded a proposed Chevron shale drilling site with tractors and agricultural machinery. Eventually, in July, the company abandoned its plans.

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Greenpeace India campaigner prevented from travelling to the UK

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 5:16am

Priya Pillai stopped from boarding London flight and is reportedly named in a government circular listing absconding criminals, despite having a valid visa and no criminal record

A Greenpeace campaigner has been stopped by Indian officials from travelling to the UK to talk to MPs about the impact of a coal mine on a village in central India.

The Indian national, Priya Pillai, was prevented from boarding a flight from New Delhi to London on Sunday, and given no reason by immigration officials who stamped her passport “offload”.

Media reports that I was stopped due to look-out circular: list of absconding criminals: http://t.co/vgCO1KVUXE I am not absconding (1)

and I have no criminal convictions. Am I being banned from travel due to my political beliefs- is that democratic? (2)

I was stopped at immigration, my passport stamped and told I was banned even though I have no criminal convictions pic.twitter.com/LzT3SXDbJb

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Blind orangutan released into the wild in Indonesia after sight restored

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 3:57am

After a ground-breaking operation to restore her sight a rescued female orangutan called Gober was released into a North Sumatran forest with her twin offspring

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Orangutang released into wild in Sumatra after operation to restore sight – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 3:27am
Gober was a blind orangutan who was rescued and given a ground-breaking operation to restore her sight in 2012. She spent four years in rescue centre in Sumatra, run by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, during which time she gave birth to twins after mating with a blind male. Last week, conservationists took the huge step of releasing her into the wild with her four year-old twins Continue reading...
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Obama's India visit could yield progress on climate change and solar power

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 2:51am

Meeting between US and Indian leaders could see announcements on climate, solar and nuclear liability, say officials

There could be progress on US-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when US President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, US officials said on Sunday.

While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between India and the United States would be resolved, the officials said some agreements were conceivable.

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How the world burns: fuel consumption compared

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 1:30am

Which countries depend the most on coal and gas? Who’s going green? Our graphic looks at ten countries’ comparative reliance on the six main fuels

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Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 1:26am

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrates in the Raccoon River.

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We are the last generation that can fight climate change. We have a duty to act

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/01/12 - 1:00am
After a year of global turmoil, the UN and international community must work harder than ever for a sustainable future

This year the UN marks its 70th anniversary. Sadly, there is little time for reflection or celebration. More pressing are the competing demands and challenges fuelled by an upsurge in conflict, disease and human suffering. These compel the international community to step up and provide the leadership needed to tackle them.

Ebola continues to plague west Africa. For some of the affected countries, struggling to overcome the effects of bitter civil war, the outbreak has been a major setback for development. We are beginning to see some improvements. During my visit to the region in December, I was deeply moved by the efforts of local Ebola responders and health workers from across Africa and the world. But rebuilding shattered lives and economies will require significantly more resources and long-term commitment.

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Plan to divert water from Queensland rivers for coalmines a 'terrible concept'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/11 - 10:40pm

Conservation group says proposal to take up to 700,000 megalitres of water to supply Galilee basin will have a ‘hugely negative impact’ and won’t prevent depletion of groundwater by mines as claimed

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Low winter sun and a bitter ‘lazy wind’ on the first bright day

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/11 - 10:30pm
Aberystwyth I had the entire beach to myself, as the waves pounded in from the Atlantic Continue reading...
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Tasmanians asked if they want devil as state emblem

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/11 - 10:16pm

Choice of carnivorous marsupial expected to raise awareness of facial tumour disease that has devastated Tasmanian devils

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Great white shark closes Newcastle beaches for third day

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/11 - 8:36pm

Large shark first seen on Saturday at Merewether beach and is believed to be moving north

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Abbot Point: onshore dump would favour Adani, say coal miners

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/11 - 8:18pm

Queensland government’s plans to encourage Indian company’s $16.5bn project could render others ‘financially unviable’

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listen carefully

The Field Lab - Sun, 2015/01/11 - 4:48pm
Often when listening so someone else I sometimes find myself: distracted, impatient, frustrated, prone to interrupt.  When listening to Christ, it pays to lend your full attention to his message.
Proverbs 181Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
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100 years ago: Early rising small tortoiseshell butterflies

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2015/01/11 - 3:30pm

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 12 January 1915

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