Turning to traditional farming is seen as a way of limiting what U.N. studies say is the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago, driven by a rising human population that is wrecking natural habitats.
"Indigenous and local knowledge ... has played a key role in arresting biodiversity loss and conserving biodiversity," Zakri Abdul Hamid, founding chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), told Reuters.
"Tim Farron, South Lakes MP and chair of the all-party parliamentary hill farming group, said: "We need to do all we can to support our farming industry, particularly in the uplands where life can be a real struggle. This support and funding could make a massive difference to upland farmers throughout Cumbria and help show the next generation that there is a real future in a career in farming."
It appears to me to be an example of cognitive dissonance. For we're also being told this about that same occupation:
An upland farmer earns, on average, only £6,000 a year, which has led to a number of people leaving the industry.
$237500 grant for fish habitat to help Delameter Creek Longview Daily News The district will use the grant to place large logs and tree root wads in about 3 miles of Delameter Creek, which flows into the Cowlitz the Castle Rock area.
James C.Scott’s fascinating and seminal book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, examines how, across dozens of domains, ranging from agriculture and forestry, to urban planning and census-taking, ...
Here, Laura Cunningham's representation of San Francisco's Nob Hill centuries ago: a grassy, windswept hill with blooming ceanothus bushes and a shed elk antler.
It’s often difficult to perceive what’s missing. While our senses fill our minds with information about what’s surrounding us, it takes a more deliberate effort to notice what isn’t. Or wonder what might have been.
Laura Cunningham's Land of No FencesIn the July-August issue of Orion, Derrick Jensen writes of an evening replete with backyard visits from foxes, a black bear, and raccoon (article not available online). He is delighted—until he recalls reading that grizzlies used to frequent the area in such numbers that a person could expect to see one every 15 minutes.
Loss of biodiversity is happening at an observable rate, contends Jensen. Not just with high-profile species: African lion, giant tortoise, flying frogs, eagles. Many of the wild animals we’re used to seeing everyday are declining in number as well: birds, spiders, bats. We won’t stop this phenomenon, Jensen reasons, until we insist on noticing that it’s happening.
Germany's brewers are so proud of their 500-year-old beer purity law, which states that it must consist only of water, malt, hops and yeast, that they want it inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage list -- alongside the pyramids, the Taj Mahal and...
Study by UC Riverside-led team shows pollutant metal kills honey bees or delays their development Traditionally, honey bee research has focused on environmental stressors such as pesticides, pathogens and diseases.
Pioneer water users unveil '21st Century irrigation system' The Wenatchee World Online The water savings will help protect approximately 35 cubic feet per second of flows in the Wenatchee — a figure that could represent at least 10 percent of...
Photo: pugetsoundphotowalks. November has been quirky: it started warm, then got quite cold and windy, followed by falling leaves, brilliant blue skies, then heavy clouds, even snow. Did I leave anything out?
The microscopic sea creatures form the foundation of marine food systems, and their decline is likely due to global warming.
The dramatic decline happened in the North Atlantic in first half of this year, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told the AP. It also coincided with sea surface temperatures from the mid-Atlantic to the Gulf of Maine that were the third-warmest on record, after an all-time high in 2012. Further south in the Atlantic there was more cooling, but overall warming throughout the oceans remains on a steady upward trend.
Dam removal: Restoring the flow in Franklin County Roanoke Times Since two people died near a low-head dam on the Blackwater River within two months in the summer of 2009, the town has sought to modify or remove this type of dam, according to Matt...
I returned from the meetings filled with amazement, and the stirrings of a hope which has been all too rare in recent years. First, at the launch of Rewilding Europe’s Wildlife Comeback report three weeks ago, I heard about the remarkably rapid spread of large wild animals back into places which lost them long ago(1).
Then, at the World Wilderness Congress ten days ago, I heard how people and nations with very few resources, under almost impossible circumstances, were protecting or reintroducing “difficult” wild animals, species which are most controversial and which require the largest habitats(2).
A new national campaign to restrict use of a widely applied group of pesticides is bringing increased attention to the question of how to improve the health of honeybees and other pollinators.
This week a full-page advertisement appeared in major U.S. newspapers calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to impose a moratorium on use of neonicotinoids, a type of chemical used in seed treatments and other insecticides.
A large group of advocacy and environmental organizations, organic food businesses, and agricultural activists signed the petition, which cites the website Save-Bees.org. The ad was paid for by the Ceres Trust.
The ad also endorsed a U.S. House Bill, Saving America’s Pollinators Act, which seeks to require EPA to suspend the registration of a group of neonicotinoid insecticides used in seed treatments and other products until proving that the insecticide aren’t causing “unreasonable adverse effects" on pollinators.
“This week, 15 countries are imposing a two-year restriction on the use of several of these chemicals,” the ad stated. Currently, EPA is not expected to take further action until 2018, it said. “Bees can’t wait five more years — they are dying now.”
The pollinators bill in the House, introduced by Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), is cosponsored by 38 Democrats. In other recent action, House Republicans prepared a draft report directing EPA to further review neonicotinoids for their impact on pollinators. The draft from the House appropriations committee stated that research suggests that the pesticides increase threats to bee health, according to a report from Insideepa.com.
Also, a federal lawsuit in a U.S. district court pits environmentalists against manufacturers over the claim that pollinator impacts are unavoidable because of their systemic mode of action, which places the chemicals in the plant pollen, nectar, leaves, and stems.
Pesticide manufacturers and other agricultural interests have pointed to a recent report from EPA and USDA showing that there is no “smoking gun,” no single cause, in the honeybee health crisis.
Starting today, a company in southern Alberta hopes to turn manure and other farm waste into money, with government help. Lethbridge Biogas LP says its $30 million plant, which produces electricity, is the largest project of its type in Canada.
Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms may be negatively affecting biodiversity, a study says.
So-called microplastics may be able to transfer toxic pollutants and chemicals into the guts of lugworms, reducing the animals' functions.
An estimated 150 million tonnes vanishes from the global waste-stream each year.
The findings have been published in the academic journal Current Biology.
"We are losing a large volume of plastic and we know it is going into the environment and the assumption being made by policymakers is that this material is non-hazardous, it has got the same ranking as scraps of food," explained co-author Mark Browne, an ecologist from the US-based National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
VANCOUVER - One of the world's largest aquaculture companies is betting future economic growth in Chile on a "robust" species of salmon native to the Pacific but will continue to raise the controversial Atlantic salmon on its British Columbia...
The decrease in snowfall observed in recent years in Canada’s subarctic regions has led to worrisome desiccation of the regions’ lakes. This is the conclusion arrived at by researchers from Université Laval, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and the University of Waterloo in a study published this week on the website of the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters.