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In Victory for Activists, Entergy to Close Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant; Will More Follow? – Utne Altwire

In Victory for Activists, Entergy to Close Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant; Will More Follow? – Utne Altwire | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Arnie Gundersen, A former nuclear industry executive who has coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the country and now provides independent testimony on nuclear and radiation issues.
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The Nitrogen Problem: Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse

The Nitrogen Problem: Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

"It is a painful lesson of our time that the things we depend on to make our lives more comfortable can also kill us. Our addiction to fossils fuels is the obvious example, as we come to terms with the slow motion catastrophe of climate change. But we are addicted to nitrogen, too, in the fertilizers that feed us, and it now appears that the combination of climate change and nitrogen pollution is multiplying the possibilities for wrecking the world around us."

 
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Fipronil eggs scandal: Belgium knew about the problem in June | DW 

Fipronil eggs scandal: Belgium knew about the problem in June | DW  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Belgian officials have admitted they were aware eggs may have been contaminated with the insecticide fipronil as early as June. Millions of insecticide-tainted eggs have since made it onto the German market.
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Earth Almost Certain to Warm by 2 Degrees Celsius

Earth Almost Certain to Warm by 2 Degrees Celsius | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There's only a 5 percent chance of limiting warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius, according to a forecast drawn from a statistical analysis of 150 countries' population and economic growth.
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The Earth is exhausted - we're using up its resources faster than it can provide | DW Environment | 

The Earth is exhausted - we're using up its resources faster than it can provide | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
We've already used up more resources this year than our planet can regenerate. That's bad news for our climate and for poorer countries in the Global South, which stand to lose out the most. Anne-Sophie Brändlin reports.
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The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals

The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals
The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy released a trove of rediscovered and newly digitized chemical industry and regulatory agency documents Wednesday stretching back to the 1920s. The documents are available here.

Together, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press. These papers will transform our understanding of the hazards posed by certain chemicals on the market and the fraudulence of some of the regulatory processes relied upon to protect human health and the environment.
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A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change' | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments

Via Andy Dorn, Giannis Tompros , ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA
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This is madness.....

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This is madness

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In #Chile, Many Regard #Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat

In #Chile, Many Regard #Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Drought, floods and wildfires are signs that climate change has become a harsh reality for the 17 million people of Chile. Laguna de Aculeo used to be a booming summer playground, but not anymore.

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Climate Change: Solving the Mystery of the Arctic's Clouds - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Climate Change: Solving the Mystery of the Arctic's Clouds - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Climate change has been causing dramatic, accelerated changes in the Arctic. Now, a team of researchers has deployed two planes and a ship, along with advanced new technology, to take a closer look at one of its least understood causes: clouds.
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The world's not laughing, Donald, it's crying - BBC News

The world's not laughing, Donald, it's crying - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
President Trump's statement is a very clear repudiation of the Paris climate agreement and international efforts to fund climate mitigation and adaptation in poorer countries.
In many ways it is far worse than many observers had expected.
The president clearly believes that the accord is a job killer, an economy strangler and a desperately unfair stitch-up by other countries wanting to take economic advantage of the US.
"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore," thundered President Trump, "and they won't be."
He spoke of being open to re-negotiating the deal or trying to build a new agreement - but the idea of re-working the accord is an unlikely scenario.
French President Emmanuel Macron has already dismissed the idea.
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Environmentalists vow to fight Carmichael coal mine in Australia | DW Environment | DW |

Environmentalists vow to fight Carmichael coal mine in Australia | DW Environment | DW | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Indian mining giant Adani is set to go ahead with a massive coal mine in northeastern Australia. Environmental activists have warned of the danger to the Great Barrier Reef, calling it a "disaster for the climate."
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The true cost of Germany's cheap food | Environment | DW |

The true cost of Germany's cheap food | Environment | DW | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
German researchers say food prices must rise substantially to take account of the environmental cost of industrial agriculture. Although discount supermarkets take the blame, they cater to consumers' cheap tastes.
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Fake Food: GMO crops have been a massive failure on every level

Fake Food: GMO crops have been a massive failure on every level | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

Genetically modified crops were once hailed as the solution to all manner of problems facing our planet. Proponents insisted they would reduce the need for pesticides, increase yields and help create plenty of nutritious food to feed our world.

