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Poring over spores on the brambles

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 10:30pm
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Queensland Indigenous group appeals to UN over mining on traditional land

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 7:03pm

Mithaka people of south-west Queensland say the government has violated international law by failing to consult them over fracking

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tippy

The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 5:10pm
Ben's December tip to tip... 58 3/4"  58,72,43,0,B
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Green activists from Ecuador harassed by police on way to climate summit

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 4:18pm

Activists say their presence at the meeting in Peru would be embarrassing to President Rafael Correa, who wants to drill for oil in the Amazon

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Martin Litton Remembered As Fervent Conservationist

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 2:36pm

Melissa Block speaks with Kevin Fedarko of Outside Magazine for a remembrance of conservationist and outdoorsman Martin Litton. He died Sunday at his home in California at the age of 97.

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Earliest Human Engraving Or Trash From An Ancient Lunch?

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 11:03am

Carved zigzag marks on a shell found more than a century ago have drawn new interest from archaeologists. The half-million-year-old lines aren't from an animal, and might be art from Homo erectus.

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The hottest year ever around the world – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 10:13am

These striking images capture the effects of extreme weather around the world in 2014, a year that saw record average temperatures from Australia to Europe

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Keystone XL opponent Bill McKibben steps down as head of 350.org

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 9:43am

‘I’ve had enough years of reviewing budgets’ says US author and climate activist as he steps down from leadership role

The author Bill McKibben, who founded a new generation of environmental activism in the Keystone XL pipeline and divestment campaigns, is stepping down from the daily leadership of his 350.org organisation.

McKibben’s departure, announced in a post on 350.org, caps an extraordinary seven -year run for the organisation.

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Want a green energy future? Nationalize Canada's oil industry

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 9:38am

Canada’s oil corporations have made a profitable mess of the country: it’s time to put them under public, democratic control

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2014 set to be world's hottest year ever

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 8:03am

Record average temperatures highlight the urgent need to agree a deal on emissions at the UN climate change talks in Lima

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Volcanoes may be responsible for most of the global surface warming slowdown

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 7:00am

A new study estimates surface temperature cooling from volcanoes at 0.05–0.12°C since 2000

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World’s largest cave in Vietnam threatened by cable car

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 4:22am

Vietnamese are protesting plans to build a cable car through remote Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park that could carry 1,000 visitors an hour to Son Doong cave

Plans for a cable car in Vietnam’s Unesco-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park would open up the world’s largest cave to mass tourism. But Vietnamese are protesting the project, and experts warn the environmental impact could be devastating.

Quang Binh province announced in October that resort developer Sun Group would build a $212m (£135m) cable car system through the national park, which occupies a remote, mountainous swathe of central Vietnam. The 10.6km route would connect Son Doong Cave, so large it could house an entire 40-story building, with other caves in the area as part of a planned “tourism, service and resort complex”.

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Martin Litton, Devoted Conservationist, Dies At 97

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 3:05am

Litton spent his life preserving wilderness. Whether it was keeping dams from the Colorado River or a ski resort in the southern Sierra to preserving the redwoods, he refused to compromise.

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Will Australia be the great coal defender at Lima climate talks?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 2:11am

Australia heads to major climate negotiations in the wake of high level defence of its coal industry

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2014 on track to be England's hottest year in over three centuries

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 2:06am

Unless December turns unusually cold, 2014 will beat 1995, 2006, 1990 and 2011 as the warmest year on record

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Lima climate talks: developing nations urge rich to aim for zero emissions

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/12/03 - 1:56am

Group of least-developed nations at UN climate summit say rich counties should do ‘substantially more’ to cut emissions

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Baby coral research gives glimmer of hope reefs could adapt to global warming

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/02 - 10:44pm

Team examines tens of thousands of genes to identify those that allow coral to adapt to high carbon dioxide levels and more acidic oceans

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Sycamore seeds twizzle down like tiny helicopters to the ground

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/02 - 10:30pm
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DIY wood stove 6

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/12/02 - 6:14pm













Turns out one of those mini propane bottles is the perfect size for 4" flue pipe to fit over.  Notched out a plug for my front vent, welded on the hot plate, and added the chunk I cut out of the front of my stove to the back side for an extra heat shield.  52,67,30,0,C
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Eating less meat essential to curb climate change, says report

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/12/02 - 5:02pm

Global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than transport but fear of a consumer backlash is preventing action, says Chatham House report

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