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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 03:22:28 PM EST
Sudan and South Sudan loosen oil flow with partial deal | News | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have inked cooperation and trade deals designed to resume the flow of South Sudanese oil through Sudanese pipelines. The uncomfortable neighbors still dispute their border.

South Sudan said oil production and deliveries would resume by the end of the year after the signing of a landmark deal with Sudan at an African Union (AU) summit.

"Today is a great day in the history of our region, and in particular Sudan and South Sudan, as we witness the signing of the cooperation agreement that brings to an end the long conflict between our two countries," South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said at the signing ceremony in a five-star hotel in Addis Ababa.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:11:41 PM EST
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Migratory sharks inch closer to extinction | Environment | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

Almost a fifth of the world's sharks are endangered. That's prompted many nations to enact protection measures but several Asian countries are lobbying hard for continued shark hunting.

Sarah Fowler's first close encounter with sharks was while she was diving in Australia. Suddenly, she found herself surrounded by an enormous school of nurse sharks. She lifted herself onto a rock and watched, mesmerized, as they swam past.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:26:03 PM EST
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Oldest reproductive orangutan dies in France - FRANCE 24

AFP - A Sumatran orangutan believed to be the oldest reproductive specimen in captivity has died at a zoo in western France, a few weeks after celebrating his 50th birthday.

Major, a 125-kilogramme (275-pound) father of 16 who celebrated his birthday in July, died overnight Tuesday at the zoo in La Boissiere-du-Dore near Nantes, zoo director Sebastien Laurent said.

"I saw him playing on Monday, as he often did, with his children. On Tuesday he ate normally, made his bed and followed all his little habits," Laurent said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:26:49 PM EST
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Red squirrel populations wiped out in northern Italy | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Red squirrels have been wiped out from a large swath of northern Italy, threatening a further biodiversity crisis for the species on a par with its near extinction in the British Isles.

There are now no red squirrels left in an area of more than 1,150 square kilometres (sq km) in Piedmont, according to research from the universities of Turin, Genoa and Varese. On the edge of this large region, the species is also under threat from the incursions of grey squirrels.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:38:06 PM EST
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how odd, i have seen more of them than any other year here. they are dark red, almost brown, much darker than those i saw in california. they are slighter in guild too.

i wonder why they would go south, it seems counter-intuitive.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 06:07:22 PM EST
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i mean in central italy, and build not guild, typo.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 06:08:34 PM EST
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Well, if the squirrels had a proper guild perhaps they'd do better in the fight against the laissez-fair free market squirrels.

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by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:18:43 AM EST
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In my area of SW France we see both the typical red squirrel (ginger) and the darker red with practically a brown tail. No grey squirrels here at all.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 04:06:02 AM EST
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no greys here either, or ginger ones either.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:34:02 AM EST
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They can have some of ours, we have lots. Oh no they can't, as the EU has banned squirrel hunting.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:34:30 AM EST
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Seriously?

Sweet mother of Jesus.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:05:48 AM EST
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What are we going to eat? </distraught>
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:20:06 AM EST
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Hey, I don't care one way or the other on whether squirrels are to people's tastes, but this seems to be just the sort of silliness Brussels is known for.

Silly laws for the plebes, silly economic policy for all.

Spoken as one who has shot more than a few in his youth, with a pellet gun.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:22:31 AM EST
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It used to be a way to introduce youth to hunting. They could hang out in the forest without adult supervision, and fun was had by all. Now they've got to wait until age 15 when you are allowed full-power rifles.

Sad. And squirrel furs are very nice. Even if they haven't been economically relevant since the the industrial revolution came along, they used to be one of the big Swedish exports 500 years ago. And money isn't everything.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:29:25 AM EST
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Nah. Brussels didn't do it.

The red squirrel (sciurus vulgaris) is a protected species because the grey squirrel (sciurus carolinensis) drives it out and destroys it in entire regions. The grey squirrel is not protected.

The EU (or EEC) did not decree this protection, it was the Council of Europe's Berne Convention in 1979 (Annex III).

Having seen as a kid the red squirrel wiped out and replaced by the grey in the English countryside, I don't see anything silly about it.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:58:19 AM EST
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Grey squirrel is not pushing out red squirrel from Sweden, probably because of the different ecosystem over here. Still, both red and grey squirrels are illegal to hunt over here, as a result of Brussels diktats.

Seems I was wrong on the timing though. The ban went into force some time in the 2000's.

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Ok, I can't find any references to EU meddling (damn, I was sure about this!). It seems our domestic idiots at the Nature Protection Agency thought that as the furs weren't economically valuable and that people don't eat the squirrels very often, the hunting was made illegal. Outrageous, but this is the situation all Swedish hunters suffer under: totally out of touch politically untouchable bureaucrats inventing and implementing very curious rules, straight out of the blue.

Maybe the EU still had something to do with, just that I can't find any sources. I'll have to check out my hunting rule books to make sure.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 09:51:06 AM EST
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Starvid:
Brussels diktats... The ban went into force some time in the 2000's.

I've given you chapter and verse on it. Sweden signed the Berne Convention in 1979 and applied it in 1983. It has nothing to do with Brussels.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 09:55:19 AM EST
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I think you might be right. But it was legal to hunt squirrel (both kinds) up until the early 2000's.

I might have mixed it up with raven hunting which was banned, due to I believe EU pressure. Which is how it aquired the name EU-kråka (EU-crow).

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 09:57:36 AM EST
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Looks like you can get dispensation for individual squirrels that cause trouble.

Otherwise legal December - January or September - February depending where in the country you are.

(Man, the internet is a cornucopia of conflicting information! Yes, I just noticed.)


