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Gift of rare basking shark to Victorian scientists 'fantastic' for research

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/06/23 - 12:01am

The 3,500kg, 6.5-metre ‘gentle giant’ accidentally netted by trawler in Bass Strait and donated to Museum Victoria

A basking shark, rarely seen in Australian waters, will be donated to scientists after it was caught by the Castella Rosa fishing trawler off Victoria’s south-west coast.

The 3,500kg, 6.5-metre shark was being dissected by staff from Museum Victoria on Tuesday after being pulled in by the trawler on Sunday afternoon at Portland.

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‘Cows have their own personalities’: tales from the Devon farmers

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/06/23 - 12:00am

How three family-run farms are responding to supermarket price wars and changing technology

In any season, but especially in spring and summer, an English country cowshed is a haven of harmless contentment whose inhabitants – happily ruminating, farting, chewing and pissing – contribute to an unmistakable atmosphere of wellbeing.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that “Cowshed” should also be a trendy beauty brand. But for how much longer? Lately, the world of the cow has been in crisis, with dairy farming in trouble, and a timeless way of life threatened by relentless supermarket price wars and the march of technology.

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3,500kg basking shark pulled from Australian waters - video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 11:57pm
A Victorian trawler has caught a basking shark weighing 3,500kg and measuring 6.5 metres. The animal, which is rare in Australian waters, has been donated to the Victoria Museum for science. It was caught in the Bass Strait, off the coast of Victoria, on Sunday. Video shows the huge animal being lowered to the ground by a crane watched by a gathering crowd Continue reading...
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A beginner's guide to fossil fuel divestment

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 11:00pm

A comprehensive guide to the basics of divestment: what it means, why the urgency and how it impacts climate change

Divestment is the opposite of investment – it is the removal of your investment capital from stocks, bonds or funds. The global movement for fossil fuel divestment (sometimes also called disinvestment) is asking institutions to move their money out of oil, coal and gas companies for both moral and financial reasons. These institutions include universities, religious institutions, pension funds, local authorities and charitable foundations.

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Time is running out. But we can stop Osborne’s fracking free-for-all | John Ashton

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 11:00pm

This is not just about climate change: the processes of our democracy are being twisted to impose an outcome

Cuadrilla, the shale gas company, will learn this week if it’s been given the go-ahead to conduct the most ambitious fracking operations in Britain yet. The two sites it wishes to drill are both in the Fylde, a gently creased handkerchief of trees, hedgerow and rich farmland that connects the resorts of Blackpool and Lytham St Annes to the Lancashire hinterland. Not far from either location is the village of Wrea Green, regularly judged Lancashire’s best kept village, its giant duck pond fringed this midsummer with tall stands of flag iris the colour of sunshine.

Lancashire county council’s development committee is considering both applications. Approval for either would be the biggest step so far towards the prospect, enthusiastically backed by David Cameron and George Osborne, of a fracking free-for-all across Britain.

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Eat less red meat and cycle more for your and the planet's health

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 10:00pm

Experts say lifestyle changes can cut emissions and diseases globally as a major study shows climate change is undermining five decades of progress in health

High-carbon lifestyles are desperately unhealthy, according to Hugh Montgomery, director of the UCL Institute for human health and performance and co-chair of the Lancet commission.

Cutting red meat and dairy consumption would lead to a big saving in methane, which is 23 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide “from essentially belching cows. That saves a lot of strokes, heart disease, bowel cancer and so forth,” he said.

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Where the waters run clear

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 9:30pm

Allendale, Northumberland A path curves alongside the river to Allendale Town, clambering over thick roots and stones. It’s a cool walk on a hot day

Though normally a fast-flowing river, the East Allen has shrunk from its banks. Its voice, through trees, is like a bath filling up behind a closed door. Reaching it through wild garlic, I walk to the centre of the river where the boulders are pale and dry. The water is clear to the stony bottom, not clouded with silt and energy. The river, so low that its still surface reflects the sky, feels different.

A path curves alongside the river to Allendale Town, clambering over thick roots and stones. Shaded by alders, beech and sycamore, it’s a cool walk on a hot day, scented by honeysuckle and the currant smell of wild raspberry leaves. A young song thrush hops along in front of me, stopping every now and then to tug at something unseen among the flowering verges of deep pink campion, starry stitchwort, the vintage lace and froth of sweet cicely.

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Herbicide 2,4-D 'possibly' causes cancer, World Health Organisation study finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 8:42pm

Lack of definitive evidence on widely used chemical sways scientists away from ‘probable’ rating recently given to glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup

The widely used farm chemical known as 2,4-D – a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by the Dow company – “possibly” causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organisation research unit has said.

The classification of the weed killer, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, was made by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

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Western Australia attacked over funding halt for shark tagging and tracking

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 8:37pm

Greens MP says tagging and tracking is sensible in shark hazard mitigation and government ‘has not got a leg to stand on if it wants to kill any more of them’

The West Australian government has stopped funding the only part of its shark hazard mitigation strategy that made sense, the state opposition and Greens have said.

