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The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change

The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of farmers are using agroforestry -- integrating tree crops and grazing animals -- to create more resilient soil, a diverse range of foods, and even fight climate change.

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Despite Persecution, Guardian of Lake Tai Spotlights China’s Polluters

Despite Persecution, Guardian of Lake Tai Spotlights China’s Polluters | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Despite pressure from Beijing, factories continue to dump toxic waste into waterways because the cost of violating the rules is lower than the cost of compliance.

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Environmental Protection Agency holding hearing on LCP cleanup plan in ... - Florida Times-Union

Environmental Protection Agency holding hearing on LCP cleanup plan in ... - Florida Times-Union | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is coming to town to propose a plan for cleaning up the contaminated marshland at the former LCP Chemicals Superfund site and Glynn Environmental Coalition Executive Director Daniel Parshley wants to make...

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Russian Miner Captures Stunning Photos Of Foxes Living At The Edge Of The World

Russian Miner Captures Stunning Photos Of Foxes Living At The Edge Of The World | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
He may not be a professional wildlife photographer, but Ivan Kislov’s stunning pictures of foxes living in one of the world’s most remote regions are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Kislov is a mining engineer who works in Chukot...
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Providing Toilets And Clean Water Access Is All Talk And No Action In Some Poor Areas

Providing Toilets And Clean Water Access Is All Talk And No Action In Some Poor Areas | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
There have been significant improvements worldwide in terms of making basic water and sanitation access available, a new report found on World Toilet Day. But large gaps in funding continue to slow progress, and rural communities in the developing wo...

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7 Solutions to Climate Change Happening Now

7 Solutions to Climate Change Happening Now | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Even as the world continues to spew more carbon pollution, change has begun—and is accelerating
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Elephants are being wiped out, but not enough people seem to care

Elephants are being wiped out, but not enough people seem to care | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Bibi van der Zee: Progress on wildlife poaching is slow because there is little public pressure. Let’s hope Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ eco criminals list will help
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Fish Habitat will be restored at Orcas Pocket Beach - SanJuanIslander.com

Pocket beaches, those small beaches located between rocky headlands that play such a prominent role in the character of San Juan County’s marine shore...

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More than 22,000 species feature in conservationists’ ‘under threat’ list

More than 22,000 species feature in  conservationists’ ‘under threat’ list | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Japanese yen for Pacific bluefin tuna, climate change and demand for minerals from animals’ habitats put species at risk
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How almonds are sucking California dry

How almonds are sucking California dry | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
California's worst drought for more than a century is causing huge problems for farmers, who need a trillion gallons of water per year for their almond orchards alone. But it also leaves homeowners facing difficult choices about what to do with their lawn.

I have a neighbour, Deborah, and ever since I've lived here, her front lawn has been luxuriant and green.

But wandering by the other day I did a double take. Mounds of earth were piled up where the grass had once been, and an army of workmen had set about installing succulent plants and ground cover, and the kind of prickly cactus you normally see in children's cartoons.
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EPA Vermont At Odds Over Phosphorous

EPA Vermont At Odds Over Phosphorous | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The EPA may not decide on issues around Lake Champlain's water quality and phosphorus reduction needs until next year.

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'Guns kill trees too': overhunting raises extinction threat for trees

'Guns kill trees too': overhunting raises extinction threat for trees | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new paper confirms what ecologists have long feared: hunting birds and mammals drastically raises the risk of extinction for tropical trees. Following the long-lifespan of a single canopy tree, Miliusa horsfieldii, researchers discovered that overhunting of animals could increase the chances of extinction for the species fourteen times over a century, from 0.5 percent to seven percent.

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New study shows warm waters are melting Antarctica from below | John Abraham

New study shows warm waters are melting Antarctica from below | John Abraham | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
John Abraham: The penetration of warm water to Antarctic ice shelves appears to be responsible for their dramatic decline

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Acid Maps Reveal Worst of Climate Change | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Acid Maps Reveal Worst of Climate Change | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Much of the change in climate change is happening to the ocean. It’s not just the extra heat hiding within the waves. The seven seas also absorb a big share of the carbon dioxide released by burning the fossilized sunshine known as coal, natural gas and oil. All those billions and billions of CO2 molecules interact with the brine to make it ever so slightly more acidic over time and, as more and more CO2 gets absorbed, the oceans become more acidic.
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Time to move ahead on removal of Ballville Dam - Port Clinton News Herald

Time to move ahead on removal of Ballville Dam
Port Clinton News Herald
For decades, council members, residents and officials have weighed in on whether the Ballville Dam should be removed or repaired.

