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LOOK: 'God's Bathtub' Stuns Scientists

LOOK: 'God's Bathtub' Stuns Scientists | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Scientists from Australia's University of Adelaide have identified a lake so pristine that they're calling it "God's bathtub."

Although typical freshwater ecosystems vary because of climate change and man's influences, Blue Lake on North Stradbroke Island in Queensland has remained largely unchanged for 7,500 years, according to a recent study.

The water is so clear researchers could see to the bottom -- 33 feet below.

"It's like God's bathtub," Cameron Barr, a researcher at the university and the study's lead author, told the Australian Associated Press (AAP). "It is beautiful. It is absolutely beautiful."

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A Farm For The Future (BBC Documentary)

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Opinion: We must hear – and heed – the nightingale's warning — Environmental Health News

Opinion: We must hear – and heed – the nightingale's warning — Environmental Health News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
ITHACA, N.Y. – Many birders enjoy playing an imaginary game with one another: “Blindfold me and place me anywhere in the world – I bet I can identify where I am, as long as you let me hear the birds.” This phenomenon exists because most birds are finely tuned to a narrow place on Earth. Every species has developed traits that permit it to cope with the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities of habitat in every biome, whether it’s the windswept Arctic tundra, the Antarctic ice sheets, the fog-shrouded mountaintops or the world’s driest scrubs. From giant ostriches to tiny bee hummingbirds, their ability to populate land and sea the world over is a testament to nearly 200 million years of evolutionary adaptation since diverging from the dinosaurs.
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Living Planet Report 2014

Living Planet Report 2014 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The Living Planet Report is the world's leading, science-based analysis on the health of our plan
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Barrier Islands Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

Barrier Islands Feeling the Effects of Climate Change | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new report from the National Research Council found that the effect of climate change is especially harsh on the United States barrier islands, which are also pressured by rapid development.
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Decline of bees results in bad apple crop for local farmer

Decline of bees results in bad apple crop for local farmer | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - A mysterious killer continues to wipe out many of the nation's honey bees. It could have a devastating effect nationwide, and right here in the Wabash Valley. Local farmers are already seeing the effects on a favored fall fruit. On Sunday afternoon Steve Hauser combs through his trees, getting rid of…
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The University of Chicago \ Global Warming: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change

The University of Chicago \ Global Warming: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

This class describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth’s climate. Intended for an audience without much scientific background but a healthy sense of curiosity, the class brings together insights and perspectives from physics, chemistry, biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, and even some economics—all based on a foundation of simple mathematics (algebra).


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Excellent and free-for-everyone-worldwide course on Climate Change.

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Treated Fracking Wastewater is Still Toxic

Treated Fracking Wastewater is Still Toxic | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new study has shockingly shown that fracking wastewater, even after being treated, is still contaminating drinking water.

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Green modernism would kill off the wilderness – Brandon Keim – Aeon

Green modernism would kill off the wilderness – Brandon Keim – Aeon | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Some of the world’s most powerful conservationists are giving up on wilderness. They are making a big mistake
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The Saudi Arabia of the South Pacific

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How Australia became the dirtiest polluter in the developed world.
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Noah's Ark for Fruits, Nuts and Grapes - Modern Farmer

Noah's Ark for Fruits, Nuts and Grapes - Modern Farmer | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
As climate change increasingly wipes out the fruits and nuts we eat today, we'll be turning to places like this for help.

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All over the planet, countries are completely missing their emissions targets

All over the planet, countries are completely missing their emissions targets | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Smoke emits from the chimneys of numerous brick kilns on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. The world's three biggest carbon polluting nations China, the U.S. and India all saw their emissions jump in 2013.

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Report: EPA Proposal To Expand Clean Water Protection Is Scientifically Sound

Report: EPA Proposal To Expand Clean Water Protection Is Scientifically Sound | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The proposed rule would give Clean Water Act protection to about 20 million acres of wetland and two million miles of streams.

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Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

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Coca-Cola is not the solution to hunger in Africa

Coca-Cola is not the solution to hunger in Africa | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola is the latest company to join the agricultural 'scramble for Africa', writes Miriam Ross. Backed by £600 million of British aid under the guise of 'food security' and 'nutrition', a vast give-away of Africa's land is under way that will condemn small farmers to landlessness and poverty.

