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TMT equipment removed; Protesters praise decision, express ‘joy & gratitude’

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Tribune Herald: Heavy machinery parked at the Thirty Meter Telescope construction site atop Mauna Kea for nearly nine months was removed Wednesday, two weeks after the state Supreme Court overturned the giant observatory’s land use permit.
Native Hawaiian opponents of the $1.4 billion project, who call themselves protectors of the mountain, gathered at the summit early in the morning to watch the removal of the bulldozers and other equipment they say desecrate sacred ground.
“There was a lot of joy and gratitude,”…
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Actor James Cromwell arrested anti-nuclear protest

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Telegraph: James Cromwell, the 75-year-old film and television actor has been arrested for his part in a protest power station which is being built in upstate New York. The star, who was nominated for an Oscar for his part in Babe, was one of six people apprehended by police for allegedly blocking an entrance to the Competitive Power Ventures plant. He was reported to have been leading the chanting by protesters who say that toxins from the power station will pose a health risk and lower property values….
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Greenhouse gas emissions from Canadian Arctic aquatic systems dated for the first time

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ScienceDaily: For the first time, researchers have successfully dated the carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emitted by ponds and lakes on Bylot Island, Nunavut. The research team observed significant variability in age and emission rates of greenhouse gases (GHG) from aquatic systems located in a continuous permafrost zone. The study, whose lead author is Frédéric Bouchard affiliated to the INRS Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre and the Geography Department of Université de Montréal, appeared in the…
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Several new species of clawed frog discovered in sub-Saharan Africa

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Mongabay: African clawed frogs are characterized by their flat bodies and vocal organs which can produce sound underwater, as well as the claws on their first three toes that give them their name.
Despite being commonly used as a study subject by developmental biologists, researchers say we’re still learning quite a bit about the species.
Researchers from Canada’s McMaster University say they’ve discovered a wealth of new information on the frog’s evolution using new techniques for analyzing DNA.
There…
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After protests, construction equipment removed from giant telescope site

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Ars Technica: For astronomers seeking to build the world’s largest telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, it will be anything but a Mele Kalikimaka. Hawaiian media reported that heavy machinery parked near a construction site atop the mountain since March was removed on Wednesday.
The removal marked another victory for native Hawaiians who are protesting construction of the 55-meter-tall facility on top of Mauna Kea, saying it desecrates sacred ground. “There was a lot of joy and gratitude,” said Hawane Rios of…
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What does the Paris Agreement mean for Pakistan?

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Dawn: Twenty-three years after the Earth Summit of 1992, it took just a few minutes for the Paris climate agreement to be adopted on December 12th at COP21. I watched it happen live on a video screen put up in the hallways of the Le Bourget conference center, as with my media badge, I could not get into the plenary that final day.
Ministers hugged each other and there were plenty of wide smiles and applause. The media stationed outside the plenary went into a frenzy, with bleary-eyed TV journalists…
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Scientists peg Anthropocene to first farmers

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ScienceDaily: A new analysis of the fossil record shows that a deep pattern in nature remained the same for 300 million years. Then, 6,000 years ago, the pattern was disrupted — at about the same time that agriculture spread across North America. “When early humans started farming and became dominant in the terrestrial landscape, we see this dramatic restructuring of plant and animal communities,” said University of Vermont biologist Nicholas Gotelli, an expert on statistics and the senior author on the new…
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Climate change rapidly warming world’s fresh water supply, study warns

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Daily News: The ripple effect of climate change seems to be reaching for the world’s drinking water.
Lakes are warming at a faster average rate than oceans and the atmosphere, a new study funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation found.
In the largest study of its kind, scientists compiled over 25 years of satellite and ground temperature data on 235 lakes in six continents – half of the earth’s fresh water supply.
“Water from rivers and lakes are really supporting our societies worldwide,”…
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