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Giant goldfish invade Lake Tahoe

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Giant goldfish have mysteriously found their way into the famously crystalline waters of Lake Tahoe, the nation’s second-deepest lake, alarming researchers and raising questions about the invasive species’ long-term effects.

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Symphony of the Soil: Documentary

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Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s mostesteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portr

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Serbia: Historic oak tree stalls motorway construction - BBC News

Serbia: Historic oak tree stalls motorway construction - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A major motorway construction project in Serbia has stalled because of a dispute over a centuries-old oak tree, it's reported.

The tree is said to be 600 years old, and stands in the western village of Savinac, right in path of the new Corridor 11 motorway, the Balkan Insight website reports. Once completed, the road will connect Serbia's capital, Belgrade, with the Montenegrin coast. But local people are unhappy about plans to chop the tree down. Some consider it sacred, and believe that anyone who tries to remove it will be cursed. "By God, I wouldn't dare get a digger anywhere near it," local resident Milan Petrovic tells the Blic website.
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Melting Arctic sea ice could 'cool' Europe

Melting Arctic sea ice could 'cool' Europe | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
tudy tracks links between melting ice cap, Atlantic Ocean currents

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FRISCO — The retreat of sea ice caused by global warming could lead to colder weather for parts of northwestern Europe, Canadian researchers said after studying changing ocean dynamics in the North Atlantic.

The new research reinforces previous findings that the shrinking Arctic ice cap is likely to change the delicate balance between the cold and dense water pouring out of the Arctic and the warm waters of the subtropical Atlantic, according to professor G.W.K. Moore, of the University of Toronto Mississauga.

“A warm western Europe requires a cold North Atlantic Ocean, and the warming that the North Atlantic is now experiencing has the potential to result in a cooling over western Europe,” said Moore.
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Antibiotic Resistance Is Everyone's Problem

Antibiotic Resistance Is Everyone's Problem | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The overuse of antibiotics, both in human patients and, importantly, in livestock, has led to an explosion of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, both in the U.S. and around the world. Deaths from resistant infections are currently at about 700,000 per year, and estimated to rise to 10 million per year by 2050. If nothing changes, the World Health Organization predicts the future will look a lot like the past—where people die from minor injuries that become infected.

“The problem is so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine,” the WHO wrote in a recent report.

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Coastal grizzly hunt territories eyed for purchase by First Nations, enviros

Coastal grizzly hunt territories eyed for purchase by First Nations, enviros | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Two massive guide outfitting bear-hunt territories —one in the north and one in the south —appear to have willing sellers for the first time in years, leading to the tantalizing possibility for conservationists who envision buying the areas up to shut down the majority of the trophy hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest.
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Iceland whaling season under way despite protest

Iceland whaling season under way despite protest | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Iceland fisheries ministry issues whalers with a quota of 154 fin whales in defiance of 1986 ban and more than 700,000 signatures against the hunt

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A Changing Arctic Continues to Surprise

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Salon: Any associations you might have with Alaska being a generally chilly place, actually, were belied by last month’s heat wave: with average temperatures 7.1 degrees above normal, the state had...

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A New Alternative to Antibiotics? - Modern Farmer

A New Alternative to Antibiotics? - Modern Farmer | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
This new technology could one day replace the use of antibiotics in livestock and perhaps even humans for a variety of pathogenic digestive tract infections.

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Should Italy's Prized Olive Groves Be Burned to the Ground? [Video]

Should Italy's Prized Olive Groves Be Burned to the Ground? [Video] | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
SALENTO, Italy—There is only one certainty in what has fast become a Dantesque drama to save world-renowned olive groves in Puglia from the deadly Xylella fastidiosa bacterium: olive trees, the very symbol of this southern Italian region, are dying en masse. Hundreds of acres of once-vibrant, postcard-perfect groves that have prospered for centuries are now cemeteries where twisted, dead tree trunks protrude like arboreal zombies from fertile soil in which grass and flowers easily grow.
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Floating wetlands change the tide on water cleanup

Floating wetlands change the tide on water cleanup | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
there’s a story about how bruce kania came to his concerns about water quality.

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Environment: $160 million cleanup ordered at coal-burning, pollution-spewing Four Corners power plant

Environment: $160 million cleanup ordered at coal-burning, pollution-spewing Four Corners power plant | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Settlement includes requirements for regional public health and environmental mitigation projects

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FRISCO — One of the dirtiest coal-burning power plants in the country will be required to upgrade pollution controls, cutting thousands of tons of harmful sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions.

The $160 million cleanup at the Four Corners Power Plant, located on the Navajo Nation near Shiprock, New Mexico, comes under a court-ordered Clean Air Act settlement between the EPA and several Arizona and New Mexico-based utility companies.

