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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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The key to saving the planet was in front of us all along

The key to saving the planet was in front of us all along | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
It turns out that one of the most immediate societal changes for average Americans in a climate-savvy future would likely be the electrification of just about everything. In other words, the hope of the planet could lie in a force—electricity—we've known about for hundreds of years.
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The True Cost of a Cheap Meal

The True Cost of a Cheap Meal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
While perusing the items at a quaint antique store, I happened upon a catalog from the 1920s advertising farm-fresh food. It featured cabbage for two cents per pound, a dozen eggs for 44 cents and a half-gallon of milk for 33 cents. The shop owner told me that he was perplexed by the prices because, adjusting for inflation, it should cost roughly $4 for a dozen eggs and $8 for a gallon of milk in today’s dollars. Consumers today pay less than half of what we would expect to pay based on historic prices.

The antique store owner, like most Americans, didn’t realize that we currently spend a smaller percentage of our income on food than ever before. While on its face that may seem beneficial, this system of cheap food relies on billions of dollars of externalized costs that are kept hidden from consumers.
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Stop Flushing Water Down the Drain [Excerpt]

Stop Flushing Water Down the Drain [Excerpt] | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
One of the approaches to saving water and energy is to put the waste streams from water and energy systems to good use. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this goal. In particular, there are 30 to 40 billion gallons of treated effluent generated each day in the U.S. Because the wastewater is generated in cities, the wastewater plants are nearby. That means the effluent is an abundant source of water that is generally co-located with population centers. And it is typically overlooked as a source. If that treated effluent is “reclaimed”—or used again—it can be a reliable supply of water. Reclaimed water is distributed in purple piping systems so that it can be distinguished from the treated drinking water and sewage.
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Smart irrigation valve adds connectivity and automation to any hose

Smart irrigation valve adds connectivity and automation to any hose | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Zilker aims to bring smarter watering, and less wasted water, to more yards, without adding a costly sprinkler system.

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The Buzz on Native Bees | Science Features

The Buzz on Native Bees | Science Features | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Bevy of Bees

Anthophora bomboides

Bees are nearly ubiquitous, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Wherever there are insect-pollinated flowering plants — forest, farms, cities and wildlands — there are bees. And just because you don’t see plants blooming, does not mean that there are no bees around. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States. From the tiny and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest bee, to the large carpenter bee, to the brilliant blue of the mason bee; native bees come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. And all these bees have jobs, as pollinators
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The New England Journal of Medicine Asks FDA to Reconsider Labeling GMO Foods

The New England Journal of Medicine Asks FDA to Reconsider Labeling GMO Foods | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If the conservative The New England Journal of Medicine is calling for better research, clear food labeling and calling out a warning about GMOs, we should be
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Flooding flushes oil, fracking chemicals into Texas rivers

Flooding flushes oil, fracking chemicals into Texas rivers | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

"EL PASO — Recent Texas floods have inundated oil wells and fracking sites, flushing oil and fracking chemicals into rivers. State emergency officials have taken dozens of photos that show sheens and plumes spreading from tipped tanks and flooded production sites during Sabine River flooding in March. Photos showed similar scenes in last year’s floods of the Trinity, Red and Colorado rivers. “That’s a potential disaster,” Dr. Walter Tsou, past president of the American Public Health Association, told the El Paso Times. “Cattle that drank the fracking fluid actually died an hour after drinking it. There are potential carcinogens that can lead to leukemia, brain cancer and other endocrine disruptors that can affect premature births.” The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas drilling, said it has responded effectively to such incidents. “I’m confident that once the agency is notified, we’re taking appropriate measures,” spokesman Rich Parsons said."

