Farming, Forests,...
Follow
Find
1.5K views | +3 today
 
Scooped by pdeppisch
onto Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added)
Scoop.it!

Indian farmers better than scientists: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz - Hindustan Times

Indian farmers better than scientists: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz - Hindustan Times | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Nobel laureate Joseph E Stiglitz is impressed by the organic farming practices in Bihar's Nalanda district, terming its practitioners "better than scientists" and calling for their experiences to be researched so that these can be replicated...
more...
No comment yet.
Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added)
If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
Curated by pdeppisch
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Utah Land Defenders Stand Up to Dirty Politics

Utah Land Defenders Stand Up to Dirty Politics | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Lauren Wood grew up in a family of river guides in the Uinta Basin region of Utah. She navigates tributaries of the Colorado River like her urban counterparts navigate subway systems. She learned to ride a horse, and then drive a car, on the Tavaputs Plateau. And she can name most any gorge or gully in the place she calls home.

But this landscape so familiar to her has transformed over the past decade to one in which drill rigs are more common than cattle herds, and methane emissions have degraded the air quality in this wilderness region to rival that of Los Angeles.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Life extinguishes in lonesome oaks

Life extinguishes in lonesome oaks | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
ife inside old oaks plays out at a snail’s pace. But these tree dwellers now risk paying the ultimate price as a result of the extensive cutting of trees in 16th and 17th centuries. 

Hanne Eik Pilskog, a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, has spent two years investigating the hollow cavities of old oak trees in the Agder Counties and around the town of Larvik.

She is concerned about the phenomenon that biologists call the extinction debt – the future extinction of a species due to events in the past.

Extinction debt from the 1500s-1600s
more...
Christian Allié's curator insight, December 20, 1:00 PM

............"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""..............

 

[ ... ]

.......

When the ancient oaks disappear they are not immediately replaced by other old oaks. These are few and far between.

Those who own these oaks or know people who do should stand up and protect the oaks when new roads and buildings are under construction, or when pipes and cables are lain underground. 

The number of trees in Norway is actually growing.   There are three times as many new trees in Norway as there in the interwar period.  So there are constantly new spruces and other types of vegetation growing up between the old oaks. They shade the old giants and hasten their deaths.

 

Norwegians can help by clearing vegetation around the trees.

Dead branches and rotten wood are natural features of old oaks and not a sign that they are diseased. Owners can be reminded of this.

Pruning branches on large old oaks is often unnecessary. Professional tree toppers should be summoned if withered branches are in danger of falling on people or the crown needs to be topped to keep a tree from falling.

Old trees in Sweden

Sweden is one of the countries in Europe where quite a few ancient oaks still survive.

This is because the Swedish kings forbid the chopping of valuable trees.

But many were felled when the ban was lifted in the 1800s, partly as acts of protest against the nobility and the Lutheran Church.

This is why many of the survivors in Sweden are found on the former properties of the nobility and church lands.

 

Researcher Nicklas Jansson at Linköping University has been begun a study to see if he can address the loss of these species. He hung up hollow boxes on old oaks and placed old mouldy wood and other materials inside that simulated trunk hollows.

“This was a success. A total of 70 percent of the original life forms in the trunk hollows made footholds in the boxes. The project has now been running for ten years.”

“It would be fascinating to try the same thing here in Norway,” Eik Pilskog says.

Rescooped by pdeppisch from water news
Scoop.it!

High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline - United States Geological Survey (press release)

High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline - United States Geological Survey (press release) | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer.

Via TWRI programs, Sylvain Rotillon
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Indigenous Sovereignty
Scoop.it!

Murder in the Rainforest

Murder in the Rainforest | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

At the U.N.'s latest climate talks, indigenous tribes showed again that they're frontline allies in the climate fight. So why aren't we protecting them?


