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Can We Stop Overfishing Before It's Too Late?

Can We Stop Overfishing Before It's Too Late? | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
Ocean catch reached its highest point, "peak fish," back in the 1990s. It's been declining fairly steadily since then.

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Smarter fishing! The amount lost versus the amount consumed -- we can do better.

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Richard Thomas's curator insight, March 16, 2014 6:21 PM

Over-population will inevitably lead to further overfishing.

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Scientists find sustainable solutions for oysters in the future by looking into the past

Scientists find sustainable solutions for oysters in the future by looking into the past | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
Oysters are keystone organisms in estuaries around the world, influencing water quality, constructing habitat and providing food for humans and wildlife. Yet their populations in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere have dramaticall

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Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
Chicago has become the latest U.S. city to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a partial plastic bag ban in Chicago on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The proposal was backed by Mayor R...

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Needs to be nation-wide.

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Kathy Dowsett's curator insight, May 1, 2014 8:33 PM

Thumbs up---wish other cities would ban them as well!

Gordon McGlone's curator insight, May 2, 2014 8:08 AM

Plastic bags will become a thing of the past very soon; it can be done and more governments are showing the courage to take a stand.

CEC Houston's curator insight, September 3, 2014 5:32 PM

California, Chicago.... While Texas contemplates the legality of bag fees. Which city in the Houston region will be the first? Houston, Pasadena, Pearland, Sugar Land, Baytown, League City?

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Ebola a Symptom of Ecological and Social Collapse | EcoInternet

Ebola a Symptom of Ecological and Social Collapse | EcoInternet | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
Ebola is ecosystem collapse The global environment is collapsing and dying under the weight of inequitable over-population and ecosystem loss. “We learn the
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This article makes many controversial arguments, but I will point out an interesting quote: "The single greatest truth underlying the Ebola tragedy is that humanity is systematically dismantling the ecosystems that make Earth habitable."


It does seem that with our rapid advances in technology and medicine, we as a species have been able to eliminate many uncomfortable truths about humanity (i.e. surgeries and medications to recover from previously fatal diseases), and therefore throwing many of the balancing systems on Earth. This is very true outside of medicine, which seems to make an overcorrection potentially with this seemingly frequent wave of incurable fatal illnesses.


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One-Quarter of World’s Agriculture Grows in Highly Water-Stressed Areas | World Resources Institute

One-Quarter of World’s Agriculture Grows in Highly Water-Stressed Areas | World Resources Institute | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
A new interactive map from WRI’s Aqueduct project reveals that more than 25 percent of the world’s agriculture is grown in areas of high water stress. This figure doubles when looking at irrigated cropland, which produces 40 percent of global food supply.

This analysis highlights the tension between water availability and agricultural production. Finding a balance between these two critical resources will be essential—especially as the global population expands.
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Can We Stop Overfishing Before It's Too Late?

Can We Stop Overfishing Before It's Too Late? | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
Ocean catch reached its highest point, "peak fish," back in the 1990s. It's been declining fairly steadily since then.

Via Kathy Dowsett
Maria Loughran's insight:

Smarter fishing! The amount lost versus the amount consumed -- we can do better.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, March 15, 2014 8:10 PM

Option : Marine environments

Richard Thomas's curator insight, March 16, 2014 6:21 PM

Over-population will inevitably lead to further overfishing.

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One-Quarter of World’s Agriculture Grows in Highly Water-Stressed Areas | World Resources Institute

One-Quarter of World’s Agriculture Grows in Highly Water-Stressed Areas | World Resources Institute | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
A new interactive map from WRI’s Aqueduct project reveals that more than 25 percent of the world’s agriculture is grown in areas of high water stress.
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2013 Environmental Education websites – Top 10

2013 Environmental Education websites – Top 10 | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
There are a variety of great environmental education and recycling websites where you students can learn more about a sustainable future while having fun. Wondering where to find these websites? Here's a look at 10 of the ...

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Early environmental education is crucial for the future of our planet!

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Lush And Leafy Forests Will Need Protection

Lush And Leafy Forests Will Need Protection | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
It is the paradox of Connecticut forests.
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A great piece on the importance of keeping our forests strong and connected, highlighting Connecticut, Highstead, and Harvard Forest!


Some notable parts:

"'Connecticut forests in the latter part of the last century and now are in about as good shape as they have been in two centuries,' said David R. Foster, director of Harvard University's Harvard Forest in Petersham, Ma., and chairman of the board of Highstead, a forest conservation and education organization based in Redding."


"A new joint study by researchers at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution found that, despite the massive clearing of woodlands for agriculture two centuries ago, despite repeated pest infestations, the arrival of invasive species, climate change, logging, fires and disease, forests in the Northeast are remarkably resilient — if they are not cut down and paved over."