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The Race to End Fossil Fuel Based Vehicle Emissions is On — Tesla Model 3 to hit 500,000 Preorders, Dutch Motions to Ban Petrol, and Shell’s Shilling for Biofuels

The Race to End Fossil Fuel Based Vehicle Emissions is On — Tesla Model 3 to hit 500,000 Preorders, Dutch Motions to Ban Petrol, and Shell’s Shilling for Biofuels | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
This week Shell and Volkswagon banded together in a big EU lobbying push. Their goal -- to promote biofuels as a 'bridge fuel' to EVs in what some say has become a rather obvious bid to delay the entry of electric vehicles in large numbers to fleets across Europe. An effort that some analysts are…

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Disturbing New Study Shows The Pacific Ocean May Suffocate In Just 15 Years

Disturbing New Study Shows The Pacific Ocean May Suffocate In Just 15 Years | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The same human activity that is causing the world's oceans to warm, rise, and acidify is also robbing those same oceans of oxygen. Furthermore, the impact of

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Madagascar's lemurs - cute forest dwellers soon losing their home? | Biodiversity | DW.COM | 26.04.2016

Madagascar's lemurs - cute forest dwellers soon losing their home? | Biodiversity | DW.COM | 26.04.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The island's forests are disappearing fast. And with them their most iconic inhabitants. Scientists are trying to save the severely endangered primates and their habitat.
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Is it safe to dump Fukushima waste into the sea? | Karl Mathiesen

Is it safe to dump Fukushima waste into the sea? | Karl Mathiesen | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

"Japan has called for hundreds of thousands tonnes of irradiated water from the nuclear plant to be released into the Pacific Ocean. Karl Mathiesen looks at the potential impacts

More than 1,000 tanks brimming with irradiated water stand inland from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Each day 300 tonnes of water are pumped through Fukushima’s ruined reactors to keep them cool. As the water washes through the plant it collects a slew of radioactive particles.

The company that owns the plant – The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) - has deployed filtration devices that have stripped very dangerous isotopes of strontium and caesium from the flow."

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Banned pesticides 'not equally harmful' to bees - BBC News

Banned pesticides 'not equally harmful' to bees - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
One of the chemicals widely considered as being the most toxic wasn't shown to affect bees at a level found in the countryside.
However other "neonics" were shown to cause significant harm to bumblebees.
The results of the study are published in the journal Scientific Reports.
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Bitterness within the sweet 'green Apple' | Environment | DW.COM | 28.04.2016

Bitterness within the sweet 'green Apple' | Environment | DW.COM | 28.04.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
"Suppliers in China have not been included in the Click Clean report," Dowdall said. "Apple still has to work on its supply chain's carbon footprint and renewable energy there."

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EcoVadis's curator insight, Today, 1:18 PM

Good work, more to do... As with any supply chain, but important to acknowledge progress from, say, 5 yrs ago.

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Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study

Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Almost half of the world's top 500 investors are doing nothing to address climate change through their investments, a study showed on Monday.

A report by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), a not-for-profit organization aimed at improving the management of climate change, found that just under a fifth of the top investors - or 97 managing a total of $9.4 trillion in assets - were taking tangible steps to mitigate global warming

These include investing in low polluting assets or encouraging the companies they invest in to be greener.

A further 157 investors managing a total of $14.2 trillion were taking "first steps" towards addressing climate change, while 246 managing $14 trillion were doing nothing at all, the report said
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The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now

The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
As over 150 nations assemble to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York on Friday, reams of new analysis are pouring out from the planet’s vital number-crunchers, who look at the fundamental relationship between how much carbon we put in the air and how much the planet’s temperature increases as a result.

And it’s adding up to a somber verdict: We seem closer to must-avoid climate thresholds than we thought — and crossing them may have bigger consequences than we recognize.

The Paris climate agreement pledges countries to keep the planet’s warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels, and to strive to keep warming as low as 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above those levels. But here are four things you need to know about these targets, based upon four separate new and insightful analyses:

1.5 degrees C isn’t looking so far off lately. An analysis by Climate Central shows that the planet has been right around 1.5 degrees C all year this year, if you take temperatures from 1881-1910 to be the pre-industrial baseline. “The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December,” the group wrote. February of 2016, Climate Central calculates, was actually slightly warmer than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial levels.

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Arctic Sea Ice is Falling off a Cliff and it May Not Survive The Summer

Arctic Sea Ice is Falling off a Cliff and it May Not Survive The Summer | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Near zero sea ice by the end of melt season. The dreaded Blue Ocean Event. Something that appears more and more likely to happen during 2016 with each passing day.

