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Chevre cheesemaking class-Sunday June 26

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 2:50pm

Sunday, June 26
THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR THIS CLASS AND CAN’T MAKE IT, EMAIL US AT: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com so we can release your space!


Cheesemaking class: French Chevre
Back by popular demand! Learn how to make French Chevre cheese from goat’s milk
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
Instructor: Dianne Pratt
(Alessandra and Steve Haine’s house)
Class fee: $10 for members and non-members
Space is limited to 12 people-SOLD OUT

Learn how to make Chèvre goat cheese. Many people were wait listed for this class last year so we are offering it again. In France and Italy goat cheese goes back hundreds of years and it is no less popular today. In the New World, Laura Chenel introduced her version of fresh goat cheeses to Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Chèvre, the French term for goat, has come to mean mild, fresh goat cheese in the United States.

Diane has been milking goats and making her own goat cheese for over 20 years.  She belongs to a goat tending Co-op and milk their goats once a week.  She uses fresh goats milk to produce delicious chèvre, ricotta, feta and other artisan cheeses for her family and friends. Did you miss out on last year’s class? Sign up ON WAITLIST now!

Categories: Sustainable SW Blogs

Mail-order wine pioneer becomes Australia's biggest environment donor

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 2:42pm

Bequest of $30m makes Cellarmasters founder David Thomas the country’s leading environmental philanthropist

David Thomas, who became wealthy by pioneering mail-order wine, has become Australia’s biggest philanthropist to the environment, announcing a bequest that takes his donations to about $60m.

“Barbara, my late wife, and I – it was always our intention that we’d give about 50% of our wealth away during our lifetime and then we’d give the other 50% away when we died,” Thomas told Guardian Australia.

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Solar battery storage: bulk-buy promises Australians lower prices sooner

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 1:48pm

SunCrowd says its pioneering program, launched in Newcastle on Thursday, has attracted keen interest

Australia’s first bulk-buy program for solar battery storage has launched, with more than 1,000 people in Newcastle expressing interest and more than 500 attending a sign-up event on Thursday night to buy home battery systems. From Friday, the program is being opened to people all around Australia.

The cost and complexity of battery storage, and the expectation that prices will come down , has so far discouraged purchases.

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This Startup Wants You To Have Your Disposable Spoon And Eat It, Too

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 1:39pm

An Indian startup sells edible spoons that taste just like crackers, made out of millet, rice and wheat. The company's founder says it's a fun way to encourage people to reduce their plastic waste.

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'Beautiful Flight' Across The Atlantic Is Major Milestone For Solar Plane

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 7:35am

After 71 hours and 8 minutes of flight time crossing the Atlantic, Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Spain. It's a big step toward the goal of circumnavigating the globe using only the sun's power.

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Rare moth faces extinction at its last site in England

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 5:30am

Dark bordered beauty moths have declined by over 90% at their last stronghold near York due to sheep grazing and habitat loss

The dark bordered beauty moth is heading towards extinction at its last site in England, new research has found.

The tiny, rare insect is now found only on Strensall Common, an area of protected lowland heath near York, having been lost from Newham Bog in Northumberland. But scientists have found that even in its last stronghold numbers have plunged by over 90% in the last seven years, with only 50-100 thought to remain.

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Solar Impulse 2's flight around the world – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 3:21am

Pilot Bertrand Piccard has just completed the first ever Atlantic crossing by solar plane, from New York to Seville, in the latest leg of the first solar flight around the world. We look back at some highlights so far

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97% global warming consensus paper surpasses half a million downloads | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 3:00am

Cook et al. (2013) has remained the most-read paper in Environmental Research Letters for most of the past 3 years

In 2013, a team of citizen science volunteers who collaborate on the climate myth debunking website SkepticalScience.com published a paper finding a 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming in peer-reviewed research. Over the past 3 years, that paper has been downloaded more than 500,000 times. For perspective, that’s 4 times more than the second-most downloaded paper in the Institute of Physics journals (which includes Environmental Research Letters, where the 97% consensus paper was published).

The statistic reveals a remarkable level of interest for a peer-reviewed scientific paper. Over a three-year period, the study has been downloaded an average of 440 times per day, and the pace has hardly slowed. Over the past year, the download rate has remained high, at 415 per day.

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Water protection laws won't change until 2017 despite Flint crisis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 3:00am

EPA has been reviewing lead and copper rule since 2010 but has yet to make changes even as its own scientists have criticized current regulations

Changes to laws that protect Americans’ drinking water are still at least six months away, the US Environmental Protection Agency has said, despite the ongoing lead crisis in Flint and calls for reform from lawmakers and public health groups.

The EPA has been reviewing the lead and copper rule, part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, since roughly 2010. The rule is supposed to ensure high levels of lead don’t seep into drinking water, but has been the subject of criticism for years by scientists who feel it has not adequately protected the public.

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Good news for Goodfellow's as Perth zoo breeds rare roo

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 11:52pm

The birth of joey Mian is a major coup in global efforts to conserve the endangered species native to Papua New Guinea

Perth zoo has successfully bred a Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo for the first time in 36 years, bringing the number of males in the endangered marsupial’s global captive breeding population to 15.

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Solar Impulse 2 completes first ever Atlantic crossing by solar plane

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 10:51pm

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Seville, four days after setting off from New York, using solar panels and batteries to finish latest leg of its round-the-world journey

Solar Impulse 2 has completed the first ever crossing of the Atlantic by a solar-powered aeroplane, landing in Spain early on Thursday morning.

