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Over 60% of breads sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, tests show

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 9:00pm
Traces found in two in every three loaves as experts call for more research into impact on health Continue reading...
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fair company

The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 7:12pm












Almost missed out on a great day with new friends.  About a month ago, I got an email from a filmmaker wanting to come out to see TFL.  I get these kinds of offers about twice a month.  Instead of saying "no" right away, now I just don't answer the email at all and wait to see if they will send a second request.  I had almost forgotten about the recent email when I got a second one.  This time I checked out the links on the first email and discovered it was actually a person who has done a huge number videos about tiny houses, off grid, sustainability, etc. - Kirsten Dirksen.  I have watched a bunch of her videos over the last couple of years and really enjoyed them.  She and her husband run a site called  http://faircompanies.com/ - community and access to tools on sustainable culture. Kirsten's YouTube channel has 178,731 subscribers and her videos have had almost 74,000,000 views. I answered her email and invited her out. (Of course my recent house cleaning was just because of today's visit and interview.)  I'm glad she gave me a another shot so I would take a first look and get a second chance.  I was really happy it wasn't just another reality TV pitch.  Had a very pleasant visit with Kirsten, her husband Nicolas, and their 3 adorable kids. Don't know when the stuff she shot here will be added to her extensive library.  95,103,68,0,B
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Australia kills off carbon tax

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 6:51pm

Senate makes good on prime minister's pledge in blood to axe the tax, with nation unlikely to meet 5% emissions reduction target

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The county flower survives

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 1:00pm
Blagill, Cumbria: Grass of Parnassus is duplicitous, and not just because it is not a grass at all but one of the saxifrage family Continue reading...
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Battle to stop capture of England's first wild beavers in 500 years

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 11:27am
Petition signed by 8,000 people against Defra scheme to trap and rehome creatures spotted near river Otter in Devon Continue reading...
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Coral reefs face heightened risk of fatal disease from dredging, says research

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 11:09am

Study finds sediment exposure can double risk of disease, raising questions over Abbot Point expansion impact on Great Barrier Reef

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Reshuffle risks smashing left-right green consensus

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 10:59am
Several prominent green Tories have been forced out of their jobs in recent months, and green businesses are worried Continue reading...
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How badly will Boris Johnson's 'cycling vision' penalise bus-users?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 10:11am

The London transport-users watchdog has asked Transport for London for more information about possible negative effects of the mayor's latest plans to make life better for cyclists

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UK calls for cancelling of carbon permits to revive EU emissions trading

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 8:59am

Energy secretary, Ed Davey, says bold and comprehensive reforms needed to help ETS drive low-carbon investment

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A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 8:40am

The crater is estimated at 262 feet wide and is in the northern Siberian area of Yamal, a name The Siberian Times says roughly translates as "the end of the world."

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Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 6:59am

Our pick of the winning and best entries from this year's international competition to design and build solar-powered houses, held in Versailles, France. Photographs by Lucien Lung

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How the web is helping waste-pickers clean up Bangalore's rubbish

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 4:11am

I Got Garbage project brings informal waste recyclers in India's IT capital face-to-face with the people who create the rubbish

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Seven Days of Garbage - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 2:48am

Californian photographer Gregg Segal photographed people of all ages and backgrounds in his garden in three different settings - water, beach and forest, surrounded by a week's worth of their rubbish, in Pasadena, California. The subjects were asked to collect and store their rubbish for a week - including recyclables.

Gregg said: 'Some of the subjects edited their garbage, removing the really smell stuff, while others were faithful to the concept and brought everything - I even found tampons in one subject's garbage and a hypodermic needle in another's'....'I wanted to call attention to how much garbage we produce and do it in a very straight-forward way - I wanted to go for the jugular.'

If you've never thought about how much rubbish you throw away then this is an unforgettable reminder of the amount of waste a human collects in just seven days.

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Europe mulling energy efficiency target below Juncker's 30% 'minimum'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 2:34am

Energy efficiency goal has taken on increased urgency since Ukraine crisis, in bid to curb EU's reliance on Russian gas

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It's time we gave our children permission to get outside and get dirty

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/07/15 - 9:30pm

People who spend more time outdoors as kids are the ones who have a stronger interest in protecting the planet

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California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2014/07/15 - 8:16pm

Residents will have to pay for wasteful outdoor watering, including hosing down driveways and washing a car without a shut-off nozzle.

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The Factographic

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/07/15 - 7:57pm
I don't know if they really have a name but this is what I am calling them.  It all started with The Most Interesting Man in the World - a character in an advertising campaign for the Dos Equis brand of beer, produced by the marketing firm Euro RSCG for Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery.    The ads feature Jonathan Goldsmith as the world's most interesting man.  The idea began being co-opted to get across any number of humorous nuances about daily life and situations - by plastering bold text onto the image.  The practice took an interesting turn when instead of cute little lifeisms, the content became attacks against opposing thought.  Now our handsome beer drinking friend is rarely seen in favor of graphic images that better promote the ideal being shoved down our throat... those deep meaning messages branded onto images that are meant to represent the absolute truth about a controversial subject.  Posts like those usually make little sense, don't change anyone's way of thinking, and only serve to divide the population further. Forwarding them only serves that negative agenda. They don't give anyone an "ah ha!" moment - they only make each side think the other is an idiot.  90,101,75,0,B
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Ban neonicotinoids now to avert another silent spring

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/07/15 - 12:27pm
This pesticide is destroying life across the natural world: the evidence cannot be denied. Only a global moratorium will stop it Continue reading...
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First world war heroism re-enacted in the woods

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/07/15 - 11:53am
Sterts, Bodmin Moor: As the auditorium fills, one of the actors is already ensconced on the stage beside a ramshackle pig ark Continue reading...
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Cheetah smuggling driving wild population to extinction, report says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/07/15 - 10:39am

Rising demand for luxury pets in the Gulf states taking gruesome toll as two-thirds of snatched cubs are dying en route

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