The Department of Fisheries was allocated $2m for shark tagging and tracking for the 2014 and 2015 financial years.

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Chile’s largest city temporarily shut down due to smog 'emergency'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 5:43pm

Measures relaxed on Monday night after cars were ordered off streets of Santiago, businesses shut and 7 million residents told to stay indoors

Authorities in Chile’s capital shut down hundreds of businesses and ordered hundreds of thousands of cars off the streets on Monday as a grey carpet of smog caused an environmental emergency in the city hosting the Copa America soccer tournament.

The emergency was declared ended on Monday evening after air quality improved. But the Santiago government said it still would order about 300,000 vehicles off the streets on Tuesday, a little less than half the estimated 680,000 that had to be parked on Monday, especially older cars.

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final round(s)

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 4:54pm

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Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health, study says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 4:01pm

But slashing fossil fuel use also presents greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in 21st century, says Lancet and UCL commission

Climate change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health, according to a major new report.

But the analysis also concludes that the benefits to health resulting from slashing fossil fuel use are so large that tackling global warming also presents the greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in the 21st century.

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EPA Official: Decisions On Climate Change Will Affect Economic Future Of U.S.

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 2:40pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy on the second anniversary of the president's Climate Action Plan.

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Lolita the killer whale will stay in captivity as court rules against animal rights group

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 12:33pm

Judges say they are ‘are sensitive to the plight of Lolita and other animals exhibited across the country’ but the killer whale’s rights were being met

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling against animal rights groups that want a captive killer whale removed from an oceanarium in Florida.

The case concerns an orca named Lolita that has lived at Miami Seaquarium since 1970. Last year, a local judge dismissed the groups’ lawsuit which alleged that the tank holding Lolita violates government animal welfare standards.

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Good Eats

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 9:33am


Eating well can be challenging when traveling and living out of a car. We've been in Bend, OR for about two weeks. There are no shortage of places to eat here and they're all pretty good. We've found the food truck and faster food joints to be as good as the higher end restaurants. I don't mean corporate chain fast food, I mean local mom-n-pop joints where one can get a taco of odd varieties. Many promise hormone free, grass fed beef while keeping it under ten bucks. That said, if you don't like tacos you may have to hunt for something else to eat! Our fav's include Korean shredded pork with kimchi.

Its hard to find the inspiration to cook when eating out is comparable in price. Still when we want to fill up on veggies nothing beats a stir fry made by a fast moving river. Here are pics of one that I make often, loads of veggies, a protein (in this case tempe) and a sauce I made from garlic, honey, molasses, red pepper, vinegar and tamari. We cook this on a simple 2 burner gas camping stove. We also travel with our juicer. Every couple of days we're sure to make a juice to assure that we get enough micro nutrients. Of course not all cities offer an abundance of healthy options so at times the juicer carries us through food deserts.
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New study links global warming to Hurricane Sandy and other extreme weather events | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 8:02am

The paper finds that global warming is putting extreme weather on steroids

One of the hottest areas of climate research these days is on the potential connections between human emissions, global warming, and extreme weather. Will global warming make extreme weather more common or less common? More severe or less severe?

New research, just published today in Nature Climate Change helps to answer that question by approaching the problem in a novel way. In short yes, human emissions of greenhouse gases have made certain particular weather events more severe. Let’s investigate how they arrived at this conclusion.

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Fracking: businesses and students urge Lancashire to approve Cuadrilla plans

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 7:24am

Coalition of local businesses, academics, farmers and students says rejection of application would send message that county was not open for business

Rejecting plans for test fracking in Lancashire would send a message that the county was not open for business and investment, a coalition of local businesses, academics, farmers and students has warned.

Members of the North West Energy Task Force said it would be a missed opportunity to create jobs and significantly boost the local economy.

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I’m doing my bit to stop the sixth mass extinction – letting my garden go wild

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 6:31am

What good will my little contribution do if our leaders don’t wise up, though?

Depressing news. The earth’s sixth mass extinction is on the way, and it’s our fault. I could have told you that ages ago, which is why my friend Clayden and I have been doing our bit to avert it and are clinging to the last remnants of biodiversity by letting our gardens grow rather wild. It’s easy for me, because it’s my garden. I can have frogs, foxes, nettles, dandelions and more bees if I so wish. But Clayden has the housing association contract gardeners to deal with, who like to shave the grass bald and hack everything else almost to death.

Related: The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours

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Gannets flight tracked in real time for the first time via 3G

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 3:25am

Devices fitted on tail feathers record location as GPS tags creating a live flight path on website showing how far the birds are flying to find food for their chicks

The vast distances gannets fly to catch fish are being tracked in “real time” for the first time using the 3G mobile network.

People are being given the chance to see how Britain’s largest native seabirds journey through the English Channel from nests off Alderney in the Channel Islands to find food for their chicks, with data from GPS tags uploaded onto the web.

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After Waterway Closure, Minneapolis Sees An End To River Shipping

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2015/06/22 - 1:43am

For the first time ever, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed part of a navigable waterway to stem the migration of an invasive species.

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