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Seattle’s own urban swamp gets a boardwalk trail 21.10.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Yesler Swamp has a new boardwalk trail providing access for everyone to its quiet, green groves and views of Lake Washington.
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The Worst Place on Earth: Death and Life in the Lost Town of Leer 20.10.2016
Leer, South Sudan -- There it is again. That sickening smell. I'm standing on the threshold of a ghost of a home. Its footprint is all that's left. In the ruins sits a bulbous little silver teakettle -- metal, softly rounded, charred but otherwise perfect, save for two punctures. Something tore through it and ruined it, just as something tore through this home and ruined it, just as something tore through this town and left it a dusty, wasted ruin.  This, truth be told, is no longer a town, not even a razed one. It's a killing field, a place where human remains lie unburied, whose residents have long since fled, while its few remaining inhabitants are mostly refugees from similarly ravaged villages. The world is awash in killing fields, sites of slaughter where armed men have laid waste to the innocent, the defenseless, the unlucky; locales where women and children, old and young men have been suffocated, had their skulls shattered, been left gut-shot and gasping.  Or sometimes they're just the ...
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A Perpetual Killing Field in the Worst Place on Earth 20.10.2016 Views
Nick Turse

LEER, South Sudan -- There it is again. That sickening smell. I’m standing on the threshold of a ghost of a home. Its footprint is all that’s left. In the ruins sits a bulbous little silver teakettle -- metal, softly rounded, charred but otherwise perfect, save for two punctures. Something tore through it and ruined it, just as something tore through this home and ruined it, just as something tore through this town and left it a dusty, wasted ruin. 

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Women and wetlands: the hidden side of conservation solutions 19.10.2016 Green on
This post was written by Lorena Aguilar and Maggie Roth Melissa Wurramarrba, Karmelina Daniels and Daphne Daniels are three Aboriginal women rangers working as a part of the Yugal Mangi Rangers programme in the Northern Territory of Australia. There they oversee tasks such as controlled burning of land to prevent wildfires, water and soil sampling and protecting areas from feral animals. "It is empowering to be women rangers," says Wurramarrba. "Before we used to stay at home, but now being a ranger is opening a new world--we're taking steps to make our communities more sustainable." From left to right: Karmelina Daniels, Daphne Daniels and Melissa Wurramarrba participate in the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress and share their learning as women rangers. Credit: Maggie Roth, 2016. Around the world, millions of women live in or near wetlands and protected areas--recognizing them as sources of food, livelihood, traditional knowledge, and spiritual retreat, among others. However, a recent Environment ...
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Donald Trump, in Grand Junction, says he will “drain the swamp in Washington D.C.” 19.10.2016 Denver Post: Business
Several thousand supporters crowded a Grand Junction airport hangar Tuesday to hear their leader, Donald Trump, urge them to keep the faith.
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Donald Trump wants to 'drain the swamp' in Washington by putting term limits on Congress 19.10.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Campaign 2016 updates: Obama tells Trump to 'stop whining' and start campaigning Oct. 18, 2016, 1:29 p.m. President Obama says Donald Trump has no evidence to back up his complaints about the election. Obama says Trump should set aside his complaints about a rigged election Hillary Clinton's email...
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Getting Down to the Basics of Sea Level Rise 18.10.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Alisha Renfro, Staff Scientist, National Wildlife Federation In the news and in studies, we often hear a lot about sea level rise, mainly in the form of estimated numbers of future sea level rise and other predictions of how it will affect coastal communities, like in Louisiana. To cut through some of this noise, we thought it would be helpful to break down the basics of sea level rise and discuss what this means specifically here in Louisiana. In this first part, Alisha Renfro explains historical sea level rise that has occurred over time and in the second, she will look at future predictions. Historical Global Sea Level Rise Figure modified from: IPCC, 2013 [1] Around the world sea levels are rising, but how much sea level has changed at a specific location, called relative sea level rise, can vary, depending on local environmental processes and human activity. On a global scale, sea level has increased by more than seven inches over the last 109 years at an average rate of 0.07 inches per year.[1] ...
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Breaking Ground on a Bold New Vision to Address Climate Change: Restoring North America's Amazon 15.10.2016 Green on
On November 4, the historic Paris Agreement for global action on climate change will enter into force , catalyzing collective action by governments, civil society organizations, and businesses to collaborate on building a 2°C future. "Now we must move from words to deeds and put Paris into action," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "We need all hands on deck--every part of society must be mobilized to reduce emissions and help communities adapt to inevitable climate impacts." This call to action comes none too soon. Just this month, hurricane-turned-tropical-storm Matthew ripped through the Southeast, killing at least 17 people in the United States and nearly 900 in Haiti. Just over a month ago, flooding in Louisiana left 13 people dead and forced nearly 30,000 people to evacuate their homes. These events come during a nother record-breaking year in climate change , with 2016 bringing the warmest temperatures ever recorded, as well as the smallest Arctic sea ice extent since tracking began in ...
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Trump's Party of One 13.10.2016 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Donald Trump is right where he wants to be—alone, and at the center of it all.
Strolling the L.A. River, before it all changes 8.10.2016 LA Times: Health

