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Chicago buildings at night turn down the lights on the shore line as thousands of migrating birds die crashing into

buildings.

Birds navigate by both sun and moon light, and the city lights screw up their navigation sense.
I saw a programme recently where they do something similar near the beaches where sea turtles hatch, to stop the hatchlings heading inland instead of headind for the moon reflecting off of the sea.
 

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A burning container ship has coated a popular tourist beach in Sri Lanka in oil and debris.

"Oil and debris from a container ship on fire off the coast of Sri Lanka have coated beaches on its west coast.

Images of the beach in Negombo, a popular tourist destination, have generated outrage in the country.

The Singapore-registered X-Press Pearl was carrying chemicals and cosmetics, and has been on fire for eight days.

The Sri Lankan navy is working with the Indian navy and salvage experts to try and put it out, amid fears of a major environmental disaster."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57278473
 

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UPDATE

the container ship has sunk sparking fears that hundreds of tonnes of fuel oil could leak in to the sea.

"A chemical-laden cargo ship is sinking off the coast of Sri Lanka, sparking fears of an environmental disaster.

The Singapore-registered X-Press Pearl had been on fire for almost two weeks before the blaze was put out this week.

Hundreds of tonnes of oil from fuel tanks could leak into the sea if it sinks, devastating nearby marine life.

The Sri Lankan and Indian navies had worked jointly over the past days in an attempt to put out the fire and prevent the ship from breaking up and sinking."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57327300
 

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Biggest environmental issue right now?

All the marine life in the oceans will be dead in 20 years because of all the plastic PPE we are, and will continue to dump in it.

Forget global warming - once the sea dies then we die.
 

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If you like, need or use Halogen light bulbs, time to stock up.

Halogen lightbulb sales to be banned in UK under climate change plans​


"Sales of halogen lightbulbs are to be banned in the UK from September, with fluorescent lights to follow, under government climate change plans.

The move will cut 1.26 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year and deliver consumers savings, officials say.

The UK began phasing out the sale of higher-energy halogen lightbulbs in 2018 under EU-wide rules.

Now retailers will no longer be able to sell most remaining halogen bulbs, such as kitchen spotlights.

Legislation for the plans is being brought forward this month by the government."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-57407233
 

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NOAA issued a statement that the CO2 levels are the highest ever in four million years.

419 parts per million by volume or 0.04 %
 

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It is the acid rain that is going to eat through everything.
 
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California shipping juvenile Chinook Salmon to the ocean by road

Due to drought reducing river levels making them too hot for young salmon to survive.

Other portions of the west coast are also experiencing severe drought that is affecting salmon stocks.

In Oregon, biologists with the Yurok tribe found 70% of juvenile Chinook salmon caught in a rotary screw trap for assessment were dead – something they say is extremely abnormal. The cause was a lethal pathogen, C shasta, linked to low water levels and higher temperatures. In mid-May, 98% of the salmon tested by the tribe were severely infected with the pathogen.

In California, the trucking operation means about 20% more salmon from Central Valley rivers will take wheels rather than fins to travel downstream, with a total of 16.8 million fish riding on 146 temperature-controlled truck loads between April and June. Chinook’s typical life cycle takes them from rivers to the ocean and back again over the course of three years.

Two populations of Chinook salmon are considered endangered on the west coast, and seven are considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sustained drought conditions can also spell disaster, as the fish rely on colder water to keep their eggs viable. During the 2014 and 2015 drought, because levels were so low, water released from Lake Shasta rose to a temperature that killed almost all juvenile Chinook.

California is in the midst of its fourth-driest water year in state history, with most reservoirs at less than 50% of overall capacity, and some rivers flowing at just 30% of their average rate this spring.
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Noise pollution dealt with.

A village church clock which has chimed for 121 years has been muffled after a complaint.

A resident of Kenton in Devon complained about the nightly chimes from All Saints Church. The diocese said an environmental health team had measured the sound and it was louder than legally permitted.

The clock has been fitted with pads to "try to dull the sound" and further measuring would take place, said rector, the Reverend John Williams.

The anonymous complainant drew anger from some local people after saying the clock, which chimes hourly and every 15 minutes, was too loud.

Mr Williams said: "While some residents of Kenton don't mind hearing the clock striking at night and find it comforting, we are nonetheless obliged to comply with the law." ...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-57453889
 

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Noise pollution dealt with.

A village church clock which has chimed for 121 years has been muffled after a complaint.

A resident of Kenton in Devon complained about the nightly chimes from All Saints Church. The diocese said an environmental health team had measured the sound and it was louder than legally permitted.

The clock has been fitted with pads to "try to dull the sound" and further measuring would take place, said rector, the Reverend John Williams.

