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Sad And Smelly: Massive Fish Die-Off At Rio's 2016 Olympic Site

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/04/21 - 2:07am

More than 50 tons of dead fish have been removed from a Rio de Janeiro lagoon slated to host Olympic events. Specialists blame algae blooms but water quality has been a concern for Olympic organizers.

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Environmental defenders tell inquiry that Coalition cuts will mean closures

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/04/21 - 1:08am

Senate inquiry hears federal government’s push to end tax-deductible status to legal centres that challenge big business leaves them in dire straits

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Palm Oil Plantations Are Blamed For Many Evils. But Change Is Coming

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2015/04/21 - 12:55am

In Indonesia, efforts are underway to grow palms in a sustainable way. But that's putting a squeeze on small farmers.

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Arachnophobe's nightmare as man hits wolf spider and hundreds of babies burst out of egg sac – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 10:32pm
Have you ever had a nightmare involving spiders? Perhaps it went a bit like this ... A man attempting to kill a large wolf spider in Hallett Cove, South Australia, got a bit of a surprise when he squashed it with a broom and released hundreds of baby spiders from an egg sac. Female wolf spiders hold on to their egg sacs on their spinnerets and the young then crawl up onto her abdomen for safety – it is one of the only cases of maternal protection in the arachnid world. The man said he originally filmed the event in order to prove to his wife that the creature had been dealt with Continue reading...
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Heaven is a blackbird’s song

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 9:30pm
Claxton, Norfolk It is our air that lets blackbirds sing and brings the music to me and which the birds and I share with every living thing Continue reading...
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WA students call for Bjørn Lomborg's $4m for climate research to be rejected

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 9:23pm

The Australia Consensus Centre will include a key role for Bjørn Lomborg, who many believe plays down the effects of climate change

Students at the University of Western Australia are calling on the vice-chancellor to reject $4m in federal government funding for a controversial research centre.

The university announced this month the establishment of the Australia Consensus Centre, which will commission economists to “generate evidence and rational arguments” that will “result in the adoption of smarter, more cost-effective policies”.

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Tapered End Mill

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 5:30pm
Got the end mill today.  In case you are wondering why it is tapered 5°...that is so the sterling casts won't get stuck in the mold.  69,79,58,0,B
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In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 1:26pm

The Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for clean, renewable geothermal power in Washington state. But environmentalists are worried about damage to streams and old-growth forests.

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BP Oil Spill Anniversary Highlights Changes In Industry Safety Standards

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 1:19pm

Offshore oil industry safety standards have been scrutinized since the BP spill five years ago. It happened when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing over 3 billion barrels to gush out.

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Taos Bound

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 1:07pm

Taos Bound, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We departed Santa Fe this afternoon and are heading North to Taos for a few days. This should keep us in plenty of cool weather which seems to be a theme on this journey.

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Humpback whales, endangered no more? Most may be removed from list

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 12:57pm

NOAA devises 14 population segments to allow them to protect those that need help most but activists say the whales are too ‘complicated’ for such judgment

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Printing Postage on the Road

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 12:46pm

Printing Postage on the Road, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We brought our tiny label printer so we can continue to ship products on our six month road trip. After dragging our setup into the house we were crashing in I realized it would have been easier to print in Hondo.

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EU delays ban on halogen bulbs

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 7:51am

Ban on inefficient bulbs is delayed two years after lobbyists argue that LED alternatives are not ready to replace them, reports ENDS Europe

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Australia could source 100% of power from renewables by 2050, report finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 7:49am

WWF/ANU report says all Australia’s energy needs could come from renewables by 2050, without massive costs or depressing economic growth

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UCL and Soas staff tell their universities to divest from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 6:54am

More than 200 staff write to boards of universities calling for them to send a signal and ensure investments are in line with institutional values

More than 200 staff at two London universities have called on their employers to join the global fossil fuel divestment movement, as a number of UK universities prepare to make decisions on whether to keep their shares in companies that drive climate change.

Two letters signed by academics and staff from University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London were delivered to the boards of the universities on Monday.

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The biggest story in the world: episode 5 – economics

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 6:30am
Larry Elliot, the Guardian's economics editor sets out to do something no economist has yet managed; to figure out the maths of keeping it in the ground. What would happen to the global economy and would we face a global recession? Continue reading...
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EU Holds Emergency Meeting After Migrant Boat Capsizes; Hundreds Feared Dead

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 6:22am

With 28 survivors reported and 24 bodies recovered, only a fraction of the hundreds of people who were reportedly on board are accounted for.

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Why I took part in a human 'oil slick' to protest about Wellcome's investments

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 6:01am

The Wellcome Trust has invested over £150m in research to eliminate malaria – but climate change will cause an increase in the disease

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Grass-to-gas plant could be UK's answer to fracking, says Ecotricity

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 4:29am

Anaerobic digestion plant in Gloucestershire would heat 6,000 homes and require 1,600 hectares of land to keep it supplied

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Russia's leading environmentalist flees to Estonia

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/04/20 - 4:01am

Yevgenia Chirikova, a campaigner who opposed a road through ancient forest and previously won prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, leaves Russia

Russia’s leading environmentalist whose fierce campaigning once threatened the interests of some of the country’s richest men has moved to Estonia to ensure she is not separated from her children.

Yevgenia Chirikova, 38, is best known for a 2010 campaign opposing the construction of an $8bn (£5.34bn) road linking Moscow and St Petersburg. Chirikova’s investigations shed light on some of the murkier aspects of a project that is partly owned by president Vladimir Putin’s childhood friend.

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