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UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the world

UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the world | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

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How to Save the Woods

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David Biello reports - The first step in solving the world's forest problem is recognizing the world's forest problem.

 

Just 25 countries hold almost all of the world's undisturbed forests. More than half of that forest is in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Russia and the U.S. And only 22 percent of forestland worldwide is protected.

 


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Time for worldwide fund to save mangroves: UNEP

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World lenders should set up a 'Global Mangrove Fund' to protect these hotspots of biodiversity and vital sources of income, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday.

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West Virginia Plans To Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water To Millions

West Virginia Plans To Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water To Millions | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
After the Ohio River is done, the state is also looking at other rivers and a wildlife management area for further drilling.

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Solar energy: a sunflower solution to electricity shortage

Solar energy: a sunflower solution to electricity shortage | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new piece of solar technology from IBM not only provides electricity – it can desalinate water for sanitation and drinking, writes Robin McKie
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Crazy weather traced to Arctic's impact on jet stream - environment - 26 September 2014 - New Scientist

Crazy weather traced to Arctic's impact on jet stream - environment - 26 September 2014 - New Scientist | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Evidence is mounting that melting of Arctic ice is weakening the jet stream, causing weeks of cold, hot or stormy weather in the northern hemisphere
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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

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"For at least 70 years, the Red Delicious has dominated apple production in the United States. But since the turn of the 21st century, as the market has filled with competitors—the Gala, the Fuji, the Honeycrisp—its lead has been narrowing. Annual output has plunged."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 23, 2:05 PM

The story of the Red Delicious is almost a perfect analogy for the food industry.  It was genetically selected for its marketable skin, an aesthetically sumptuous red.  The skin of the Red Delicious better covers bruises than other varieties and tastes more bitter.  Consumers were buying what the industry promoted and “eating with their eyes and not their mouths.”  But recently there has been a backlash in the United States and more American consumer are seeking out other varieties; meanwhile the apple producers are working on exporting this variety to around the world, but especially into Chinese markets.  


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, September 25, 10:33 AM

I believe this is the rotten tasting apple that comes with your meals at Panera. 

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, September 29, 12:40 PM

I loved this article for so many reasons! One who doesn't love an old man who sticks it to the grocery store managers? Two this is a perfect example of what humans do to everything they touch. To munipulate an apples genetics so much that it no longer exists? Seriously? What ever happen to if it aint broke don't fix it? This is also the prime example of how we are as a society. As long as everything is shiny and pretty on the outside don't worry about the inside. Red Delicious apples have a nice attractive outside but the inside is usually blah..

 

I'll stick to my Honeycrisps!

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The Effects of Copper Mining on Environment and Society

The Effects of Copper Mining on Environment and Society | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A personal tale of poisoning in a former copper mining town.
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Leaders pledge to end deforestation by 2030

Leaders pledge to end deforestation by 2030 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Dozens of companies, non-profit organizations, and governments pledged to work together to halve forest loss by 2020 and end it altogether by 2030. If implemented, the commitment could reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 4.5-8.8 billion tons annually, equivalent to removing a billion cars from the world's roads.

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Changing climate, changing conservation paradigms in Canada's boreal forests

Changing climate, changing conservation paradigms in Canada's boreal forests | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Crackling heat and thick billowing smoke raced across the landscape. After weeks of scorching dry summer weather, the wildfire seemed to hungrily consume the earth. In northern Alberta, Canada, the Richardson fire of 2011 gained particular notoriety for ravaging nearly 700,000 hectares – and threatening the Athabasca oil sand development. Yet it is these very wildfires that are so crucial in shaping our boreal forests – which make up nearly one third of the world's forests.

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Andrew Heald's curator insight, September 24, 5:31 AM

Interesting piece on the challenges of conservation management of Canada's boreal forests. 

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Hemp fibres 'better than graphene'

Hemp fibres 'better than graphene' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"The waste fibres from hemp crops can be transformed into high-performance energy storage devices, scientists say.

They "cooked" cannabis bark into carbon nanosheets and built supercapacitors "on a par with or better than graphene" - the industry gold standard.

Electric cars and power tools could harness this hemp technology, the US researchers say.

They presented their work at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco."

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Climate Realities

Climate Realities | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The world is now on track to more than double current greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere by the end of the century.

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