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Tracking fish from the sea to the shelf | Green Futures Magazine

Tracking fish from the sea to the shelf | Green Futures Magazine | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Forum for the Future is a non-profit organisation working globally with business and government to create a sustainable future.
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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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A Farm For The Future (BBC Documentary)

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Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World

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One “dog year” supposedly equals seven human years. But does one year feel like seven years to a dog? Evidence suggests that distinct species do indeed experience passing time on different scales. A recent study in Animal Behavior reveals that body mass and metabolic rate determine how animals of different species perceive time.


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Bye bye big bee: In South America, the world's largest bumblebee is at risk from imported rivals

Bye bye big bee: In South America, the world's largest bumblebee is at risk from imported rivals | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It is believed to be the largest in the world – with queens likened to "flying mice". But a bumblebee once common in South America is heading for extinction, scientists fear, as European invaders mass on the doorstep of its last known stronghold.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, July 7, 2:23 AM

Tragic story of invasive species.  Similar to what we face with the Melipona…it is too late to turn back the clock on the arrival of the honey bee and the african bee, but it will be important to follow efforts made to preserve these bees to see what we can do to preserve our own Melipona bees.


Trágica historia de las especies invasoras. De manera similar a lo que nos enfrentamos con la Melipona ... ya es demasiado tarde para dar marcha atrás al reloj de la llegada de la abeja de la miel y de la abeja africana, pero será importante seguir los esfuerzos realizados para preservar estas abejas para ver lo que podemos hacer para preservar nuestras propias abejas Melipona.

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Invisible Weaver

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From sewing to poetry, we can’t help but transform the world around us—even if no one else can tell.
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Rapid changes on Elwha River in nation's largest dam-removal project - The Republic

Rapid changes on Elwha River in nation's largest dam-removal project - The Republic | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Rapid changes on Elwha River in nation's largest dam-removal project The Republic PORT ANGELES, Washington — The final chunks of concrete are expected to fall this September in the nation's largest dam-removal project, but nature is already...

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At the Pig Hotel, You Can Check Out But You'll Never Want to Leave - Modern Farmer

At the Pig Hotel, You Can Check Out But You'll Never Want to Leave - Modern Farmer | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A hotel for pigs, their owners and, during the day, fans of all things porcine.
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The human cost of China's untold soil pollution problem

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Chinadialogue: Rapid industrialisation has left a legacy of soil pollution that is damaging health and livelihoods in villages across China

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Dramatic decline of Caribbean coral reefs: Most corals may disappear within the next 20 years

Dramatic decline of Caribbean coral reefs: Most corals may disappear within the next 20 years | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

 

The report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date – the result of the work of 90 experts over the course of three years. It contains the analysis of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, including studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish.

 

The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. But according to the authors, restoring parrotfish populations and improving other management strategies, such as protection from overfishing and excessive coastal pollution, could help the reefs recover and make them more resilient to future climate change impacts.

 

“The rate at which the Caribbean corals have been declining is truly alarming,” says Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme. “But this study brings some very encouraging news: the fate of Caribbean corals is not beyond our control and there are some very concrete steps that we can take to help them recover.”

 

Climate change has long been thought to be the main culprit in coral degradation. While it does pose a serious threat by making oceans more acidic and causing coral bleaching, the report shows that the loss of parrotfish and sea urchin – the area’s two main grazers – has, in fact, been the key driver of coral decline in the region. An unidentified disease led to a mass mortality of the sea urchin in 1983 and extreme fishing throughout the 20th century has brought the parrotfish population to the brink of extinction in some regions. The loss of these species breaks the delicate balance of coral ecosystems and allows algae, on which they feed, to smother the reefs."


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Scientists have identified the loss of grazers (parrot fish and sea urchins) as the main reason behind the decline in reef health in the Caribbean. The disruption to the reef ecosystem is now understood to be more important than climate change and ocean acidification to the resilience of coral reefs. Overfishing and a disease which affected sea urchins lead to algal growth which smothers coral. 

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Chinook salmon coming to the Boise River - The Idaho Statesman

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The Idaho Statesman Chinook salmon coming to the Boise River The Idaho Statesman Boise — To give more anglers a chance to catch one of Idaho's most prized game fish, Idaho Fish and Game will release chinook salmon into the Boise River sometime...

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The ocean is swallowing up Virginia so rapidly that its leaders are forgetting to bicker about climate change

The ocean is swallowing up Virginia so rapidly that its leaders are forgetting to bicker about climate change | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The usual US partisan divisions over climate change were absent today in the state of Virginia, where Republican and Democrat officials met to discuss what to do about the threat of rising sea levels to the state. The proposals include the launch of a climate-change task force, which Virginia's Democrat governor will announce tomorrow. Christina DeConcini, government affairs director at...
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Dam's removal in Augusta is a wildlife success story - Press Herald

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Dam's removal in Augusta is a wildlife success story Press Herald Environmental and fisheries advocates say the Kennebec River has been looking better and getting healthier ever since the 917-foot-long dam was removed on July 1, 1999, returning 17...

