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The Meat Industry Now Consumes Four-Fifths of All Antibiotics

The Meat Industry Now Consumes Four-Fifths of All Antibiotics | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
FDA dithers on regulation, releases new numbers on the industry's showing nearly half of retail chicken carries antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter.
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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School

The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If trees are capable of learning (and you can see they are just by observing them), then the question becomes: Where do they store what they have learned and how do they access this information? After all, they don’t have brains to function as databases and manage processes. It’s the same for all plants, and that’s why some scientists are skeptical and why many of them banish to the realm of fantasy the idea of plants’ ability to learn. But along comes the Australian scientist Monica Gagliano.

Gagliano studies mimosas, also called “sensitive plants.” Mimosas are tropical creeping herbs. They make particularly good research subjects, because it is easy to get them a bit riled up and they are easier to study in the laboratory than trees are. When they are touched, they close their feathery little leaves to protect themselves. Gagliano designed an experiment where individual drops of water fell on the plants’ foliage at regular intervals. At first, the anxious leaves closed immediately, but after a while, the little plants learned there was no danger of damage from the water droplets. After that, the leaves remained open despite the drops. Even more surprising for Gagliano was the fact that the mimosas could remember and apply their lesson weeks later, even without any further tests.

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Study Confirms Tar Sands Poisoning Air in First Nations Community

Study Confirms Tar Sands Poisoning Air in First Nations Community | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The air quality has 'been a cause for concern for the people of this community since 1966,' says Fort McKay First Nation chief
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World's Biggest Sockeye Run Shut Down as Wild Pacific Salmon Fight for Survival

World's Biggest Sockeye Run Shut Down as Wild Pacific Salmon Fight for Survival | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Climate change is amplifying a long list of stressors salmon already face. This year, British Columbia's sockeye salmon run was the lowest in recorded history.

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US farmers go 'natural' for profits - BBC News

US farmers go 'natural' for profits - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
At an estimated 80% of beef cattle feeding operations in America farmers use artificial growth hormones to make the animals grow faster. But the practice is rare in the country's north-eastern states. Hilary Niles visited one farm in Vermont to find out why.
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USGS study tracks Great Lakes microplastic pollution

USGS study tracks Great Lakes microplastic pollution | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New website highlights the widespread problem of plastic debris

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Microplastic pollution is widespread in many rivers flowing into the Great Lakes, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists who recently took water samples from 29 Great Lakes tributaries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and New York. The researchers found microplastics in all those streams, which together make up about 22 percent of the water flowing into the Great Lakes.

Earlier studies have found microplastics in the Great Lakes at similar concentrations as in some of the most polluted parts of the world’s oceans, as well as in the St. Lawrence River. And several other studies have found that microplastic pollution is pretty much everywhere.
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The rare Afghan deer that survived wars - BBC News

The rare Afghan deer that survived wars - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
For more than 40 years people believed the elusive Bactrian deer was extinct in Afghanistan, unsurprising considering the conflict across the country in that time.
But then, unexpectedly, in 2013, ecologist Zalmai Moheb and a team of researchers caught a glimpse of one.
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One in seven UK species is facing extinction – here's why

One in seven UK species is facing extinction – here's why | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The union insisted farmers had “embraced the conservation agenda”, replanting hedgerows, sowing wildflowers on the borders of their fields and “using less fertiliser and pesticides than ever”.

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pdeppisch's comment, September 14, 4:05 PM
I am reading Robert Bateman's book " Thinking Like A Mountain" published in 2000 and in this book he bemoans the fact that we, humans, are destroying nature totally! Ronald Wright and Jared Diamond echoed that fact and so do countless others on twitter and Facebook and yet "economics" of the IMF and World Bank and Capitalism win the day every day! And in my estimation, it won't stop until we have destroyed the planet we depend on. There will be great gnashing of teeth when nature strikes back.
malek's comment, September 15, 8:03 AM
Right, Using Eisenhower Matrix, humans will move when it's Important and Urgent
pdeppisch's comment, September 15, 11:03 PM
But it is relative. The Oligarchy / IMF /World Bank think that economics development is the most urgent - no matter what! Some of think that saving the planet is super urgent. But if we save the planet and most of us starve then I wonder which prioroties we would pick. Anyway...... :)
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An ocean of threats must be tackled to protect the world's 'blue economy,' U.S. undersecretary says

An ocean of threats must be tackled to protect the world's 'blue economy,' U.S. undersecretary says | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
ey are the lifeblood of our planet, responsible for more than half of the oxygen we breathe. They regulate the climate, provide a major source of protein for 3 billion people, and millions of livelihoods — including 1 of every 6 jobs in the United States — are connected to the marine environment.