Via Jacqueline Keeler
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

End of the road for Laos elephants? | Biodiversity | DW.DE | 16.12.2014

End of the road for Laos elephants? | Biodiversity | DW.DE | 16.12.2014 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The elephant population in Laos is dwindling at an alarming rate. With more animals dying off than being born, the pachyderms face a real crisis. Their numbers as well their habitat need monitoring and preservation.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

There Will Be Flood: NOAA Projects Effects Of Sea Level Rise

There Will Be Flood: NOAA Projects Effects Of Sea Level Rise | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Most coastal regions of the United States will see 30 or more days of flooding by 2050 thanks to sea level rise, according to new research the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Thursday.

NOAA's researchers looked at the anticipated frequency of what the National Weather Service considers nuisance flooding, which are floods that are 1 to 2 feet over the regular local high tide and are enough to cause problems but not pose active threats to human life. Some areas of the U.S. are already seeing increased flooding, the researchers said, and it's only going to get worse.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Nova Scotia farm a hive of activity with 60,000 bees in its care

Nova Scotia farm a hive of activity with 60,000 bees in its care | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Their queens fight to the death!

Game of Thrones has nothing on the intrigues of a bee colony.

When the queen bee gets a bit long in the stinger, her worker bee children plot.

They feed royal jelly to larvae so that when they hatch, they will vie for the throne.

Either the old queen collects some loyal followers and hits the old dusty trail, or the new virgin upstart kills her in mortal combat and seizes the throne.

“They’re fascinating,” Margaret Cornect, owner of Cornect Family Farm, said Wednesday.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Guelph scientists one step closer to inhibiting destructive bee disease

Guelph scientists one step closer to inhibiting destructive bee disease | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Guelph have formulated a drug that has the potential to stop millions of honeybee larvae from dying from American foulbrood
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Bad News for Florida: Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off

Bad News for Florida: Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Existing computer models may be severely underestimating the risk to Greenland's ice sheet — which would add 20 feet to sea levels if it all melted — from warming temperatures, according to two studies released Monday.

Satellite data were instrumental for both studies — one which concludes that Greenland is likely to see many more lakes that speed up melt, and the other which better tracks large glaciers all around Earth's largest island."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Food issues
Scoop.it!

The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too

The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
As well as being masters of water engineering, the Romans also engaged in a long distance trade in water across the Mediterranean - embodied in grain, oil, wine, cloth, metals and other goods. They also discovered the food-water-energy nexus - and not in a good way. We need to heed the warnings from Roman history.

Via Cathryn Wellner
more...
Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, December 15, 12:38 PM

an extremely important discussion ... water is a primary resource that our civilization CANNOT do without ... now with the added pressure from fracking, the clock is ticking faster ...  can modern ag tech help ... we must adopt efficient use of water rather than attempting to produce cheap food at the expense of our very existence ...

Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Mysterious Seafloor Methane Begins to Melt Off Washington State Coast

Mysterious Seafloor Methane Begins to Melt Off Washington State Coast | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Warming of the Pacific Ocean off Washington state could destabilize methane deposits on the seafloor and trigger a release of the greenhouse gas to the atmosphere, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters.

In the worst-case scenario, if oceans warm by up to 2.4 degrees Celsius by 2100, the volume of methane release every year by 2100 would quadruple the amount by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the study estimates.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions
Scoop.it!

Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas

The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Is there something fishy about the health advice on farmed salmon?

Is there something fishy about the health advice on farmed salmon? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
SMOKED salmon is the easy part of Christmas. Throw it on brown bread, with lemon and black pepper, and the innocents will think it’s posh and that you’ve spent a lot. 

But you can get 100g of Everyday Value smoked salmon in Tesco — “responsibly sourced from the waters around Scotland, Norway or Ireland” — for €3.59.

But, today, as many of us prepare for the big Christmas supermarket shop, the Friends of the Irish Environment have ramped up their boycott of farmed salmon, strengthened by the news that the international Slow Food Movement — which counts among its supporters Bridgestone’s Sally McKenna and that icon of Irish sustainable food, Darina Allen — has condemned intensive open-pen fish farms.

“Open-net pen aquaculture is not a solution to the problem of overfishing,” says Slow Food.

“It damages natural ecosystems on a local and a global level, including wild stocks, habitats and water quality.”
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions
Scoop.it!

