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CRWC Announces Award Winning Restoration Project: The Paint ...

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CRWC Announces Award Winning Restoration Project: The Paint Creek Habitat Restoration Dam Removal The Clinton River Watershed Council proudly announces.

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Neonicotinoid pesticides implicated in decline of wild bees across the UK

Neonicotinoid pesticides implicated in decline of wild bees across the UK | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Researchers with the UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology have released a new study linking neonicotinoid pesticides with a long-term decline of wild bee species.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, analyzed changes in the population of 62 wild bee species, comparing them with patters of oilseed rape crops between 1994 and 2011, as the use of commercial use of neonicotinoids became widespread.

The findings suggest that systemic pesticides contributed to a “large-scale and long-term decline” in wild bee species distributions and communities. Species that regularly forage on treated rape fields declined, on average, three times as much as species that feed on a wider variety of plants, showing that oilseed rape is a principle mechanism of neonicotinoid exposure among wild bee communities.

Neonicotinoids are applied to seeds before planting. The active compound is spread throughout the plant, which means insects ingest the chemical when they feed on the pollen and nectar of treated crops.

The exposure resulted in local extinctions of some species, the researchers said.
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English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch

English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
ASHTON HAYES, England — This small village of about 1,000 people looks like any other nestled in the countryside.

But Ashton Hayes is different in an important way when it comes to one of the world’s most pressing issues: climate change. Hundreds of residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions — they use clotheslines instead of dryers, take fewer flights, install solar panels and glaze windows to better insulate their homes.

The effort, reaching its 10th anniversary this year, has led to a 24 percent cut in emissions, according to surveys by a professor of environmental sustainability who lives here.
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Why Ghanaian frogs need a hero | Africa | DW.COM | 15.08.2016

Why Ghanaian frogs need a hero | Africa | DW.COM | 15.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Ghana is home to over 80 frog species, but environmentalists say the amphibians are disappearing. Now one man is leading the fight to save them.
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IPCC tackles 1.5 degree Celsius climate target | Environment | DW.COM | 18.08.2016

IPCC tackles 1.5 degree Celsius climate target | Environment | DW.COM | 18.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Climate experts are meeting in Geneva to consider how to keep to the warming limits agreed last year in Paris. But with the planet breaking temperature records, scientists warn we may soon overshoot the target.
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Agriculture uses an estimated 70% of the freshwater withdrawals globally and 40% of freshwater withdrawals in the United States. With severe droughts, shrinking reservoirs, and freshwater shortages in some areas of the US, water conservation is as important as ever for farmers. Here are 10 water conservation ideas that can minimize water waste. If you have another farm water conservation tip, please share it below in the comments.

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Earth Overshoot Day: Living beyond our means | Environment | DW.COM | 08.08.2016

Earth Overshoot Day: Living beyond our means | Environment | DW.COM | 08.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
We've used up more resources than the planet can regenerate in a whole year - and it's only the start of August. Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network explains why we need to check our overconsumption.
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Lake Okeechobee: a time warp for polluted water

Lake Okeechobee: a time warp for polluted water | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Thirty years and $2 billion later, Lake Okeechobee pollution remains three to four times higher than target limits set in 2000 while the state focused clean-up efforts to the south, where a federal lawsuit set strict limits on pollution.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 16, 1:45 PM
The answers here should have been straightforward.  But the reality was that they were politically difficult, requiring actual leadership and the expenditure of funds to reign in selfish, short-term benefits to few at the expense of everything else.

Florida is (unfortunately) a basket case when it comes to water quality and serious efforts to bolster sustainable systems.
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Spanish 'foie gras' from happy geese | Environment | DW.COM | 19.08.2016

Spanish 'foie gras' from happy geese | Environment | DW.COM | 19.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A farmer in Spain produces wild-grown foie-gras goose liver, sustainably harvested from wild migratory geese. No force-feeding is involved. Could this act as a role model for farming done right, in tune with nature?
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Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun

Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s “frozen wall of earth” has failed to prevent groundwater from entering the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and the utility needs a new plan to address the problem, experts said.

An expert panel with the Nuclear Regulation Authority received a report from TEPCO on the current state of the project on Aug. 18. The experts said the ice wall project, almost in its fifth month, has shown little or no success.
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Neonic pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline - BBC News

Neonic pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The large-scale, long-term decline in wild bees across England has been linked to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides by a new study.
Over 18 years, researchers analysed bees who forage heavily on oilseed rape, a crop widely treated with "neonics".
The scientists attribute half of the total decline in wild bees to the use of these chemicals.
Industry sources say the study shows an association, not a cause and effect.
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Caroline Plouff | Agricultural Economics - Video Dailymotion

Global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by the use of information, communication, and associated technologies.

