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Grant improves water/angling on Laurel Hill Creek - Daily American Online

Grant improves water/angling on Laurel Hill Creek - Daily American Online | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Grant improves water/angling on Laurel Hill Creek Daily American Online Laurel Hill Creek just got better in terms of water quality and angling thanks to a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener grant administered by...
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Philippines struggles to balance environment, mining 

Philippines struggles to balance environment, mining  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The recent dismissal of the environment minister renowned for her staunch anti-mining stance shows the simmering squabble between climate campaigners and mining interests in the Philippines. Ana P. Santos reports.
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New analysis reveals deadly scale of diesel emissions | DW Environment 

New analysis reveals deadly scale of diesel emissions | DW Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Illegal and unregulated diesel emissions are causing tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths worldwide, a new analysis shows. Europe is particularly affected due to Dieselgate. Governments must take action, experts say.
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Global warming drives more extreme rainfall

Global warming drives more extreme rainfall | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Basic physics tells us a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, and that, at some point, that moisture will condense and fall as rain. That’s why climate scientists are certain that global warming will lead to more extreme rainfall, as has already been documented in various parts of the world the past few decades.

A new study now helps quantify the impact of warming and also reveals regional patterns that will help people prepare. According to the researchers with MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the most extreme rain events in most regions of the world will increase in intensity by 3 to 15 percent, depending on region, for every degree Celsius that the planet warms.
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India: Genetic Engineering, the Commercialization of GM Mustard and the Future of Agriculture | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

India: Genetic Engineering, the Commercialization of GM Mustard and the Future of Agriculture | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The importance of GM mustard should not be underestimated. It is central to the whole debate about the future of agriculture in India and the wider development paradigm. GM mustard is a Trojan horse that would help pave the way for ripping up the economic and social fabric of India and recast for the benefit of powerful Western corporations, not least Bayer-Monsanto (see GM Mustard in India to read my numerous articles on this issue).


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How the Varroa Mite Co-Opts Honey Bee Behaviors to Its Own Advantage

How the Varroa Mite Co-Opts Honey Bee Behaviors to Its Own Advantage | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
As the managed honey bee industry continues to grapple with significant annual colony losses, the Varroa destructor mite is emerging as the leading culprit. And, it turns out, the very nature of modern beekeeping may be giving the parasite the exact conditions it needs to spread nearly beyond control.
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A tiny island's gigantic green goals | Global Ideas |  

A tiny island's gigantic green goals | Global Ideas |   | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The smallest of the Canary Islands wants to shift to 100 percent renewable energy with wind and water power. It's an ambitious goal - but necessary in a warming world. Still, can it be done affordably?
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Widespread tree felling sparks outrage in Poland | Europe | 

Widespread tree felling sparks outrage in Poland | Europe |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are protesting against mass tree felling in Poland. The EU Commission is also threatening Warsaw with repercussions for logging in a nature reserve. Paul Flückiger reports from Warsaw.
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All the Trees Will Die, and Then So Will You

All the Trees Will Die, and Then So Will You | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The POLYPHAGOUS SHOT HOLE borer, a brown-black beetle from southeast Asia, never gets bigger than a tenth of an inch. It breeds inside trees; pregnant females drill into trunks to create networks of tunnels where they lay their eggs. The beetles also carry a fungus called Fusarium; it infects the tunnels, and when the eggs hatch, the borer larvae eat the fungus.

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France bans captive breeding of dolphins and killer whales - BBC News

France bans captive breeding of dolphins and killer whales - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
France has banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and killer whales, in a move hailed by campaigners as a major victory.
The government also banned the keeping of all whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity, except for orcas and bottlenose dolphins already held.
The association of French zoos complained they had not been consulted on the ban.
But animal rights activists said it was a "historic French advance".
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Fishing for microplastics in the Rhine | 

Fishing for microplastics in the Rhine |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists in Switzerland are concerned about microplastic pollution in the river Rhine. The tiny bits of plastic can end up in our stomachs via fish. Researchers are working on solutions.
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Balkan Lynxes - the last of their kind | 

Balkan Lynxes - the last of their kind |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Environmental activists in four countries in the western Balkans work together to save one of the rarest cats in the world - the Balkan lynx.
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'Dramatic' decline in European birds linked to industrial agriculture | DW Environment | 

'Dramatic' decline in European birds linked to industrial agriculture | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Habitat loss and a decline in insects are among the main factors influencing an alarming decrease in birds in Germany and Europe, according to new figures released by the German government.
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Unexpected Nazi-era legacy: Fish tumors | DW Environment 

Unexpected Nazi-era legacy: Fish tumors | DW Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists have found a high rate of tumors in flatfish in the Baltic Sea that could be linked to old munitions. Weaponry dumped in the sea at the end of World War II is leaching chemicals toxic to fish - and people.
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Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers

Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
In the past 50 years the quantity and rate of plant growth has shot up, says study, suggesting further warming could lead to rapid ecosystem changes
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Cities need 'hedges as well as trees' for environment - BBC News

Cities need 'hedges as well as trees' for environment - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists suggest smaller plants are better at absorbing air pollution around tall buildings.

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Can grizzlies survive global warming?

Can grizzlies survive global warming? | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The long-term survival of grizzles in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem may depend on whether they’re willing to switch from eating whitebark pine seeds to other types food.

Some of the bears have already started responding to reductions in whitebark trees by consuming more plants and berries, while others are still focused on finding stashes of the nutritious pine nuts, scientists said in a new study based on analyzing the chemical composition of what the grizzlies eat.