These are the kinds of climate-wrecking phase changes in the Arctic people have been worrying about since sea ice extent, area, and volume achieved gut-wrenching plunges during 2007 and 2012. Plunges that were far faster than sea ice melt rates predicted by model runs and by the then scientific consensus on how the Arctic Ocean ice would respond to human-forced warming this Century. For back during the first decade of the the 21st Century the mainstream scientific view was that Arctic sea ice would be about in the range that it is today by around 2070 or 2080. And that we wouldn’t be contemplating the possibility of zero or near zero sea ice until the end of this Century.

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Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters

Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Gates has positioned himself as a major player on energy, which means his confused pronouncements could have serious consequences in the public debate.

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Urban Bee Legends

Urban Bee Legends | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
From doing our many talks throughout the state to a variety of audiences we have decided that we need to dispel some myths people have about bees. These are the most common misconceptions that we have heard and we hope to bring to light the real truths.
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Satellite Shows U.S. Has the Most Gas Flares in the World

Satellite Shows U.S. Has the Most Gas Flares in the World | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
NOAA scientists find more gas flares in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world, and they're using satellite data to track them.
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pdeppisch's comment, May 1, 7:31 PM
A search on Google turns up that all are committed but I don't see any data that it is actually happening and Nigeria has not signed. So - as per usual - we will get to 2030 and we will draw up more regulations. On the other hand by 2030 the shit could have really hit the fan and it won't matter. My guess is the 2nd scenario. <smile> :)
malek's comment, May 1, 7:36 PM
I'll go for the half full scenario
pdeppisch's comment, May 1, 8:15 PM
I hope you are right and that we will get it under control but these days I have turned into a pessimist. :( http://www.cdcclimat.com/IMG/pdf/14-05_climate_report_no44_-_analysis_of_the_kp-2.pdf
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Global warming starting to rob oceans of oxygen

Global warming starting to rob oceans of oxygen | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New research detects climate change pattern Staff Report Deoxygenation caused by global warming is already detectable in some of the world's warmest ocean areas, climate scientists said last week, announcing the results of a new study that shows how increasing global temperatures will play out. Based on their modeling, the researchers said they could detect…
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Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Local Citizens Monitor Elusive Wildlife; Bison as America’s National Mammal; NDAA Once Again Loaded Down With Anti-Wildlife Riders; Wildlife Trafficking Bill Passes Colorado House; Mexican Gray Wolf Milestone

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Climate: Antarctic ice shelf retreat may be irreversible

Climate: Antarctic ice shelf retreat may be irreversible | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
ESA satellites offer clues about climate change consequences Staff Report An analysis of data from European Space Agency satellites shows that Antarctic ice shelves may be losing their buttressing role as they get thinner and retreat inland. The findings, announced in February, used ice velocity data to show that there is a critical tipping point…
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Japanese Monks Recorded the Climate for 700 Years

Japanese Monks Recorded the Climate for 700 Years | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
John Magnuson, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was introduced to the Japanese and Finnish data in the 1990s, when he convened an international group of scientists to compare ice records from across the Northern Hemisphere. Only recently, however, did Magnuson team up with ecologist Sapna Sharma of Toronto’s York University for a more detailed analysis of the very longest records. Magnuson, Sharma and their colleagues arranged for translations of the notations—some of which were made on fragile rice paper—consulted experts about local conditions, and, in the case of the Lake Suwa data, struggled to decode a calendar that not only differed from the Western calendar but varied depending on which shrine was using it. “It was a truly interdisciplinary project,” says Sharma.
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Swaziland unveils plan to legalise rhino horn to pay for anti-poaching efforts

Swaziland unveils plan to legalise rhino horn to pay for anti-poaching efforts | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The kingdom of Swaziland has made a surprise proposal to legalise the trade in rhino horn in order to pay for anti-poaching measures.

In a leaked document addressed to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), Swaziland’s anti-poaching body said it wanted to sell the country’s 330kg stockpile of horn collected from naturally deceased animals and confiscated from poachers.

It said the sale to the traditional medicine markets of the far east would generate $9.9m, which would be used to protect the tiny landlocked country’s 73 white rhinos from poaching.
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The war on elephants

The war on elephants | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed - just next to the stream - its face hacked off.

It had been fleeing the carnage in the mud 100m or so away, where the remains of four other adults and one young elephant lay fallen and disfigured, their tusks and trunks all taken for ivory and meat.
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