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How the Rural Poor Are Becoming a Market for Solar Power

How the Rural Poor Are Becoming a Market for Solar Power | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new generation of succesful for-profit, mission-driven businesses are serving energy-hungry communities across the globe.
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A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts

A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Beneath this small farm town at the end of what's left of the Kings River, the ground is sinking.

Going into the fourth year of drought, farmers have pumped so much water that the water table below Stratford fell 100 feet in two years. Land in some spots in the Central Valley has dropped a foot a year.

In July, the town well cracked in three places. Household pipes spit black mud, then pale yellow water. After that, taps were dry for two weeks while the water district patched the steel well casing.

In September, the children of migrant farmworkers who usually come back to Stratford School a few weeks late, after the grape harvest, never came back at all.

By October, there were new faces in the drought relief line in front of the school, picking up boxes of applesauce, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, rice.

If rain doesn't come soon to California, cities and suburbs will survive, with maybe fewer flower beds or more expensive lettuce.

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Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking

Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
"This is one of the first times we've been able to demonstrate that, here, you have a spill in the environment, and yes, this is from fracking fluid and not from other source of contamination," Vengosh said.

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Will Our National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry?

Will Our National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The U.S. Forest Service wants to sell our forests for fuel in the name of wildfire reduction.

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As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been "Hugely Underestimated"

As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been "Hugely Underestimated" | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

(Image: High altitude, air pollution via Shutterstock)                                        As the signs of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption continue to escalate, a new study reports that climate change is ''worse than we thought'' because it is happening ''faster than we realized.''


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Orcas and Other Dolphins Do Not Belong in Captivity!

Orcas and Other Dolphins Do Not Belong in Captivity! | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

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If you plant different trees in the forest, is it still the same forest?

If you plant different trees in the forest, is it still the same forest? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Nature Conservancy works to help Minnesota’s North Woods, but other environmentalists worry it will change the forest’s very nature

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Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi

Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Authorities in Saudi Arabia say they have seized half a tonne of ivory being smuggled from Africa to east Asia.

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Caw vs. Kraa: meaning in the calls of crows and ravens

Caw vs. Kraa: meaning in the calls of crows and ravens | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
This short video, by the Cornell Lab of O, discusses the differences between and potential meanings of the sounds made by crows and ravens. Continue reading...

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High Rates of Suicide, Depression Linked to Farmers' Use of Pesticides

High Rates of Suicide, Depression Linked to Farmers' Use of Pesticides | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
There is growing evidence that long-term pesticide use is linked to to alterations in farmers' mental health
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How Wolves Can Save The World!

How Wolves Can Save The World! | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
      This is an incredible video detailing the effects wolves have on the eco system! It first started by changing the behavior of the deer; they stopped going into certain areas they knew the wolves could catch them easily.   That enabled trees to grow higher than they ever have! They regenerated forests,…

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Turning point for Peru's forests? Norway and Germany put muscle and money behind ambitious agreement

Turning point for Peru's forests? Norway and Germany put muscle and money behind ambitious agreement | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

From the Andes to the Amazon, Peru houses some of the world's most spectacular forests. Proud and culturally-diverse indigenous tribes inhabit the interiors of the Peruvian Amazon, including some that have chosen little contact with the outside world. And even as scientists have identified tens-of-thousands of species that make their homes from the leaf litter to the canopy, many thousands more remain undiscovered and nameless.

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Serious about saving the bees? Time to rethink agriculture

Serious about saving the bees? Time to rethink agriculture | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It's not as easy as banning pesticides and boosting honeybees. We need to make our farms function more like wild ecosystems.

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São Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

São Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"SAO PAULO, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon.

São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year.

One of the causes of the crisis may be more than 2,000 kilometers away, in the growing deforested areas in the Amazon region."

 

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Clean Water, a Smart Investment » EcoWatch

Clean Water, a Smart Investment » EcoWatch | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Why reduce pollution in local rivers and streams? The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, found that cleaning up local waterways in the Chesapeake Bay region would provide nearly

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San Diego adopts mandatory water restrictions

San Diego adopts mandatory water restrictions | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Monday night to make the voluntary restrictions on water use in the city mandatory starting November 1 in response to the continuing drough...

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Coal seam gas, or clean drinking water. It can’t be both

Coal seam gas, or clean drinking water. It can’t be both | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Michael Moore: It’s vital the community’s long-term need for drinking water is placed before the short-term profits of the mining companies
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'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California

'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct 19 (Reuters) - It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front lawns, looking for water wasters.

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Japan's 'sacred' rice farms rotting from inside

Japan's 'sacred' rice farms rotting from inside | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Shuichi Yokota may be the future of Japan's struggling rice industry.

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Glimpses of extinction: the pictures that capture the stories

Glimpses of extinction: the pictures that capture the stories | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will again document the planet’s rarest animals and focus on the twists of fate that decide survival

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What Copenhagen can teach us about cycling

What Copenhagen can teach us about cycling | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
From ‘green wave’ traffic lights and majestic harbour bike bridges to digital countdowns and foot rests at junctions, the Danish capital is full of clever ideas to improve city cycling

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Coalition Calls For Nestlé's Sacramento Water-Bottling Plant To Close - CBS Local

Coalition Calls For Nestlé's Sacramento Water-Bottling Plant To Close - CBS Local | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are taking a stand against Nestle's Sacramento water-bottling plant, saying it’s time for the plant to close to protect the local groundwater supply.

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The Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer Affects Kansas' High Plains

The Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer Affects Kansas' High Plains | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
From the mid-sixties to present day, the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer has had a noticable impact on Kansas’ High Plains.
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Sao Paulo Running Out of Water Unless Reserve Tapped Now

Sao Paulo Running Out of Water Unless Reserve Tapped Now | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Latin America’s biggest metropolis may run out of water next month. For some of the 20 million residents across Sao Paulo, the nation’s financial hub, taps are already running dry.
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10,000 seeds sent to Arctic to safeguard humanity against climate chang

10,000 seeds sent to Arctic to safeguard humanity against climate chang | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on an island off Norway's northern coast, will be vital to ensuring food security in the face of climate change, warns the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which manages the vault.

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Global Water Contract, Part 2

Global Water Contract, Part 2 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Fresh water and the ocean are a single, irreplaceable natural asset that supports the well being of human endeavor in its every form. It, like the land, is finite. When we destroy it, when we waste it, we are acting so obviously against our true int...
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