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Six funeral methods that are friendly to the environment | Grafton ... - Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

WOULD you like to bring a loved one back to life ... as a tree?

It's a question increasingly asked in Western countries as people become more aware of the economic and environmental costs of burial and cremation.

Recently a company has started to offer devices called the bios urn where you place the ashes of your loved one into what amounts to a special flower pot.

You plant your choice of tree into the pot and it grows from the ashes and soil in it. It also includes a computerised sensor to ensure optimum growing conditions which can send messages to an app on a mobile device.

Not all eco burial choices need to be so hi-tech.

Here are six burial methods designed not to put a strain on the environment.

1. Encasing the loved one's body into a pod that eventually sprouts into a tree.

2. Sealing the ashes in a concrete ball that will plunge to the bottom of the ocean to feed coral...


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MoU to improve business environment - Loop PNG

The Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an MoU today to improve the ease of doing business in PNG.

The MoU will involve technical assistance under the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) to improve the IPA’s business registry’s services.

The assistance is expected to improve reliability and accessibility by enabling businesses to enter the formal economy as well as improving transparency of business information.

The MoU was signed by IPA Board Chairman, Leon Buskens, Acting Managing Director, Clarence Hoot, and ADB Regional Director of Pacific Liason and Coordination Office, Emma Fan.

Buskens says one of the major changes is the introduction of cloud based technology and the streamlining of IPA’s operations.

“IPA has over the years contributed to ease of doing business in PNG and also in terms of making the businesses...


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Have your say on environment | Shepparton News - Shepparton News

If Mitchell Shire’s natural environment matters to you, now is the time let council know what you value most and what needs improving.

Council’s Environment Survey is now open, gathering information about how important environmental initiatives are, what works and activities are being undertaken on properties across Mitchell, and what might encourage people to do more.

The information will be used to help develop new programs and evaluate and improve council’s existing programs.

Questions asked in the survey include:

●What do you value most about Mitchell Shire’s natural environment?

●What do you think are the most important environmental issues in Mitchell Shire?

●What environmental or land management activities do you undertake on your property?

●What are the barriers stopping you from undertaking environmental works on your property?

●Do you think it is important for council to...


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For Syrian refugees celebrating Eid in Lebanon, the environment is increasingly hostile - The Conversation UK

For Syrian refugees in Lebanon marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it has been a struggle to find enough food to break their fast each evening after sunset. This is not what Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, the festival at its end, should be about. It is a chance to give Muslims a spiritual boost, by reading the Holy Quran, avoiding malicious behaviour and contributing to charity work and donations for the less fortunate.

Yet, Syrian refugees have little respite from their daily hardships. While Beirut’s shops display every type of delicacy and restaurants offer tempting menus for iftar, the meal that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during Ramadan, Syrian refugees in Lebanon struggle to afford them.

I have spent time in Beirut carrying out research for my post-doctoral research on the politics of the refugee crisis management in Lebanon. I’ve seen despair on the faces of Syrian...


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Buried alive: More than 100 people feared dead in China landslide - NEWS.com.au

More than 100 people are feared dead in a landslide in China. Picture: Xinhua News Agency.

RESCUERS have pulled 15 bodies from a massive landslide in China as the search continues for more than 100 others still trapped.

Only three survivors - a couple and their one-month-old baby - have been found so far after 62 homes in Xinmo village vanished under a mass of mud and rocks in Sichuan province.

Qiao Dashuai, the baby’s father, said he had woken up after 5am to change his crying son’s nappy when he “heard a big noise coming from the back”.

“The house shook,” he told state broadcaster CCTV from his hospital bed. “Rocks were in the living room. My wife and I climbed over, took the baby, and got out.”

“I have superficial injuries. Overall, I’m okay. But psychologically, it’s hard. The entire village, with dozens of families, was flattened,” he said, with a bandage around his head.

Qiao Dashuai, left, is attended to by nurses at a hospital after surviving a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province. Picture: AP


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Quarter of England's rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF - The Guardian

Kayakers on the River Wye in Herefordshire, where a drought has caused low water levels that threaten this year’s salmon run. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt for the Guardian

A quarter of England’s rivers are at risk of running dry, with devastating consequences for wildlife, according to data obtained by WWF under freedom of information rules.

Fish are most obviously affected when rivers slow to a trickle, particularly those that migrate upstream such as salmon, trout, eels and lampreys. But animals such as water voles are also harmed, as they are unable to escape predators by fleeing into rivers to reach underwater entrances to their burrows. Birds such as kingfishers, sandpipers and dippers also suffer, as the insects and small fish they feed on die out.

The rules governing how much water can be taken from rivers have not been updated for more than half a century and take no account...


