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The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/04/29 - 2:02pm
When I was growing up, my family attended church services every Sunday.  Part of every service was the doxology which was repeated so many times in all the years I went to church that I have always remembered it although at the time it was never explained to me - my parents never discussed the weekly service they were so adamant about attending.  The doxology just seemed like something that was dutifully repeated by church goers every Sunday - right after the collection plate got passed around.  For me it meant the long boring sermon was coming up soon. 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all Creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye Heavenly Host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 

Recently it came to mind and I did a little research
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Millions of trees at risk in secretive Network Rail felling programme

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/04/29 - 1:19pm

Exclusive: Plan to stop leaves and branches falling on lines has already led to thousands of trees being chopped down

Millions of trees are at risk in a secretive nationwide felling operation launched by Network Rail to end the nuisance of leaves and branches falling on the line.

Thousands of poplars, sycamores, limes, ash trees and horse chestnuts have already been chopped down across the country from Yorkshire to Dorset, and the scale of the potential destruction outlined in a Network Rail blueprint involves 10m trees growing within 60 metres of track.

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'A Silent Extinction': Finding Peace And Saving Giraffes On A Lake In Kenya

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/04/29 - 12:39pm

Nearly 40 percent of giraffes were wiped out in one generation. Now, Kenyan conservation efforts are helping to bring them back.

(Image credit: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

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Thailand: hundreds stage largest protest since start of military rule

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/04/29 - 10:27am

Environmental activists demonstrate against luxury housing project in Chiang Mai

Over a thousand people have gathered in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to protest against the building of a government luxury housing project on forested land, police have said.

The gathering on Sunday was one of the largest since Thailand’s junta took power following a 2014 coup. The junta imposed a ban on public gatherings of over five people and has largely curbed freedom of expression through various orders and used military and police forces to block public gatherings.

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EU rule could leave theatres dark | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/04/29 - 9:58am
The president of the Association of Lighting Directors warns that a new directive could make all existing equipment obsolete

I am writing to you as the president of the Association of Lighting Designers, and as the Founder of Theatre Projects, an international theatre design company that for 60 years has been at the forefront of British theatre technology, responsible for the stage design of the National Theatre, and for over 1,500 theatre projects in 80 counties.

I have been a lighting designer for over 60 years. British theatre now faces an extraordinary crisis. On Saturday 7 May consultation on an amazing EU draft regulation – the Energy Directorate’s Eco-design Working Plan 2016-19 – will close. If confirmed, in 2020 virtually all stage lighting equipment used throughout the British Theatre and entertainment industry will be rendered obsolete and the lamps within that create the light be unobtainable.

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Blackcap, redstart, yellowhammer: what’s in a bird’s name?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/28 - 4:05pm
The author of a new book on the history of birds’ names found tales of conquest, myth and human endeavour

It’s easy to assume, with bird names, that we know what they mean, and often that assumption is quite correct. Woodpeckers peck wood, bee-eaters feed on bees, and whitethroats are indeed white around the neck.

Other names seem almost wilfully obscure: what on Earth does the name puffin mean? Or hobby? Why are turtle doves named after reptiles? And don’t get me started on some of the more bizarre bird names found around the world – from oleaginous hemispingus to zitting cisticola, leaflove to hardhead, and bananaquit to bearded mountaineer.

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money in...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/04/28 - 2:51pm

Nice to have some money come in for a change.  Morning gig welding up a dish mount for a new Big Bend Telephone customer.  Afternoon gig selling the go kart.  78,88,46,0,C
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Budget earmarks $500m to mitigate Great Barrier Reef climate change

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/28 - 1:25pm

The money will help try to save the reef from crown-of-thorns starfish and reduce pollution, Malcolm Turnbull to announce

The Turnbull government will allocate $500m to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.

The funding, to be unveiled on Sunday and confirmed in the May budget, follows a recent study finding that 30% of the reef’s corals died in a catastrophic nine-month marine heatwave in 2016.

