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Could Mussels Teach Us How To Clean Up Oil Spills?

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 8:30am

A review of "mussel-inspired chemistry" points to promising ways we can learn from mussels about how to clean up water.

(Image credit: Paul Kay/Getty Images)

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Cuadrilla to restart fracking at site in Lancashire

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/07/11 - 5:27am

Drilling at Preston New Road is last-ditch effort to convince regulators to relax safety rules

The first company to drill for shale gas in the UK plans to restart fracking at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire in a last-ditch effort to convince policymakers to relax safety rules.

Cuadrilla will drill a second well near Blackpool after it was forced to abandon the first, which caused multiple earth tremors.

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Kenya's first coal plant construction paused in climate victory

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 11:00pm

Owners failed to assess environmental and community concerns, court rules, while US ambassador wades into debate in support of coal power

Kenya has been urged to halt construction of the country’s first ever coal-powered plant near the coastal town of Lamu, until an assessment is made of its environmental and cultural impact, in the latest setback to the $2bn project (£1.6bn).

Plans for the 981MW station, backed by a Chinese-led consortium, are in limbo after Kenyan judges revoked the environmental licence at the end of June. They ruled the authorities had failed to carry out a rigorous environmental assessment and to inform local people of potential impacts.

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Turkey rejects claims it is drilling illegally for gas off Cyprus

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 9:00pm

Ankara hits back at Greek and EU officials and vows to press ahead with offshore operations

Turkey has hit back at Greek and EU officials, denying claims it is acting illegally by drilling for gas in waters off Cyprus.

The country’s foreign ministry criticised EU condemnation of its efforts to tap the region for potentially lucrative energy resources, saying the bloc could not be considered an impartial mediator for the divided island.

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a side job...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 4:07pm

Got a little repair job coming up for a friend as soon as the insurance claim is finalized.  His house got pounded on the north side by some pretty large hail.  89,98,68,0,B  
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Electric cars could form battery hubs to store renewable energy

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 4:01pm

By 2050, National Grid predicts, 35m electric cars will supply energy when needed

A fleet of 35m electric vehicles could help the UK reach its net-zero carbon target by forming large battery hubs to store renewable energy, according to the country’s energy system operator.

National Grid predicts that by 2050 millions of electric cars will use wind and solar power to charge up within minutes to act as battery packs for when the grid needs more energy.

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Apricots

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 3:27pm

It’s apricot season and they are out everywhere! It’s unusual to get apricots here in Santa Fe (about every 7 years) as usually a late freeze comes in spring and freezes all the blossoms, but not this year!

If you don’t have any apricots, don’t worry. There are apricots between La Choza restaurant and Whole Foods on Cerrillos in the Railyard Park for the picking. Last year I picked enough to make apricot jam.

I have a wonderful apricot jam recipe that has St. Germain’s liquer in it. St Germain’s is a liquor made out of elderberries and is delicious by itself but when added to apricot jam while cooking, it gives a wonderful floral nuance to the jam that is delicious. So I am excited to make more this year as I’m down to my last jar of apricot jam. The recipe can be found here.

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NSW deputy premier vows to open up Murray Valley national park to logging

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 11:00am

John Barilaro wants to remove protection by either de-gazetting the entire park or reducing its size

The NSW deputy premier has vowed to introduce legislation to open up a national park in the state’s Riverina region to logging.

John Barilaro wants to remove protection of the 42,000 hectare Murray Valley national park by either de-gazetting the entire park or reducing its size.

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Australia urged to invest in recycling manufacturing after Indonesia sends rubbish back

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 11:00am

Kickstart the domestic market so Asian countries rejecting Australian waste is no longer a problem, industry suggests

Australia could quickly solve the problem of Indonesia and other countries rejecting its waste if governments invested in recycling manufacturing as promised and required the use of recycled material in public projects, industry and environmental groups say.

Jakarta announced on Tuesday it would return 210 tonnes of Australian household rubbish – the latest demonstration of opposition in south-east Asia to receiving exported waste. Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia have each turned back shipments and warned they would not become dumping grounds for developed countries after China banned imports of foreign plastic rubbish.