The research, published May 11 in PLOS ONE, focused on modeling the diets of grizzly bears in Cooke City Basin, Montana.
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EPA Can't Escape Pesticide Honey Bee Suit - Law360

EPA Can't Escape Pesticide Honey Bee Suit - Law360 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Law360, New York (May 9, 2017, 5:42 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t escape a suit brought by beekeepers, honey farmers and environmentalists alleging it failed to adequately regulate pesticides that are annihilating endangered honeybees, a California federal judge said on Monday.
U.S. District Judge Maxine M. Chesney concluded in her order that the groups had adequately demonstrated a threatened concrete interest, or an injury-in-fact, from the EPA's alleged lack of compliance with the Endangered Species Act consultation requirements, saying their recreational interests in viewing the bees at parks, rivers, marshes and other geographic locations suffice and can be adversely affected by agency action.
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Can coastal cities innovate their way out of sea level rise? | DW Environment

Can coastal cities innovate their way out of sea level rise? | DW Environment | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Dutch are attempting to "climate-proof" their port city of Rotterdam by changing its relationship with water. Other delta cities around the world will also need to innovate if they are to survive sea level rise.
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malek's comment, May 10, 10:54 AM
The headline is attention grabbing, the well-documented Dutch innovations, but the Big Surprise was at the bottom, Bangladesh Floating Gardens to fight climate change. It's always the will, not the money
Demarcio Washington's comment, May 10, 5:00 PM
Good point Malek, we need all possible ideas to fight climate change. Some plans may be huge, and others small. But, we must try all of them.
malek's comment, May 11, 8:34 AM
Right you are Demarcio, keep on trying
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Even your sea salt is almost certainly contaminated with plastic

Even your sea salt is almost certainly contaminated with plastic | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
What goes around, comes around, eventually. The latest karmic zinger is how likely you now are to find plastic particles, from packaging you might have once used, in your sea salt. Each year, humans dump 13 million metric tons of plastic into the ocean. Some of that plastic begins its life as tiny particles, such a

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 9, 12:28 PM
Ohhhhh crud.  We may need to double check our methods for making hyper saline solutions to hunt for microplastics!
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Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer - Threat to Southern California Oaks

Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer - Threat to Southern California Oaks | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Pest and Disease Threats to Southern California Oaks - Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer
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The pest in California The PSHB seems to have originated in South East Asia, possibly Vietnam.
At first, researchers identified it as the Tea Shot Hole Borer (Euwallaecea fornicatus), which it very closely resembles, but DNA evidence points to it being a new, as yet unnamed species in the same genus.
The symbiotic fungus may also be a new unnamed species, in the genus Fusarium, which is commonly associated with ambrosia beetles. The PSHB was first found at Whittier Narrows in Los Angeles County in 2003. From 2003-2010 the beetle was found on a few ornamental trees, then in 2010 it was the presumptive cause of the death of a large number of box elder street trees in Long Beach.
In 2012 the beetle was collected from a backyard avocado tree in South Gate, and from several tree species at local botanical gardens. It now appears to be established in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties, and is expanding its range in San Diego County. A single beetle was caught in Santa Cruz County in 2014. It attacks a wide range of native, ornamental, and horticultural trees, and has caused severe damage in avocado groves in Israel. As of fall 2014, it’s been found to attack over 200 species of trees in the LA area. [...]
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Very interesting. Thanks Peter, have a nice day !
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Neonicotinoid Pesticides Prevent Bees From Flying, Study Finds

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Prevent Bees From Flying, Study Finds | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A new study from the University of California San Diego has shown that neonicotinoid pesticides impede bees’ ability to fly. This is the first study to prove that field-realistic exposure to these common pesticides has such a detrimental effect on the pollinators.

The new study, which was published in Scientific Reports in late April, builds upon previous research, published in 2012 in Nature, that showed that neonicotinoid pesticides interfered with the navigational abilities of bees.
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To save monarchs, plant milkweed — lots of it!

To save monarchs, plant milkweed — lots of it! | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Saving monarch butterflies means planting a lot of their favorite food, say U.S. Geological Survey scientists, who outlined conservation measures in a new study.

After over-wintering in Mexico, monarchs rely on milkweed plants for food and breeding habitat. But milkweed has been wiped out across millions of acres. The new study measures the need in terms of stems of milkweed.

In the northern U.S. at least 860 million stems were lost during the last decade. After studying the density of Eastern migratory monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico from 1979-2002 and the amount of milkweed plants available to them in North America. The study found that 3.62 billion milkweed stems are needed to reestablish this monarch population, but only 1.34 billion stems remain in the U.S.
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Romania’s garbage dumps | 

Romania’s garbage dumps |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There are dozens of illegal landfills in Romania. The country has received millions from the EU for waste managementi. Yet, illegal waste dumps are still common.
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Global warming is reshaping the world's forests | DW Environment 

Global warming is reshaping the world's forests | DW Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
In the mountains, trees are racing uphill to escape the heat - and in Canada, invasive insects have already killed massive swaths of forest. Such changes will have significant consequences for communities and ecosystems.
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Why is the Arctic melting faster than the Antarctic? | DW Environment | 

Why is the Arctic melting faster than the Antarctic? | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A new report says the Arctic may be ice-free by 2040. The Antarctic is also melting, albeit far slower, and in a less regular pattern. Why do the two poles react so differently in the face of climate change?
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