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Videos reveal birds, bats and bugs near Ivanpah solar project power towers 28.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Video surveillance is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a study of various techniques by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System facility in southeastern California.This study is the first to examine a variety of remote sensing and sampling techniques to determine which technology might be most effective for monitoring how solar power facilities impact flying animals. The information will be used to further study the effects of solar power infrastructure on flying animals -- a subject about which little is known -- and to develop ways to lessen harmful effects.At Ivanpah, evidence of flying animals impacted by intense heat near the solar towers had been observed. The new study showed that although birds and bats were occasionally seen near the towers at Ivanpah, most observations involved ...
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Cod and climate 28.7.2016 Environmental News Network
In recent decades, the plight of Atlantic cod off the coast of New England has been front-page news. Since the 1980s in particular, the once-seemingly inexhaustible stocks of Gadus morhua-- one of the most important fisheries in North America -- have declined dramatically.In 2008, a formal assessment forecasted that stocks would rebound, but by 2012, they were once again on the verge of collapse. Two years later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration instituted an unprecedented six-month closure of the entire Gulf of Maine cod fishery to allow stocks to recover.While overfishing is one known culprit, a new study co-authored by researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Columbia University finds that the climatological phenomenon known as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is also a factor. And it contributes in a predictable way that may enable fishery managers to protect cod stocks from future collapse. The group's findings appear in the journal PLOS ...
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Canadian Greens should vote to revoke Jewish National Fund charitable status 28.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Despite a backlash evocative of those who defended the Jim Crow U.S.  South, Canadian Green Party members recently voted in favor of a resolution calling on Ottawa to stop subsidizing racist land covenants. Next weekend the Greens will make a final decision on whether they support the principles underlying a half-century old Supreme Court of Canada decision outlawing discriminatory land-use ...
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6 years after 'Celebrity Apprentice,' Blagojevich will appear in court via TV 28.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It's been six years since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich had his bizarre turn on Donald Trump's show "Celebrity Apprentice" while awaiting trial on sweeping corruption charges.

Now, Blagojevich is about to be on TV once again — albeit under much different circumstances.

When he is resentenced in two...

Colorado man dies in I-70 crash east of Green River 28.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A Colorado man died from injuries sustained in a collision Wednesday night on Interstate 70, about 35 miles east of Green River. The Utah Highway Patrol said that Edward Lyman, 19, of Clifton, Colo., was eastbound about 6:30 p.m., traveling at slow speed in the outside, right lane when he attempted to make turn into a freeway turnaround. His 1991 Chevrolet Beretta was hit broadside by a Hyundai Sonata in the eastbound, inside left lane. Two women, also from Colorado, were in the Hyundai and esca... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Be Your Most Sustainable Self And Bring Your Own Reusables 28.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The little choices you make over the course of your day can have a big effect on the world’s resources. In a new Huffington Post original series, “ Sustainable Self ,” we connect the small choices we make in our everyday lives to the huge impact they can have on the Earth. Each episode takes the viewer from a micro to a macro perspective by focusing on a simple action and demonstrating the myriad effects it can have on the planet when multiplied. The series’ first episode focuses on that old nemesis of the environment: plastics. They’re everywhere, and can last  for  centuries . But something as simple as bringing your own bag to the grocery store has the potential to save gallons of fresh water and pounds of fossil fuels per year. With the average American family taking home nearly 1,500 shopping bags a year, imagine the amount of resources we could save if we simply nixed plastic bags at the store.  It’s not just bags, either. Think about all the other single-use non-biodegradable plastic disposables ...
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Uber and Didi get the legal green light in China 28.7.2016 Technology

Uber and Didi get the legal green light in ChinaRide-sharing apps such as Uber and Apple-backed rival Didi Chuxing will be officially legal from November.


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Farms Are Wasting Billions Of Pounds Of Food, And We're All To Blame 28.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Every day, Tianna Kennedy walks through the crops that blanket the 70-acre expanse of idyllic farmland she helms in New York’s Northern Catskill region. Kennedy grows hundreds of varieties of organic vegetables and herbs. As she walks, she closely examines her collards. She used to grow more of them, but her customers just weren’t buying them ― in the realm of greens, it seems kale is still king. So she’s down to a quarter-bed of collards. She continues on to her fava beans. Kennedy’s indifferent to them, but many of the 15 different chefs she counts among her customers just can’t get enough, even as she doubles her production of them again and again. Thus is the daily push and pull of business for Kennedy’s Star Route Farm , which she established two years ago. In addition to supplying restaurants with produce, Kennedy operates a 150-member community-supported agriculture group and takes an unusual “harvest-to-order” approach to her business. Plantings are carefully planned based on chef and CSA ...
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We Fiddle While California Burns 28.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I live in a rural part of the Santa Monica Mountains called Topanga Canyon . It’s a community of artists, musicians, writers and still home to a good number of hippies who first put Topanga on the map in the 1960s. While it’s changed a lot since then, the Topanga spirit is real and we long-time residents are fond of saying “Don’t change Topanga; let Topanga change you.” When people first see my little town, they generally are blown away by its natural beauty and can’t believe they are technically still in urban Los Angeles. They invariably say they don’t know how we drive our winding canyon roads every day without puking ― or worse, getting in a head-on collision. When first-time visitors arrive at my front door, they’ve often been driving lost for at least 30 minutes ― Topangans aren’t keen on house numbers or street signs and often give directions like “turn left where the big oak used to be.” We live with our chickens and alpacas roaming on our land and packs of coyotes who eat our cats and dogs if ...
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting 28.7.2016 NPR News
Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.
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From Democratic delegates: What has President Obama left unfinished? 28.7.2016 LA Times: Nation
Larry Green, 51, Houston city councilman Larry Green. (Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times) "Immigration reform. It's important because it's something we have to address. Currently we skirt around the issue." Sandra Falwell, 67, a nurse from Clinton, Md. Sandra Falwell. (Chris Megerian / Los Angeles...
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'Stranger Things' has big plans for a second season, if Netflix gives it the green light 28.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

