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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 5:29pm
 First flight with my paramotor on April 6, 2014 - shot from the ground.  Pretty awkward taking off and landing for the first time with 75 pounds on your back.  The goal is to get back in the air and some flight time under my belt by the third anniversary of this flight.  News Theme by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
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Adani coalmine activists gear up to fight: ‘This will dwarf the Franklin blockade’

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 2:05pm

As the protest against the Carmichael project – Australia’s largest proposed coalmine – moves beyond the courts and into the realm of civil disobedience, activists have a clear warning: ‘If you’re in bed with Adani, you’re a target’

Across Australia a secretive network of activists are laying the groundwork for what they expect will be the biggest environmental protest movement in the country’s history.

Of course this won’t materialise if Adani and the rest of the miners proposing to open up one of the world’s biggest coalfields walk away from Queensland’s Galilee basin first.

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Flood warnings for England east coast as UK hit by wintry weather

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 11:37am

Police and military working to protect residents on east coast as snow disrupts travel in Scotland and the north

Thousands of people along England’s east coast are facing evacuation from their homes as life-threatening floods were expected to hit towns and villages at high tide on Friday night, while in Scotland and northern England snow has caused transport disruption.

Police, the fire service and the army were called out to protect residents along the east coast with those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex most at risk.

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Salmon retail prices set to leap owing to infestations of sea lice

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 11:03am

Wholesale cost rose 50% in 2016 as fish farmers from Scotland to Norway and Chile tried to tackle parasite problem

You may never have heard of Lepeophtheirus salmonis, and you’re unlikely to have spotted one, because they are usually less than 1.5cm long, but the humble sea louse is creating waves that are about to wash on to your dinner plate.

Balanced on blinis, tucked into bagels or crafted into sushi, salmon has become an everyday luxury in the UK. But fans of seafood may be forced to take it off the menu as prices are expected to soar because of a surge in sea lice hitting production.

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Birds, bees, Rex Tillerson and Trump – green news roundup

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 9:03am

The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inbox

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Police urge people in Essex towns to evacuate ahead of high tide

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 7:32am

Police say they are not ‘crying wolf’ in asking residents in Jaywick, Mistley and West Mersea to leave homes immediately

Essex police have insisted they are not “crying wolf” in urging residents in the coastal communities of Jaywick, Mistley and West Mersea to evacuate their homes immediately before expected severe flooding on Friday night.

By early afternoon evacuees were beginning to arrive at emergency “rest centres” in Clacton and West Mersea.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 7:00am

Fighting meerkats, a posing leopard and rescued turtles are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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How Do Trees Collaborate?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 6:46am

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

(Image credit: Courtesy Suzanne Simard)

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Renault to be investigated over diesel emissions 'cheating'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 5:34am

Carmaker’s shares fall as French prosecutors launch inquiry just a day after US authorities charged Fiat Chrysler

French prosecutors have announced they will investigate Renault over suspected “cheating” in emissions tests of diesel motors, causing shares in the carmaker to fall.

Following a massive emissions scandal involving Volkswagen, independent French experts found dangerously high levels of emissions from diesel engines of several carmakers, including Renault, the Paris prosecutors office said on Friday.

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All north Indian cities fail to meet air quality standards, report finds

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 5:23am

Greenpeace study estimates air pollution kills more than 1 million Indians each year and cuts country’s GDP by 3%

Not a single city in northern India meets international air quality standards, according to a Greenpeace report that estimates air pollution kills more than 1 million Indians each year and takes 3% off the country’s GDP.

The report released this week also shows that levels of the most dangerous airborne pollutants grew by 13% in India between 2010 and 2015 but fell at least 15% over the same period in China, the US and Europe.