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On safari in Zimbabwe – with poachers turned gamekeepers

On safari in Zimbabwe – with poachers turned gamekeepers | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Mark Butcher, winner of Guardian Travel’s Ethical award for 2014, is helping to rebuild tourism to Zimbabwe by solving local issues in concert with conservation at his Imvelo Safari Lodges
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Queensland snapper catch rate has fallen nearly 90% since 1870s – study

Queensland snapper catch rate has fallen nearly 90% since 1870s – study | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Trawl of local newspapers dating from late 19th century reveals a treasure trove of information about historical fish catches that adds to the debate about fishing stocks
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Death by dirty water: Storm runoff a risk for salmon - KOMO News

Death by dirty water: Storm runoff a risk for salmon - KOMO News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Research being conducted by scientists with NOAA, Washington State University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a promising solution to stormwater pollution, a major problem for Puget Sound and other streams and lakes in the nation.

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Why Google halted its research into renewable energy

Why Google halted its research into renewable energy | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Now, this view of what it takes to solve global warming might seem overly pessimistic — and perhaps too Silicon Valley-centric — to some. After all, other groups like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have calculated that we can drastically cut carbon emissions with today's technologies. We'll just likely need to layer on additional policies like carbon taxes, efficiency regulations, subsidies, and so forth.
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Can China tackle soaring cancer rates?

Can China tackle soaring cancer rates? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It's ten o'clock in the morning at the largest cancer hospital in Asia, a sprawling complex of buildings in Tianjin, a polluted city on China's eastern coast.

Dr Zhang Jing is already scrubbing up for her fourth operation of the day. She has the tired resignation of someone who knows she's in for a long shift at work.

Ten years ago, surgeons here removed tumours once or twice daily. Now they perform at least seven operations every shift.

The cancer hospital recently doubled in size but is still struggling to cope with demand.

"Even if we diagnose 50 patients every day, we cannot keep up," Dr Zhang says. "No matter where you go in this hospital, you will never find an empty bed."

Cancer rates may be falling in many Western countries but they are steadily rising in China.
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Shut down the Thai ivory trade

Shut down the Thai ivory trade | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Thailand’s ivory market is the largest unregulated market in the world and trade is largely fueled by ivory from poached African elephant’s tusks that are smuggled into the country. Current national law allows for ivory from domesticated Thai elephants to be sold legally. As a result large quantities of African ivory can be laundered through Thai markets. Only by closing the domestic trade in ivory can Thailand help eliminate the threat to African elephants.


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In deep water: the first country in the world to surrender to global warming - Independent.ie

In deep water: the first country in the world to surrender to global warming - Independent.ie | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
'Normally the land was further, what is the word in English?' Ioteba pauses, searching for the vocabulary to describe what is happening to his people. "Corrosion," he says.
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The Secret Life of Fruit: Five Startling Things Your Grocer Won't Tell You

The Secret Life of Fruit: Five Startling Things Your Grocer Won't Tell You | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Not too long ago, the main concern customers had about a fruit or vegetable was whether or not it was ripe. But over time, their questions about produce have grown increasingly sophisticated: Is this tomato local? Are these peaches organic? And grocers have been gleefully riding the wave, touting products that are free of pesticides and genetic modification.

The 21st-century customer knows more than ever about which farmers are good to the environment and good for the health of shoppers. But there's one thing that promo ads won't tell you: whether farmers are good to their employees.

With only a few exceptions, you will never see U.S. produce promoted for the ethical treatment -- or the health and safety -- of the farmworkers who harvest the food we eat every day. Why? Because farm labor conditions are deplorable almost everywhere fruits and vegetables are grown, and most supermarket chains aren't doing a thing to help make them better (with Whole Foods, Walmart, and Trader Joe's being the exceptions when it comes to Florida tomatoes -- more on that below).

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Joni Ernst Fights for Dirty Water in Iowa

Joni Ernst Fights for Dirty Water in Iowa | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The winner of the Iowa Senate Republican primary opposes the Clean Water Act.

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We're hooked on this map of industrial fishing

We're hooked on this map of industrial fishing | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
This will make it easier to crack down on boats that are overfishing or illegally fishing in some of the most vulnerable parts of the oceans.

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Fracking Water Injected into Clean Aquifers

Fracking Water Injected into Clean Aquifers | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
In a time when California faces an historic drought, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has uncovered that state officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump billions of gallons of waste water into protected...

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