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Your Virgin Olive Oil is a Slut: Mislabeling Meat, Fish, Honey, Olive Oil, Wasabi and Kobe Beef | Les Jones

Your Virgin Olive Oil is a Slut: Mislabeling Meat, Fish, Honey, Olive Oil, Wasabi and Kobe Beef | Les Jones | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The EVOO that Rachel Ray tells you to choose when buying olive oil almost certainly isn't even a regular virgin. In fact, it's probably pretty slutty.
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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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A Farm For The Future (BBC Documentary)

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Ecologists underestimating impacts of old-growth logging

Ecologists underestimating impacts of old-growth logging | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Ecologists may be underestimating the impact of logging in old-growth tropical forests by failing to account for subtleties in how different animal groups respond to the intensity of timber extraction, argues a paper published today in the journal Current Biology. The study, led by Zuzana Burivalova of ETH Zurich, is based on a meta-analysis of 48 studies that evaluated the impact of selective logging on mammals, birds, amphibians, and invertebrates in tropical forests.
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Une victoire pour les défenseurs des alternatives aux pesticides de Dordogne et d'ailleurs

Une victoire pour les défenseurs des alternatives aux pesticides de Dordogne et d'ailleurs | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
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"La voie pour une véritable alternative aux pesticides nocifs pour la santé et l'environnement s'entrouvre", affirme Jean-François Lyphout dans un communiqué.

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The Original Geo-Engineers

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If we want to construct a healthy and resilient world for ourselves and our fellow creatures, we could do worse than look to the lowly beavers for hints on how it can be done. They build a vibrant world for themselves and so many others by weaving on...
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UPDATE 1-Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests | Reuters

(Adds Monsanto statement)By Caroline StaufferSAO PAULO, July 28 (Reuters) - Genetically modified cornseeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracioustropical bugs, increasing costs as

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, July 30, 4:36 AM

Why the Mexican ruling against GMO and Monsanto makes sense.

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Our obsession with green lawns drives me nuts, and it's killing the environment

Our obsession with green lawns drives me nuts, and it's killing the environment | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Syndee Barwick: I'm a lawn rogue – I have one, but I refuse to water, fertilize or treat it with anything. So what if the neighbors hate me? The butterflies don't
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India to plant 2 BILLION trees along its highways, creating jobs for 300,000 youths

India to plant 2 BILLION trees along its highways, creating jobs for 300,000 youths | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
India's Rural Development Ministry has decided to try to tackle two problems at the same time: Youth unemployment and bad air quality.
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‘Earth Focus’ Documents How a New Jersey Town Reclaimed Its Water Supply After Decades of Chemical Pollution

‘Earth Focus’ Documents How a New Jersey Town Reclaimed Its Water Supply After Decades of Chemical Pollution | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It was a lengthy process, but Toms River, N.J. educated itself and fought for its water

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Offshore oil plan could be 'game over' for climate

Offshore oil plan could be 'game over' for climate | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
New leasing program would commit U.S. to 40 years of carbon-intensive energy that world climate cannot afford
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Natural products from plants protect skin during cancer radiotherapy

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Plant-derived natural product chemicals could offer protection to the skin from the harmful effects of gamma radiation during cancer radiotherapy, suggests research.

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Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry

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Two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in the UK is contaminated with campylobacter, a nasty bug that affects about 280,000 people a year. We investigate why

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Ngozi Odochi (Godwell) Nwokocha's curator insight, July 25, 5:02 AM

This story has taken 14 years to come out!

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Citizen Scientists Saving Snow Leopards

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WWF has found a way to protect the snow leopard while also benefiting nomadic herders. As part of the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities (AHM) project, local herders like Byambatsooj are now being trained and equipped to collect basic data on the remote mountains they know better than anyone else.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: America Will 'Sink Lower' Before Congress Acts On Climate Change

Neil deGrasse Tyson: America Will 'Sink Lower' Before Congress Acts On Climate Change | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson predicted during an interview with Salon published Wednesday that climate change will have to "get very bad" before Congress feels threatened enough to advance meaningful environmental legislation.

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Abrupt Climate Shifts in the Past Offer Warning for Future

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Researchers have traced ancient tipping points that could presage what to expect under the current global warming
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Lifting the toxic curse (Science Alert)

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Humans haven't just poisoned the planet with tens of thousands of potentially dangerous chemicals, we've also poisoned ourselves. So why is no on

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The reindeer herders battling a mine

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"There are eight seasons in the Sami calendar. Each coincides with a stage in the life of their reindeer.

In the mountains near the border between Sweden and Norway, at the height of the summer season the Sami call Giessie, the reindeer herders mark the newborn calves that are just beginning to roam this land.