But the world’s oceans are under extreme duress, and humans are primarily to blame.
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Solar tuk-tuk arrives in UK after road trip from India - BBC News

Solar tuk-tuk arrives in UK after road trip from India - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
An engineer has arrived in the UK in his solar-powered tuk-tuk seven months after setting off from India on a 6,200 mile (9,978km) journey.
Naveen Rabelli, 35, drove his auto-rickshaw off a ferry in Dover five days later than planned after his wallet and passport were stolen in Paris.
He set off to raise awareness of electric and solar-powered vehicles.
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HoneyBees: Hives hit by diseases

HoneyBees: Hives hit by diseases | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
ABOUT  40 per cent of the Victorian honey bee hives used for almond pollination have been unavailable this season after being struck with nosema disease.

Trevor Monson, from Monsons Honey and Pollination, co-ordinates 97,000 hives from 165 apiarists, of which about 25 per cent are from Victoria, for 18 Robinvale almond orchards from July to September.

Mr Monson likened this season’s loss to colony ­collapse.
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Queen bees exposed to neonicotinoids lay fewer eggs

Queen bees exposed to neonicotinoids lay fewer eggs | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A new study led by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomologist reinforces the link between neonicotinoid pesticides and declining honeybee colonies. The researchers experimentally fed queen bees with a syrup laced with imidacloprid, finding that queens laid significantly fewer eggs than queens in unexposed colonies.

“The queens are of particular importance because they’re the only reproductive individual laying eggs in the colony,” said lead author Judy Wu-Smart, assistant professor of entomology. “One queen can lay up to 1,000 eggs a day. If her ability to lay eggs is reduced, that is a subtle effect that isn’t (immediately) noticeable but translates to really dramatic consequences for the colony.”
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Las pesticidas son como una enfermedad para la abejas...

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For the third time in ten years, a judge orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider critical habitat for lynx in Colorado

For the third time in ten years, a judge orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider critical habitat for lynx in Colorado | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Montana has once again ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it excluded Colorado from a critical habitat designation for threatened lynx. In the end, the rare cat may yet get some protected sanctuaries in the Colorado high county.

In a Sept. 7 ruling, Chief District Judge Dana L. Christensen said the agency’s decision is arbitrary and capricious, and “offends the ESA.” The court ordered the USFWS to develop a new critical habitat designation that complies with the law. The order also covers parts of Montana and Idaho.
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In a Parched Corner of Xinjiang, Ancient Water Tunnels Are Running Dry

In a Parched Corner of Xinjiang, Ancient Water Tunnels Are Running Dry | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
TURPAN, China — It is an improbable journey that begins on the highest peaks of the Tianshan Mountains, where glacial snowmelt descends across one of the world’s most arid landscapes to reach the lush oasis communities of this ancient Silk Road outpost.

Powered by gravity, the water — pure and cold — makes the entire voyage underground, traveling through scores of subterranean channels, some of them 15 miles long and 100 feet deep, that were built 2,000 years ago by the pastoralists who settled this inhospitable corner of China’s far western Xinjiang region.
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Cows in Fukushima radiation zone find new purpose: science

Cows in Fukushima radiation zone find new purpose: science | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In an abandoned Japanese village, cows grazing in lush green plains begin to gather when they hear the familiar rumble of the ranch owner's mini-pickup. This isn't feeding time, though.

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Can't agree on harmfullness of GMO maize

Can't agree on harmfullness of GMO maize | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A Norwegian study suggested that GMO maize could potentially be harmfull to the environment. But the study was dismissed by the European Food Safety Authority, who claimed the study was flawed.
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A biotech startup is 3D-printing fake rhino horns to try to stop poaching

A biotech startup is 3D-printing fake rhino horns to try to stop poaching | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
File photo of a rhino after it was dehorned in an effort to deter the poaching of one of the world's endangered species, at a farm outside Klerksdorp, South Africa. Thomson Reuters

The illegal wildlife trade is a massive business, and it's killing thousands of endangered species every year.

Rhinos are among the hardest hit. The horns fetch high prices on the black market — up to $60,000 per pound, far more than the price of gold. They're used to make elaborate carvings across East Asia and also believed to have curative properties in some traditional Eastern medicines, despite a lack of evidence.

