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The environmental movement's greatest hits, all in one documentary

The environmental movement's greatest hits, all in one documentary | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

The new film "A Fierce Green Fire" traces the movement from Love Canal to the birth of Greenpeace to the fight against climate change.

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informative one........

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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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What 90,000 Indigenous People Have to Say About Climate Change

What 90,000 Indigenous People Have to Say About Climate Change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A new study employs thousands observations to try and fill some major gaps in climate science.

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The #Arctic is #melting at an unprecedented rate and key drivers are changes in snow and ice albedo. #CLIMATE #environment

The #Arctic is #melting at an unprecedented rate and key drivers are changes in snow and ice albedo. #CLIMATE #environment | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
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Sweden Opens World's First Electric Highway

Sweden Opens World's First Electric Highway | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Sweden opened a stretch of electric highway, becoming the first country to test electric power for heavy transport.
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an excellent way of reducing carbon emissions without building railways
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Yes - bring back the electric busses!
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California tree deaths part of global wave of forest mortality

California tree deaths part of global wave of forest mortality | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
California’s multiyear drought killed even more trees than previously thought, the U.S. Forest Service announced this week. Aerial and ground surveys show that 26 million trees across six counties in Southern California died, in addition to the 40 million trees that died statewide from 2010 to October 2015. Four years of drought, high temperatures and an outbreak of tree-killing bark beetles all contributed the historic levels of tree die-off, the agency said.
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Study finds toxic #chemicals in people living near a #Pavilion, #Wyoming gas site

Study finds toxic #chemicals in people living near a #Pavilion, #Wyoming gas site | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Not only measuring the external air pollution, researchers tested a small group of residents and found traces of dangerous chemicals in their bodies.
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Australians have spent almost $8bn on rooftop solar since 2007, says report

Australians have spent almost $8bn on rooftop solar since 2007, says report | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Australian households and small businesses have invested more than $1bn a year in rooftop solar over the past five years, spending a total of almost $8bn since 2007, new calculations show.

In its latest State of Solar report, Solar Citizens – which campaigns for, and represents the interests of, solar owners – has for the first time estimated Australian’s out-of-pocket investment in rooftop solar, how much money it has saved consumers, and how much carbon it has abated.
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Methane Emissions From Onshore Oil and Gas Equivalent to 14 Coal Plants Powered for One Year

Methane Emissions From Onshore Oil and Gas Equivalent to 14 Coal Plants Powered for One Year | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
When we talk about climate change all too often we focus on carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. But there is a much more potent greenhouse gas, methane, which is much more efficient at trapping radiation than CO2. Some estimates put it at 87 percent more potent over a 20 year lifetime than carbon dioxide.
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How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic clothing are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals

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China punishes officials over sewage in first environmental case of its kind

China punishes officials over sewage in first environmental case of its kind | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Landmark victory in ‘war on pollution’ as court rules that local government agency allowed company to produce dye without proper safeguards

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'Licence plated' bees released to find top London spot - BBC News

'Licence plated' bees released to find top London spot - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Hundreds of bees fitted with "licence plates" to track to their favourite places are to be released from a London rooftop.

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In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere

In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Jennifer Oldham, June 20, 2016 — "Some wells sunk since 1859 leak methane into homes and water "Citizen scientists" join regulators in race to map lost sites "Today, about a quarter of the 3.5 million wells across America are active, leaving an inventory of 2.6 million that are no longer in use. The locations of…

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New satellite's mission: Measure from space the emissions so elusive on earth

New satellite's mission: Measure from space the emissions so elusive on earth | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Canadian oil producers and the government have funded GHGSat, a satellite that aims to accurately capture how much methane and carbon dioxide is being emitted from the oil sands and eventually, everywhere.

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This Pune Family Shows the World How to Exercise and Save Water at the Same Time!

This Pune Family Shows the World How to Exercise and Save Water at the Same Time! | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Sanjay Athavale, a 51-year-old resident of Pune has been recycling wastewater from his bathroom and kitchen to water the plants in his garden every day.

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Not something we could do in a condo, but if we ever have a small patch of land again, we should consider this clever scheme.
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Talking About Wildfires And Climate Change Isn't Playing Politics

Talking About Wildfires And Climate Change Isn't Playing Politics | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Why does Elizabeth May get a media beating for stating we have another terrible example of our need to be very, very serious about climate change? Just like other catastrophic events, a given tragedy is proportional to the tough questions that necessarily follow. "But not now"? May was immediately berated by Justin Trudeau, other politicians, some of the media and social media. The charge? She was "trying to make a political argument out of one particular disaster." How's that? Stating that climate change is political, instead about science, is exactly the problem.

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Pipeline Ruptures Spilling 29,000 Gallons of Oil, Just Hours After Obama Signs PIPES Act

Pipeline Ruptures Spilling 29,000 Gallons of Oil, Just Hours After Obama Signs PIPES Act | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 into law. The bill, known as the PIPES Act, reauthorizes the federal government to move swiftly in the event of a pipeline leak or rupture. Specifically, the Secretary of Transportation is allowed to issue emergency orders if the unthinkable happens.