“Stranger Things,” the nostalgia-spinning Netflix series that won the hearts and Twitter accounts of many, could be back for another season. And the creators, the Duffer brothers, already have a plan for what’s next should Netflix give them the green light. 

The 2016 Television Critics Assn. summer...

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Behind the green apron: Starbucks dress code gets some flair 28.7.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
[...] a dress code unveiled by the coffee chain this week encourages a new sense of individualism, inviting workers to wear fedoras and beanies, to dye their hair and to incorporate accent ties and socks. Don’t pin it all on Millennials — but, yeah, Millennials do prefer more relaxed dress codes, and experts say companies in all industries are loosening their sartorial standards in hopes of keeping workers happy. Younger employees would prefer to go to work with the same set of clothes they wear to hang out with friends, instead of having to buy a potentially expensive wardrobe just for business hours, said Daryl Pigat, a division director at OfficeTeam, a staffing service. Job seekers aren’t using dress codes as a driving force for picking an employer, but they are considering it while debating how they would fit in, Pigat said. In a January survey of 3,490 human resources professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management, 59 percent said their companies allow casual dress at least once a ...
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Montreal households the greenest in Canada: UBC study 27.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Montreal homes are the most sustainable in the country, and Edmonton's the least, according to a new University of British Columbia study that compares average household greenhouse gas emissions in major cities across Canada.Using census data over a 12-year span, researchers ranked cities on how much carbon dioxide the average Canadian family (two to three people) with an annual income of $81,000 in each city produced in a year from the combined use of electricity, gasoline and natural gas.The average Montreal household produces five tonnes of GHG per family per year, while the average Edmonton household emits 20 tonnes per family per year.
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Current atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations likely commit to warmings greater than 1.5C over land 27.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations already commit the planet to air temperatures over many land regions being eventually warmed by greater than 1.5°C, according to new research published today (27 July 2016) in the journal Scientific Reports.The results of the new study have implications for international discussions of what constitutes safe global temperature thresholds, such as 1.5°C or 2°C of warming since pre-industrial times. The expected extra warming over land will influence how we need to design some cities. It could also impact on the responses of trees and plants, and including crops.The research was carried out by scientists from the UK's Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the University of Exeter, UK.The research team found two main reasons behind the result.
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The double-edged sword of wildlife-friendly yards 27.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Hundreds of millions of birds are killed in collisions with windows each year in the U.S. alone, and although high-rise buildings tend to be the biggest individual culprits, the vast number of suburban homes across the continent means that even a few deaths per house add up fast. A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications examines the factors that affect window collision rates at homes and shows that yards that are more attractive to birds are also the sites of more collisions.Working with Alberta homeowners who collectively contributed more than 34,000 days' worth of collision data, Justine Kummer of the University of Alberta and her colleagues found that the presence of a bird feeder, whether a house was in an urban or rural area, and the height of the vegetation in the yard were the most important predictors of collisions. Of Alberta's 421 bird species, 53 were represented in the data, mostly common urban ...
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Aaron Rodgers finally speaks on brother's 'Bachelorette' antics: 'It's a little inappropriate' 27.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

With just a few words, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made it clear that, in true older brother fashion, he still knows just what to say to get under his younger brother’s skin.

During this season of “The Bachelorette,” much has been made of contestant Jordan Rodgers’ relationship...

6-Year-Old Boy's Wish To Be A 'Garbage Man' Granted 27.7.2016 NPR News
Ethan Dean spent a day riding in a garbage truck and wearing a hard-hat at an event in Sacramento, Calif., organized by the Make-a-Wish Foundation and local groups. Ethan has cystic fibrosis.
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‘Jill not Hill’ — Green Party’s Stein seeks Sanders’ backers 27.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Angry and disaffected Bernie Sanders’ backers have a new rallying cry: “Jill not Hill.” That’s Green Party candidate Jill Stein, whose liberal agenda of tuition-free college, $15-per-hour minimum wage and a renewable energy economy by 2030 offers a home to Sanders’ supporters disillusioned by the two-party political system and unwilling to back […]
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Egypt And Turkey: Why A Coup Succeeded In One And Failed In The Other 27.7.2016 NPR News
Both countries have strong militaries wary of conservative Muslim politicians. But as a wealthier, more middle-class country, Turkey rose up when elements of the military tried to take over.
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