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North Dakota arrest warrant for Amy Goodman raises fears for press freedom

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 12:26pm

The Democracy Now! host has been accused of entering private property during her reporting on the Native American protests of an oil pipeline

North Dakota police have issued an arrest warrant for the Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, who has been reporting on the Native American protests against an oil pipeline, accusing her of entering “private property” to conduct interviews.

The charges have raised concerns about possible free speech violations and press intimidation, since the Morton county sheriff’s office accused the award-winning broadcast journalist after Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the Dakota access pipeline using dogs and pepper spray on protesters.

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World's first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 12:24pm

MeyGen tidal stream project leads the way in tackling climate change and providing jobs, says Nicola Sturgeon

The launch of the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm in Scotland has been hailed as a significant moment for the renewable energy sector.

A turbine for the MeyGen tidal stream project in the Pentland Firth was unveiled outside Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

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Russian metals firm admits spillage turned river blood red

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 11:28am

Norilsk Nickel insists the temporary problem will not affect people or wildlife, but environmental activists say it is too early to tell

Russian metals giant Norilsk Nickel has admitted a spillage at one of its plants was responsible for turning a local river blood red.

Russia’s environment ministry last week launched an investigation into the incident after images showed the Daldykan river near Norilsk in the far north of Russia flowing bright red, with local activists blaming the nearby Nadezhda metallurgical plant.

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The world needs leaders who refuse to fly, not another airport runway for the UK | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 9:40am

Again, self-selected business leaders are calling for a new runway (Letters, 7 September). They offer the interesting example of the desperate need to fly Scottish salmon, presumably farmed, to the world’s developing economies.

Are they living on a different planet? How many individuals in the world’s poorer nations “need” salmon flown thousands of miles to accompany the salad presumably shipped in similar style from Harrods (another signatory)?

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New York extends filing deadline for 9/11 rescue workers seeking compensation

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 8:52am

New York state has reopened the window for workers and volunteers seeking compensation for lost wages and medical benefits arising from their involvement in the rescue, recovery and clean-up at the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

Related: 9/11 health crisis: death toll from illness nears number killed on day of attacks

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Hottest September day since 1973 forecast for parts of UK

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 8:50am

Temperatures could reach 31C in south-east on Tuesday if bad weather lurking to the west stays away

It’s that time of year when Britons are used to unpacking their winter wardrobes. But don’t disturb the moths just yet: forecasters say Tuesday could be the warmest September day in more than 40 years.

The UK’s Indian summer is set to continue, with the mercury predicted to climb to as high as 31C in south-east England. Even eastern Scotland could continue to enjoy unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures of up to 23C forecast in Aberdeen.

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The man who ​thinks trees talk to each other

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 8:46am
Beech trees are bullies​ and​ willows are loners, says forester Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book claiming that trees have personalities and communicate ​via a ​below-ground ​‘woodwide web’

Trees have friends, feel loneliness, scream with pain and communicate underground via the “woodwide web”. Some act as parents and good neighbours. Others do more than just throw shade – they’re brutal bullies to rival species. The young ones take risks with their drinking and leaf-dropping then remember the hard lessons from their mistakes. It’s a hard-knock life.

A book called The Hidden Life of Trees is not an obvious bestseller but it’s easy to see the popular appeal of German forester Peter Wohlleben’s claims – they are so anthropomorphic. Certainly, a walk in the park feels different when you imagine the network of roots crackling with sappy chat beneath your feet. We don’t know the half of what’s going on underground and beneath the bark, he says: “We have been looking at nature for the last 100 years like [it is] a machine.”

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Just 10 new community energy schemes registered after Tories cut subsidies

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 4:00am

Number of new local renewable energy schemes has crashed from 76 last year after government slashed support for wind and solar

The number of new community-owned renewable energy projects of the sort backed by Jeremy Corbyn this week has plummeted after a series of government decisions have made many proposals for wind and solar farms no longer viable.

Only 10 new community energy organisations have been registered so far this year, compared to 76 last year, according to new data from the trade body Co-operatives UK.