The reauthorization was in response to the natural gas pipeline rupture in California where an estimated 97,000 tons of gas were released from the Aliso Canyon pipeline near Porter Ranch. The bill also includes new mandates on construction to insure the safety of future pipelines and to reduce the chances of another massive leak.

Ironically and very disturbingly, less than 24 hours after the bill was signed into law, an oil pipeline in Ventura County, California ruptured and current estimates put the amount of oil leaked at more than 29,000 gallons, though that number continues to rise.

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2.6 Million Dead Bees Delivered to EPA Headquarters

2.6 Million Dead Bees Delivered to EPA Headquarters | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A truck full of dead bees made its final stop at a rally outside the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday, culminating a coast-to-coast tour to raise awareness about recent massive declines in pollinators.

While the millions of dead bees stayed in the truck, advocates and beekeepers delivered more than 4 million signatures urging an immediate ban on bee-killing pesticides.
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Sea star die-off spurred trophic cascade in B.C. coastal waters

Sea star die-off spurred trophic cascade in B.C. coastal waters | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Booming sea urchin population takes bite out of ocean kelp forests
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Some sea star populations along the Oregon coast may be recovering from a massive wasting epidemic that all but wiped out some species of the echinoderms, but that’s not the case in Howe Sound, a scenic fjord-like sound on the coast of British Columbia.
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3.2 Million Animals Killed by Wildlife Services in 2015

3.2 Million Animals Killed by Wildlife Services in 2015 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The highly secretive arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed more than 3.2 million animals during fiscal year 2015, according to new data released by the agency.

The total number of wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, beavers, foxes, eagles and other animals killed largely at the behest of the livestock industry and other agribusinesses represents a half-million-animal increase more than the 2.7 million animals the agency killed in 2014.
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3 Things You Should Know About the Most Important Environmental Law Passed in Decades

3 Things You Should Know About the Most Important Environmental Law Passed in Decades | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Something that cynics will find remarkable just happened: A big, bipartisan majority in Congress passed the most important new environmental law in decades—The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, passed by the Senate on June 7. It finally fixes the biggest problems with America’s badly broken chemical safety system.
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Climate: Arctic sea ice on pace for record meltdown

Climate: Arctic sea ice on pace for record meltdown | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Melt season is 2 to 4 weeks ahead of 2012, which set record for low extent
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Arctic sea ice extent continues to track toward a record low, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported last week, resuming regular updates of sea ice after switching to a new satellite for the measurements.
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Urban designers transformed these five spaces into pedestrian paradise

Urban designers transformed these five spaces into pedestrian paradise | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New York City’s streets underwent a radical transformation under the leadership of Janette Sadik-Khan, who served as transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013. In the new book “Streetfight: A Handbook for an Urban Revolution,” Sadik-Khan and co-author Seth Solomonow share the lessons from six years of redesigning the streets of New York City with more plazas, bike lanes and rapid bus lanes.

One of the city’s biggest undertakings: re-purposing a section of historic Broadway in midtown Manhattan in 2009. One of the oldest streets in the city, Broadway cuts diagonally through the street grid system, creating irregular intersections and triangular spaces. To help ease traffic congestion and improve safety, the city completely redesigned 2.3 miles of Broadway from 14th Street to 59th Street, creating 65,000 square feet of pedestrian plazas. The project created areas for people to walk or even sit down for lunch in heavily-trafficked areas along Broadway, including Times Square, Madison Square and Herald Square. In all, the Department of Transportation installed 60 plazas across the city.

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Check for earthworms: They can tell the health of a soil 

Check for earthworms: They can tell the health of a soil  | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
There are five principles of soil health that all farmers need to pay attention to in their fields.

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How to protect nature on your home turf

How to protect nature on your home turf | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
I recently had the honor and pleasure of meeting Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland, a global advocate for women and children and a leader in climate change justice. She was fresh from the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris and optimistic about the result.

As we talked, she told me that the two forces that could make a huge difference in progress toward COP21 goals were women and business. She felt it essential to harness the passion and power of women who, in the developing world, will be hardest hit by a changing climate, and to harness the power of business to create passion and momentum toward the goal of keeping global temperature rise significantly beneath 2 degrees Celsius.

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Building sustainability into suburban sprawl

Building sustainability into suburban sprawl | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Fort Collins, Colo., is a growing, vibrant college town with a typical American problem: Beyond its idyllic historic city center, cookie-cutter subdivisions are eating away at farm fields, ranches and forests. According to the National Wildlife Federation, “the conversion of natural areas for homes, offices and shopping centers has become one of the most serious threats to America’s native plant and animal species.” It’s also a leading cause of biodiversity decline worldwide.

Yet one development, the Hill at Cobb Lake, stands out from the turfgrass- and pavement-covered sprawl. Here, homes clustered along a single access road leave bird-filled meadows and ancient cottonwoods untouched.

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Endangered species status sought for bluefin tuna

Endangered species status sought for bluefin tuna | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Over-fishing threatens species with extinction
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The bluefin tuna population in the Pacific Ocean has dropped so low that a coalition of conservation groups have petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act.
According to the petition, the population has declined more than 97 percent since fishing began, largely because countries have failed to reduce fishing enough to protect the iconic species, a luxury item on sushi menus.
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