The total combined emission reductions secured from the settlement will exceed 2 million tons each year, once all the required pollution controls are installed and implemented.

The agreement resolves claims that the giant coal-burning plant violated the Clean Air Act by illegally modifying equipment without obtaining required permits or installing and operating the best available air pollution control technology. EPA experts said the clean will reduce harmful emissions by about 5,540 tons per year.
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Do wilderness areas need buffer zones?

Do wilderness areas need buffer zones? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Researchers propose new ways to limit impacts

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FRISCO — A growing population and increasing development may be threatening the ecological integrity of some wilderness areas in the U.S.

Protecting those areas may require establishing buffer zones to limit the impacts, according to University of Georgia researchers who took a close look at development trends near public lands.

Those boundary zones have become prime real estate, and construction and growth near the National Wilderness Preservation System is beginning to degrade the quality of these lands and erode biodiversity, said Lauren Ward, a graduate student at UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

“People like the idea of having a national forest in their backyard,”Ward said. “But from over-applying lawn care chemicals to introducing invasive plant and animal species, landowners’ choices can have far-reaching negative impacts on neighboring wilderness areas.”
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Humans causing catastrophic ecosystem shifts, study finds

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Never before has a single species become the top predator on land and sea, and human dominance over the natural environment has caused shifts in world ecosystems unprecedented in the last 500 million years, researchers said on Tuesday.

Human activity is leading to an international decline in the variety of plants and animals through extinction, as organisms not useful to human needs are killed off by ecosystem changes or over-exploitation, according to a new study.
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Rural Colorado Leads the Charge for Energy Freedom

Rural Colorado Leads the Charge for Energy Freedom | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Last week the Western Slope Colorado witnessed a huge victory for energy freedom and rural renewable power.

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Disease-carrying mosquitoes spreading quickly in our warming world

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New maps can guide prevention efforts

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FRISCO — Warmer global temperatures are enabling the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes, putting millions of people at risk, Oxford University researchers say.

The scientists recently created the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes, showing a rapid expansion in parts of the US, Southern Europe and China during the past 10-15 years.

The study identifies areas not yet populated by the insects that are suitable for their survival, for example in Europe. The findings are published in the journal eLife.

“Given the lack of a vaccine or any antiviral treatment for either virus and the debilitating pain they both cause, knowing where the mosquitoes are spreading to and where they might turn up next is crucial for helping to protect communities,” said first author Moritz Kraemer. This is especially true in Africa, where records are sparse.
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Chevrolet is using old batteries to save … bats?

Chevrolet is using old batteries to save … bats? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Human ingenuity and creativity never fail to surprise us. As some of us may be aware, not only are bees dying out in worrying numbers, but bats are also suffering due to increased levels of white noise.

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Key Biscayne National Park establishes new marine reserve to try and restore coral reef ecosystem

Key Biscayne National Park establishes new marine reserve to try and restore coral reef ecosystem | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
No-fishing zone seen as key piece of new management plan

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FRISCO — The National Park Service says a 10,000-acre no-fishing zone will help restore the heart of Key Biscayne National Park’s coral reef ecosystem and boost fish populations in surrounding waters.

The new marine reserve was announced earlier this month as part of an updated management plan for the popular park near Miami. The no–fishing zone covers about 6 percent of the park’s waters. Some other ecologically important shoreline areas will be protected by slow-speed, no-wake, and no-motor zones to benefit seagrass beds, manatees, mangroves and nesting birds.

“Our primary goal is a natural, healthy marine ecosystem for visitors to explore, learn about, and enjoy” said park superintendent Brian Carlstrom. “This plan will guide us and help ensure that the park’s vital and extraordinary coral reefs, mangrove forests, extensive tracts of Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys, and 10,000 years of human history, will be protected for future generations.”
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U.S. Supreme Court nixes EPA's mercury limits

U.S. Supreme Court nixes EPA's mercury limits | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — The EPA will have to go back to the drawing board if it wants to regulate toxic mercury emissions from factories and power plants, as the U.S. Supreme Court today voided the agency’s 2012 regulations that were set to take effect this year.

In a divided five-four ruling, the court sided with heavy industry and fossil-fuel burning power plants, saying that the EPA should have considered the costs of the regulations as part of its initial evaluation. The EPA had argued that those costs would be evaluated at the next step of the regulatory process.

Mercury is a global pollutant that has been detected in California’s coastal fogs. In a national assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey found unhealthy mercury levels in 25 percent of all U.S. Streams. And near Hawaii, scientists say mercury concentrations in yellowfin tuna have been increasing 3.8 percent a year. Researchers have even documented signs of environmental stress in Alaskan sled dogs who primarily eat mercury tainted fish.