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Oceans Likened to World’s Biggest Failed State | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Oceans Likened to World’s Biggest Failed State | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

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"Overfishing and pollution have pushed life in the high seas to the brink of collapse, according to a new report from the Global Ocean Commission. “The oceans are a failed state,” David Miliband, co-chair of the commission, told Reuters. The commission has implored governments to set a five-year deadline to deal with threats to the health of the high seas, which are marine waters outside national coastal zones; these seas cover almost half the globe."

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Don’t Forget Butterflies! Our Pollination Crisis Is About More Than Honeybees

Don’t Forget Butterflies! Our Pollination Crisis Is About More Than Honeybees | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
When the White House signed an order on pollinator health last week, it included all pollinators -- not just honeybees.

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This is why we are starting a non-profit Foundation to support the pollinators...

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We Have Now Littered Every Part Of Every One Of The World's Oceans

We Have Now Littered Every Part Of Every One Of The World's Oceans | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Every ocean now bears witness to our waste. In a report, published in the academic journal PLOS ONE, scientists conclude for the first time that we have left our mark everywhere.
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Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time?

Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The news is filled with Eco-Armageddon as each new study reveals that the polar ice is melting even faster, polar bears are starving, there are garbage gyres in the ocean, and sunblock is destroying coral reef. Is green living a worthwhile pursuit or are we really just wasting our time?
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The Disaster We’ve Wrought on the World’s Oceans May Be Irrevocable

The Disaster We’ve Wrought on the World’s Oceans May Be Irrevocable | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
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Remove these dam drowning machines (YDR opinion) - York Daily Record

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering funding to remove low-head dams in York and Lancaster counties.

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Where Does Your Popcorn Come From? - Modern Farmer

Where Does Your Popcorn Come From? - Modern Farmer | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The question is not as dumb as it sounds, and the answer is not movie theaters or your microwave.
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Animal Rights Come Before Religion, Insists Minister As Halal & Kosher Slaughter Is Banned In Denmark

Animal Rights Come Before Religion, Insists Minister As Halal & Kosher Slaughter Is Banned In Denmark | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The Danish government has introduced a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of kosher and halal meat.

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Wastewater 'triggers US quake surge'

Wastewater 'triggers US quake surge' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Massive injections of wastewater from the oil and gas industry are likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the state of Oklahoma.

Researchers say there has been a forty-fold increase in the rate of quakes in the US state between 2008-13.

The scientists found that the disposal of water in four high-volume wells could be responsible for a swarm of tremors up to 35km away.

Their research has been published in the journal, Science."

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Is REDD+ bad for wildlife? New study says lowland forest protection bias unfair, urges change

Is REDD+ bad for wildlife? New study says lowland forest protection bias unfair, urges change | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A study published this week found tree cover does not necessarily correlate with habitat importance. It suggests that using such a metric may be leading to false assumptions of habitat importance, and that REDD+ and other carbon-centric conservation programs may actually be propelling some species towards extinction.

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Parasite-free honey bees enable study of bee health

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An international team of researchers has discovered honey bee colonies in Newfoundland, Canada, that are free of the invasive parasites that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. The populations offer a unique opportunity to investigate honey bee health, both with and without interfering interactions ...
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U.S. Fishermen Throw Away $1 Billion Annually in Catch

U.S. Fishermen Throw Away $1 Billion Annually in Catch | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

 U.S. commercial fishermen are throwing away about $1 billion worth of edible fish each year, according to a conservation group which is advocating for incentives to stop the waste.

 

The quantity of so-called bycatch – that is, fish that wasn't targeted but caught inadvertently – is estimated by the U.S. government at two billion pounds (907,185 tonnes) a year.

 

The surprise was the quality of the bycatch that often is tossed back into the ocean dead or dying, said marine scientist Amanda Keledjian, author of the report from Oceana, a nonprofit international conservation group.


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Meet the Modern Farmers: Sophia Wilcox - Modern Farmer

Meet the Modern Farmers: Sophia Wilcox - Modern Farmer | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A program manager for Women in Agriculture, Sophia Wilcox has enrolled 250 women in 22 rural villages throughout Afghanistan in farmer field schools.
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Building an oyster reef protects duck, fish habitat and their food | US ...

Building an oyster reef protects duck, fish habitat and their food | US ... | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
We just finished the last phase of a project in the Chesapeake Bay to restore a shoreline and protect hundreds of acres of wetlands--critical habitat for waterfowl and fish.

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Indonesia’s deforestation accelerating: study

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SATELLITE images have found that Indonesia’s ancient forests, a cradle of biodiversity and a buffer against climate change, have shrunk much faster than thought, scientists say.
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