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A New Sewer Connection

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 12:33pm
Last weeks productivity was lost to an emergency repair on our sewer line. After lots of digging and pipe replacement we have a good connection to the city sewer. The plumber we worked with and the city were both awesome at expediting the new line.

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Where Obama's potential successors stand on climate change

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 12:10pm

Implementation of the US-China deal will fall to future administrations. What have potential 2016 presidential candidates had to say on global warming?

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What does China need to do to meet its carbon pledge?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 11:18am

China says it will make emissions peak by 2030 but doing so will require building enough clean energy to power the whole of the US

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Finally Performance Art

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 11:14am
When people say of a place, "it is an art town," I wonder what they mean. They say it of Truth or Consequences all the time, and they mean that we have painters, a couple of mixed media artists, a metal artist or two. What is always missing (for me) is performance art. I know, if I'm going to say this than I should do something about it. I should perform art. I'm no stranger to conceptual street art.  There are a couple of pieces I've considered producing. But today I'm celebrating not complaining.  Last Saturday night Katie Renault appeared in front of Nerd Night, a now annual show by T or C's youngest posse of artists that include media's such as textiles, paint, illustration and now performance art! Katie's piece featured a orbital glow'y martian like costume she wore while positioned on a platform that featured text that contextualized her vision of aliens as they relate to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport. And yes she stood as still as stone for half the night. Yay Katie.
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US-China climate deal boosts global talks but Republicans vow to resist

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 10:31am
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US and China strike deal on carbon cuts in push for global climate change pact

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 6:43am

Barack Obama aims for reduction of a quarter or more by 2025, while Xi Jinping sets goal for emissions to fall after 2030

• Reaction to the emissions deal – live
• Interactive guide: How the world uses coal

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Vestas to create 800 jobs with Isle of Wight wind turbine plant

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 6:24am

Danish giant announces plan to manufacture 8MW turbine blades on Isle of Wight, reports BusinessGreen

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Peru's forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 6:08am

Carbon mapping by the Carnegie Institute for Science reveals nearly seven billion tonnes of carbon stored in Perus rainforests, in a technique that could help preserve such stores to reduce carbon emissions

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Europe's cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 5:50am

Cycling industry employs more people than mining and quarrying with potential for a million jobs by 2020, says new study

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China And U.S., Titans Of Carbon Pollution, Move To Cut Gases

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 5:08am

China and the U.S. account for more than a third of greenhouse gases — making it vital that any broad climate plans include the pair.

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United States and China reach landmark carbon emissions deal - as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 4:56am

The worlds two largest economies strike historic, ambitious deal to cap carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy

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Owlets of Essex airfield – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 4:30am

The little owls hatched in the summer and since then have been learning the lay of the land. They stomp along branches, divebomb off fences and even give each other a peck on the cheek. Russell Savory, 60, from Hertfordshire, photographed young and adult owls in Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex. The aerodrome was used from 1916 to 1919 to defend against German bomber attacks

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China-US carbon deal: A historic milestone in the global fight against climate change

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 3:35am

After 20 years of tortuous negotiations the agreement struck by the US and China marks the start of a solution to global warming

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China, U.S. Pledge To Limit Greenhouse Gases

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 2:59am

President Obama and China's Xi Jinping have concluded their summit in Beijing. Their joint announcement on climate is designed to set an example for other countries in combating climate change.

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Pressure on Australia to slash emissions – but no cost-effective policy to get us there

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 12:40am

We have been shouting so loudly about how we had to avoid getting ‘ahead of the world’ that we seemed not to notice we were being left behind

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US-China emissions deal puts extreme pressure on Australia to do more

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/11 - 11:44pm

To match the scale of cuts announced by US, Australia would have to reduce emissions by about 30% on 2000 levels by 2025

Reaction to US-China emissions deal - live

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Burning red the hawthorn brings to mind moots and magic rituals

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/11 - 10:30pm
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Older than living memory this tree is as full of secrets as it is berries Continue reading...
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China Agrees To Greenhouse Gas Cap; U.S. Will Accelerate Cuts

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2014/11/11 - 10:25pm

The unexpected breakthrough by the world's two largest polluters reflected both nations' desire to display a united front, and could inspire other reluctant developing countries to follow suit.

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Paper from illegally logged rainforest 'could be on sale in Australia'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/11 - 9:47pm

World Parks Congress gathers to discuss way to reach goal of formal protection for 17% of land and 10% of oceans by 2020

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Evacuation

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/11/11 - 7:02pm
Now that it is finally getting cold...I am more inclined to experiment with things that involve heat.  Since I have been back on the solar oven project, I have been doing new research on solar ovens.  I came across this one 2 weeks ago.  They had a kickstarter campaign back in 2013 that ended up raising far beyond their initial goal.  I really like the simplicity and size of their little oven so I found and ordered the main ingredient pretty cheap on Ebay for a little DIY.  45,63,50,0,B
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