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In the plague village

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 9:30pm

Eyam, Derbyshire Here, just below Eyam Moor, I heard my first lark of the year and turned to look down on the village while I drank in its song

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Experts reject Japan's new whaling plan

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 8:50pm

International Whaling Committee say proposal to resume hunt in Southern Ocean offers no scientific evidence that it is necessary

Japan’s hopes of resuming its whale hunts in the Southern Ocean have suffered a setback after International Whaling Committee experts said its latest plan offered no scientific justification for the slaughter.

The IWC panel said Japan’s revised programme, known as Newrep-A, did not contain enough information for experts to determine whether Japan needed to kill whales to fulfil two key objectives: calculating the size of populations necessary for a return to sustainable commercial hunting, and gaining a better understanding of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

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Rare Omura's whale carcass find in Western Australia excites scientists

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 6:24pm

DNA confirms 5.6m juvenile female is an Omura’s whale, the first to be seen in WA and only the second in Australia

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Throwing Down Some Crazy Beets

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 5:24pm

Throwing Down Some Crazy Beets, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

I’ve been hacking the tops of these yellow beets for over a year. I finally started pulling up the monsters while covering the beds today. They are terrifying.

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Covered Up the Garden Beds

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 5:23pm

Covered Up the Garden Beds, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We just finished covering all of our garden beds as nobody will be tending them this summer. We think that this might help cut back on the bermuda grass infiltration while we are away.

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Make It Fit

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 5:21pm

Make It Fit, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr. Expert backpacker and HSHS buddy Kyle stopped by to review the equipment we packed for our six month journey. He said we did a pretty good job keeping things minimal and organizing our stuff. We did not get caught up in gadgets. Kyle even managed to get his 6’ 7” self into the bed which was kind of impressive. Scardy cat supervised in the background.
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Bye Bye TorC Party

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 5:19pm

Bye Bye TorC Party, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr. We had our final mojito fire party for the Spring. This was our last chance to catch up with our friend before hitting the road for the summer. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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bunny buddy

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 3:48pm
Finally got a bunny to accept some hand feeding.  Guess I'm not so threatening from a wheelchair.
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Harvard Students Block Campus Building To Push Fossil Fuel Divestment

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 1:33pm

A group of Harvard University students is calling for the school to sell its investments in fossil fuel companies. Protesters began blocking the entrance to the main administration building Sunday.

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Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 9:44am

Jim Yong Kim calls for five-point plan to deliver low-carbon growth, including removal of incentives to exploit oil, gas and coal

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Kathmandu chokes beneath a blanket of pollution

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 9:05am
Pollution in Nepal’s capital city is reaching dangerous levels amid unchecked urban expansion, traffic-jammed roads and political inertia

Mention the smog-laden skies above Kathmandu to Bhushan Tuladhar and he pulls no punches. “There may still be time to save Kathmandu, but we’ll soon reach the point where the damage done by pollution will be irreversible,” he says.

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Out of plaice: popular UK fish at risk from rising temperatures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 8:00am

Study predicts dinner favourites plaice and lemon sole facing severe depletion and rapid warming of North Sea already forcing haddock out of British waters

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Wildfires spread across south-east Siberia - video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 7:08am
Footage of wildfires in Siberia that have killed at least 15 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes. The fires spread quickly fuelled by strong winds in Khakassia, a region in south-east Siberia. One local resident says emergency services were slow to help. By early morning on Monday the fires in all 38 villages in the area had been put out with the help of aircraft and 6,000 firefighters Continue reading...
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Is it fair to blame almond farmers for California’s drought?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 4:59am

Some accuse almond farmers of using more than their fair share of California’s water, while others say they bring value, jobs and income to the state

There are a lot of great villains in the story of California’s water woes.

These include Lynda and Stewart Resnick, the Beverly Hills billionaires who control the San Joaquin Valley’s largest groundwater bank and own 125,000 acres of almond and pistachio farms in the region. Southern California cities, where residents used more water than ever this February (pdf), as the state rolled into its fourth consecutive drought year. And Governor Jerry Brown, who is either anti-agriculture or anti-urban dweller, depending on who you’re speaking with.

Related: California governor tells climate change deniers to wake up

Related: Alarm as almond farmers consume California's water

Related: How much do you know about your nuts?

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Peta anti-shearing activist is a 'spiv' in a 'vegan wonderland', Barnaby Joyce says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 3:00am

Agriculture minister attacks Jona Weinhofen, an Australian musician living in California, over anti-wool campaign featuring a bloodied lamb with the words ‘here’s the rest of your wool coat’

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Harvard divestment campaigners gear up for a week of action

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 2:00am

Hundreds of activists are expected to take part in acts of civil disobedience during ‘Harvard Heat Week’ to increase pressure on the university to cut ties to fossil fuels

Campaigners at Harvard University are beginning a week of direct action on campus to increase pressure on the institution to divest from fossil fuels.

It comes as a new analysis suggests that the world’s richest university would have been $21m (£14m) better off without fossil fuel investments in the period since the divestment campaign began in August 2012. The university has refused calls to divest, saying its responsibility is to generate a healthy financial return for its $36bn endowment.

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How Warsaw's district heating system keeps the capital cleaner than Kraków

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 1:47am

The almost complete destruction of the Polish capital during the second world war allowed for the construction of an enormous network of heating pipes, which can be much more efficient than thousands of individual home boilers

A strange twist of circumstance and history has left grey, bustling Warsaw with far cleaner air than elegant Kraków – and created a potentially sizeable sustainability-plus in a nation more accustomed to being cast as the environmental laggard of Europe.

After the terrible, almost complete destruction of the Polish capital during the second world war, its Communist rulers’ fondness for large, centrally planned infrastructure projects led to the construction of an enormous network of heating pipes as Warsaw was rebuilt.

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'The air is stinking, it’s dirty': the fight against pollution in Kraków

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 1:46am

As residents in the historic Polish city complain of coughs and nosebleeds a new ban on the burning of wood and coal in homes could have unprecedented repercussions for the country’s economy, and its health

How Warsaw’s district heating system works better

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Fukushima robot stranded after stalling inside reactor

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 1:30am

Robot stopped moving hours into first inspection of containment vessel, and similar inspection using separate device is postponed

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In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/13 - 12:29am

While lower oil and natural gas prices are great for the wallet, they've led to layoffs. NPR visits Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region, which is still seeing growth in high-paying natural gas jobs.

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