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These toxins in our food almost certainly shouldn’t be there

These toxins in our food almost certainly shouldn’t be there | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In a university laboratory in Belfast, a student named Terry is holding an infrared sensor over a tiny dish of powdered oregano. At least, it was labelled ‘dried oregano’ for the food market. But is it?
As the sensor’s light hits the material, a software programme performs an analysis. This time the substance is a good match. It quite often isn’t. In some batches, up to 40% of the ‘dried oregano’ came from leaves of another plant, such as myrtle or olive trees.
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Industrial Revolution Kick-Started Climate Change Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

Industrial Revolution Kick-Started Climate Change Much Earlier Than Previously Thought | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Determining when global warming began and how quickly the planet has warmed since then, is essential for understanding how much we have altered the climate in different parts of the world
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First Nation Serves Evictions Notices to BC Fish Farms | The Tyee

The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, whose traditional lands includes much of the Broughton Archipelago, have boarded two Japanese-owned fish farms and delivered eviction orders to remove their operations from unceded territories over the last six days.
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UNESCO seeks to protect natural wonders in the high seas | Environment | DW.COM | 04.08.2016

UNESCO seeks to protect natural wonders in the high seas | Environment | DW.COM | 04.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
UNESCO is proposing adding sites in the high seas to the World Heritage List. These natural wonders are in international waters. Heritage status could help protect them against pollution and overfishing.
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Pesticides also harmful to wild bees and butterflies, scientists say | Environment | DW.COM | 17.08.2016

Pesticides also harmful to wild bees and butterflies, scientists say | Environment | DW.COM | 17.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Neonicotinoids, a widely used class of insecticide, are suspected of harming honeybee populations. But there is growing evidence that they might also have detrimental effects on other important pollinators.
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Toxic chemicals in food raise health concerns in Cambodia | Asia | DW.COM | 18.08.2016

Toxic chemicals in food raise health concerns in Cambodia | Asia | DW.COM | 18.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
To meet growing demand for food, Cambodian farmers have been increasingly resorting to the use of chemical fertilizers and some banned pesticides. But many are concerned about their negative effect on public health.
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Should animals have 'human' rights? | Environment | DW.COM | 29.07.2016

Should animals have 'human' rights? | Environment | DW.COM | 29.07.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Animals like gorillas and chimpanzees are closely related to humans. But they have no rights. Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics tells DW why great apes should be legally recognized and why animal interests matter.
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Slimy Green Beaches May Be Florida's New Normal

Slimy Green Beaches May Be Florida's New Normal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The guacamole-thick algae that fouled both coasts earlier in July will likely be a regular occurrence for the Sunshine State. Here’s why.

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Man, I think we need to add a algal bloom score to our beach assessments!
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A slippery decision: Chevron oil pollution in Ecuador | Environment | DW.COM | 09.08.2016

A slippery decision: Chevron oil pollution in Ecuador | Environment | DW.COM | 09.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Chevron has won a key challenge against a multi-billion-dollar judgment over polluting the Ecuadorian Amazon with toxic oil waste. But the case is far from over - a challenge is still pending in Canada.
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#Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth #climate #EU #G20 #Africa #Asia #USA #America #Brazil

#Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth #climate #EU #G20 #Africa #Asia #USA #America #Brazil | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Toxic algae blooms, perhaps accelerated by ocean warming and other climate shifts, are spreading, poisoning marine life and people.
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6 Million Americans in 33 States Are Drinking Toxic 'Teflon Chemicals' With Their Water

6 Million Americans in 33 States Are Drinking Toxic 'Teflon Chemicals' With Their Water | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
At least 6 million Americans in 33 states are being exposed to unsafe levels of industrial perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals in their drinking water, found a study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters.
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'Industrial' farms should lose subsidies - BBC News

'Industrial' farms should lose subsidies - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Large-scale "industrial" farms are receiving too much money in the form of EU subsidies, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has said.
The claim is made in a publication by the charity which sets out a vision for the future of post-Brexit agriculture.
The CPRE says these large-scale operations damage the environment and put smaller farmers out of business.
To benefit countryside and rural communities, subsidies should instead go to smaller, more diverse farms.
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‘There Is a Dead One There’: Patrolling Fish Farms with Alexandra Morton | The Tyee

It is early morning and Alexandra Morton has parked a small outboard near the Venture Point fish farm in the deep waters of the Okisollo channel just off Vancouver Island.

The private facility run by Cermaq, a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation,
operates on public waters and that very geographic fact allows critics like Morton to probe around.
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Human #Consumption of Earth's Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years

Human #Consumption of Earth's Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A report says rising consumption driven by a growing middle class has seen resources extraction increase from 22 billion tons in 1970 to 70 billon tons in 2010

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