The anonymous complainant drew anger from some local people after saying the clock, which chimes hourly and every 15 minutes, was too loud.

Mr Williams said: "While some residents of Kenton don't mind hearing the clock striking at night and find it comforting, we are nonetheless obliged to comply with the law." ...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-57453889
It seems that only a single complaint is enough these days.
 

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Noise pollution dealt with.

A village church clock which has chimed for 121 years has been muffled after a complaint.

A resident of Kenton in Devon complained about the nightly chimes from All Saints Church. The diocese said an environmental health team had measured the sound and it was louder than legally permitted.

The clock has been fitted with pads to "try to dull the sound" and further measuring would take place, said rector, the Reverend John Williams.

The anonymous complainant drew anger from some local people after saying the clock, which chimes hourly and every 15 minutes, was too loud.

Mr Williams said: "While some residents of Kenton don't mind hearing the clock striking at night and find it comforting, we are nonetheless obliged to comply with the law." ...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-57453889
Things like this do annoy me, i.mean, whoever complained must have been aware of the clock chimes whilst viewing the property prior to purchasing it, so why move there if the chimes annoy you?
 

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Things like this do annoy me, i.mean, whoever complained must have been aware of the clock chimes whilst viewing the property prior to purchasing it, so why move there if the chimes annoy you?

Shouldn't the law apply to church clocks just as much as to noisy clubs etc? The buyer likely didn't realise they would have to suffer from he chimes at 2 am.
 

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It seems that only a single complaint is enough these days.

It may not have been just one complaint but i any case the noise exceeded permitted levels. A Muezzin wouldn't be allowed to Loudly call the faithful to prayer at 3 am so the same rules should apply to the church.
 

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Shouldn't the law apply to church clocks just as much as to noisy clubs etc? The buyer likely didn't realise they would have to suffer from he chimes at 2 am.
Apparently it does, but the difference is the clock in question has been happily chiming the quarters for 100+ years without any complaint, when i used to go to Amsterdam regularly i always stayed in an apartment in the red light district, one street over from 'The Oude Church' which chimes the quarters and i soon got used to it.
 

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Apparently it does, but the difference is the clock in question has been happily chiming the quarters for 100+ years without any complaint, when i used to go to Amsterdam regularly i always stayed in an apartment in the red light district, one street over from 'The Oude Church' which chimes the quarters and i soon got used to it.

Oh, I probably would adjust to it as well. Some people are more sensitive regarding noise though and it was in breach of the permitted levels so it wasn't just a frivolous complaint (s).

Speaking of Amsterdam, I ate in a nice restaurant there, Bazar, a converted church. I see that it's closed.
 

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Things are looking grim for indigenous tribes in Brazil.

At around midday on 11 May, Dario Kopenawa, an indigenous leader, received a desperate phone call from a remote village in the Brazilian Amazon. Palimiú has a population of about 1,000, who live in large communal houses on the banks of a river called Uraricoera. You can only reach it by plane, or after a long journey on a boat.

Kopenawa, from the Yanomami tribe, is used to hearing pleas for help from communities in the rainforest, but this one was different.
"They attacked us," a man said, "they almost killed us". They, Kopenawa was told, were garimpeiros, or illegal gold miners, who had arrived on seven motorboats, some carrying automatic weapons, and started shooting indiscriminately.
Hiding behind trees, the Yanomami fought back, using shotguns and bows. An indigenous man was grazed by a bullet in the head, Kopenawa learned, and four miners were injured. The attackers left after half an hour, but threatened to come back for revenge. Terrified, women fled into the dense jungle with their children to seek refuge. It was chaotic, and two boys, aged one and five, drowned.


Palimiú, located deep in the state of Roraima, sits on Brazil's largest indigenous reserve, which has an area similar to Portugal and 27,000 people. Mining is illegal there, but prospectors have always found ways to do their work. "Garimpeiros are all over the place," Kopenawa said. He avoids going to areas where they are because of death threats and, after the call, he alerted the authorities, saying something had to be done.
The next day, a team of federal police travelled to Palimiú on a small plane, and were joined by Junior Hekukari, who heads the local indigenous health council. As he was leaving the area, Hekukari spotted some boats drifting with their engines switched off, and he guessed they were trying to avoid being noticed. As the men in the vessels approached, they shot multiple times at the village.

"The agents screamed 'Police, police'," Hekukari told me, "but they didn't stop. They had no respect". The officers responded, and there was an intense gun fight. The group left five minutes later and nobody was injured. When Hekukari reported what had happened, Kopenawa was stunned. If even the police were being attacked, he said, none of his people was safe. ...

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-57157017
 
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