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California Freeway Firefighting Efforts Hampered By Drones

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2015/07/18 - 2:08pm

A wildfire raged across a freeway outside San Bernadino, Calif., on Friday, setting some 20 vehicles in flames. Authorities say drones interfered with firefighting efforts. Sharon McNary of KPCC gives NPR's Arun Rath an update about the fire, which has yet to be contained.

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Watch: This brilliant bird dances for her supper | @GrrlScientist

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/07/18 - 6:35am

Instead of singing for her supper, this brilliant gull dances and is rewarded with a bellyfull of deep-fat fried chips

Today’s “Caturday” video features a herring gull that has invented an ingenious way to be fed as many chips as she could possibly ever want. Instead of singing for her supper, this bird “dances” for her supper.

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Seagull attacks: David Cameron calls for 'big conversation' about issue

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/07/18 - 3:13am

Quizzed about recent gull attacks on a tortoise and two small dogs, Cameron tells BBC Radio Cornwall it is dangerous subject for a PM to dive into

David Cameron has flown into the debate about culling seagulls, calling for a “big conversation” about the issue.

The prime minister’s call follows an attack on a pet tortoise in Cornwall this week. Liskeard resident Jan Byrne said that gulls swooped on tortoise Stig, who died two days later from his injuries.

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Chinese-built zero-emissions electric bus prepares for service in London

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/07/18 - 12:00am

Fully electric doubledecker bus with new compact battery to launch in autumn, as London prepares for ultra low emission zone, reports China Daily

For years, London’s red doubledecker buses have dominated the capital, where nearly 1,000 routes are operated by 8,700 buses, many of them doubledeckers. Although there has been a gradual move to hybrid vehicles, many are still diesel-powered.

This will all change in October, when the world’s first pure electric zero-emission doubledecker bus, designed and built by Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD, will enter service in London.

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Hillary Clinton delivers fiery speech at Democratic party hall of fame dinner

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 10:07pm

Clinton attacked Jeb Bush and Scott Walker by name and said Democrats ‘are in the future business … but the Republicans are the party of the past’

Hillary Clinton delivered a fiery barn burner to a gathering of more than 1,300 Iowa Democrats Friday night.

Related: Elizabeth Warren insists 'day is coming' for American progressives at Netroots

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On the road: BMW i3 – car review

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 10:00pm

‘The steering is so responsive, it made me want to zigzag down the road for a laugh’

All the problems you might encounter with a BMW i3 will be because you have not planned your life around having one. You can’t charge it with an extension cable, so even if you have a plug installed in your forecourt (who has a forecourt?), parking must reach it. I was charging up with a cord 30m down my road, hopping in and out of the house to apologise to passersby.

The mileometer is maddening: a promised 16 miles morphs mysteriously into 10 after you’ve gone down two streets. The company claims a range of 100 miles, thanks to its incredible battery: on the controls, it goes up to 80. But that comes with more riders than a presidential entourage: it depends on climate, driving style, weight of driver, weight of passenger, weight of handbag.

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A good year for a rare parasite

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 9:30pm

New Forest Aptly named, greater broomrape gains all its nourishment from broom or gorse

The grapevine is important. We were about to leave for Ireland when the call came in. “The plant you told us about in your talk is showing through.” No time to check it out before we departed, but we did go to look soon after our return. Nationally scarce and in decline, greater broomrape is uncommon throughout Hampshire. The one colony in the New Forest where it has some strength is possibly the largest in Britain.

In the weeks we have been away, most of the plants have flowered, gone over, and stand as tan-brown sentinels among gorse bushes. A few are in more open ground along root runs. A few still hold their florets with down-turned yellowish-pink lips tinged with purple, and a brightly coloured stigma that looks like two close-set yellow eyes peering out from under the upper hood. Some plants are no more than 10cm tall, others reach nearly a metre.

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the extra mile

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 4:21pm
Had a long meeting recently with the quality control department here at TFL.  It was decided that each coin that leaves the premises must have a protective coating.  After researching several possibilities, it was decided that Renaissance wax was the way to go.  How can you go wrong with a product approved by the Queen of England? 96,101,75,0,B
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Paradise Fire Presents A Difficult Puzzle For Washington Firefighters

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 1:03pm

Over 1,600 acres of old-growth rainforest have burned in Washington's Olympic National Park. As Ashley Ahearn of KUOW reports, the wildfire is expected to persist through the rest of the summer.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 12:13pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 10:51am

Brown bears in Alaska, lions in the Serengeti and pond turtles in the Philippines in this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Does the Bible really say that global warming will make the Earth ‘vomit us out’? | Andrew Brown

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 10:31am
A clergyman’s borrowed warning of ecological doom reminds me that theology can be flexible enough to fit many times and places

My ears pricked up in the Church of England’s global warming debate when a clergyman in a brightly coloured shirt announced that the Earth would “vomit us out” because we had defiled it. People should say more of this kind of thing at synod. They should say more of this in almost all dull meetings. Certainly, it is an arresting figure of ecological doom.

The speaker, Richard Burridge, the dean of Kings College London, went on to describe the form this vomiting out would take: “God says: ‘I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: and your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.”

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Japan submits plan to UN to cut emissions by 26% by 2030

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 9:20am

Pledge to UN criticised by analysts as being less ambitious than it looks due to using 2013 levels as baseline, RTCC reports

Japan will cut greenhouse gas emissions 26% from 2013 levels by 2030, under a plan to be submitted to the UN on Friday.

That commits the source of 2.65% of global emissions to steeper reductions than the US (18-21%) and EU (24%) over the same period, Reuters reported.

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France seeks short and long-lasting Paris climate change deal

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 8:12am

Legal core of a new UN accord on climate change should be short and concise, compared to current 90-page draft, says French government

A United Nations accord to slow global warming should be short, flexible and long-lasting to avoid complex re-negotiations every few years, according to a document prepared by France before a Paris summit in December.

The deal will also have to ensure that governments do not backtrack on promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite a likely lack of sanctions, according to a briefing for climate ministers attending preparatory talks in Paris on 20-21 July.

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Young beaver caught on camera at reintroduction site in Scotland

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 7:17am

Footage shows the first kit to be spotted this year at location in Scottish Highlands where the animals were returned to the wild

Footage has been released of the first baby beaver to be spotted this year at a Scottish site where the animals have been reintroduced.

It is the first young beaver – known as a kit – to be captured on camera this year at the site at Lochan Buic in the Knapdale Forest of Argyll, in the Scottish Highlands, though wildlife experts suspect there may be more.

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Green news roundup: pine martens, eco homes and warming oceans

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 7:14am

The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inbox

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School of Sharks spotted off Sussex coast – video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 7:09am
A school of up to 50 sharks is captured on film in Medmerry nature reserve near Selsey in West Sussex on Wednesday morning. The sharks were identified as smooth-hounds, which are not dangerous to humans. They are usually found in coastal waters, but it is rare to see them in such large numbers Continue reading...
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Will Our Demand For Food Threaten Our Supply of Water?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 6:30am

Ecologist Jon Foley says agriculture is the "most powerful force unleashed on this planet since the end of the ice age." He says we're using too much to irrigate and we have to rethink how we farm.

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What Can A Small Town In England Teach Us About Resilience?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 6:30am

Community organizer Rob Hopkins argues that individuals, towns and communities have a large role to play in lowering our dependence on fossil fuels.

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What's Disappearing From the Amazon — Even Faster Than Wildlife?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/07/17 - 6:30am

The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.

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