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Los católicos hispanos escuchan el mensaje del cambio climático del papa

Mucho antes de que el Papa Francisco instara a los fieles a trabajar por la justicia medioambiental, el agua y las sequías ya eran aspectos que preocupaban en el oeste de Estados Unidos, por lo que los creyentes podrían intensificar sus acciones más que nunca

Una mañana de junio, el padre Rob Yaksich, exguarda forestal antes de seguir su vocación y convertirse en cura católico, presidía su primera misa dominical en la histórica Basílica Catedral de San Francisco en Santa Fe, Nuevo México. Ese día, el tema de sermón era el poder de la difusión de la fe.

“Piensen en la semilla de mostaza”, exponía a los feligreses que asistían a la misa matinal en español. “Todos llevamos pequeñas semillas de mostaza de fe en nuestros corazones. Esa semilla de mostaza crece y si se nutre, se convierte en un gran árbol”.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Untapped Economic Potential In UK For Old Furniture?

A new report “Rearranging the Furniture”, produced by think-tank RSA and resources company SUEZ, has suggested that there is a significant opportunity for the UK to take better advantage of ‘bulky waste’. It revealed that 1.6 million tonnes of bulky waste, 42% of which was furniture, is sent to landfill every year with over 50% judged to be in reusable condition.

The report recommends that local governmental bodies could play a role in creating the logistics/collection networks required to better utilise furniture items.

From an economic perspective, reuse is one of the most inner loops of the technical side of the circular economy, it provides high value, but the challenge is in developing redistribution mechanisms that work financially.

Source: Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year

Lead image credit: Joss Bleriot

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'America is not a planet': Republicans resist climate change action at debate

Rubio says economy must come first as candidates address issue on CNN as Christie rejects ‘wild leftwing idea’ that we can fix the climate alone

In an exchange that would have been all but unthinkable even four years ago, moderator Jake Tapper posed a question to Florida senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that quoted Reagan secretary of state George Schultz: “Why not take out our insurance policy and approach climate change the Reagan way?”

But despite the token question well into the third hour of CNN’s GOP debate, none of the 11 candidates were willing to endorse any possible solution.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Connecting with the wild and free

Egglestone, Teesdale Looking at wildflowers and seeing an image of ourselves implies an empathy with the natural world

Lethargy seemed to have settled over the landscape after the harvest. There was barely enough wind to stir the thistledown and willowherb seeds around the field margin. On an uncomfortably humid afternoon that threatened a downpour, crows feeding in the stubble field rose as we passed but settled only a short glide away after a few desultory flaps of their wings.

When we crossed the stile into a field where a broad margin, perhaps 20  metres wide, had been allowed to lie fallow for birds and insects, we found ourselves walking into a late blooming of wild flowers.

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Source: Guardian Environment

A penguin's best friend: guard dogs needed to save Middle Island colony from foxes

Crowdfunding drive launched to buy and train two maremma dogs to scare off foxes which constantly attack penguins on island off Warrnambool

Two new guard dogs are being urgently sought to help protect one of the last colonies of little penguins on Australia’s coastline.

A coalition of conservationists, academics and Warrnambool city council are crowdfunding to raise money to buy and train two maremma dogs to guard a group of penguins that are under constant threat from foxes.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Flinders University staff and students keep fighting Bjørn Lomborg centre

An open letter signed by 6662 students, teachers and alumni rejects any plan for the university to host a Lomborg-run research centre

Climate activists and academics are scaling up their opposition to Flinders University hosting a Bjørn Lomborg-run research centre in an attempt to shut down the last avenue apparently open to the project.

It is understood that the heads of three of the four Flinders faculties that could host the “consensus centre” have rejected the idea, leaving just one, the school of social and behavioural sciences, available.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Deforestation surges in Queensland ahead of crackdown on land clearing

WWF reports landholders ‘panic clearing’ under the new Labor government in anticipation of protections being restored

A surge in deforestation across Queensland has continued under the new Labor government, suggesting landholders are “panic clearing” before protections can be restored, according to conservation groups.

A report by WWF has identified 94 locations that make up a “map of shame” for tree clearing in the state, which has more than tripled to 278,000 hectares in the five years to 2013-14.

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Source: Guardian Environment

South China Sea images reveal impact on coral of Beijing's military bases

As China races to extend its military reach, it is turning pristine habitats into permanent islands. Satellite images of the South China Sea show rapid destruction of some of the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. The reclamation of land in the contested Spratly archipelago to build runways, military outposts and even small towns is endangering ecosystems that are key to maintaining world fish stocks and biodiversity

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Source: Guardian Environment

Olympic organisers destroy 'sacred' South Korean forest to create ski run

Green campaigners say recent removal of 500-year-old virgin forest is an ecological disaster and dismiss officials’ ‘patronising’ offer to restore habitat

Campaigners in South Korea have accused organisers of the 2018 winter Olympics of destroying a “sacred” forest to make room for a ski slope, and dismissed official assurances that the site will be restored to its original state after the Games.

Environment groups say the recently-completed removal of tens of thousands of trees from the slopes of Mount Gariwang, including ancient and rare species, amounts to an ecological disaster.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Denver park closes over risk to visitors trying to take #bearselfies

Waterton Canyon park closes to the public with blog noting that visitors get ‘sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears’ while taking pictures with the animals

A recreation and hiking area in Denver has been closed to the public after one too many hikers tried to take the perfect selfie with a bear.

The park, Waterton Canyon, which sees more than 100,000 visitors a year, initially closed on 28 August “due to increased bear activity in the canyon”, according to the initial news release. A biker was chased by a bear in the canyon but was not injured. According to Melanie Kaknes, Colorado parks and wildlife district manager, the decision to close the popular park “was made to reduce the likelihood of a negative encounter from occurring”.

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Source: Guardian Environment