Pembient, a Seattle-based biotech startup, is trying to solve the rhino poaching crisis with a 3D printer and some clever economics. 
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Youth, women, indigenous group pay the price of logging in Kenya

Youth, women, indigenous group pay the price of logging in Kenya | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A Mongabay investigation found children as young as five employed in sawmills in Kenya’s Rift Valley, many from indigenous families evicted from their ancestral forest home. Government agencies and the timber industry have failed to acknowledge the children’s presence in the workforce.

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malek's comment, September 19, 10:18 AM
Eviction for nature? The
Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement was published by the UN in 1998 as a
framework for governments, keeping them responsible and preventing arbitrary displacement. The poor are always paying
pdeppisch's comment, September 19, 11:08 AM
Yes - the poor have always been paying and will continue to pay as the modus operandi is: "Robber Baron / Pirate economics". grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
pdeppisch's comment, September 19, 11:10 AM
Mostly because I want what you have! All of the AMericas and all of Africa was subjected to that economic principle of the strongest wins.
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Concern over falling kea numbers in New Zealand - BBC News

Concern over falling kea numbers in New Zealand - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Conservationists in New Zealand are sounding the alarm over a drop in the number of the famously inquisitive kea bird.
There are thought to be between 1,000 and 5,000 of the alpine parrots left in New Zealand, and the Kea Conservation Trust says it's seen a fall in the population in the South Island's Hawdon Valley in recent years. "When you go up into the mountains, the numbers are really concerning," volunteer Mark Brabyn tells Stuff.co.nz. "We don't want to wait until there is only a couple of hundred left to do something."
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East Germany’s old mines transformed into new lake district

East Germany’s old mines transformed into new lake district | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

""This was once one of the dirtiest areas in East Germany,” says Sören, my tour guide from IBA Tours, as our bikes swoosh through the Lusatian Lake District. “When I was growing up here, before the Wall fell, we never hung our laundry outside, and we never wore white socks, because we knew they wouldn’t be white after a few minutes. The coal dust was everywhere, all the time.”

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Indonesian seaweed farmers sue in major oil spill case - BBC News

Indonesian seaweed farmers sue in major oil spill case - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
More than 13,000 Indonesian seaweed farmers have launched a massive class action in Australia's federal court demanding compensation for the effects of Australia's worst oil spill.
In August 2009 there was a huge explosion at an oil well in Australian waters in the Timor Sea. The well was run by a subsidiary of the state-owned Thai oil firm, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company (PTTEP).
For more than 10 weeks enough oil to fill 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools spewed into the sea.
Indonesian seaweed farmers on Rote Island, 250km (155 miles) away from the well, say the disaster devastated their livelihood.
The BBC's Rebecca Henschke travelled to Rote Island to hear the stories of the people involved.
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How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again

How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
There's new and detailed data on the impact of genetically modified crops on pesticide use. Those crops replaced insecticides, and, at first, some herbicides. But herbicide use has rebounded.

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The Coming Bee-pocalypse? Collateral Damage of Mosquito Spraying

The Coming Bee-pocalypse? Collateral Damage of Mosquito Spraying | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Everyone should support the humble bee. It's thought that every third bite of food we take is there because of pollination by bees. Honey, when raw and unprocessed, may even be used as a wound covering for burns and other injuries due to its antibiotic effect. Yet bees are in big trouble, and we still don't know all the reasons why. In the last decade, bee colonies are experiencing die-offs that have taken out a significant percentage of all the colonies in various areas.
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The alarming number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon

The alarming number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The sharp decrease in the annual rates of forest loss in the Brazilian Amazon is celebrated worldwide. The trend started in 2005 after a peak in deforestation the year before.
However, the figures are not so bright when it comes to forest fires, and few people are talking about that.
The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon is alarming, and that was especially true in 2015, when a sharp increase in forest fires occurred.
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Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food off the Market

Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food off the Market | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A growing number of food activists believe it’s time to move beyond limited or single-issue campaigning and lobbying and take on the entire degenerative food and farming system, starting with the malevolent profit-driver and lynchpin of industrial agriculture, GMOs and fast food: factory farming.


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Would love to see it, but what a challenge.

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Des milliers de poissons morts asphyxiés au plan d'eau de Plobsheim en Alsace

Des milliers de poissons morts asphyxiés au plan d'eau de Plobsheim en Alsace | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
800 kilos de poissons découverts morts au plan d'eau de Plobsheim ces derniers jours. Ils seraient asphyxiés par la prolifération de bactérie. Des analyses sont en cours.

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