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'We depend on the Tongass': Alaskans fight to save US’s largest national forest

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/11/12 - 12:00am

Tribal leaders to testify before Congress in battle against Trump administration’s assault on environmental protections

Tribal leaders, fishermen and environmentalists from Alaska will testify before Congress on Wednesday in an effort to save America’s biggest national forest – the latest battle against the Trump administration’s assault on environmental protections.

The Tongass national forest, one of the world’s last intact temperate rainforests which plays a crucial role in fighting the climate crisis, is under threat of logging as Alaska seeks exemption from the Roadless Rule, which protects millions of acres of pristine forests across the US. The Tongass is considered the “crown jewel” of the national forest system, sequestering huge amounts of carbon dioxide to keep the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.

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School strikers try to unite divided Belgium over climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 10:00pm

Young Belgian activists are among the most enthusiastic, but their country is lagging behind on action

When Greta Thunberg began her school strike outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, she was alone. Within months, thousands and then millions followed her example.

Some of the most enthusiastic school strikers have been in Belgium, inadvertently launching a national movement that bridges the country’s entrenched linguistic divide.

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Greens senator says major parties are 'no better than arsonists' – politics live

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 9:35pm

Jordon Steele-John uses energy debate to attack Labor and Coalition support of coal industry. Earlier, Barnaby Joyce claimed two people who died in fires ‘most likely’ voted for Greens. Follow all the day’s event’s live ...

4.31am GMT

The solicitor general, Stephen Donaghue, has asked the high court to refuse Annika Smethurst’s bid to order police to destroy evidence seized in the raid of her home to preserve evidence for possible future prosecution.

Donaghue noted that evidence seized in the raid can be used to prosecute offences other than the one listed on the warrant – namely, the police could use it to prosecute Smethurst’s source.

4.27am GMT

Mark Butler has put out this statement on Angus Taylor:

Today it was revealed in a Senate estimates spill-over hearing that the minister’s department provided a draft letter to the Minister’s office which responded to the letter from the lord mayor of the City of Sydney. That draft letter is very different to the final letter sent by Minister Taylor to the lord mayor. The department’s draft letter provided to the minister’s office contained no reference to the City of Sydney’s travel expenditure.

Senator Keneally: Did that draft response include reference to the City of Sydney’s travel expenditure?

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New Zealand twitchy amid claims of Russian meddling in bird of the year contest

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 8:38pm

Hundreds of votes were cast in Russia, but organisers say the email addresses appeared to be legitimate

It’s an election that has spawned meme wars, full-size billboards, trash talking between rival campaigns, and now, accusations of Russian electoral fraud. Organisers of New Zealand’s bird of the year contest – a wholesome poll that raises awareness about the plight of native species – have denied claims the 2019 result was marred by fowl play after revealing a high number of votes cast from other countries.

“People are coming up with all kinds of theories about Russian involvement in New Zealand elections,” said Megan Hubscher, a spokesperson for Forest and Bird, the independent conservation group that runs the annual vote. “But we can assure everyone that everything seems above board this time around.”

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Adani mine could snuff out black-throated finch’s last chances of survival

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 5:56pm

Development has long been given priority over the endangered bird’s welfare – and is set to again with the Carmichael coalmine

The black-throated finch is a refugee. For decades, progress has forced the small, rotund, patchwork finch to retreat to a few pockets of grassland in central and north Queensland. Now the largest colony will be forcibly moved from the best remaining habitat to make way for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine.

Since it was listed as endangered and protected under Australian law, 775 development applications have proposed removing or damaging potential finch habitat. One has been rejected.

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Australia Wildfires: State Of Emergency Declared Over 'Catastrophic' Danger

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 1:55pm

Residents in the greater Sydney area have been warned of "catastrophic fire danger," the country's highest danger rating. At least three people have died in the fires in the state of New South Wales.

(Image credit: Dan Himbrechts/AP)

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 10:49am
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Cornish homes take part in trial to supply clean power to grid

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 11:01pm

Project links solar-fitted premises in ‘milestone’ to form a mini virtual power plant

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Cornwall have started selling electricity to their local energy network and the national energy system in a pioneering move.

The trial is the first time that traditional energy users – such as homes, hotels and businesses – have acted as suppliers in a microcosm of a full energy system.

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Norway's Equinor must modify environmental plan to drill in Great Australian Bight

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 11:00pm

Federal regulator wants to know more about the consultation Equinor conducted and the risks posed by oil spills

Norwegian energy company Equinor has been ordered to modify and resubmit an environmental plan to drill an oil exploration well in the Great Australian Bight.

The company has exploration rights on a site about 370km off the South Australian coast and first submitted its environmental statement on the drilling proposal in April.

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Coalition grilled on regional jobs package – Senate question time live

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 9:54pm

The Senate-only sitting week has started in the midst of a debate on climate change as ‘catastrophic’ blazes threaten swathes of NSW and Queensland. All the day’s events, live

Follow all the latest news on NSW and Queensland bushfires – live

4.32am GMT

Someone is having fun.

