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Winter Storm Reaches Northeast, Smothering Region With 1st Major Snow Of The Season

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/12/02 - 11:10am

The post-Thanksgiving travel rush has ended, but the winter storm continues to bear down in the New England region, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and delays.

(Image credit: Bill Sikes/AP)

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/12/02 - 9:54am
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Hot weather raises risk of early childbirth, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/12/02 - 9:00am

Early births are associated with health and developmental concerns, adding to fears over climate crisis

Hot weather increases the risk of early childbirth, which in turn is linked to worse health and developmental outcomes for children, a major new study has found.

The report could have fresh implications for the impact of global heating on human health.

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As Climate Warnings Grow Dire, Energy Companies Face A 'New Frontier Of Threats'

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/12/02 - 7:00am

Natural disasters, protests and stark scientific reports are heightening concern over climate change. And companies are under pressure from banks and investors to green their corporate images.

(Image credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Californians are turning to vending machines for safer water. Are they being swindled?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/12/02 - 4:00am

Vended water is many times more expensive than tap water. And there isn’t much evidence to show customers are getting the quality they’re paying for

Customers stream into the parking lot of a San Diego strip mall, lining up behind a windmill-shaped vending machine that fills their jugs for 25 to 35 cents a gallon.

“The water that comes from the tap, I don’t trust it, and it doesn’t taste good,” Miguel Martinez said on a recent afternoon, as he filled his bottle from the kiosk. Martinez lives in San Diego’s nearby Shelltown neighborhood, an area located minutes from downtown where many immigrant families have landed.

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25th U.N. Climate Change Conference Begins In Spain

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/12/02 - 3:06am

The two-week event had been due to take place in Chile, but because of social unrest in that country, the Spanish capital Madrid offered to host it instead.

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News Brief: Impeachment Probe, Climate Conference, London Terror Attack

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/12/02 - 3:06am

A new phase starts this week in the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump. The global climate conference begins in Madrid. And, the latest on Friday's terror attack in London.

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Coal power becoming 'uninsurable' as firms refuse cover

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 11:01pm

US insurers join retreat from European insurers meaning coal projects cannot be built or operated

The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal projects more than doubled this year and for the first time US companies have taken action, leaving Lloyd’s of London and Asian insurers as the “last resort” for fossil fuels, according to a new report.

The report, which rates the world’s 35 biggest insurers on their actions on fossil fuels, declares that coal – the biggest single contributor to climate change – “is on the way to becoming uninsurable” as most coal projects cannot be financed, built or operated without insurance.

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French floods: five dead after three rescue workers killed in helicopter crash

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 9:02pm

Three emergency workers killed in Marseille while two men died in the French Riviera

Three emergency workers were killed in a helicopter crash near Marseille while on a rescue mission in southern France where floods have left two dead, officials have said.

Their EC145 helicopter lost radio and radar contact while on a rescue and reconnaissance flight in the Var region on Sunday night.

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Conservationists launch court fight against Clive Palmer's proposed coalmine

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 8:28pm

Bimblebox Nature Refuge owners say mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin would destroy wildlife and impact graziers

Conservationists have launched a court battle against Clive Palmer’s proposed Queensland coalmine, saying it will destroy wildlife and impact graziers.

The owners of the 8,000-hectare (20,000-acre) Bimblebox Nature Refuge in central Queensland filed an objection to Waratah Coal’s proposed mining project in the Galilee Basin on Monday in the land court in Brisbane.

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Woman brings remains of home lost in NSW bushfires to parliament in climate protest

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 6:04pm

‘We’ve got no leadership ... we’ve got nothing,’ says Melinda Plesman, who lost her house in Nymboida, near Grafton

A woman who lost her home in the New South Wales bushfires has brought the charred remains to Parliament House to send a message to both major parties on climate change.

Melinda Plesman and her partner, Dean Kennedy, lost their family home of 35 years after bushfires tore through Nymboida, south of Grafton in NSW, last month.

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COP25: Island states want 'decisive' climate action to prevent inundation

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 5:21pm

The impact of rising seas prompts plea ahead of the UN climate change conference that begins on Monday in Madrid

The countries most at risk of deluge from climate chaos have issued an impassioned plea to the industrialised world ahead of crucial negotiations on the Paris agreement that start on Monday in Madrid.

“We see [these talks] as the last opportunity to take decisive action,” Janine Felson, deputy chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) told the Guardian.

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Fossil fuel lobbyists push to dilute EU anti-greenwash plan

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 5:01pm

Energy industry in particular fights back against planned new rules on green labelling

Fossil fuel lobbyists are trying to water down planned EU rules to stop “investment greenwashing’ by setting science-based criteria for any investment which lays claim to being environmentally sustainable.

A report from lobbyist watchdog InfluenceMap has found that although some investors support the “green labelling” rules, 98% of Europe’s 50 largest investors are members of lobby groups trying to weaken the proposals.

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watch...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 3:25pm
Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. 23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. 24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. 28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.  
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Hundreds Of Flights Canceled, Thousands More Delayed As Winter Storm Moves East

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 12:11pm

The post-Thanksgiving travel rush is due to get even more hectic, as heavy snow and ice accumulation is expected to continue battering regions across the United States on Sunday.

(Image credit: Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

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John Kerry launches coalition to fight climate crisis: ‘We are way behind’

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 10:31am

Bipartisan bloc aims to convince people that rapid action is required to halt carbon emissions within 30 years

Former US secretary of state and Democratic senator John Kerry has launched a new coalition of powerbrokers, including top politicians, military leaders, and Hollywood celebrities, to fight for addressing the climate crisis.

Related: Trump heads to UK for Nato summit as impeachment deadline looms – live

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To Help Coral Reefs Come Back, Fake It (With Sound) 'Til Fish Make It

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 6:00am

Researchers have found that by playing the sounds of healthy reefs in places where coral has died, fish are more readily attracted back, and help speed the reef's recovery.

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Which party’s general election pledges are best for cyclists?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 1:00am

We compare the manifestos, from Labour’s £7.2bn a year to the Tories’ pothole fund

In an election dominated by Brexit, the climate crisis and the NHS, cycling is not most people’s top priority. However, with transport now accounting for a higher share of overall emissions than any other sector, helping people drive less and cycle more is arguably crucial in tackling climate change.

Improving conditions for cycling could help our congested, polluted towns and cities, tackle the inactivity crisis, reduce the burden on the NHS and make streets and neighbourhoods safer and more pleasant.

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Saturday morning project...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/11/30 - 2:04pm
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Eight-foot whale found washed up on Thames shore

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/11/30 - 12:00pm

The minke whale was discovered on Friday by a patrol boat under Battersea Bridge

An eight-foot whale washed up on the shore of the Thames yesterday, where it was found by a patrol boat under Battersea Bridge.

The minke whale was found on Friday evening at about 10pm by a Port of London Authority boat, but it is not yet known how it got there or why it died.

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