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Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to five years for killing antelopes

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 5:48am

Actor says he will appeal against sentence after being convicted of poaching blackbucks in 1998

The Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail for poaching a protected species of Indian antelope, in the latest twist to an off-screen life almost as dramatic as the epics he has starred in.

A court in Rajasthan state on Thursday found Khan, one of the world’s best-paid actors, guilty of illegally hunting the two blackbucks from his car window while filming in Jodhpur in 1998.

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Jersey royal potatoes delayed by 'beast from the east'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 5:28am

Severe winter weather postpones season by at least three weeks and yield could be 20% lower

The jersey royal season is at least three weeks late after the “beast from the east” delayed the planting of the spring crop.

The potato’s short season, usually from April to mid-July, has been affected by hard frosts and almost double the 30-year average of rainfall in December and January, which growers say left the ground saturated and “undesirable for planting”.

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Climate change threatens rare British orchid that tricks bees into mating

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 4:37am

Researchers find that warmer temperatures are upsetting the seasonal relationship between the early spider orchid and pollinating bees

It is one of the most cunning and elaborate reproductive deceits: the early spider orchid (Ophrys sphegodes) wafts a floral bouquet into the air that mimics the irresistible scent of a virgin female solitary mining bee, tricking gullible male bees into attempting intercourse with several flowers, thereby ensuring the plant’s pollination.

But the sexual success of this rare and declining orchid in Britain is imperilled by climate change, researchers have found.

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American conservatives are still clueless about the 97% expert climate consensus | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 3:00am

Now there’s a handbook for that

Gallup released its annual survey on American perceptions about global warming last week, and the results were a bit discouraging. While 85–90% of Democrats are worried about global warming, realize humans are causing it, and are aware that most scientists agree on this, independents and Republicans are a different story. Only 35% of Republicans and 62% of independents realize humans are causing global warming (down from 40% and 70% last year, respectively), a similar number are worried about it, and only 42% of Republicans and 65% of independents are aware of the scientific consensus – also significantly down from last year’s Gallup poll.

The Trump administration’s polarizing stance on climate change is probably the main contributor to this decline in conservative acceptance of climate change realities. A recent study found evidence that “Americans may have formed their attitudes [on climate change] by using party elite cues” delivered via the media. In particular, the study found that Fox News “is consistently more partisan than other [news] outlets” and has incorporated politicians into the majority of its climate segments.

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IEA accused of undermining global shift from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 2:43am

Highly critical study warns projections used by the organisation tasked with leading the switch to clean energy remain skewed towards oil and gas and may break climate targets of Paris agreement

The global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is being undermined by the very organisation that ought to be leading the charge, according to a scathing new critique of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Governments across the world rely on IEA projections to set energy policies, but the agency’s figures – which are influenced by the oil industry – are pushing them off track to reach the targets of the Paris climate agreement, says the report.

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Miso Class and Demo-THIS SUNDAY

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 11:42pm






Sunday, April 8th—12 noon to 2 pm
Miso Workshop and Demonstration
Miso is created by fermenting rice Koji, salt and soybeans.
This flavorful, enzyme-packed condiment can be used for many dishes. In this workshop, you will learn: variety of miso, why miso is considered to be healthy food, and how to incorporate miso into everyday diet. The instructor will do a miso making demonstration.

Instructor: Nao Sadewic
Location:  (Santa Fe Area HomeBuilders Association-next to Habitat ReStore on south side) • 2520 Camino Entrada
Santa Fe, NM
Fee: $15 per person for members or non-members

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Underwater with Sri Lanka's sperm whales – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 11:00pm

The sperm whale may be one of the most successful animals in the ocean, boasting a global distribution that survived the toll of the 20th century, when whaling factory fleets took three million great whales from the seas. Now a newly identified population in the Indian Ocean is attracting the attention of scientists, conservationists – and soon, tourists, too. How will this whale weather the new storm of attention? Underwater photographer Andrew Sutton gained special access to the gentle giants that swim around the island of Sri Lanka. Words by author Philip Hoare

Every March, vast numbers of sperm whales gather in the deep waters north-west of Sri Lanka. Andrew Sutton’s photographs are vivid evidence of a little-known population – all the more surprising since sperm whales are the largest active predators on the planet with males reaching nearly 20m (65ft) in length. As natural submarines, they shut down all their organs except for their heart and brain, and using their muscular tails are able to dive for up to a mile, spending up to two hours feeding on squid.

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Drop in plastic bags littering British seas linked to introduction of 5p charge

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 10:30pm

Scientists find an estimated 30% drop in plastic bags on the seabed in the same timeframe as charges were introduced in European countries

A big drop in plastic bags found in the seas around Britain has been credited to the introduction of charges for plastic bags across Europe.

Ireland and Denmark were the first two countries to bring in levies for plastic bags from shops in 2003, followed by slew of other European countries. England was the last UK nation to introduce one, in 2015.