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A raptor strikes at sunset

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 10:30pm

Langstone, Hampshire As the sparrowhawk swoops, corvids explode into the air like a firework starburst

It is the hour before sunset and the paddock is bathed in liquid gold light. Heavy rain and frost melt have saturated the soil and the turf is pockmarked with hoofprint craters. The horses’ coats and feathered fetlocks are caked with mud the colour of wet concrete. Huddling round an old tractor tyre stuffed with hay, they jostle each other for the best stalks.

Related: Birdwatch: Sparrowhawk

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a clean cup...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 4:45pm
Ben's water bowl got a bath.  He just got it down to the half way mark today...then I siphoned off enough for a tip over and a scrub down.  Cheers.  71,80,39,0,B
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Jane Fonda slams Justin Trudeau over climate efforts – video

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 1:43pm

Actor Jane Fonda criticises Justin Trudeau while speaking in Edmonton on Wednesday, saying the Canadian prime minister ‘betrayed’ what he committed to in the Paris climate talks. Fonda says people should not be fooled by ‘good-looking liberals’ such as Trudeau, who disappointed her by approving pipelines from the Alberta oil sands

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As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 1:01pm

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.

(Image credit: Joe Proudman/Joe Proudman / Courtesy of UC Davis)

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Jane Fonda: don't fall for 'good-looking liberals' like Trudeau on environment

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 12:48pm

Canadian prime minister ‘betrayed’ what he committed to in Paris climate talks and ‘disappointed’ her by approving oil pipelines, political activist and actor said

Actor Jane Fonda has said that people should not be fooled by “good-looking liberals” such as the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who “disappointed” her by approving pipelines from the Alberta oil sands.

Fonda said after touring the oil sands area that environmentalists everywhere were impressed by Trudeau at the Paris climate conference in late 2015.

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Read The Smog-Inspired Poem That China Can't Stop Talking About

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 12:36pm

It's written from the perspective of lung cancer. And it's striking a chord on social media.

(Image credit: VCG/Getty Images)

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The case for farming subsidies after Brexit | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 12:24pm

George Monbiot makes many good points (Farmers fear life outside the EU, but it could mean a rebirth for rural Britain, 11 January), including free markets’ impact on small farmers whose incomes fall in times of plenty. He could have said more on food security. Climate change, including gas escapes from frozen deposits, is a growing threat but pests, diseases, routine weather and even large volcanic eruptions (eg Tambora, 1815) can create havoc. So who is actually responsible for food security, here or abroad?

“Britain can always import” is the reply despite a falling pound, but a recent Russian drought caused a grain export ban which could spread if global supplies struggled. Fisheries are exhausted, good British land is vanishing under development, yet nobody wants the bill for food storage. Instead surplus food yields quick profits via livestock feed, biofuels, brewing or even cosmetics.

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Gas companies have manufactured shortage myth, economist says

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 12:17pm

But Shell Australia’s Andrew Smith says onshore gas production ban will lead to price hikes for Victorian manufacturers

Australia’s gas companies have manufactured a myth that there is a gas shortage, an economist with the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, Bruce Robertson, said.

The idea that onshore coal seam gas exploration would ease pain for manufacturers by bringing down high local gas prices in a low-price global environment “goes against basic economic theory”, he said.

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Farmers helped elect Trump, but will their livelihoods actually improve?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 11:02am

Donald Trump’s trade and immigration policies will protect big agriculture but leave smaller businesses to fail

The most significant event in food and agriculture over the past year did not take place on our farms. Nor did it occur in our factories, in our restaurants or on our kitchen tables. It happened in the voting booth.

Rural voters turned out in overwhelming support of Donald Trump, throwing a Hail Mary pass against the growing economic hardship felt by these communities. Caught in a toxic cycle of depressed commodity prices, rising debt and plummeting income, it comes as no surprise that American farmers voted en masse for change and the hope of different leadership with new ideas.

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EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Installing Emissions-Cheating Software

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 10:28am

The Environmental Protection Agency says Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing software in about 104,000 vehicles that masked the true level of emissions.

(Image credit: AP)

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