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The Field Lab - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 5:34pm
Just got a near exact duplicate of my leg hardware.  My insurance company was billed just over $9,000 for what they hammered into my leg bone.  This titanium tibial nail arrived (sealed in a sterile package)...cost me $50 on Ebay.  46,62,34,0,B
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World leaders urged to tackle food waste to save billions and cut emissions

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 5:01pm

Report by UK waste experts warns that growing global middle class could see £388bn worth of food wasted every year by 2030

Governments across the world should make reducing food waste an urgent priority in order to save as much as £194bn annually by 2030, according to a report.

Cutting food waste leads to greater efficiency, more productivity and higher economic growth, it said, but achieving such an aspiration would involve consumers cutting their own food and drink waste by as much as half.

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Eiffel tower embraces wind power

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 11:17am

US-based renewable energy company has successfully installed two vertical axis wind turbines on the iconic tower, BusinessGreen reports

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Cameron's climate envoy blames big six energy firms for green deal's failure

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 9:52am

UK’s leading energy companies ‘have no interest in real energy efficiency’, says Tory MP Greg Barker

The big six energy companies undermined the government’s flagship programme to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock, according to the former climate minister who is now David Cameron’s climate envoy.

Tory MP Greg Barker told an audience in London on Tuesday that large energy companies had feigned enthusiasm but never seriously tried to sell the green deal to consumers.

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Owl attacks prompt Dutch town to arm itself with umbrellas

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 9:14am
  • European eagle owl sends many victims in Purmerend to hospital
  • Expert says hormone levels or time in captivity may be to blame
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Controversial Spanish mine to reopen

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 9:11am

Conservationists claim environmental concerns have been ignored in runup to regional elections in decision to reopen Aznalcóllar mine that caused one of Spain’s worst ecological disasters 17 years ago

A controversial mine which caused one of Spain’s biggest ever environmental disasters is set to reopen, the government has announced.

Los Frailes mine in Aznalcóllar, near Seville, will resume operations 17 years after a tailings dam burst, dumping five million cubic metres of toxic sludge into the Guadiamar river.

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With climate change, US presidents matter

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 7:00am

Barack Obama cements legacy as the first climate-aware president

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EU's energy union must overcome serious obstacles

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 5:43am

As the European commission sets out its plans to harmonise the energy systems of member states, despite the potential benefits there remain huge barriers to success

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The critical flaw in the EU's climate plan

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 4:49am

A successful EU climate pledge must look beyond emissions within Europe and include collaborative proposals to reduce pollution in developing nations as well

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Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 3:02am

India's air pollution is so bad that it shortens many people's lives by about three years, a study found. This week Al Gore visited New Delhi to link bad air to climate change.

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Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 3:02am

India's air pollution is so bad that it shortens many people's lives by about three years, a study found. This week Al Gore visited New Delhi to link bad air to climate change.

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Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 3:02am

India's air pollution is so bad that it shortens many people's lives by about three years, a study found. This week Al Gore visited New Delhi to link bad air to climate change.

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Severe Pollution In India Shortens Life Expectancy, Study Says

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 3:02am

Nobel Prize winner Al Gore was in India this week training some 500 people to evangelize about global warming and convince India to get on board with commitment to cap emissions.

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Worst drought on record dries up São Paulo's main water reserves – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 2:51am

Water shortage in Brazil’s largest city is forcing some to hoard and recycle water as levels in the Cantareira reservoir fall to 6% of its total capacity

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Our government’s big green idea: let’s subsidise natural disasters

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 12:00am

Britain pays billions to support farming, and then billions to repair the catastrophic damage it causes

Teetering above one of the busiest railway lines in England is 350,000 tonnes of soil and rubble. Three weeks ago, the landslip at Harbury in Warwickshire shut the main link between Manchester, Birmingham and the south, and the route between Birmingham and London Marylebone. It’s unlikely to reopen before Easter. An act of God? Perhaps. But before you decide, take a look at the images on Google Earth.

The Harbury cutting is one of the deepest and steepest in the UK. The satellite photographs show that in 2006 the slope was heavily forested. The next image, captured in 2010, reveals that the trees had been removed and it had been scraped from top to bottom. By 2012, when the most recent Google Earth image was taken, it remained bare and grey.

Related: How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes | George Monbiot

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Hazards galore in squirrel’s hunt for food

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 10:30pm
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Quokka deaths on Rottnest Island spark police investigation

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 9:57pm

Five quokkas that were found stuffed head-first into tree protectors and another lying nearby had ‘clearly been killed’, say authorities

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Open for business: the huge Australian ocean reserve with little if any protection

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 7:45pm

In the second of a major series on precious marine environments under threat, Guardian Australia’s ocean correspondent asks why areas such as the massive Jervis commonwealth marine reserve – a stunning ocean wilderness – remain open to mining and fishing interests

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Corals face 'slow starvation' from ingesting plastics pollution, experts find

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 7:08pm

Corals such as those found on the Great Barrier Reef consume ‘microplastics’ in the sea at the same rate as their normal food but cannot expel the fragments

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Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 6:48pm

Over his 50-year career, Lester Brown has become known for his accurate global environmental predictions. As he enters retirement, he warns the world may face the worst hunger crisis of our lifetimes

Vast tracts of Africa and of China are turning into dust bowls on a scale that dwarfs the one that devastated the US in the 1930s, one of the world’s pre-eminent environmental thinkers has warned.

Over 50 years, the writer Lester Brown has gained a reputation for anticipating global trends. Now as Brown, 80, enters retirement, he fears the world may be on the verge of a greater hunger than he has ever seen in his professional lifetime.

Related: US faces worst droughts in 1,000 years, predict scientists

There are now places in the world ... where they are saying things like: ‘we can only eat five days this week’

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