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Losing Nemo: Great Barrier Reef At Risk From Coal

Losing Nemo: Great Barrier Reef At Risk From Coal | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
UNESCO could pull reef's World Heritage status if proposed coal facilities come through.
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Public lands: Feds release sage grouse plans

Public lands: Feds release sage grouse plans | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
FRISCO — If plans, press releases and political mud-slinging could help greater sage-grouse, the majestic western bird would be well on the way to recovery. But the only thing that will really help the imperiled species is on-the-ground action — protecting and restoring the habitat the birds need to survive.
A series of proposed land-use plans released by the federal government this week aims to do just that, by minimizing and avoiding new disturbance to habitat, restoring habitat when possible and reducing threats like wildfires and invasive species. Here’s a fact sheet.
The coordinated plans represent what is probably the last best hope for avoiding an endangered species listing and many more years of legal battles. The federal announcement generally garnered support from conservation advocates, but criticism from some states and the energy industry.
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How do changing forests affect bees?

How do changing forests affect bees? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Forest Service study helps unravel pollinator decline mystery
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FRISCO — U.S. Forest Service scientists say they’ve solved another part of the biological puzzle surrounding the alarming decline of bee populations. Changes in forest structure from open to closed canopies are likely contributing to the decline, especially of native bees, at least in some regions.
“Bees prefer open forests,” said Jim Hanula, a research entomologist at the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station. “We found that total tree basal area was the best predictor for how many bees would be present.”
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Sen. Bennet leads charge for sage-grouse conservation funding

Sen. Bennet leads charge for sage-grouse conservation funding | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
FRISCO — In a bid to avoid an endangered species listing for greater sage-grouse, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett led a group of fellow Democrats urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund an array of conservation measures by multiple federal land management agencies.
The Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies have all requested funding to continue efforts to protect sage-grouse habitat, and few weeks ago, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a $4 million initiative to restore sagebrush ecosystems across the interior West.
“These funding pools are essential to ensuring that efforts to improve habitat through restoration, enhancement, and conservation easements continue and are effective. These collective efforts represent our best strategy to maintain and conserve grouse populations, and hopefully will help to prevent the need for sage grouse species to be managed under the Endangered Species Act,” Bennet and his colleagues wrote.
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Biodiversity: Mixed messages on manatee threats

Biodiversity: Mixed messages on manatee threats | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
FRISCO — A new report on threats to manatees is full of mixed signals, on the one hand downgrading the extinction threat, but on the other, warning that loss of habitat and cold-water mortality events are still huge threats.
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Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, May 25, 10:54 AM

YET SO SMALL BUT HELPER OF THE LARGE THAT MOST DONT EVEN KNOW ABOUT! EVEN IN THE OCEAN STREAM OF THINGS!!!

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Explainer: how do you measure a sea's level, anyway?

Explainer: how do you measure a sea's level, anyway? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The tides come in, the tides come out. But what is a sea's level? Technology has evolved since we first started gauging the height of the ocean in comparison to the land.

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Nevada Supreme Court rejects Las Vegas water grab

Nevada Supreme Court rejects Las Vegas water grab | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Ruling marks another win for activist network opposing the massive groundwater pumping and pipeline plan
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FRISCO — A bid by Las Vegas to drain groundwater from distant valleys took another hit this week, as the Nevada Supreme Court blocked the latest legal maneuver by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Nevada State Engineer, who petitioned the court for writs of mandamus.
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Feds seek to tweak Endangered Species Act

Feds seek to tweak Endangered Species Act | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
FRISCO — Federal biologists say they want to freshen up the Endangered Species Act to “reflect advances in conservation biology and genetics, as well as recent court decisions interpreting the Act’s provisions.”
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, many of the country’s endangered species regulations date back to the 1980s, and need an overhaul. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe, the changes will address states’ concerns and boost voluntary conservation efforts, and add transparency to the listing process.
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In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360

In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Food waste is a global problem, with the United Nations estimating that a third of the food produced worldwide winds up spoiled, rotting in fields, or being thrown away. That amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually, a profligacy that carries major environmental, economic, and human costs.

 


In the second of a two-part series, “Wasted,” we present an e360 video that looks at how South Korea is taking extraordinary steps to deal with its food waste. The video, by filmmaker Karim Chrobog, focuses on Seoul, the sprawling South Korean capital of more than 10 million people, which has ramped up efforts to slash the amount of food being thrown away.