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New Orleans mayor: US climate change policy cannot wait for Trump - The Guardian

Miami is one of a number of US cities at risk from the effects of climate change. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

US cities will lead national policy on climate change after the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans said at an annual meeting in Florida.

“I think most mayors in America don’t think we have to wait for a president” whose beliefs on climate change are disconnected from science, Landrieu said.

The US Conference of Mayors supported the Paris agreement, and according to preliminary results released on Saturday morning from an ongoing nationwide survey, the vast majority of US mayors want to work together and with the private sector to respond to climate change.

“There’s near unanimity in this conference that climate change is real and...


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France's Macron to back push for global environment rights pact - euronews

By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron promised on Saturday to play an active role in a campaign aimed at securing a global pact to protect the human right to a clean and healthy environment. He made the pledge at a meeting at Sorbonne University where politicians, legal experts and activists presented him with draft proposals for such a pact. Macron has been pushing to maintain momentum generated by a global agreement to combat climate change reached in Paris in 2015, after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out, drawing condemnation from other leaders. “On the basis of this draft proposal, I pledge to act …so that the work initiated continues, so that we reach a text, convince our partners, place these efforts under the aegis of the U.N … and from September have the basis of a world environment pact,” Macron told his audience. The pact...


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Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia's tigers back from brink - The Guardian

Amur, or Siberian, tiger numbers have grown from 20-30 in the 1930s to around 500 now. Photograph: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

In February, Pavel Fomenko was told that the body of a young female tiger had been discovered underneath a car parked outside the town of Luchegorsk, in eastern Russia. Fomenko – head of rare species conservation for WWF Russia – took the corpse for examination where he uncovered the grim details of the animal’s death.

The Amur tiger, which is also known as the Siberian tiger, had been caught in a trap and had chewed off a paw to free itself. It was left crippled, unable to hunt, and died of starvation while seeking shelter under the car. “Hearing about this sort of thing is always painful,” said Fomenko. “This was a beautiful tigress.” It is harrowing scenes such as these that conservation groups are hoping will become increasingly rare in...


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Global pact on environmental rights to be presented to UN - Yahoo7 News

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400 more homes evacuated by growing fire near Utah ski town

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate has doubled in size in high winds and drove out residents of 400 additional homes, authorities said Thursday.

The blaze is one of several burning in the U.S. West as extreme heat makes it difficult for firefighters to tamp down the flames.

In Utah, new evacuations were ordered east of the fire's epicenter in the tiny mountain town of Brian Head, with residents nearby and people visiting a popular fishing area also asked to leave to avoid danger, said Denise Dastrup of the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

More than 700 other people have been out of their homes since Saturday. Someone using a torch to burn weeds ignited the fire near the alpine community that is home to the Brian Head Resort and close to several national monuments and parks in Utah's red rock country.

The...


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Grandmother, 81, Sparks Police Chase After Driving Wrong Way While on Coffee Run

An 81-year-old going out for “coffee” led cops on a slow-speed chase while going the wrong way on a Texas street Thursday.

Read: Photo of Man, 23, Escorting Senior Citizen on Escalator Touches Hearts Nationwide

The elderly woman, identified as Nancy Strader, was going 25 miles per hour while driving in the opposite direction in Denton, police said.

When officers were finally able to pull her over, they instructed her to put the vehicle in park, turn it off, and unlock her door.

But the grandmother had other ideas.

As police repeated their commands, she suddenly took off, leading cops on a 10-minute chase.

When she finally stopped, police weren't taking any chances, deflating her tires and shattering her window with a small device on one cop's key ring.

Strader sat herself down on the road because she has bad knees and told the officers she was “driving to get a cup of coffee.”


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Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran

By William Maclean, Rania El Gamal and Tom Finn

DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have sent a 13-point list of demands apparently aimed at dismantling their tiny but wealthy neighbor's two-decade-old interventionist foreign policy which has incensed them. Kuwait is helping mediate the dispute.

A Qatari government spokesman said Doha was reviewing the list of demands and that a formal response would be made by the foreign ministry and delivered to Kuwait, but added that the demands were not reasonable or actionable.

"This list of demands confirms what Qatar has said from the beginning – the...


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Six funeral methods that are friendly to the environment - Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

WOULD you like to bring a loved one back to life ... as a tree?

It's a question increasingly asked in Western countries as people become more aware of the economic and environmental costs of burial and cremation.

Recently a company has started to offer devices called the bios urn where you place the ashes of your loved one into what amounts to a special flower pot.

You plant your choice of tree into the pot and it grows from the ashes and soil in it. It also includes a computerised sensor to ensure optimum growing conditions which can send messages to an app on a mobile device.

Not all eco burial choices need to be so hi-tech.

Here are six burial methods designed not to put a strain on the environment.