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by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:05:30 AM EST
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Do you have to apply for a "cease and desist" injunction first?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:18:56 AM EST
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Possibly ... :)

In both of the cases I found, the squirrel disappeared between applying for the permit and getting the shotgun out. Maybe they have an inside connection in the postal system.


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by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:26:45 AM EST
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Yep. It was a demand if Sweden were to be allowed to become a EU member back in 1995. Not that squirrels are endangered or anything. But too cute or something, I suppose.

Yay for the principle of subsidarity!

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:24:39 AM EST
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Sweden signed the Berne Convention on Wildlife in 1979 and brought it into application in 1983.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 09:08:08 AM EST
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'Ugly' fruit and veg make the grade on UK supermarket shelves | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Knobbly carrots, wonky spuds, bent courgettes and discoloured cauliflowers will return to supermarket shelves after one of the worst growing seasons farmers have experienced in decades.

The driest March in 59 years, followed by the wettest June and autumn storms and flooding have reduced British fruit and vegetable harvests by more than 25% and left supermarkets unable to source their regular shaped, blemish-free produce.

On Thursday, Sainsbury's relaxed its rules on the cosmetic appearance of fresh produce and allowed fruit and vegetables that would normally be ploughed back into fields to be sold in its 1,012 stores.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:38:52 PM EST
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I hope this changes their policies generally. It's horribly wasteful

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 03:21:19 AM EST
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Funny how people (like me) only realise these things when you mention it (or if they grow their own).

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by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:20:59 AM EST
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Plastic debris reaches Southern Ocean, previously thought to be pristine | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The first traces of plastic debris have been found in what was thought to be the pristine environment of the Southern Ocean, according to a study released in London by the French scientific research vessel Tara.

The finding comes following a two-and-a-half-year, 70,000-mile voyage by the schooner across the Atlantic, Pacific, Antarctic and Indian Oceans, to investigate marine ecosystems and biodiversity under climate change.

"We had always assumed that this was a pristine environment, very little touched by human beings," said Chris Bowler, scientific co-ordinator of Tara Oceans. "The fact that we found these plastics is a sign that the reach of human beings is truly planetary in scale."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:39:23 PM EST
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'Nemesis' breaks electric car land speed record | Environment | guardian.co.uk

A battery-powered car designed to "smash the boring, Noddy stereotype of the green car" broke the UK electric land speed record on Thursday.

The Nemesis, a Lotus Exige modified by utility company Ecotricity, reached an average speed of 151mph near York today. It was driven by 21-year-old Nick Ponting, who started racing go-karts at the age of 12, and first broke the record by hitting 148mph earlier today at Elvington airfield in North Yorkshire.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:40:14 PM EST
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The Swazi Observer

The study discovered that the cremations were dirty too. Dental fillings mean that they account for as much as a fifth of Britain's mercury emissions; regulations require crematoria to cut mercury emissions by half by 2012. There is also the call for green burials. "This could mean sharing hearses, or using homegrown flowers and coffins made with cardboard or willow, which biodegrade easily."
The economist reported in 2010 that new technologies are changing the picture, one such is water cremation or alkaline hydrolysis, where a corpse is placed into a heated solution of water and potassium hydroxide. In a few hours, the corpse dissolves into an inorganic liquid, which can be used as fertiliser, and a white ash-like residue. Another nascent technology takes a different approach, The body is freeze-dried in liquid nitrogen, then vibrated so that it dissolves into a fine powder. Furthermore processes evaporate water and remove things like mercury. The residue can be put into a shallow grave and turns to mulch in about a year.
DA Roth of Signatureurns writes that a cemetery in Victoria state in Australia has begun an innovative way to bury the dead in an environmental friendly and inexpensive way; an alternative to cremation. This is "standing room only" for those who choose to be buried in this unique cemetery. The deceased are placed in biodegradable body bags instead of the normal caskets, and buried vertically on land that is used for animal grazing.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 08:14:15 PM EST
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I'm finding it odd that my instinctive reaction is that cremation is hygienic, but dissolving bodies and using them as fertiliser is a step or two too close to Soylent Green.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:27:09 AM EST
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Bizarre 2012 earthquake signals birth of world's newest tectonic plate - CSMonitor.com

Turning a corner

Data captured by a global network of seismometers on April 11 revealed almost immediately that this quake was a strike-slip earthquake -- the sort that races along the San Andreas Fault. Strike-slip earthquakes occur when two sides of a fault jolt horizontally, displacing the ground sideways. Since these earthquakes don't shove the ocean floor upward -- a required move for tsunami generation -- no deadly wave appeared. [April 2012 Sumatra Quake (Infographic)]

Tsunamis are typically the devastating handiwork of quakes known as subduction earthquakes. They're the most powerful earthquakes on the planet, and they occur at plate boundaries, where one tectonic plate is grinding inexorably beneath another. When the bottom plate suddenly lurches deeper, a colossal amount of energy is released, unleashing the sorts of massive earthquakes and calamitous tsunamis that hit the Indian Ocean in 2004 and the coast of Japan in March 2011. [7 Craziest Ways Japan's Earthquake Affected Earth]

It quickly became apparent that the April 11 earthquake was the most powerful strike-slip quake ever recorded. Which was strange.

Not only was the quake of unparalleled power, it hit in the middle of a tectonic plate, not at a plate boundary, like the San Andreas Fault. "So already it has two unusual attributes," said Thorne Lay, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an author on one of the papers published today.

Lay and his team set out to construct a blow-by-blow account of how the earthquake progressed, and what they found added to the quake's mystique. This earthquake was able to turn corners.



'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:43:17 AM EST
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