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Cuomo Administration Blocks Massive Tar Sands Oil Facility Expansion in Albany

Cuomo Administration Blocks Massive Tar Sands Oil Facility Expansion in Albany | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Albany, NY —(ENEWSPF)--May 22, 2015.  In the face of a court challenge from a broad coalition of environmental and community groups and massive community opposition, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) yesterday halted Global Companies’ proposed expansion of its massive Albany oil train facility to handle tar sands oil. Citing project changes, new information, questions about the project’s ability to meet air quality, and impacts to the neighboring residential community, the DEC issued a letter today notifying Global it would rescind its prior finding that the project would have no significant environmental impacts and that a full environmental review will be required.
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EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal

EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show.

Draft EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). But these were dumped amid fears of a trade backlash stoked by an aggressive US lobby push, access to information documents obtained by Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe show.

On the morning of 2 July 2013, a high-level delegation from the US Mission to Europe and the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) visited EU trade officials to insist that the bloc drop its planned criteria for identifying EDCs in favour of a new impact study. By the end of the day, the EU had done so.

Minutes of the meeting show commission officials pleading that “although they want the TTIP to be successful, they would not like to be seen as lowering the EU standards”.

The TTIP is a trade deal being agreed by the EU and US to remove barriers to commerce and promote free trade.
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What drought? Why California water is so cheap

What drought? Why California water is so cheap | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Contrary to expectations, California's water bills haven't gone up as the drought continues. Here's why.

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EPA takes another step to restrict bee-killing pesticides

EPA takes another step to restrict bee-killing pesticides | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
FRISCO — A proposed new EPA rule could create temporary safe havens for honeybee colonies.
The agency this week said it wants to ban application of pesticides in areas where specific plants are in bloom and commercial honeybees are being trucked in to pollinate large croplands.
The rule will apply to nearly all insecticides, including neonicotinoids, which have been identified as a key factor in the decline of honeybee colonies. The EPA said it will monitor the restrictions to determine whether more restrictions would benefit bee populations.
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This Tiny, Self-Powered Living Capsule Lets You Dwell Anywhere On Earth

This Tiny, Self-Powered Living Capsule Lets You Dwell Anywhere On Earth | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
If you've ever wished you could post up on a mountaintop forever, then meet your new home.

Ecocapsule is a tiny, 86 square-foot living capsule that, as soon as next year, will enable owners to live virtually anywhere. Each mobile pod comes with sleeping space for two, a mini kitchen, a fully functional toilet and shower, storage space, a desk and two windows.

The pods, which are currently in pre-production, harvest rainwater and remove bacteria all on their own, while powering themselves with sun and wind. The capsule's battery can also charge electric cars, Gizmodo reports, making the location possibilities breathtakingly endless -- from beaches to jungles to wide-open prairies.
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malek's comment, May 28, 11:20 AM
magic! hope it'll help the homeless in Canada
pdeppisch's comment, May 28, 6:04 PM
$2,500.- to ship to USA. And I don't think I saw a price for the unit. And yes - would be good for the homeless. But I am sure politics won't let it happen! Wanna bet????? grrrr
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It's not a lie if you believe it, and lose the bet
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CONSERVATION: Saving the sport of brook trout fishing, one stream at a time

CONSERVATION: Saving the sport of brook trout fishing, one stream at a time | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Dustin Wichterman's well-tanned arm rests on the rolled-down window of his beat-up silver Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

Suddenly, he points into the woods. "Do you see how it's wide?" he asks, indicating the stream rushing along near the road. It is one of hundreds of streams that feed into the southern branch of the Potomac River headwaters in West Virginia. "It shouldn't be like that."

As the Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative coordinator for the conservation group Trout Unlimited (TU), one of Wichterman's many jobs is to identify cold water creeks in the area that are suffering from various maladies. Then he must persuade the nearby farmers and landowners to let TU and its partner organizations help restore them.
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Study shows link between air, water pollution

Study shows link between air, water pollution | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Hormone-disrupting toxins in Missouri streams traced to factory emissions
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FRISCO — Scientists say atmospheric releases of hormone-disrupting chemicals may be a big source of of pollution in streams and lakes. After studying water quality near industrial sites permitted to release toxic chemicals into the air, the researchers said they found unexpectedly high levels of BPA in water around those factories.
“This finding suggests that atmospheric BPA releases may contaminate local surface water, leading to greater exposure of humans or wildlife,” said Don Tillitt, adjunct professor of biological sciences at MU, and biochemistry and physiology branch chief with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Columbia Environmental Research Center.
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Massive Mystery 'Blob' In Pacific Could Be Messing With The Weather

Massive Mystery 'Blob' In Pacific Could Be Messing With The Weather | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
If you're wondering why British Columbia experienced such a mild winter and early spring, you could maybe blame it on a mysterious "blob" of warm water in the Pacific Ocean.

