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England Public Forests Safe From Proposed Government Sell-Off

England Public Forests Safe From Proposed Government Sell-Off | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The English government has decided not to sell portions of its public forests, and will instead create a trust to hold them for future generations.
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Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil

Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
By using an abundant - and green - crop, the Bamboo Bikes Initiative has won international prizes

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Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean - BBC News

Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists.
A switch from a permanent cover of thick ice to a new state where thinner ice vanishes in the summer will have far-reaching implications, they say.
The Norwegian Polar Institute has been mounting an expedition to the Arctic Ocean during the year's coldest months.
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Shell agrees to start clean up of 2008 Niger Delta oil spill

Shell agrees to start clean up of 2008 Niger Delta oil spill | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Shell has agreed with Nigerian fishing community of Bodo in the Niger Delta to start the clean up of two devastating oil spills in 2008, activists and locals said Saturday.

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California is dying of thirst, while it uses its precious water to raise livestock in China

California is dying of thirst, while it uses its precious water to raise livestock in China | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Vegetables use about 11,300 gallons per ton of blue water; starchy roots, about 4,200 gallons per ton; and fruit, about 38,800 gallons per ton. By comparison, pork consumes 121,000 gallons of blue water per ton of meat produced; beef, about 145,000 gallons per ton; and butter, some 122,800 gallons per ton. There’s a reason other than the drought that Folsom Lake has dropped as precipitously as it has. Don’t look at kale as the culprit. (Although some nuts, namely almonds, consume considerable blue water, even more than beef.) That said, a single plant is leading California’s water consumption.
Unfortunately, it’s a plant that’s not generally cultivated for humans: alfalfa. Grown on over a million acres in California, alfalfa sucks up more water than any other crop in the state. And it has one primary destination: cattle. Increasingly popular grass-fed beef operations typically rely on alfalfa as a supplement to pasture grass. Alfalfa hay is also an integral feed source for factory-farmed cows, especially those involved in dairy production.

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The Gulf Oil Spill Disintegrated This Island

April 14, 2015 - Cat Island was once one of the four largest bird-nesting grounds in Louisiana. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed the mangroves growing there, destroying the root system that held the island's sediment in place. Since 2010, the 5.5 acre island has been washing away into the Gulf of Mexico, and migratory birds find their home disappearing before their eyes.Click here to read more:"Scientists tracking Gulf sparrows, insects, and seabirds try to unravel the mysteries of a landscape changed by oil."

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Drought forces California farms to stop pumping river water

Drought forces California farms to stop pumping river water | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.

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Dead zones — where animals suffocate and die — found in the Atlantic’s open waters

Dead zones — where animals suffocate and die — found in the Atlantic’s open waters | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Not much can survive in a "dead zone." These aquatic areas have such a low concentrations of oxygen that marine life either dies or leaves.

Many of these lifeless areas crop up near coastlines, where people live and hazardous chemicals make their way into the water. Now, a group of German and Canadian researchers have discovered dead zones in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, which they say is a first. They observed the area for seven years and published their findings Thursday in the journal Biogeosciences.
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Bee collapse is the result of their enslavement in industrial monocultures

Bee collapse is the result of their enslavement in industrial monocultures | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Bee 'colony collapse disorder' cannot be ended by easy technofixes, writes Allan Stromfeldt Christensen. The real problem is the systematic abuse of bees in vast industrial monocultures, as they trucked or flown thousands of miles from one farm to the next, treated with insecticides and antibiotics, and fed on 'junk food'.
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An Organic Farm That Stores More Greenhouse Gas Than It Emits Developed In China – Agriculture To Finally Become Sustainable

An Organic Farm That Stores More Greenhouse Gas Than It Emits Developed In China – Agriculture To Finally Become Sustainable | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Chinese scientists have been able to create an organic farm that absorbs more carbon, one of the primary greenhouse gases, than what it emits. Agriculture to be sustainable.

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New research provides clues about honey bee decline

New research provides clues about honey bee decline | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new study by Heather Mattila, a leading honey bee ecologist and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College, published this April in PLOS ONE, reveals that inadequate access to pollen during larval development has lifelong consequences for honey bees, leading not only to smaller workers and shorter lifespans, but also to impaired performance and productivity later in life. For the first time, this study demonstrates a crucial link between poor nutrition at a young age, and foraging and waggle dancing, the two most important activities that honey bees perform as providers for their colonies and as pollinators of human crops. The study was co-authored by Hailey Scofield, Wellesley Class of 2013, a former undergraduate research assistant who will begin a Ph. D program (in Neurobiology and Behavior) at Cornell University in Fall 2015.
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How to Predict a Famine Before It Even Strikes

How to Predict a Famine Before It Even Strikes | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Hundred of miles about Earth, orbiting satellites are becoming a bold new weapon in the age-old fight against drought, disease and death

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The inexorable rise of the fish farm

The inexorable rise of the fish farm | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Much of the fish eaten in both developed and developing nations will increasingly come from aquaculture, or fish farming, as opposed to wild-caught fish from the world's oceans. By 2023, 49 percent of fish is projected to come from aquaculture, according to estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations, and the amount of fish produced worldwide is expected to rise by 17 percent as the technology used in fish farming becomes cleaner and safer for the environment.


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We've overfished natural sources. Now we are turning to fish farming, but we must make it "cleaner and safer" before it can be a good alternative for feeding a hungry planet.

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Unrecognized Species of African Elephants Face Extinction - Nature World News

Unrecognized Species of African Elephants Face Extinction - Nature World News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It's no secret that elephants continue to be threatened by the illegal ivory trade - an industry fueled by wealthy investors and a growing number of poachers looking to strike it rich.