For a few short months, the sun never dips below the horizon.

It is a way of life that the Sami, Europe's only indigenous people, have followed for thousands of years.

It is now one they say faces an uncertain future.

A British company, Beowulf Mining, has been carrying out test drilling for iron ore in the area.

It says analysis of samples from its proposed Kallak iron ore mine are encouraging - the ore extracted from deep beneath the ground appears to be of a high quality."

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Caviar’s Last Stand

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How the international caviar underground ended up in the Ozarks

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Green Going Gone: The Tragic Deforestation of the Chaco

Green Going Gone: The Tragic Deforestation of the Chaco | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Monolithic agricultural companies are claiming they can practice sustainable farming in the heart of one of the world's most important wildernesses. The ravaged state of the Paraguayan Chaco forest is telling a different story.
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Oceans May Be Critical For Life To Arise In Habitable Zones

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It's generally agreed that liquid water and a stable atmosphere are the minimal requirements for life. But new research shows that oceans play a vital role in stabilizing and moderating climates on Earth-like planets.

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Megadiversity in peril?

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ALERT member Gopalasamy Reuben Clements is one of Malaysia's most active scientists. Here he tells us about his mission to save an imperied megadiversity hotspot: A tsunami of forest clearing for oil palm Malaysia is one of Earth’s 17...


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Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply

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As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers.

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Western U.S. states using up ground water at an alarming rate

Western U.S. states using up ground water at an alarming rate | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"During intense drought, groundwater depletion in the Colorado River Basin has skyrocketed. For the past 14 years, drought has afflicted the Colorado River Basin, and one of the most visible signs has been the white bathtub rings around the red rocks of Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the two biggest dammed lakes on the river. But there is also an invisible bathtub being emptied, below ground. A new study shows that ground water in the basin is being depleted six times faster than surface water. The groundwater losses, which take thousands of years to be recharged naturally, point to the unsustainability of exploding population centers and water-intensive agriculture in the basin, which includes most of Arizona and parts of Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.


The study is the first to identify groundwater depletion across the entire Colorado River Basin, and it brings attention to a neglected issue, says Leonard Konikow, a hydrogeologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, who was not involved with the work. Because ground water feeds many of the streams and rivers in the area, Konikow predicts that more of them will run dry. He says water pumping costs will rise as farmers—who are the biggest users of ground water—have to drill deeper and deeper into aquifers. “It’s disconcerting,” Konikow says. “Boy, water managers gotta do something about this, because this can’t go on forever.”

 

To document the groundwater depletion, James Famiglietti, a hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine, and his colleagues relied on a pair of NASA satellites called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). The instruments are sensitive to tiny variations in Earth’s gravity. They can be used to observe groundwater extraction, because when the mass of that water disappears, gravity in that area also drops.

 

In the 9 years from December 2004 to November 2013, ground water was lost at a rate of 5.6 cubic kilometers a year, the team reports online today in Geophysical Research Letters. That’s compared with a decline of 0.9 cubic kilometers per year from Lake Powell and Lake Mead, which contain 85% of the surface water in the basin.

 

Famiglietti says it makes sense that cities and farmers turn from surface water to ground water during drought. But he is surprised by the magnitude of the loss. The groundwater depletion rate is twice that in California’s Central Valley, another place famous for heavy groundwater use."


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The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis

The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This story is one in a series on a crisis in America's Breadbasket –the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and its effects on a region that hel...

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Linda Denty's curator insight, July 24, 6:46 PM

Could this happen in Australia also?

Jamie Strickland's curator insight, July 25, 10:46 AM

Thanks to my good friend, Seth Dixon for the original scoop.  There had been quite a bit of news reporting on the drought in central California this year, but this midwestern region has been experiencing water stress for years with little national attention.  I plan to use this article in both an upcoming presentation as well as an example when I teach "Tragedy of the Commons" in my Environmental Dilemma class.

Kate Buckland's curator insight, July 26, 10:32 PM

Good to compare to how we use water resources in Australia

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How Dying Fish Populations Affect the Stability of All Life

How Dying Fish Populations Affect the Stability of All Life | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Dying fish populations in Ghana caused children to start skipping school. Scientists should look for more connections like that.
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Conservation Tools: Satellites Sound Fire Alarm in Tropical Forests

Conservation Tools: Satellites Sound Fire Alarm in Tropical Forests | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, we can now detect fires and predict fire threat to prevent and respond to these fires earlier than ever — by viewing Earth’s changing biosphere from space.


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Where have all the swallows gone?

Where have all the swallows gone? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Extinction: the permanent loss of a species. It is deeply troubling—and scientists and birdwatchers are ringing the alarm about a bird species that only a few decades ago was widespread and very common.

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