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To rake or not to rake? The case for letting leaves lie

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2023/11/11 - 7:11am

Leave the leaves? Is it really as simple as that? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Jessica Damiano - who writes the Weekly Dirt Newsletter, about the wisdom of this movement.

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Wyoming hunters skip this season to let deer bounce back from last winter

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/11/10 - 3:47pm

Last winter in Wyoming was so harsh that tens of thousands of deer and antelope perished. This season, thousands of hunters are voluntarily sitting out to give the herds time to recover.

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better safe than sorry...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2023/11/10 - 2:06pm


Turns out there probably wasn't enough rain over the past couple of days to swamp me in for a Sunday departure but I'm glad I didn't take the chance.  Been quite comfortable where I have been encamped just off the highway and now I am planning to head to Lubbock tomorrow.  Will be staying within blocks of the doctor's office and the hospital.  49,57,50, .10",B

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Pakistan is planting lots of mangrove forests. So why are some upset?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/11/10 - 3:31am

Pakistan is reforesting its river delta with mangrove forests nearly the size of Rhode Island. But why are some upset?

(Image credit: Diaa Hadid/NPR)

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too smart...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2023/11/09 - 4:10pm
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Curbside trash is a problem in NYC. Officials have a not-so-novel fix: plastic bins

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/11/09 - 3:01am

After decades of plastic garbage bags stacked daily on New York City's sidewalks (and the rats they attract), officials hope to solve this issue just like other U.S. cities have already: garbage bins.

(Image credit: Austin Cope)

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Farewell party...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2023/11/08 - 6:28pm
As I left ahead of the rain due tonight...78,91,50,0,B
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A new type of climate-friendly energy is coming online in the U.S. Southwest

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2023/11/08 - 3:09am

Geothermal energy has been limited to places with subtera reservoirs of hot water. A new technology being proven in Utah is expanding it to exploit dry hot rock underground.

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Where the Republican presidential candidates stand on climate change

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2023/11/08 - 3:00am

As Republicans seek their party's nomination in the 2024 presidential election, their stances on key issues will be top of mind for voters. Climate change is particularly important to younger voters.

(Image credit: Anna Moneymaker, Brandon Bell, Win McNamee, Michael M. Santiago, Robyn Beck/AFP (2), Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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An audio postcard from the Superstition Wilderness

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2023/11/07 - 3:16pm

NPR's Brian Mann trekked to a hidden forest in the Superstition Wilderness in Arizona and sends an audio postcard.

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Just My Luck

The Field Lab - Tue, 2023/11/07 - 3:03pm


Of course, there just has to be some rain in the immediate forecast that could throw a wrench in my departure plans.  I AM NOT going to hike out in the mud again - so if the forecast holds, I will leave tomorrow night and stay at a friend's easily accessible highway property until I head to Lubbock on Sunday.  Good thing I have a neighbor who will tend to Ben while I am away.80,90,49,0,B

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Home again...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2023/11/06 - 5:09pm

but on the road again next week for more tests...77,88,51,0,B

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Nearly 120 million people in US exposed to unhealthy levels of soot and smog – report

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2023/04/18 - 9:01pm

American Lung Association’s study also found great disparity between coasts, with 10 of 11 most polluted counties in California

The climate crisis has upended progress on improving air quality, with one in three Americans currently living in areas with harmful levels of pollutants known to increase the risk of medical emergencies, pregnancy complications and premature death, new research reveals.

Almost 120 million people in the US are still exposed to unhealthy levels of soot and smog, according to the annual report by the American Lung Association (ALA), which found that people of color are almost four times more likely to live in the most polluted places than white Americans.

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Beetaloo Basin inquiry calls for national plan to offset vast emissions expected from gas projects

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2023/04/18 - 8:54pm

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Labor support for recommendations is a ‘huge blow’ to companies trying to frack in the NT

An inquiry into major plans to exploit gas in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin has recommended the federal government commit to a national plan to offset the vast emissions the project is expected to release.

The former government made gas exploration in the Beetaloo Basin a central tenet of its plans for recovering from the Covid pandemic, using grants and tax breaks to incentivise gas corporates to begin work in the region. The basin covers about 28,000 sq km south-east of Katherine and is thought to contain huge reserves of shale gas.

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Humpbacks spotted having whale of a time at underwater ‘day spa’ off Gold Coast

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2023/04/18 - 6:35pm

Griffith University researcher captures video of five whales doing ‘bizarre rolls’ on the sea floor as they exfoliate and socialise

Whales have been caught on camera enjoying a marine version of a day spa, returning to their favourite spot off the Gold Coast to scratch off itchy skin and parasites, and catch up with their cetacean buddies.

Griffith University whale researcher Dr Olaf Meynecke and his colleagues were trying to shed light on the behaviour of competing pods of humpbacks that use Gold Coast waters to rest, breed and socialise.

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'Full of life': scientists discover pristine deep-sea Galapagos coral reefs – video

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2023/04/18 - 10:11am

Scientists operating a submersible have discovered deep-sea coral reefs in pristine condition in a previously unexplored part of the Galapagos marine reserve. Diving to depths of 600 metres (1,970ft), to the summit of a previously unmapped seamount in the central part of the archipelago, the scientists witnessed a breathtaking mix of deep marine life. This has raised hopes that healthy reefs can still thrive at a time when coral is in crisis due to record sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification

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Campaigners urge action over carbon footprint of disposable nappies

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2023/04/18 - 9:00am

Reusables have 25% less global heating potential, finds UK government report, but overall picture is mixed

Environmental campaigners are calling on the UK government to take action after new analysis found a significant difference between the carbon footprints of washable and disposable nappies.

Reusable nappies have 25% less global heating potential compared with single-use nappies, according to a report commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Scientists discover pristine deep-sea Galápagos reef ‘teeming with life’

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2023/04/18 - 4:54am

Diving to 600m, researchers find reefs full of octopus, lobster and fish, raising hopes for corals’ survival amid rising sea temperatures

Scientists operating a submersible have discovered deep-sea coral reefs in pristine condition in a previously unexplored part of the Galápagos marine reserve.

Diving to depths of 600 metres (1,970ft), to the summit of a previously unmapped seamount in the central part of the archipelago, the scientists witnessed a breathtaking mix of deep marine life. This has raised hopes that healthy reefs can still thrive at a time when coral is in crisis due to record sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification. It also showed the effectiveness of conservation actions and effective management, they said.

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Dig in: how to build a forest from scratch – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2023/04/17 - 11:30pm

The Bristol-based charity Forest of Avon Trust has recently acquired 100 acres of grazed farmland near the village of Pensford in Somerset, to create the Great Avon Wood. Alongside charity partners Avon Needs Trees, the aim is to plant more than 40,000 trees supplied by the Woodland Trust over the next three years, resulting in a green corridor of three linked woodland sites. The first step is an army of volunteers …

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Colorado River snaking through Grand Canyon most endangered US waterway – report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2023/04/17 - 9:01pm

Unique ecosystem on the brink of collapse due to climate crisis and mismanagement, says conservation group American Rivers

A 277-mile stretch of the Colorado River that snakes through the iconic Grand Canyon is America’s most endangered waterway, a new report has found.

The unique ecosystem and cultural heritage of the Grand Canyon is on the brink of collapse due to prolonged drought, rising temperatures and outdated river management, according to American Rivers, the conservation group that compiles the annual endangered list.

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