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'Research' whaling by Japan to resume as Tony Abbott voices opposition

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/07/08 - 1:11am

Shinzo Abe says whaling for science will resume in 2015, but insists Japan is a 'good international citizen'

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Byron Bay development opposed as too big and a threat to koalas

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 11:17pm

The West Byron development would open up a 108ha site for a mix of housing and light industrial facilities

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Manufacturers urge action over raw metal prices amid supply worries

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 10:00pm
EEF warns the costs for British industries, like aviation and electronics, will spike due to volatility in commodity prices Continue reading...
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Queensland flood victims of 2011 begin Australia's largest class action

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 8:15pm

Lawyers will argue that Wivenhoe and Somerset dams failed to release enough water in the lead-up to January flood peak

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been 3 months...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 7:30pm
...since I last flew.86,95,70, .05",B
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A swan-breeding tradition begun by Benedictine monks goes on

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 1:00pm
Abbotsbury, Dorset: We edged carefully past a fine adult pair settled with their young directly in our path, bills ready to dart at unwelcome intruders Continue reading...
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KiWi Power: the tech-savvy energy firm with a way out of Britain's power crisis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 12:25pm
Laptop-sized product monitors customer's energy usage and can cut it off in times of high demand and the client gets paid for it Continue reading...
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Mississippi flooding threatens US midwest as rivers swell in heavy rains

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 12:06pm

Severe storms in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan force residents and inmates to build sandbag walls to protect towns

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Formula E: do the guilt-free thrills of electric car racing herald a new era for motor sport?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 8:50am

With fan boosts and city centre circuits, race organisers are breaking taboos in the hope of making electric cars cool

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Other cyclists are the scariest thing when you're on a bike? That's nonsense

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 8:21am

An anonymous article in the Guardian on antisocial cyclists is contradictory, over-hyped and over-simplistic

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Rose-colored glasses: Antarctic sea ice is the Mail on Sunday's latest global warming distraction

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 6:00am

The Daily Mail tries to distract from global warming by selectively looking southward

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Formula E racing 'makes electric cars more sexy' - video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 3:51am
Test days for the FIA Formula E championship at Donington Park saw the first single-seater, electrically powered racing cars taking to the track. Formula E chief executive, Alejandro Agag, Virgin Formula E racing driver Sam Bird and former F1 champion Alain Prost explain how the technology works and what makes it different from other single-seat racing championships Continue reading...
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Are the Metropolitan police punishing cyclists for frivolous offences?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 3:25am

A London cyclist filmed himself being fined £50 for moving from a cycle path to a crossing as part of Operation Safeway

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Pangolin and porcupines on sale in Chinese market despite jail threat

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 2:21am

Buying endangered species can land 10 years in prison, but Conghua market sells giant salamanders and other rare wildlife

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UK climate change policies have not harmed economy, report says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2014/07/07 - 2:00am

Grantham Institute study says climate legislation has not harmed UK businesses, reports BusinessGreen

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Science Weekly podcast: Robbert Dijkgraaf on where great minds think

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2014/07/06 - 10:00pm
The celebrated Dutch mathematician discusses his role as director of Princeton's Institute of Advanced Studies and why, from Einstein to Chomsky, big ideas are born there Continue reading...
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Seeing is Believing

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/07/06 - 8:54pm
People see what they want to. Or maybe its more accurate to say that people see what they are able to see. Today I ran across a blog and post by a woman named Patty who had visited Truth or Consequences. Her post makes me happy, mainly because she saw creativity, art, color, and raw, simple, beauty. She saw. Not everyone does. Many who drop into T or C snarl and complain until the day comes when they're due to leave. Others love town from the start. There are some that at first say things like, "I don't really get this place." Weeks later the same person says, "I bought a house!" Locals call this whoops I bought a house syndrome.  Here's the post, enjoy! 
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keep your options open

The Field Lab - Sun, 2014/07/06 - 7:24pm
Recently, a progressive (for the lack of a better label) "friend" on Facebook posted this cute little image meant to cast doubt on the existence of God. I have seen many of these juvenile attempts to mock Christianity - most often passed on by those who have never even considered that there could be a being greater than themselves and certainly unwilling to accept rules of behavior that might spoil their fun.
What really caught my attention about this particular post was that the individual responsible for spreading this idiocy has very serious health issues and has recently undergone major life saving surgery.  My suggestion that I posted in response was a very concise heads up.

"One might think that someone who has extreme health issues would be more careful about what he mocked."He came back with a very lengthy humanist answer making no apologies for his arrogance and included a couple purpose driven gender remarks, lots of "ifs", and a very dangerous "opt out" statement.  Without knowing for sure...just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it does not exist.  Having almost died recently, this individual should really consider keeping all his options open.  Unfortunately, too many people don't realize how easy it is to come to know Christ and to know for sure He is real.  "Here’s the deal: I’m a pretty good person. I don’t cheat or steal. I don’t bear false witness. I help my neighbor every chance I get. I do not hold grudges. I don’t hurt humans or animals. I try to see the best in everyone.I don’t care what color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation my friends espouse. I believe in equality for all, fairness for all, opportunity for all. I don’t believe any one person walking this earth is worth more than any other.I haven’t killed anyone, I haven’t endorsed killing anyone. I have lied, much to my shame. I pulled some pranks in my youth I regret. I made some decisions in my adulthood that I deeply regret. I’ve held opinions that were wrong, I’m sure I hold opinions that are wrong today. I’ve made mistakes, but I’m pretty damned sure I’m a good person who will leave a legacy of decency. As will my wife, my brothers and their families, and my friends.My main mission in life, other than making life wonderful for my wife, is doing everything in my power to leave this a better, a more-caring world. I believe in love for all mankind, I believe in the advancement of all mankind. I do not believe in elites – human or god.I believe there is a supreme being; there has to be to explain what we our humble race hasn’t been able to wrap it’s collective brain around. That said, if there is a supreme being and he or she doesn’t think that’s enough, if he or she is offended by something I say in pursuit of fairness for all, if he or she demands unquestioning obedience and faith, if that supreme being allows the horrors that have swept this planet during the reign of human beings, then I don’t care to be associated with that entity. I choose to hope our supreme being is just and honorable and makes no judgments based on religious rules and regulations propagated by men with agendas. For what it’s worth, I believe in the teachings of men such as Jesus and Buddha, both of whom (and others) could quite possibly be representatives of a supreme being.If we are being judged, I believe judgment reflects what we’ve done on Earth, not on some blind faith. As to my health, I believe none of us gets out of this alive. I believe an afterlife is possible, but have my doubts. I don’t believe in hell. To me, hell is a crutch used by vengeful, angry people.I believe I’m an old man who has decided I am not going to my grave saying: “I wish I’d stood firm in my beliefs. I wish I’d spoken up.”If I’m wrong, at least I’ve been as true to myself as I can." Matthew 7:21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
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100 years ago: Soporific qualities of the giant puffball

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2014/07/06 - 2:30pm

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 8 July 1914

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Don't axe the tax: emissions trading supporters make last-ditch plea

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2014/07/06 - 1:05pm

Repeal could cost $20bn over next four years and 59 economists insist a carbon price is the best way to reduce emissions

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