Conservation groups saw the ruling as a blow to public health. The standards would have applied to about 600 power plants, potentially preventing as many as 11,000 pollution-related deaths per year, but the Supreme Court majority said industry profits are more important than public health.
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“It’s very, very sad" Fort McKay elders talk about life before the tar sands - APTN National News

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“It’s very, very sad” Fort McKay elders talk about life before the tar sands

National News | June 24, 2015 by Brandi Morin | 2 Comments


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Just outside of the Fort McKay First Nation, sitting behind a chain-link fence is a dark lake dotted with scare-crow like structures dressed in bright orange suits and hard hats bobbing up and down in the water.

This is a tailings pond.

There are warning signs, ‘Danger’ and ‘Be Ware’ posted to discourage people from coming too close.

Every thirty seconds cannons fire warning shots to ward off birds from landing and drinking the water.
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it's sad when you lose your priorities
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YUP! Very sad when you are governed by an ideology which holds capitalism and economic well being for the rich / elite / oligarchy / plutocracy (and it has always been thus as they have always governed for themselves)! One grows up in a world that is painted by the powers in charge as a Walt Disney world when in fact it is really an economic nightmare where nothing is ever as it seems.
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Environment: EPA finally agrees to study impacts of common pesticides on 1,500 endangered species

Environment: EPA finally agrees to study impacts of common pesticides on 1,500 endangered species | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Settlement with watchdog group may be the first step in limiting applications of harmful chemicals

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FRISCO — Under legal pressure, the EPA last week agreed to begin a far-reaching evaluation of how some of the most commonly used pesticides affect more than 1,500 endangered plants and animals.

The study, to be completed by 2020, could be the first step toward limiting the use of atrazine and glyphosate. The EPA will also analyze the impacts of propazine and simazine, two pesticides that are chemically similar to atrazine.

“This settlement is the first step to reining in the widespread use of dangerous pesticides that are harming both wildlife and people,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Atrazine, for instance, chemically castrates frogs even in tiny doses, is an endocrine disruptor, and likely causes birth defects in people. The EPA should have banned this years ago.”

The EPA has allowed nearly unchecked use of the dangerous chemicals for decades, despite legal requirements and the well-documented risks of pesticides to thousands of imperiled species, not to mention people.

A series of lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity has forced the agency to consult on the impacts of scores of pesticides on some endangered species, primarily in California, and resulted in temporary restrictions on pesticide use in sensitive habitats.

Up to 80 million pounds of atrazine are used in the United States each year. In addition to causing severe harm to endangered species, atrazine exposure may be linked to increased risks of thyroid cancer, reproductive harm and birth defects in people.
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The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
These six shifts will transform markets over the next 25 years

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Clear Waters: Restoring Fish, Culture and Land in Central Oregon | World Resources Institute

Clear Waters: Restoring Fish, Culture and Land in Central Oregon | World Resources Institute | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The Oxbow conservation area in Central Oregon has recently seen an influx of fish in the John Day River, some having traveled nearly 500 miles from the ocean’s edge. The long-awaited appearance of these fish represents a restoration success story—not only for environmental restoration, but a cultural one.

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Disappearing Porpoise: Down to 97 and Dropping Fast

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The vaquita, found only in the Gulf of California, are threatened by gill-net fishing and nearing extinction faster than previously thought.
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Colorado towns get $2.4 million from EPA for cleanups, as GOP seeks to slash the agency's budget

Colorado towns get $2.4 million from EPA for cleanups, as GOP seeks to slash the agency's budget | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Denver gets $1 million for South Platte River work; Fort Collins will use grant to tackle Poudre River corridor restoration

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FRISCO — Even as right-wing anti-environmental lawmakers in Congress seek to slash the EPA’s budget, the agency in the past couple of weeks announced $2.4 million in grants that will help Colorado communities clean up and revitalize areas that have been tainted by the same big industrial companies that support those legislators.
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Is global warming driving seabirds from their Gulf of California nesting grounds?

Is global warming driving seabirds from their Gulf of California nesting grounds? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Study tracks shift in nesting grounds as oceans warm

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FRISCO — Scientist think climate change may be a key reason that thousands of seabirds are leaving their nesting grounds on an island in the Gulf of California and moving north.

In a new study, researchers from the University of California at Riverside looked at Isla Rasa, where more than 95 percent of the world’s population of elegant terns and Heerman’s gulls have traditionally nested.

In the past 20 years, the seabirds have abandoned the island and moved to other nesting grounds in Southern California including the San Diego Saltworks, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and Los Angeles Harbor.

The first big shift was observed during the strong 1998 E; Niño, when warmer ocean waters in the eastern Pacific resulted in a big downturn in oceanic productivity from Chile to California. The birds again abandoned the island in 2003, and then more frequently, in 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015.
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