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Wind farm study finds 'no direct evidence' they affect health

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 11:12pm

‘There is currently no consistent evidence that wind farms cause health problems in humans,’ says National Health and Medical Research Council CEO

There is “no direct evidence” that windfarms affect health in humans, a report by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has found.

However the chairman of the NHMRC wind farms and health reference group, the Sydney University Emeritus Professor Bruce Armstrong, said the available studies on the subject were of too poor a quality to confidently rule out any link.

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Boris Johnson advised his London air pollution plans are too little, too late

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 11:01pm

Mayor’s proposed ultra low emission zone to reduce vehicle pollution should happen sooner than 2020 and cover a wider area, says London Assembly

Boris Johnson’s plan for an “ultra low emission zone” (ULEZ) to reduce London’s air pollution from dirty vehicles should not be delayed for five years and must be widened to cover a much larger area of the capital, the London assembly has told the mayor.

The zone, which Transport for London (TfL) hopes will enable the city to avoid heavy fines from Europe and cut the number of premature deaths from air pollution each year, will not ban traffic but will charge the owners of polluting vehicles up to £100 a day if they drive into most of central London.

Related: Mayor's failure to clean up London's air pollution 'risks children's health'

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A Beau Geste of robins

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 10:31pm
Wenlock Edge: He announces to his possible lovers that he is noble and virile, and to his enemies that he is 100 robins, all of them fierce, fearless and free Continue reading...
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exhausted

The Field Lab - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 4:15pm
Did two loads of laundry today.  Although the machines did most of the work...it still took quite a bit of effort.  68,76,38,0,B
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Bye Bye Toenail

Holy Scrap - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 3:38pm
My first race will be this Saturday (it will be Mikey's second) and guess what? My toenail is falling off! This is a common type of nail fall off amongst ultra runners. The nail detaches not from it's edge but from it's' start, the space of detachment moves up and up until it kinda peels off. The timing of this event could be better. It does not hurt when I'm running, only when I push on it. Hopefully it'll fall off without my noticing as I'm not into doing the intentional yank out of necessity while on trail. Ahhhh!

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Scientists urge global 'wake-up call' to deal with climate change

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 1:22pm

Climate change has advanced so rapidly that work must start on unproven technologies now, admits US National Academy of Science

Climate change has advanced so rapidly that the time has come to look at options for a planetary-scale intervention, the National Academy of Science said on Tuesday.

The scientists were categorical that geoengineering should not be deployed now, and was too risky to ever be considered an alternative to cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

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Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 9:03am

Studying techniques for engineering our way out of climate change would be helpful — and not the same as actually trying them, says a panel convened by the National Research Council.

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US harvest threatened by water-intensive oil and gas boom

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 8:48am

An estimated $1.2bn (£790m) in maize, soy and wheat crops may be at risk in US states where competition with industrial water users, especially fracking, is high

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British gold mining firm agrees settlement over deaths of Tanzanian villagers

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 8:47am

Acacia Mining – formerly African Barrick Gold – has agreed an undisclosed payout over claims that hired police and security guards killed and injured villagers at its North Mara mine in Tanzania

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South Africa considers viability of legal rhino horn trade

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 5:23am

Team will look into technical and strategic aspects of the trade in response to poaching crisis, but ministry says South Africa has not taken a position on the issue

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Conservationists call for UK to create world's largest marine reserve

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 4:47am

Three proposed reserves in UK waters around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, and Ascension Island and South Sandwich Islands in the Atlantic, would more than double the size of the world’s existing marine protected areas

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Germany leads record wind power growth in Europe

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 4:42am

Record amount of wind power capacity installed across EU in 2014, more than new gas and coal capacity combined, reports BusinessGreen

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UK spent 300 times more on fossil fuels than clean energy despite green pledge

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 2:39am

Government’s export credit agency gave £1.13bn to ‘dirty’ energy operations abroad compared to just £3.6m to clean energy

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Stressed young bees could be cause of colony declines, scientists find

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/10 - 2:28am

Bees having to forage younger because older workers have been killed off by disease could be key factor behind colony collapse disorder

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England's flood defence funding faces £600m shortfall, MPs warn

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/09 - 11:01pm

Private companies aren’t investing in the sector as expected to stump up a quarter of £2.3bn needed to protect 300,000 properties

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Mystery of Lucy Lightfoot

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/09 - 10:31pm

Gatcombe, Isle of Wight Tantalising tale of romance and disappearance captured imagination of locals and visitors alike

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curb service

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/02/09 - 4:25pm
Lately I've been getting curb service from the country store just across the highway.  I pull up and honk and get my order filled.  Not sure how long I will be able to get away with that.  65,74,47,0,C
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Beaches closed as search goes on for shark that killed surfer

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/09 - 4:22pm

Lifeguards patrol between south Ballina and Lennox Head in northern New South Wales after ‘three to four-metre great white’ attacked Tadashi Nakahara

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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/02/09 - 3:16pm

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.

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Cutting mining and aviation tax breaks could save $5.2bn a year from budget

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/02/09 - 1:17pm

Australian Conservation Foundation submission recommends scrapping special exemptions and tax credits for aviation, oil and gas, and mining sectors

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