STATEMENT | Nationals kill dairy rescue bill.

Senator Pauline Hanson's private senator’s bill to introduce a minimum farm gate price for milk has been defeated by 31 votes to 30.#auspol #qldpolhttps://t.co/lXoeaHjP3Q

4.22am GMT

Breaking: Norwegian oil giant, Equinor has had their environmental & safety plan to drill in the Great Aust Bight rejected. The risk of an oil spill is too big and the damange to local fishing & tourism jobs too great. It’s time to protect the Bight from big oil once and for all

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NSW and Qld fires: Victoria sends reinforcements as catastrophic bushfire conditions spread – live

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 9:53pm

Fears for Sydney and the Hunter with conditions set to worsen on Tuesday, while dozens of bushfires continue to burn across Australia’s east coast

4.53am GMT

In Torrington, NSW near Glen Innes, resident Thomas Eveans has returned home to find “nothing recoverable”

“The shed, the caravan parked beside it, the motorbike is gone,” he told AAP. “There was an aluminium meltdown like you wouldn’t believe.”

4.43am GMT

“All the pastures are gone, we don’t have any water,” he added. “With the drought, the last thing we bloody needed was a fire.”

Storm Sparks and her young son, Zeke Bacon, told AAP they had heard some of their animals had survived.

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Catastrophic fire danger: what does it mean and what should we do in these conditions?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 8:38pm

For the first time since new fire ratings were introduced in 2009, the highest fire danger has been forecast for Sydney

Catastrophic fire danger has been forecast for the greater Sydney, greater Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions on Tuesday 12 November. This includes the central coast and the Blue Mountains.

It’s the first time since the new fire ratings were introduced in 2009 that catastrophic conditions have been forecast for Sydney.

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but don't ask for a pony...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 1:33pm
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
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Norway set to gain more from drilling in Great Australian Bight than Australia

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 10:00am

Australians to shoulder the risk of oil and gas exploration while Norway enjoys the financial gain, Australia Institute warns

The Norwegian government stands to gain $400m more from drilling in the Great Australian Bight than the South Australian and federal governments combined, according to a new study.

A report by the Australia Institute, to be released on Monday, finds that through its two-thirds ownership of Equinor the Norwegian government stands to make $8.1bn from oil and gas exploration in the Bight.

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Studying The Ripple Effects Of Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 5:00am

Scientists have frozen their ship to an ice floe to study the causes and consequences of diminishing Arctic ice, in the hopes of improving how the Arctic is represented in climate models.

(Image credit: Ravenna Koenig/NPR)

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Graze Days in the Railyard Park

Home Grown New Mexico - Fri, 2019/10/25 - 8:01pm

Hey everybody-Goats and sheep will be grazing in the Railyard Park on Oct 28 through Oct 30 from 11-4 pm each day! The project aims to restore the health of the soil and the Blue Grama grasses on the corner of Cerrillos Rd and Guadalupe. Come out and bring yourself, friend or child and take pics of them cleaning up the area. Should be fun!

For more information, go to the Railyard Park Conservancy

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Winter is coming! 24°F tomorrow nite!

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2019/10/09 - 7:30am

As they kept saying in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming” and it is coming here tomorrow night. Low temperatures tomorrow (Wednesday) will be 24°F and Thursday night will be 27°F. Harvesting everything you can before the cold hits. Afterwards is too late.

Most of our gardens are done but here are some crops that may still need harvesting. Pick  winter squash now and put it in the house. While winter squash likes it cold, it does not like the temperatures below freezing and can be ruined if they freeze–they should last months in the house.

Pick any green tomatoes of decent size and put them 2 layers deep in paper bags. The bags will keep the tomatoes in the dark. Then put a slice of apple in the bag (it releases ethylene gas, a natural ripening agent) and close up the bag to speed up the ripening process. Check the bag several times a week and you can move them to your kitchen table once they turn color. They are never quite as good as sun-ripened tomatoes but still 200% better than store bought and you may have home grown tomatoes into November.

Harvest all other warm season crops like beans, peppers, eggplants, corn, cucumbers, summer squash and melons-if they are not already picked.

Harvest onions if you still have any.

Cool season crops like broccoli, kale, cabbage, arugula and other leafy greens may survive but will need winter weight row cover over them to protect them from the below freezing nights. Take off in the day and recover at night when freezing. You can get row cover (winter weight) at some of the local nurseries. Just call around.

Beets and carrots should be ok but should be harvested before the ground freezes rock hard in December.

If you have lettuce, I would pick it as it will freeze. You may be able to save it with row cover over it, but it is chancy.

Herbs can be cut and dried in your house.

Of course if you have a cold frame, your season could still be extended if you cover the plants inside with row cover.

So pick everything you can today and tomorrow and don’t forget to disconnect your drip systems so they don’t freeze either. Get busy!

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