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Pittsburgh water: expensive, rust-colored, corrosive, and high in lead

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 4:00am

Amid concerns about high levels of lead, the city’s water agency is fielding mounting complaints over the state of its tap water, while prices rise

In many American cities, finding elevated lead levels in drinking water is enough to spark serious concern. But in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where many residents are delivered expensive, rust-colored and corrosive water, it’s just one of many of complaints.

On just one street, a pregnant 19-year-old and a Vietnam veteran said they no longer drink the tap water. A grandmother said she buys bottled water when she can, but other times boils the water, which can concentrate lead.

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Legal rhino horn and ivory trade should benefit Africa, says Swaziland government

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 3:28am

As talks about a complete ban on both the international and domestic markets heat up, the Swaziland government accuses western NGOs of being ‘armchair preservationists’

The government of Swaziland has called the destruction of rhino horn “extravagantly wasteful destruction” and accused western NGOs of compromising Africa’s wildlife by blocking the legalisation of the ivory and rhino horn trades.

In an official document sent to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) the government of the tiny African state claimed unnamed NGOs have become dominated by “activists who do not live with the day to day realities on the ground, who do not face the grave dangers of protecting rhinos [from poaching] in the bush, who do not cover the enormous costs necessary to protect them”.

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BBC climate coverage is evolving, but too slowly | Geoffrey Supran

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 3:00am

While the BBC no longer gives climate denial and science equal air time, it continues to struggle with creeping false balance

For years, the BBC has been criticised for the false balance of its climate change coverage. And for years, the BBC has apparently been doing “ongoing work” to fix it. So far, however, this ‘reform’ has been more like a triumph of the middling. Yes, the BBC may broadcast less outright misinformation, but as a scientist and a citizen, I still feel let down by its continually careless handling of climate denial - most recently two weeks ago. This nod to mediocrity is a disservice to science, to public trust, and to the biggest news story in the world. And it is a huge, missed opportunity.

As a young PhD graduate working on climate change solutions, I am confronted daily by a world where the warnings of science are undercut by Fox ‘News’ and its ilk. It is a very different world to the trustworthy BBC broadcasts of David Attenborough and the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures that I grew up with, which helped inspire me to become a scientist. But as a recent BBC News segment by Science Editor David Shukman sadly reminded me, those worlds can too easily collide.

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Green-powered boat prepares for round-the-world voyage

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 2:18am

Vessel aiming to be the ‘Solar Impulse of the seas’ will be powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen during its six-year voyage

Dubbed the “Solar Impulse of the seas”, the first boat to be powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen hopes to make its own historic trip around the world.

A water-borne answer to the Solar Impulse – the plane that completed its round-the-globe trip using only solar energy in July – the Energy Observer will be powered by the sun, the wind and self-generated hydrogen when it sets sail in February as scheduled.

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N.D. Pipeline Protester: 'It's About Our Rights As Native People'

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2016/09/12 - 2:07am

Protesters continue to gather at the site of a proposed oil pipeline despite Friday's announcement that the government would pause construction on federally owned land.

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UK must move now on carbon capture to save consumers billions, says report

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2016/09/11 - 10:00pm

Kickstarting the carbon capture and storage industry with a state-backed company will deliver the clean electricity needed to meet climate targets more cheaply than Hinkley Point C, says government advisory group

The UK must immediately kickstart an industry to capture and bury carbon emissions in order to save consumers billions a year from the cost of meeting climate change targets, according to a high-level advisory group appointed by ministers.

This requires the setting up of a new state-backed company to create the network needed to pipe the emissions into exhausted oil and gas fields under the North Sea, the group said.

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The bats at home in our attic

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2016/09/11 - 9:30pm

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales Our loft has become a maternity roost from which the brown long-eared bats emerge at dusk to scour the surrounding area for incautious insects

Nearly a century ago, someone bought part of the pasture at the end of the lane and built the house we’ve lived in for about a quarter of its life. This quiet spot faces east into the Cambrian Mountains and the builder cleverly oriented the house to ensure the best view from the front windows.

