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Study: global banks 'failing miserably' on climate crisis by funneling trillions into fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/17 - 9:01pm

Analysis of 35 leading investment banks shows financing of more than $2.66tn for fossil fuel industries since the Paris agreement

The world’s largest investment banks have funnelled more than £2.2tn ($2.66tn) into fossil fuels since the Paris agreement, new figures show, prompting warnings they are failing to respond to the climate crisis.

The US bank JP Morgan Chase, whose economists warned that the climate crisis threatens the survival of humanity last month, has been the largest financier of fossil fuels in the four years since the agreement, providing over £220bn of financial services to extract oil, gas and coal.

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clock cleaned

The Field Lab - Tue, 2020/03/17 - 4:21pm
After getting the musical clock running by giving it a healthy dose of WD40, I removed all that with some brake cleaner from Autozone.  While it was running fine, I had to degrease all the surfaces and gears - otherwise dust would end up sticking to everything and gum up the works.  Applied just a dab of clock oil to all the shaft bearings and added a touch of grease to the barrel gears and it purring along again.  76,83,59,0,B
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US national parks cause public health concern as visitors flood in

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/17 - 10:34am

Parks have remained open amid the coronavirus and become a haven over the past week, prompting fears for staff and large crowds

Even as Broadway shows were shuttered and Disneyland was closed due to the Covid-19, most US national parks were open for business on Tuesday, confounding public health officials and worrying park staff who did not want to be exposed to the virus.

National parks have become a haven over the past week as the public seeks places to go during spring break. One park employee reported on Facebook that a visitor center at Big Bend national park was full on Monday with hundreds of people. Another shared a photo of shoulder to shoulder crowds at Zion national park waiting to board shuttle buses. (The park closed its shuttle bus system later in the day.)

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UK’s first 'super' national nature reserve created in Dorset

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/17 - 10:13am

Seven landowners join forces to create largest lowland heathland nature reserve in UK

It is a rich, complex landscape, a mosaic of heaths, woods, mires, reed beds, salt marsh and dunes that are home to a myriad of flora and fauna from rare birds, butterflies and bats to carnivorous plants.

Seven landowners have now joined forces to created what is being billed as the UK’s first “super national nature reserve” (NNR) on Purbeck Heaths in Dorset.

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Pine tree near flooded Czech village voted European tree of the year

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/17 - 9:00am

Winner beats stiff competition from Croatian gingko tree, Portuguese chestnut and English oak

A lonely pine tree believed by superstitious locals to act as sentinel over a flooded Czech village has been chosen as Europe’s tree of the year, beating stiff competition from a Croatian gingko tree, a Portuguese chestnut and an English oak.

The Guardian of the Flooded Village has grown for 350 years on a rocky height near the village of Chudobin, said locally to play host to a devil that sat under it at night, playing the violin and warding off intruders – though in reality the eerie sounds are more likely to have come from the strong winds blowing over the valley.

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Air pollution likely to increase coronavirus death rate, warn experts

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/17 - 2:02am

Lung damage from dirty air may worsen infections, but isolation measures improving air quality

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  • The health damage inflicted on people by long-standing air pollution in cities is likely to increase the death rate from coronavirus infections, experts have said.

    Dirty air is known to cause lung and heart damage and is responsible for at least 8m early deaths a year. This underlying health damage means respiratory infections, such as coronavirus, may well have a more serious impact on city dwellers and those exposed to toxic fumes, than on others.

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    Global Witness accuses UK of 'rank hypocrisy' on fossil fuel projects

    Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 5:01pm

    Campaign group says UK’s export credit agency broke OECD’s rules with £2bn of fossil fuel financing

    The UK government’s export credit agency has fallen foul of OECD guidelines by offering multibillion-pound support to fossil fuel projects overseas despite global efforts to tackle the climate crisis, according to a campaign group.

    Global Witness has accused the UK of “rank hypocrisy” in a complaint to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a Paris-based thinktank that issues guidelines and recommendations for developed economies. The complaint also calls on the government to axe all overseas financial support for fossil fuels.

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    cute as a button...

    The Field Lab - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 12:23pm
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    UK's sewage system in danger of gridlock from toilet paper substitutes

    Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 7:07am

    Shortages amid coronavirus panic buying could cause wet wipe and kitchen roll fatbergs

    Consumers have been warned of the dangers of substituting kitchen roll and wet wipes for toilet paper which – if flushed down the loo – could overwhelm the UK’s sewers.

    Innocent consumer substitutions due to shortages caused by fears about the spread of coronovirus could create serious consequences which are critical to society and life, according to leading supply chain academic Prof Richard Wilding.

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    ONS inflation basket: reusable bottles and gin in a tin added, fruit pies out

    Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 5:35am

    Annual changes to list of goods and services reflect consumers’ desire to cut carbon output

    Reusable bottles and mugs have been included in the UK’s inflation basket for the first time amid evidence of a rise in sales driven by the desire of consumers to reduce their carbon footprint.

    In its annual update to the list of goods and services included in the calculation of the cost of living, the Office for National Statistics said other new items were crumpets, self-tanning products, gluten-free cereals, vegetable crisps and minced turkey.