The anomaly was first detected in 2013 by University of Washington climate scientist Nicholas Bond, who coined the term "blob." Since the fall of that year, scientists have been tracking a large mass of water in the Pacific Ocean that is 1,000 square kilometres long and at least two degrees Celsius warmer than usual.
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Fracking produces air pollution that increases risk of cancer

Fracking produces air pollution that increases risk of cancer | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Air quality readings were collected in Carroll County in Maryland, which sits on top of the Utica formation - a deep reef of underground shale rock that is rich in oil and gas, which is a fracking hotspot.

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Saved from Sandy: Shorebird efforts are declared a success

Saved from Sandy: Shorebird efforts are declared a success | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A crash program to restore New Jersey bay and ocean beaches wrecked by Superstorm Sandy appears to have succeeded in saving tens of thousands of shorebirds that otherwise might have died after the 2012 storm wiped out their feeding grounds.

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It’s Time We Start Thinking of Earth As a Trust Fund — Life Learning — Medium

It's Time We Start Thinking of Earth As a Trust Fund - Life Learning - Medium
nstead, we are blowing through our proverbial piggy bank like James blew through his trust fund. $5,000,000 seems like it can buy an awful lot of expensive things until it can’t anymore. The seemingly bottomless pit isn’t so bottomless. It has a hard floor, and it really hurts when you hit it.

If the Earth is our bank account, we are pulling out cash like a trust fund baby hooked on cocaine, with a shopping addiction, who has an ATM right across the street.
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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy. The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels. We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a “clean” fuel—even a “green” fuel.

Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth.
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Intriguing report on why natural gas ( a fossil fuel ) can't solve the problems created by fossil fuels.  Natural gas has been touted as a more plentiful, cheaper, and cleaner burning fuel than liquid petroleum.  This report casts doubt on those claims.  Aloha, Russ.

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4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage

4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Achieving "zero waste" might seem impossible, but these cities have implemented plans that are getting them very close. Now it's time for...

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Welcome to Baoding, China's most polluted city

Welcome to Baoding, China's most polluted city | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It is a rare blue-skied day in the city of Baoding, in north-eastern China. It’s not even that clear, but the hazy sky is as blue as it gets here. Most days, the sky is obscured by a thick blanket of smog.

Baoding, a city of 10 million people, was named in February as China’s most polluted city by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, based on air pollution figures gathered for 2014. By mid-May of this year, the city had only enjoyed 16 days of air quality that could be considered “good” by the official classification.

“Generally, there is smog on most days,” says Mr Han, aged 66, who has lived in Baoding his whole life. He drives a motorbike that carries a carriage-like trailer, and parks outside the city’s main supermarket to ferry shoppers home for a small fee. “It was much better when I was young – the air was very clean,” he says. “We rarely see blue skies now.”

Expecting coal stacks and factories pumping out toxic fumes, I instead see farmland whizzing past the window as I approach Baoding on the high-speed train from Beijing. Even when driving around the city, it’s not immediately obvious what causes the pollution. The outskirts are home to one coal power plant that doesn’t appear to be in use, with no sign of workers and not a wisp of smoke from the big chimneys. Like an increasing number of plants in the province, it may well have been closed down as part of increased governmental anti-pollution measures.
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Highly Contagious, Antibiotic-Resistant Food Poisoning Establishes U.S. Presence [Infographic]

Highly Contagious, Antibiotic-Resistant Food Poisoning Establishes U.S. Presence [Infographic] | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The kinds of bacteria that can cause food poisoning lurk all around us. These germs can be especially easy to pick up when traveling internationally as well as in places, such as children's day cares, which are hard to keep clean. The infections usually clear up on their own but sometimes require hospitalizations and hefty doses of antibiotics to expunge. Unfortunately, the bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to treatment.

The latest bad news came in April when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an outbreak of Shigella sonnei that has become resistant to ciprofloxacin—one of the last remaining medications in pill form that can kill the germ. Since then a Scientific American investigation shows the worrisome strain is still circulating in the U.S. a year after it first emerged.
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