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Ottobox learns your schedule to lower your electricity bills

Ottobox learns your schedule to lower your electricity bills | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Who wouldn't want to save up to 50 percent on their electricity bills? The makers of Ottobox claim their smart home automation device can do just that, and all by turning off appliances when they're left in standby.

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Kenya Wildlife Service builds anti poaching alliances in China - eTurboNews

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent Wildlife conservation non-governmental organisations based in China have pledged to forge a united front with Kenya in efforts to combat global wildlife crime.

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Jane Goodall: why I fear for the apes as climate change intensifies

Jane Goodall: why I fear for the apes as climate change intensifies | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The primatologist says change is happening too fast for evolutionary adaptation to save some species

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Tough laws to stop the trade of endangered wildlife 'not enough'

Tough laws to stop the trade of endangered wildlife 'not enough' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Western conservation groups are seeking stricter law enforcement to tackle a trade in endangered wildlife, but a researcher warns that this is not a 'silver bullet' solution.

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Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What's Best for the World's Poor

Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What's Best for the World's Poor | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Over the course of this year, Pope Francis will ramp up his foray into the politically charged debate for action on climate change. It begins unofficially with Tuesday’s Vatican summit, co-hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. This summer, Francis will publish his widely anticipated encyclical, a Catholic document that will examine man’s moral relationship with nature. 

Unlike the usual discussions of climate change as an economic and scientific issue, Francis conveys it as a moral cause. His past comments—that it “is man who has slapped nature in the face”—frame the issue in vivid and urgent terms. He's presented the fossil fuel industry with a challenge. Though they have a well-worn playbook for countering the economic, political, and scientific need for climate change action, industry is in relatively new territory with religion. How will they reply? 
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Finding water to fill East Porterville tanks is a challenge

Finding water to fill East Porterville tanks is a challenge | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Efforts to help Valley residents without water are falling short. The state is paying for water tanks to be installed at homes where wells have gone dry, but finding water to put into those tanks is a challenge.

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Video: This Korean highway with an integrated solar panel array is the future

Video: This Korean highway with an integrated solar panel array is the future | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Solar power has been getting a lot of support because well, we love our sun just as much as it loves to send us lots and lots of energy in different forms–mainly heat and many photons of light and radiation.

That said, we’ve been finding better ways to take advantage of our sun’s love by harnessing its energy to power our world. This also means increasing the demand and research of photovoltaic cells. And that means they’re more affordable. So guess what, they’re showing up more often.

You’ll find them on lamp posts, rooftops, and…highways?


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Brazil: Amazon Indian killed by 'loggers'

Brazil: Amazon Indian killed by 'loggers' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A Ka'apor Indian healthworker died after being shot by two gunmen thought to be loggers

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An indigenous health worker in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has been killed in an ambush by gunmen thought to be loggers.

Eusébio Ka’apor was shot in the back by two hooded men while traveling on a motorbike. He succumbed to his injuries two hours later while his companion sought help.

The Ka’apor’s territory has been heavily invaded by illegal loggers for years, and the tribespeople believe that the assassins were also loggers. Soon after the incident, Eusébio’s son was stopped by a well-known logger and warned that other indigenous people could die too.

 

One Ka’apor leader said, “There have been constant death threats against us for a long time. Now they are even killing to intimidate us. They say it’s better that we release our wood than more people die. We don’t know what to do, because we have no protection. The state does nothing.”

The Ka’apor live in Alto Turiaçu territory in Brazil’s eastern Amazon rainforest, which is also inhabited by Awá Indians – Earth’s most threatened tribe. Some Awá are uncontacted and extremely vulnerable to contact with outsiders.

 

Last December, three uncontacted Awá were brought out of the forest after being surrounded by loggers. One woman reported that her husband had been killed by loggers, and another woman has fallen gravely ill with pneumonia as a result of first contact.

After the Brazilian authorities failed to take action against the invaders, the Ka’apor took matters into their own hands. In 2013 they successfully expelled many loggers by catching them, stripping them of their clothes and handing them over to the police.

Violence has increased against the tribespeople, especially in recent months after the Ka’apor closed the last logging track in the forest and set up guard posts.

 

In January 2014, Brazilian authorities mounted a major operation to expel illegal loggers, rancher and settlers from the neighboring Awá territory, but rampant illegal logging continues in Alto Turiaçu and other neighboring indigenous reserves.

Survival is calling on the Brazilian authorities to bring Eusébio’s killers to justice, and to provide protection to the Ka’apor and Awá as a matter of urgency.

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New BBC Shark trilogy | Save Our Seas Foundation

New BBC Shark trilogy | Save Our Seas Foundation | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Covering Save Our Seas Foundation news, research, and developments in marine conservation.

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Report Predicts 2,000 New Tankers and Barges Carrying Sticky Crude in Local Waters—and Rules on Barges Are Lacking

Report Predicts 2,000 New Tankers and Barges Carrying Sticky Crude in Local Waters—and Rules on Barges Are Lacking | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
If the Pacific Northwest builds all of its proposed rail-terminal expansions and pipelines, 2,000 more tankers and barges full of tar sands crude could soon be floating around local waters, according to a new report published by a coalition of environmental groups earlier this week. The report predicts that the oil industry would move six times the amount of oil that's currently stored and exported through Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.

Too bad Washington State legislators removed a critical provision about oil-barge safety from the oil-transportation safety bill they just approved.
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The Most Unnatural-Looking Natural Places

The Most Unnatural-Looking Natural Places | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It’s hard to believe, but these totally unnatural-looking places were all formed by nature, not by man.

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Get back to your roots with the Groundfridge prefab root cellar

Get back to your roots with the Groundfridge prefab root cellar | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Store enough food to feed a family of five for a year.

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