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Australia gets UN to delete criticism of Murray-Darling basin plan from report

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/28 - 1:00pm

Exclusive: Co-author of study expresses shock at ‘complete ineptitude’ of government’s intervention

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The federal government has successfully put pressure on the United Nations to delete all criticism of Australia’s $13bn effort to restore the ailing Murray-Darling river system from a published study, according to the author of an expert report.

The so-called “Australia chapter” has been removed from the UN report “Does Improved Irrigation Technology Save Water?” published online by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

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Health warning as toxic hairy caterpillars take over woodlands

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/04/28 - 11:47am
Forestry Commission reports invasion of oak processionary moths in south-east England

An infestation of caterpillars that can trigger asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes has appeared in south-east England.

Oak processionary moths, in their larval stage now, have been spotted in areas that include Croydon, Twickenham, Epping Forest, Watford, Ealing and several London suburbs. Other infestations have been spotted in Bracknell Forest, Slough and Guildford.

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Homes Or Gardens? Developers And Urban Farmers Grapple Over Vacant Land

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/04/28 - 5:00am

In communities where both housing and fresh food are needed, the fight over valuable vacant land is prompting policy reform — and tense collaboration — between developers and gardeners.

(Image credit: Murray Spenser Cox)

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 3:06pm
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Al Gore warns worst of climate change will be felt by black and poor people

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 12:33pm

Speaking at a memorial to the victims of lynching, the former vice-president warned of the disproportionate impacts of global warming

Al Gore, the former US vice-president turned climate change advocate, has warned that the deepening crisis of global temperature and sea level rise – and the consequent spate of natural disasters in America – will increasingly affect black and poor people more than others.

Speaking at the opening of a new national memorial and museum chronicling America’s history of lynching and racial violence in Montgomery, Alabama, Gore said that the US could expect to see many more major disasters of the ilk of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last summer.

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Meat is crucial to balanced diet, Michael Gove tells farmers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 10:40am

Environment secretary’s vision for UK agriculture post-Brexit sees farmers playing a vital role in improving public health

Meat is a crucial part of a balanced diet, the environment secretary has said, as he told farmers about his “health and harmony” vision for food.

Michael Gove’s new vision for British agriculture post-Brexit envisages farmers playing a critical role in improving public health.

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EU To 'Completely Ban' Outdoor Use Of Pesticides Blamed For Devastating Bees

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 8:38am

Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union moves to protect bees from a popular insecticide.

(Image credit: Jamal Saidi/Reuters)

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Emergency Evacuation Finally Lifted After Huge Oil Refinery Fire In Superior, Wis.

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 6:22am

The evacuation zone had extended for miles. The Canadian-owned refinery processes crude from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta and from North Dakota's Bakken shale oil fields.

(Image credit: Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune/Reuters)

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 6:00am

Bluebell woods, two giant tortoises and a golden jackal are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 5:16am

Major study finds microplastics in soil across Switzerland and scientists warn urgent research is needed into impacts on food safety as other countries may be worse affected

Microplastic pollution contaminates soil across Switzerland, even in remote mountains, new research reveals. The scientists said the problem could be worse in other nations with poorer waste management and that research was urgently needed to see if microplastics get into food.

In the first major study of microplastics in soil, the researchers analysed soil samples from 29 river flood plains in nature reserves across Switzerland. They found microplastics, fragments under 5mm in size, in 90% of the soils. The scientists believe the particles are carried across the country by the wind.

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Anteater in prize-winning wildlife photo is stuffed, say judges

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 4:57am

Natural History Museum takes down picture, but Marcio Cabral is adamant he did not fake it

The dramatic photograph of an anteater approaching a glowing termite mound in the dead of night was originally considered a worthy winner of a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. The prize has now been withdrawn after judges noticed a problem: the anteater pictured is almost certainly a stuffed animal kept outside a visitor centre.

The Natural History Museum, which administers the awards, has disqualified the Brazilian wildlife photographer Marcio Cabral for attempting to deceive judges by submitting a picture of a taxidermy specimen in the “animals in their environment” category.

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EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 2:47am

The world’s most widely used insecticides will be banned from all fields within six months, to protect both wild and honeybees that are vital to crop pollination

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees.

The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday, is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses.

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