The four-day trip, which started in New York, was the latest leg of a round-the-world journey due to end in Abu Dhabi.

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A bumblebee with a taste for high living

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 9:30pm

Sandy, Bedfordshire A queen hit the bullseye – a 2.8cm hole in our nestbox – and there is a clearly active colony of tree bumblebees in residence

Since the start of the millennium, a new tune for summer has been spreading north. It was first picked up in Wiltshire; within a decade, it had reached southern Scotland. I can hear it from the bathroom, the bedroom, or standing under the eaves at the back door. The sound is not discernibly different from that made by the maker’s nearest relatives, though the animal’s habits certainly are.

We know this newbie as the tree bumblebee. Common on the continent, it flew the Channel, as wild creatures are apt to do, though we rarely understand why they choose a certain time to move. Most bumblebees nest underground. The tree bumblebee, with a taste for high living, has taken to birdboxes.

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Food waste - what can we do about it?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 8:00pm

Wherever you are in the world, if you are running or participating in food waste projects we’d like to hear from you

Almost $1 trillion in food is thrown away, lost or wasted every year worldwide - roughly one third of all food produced for human consumption. Food such as fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food.

Around half of us go by the date label printed on the packaging of food and will often throw away food that is safe to eat. According to the Waste Resources Action Programme (Wrap), an organisation that promotes sustainability, we throw away 4.2m tonnes of food every year in the UK, which, aside from the financial costs, has a huge impact on the environment.

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Farmer Ian Turnbull sentenced to 35 years for murder of NSW environment officer

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 6:34pm

The 81-year-old farmer will die in jail after being handed a minimum 24 year sentence for murder of NSW environment officer Glen Turner in 2014

An 81-year-old farmer who callously gunned down NSW environment officer Glen Turner during a routine departmental visit has been sentenced to 35 years in jail – with a non-parole period of 24 years – after being convicted of murder.

Ian Turnbull, now 81, used a hunting rifle to murder Glen Turner, 51, who was on public land with a colleague on 29 July 2014, near the farmer’s property at Croppa Creek in the state’s north.

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Moe's Meat Market

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 4:42pm
Was chatting with one of my old NYC neighbors from Elizabeth St. the other day.  Her building which was across the street from mine got turned into a low income co-op about 12 years ago.  The city ended up relocated all the tenants so they could completely renovate the building.  She is just moving back in this week after waiting for 8 years!  She said it will be strange being back in the hood with a bunch of strangers on the block.  The old street is totally gentrified now with hipster tenants and expensive shops in almost every store front.  The building right next door to mine was owned by a nice old Hawaiian artist named Robert Kobayashi.  It still has the original sign out front from when it was a butcher shop.  His store front was a gallery of sorts for his paintings and sculpture.  He was always good for chats about when he first moved to the neighborhood when it was a drug infested wreck - and he loved talking about my crazy landlord that ended up going to jail while I lived there.  Did a little digging online and found out Kobi (as he was known) died last December.  His wife still owns that building and is sitting on a gold mine.  Kobi bought the building in 1977 for $35,000 and it is worth well over a million now.  My crazy landlord bought his building for $45,000 around the same time.  It sold in 2004 near the height of the housing bubble for $1.8 million.  92,101,78,0,C    
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66 million dead trees in California could fuel 'catastrophic' wildfires, officials say

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 2:50pm

Trees are dying at an ‘unprecedented’ rate due to drought, warmer weather and a bark beetle epidemic, prompting the US agriculture secretary’s warning

The number of trees in California’s Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising fears that they will fuel catastrophic wildfires and endanger people’s lives, officials said on Wednesday.

Related: Wildfires raging near LA are ‘0% contained’, say authorities

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Dutch prototype clean-up boom brings Pacific plastics solution a step closer

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 8:44am

If tests of the 100 metre-long barrier that collects rubbish on the sea’s surface are successful, it could be deployed at a larger scale in the ‘great Pacific garbage patch’

A bid to clear the Pacific of its plastic debris has moved a step closer with the launch of the biggest prototype clean-up boom yet by the Dutch environment minister at a port in The Hague.

On Thursday the 100 metre-long barrier will be towed 12 miles (20km) out to sea for a year of sensor-monitored tests, before being scaled up for real-life trials off the Japanese coast at the end of next year.

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Leopard's killing of rare African penguins sparks conservation debate

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 8:37am

Some conservationists say endangered birds at the South African reserve take priority, but others argue that locally the big cat is rarer

A leopard killed dozens of endangered penguins at a nature reserve outside Cape Town earlier this month, prompting a renewed debate about how best to protect South Africa’s threatened species.

Ranger Cuan McGeorge found the bloodied, lifeless bodies of 33 African penguins on 11 June scattered across Stony Point, a reserve at the sleepy holiday town of Betty’s Bay that protects one of just four mainland breeding sites.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration's Fracking Rules

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 6:17am

A U.S. judge in Wyoming said the Bureau of Land Management can't regulate hydraulic fracturing — because more than a decade ago, Congress specifically excluded fracking from federal oversight.

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Opencast coal mine planned for Northumberland coast

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 4:17am

Plans to open a new mine have been criticised by local residents and NGOs for contradicting government commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase out coal, reports ENDS

A new surface coal mine could be created on the scenic Northumberland coast if an application is approved next month.

Banks Mining wants to create a three million tonne (Mt) opencast mine which will operate for seven years from an area of 250 hectares at Druridge Bay, between Widdrington and Cresswell.

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