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Dogged By Scandal, EPA's Pruitt Turns To Damage Control

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 2:47pm

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is fending off a series of ethics investigations, amid lukewarm support from the White House.

(Image credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

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What's in your multigrain bread?

The Field Lab - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 2:17pm
Store bought multigrain breadField Lab Solar Oven Seven Grain62,72,46,0,W
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You don't have to be a climate science denier to join the Monash coal forum, but it helps | Graham Readfearn

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 11:00am

The Coalition’s backbench group of coal fans have a history of attacking climate science

There seems to be three rules for membership of the Coalition’s new backbench Monash Forum that wants taxpayer subsidies for new coal fired power stations.

Firstly, you have to really love the life-giving and not-really-all-that-deadly rock from the late Permian and Carboniferous which, if they made it into a snack bar, you would totally want to eat it and then rub the bits left sticking to the wrapper all over your naked form.

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Murray-Darling: when the river runs dry

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 11:00am

Five years after the implementation of the Murray-Darling basin plan, our great river system is under stress. Follow our 3000km journey along the rivers, travelling from inland Queensland to the Murray mouth, to understand where the plan has failed those who live and work on this land

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Ghost water, poor planning and theft: how the Murray-Darling plan fell apart

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 11:00am

More than five years and $9bn since the basin plan began, the Murray-Darling river system is in crisis. In a series of in-depth features and articles this week, Guardian Australia will explore what’s gone wrong

Kate McBride stands on the banks of the Lower Darling river as it flows past her family property, Tolarno, south of Menindee in New South Wales. She surveys the stagnating waterholes that were once a river. They are turning an alarming shade of chartreuse, thanks to blue-green algae.

The sometimes mighty river has ceased to flow again this summer – an increasingly regular occurrence in these reaches of the Murray-Darling system.

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Why are unions so keen on nuclear jobs? | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 10:43am
Andy Stirling and Phil Johnstone reply to criticism of their analysis of the government’s infatuation with nuclear power

Thanks to Mike Clancy (Letters, 2 April) for responding to our analysis that intense UK government attachments to civil nuclear power are (to a significant – but dangerously undiscussed – extent) aimed at supporting the national industrial base underpinning nuclear submarine capabilities. He accuses us of “speculation”, yet fails to address any of the strong evidence that we cite. We show at length that UK nuclear attachments do not reflect economic performance. A host of ways to manage intermittency are routinely priced at a small fraction of the growing cost advantage of renewable energy. As a member of the UK Nuclear Industry Council (itself with a dual civil/military remit), Mr Clancy could assist much-needed factual scrutiny by addressing the points we raise. As a union leader, he might help democratic debate by explaining why his own organisation – and UK unions more generally – are so much more supportive of jobs in the nuclear than in the renewable sector.
Professor Andy Stirling and Dr Phil Johnstone
SPRU, University of Sussex

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Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 8:54am

Positive scientific results aside, the idea of shinrin-yoku shouldn't be surprising: Who hasn't felt an inner sense of well-being when walking along a forest trail? asks commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Andrew Clark/Getty Images/EyeEm)

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Shell threatened with legal action over climate change contributions

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 4:41am

Friends of the Earth demands the oil firm move away from fossil fuels to comply with Paris deal

The global flurry of legal campaigns against “big oil” has widened, with Royal Dutch Shell being threatened with legal action unless it steps up efforts to comply with the Paris climate agreement.

Friends of the Earth Netherlands on Wednesday demanded the Anglo-Dutch company revise plans to invest only 5% in sustainable energy and 95% in greenhouse-gas emitting oil and gas.

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The dramatic melting of Arctic icebergs – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 1:45am

Photographer Francesco Bosso travelled to Greenland to capture images of the melting icebergs, which he describes as ‘gems of nature in danger of extinction’. The results are presented in his new book, Last Diamonds

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Bowhead whales: jazz artists of the deep whose calls rival birdsong

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/04/03 - 11:38pm

Bowheads serenade each other off Greenland with a vast repertoire of improvised jazz-like song, study says

How do bowhead whales in the unbroken darkness of the Arctic’s polar winter keep busy during breeding season?

They sing, of course.

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Emergency declared after oil spill ignites on Indonesian island of Borneo

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/04/03 - 9:35pm

City of Balikpapan is struggling to deal with toxic smoke from fire that killed four fisherman

The Indonesian port city of Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo, has declared a state of emergency after a devastating oil spill spread along the coast, killing four fisherman when it ignited.

The oil spill, which occurred over the weekend, has now stretched to an area of around seven square miles (18 sq km), contaminating the sea and polluting the air with thick black smoke. One protected dugong has already washed up dead on the shore.

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Great white shark interrupts police operation in South Australia – video

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/04/03 - 8:16pm

Police officers in South Australia had a close encounter with a great white shark while they were out on a routine operation checking boat registrations over the Easter break

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