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The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/07/17 - 3:41pm

Broke out the old table saw and put a new blade on it.  Been over 10 years since it had new teeth.  I wanted long length 1x4 furring strips which McCoys doesn't have.  They only sell 1x2 and 2x2 in 8' lengths.  Ripping 2x4s was my best option and cheaper than buying their standard 1x4s.  76,99,76, .23",B
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If We All Ate Enough Fruits And Vegetables, There'd Be Big Shortages

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/17 - 3:30pm

There's already not enough produce for everyone in the world to get the daily recommended amount. Two new studies urge revamping the food system to feed the growing population and protect the planet.

(Image credit: Wanwisa Hernandez/EyeEm/Getty Images)

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Vast clouds of flying ants deceive weather satellites

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/17 - 2:14pm

Experts believe false readings occurred because radar interpreted insects as raindrops

Huge swarms of flying ants that hit England’s south coast were mistaken by weather satellites in space for clouds of rain.

The Met Office’s radar captured what it described as “insect clutter” over the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and Dorset on Wednesday morning. They were also spotted in East Sussex and Kent.

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Manmade Antarctic snowstorm 'could save coastal cities from rising seas'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/17 - 11:00am

Blowing trillions of tonnes of snow on to ice sheet could halt its collapse, researchers say

Spraying trillions of tons of snow over west Antarctica could halt the ice sheet’s collapse and save coastal cities across the world from sea level rise, according to a new study.

The colossal geoengineering project would need energy from at least 12,000 wind turbines to power giant seawater pumps and snow cannons, and would destroy a unique natural reserve. The scientists are not advocating for such a project, but said its apparent “absurdity” reflects the extraordinary scale of threat from rising sea level.

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'Not a dustbin': Cambodia to send plastic waste back to the US and Canada

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/17 - 7:38am

Country vows to return 1,600 tonnes of waste as south-east Asian countries revolt against an onslaught of rubbish shipments

Cambodia has announced it will send 1,600 tonnes of plastic waste found in shipping containers back to the US and Canada, as south-east Asian countries revolt against an onslaught of rubbish shipments.

China’s decision to ban foreign plastic waste imports last year threw global recycling into chaos, leaving developed nations struggling to find countries to send their trash.

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Zara clothes to be made from 100% sustainable fabrics by 2025

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/17 - 6:14am

Owner says its brands including Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear will all follow suit

The owner of high street fashion chain Zara has announced that all of its collections will be made from 100% sustainable fabrics before 2025.

Inditex – which was named the world’s third largest apparel company this year by Forbes – said its other brands, including Zara Home, Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear, will also follow suit.

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Scientists Desert USDA As Agency Relocates To Kansas City Area

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/17 - 3:35am

The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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He’s a Gulf war vet who stepped up during Katrina. Now he’s an environmental crusader

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 11:00pm

Retired Lt Gen Russel Honoré commands what he’s named the ‘Green Army’ against toxic pollution in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’

Retired Lt Gen Russel Honoré knows a stupid plan when he sees one.
It was the day after Hurricane Katrina had wrought catastrophic flooding in the city of New Orleans in August 2005, and Honoré – a veteran of Desert Storm in the first Gulf war – had just been appointed the commander of a joint taskforce to lead the recovery.

The heat was sweltering. There were some 16,000 residents stranded at the city’s Superdome football stadium and Honoré’s orders were to get them evacuated as soon as possible. The building had been compromised by the storm. It was overcrowded and supplies were spotty.

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Offshore wind auction could raise millions for Queen

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 11:00pm

Crown Estate holds rights to seabeds around British Isles for wind and wave power

The Queen’s property managers will this week set out terms for the world’s biggest offshore wind auction in a decade.

Industry experts expect the complex bidding process to raise record sums, which could increase energy bills and hand a windfall to the crown – potentially generating hundreds of millions for the Queen.

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Trump drilling leases could create more climate pollution than EU does in a year

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 10:00pm

US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019

Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report.

The Wilderness Society estimates heat-trapping emissions from extracting and burning those fossil fuels could range between 854m and 4.7bn metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, depending on how much development companies pursue.

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NSW remaps old growth forests to open up reserves to logging

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 7:20pm

Exclusive: ‘Sneaky’ rezoning exercise now under way to address timber shortfall

The New South Wales government is considering reclassifying old growth forest to open up some protected reserves in the state’s north-east to the timber industry.

The Natural Resources Commission of NSW has been asked to remap and rezone old growth forest in state forest informal reserves that were previously off limits to logging. Environment groups are concerned the move is an attempt to unpick forest protections that have been in place for decades.

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New Nest

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 4:10pm
Some house finches have taken over (and refined) and old dove nest under the SW corner of the greenhouse.  There are 3 eggs in the nest.  I am monitoring it with my webcam and you can view it on my nightly live stream on YouTube from 7:15 to 8:15 PM CST.  91,99,74,0,B
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Florida's Corals Are Dying Off, But It's Not All Due To Climate Change, Study Says

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 1:26pm

A new study from the Florida Keys shows that a lot of the stress on corals comes from local sources, providing hope that community action can help save them.

(Image credit: JW Porter/University of Georgia)

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July on course to be hottest month ever, say climate scientists

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 9:32am

If global trends continue for another fortnight, it will beat previous two-year-old record

Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists.

The past fortnight has seen freak heat in the Canadian Arctic, crippling droughts in Chennai and Harare and forest fires that forced thousands of holidaymakers to abandon campsites in southern France and prompted the air force in Indonesia to fly cloud-busting missions in the hope of inducing rain.

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Italian forest rangers on the hunt of 'escape genius' bear

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 7:23am

Animal climbed over three electric fences and four-metre high barrier to escape

Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear that has been described as an “escape genius” after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods.

Code-named M49, the 149kg (23 stone) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena.

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The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 6:38am

The shipping industry is starting to move away from pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. Scientists and private companies are betting on a clean replacement technology: hydrogen fuel cells.

(Image credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil | Rev William Barber

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 3:00am

Politicians have chosen process over lives and the result has been rampant cancer in the region

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people” (Isaiah 10:1). I was reminded of this verse from the Bible when I read about the town of Reserve in Louisiana. It is the place in America with the highest risk of cancer due to air toxicity, caused by a raft of government and corporate failure that has deprived residents – many of whom are poor and black – of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reserve is home to the Pontchartrain Works facility, the only chemical plant in America to produce chloroprene, a likely carcinogen, that has spewed from the plant for almost 50 years. US government science has indicated this makes the risk of cancer in that area 50 times higher than the national average.

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As Federal Regulations Lag, States Take Action Against PFAS Chemicals

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/16 - 2:06am

Frustrated with federal inaction, states such as New Hampshire, are taking their own measures against a class of pollutants known as "forever chemicals"

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Daylesford cries fowl: locals warn of Instagram backlash if geese relocated

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/15 - 7:57pm

Council in Victorian town to vote whether to re-home birds popular on social media, following reports of ‘intimidating’ behaviour

A plan to relocate a flock of domestic geese in the Victorian tourist town of Daylesford has drawn concern from some local tourism operators, who say the geese are a popular Instagram drawcard.

The Hepburn shire council will vote on Tuesday night on whether to relocate the 30-odd domestic geese, which have been living on Lake Daylesford in increasing numbers for several years.

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Death toll from floods in south Asia rises to more than 100

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/15 - 5:20pm

Millions displaced in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with Assam and Bihar among the worst-hit regions

Floods have forced millions of people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc.

The poor Indian states of Assam and Bihar have been among the worst hit. Some 4.3 million people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region, according to a government release on Monday.

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