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    Electric scooters to get green light to go on Britain's public roads

    Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 4:50am

    Legalisation of e-scooters part of government’s wider plan for ‘transport revolution’

    Electric scooters will be allowed on public roads for the first time under a Department for Transport proposal which will consult on the rules required to allow the new technology to operate safely, the government has announced.

    The legalisation of e-scooters is just one proposal in a wider plan to enable a “transport revolution”, which also involves projects to trial medical deliveries to the Isle of Wight using autonomous drones, and a test of self-driving cars between Bristol and Bath.

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    Planning applications for UK clean energy projects hit new high

    Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 12:01am

    Jump attributed to growing appetite among energy firms and falling technology costs

    The number of new renewable energy projects applying for planning permission reached a four-year high in the UK last year as energy companies raced to meet the rising demand for clean electricity.

    There were 269 planning applications for new wind, solar and bioenergy projects in 2019, up from 204 the year before, according to an analysis of government data by energy consultancy PX Group.

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    Climate change forces cognac makers to consider other grape varieties

    Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/03/15 - 3:41pm

    Hotter, drier summers are making the French region’s star grape, Ugni blanc, ripen too quickly and lose acidity

    Cognac makers are considering overturning longstanding tradition and turning to new grape varieties, as the main cultivar required to make the spirit struggles with the effects of global warming.

    Cognac’s star grape, Ugni blanc, which accounts for 98% of the vines in the Cognac region, is ripening quicker and losing acidity as summers become hotter and drier.

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    just a thought...

    The Field Lab - Sun, 2020/03/15 - 2:02pm
    2 Chronicles 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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    LGIM to launch its first fossil fuel-free pension fund after pressure

    Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/03/15 - 8:50am

    UK’s biggest fund manager had been criticised over inclusion of stocks such as Shell

    The UK’s biggest fund manager has bowed to client pressure and agreed to launch its first fossil fuel-free ethical pension fund later this year.

    Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), which has been one of the most outspoken fund managers over the climate crisis, made the decision after a number of clients raised concerns that stocks such as Shell were still being included in its range of ethical funds.

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    'It's a nightmare': Fife residents demand inquiry into flaring at petrochemical plant

    Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/03/15 - 7:26am

    Issue symbolises disconnect between Holyrood’s climate rhetoric and what happens on the ground, say residents

    When Linda Erskine looked outside her window last week, she saw an intense flare from the Mossmorran petrochemical plant in Fife. The flaring, which she says collapses night into day, can be seen more than 20 miles away in Edinburgh.

    Erskine, a local Labour councillor, describes living in Lochgelly, a former mining community neighbouring Mossmorran, as unpleasant. “When that flare goes, the house does vibrate. For me it’s something akin to a Nimrod [maritime patrol plane] landing on top of your house. The first time I went out to see if there’s a helicopter flying overhead.”

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    Forward-thinking Utrecht builds car-free district for 12,000 people

    Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/03/15 - 2:27am

    Scheme will enhance city’s reputation as a bicycling capital of Europe

    The “cyclist-first” city of Utrecht is constructing the Netherlands’ first high-density, car-free residential district for more than 12,000 people, making it one of the largest of its type in the world.

    The 24-hectare site, located between two canals in the middle of the city, is a business park but by 2024 it is hoped the area will enhance Utrecht’s reputation as a bicycling capital of Europe.

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    changes in the class/event schedule

    Home Grown New Mexico - Sat, 2020/03/14 - 5:26pm

    For all those who signed up to be updated, we need to inform you of the following changes to our classes/events schedule due to the coronavirus. You can see which events are cancelled in the previous post. Just scroll down.

    DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, WE ARE CANCELLING ALL MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS AT THIS TIME. WE MAY RESCHEDULE SOME OF THOSE EVENTS LATER THIS FALL OR EVEN ADD SOME NEW ONES. WE ARE SORRY BUT WANT TO KEEP ALL OF US SAFE. IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR A CLASS IN MARCH OR APRIL, WE HAVE ALREADY REFUNDED YOUR MONEY. WE WILL RE-EVALUATE WHETHER TO HAVE THE MAY CLASSES AND WILL NOTIFY YOU VIA A NEW POST AS WHAT IS GOING ON. PLEASE DON’T DESPAIR,  WE WILL RESUME THE REMAINING CLASSES WHEN WE CAN AND NOTIFY YOU.

     

     

         
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    old clocks

    The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/03/14 - 3:56pm













    Clock mechanisms for restoration.  Seth Thomas chiming mantle clock (left), German Black Forest Badische Uhrenfabrik Musical Clock (right).  WD40 is an old clock's best friend...  78,90,64,0,B  
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    State MPs dismayed at NSW Forestry logging unburnt habitat after bushfires

    Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/03/14 - 12:00pm

    Endangered species have lost up to 82% of their habitat but Environment Protection Authority says logging of unburnt forest is legal

    The New South Wales Forestry Corporation has continued to log unburnt forest that is habitat for some of the most imperilled species in the aftermath of the state’s bushfire crisis.

    Logging operations have continued in the Styx River state forest on the north coast that is now remnant habitat for endangered species including the greater glider and the Hastings River mouse.

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