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Global heating: London to have climate similar to Barcelona by 2050

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 11:00am

Nearly 80% of cities to undergo dramatic and potentially disastrous changes, study finds

London will have a similar climate in three decades’ time to that of Barcelona today, according to research – but if that seems enticing, a warning: the change could be accompanied by severe drought.

Madrid will feel like present-day Marrakech by 2050, and Stockholm like Budapest, according to a report on the likely impacts of the climate crisis. Around the world, cities that are currently in temperate or cold zones in the northern hemisphere will resemble cities more than 600 miles (1,000km) closer to the equator, with damaging effects on health and infrastructure.

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High-Tide Flooding On The Rise, Especially Along The East Coast, Forecasters Warn

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 10:26am

As sea levels rise, coastal flooding that used to happen only during storms is increasingly occurring on sunny days. That has local officials reconsidering everything from zoning to police budgets.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

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Brazil Judge Orders Mining Company To Pay For Damage From Dam Disaster

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 10:17am

Hundreds of people died when a ruptured dam unleashed a wave of mining waste in the town of Brumadinho in January. Mining giant Vale said it is committed to fixing the damage.

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Foresight 2020: Governor Jay Inslee

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 7:06am

Inslee's campaign focuses on fighting climate change.

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Your Hummus Habit Could Be Good For The Earth

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 4:00am

High in fiber and protein, chickpeas are playing a starring role on menus. They're also good for soil health — and growing demand could help restore soils depleted by decades of intensive farming.

(Image credit: Anna Meyer)

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Japan's famous Nara deer dying from eating plastic bags

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 8:35pm

Tourists warned not to feed the animals after plastic waste found in stomachs of several dead deer

Authorities in Japan’s ancient capital Nara are warning visitors not to feed the city’s wild deer – a major tourist attraction – after several of the animals died after swallowing plastic bags.

Large amounts of plastic waste were found in the stomachs of nine of 14 deer to have died since March, according to a local wildlife conservation group.

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Pharma's market: the man cleaning up Africa's meat

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 8:00pm

In Namibia a country of meat-lovers, vital expertise is needed to stop livestock spreading diseases

Wreathed in barbecue smoke, Vetjaera Haakuria gestures at the men butchering meat and cooking it over hot coals behind his back. “What have you learned about the risks of eating this?” he asks his young audience, spotless in their white lab coats. “It might contain drug residues, right? And what about diseases?”

It’s nearly noon in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, and the market is preparing grilled meat – known locally as kapana – for the lunchtime rush. Everyone comes here, from construction workers to members of parliament. Namibians love to eat meat, and he is no exception: his tribe, the Herero, traditionally eat nothing else.

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Quarter of world's biggest firms 'fail to disclose emissions'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 4:01pm

Grantham Research Institute found half do not factor climate crisis in decision-making

About a quarter of the world’s highest-emitting publicly listed companies fail to report their greenhouse gas emissions and nearly half do not properly consider the risks from the climate crisis in their decision-making, new research has found.

The findings show the distance even the world’s biggest companies still have to cover to meet the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change, according to the group of investors coordinating the report.

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Mineworkers fear 'reprisals' for raising safety concerns amid spike in deaths

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 3:00pm

Union worries about ‘reporting culture’ at Queensland mines, where most workers are now employed as casuals

Contract and casual mineworkers in Queensland are fearful of “retribution” if they complain about questionable safety practices, their union says, as the sector grapples with a sixth workplace death in the past year.

The recent cluster of accidents and deaths, the worst on record in Queensland for 22 years, has prompted the state government to commission two independent reviews into mine safety.

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man on top...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 2:39pm
First time I've been on top.  Finished all the roof fascia and some final sheathing nails.  Prepped for underlayment now.  Tin arrives next week.  In other news: didn't find any hornworms on my tomato plants - just a couple of grasshoppers doing a little leaf chewing.  81,99,73,T,B
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France Plans To Put An 'Ecotax' On Nearly All Air Travel

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 2:27pm

The new tax could bring in some $200 million that would be used to support modes of travel that pollute less — such as trains.

(Image credit: Ludovic Marin/Pool / Reuters)

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