1. Encasing the loved one's body into a pod that eventually sprouts into a tree.

2. Sealing the ashes in a concrete ball that will plunge to the bottom of the ocean to feed coral...


Read full article on News GN Environment


Read more: Six funeral methods that are friendly to the environment - Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

Have your say on environment - Shepparton News

If Mitchell Shire’s natural environment matters to you, now is the time let council know what you value most and what needs improving.

Council’s Environment Survey is now open, gathering information about how important environmental initiatives are, what works and activities are being undertaken on properties across Mitchell, and what might encourage people to do more.

The information will be used to help develop new programs and evaluate and improve council’s existing programs.

Questions asked in the survey include:

●What do you value most about Mitchell Shire’s natural environment?

●What do you think are the most important environmental issues in Mitchell Shire?

●What environmental or land management activities do you undertake on your property?

●What are the barriers stopping you from undertaking environmental works on your property?

●Do you think it is important for council to...


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Read more: Have your say on environment - Shepparton News

MoU to improve business environment - Loop PNG

The Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an MoU today to improve the ease of doing business in PNG.

The MoU will involve technical assistance under the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) to improve the IPA’s business registry’s services.

The assistance is expected to improve reliability and accessibility by enabling businesses to enter the formal economy as well as improving transparency of business information.

The MoU was signed by IPA Board Chairman, Leon Buskens, Acting Managing Director, Clarence Hoot, and ADB Regional Director of Pacific Liason and Coordination Office, Emma Fan.

Buskens says one of the major changes is the introduction of cloud based technology and the streamlining of IPA’s operations.

“IPA has over the years contributed to ease of doing business in PNG and also in terms of making the businesses...


Read full article on News GN Environment


Read more: MoU to improve business environment - Loop PNG

For Syrian refugees celebrating Eid in Lebanon, the environment is increasingly hostile - The Conversation UK

For Syrian refugees in Lebanon marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it has been a struggle to find enough food to break their fast each evening after sunset. This is not what Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, the festival at its end, should be about. It is a chance to give Muslims a spiritual boost, by reading the Holy Quran, avoiding malicious behaviour and contributing to charity work and donations for the less fortunate.

Yet, Syrian refugees have little respite from their daily hardships. While Beirut’s shops display every type of delicacy and restaurants offer tempting menus for iftar, the meal that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during Ramadan, Syrian refugees in Lebanon struggle to afford them.

I have spent time in Beirut carrying out research for my post-doctoral research on the politics of the refugee crisis management in Lebanon. I’ve seen despair on the faces of Syrian...


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Read more: For Syrian refugees celebrating Eid in Lebanon, the environment is increasingly hostile - The...

Quarter of England's rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF - The Guardian

Kayakers on the River Wye in Herefordshire, where a drought has caused low water levels that threaten this year’s salmon run. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt for the Guardian

A quarter of England’s rivers are at risk of running dry, with devastating consequences for wildlife, according to data obtained by WWF under freedom of information rules.

Fish are most obviously affected when rivers slow to a trickle, particularly those that migrate upstream such as salmon, trout, eels and lampreys. But animals such as water voles are also harmed, as they are unable to escape predators by fleeing into rivers to reach underwater entrances to their burrows. Birds such as kingfishers, sandpipers and dippers also suffer, as the insects and small fish they feed on die out.

The rules governing how much water can be taken from rivers have not been updated for more than half a century and take no account...


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Read more: Quarter of England's rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF - The Guardian

Of life and death – Universities and the environment - University World News

The issue of resource constraints features consistently in all discussions on the role of universities in environmental management – a sub-theme of the recent 14th General Conference of the Association of African Universities or AAU, held in Accra, Ghana earlier this month. But as Tanzanian lecturer Simon Ngalomba reminded the conference, climate change is now a “life and death” concern.

In a paper on the role of universities in addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges, Ngalomba said against the backdrop of growing awareness around climate change, universities have little option but to adjust to the “emerging realities” and accept their critical role in addressing the challenges through teaching, research, campus activities and community outreach.

Focusing on the University of Dar es Salaam, he concluded that while a recent study suggested that the university has...


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New Orleans mayor: US climate change policy cannot wait for Trump - The Guardian

Miami is one of a number of US cities at risk from the effects of climate change. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

US cities will lead national policy on climate change after the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans said at an annual meeting in Florida.

“I think most mayors in America don’t think we have to wait for a president” whose beliefs on climate change are disconnected from science, Landrieu said.

The US Conference of Mayors supported the Paris agreement, and according to preliminary results released on Saturday morning from an ongoing nationwide survey, the vast majority of US mayors want to work together and with the private sector to respond to climate change.

“There’s near unanimity in this conference that climate change is real and...


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Read more: New Orleans mayor: US climate change policy cannot wait for Trump - The Guardian

 

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