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Peru seeks to protect little fish with big impact

Peru seeks to protect little fish with big impact | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The ocean off Peru boasts the world's richest fishing grounds, but Taurino Querevalu is returning to port empty again after a hunt for Peruvian anchovy, cursing his empty nets and an increasingly stingy sea.

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Drones could help save the world's forests (Wired UK)

Drones could help save the world's forests (Wired UK) | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Lauren Fletcher is aiming to tackle global climate change by planting one billion trees per year with his fleet of drones

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Analyzing the First “INDC”: Switzerland Releases New Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute

Analyzing the First “INDC”: Switzerland Releases New Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Switzerland announced its post-2020 climate action plan yesterday, making it the first country to officially submit its contribution to the international climate agreement to be finalized in Paris at the end of this year. It's a promising start, with the country committing to reduce its emissions 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

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Drinking water could be poisoned with toxic algae linked to Alzheimer's - Telegraph.co.uk

Drinking water could be poisoned with toxic algae linked to Alzheimer's - Telegraph.co.uk | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Blue-green algae is increasing in Britain's lakes and poses a serious threat to health, scientists have warned

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Documentary on Air Pollution Grips China

Documentary on Air Pollution Grips China | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Over the weekend, many millions of Chinese watched, gripped and outraged, a 104-minute video that begins with a slight woman in jeans and a white blouse walking onto a stage dimly lit in blue. The woman, Chai Jing, shows the somber-looking audience a graph of brown-red peaks with occasional troughs.

“This was the PM 2.5 curve for Beijing in January 2013, when there were 25 days of smog in that one month,” explains Ms. Chai, a former Chinese television reporter, referring to a widely used gauge of air pollution.
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Serious Fraud Office opens investigation into Global Forestry Investments

Serious Fraud Office opens investigation into Global Forestry Investments | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

The Serious Fraud Office has opened a criminal investigation into “alleged fraud concerning Global Forestry Investments”. The company’s “ethical” investments in teak plantations in Brazil may not have been so ethical after all.

 

REDD-Monitor wrote about Global Forestry Investments in March 2014. The company, which is now in liquidation, was run by Andrew Skeene and Omari Bowers. GFI offered retail investors a chance to invest a minimum of £5,000 in the Belem Sky teak plantation in Brazil, promising returns of “10-20% per annum”.

 

Andrew Callen, a solicitor at Alisons Legal Practice in Wales, is acting on behalf of 80 people who handed over money to Global Forestry Investments. In September 2014, Callen told the News and Star that somewhere between £10 million and £20 million has been lost.


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Illegal logging still a big issue in Cameroon

Illegal logging still a big issue in Cameroon | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Cameroon is struggling to make progress in combatting illegal logging. Regulatory budgets are too thin to protect the country’s vast tracts of Congolian Rainforest.


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Exxon Mobil Settles a $9 Billion Environment Case in New Jersey for $250 Million

Exxon Mobil Settles a $9 Billion Environment Case in New Jersey for $250 Million | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A long-fought legal battle to recover $8.9 billion in damages from Exxon Mobil Corporation for the contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in northern New Jersey has been quietly settled by the state for around $250 million.
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What Is a Critter Worth?

What Is a Critter Worth? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"They were heinous crimes with lethal results. A conspiracy by father and son, planned with malice aforethought. Perpetrated over a period of years. Bodies, lots of bodies. Dozens of bodies. Followed by lies and cover-ups. And ultimately arrests and a plea bargain in the deeply troubling saga of the Sowinski family."

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Engineering Students Devise System to Track Ghost Fishing Nets

Engineering Students Devise System to Track Ghost Fishing Nets | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
When fishermen lose control of a fishing net or abandon a torn net at sea, the nets float around on the water surface or deep within the sea, ensnaring and killing millions of fish and marine mammals every year. Poetically called “ghost nets,” these are hardly-ethereal nets are usually made of heavy-duty nylon and hang on in the waters for years and decades causing repeated injuries and deaths of aquatic animals. Even after these nets fall to pieces, they continue to be a part of the ocean plastic pollution problem since they are ingested by birds, fish and other marine life.
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Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature

Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
We assess climate impacts of global warming using ongoing observations and paleoclimate data.

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McDonald's and Monsanto Are Both 'Losing Money Fast'

McDonald's and Monsanto Are Both 'Losing Money Fast' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It's official, the financial decline of both fast food giant McDonald's and biotech juggernaut Monsanto has begun according to economists.