If current trends persist, the properties fronting the Los Angeles River could become some of the city’s most desirable addresses.

For now, this urban Frogtown walk goes through some neighborhoods still transitioning from marginal to hip.

1. Begin your stroll at the Great Heron Gates where they...

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Wetlands and agriculture, not fossil fuels could be causing a global rise in methane 30.9.2016 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
Research published today in the American Geophysical Union’s journal Global Biogeochemical Cyclesshows that recent rises in levels of methane in our atmosphere is being driven by biological sources, such as swamp gas, cow burps, or rice fields, rather than fossil fuel emissions.
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Hunter, stuck in swamp, rescued by drone and helicopter 22.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A good dog is a pretty important hunting companion during the current birding season, but so is a good drone.
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Officials: Refinancing South Carolina reactors saves money 22.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Officials overseeing construction of some of the first nuclear reactors of their kind to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years say fewer costs will be passed on to consumers. SCANA CEO Kevin Marsh said Wednesday he understands power customer frustrations with the repeated rate increases to offset […]
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Dead minke whale found in marsh on Virginia’s Eastern Shore 20.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WACHAPREAGUE, Va. (AP) — A minke whale has been found dead on a mudflat on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and officials say it might have become entangled by a rope or line. Local news organizations report that the nearly 24-foot whale washed up along a grassy island Saturday outside Wachapreague, about 75 miles north of Norfolk. […]
Pete Carroll and Seahawks frustrated by penalties called against them vs. Rams 19.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Simply put, 10 penalties for 114 yards cost the Seahawks dearly in a 9-3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Sunday. And in the eyes of coach Pete Carroll and Seattle players, more than a few were questionable.
A Cow With No Name: Google Blurs Bovine Face For Privacy 16.9.2016 NPR News
"We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos," Google told the BBC. But it's true — automatic identity protection kept this passing animal incowgnito.
How did he get here? Meet Minnesota's newest invasive pest 16.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The red swamp crayfish has been found for the first time in a Minnesota lake, the DNR said Thursday. The agency suggested the creatures could be castoffs from a classroom aquarium or crawfish boil.
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Will climate change make California's droughts worse? A mountain lake offers clues 16.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In 2000, researchers took a coring from the bed of a small, shallow lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. 

They analyzed the organic matter and chemicals in the sediments to reconstruct a climate record of the past 10,000 years. They then compared it with reconstructions of ancient ocean...

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The problem Proposition 53 aims to solve is speculative, but the damage it could inflict is very real 15.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The California Constitution bars state and local governments from issuing tax-supported bonds unless they obtain voters’ approval in advance. It sets a particularly high bar for local measures, requiring a two-thirds majority (although state voters in 2000 lowered that threshold to 55% for school...

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New Farmington Bay center will improve education experience 12.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
One of the biggest outdoor secrets in northern Utah is the wildlife education center and nature trail at Farmington Bay. Two small buildings offer some literature and interoperation of the area but the treat is the trail that offers a “blind” to view birds, interpretation and a chance to see many types of wildlife. The area is named the Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Center at Farmington Bay after the late Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Wildlife and Conservation Foundation....
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