25 homes evacuate an unstoppable gas leak in another Ohio fracking 'incident'

25 homes evacuate an unstoppable gas leak in another Ohio fracking 'incident' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Another day, another toxic spill thanks to fracking :

About 25 families in eastern Ohio have been unable to live in their houses for the past three days because ...

Via Jocelyn Stoller
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Inspiring Sustainable End-to-End Supply Chain
Scoop.it!

Giant US corporates set ambitious agriculture goals for water, soil and land use

Giant US corporates set ambitious agriculture goals for water, soil and land use | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A group of giant agri players, including Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble and Unilever, has set out plans that will inform its drive towards more sustainable agriculture in the US in the coming years.

The 66 grower organisations, agribusinesses, food, beverage and retail firms that make up the Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture have committed to achieve a series of goals designed to find sustainable practices for corn, soybean, wheat, cotton, rice, potatoes and other crops.
Th

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from forests
Scoop.it!

Plant wars: some tree species compete better against grasses for reforestation

Plant wars: some tree species compete better against grasses for reforestation | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
What happens to degraded pastureland once the cows are kicked out? After years of letting the area rest, does it eventually become what it once was? Not likely. When disruptions such as invasive species and human interference are introduced to an area, ecological succession doesn’t occur the way it should naturally.

Via Wildforests
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

'Rainforests are the planet's sweat glands' | Environment | DW.DE | 18.12.2014

'Rainforests are the planet's sweat glands' | Environment | DW.DE | 18.12.2014 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
new study predicts that the effects of deforestation on the global climate will be much stronger than expected. Study author Deborah Lawrence tells DW more.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

How the Ancient Romans Made Better Concrete Than We Do Now

How the Ancient Romans Made Better Concrete Than We Do Now | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
If you've ever wondered why the ancient structures of Rome have endured for millennia, when our own modern concrete is susceptible to cracks and crumbles, well, now you have your answer. Researchers recreated the Roman recipe and discovered that the formation of a certain kind of crystal in the concrete is the reason for the durability.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Wisdom Lays an Egg

Wisdom Lays an Egg | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
At 63, most parents are probably going to a few graduations, playing with their grandkids or just relaxing after seeing their children to adulthood. Wisdom isn't most people. In fact, she's an albatross. And at 63, the world’s oldest known, banded, wild bird just laid her newest egg. 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Fishing quotas defy scientists’ advice

Fishing quotas defy scientists’ advice | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Britain’s fishermen will be allowed to increase their catch of cod and other key fish species next year after late-night wrangling between EU ministers in Brussels resulted in a new set of fishing quotas that flout scientific advice.

The quota for cod catches for 2015 will increase by 5% on last year, though scientific advice suggested that it should be cut by 20%.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Fish Habitat
Scoop.it!

Carmel River diverted to demolish San Clemente Dam - San Francisco Chronicle

Carmel River diverted to demolish San Clemente Dam - San Francisco Chronicle | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Letendre, the president of the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy, was not so interested in the forested slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains as he was the tableau of human engineering that stretched out before him.

Via Ryan Roberts
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Fish Habitat
Scoop.it!

Living shoreline being installed in Bayou Chico - Pensacola News Journal

Living shoreline being installed in Bayou Chico - Pensacola News Journal | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Escambia community and environment, Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves, Harborview Marina, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Keep Pensacola Beautiful.

Via Ryan Roberts
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from forests
Scoop.it!

Community Forests Formally Recognized in Cambodia

Community Forests Formally Recognized in Cambodia | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Close to 6,000 hectares of community forests were recently recognized by the Kratie Forestry Administration in northeast Cambodia, extending conservation management to natural habitats along the Mekong River in one of Asia’s last intact lowland ecosystems. The agreements designating the two community forests, one in O’Krieng village and the other in O’Kok village, were signed in December 2013, with approximately 200 stakeholders attending the signing ceremony.


Via Debra Dawson
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development

World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
From Florida to the Costa del Sol, costly sea defences are accelerating beach erosion and will ultimately fail to protect coastal towns and cities from rising tides, say experts
more...
No comment yet.