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Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles

Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Speaking at Royal Society event on health and climate change, prince says that failure to act on global warming would be ‘death sentence’ for the planet

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The Guardian view on food security: if the dreamers lose, we face a nightmare | Editorial

The Guardian view on food security: if the dreamers lose, we face a nightmare | Editorial | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
By the time nations once again get round a table in Paris in December to discuss climate change, hunger should be on the menu. Researchers have just warned that a new and aggressive strain of yellow rust fungus is now a threat to Britain’s wheat harvest. Another team has calculated that average yields of wheat per field, which only two decades ago were rising rapidly, are now down 2.5%, and barley by 3.8%. In each case, the scientists identify climate change as a contributing factor. Global warming has barely begun but climate scientists have been warning about the consequences for food security for 30 years.
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Worst drought on record dries up São Paulo's main water reserves – in pictures

Worst drought on record dries up São Paulo's main water reserves – in pictures | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Water shortage in Brazil’s largest city is forcing some to hoard and recycle water as levels in the Cantareira reservoir fall to 6% of its total capacity

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Tony Abbott's 'captain’s call' over Tasmanian forest humilated Australia, say Greens

Tony Abbott's 'captain’s call' over Tasmanian forest humilated Australia, say Greens | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Freedom of Information documents reveal the PM pushed forward with an election pledge to delist world heritage forest despite departmental caution Prime minister Tony Abbott made a “captain’s call” over Tasmanian forestry policy which globally...

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Solar lights a healthy – and empowering – path in disasters. — The Daily Climate

Solar lights a healthy – and empowering – path in disasters. — The Daily Climate | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Clean energy's gains in technology and price offer hope and normalcy to those caught in strife and disaster, especially the world's 50 million refugees.
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WASHINGTON – When disaster strikes, survivors have a few basic needs: food, water, shelter, blankets. But energy quickly becomes just as fundamental a need – and that is often lacking, or very dirty. 

Breakthroughs in low-cost, solar lighting and mobile charging can improve the quality of disaster relief and refugee life around the world as never before, aid and development experts say. Rapidly falling prices and improved efficiency of three key technologies – solar photovoltaic cells, batteries, and LEDs (light emitting diodes) – have put renewable energy solutions within reach to improve health and welfare for millions of people.

"There has been an unprecedented scaling of access to energy for the under-served," said Russell Sturm, head of the energy access advisory for the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC). 
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Eyes inspire more efficient solar cell architecture

Eyes inspire more efficient solar cell architecture | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A tiny structure called the fovea centralis may be the key to a huge boost in solar cell efficiency, thanks to work by a team of scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Max Planck Institute...

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Prediction, precaution, and policy under global change

A great deal of research to inform environmental conservation and management takes a predict-and-prescribe strategy in which improving forecasts about future states of ecosystems is the primary goal. But sufficiently thorough understanding of ecosystems needed to reduce deep uncertainties is probably not achievable, seriously limiting the potential effectiveness of the predict-and-prescribe approach. Instead, research should integrate more closely with policy development to identify the range of alternative plausible futures and develop strategies that are robust across these scenarios and responsive to unpredictable ecosystem dynamics.

 

Prediction, precaution, and policy under global change
Daniel E. Schindler, Ray Hilborn

Science 27 February 2015:
Vol. 347 no. 6225 pp. 953-954
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1261824


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Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Single people represent the fastest growing category of households in the U.S. That's made small dwellings — from micro-apartments to stand-alone tiny houses, a niche force in the real estate market.

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The Food Movement Rising

The Food Movement Rising | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared at Earth Island Journal. 

In case you didn’t get the memo, today is Food Day. In more than 2,000 communities in all fifty states, people will be taking a moment to step back and celebrate our food—and the growing ranks of a food movement working hard to ensure that healthy, sustainably, and ethically raised food, grown and produced by workers paid and treated fairly, is the norm not the exception.
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North Carolina Wants Feds to End Red Wolf Rewilding Program

North Carolina Wants Feds to End Red Wolf Rewilding Program | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The red wolf, an endangered species with fewer than 100 individuals left in the wild and approximately 200 in captive breeding facilities around the country, is a striking, smart-looking canid with pointy ears tinged an autumn crimson. Larger than coyotes and smaller than gray wolves, red wolves have impossibly slender legs and eyes that can be deep and sorrowful. Seeing one up close — a rarity that probably requires a visit to a breeding facility in the winter months — is a humbling experience. The animals stay to themselves, a connected pack with no desire to add any human siblings, and only occasionally perk up their ears — perhaps a sign that they hear the trespasser, sense the presence, and prefer life without instigation.
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Viewing the Farming Industry Through 4-H

Viewing the Farming Industry Through 4-H | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A growing body of research suggests that American youth are shockingly uninformed about the farming industry, harboring misconceptions such as "chocolate milk comes from brown cows."
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US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map

US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Andrew Freedman in Mashable: The eastern U.S., as well as parts of Canada, sticks out for having the most unusually cold conditions on the planet. In fact, much of the rest of North America — inclu...

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If We're Serious about Saving Bees and Butterflies, Here's What We Should Do

If We're Serious about Saving Bees and Butterflies, Here's What We Should Do | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
If pollinator health is made a priority, to be successful much current policy and practice must change.

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'Invest more' in protected areas

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The world's national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research.

The tourism income vastly outweighs the $10bn a year spent safeguarding them, says a Cambridge University team.

The study, published in PLOS Biology, highlights the need for more investment in protected areas, they say.

The idea of natural capital, the worth of natural assets, is increasingly being used in policy making.

It is based on assigning economic value to the natural environment in order to better preserve it in the future.
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