Related: Bats at large, unseasonably, on a mild winter afternoon

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人口70亿的世界,如何保护野生动植物?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2016/09/11 - 8:50pm

关于如何保护濒危物种,世界正站在一个十字路口,9月份两次至关重要的全球性会议就这一紧迫问题展开讨论。翻译:奇芳(中外对话/chinadialogue)

消费者和收藏家们都想得到各种稀罕物:鲟鱼子、蛇皮手袋、鲨鱼肉和鱼翅、野生的雪莲球茎、珍贵的红木家具、质量上乘的沉香油,以及珍稀的鸟类、爬行动物、仙人掌和兰花这些动植物活体。但他们极少会停下来想想这些东西的来源。要知道,如今世界上有70多亿人每天都在通过药物、食品、衣服、家具、香料和奢侈品等各种方式消耗着生物多样性。人们对于取自自然的产品的需求不断增加,野生物种面临的压力也在不断增大。

人类从自然获取资源的能力是无限的,现代交通的范围更是无疆的。世界每年的国际旅客人数多达11亿人次,每天有10万个航班,每年的集装箱数量多达5亿个,合法的和非法的野生动植物产品可以被运到世界任何角落。扩大全球贸易、促进发展与保护野生动植物之间的矛盾愈演愈烈,有时他们的目标看起来甚至是南辕北辙。

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Energy storage: how an abandoned goldmine will be converted into a world first

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2016/09/11 - 8:11pm

Australia has no plan for managing disused mines but a company has a novel solution for producing renewable energy

Gold was discovered on the Copperfield river in north-western Queensland in 1907. As men flocked to find their fortune, a small township was established and named for the state’s then premier, William Kidston. For close to 100 years, Kidston was a mining town.

But, in 2001, the largest operation – a Canadian-owned goldmine – shut down. The site became another of the roughly 50,000 “orphaned” mines littered across Australia.

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an easy relationship...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/09/11 - 3:31pm
How do you make friends?  It is done by building on relationships.  Your personal relationship with Christ truly begins when you acknowledge that He has always had a relationship with you.  It doesn't just suddenly happen because He is always there for everyone - everywhere - forever.  Like with any friend, in order to reap the benefits of the relationship...all you have to do is acknowledge it and it will build from there.

John 15:15  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
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Night owls start their call: Country diary 100 years ago:

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2016/09/11 - 2:30pm

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 16 September 1916

The wood is alive now in the evening, while the moon is still almost at its best. As night comes on and the west yellows among the clouds, brown owls begin to call. Everything else is very still; the cattle move noiselessly in the meadow yonder, the sheep lie together under the green oaks. Then a breeze comes, the boughs rustle, moving clouds obscure the light, and the owls start their call. One begins with “Hoo-hoo,” repeated several times, not a loud noise and yet wonderfully penetrating. Then another in the distance, and yet another, answer; they set the barn-owl screeching, in a shrill cry, across by the farm. The clouds pass, the moon shines out, the trees strike all sorts of shadows. The wood is quiet until another cloud and more wind come.

It is curious how the brown owls seem responsive to this waywardness of harvest evenings. On some still nights you may pass a long time in the wood and catch no sound at all. But nearly always, down by the hedge, the barn owl flits along, dropping now and then into the wide ditch, like a white stone tossed from above. He is so quiet in his flight that you would think there is no motion of his wings.

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Cuts to renewables agency will hurt Australia's global R&D ranking, says report

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2016/09/11 - 1:50pm

Australia had been a big investor in fossil fuels and a low one in renewables, according to International Energy Agency data, but Arena grants changed that

Australia has consistently led the world with its funding of fossil fuel research and consistently lagged other nations when it comes to developing renewable energy, according analysis by the Australia Institute.

The only time in Australia’s recent history that research and development for renewables outstripped R&D for fossil fuels was when the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) began making grants to renewables in 2013, the study of International Energy Agency figures found.

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