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WOMEN RECOGNISED FOR LEADERSHIP IN CONSERVATION

WOMEN RECOGNISED FOR LEADERSHIP IN CONSERVATION | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
Recognition of prominent women who have exhibited exemplary leadership in the conservation field was among the key highlights of the celebrations to m...
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Questions about research slow climate change efforts - USATODAY.com

Questions about research slow climate change efforts - USATODAY.com | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
Leaked e-mails, punctured arguments lead to closer scrutiny of climate science.
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Previously a professor at UVA, Michael Mann has gotten quite a bit of grief for his research that supports the theory of climate change, notably from controversial current Virginia attorney general and Republican candidate governer, Ken Cuccinellli.

I am behind man, especially when he voices his concern at how much attention the climate change-negators, the minority, receive in the media. "Frankly, I'm more worried that these people are succeeding in creating doubt in the minds of the public, when there really shouldn't be any."

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In Colorado, Farmers and Cities Battle Over Water Rights

In Colorado, Farmers and Cities Battle Over Water Rights | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
In 1985 the city of Thornton, Colo. bought up nearby farmland and water rights from its farms. Now, some of those farms are drying up.
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The drawbacks of inherited water rights are quickly coming to light...
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Dive tourism and its impact on marine conservation and livelihoods for local fishermen Survey

You are invited to take part in a world-wide research project. This survey is being distributed online, to land based dive operators  in 113 countries or territories in the tropics.

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would be very interesting for latin america.

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Emptying The Ocean: Trawling Leading To Deep Ocean Deserts - Science Sushi | DiscoverMagazine.com

Emptying The Ocean: Trawling Leading To Deep Ocean Deserts - Science Sushi | DiscoverMagazine.com | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
A new PNAS study adds to the mounting evidence that bottom trawling is irreparably damaging deep sea habitats.

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Option Topic: Marine Environments and management 

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Your Food Is Poisoning You

Your Food Is Poisoning You | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
Despite being treated like Bigfoot believers by their opponents, pesticide ascetics are inching their way toward credibility. Introduced by Monsanto in the early 1970s under the trade name Roundup (and used primarily back then as a weed killer), glyphosate is now used throughout the world on wheat and soy crops and since 2007 it has been the most widely used herbicide in the U.S.
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We're too scared to come to terms that the technologies that make agriculture easier and more secure, are also causing us an unfathomable amount of damage. And interesting compilation of the conversations floating around surrounding RoundUp and various cancers and illnesses. As it touches on, many tiptoe to avoid biting the hand that feeds them.

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Short on Water? Don’t Blame it on the Rain

Short on Water? Don’t Blame it on the Rain | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
The common refrain in media stories about water shortages is that they are caused by droughts.  Don’t believe them. Droughts don’t cause water shortages.  People do. The water shortages appearing with increasing frequency and intensity around the globe are, regretfully, poignant signs of our society’s woeful inability to govern itself within limits, or to plan…
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A great reminder that, though we want to blame nature for withholding water from us -- this means we have no control and nothing to do with it -- we need to take more responsibility for the conservation and security of our water resources.


"...the communities using the waters of the Central Valley of California, the Colorado River of the American Southwest, the Ogallala Aquifer of the Midwestern US, the Jordan River of the Middle East, the Cauvery River of India, and hundreds of other overtaxed rivers and aquifers around the world are in serious trouble for three simple reasons: (1) they have been consuming their available water faster than it can be regularly replenished with rain and snow, (2) they lack sufficient restraint or regulatory controls to keep this from happening, and (3) resource limitations or political lethargy cause reaction time to be too slow to avoid disaster."


 

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Water-Cleaning Technology Could Help Farmers

Water-Cleaning Technology Could Help Farmers | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
A project developed by WaterFX, a start-up in drought-stricken California, exploits two things the Central Valley possesses in abundance — fallow land and sunshine — to cut desalinization costs.
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It's good to hear that this project is being put in motion, as it will be technology that will be even more necessary in the future than it is now.

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Ecosystems on the Edge: Underwater Light and Seagrass

Ecosystems on the Edge: Underwater Light and Seagrass | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
You might also like:Ecosystems on the Edge: Earthworm Invaders Environmental Research Center to help with Chesapeake Bay seagrass restoration “Ecosystems on the Edge” on Youtube Small-Whorled Pogonia: Endangered Orchid on the Edge Bottom-dwelling ...
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Chesapeake Bay and the health of the sea grass - which is being majorly effected by pollution, excess organic matter, and other mismanagement.

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Anthony Britneff and Ben Parfitt: Return to old-school forest practices is ... - The Province (blog)

Anthony Britneff and Ben Parfitt: Return to old-school forest practices is ... - The Province (blog) | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
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Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal? | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
There's a growing fire problem in the U.S., as communities are built closer to flammable forests.
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More frequent fires definitely looks to be the new norm for the future, especially in the West, but it is also important to recognize the dangers of over-management of natural fire regimes, and allowing them to take their course. Though, this seems as though it could be managed somewhat to avoid popualated areas.

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Global Warming & Climate Change

Global Warming & Climate Change | Forest & Water Conservation | Scoop.it
The average surface temperature of earth has increased more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1900 and the rate of warming has been nearly three times the century-long average since 1970.
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Maria Loughran's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:02 AM

An interesting hub hosted by the NYT on stories regarding climate change and global warming. I will definitely be checking it out regularly.