Two decades later, however, it’s becoming increasing


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After the Mining Rush: A Visit to Faro Mine, One of Canada’s Costliest, Most Contaminated Sites

After the Mining Rush: A Visit to Faro Mine, One of Canada’s Costliest, Most Contaminated Sites | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Yukon's giant Faro Mine was once the world’s largest open-pit lead and zinc mine.

In operation from 1969 to 1998, when its last owner declared bankruptcy, the mine once generated more than 30 per cent of the Yukon's economic activity.

Now, Faro Mine is considered the second-worst contaminated site in Canada.

After nearly 20 years of maintenance and remediation planning, more than $350 million has been spent via the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan but remediation isn’t expected to begin until 2022.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has released a timeline and draft details on the remediation plan for the Faro Mine and is currently seeking public input.

Remediation activity is currently expected to cost $500 million over 10 to 15 years. The biggest cost of remediation will be covering 320 million tonnes of waste rock and 70 million tonnes of tailings. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada says the waste would cover 26,179 football fields, one metre deep.

Without remediation, the Pelly and Yukon Rivers could be polluted with toxic metals.

DeSmog Canada sent photographer Matt Jacques to Faro to see the mine's toxic legacy first-hand.
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Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year | John Abraham

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year | John Abraham | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
John Abraham: A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels
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Wildlife Crossings a Huge Success

Wildlife Crossings a Huge Success | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Car collisions with deer, elk and moose happen about a million times a year, but what if animals had their own crossings to move around safely?
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Inside Australia's War on Invasive Species

Inside Australia's War on Invasive Species | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Australian government unleashed a strain of a hemorrhagic disease virus into the wild earlier this year, hoping to curb the growth of the continent's rabbit population. This move might sound barbaric, but the government estimates that the animals—brought by British colonizers in the late 18th century—gnaw through about $115 million in crops every year. And the rabbits are not the only problem. For more than a century Australians have battled waves of invasive species with many desperate measures—including introducing nonnative predators—to limited avail.
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Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic' - BBC News

Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic' - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes.
It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so.
The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings in New York, or a billion elephants.
The great issue is that plastic items, like packaging, tend to be used for very short periods before being discarded.
More than 70% of the total production is now in waste streams, sent largely to landfill - although too much of it just litters the wider environment, including the oceans.
"We are rapidly heading towards 'Planet Plastic', and if we don't want to live on that kind of world then we may have to rethink how we use some materials, in particular plastic," Dr Roland Geyer told BBC News.
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Oops, my starfish has lost an arm | Global Ideas | DW

Oops, my starfish has lost an arm | Global Ideas | DW | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
If you think starfish are just five-armed creatures of the deep that hover over the ocean floor, think again. They are name-defying, biologically brilliant, and full of surprises. Quite literally.
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As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger

As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare it looks like a giant boulder.

Stephen Long'uriareng, 80, has walked two hours to bring her two cows and goats to this watering hole. It's really just a dam carved out the earth, where the rain water mixes with mud and turns into a dark brown color.

This is not the place Long'uriareng remembers from her youth.

"This whole place used to be green with a lot of pasture. There was nothing being experienced like drought," she said.

In fact, nomadic herders have lived off the vast expanses of grass in the Rift Valley for centuries. For years, nothing much changed around here. All the progress of an industrialized Kenya has mostly skipped people here. Only about 3 percent have electricity and more than half the population is not formally educated. That means that to a lot of people here, herding is the only way they know how to survive. But recently, as the climate has changed, the grass here has died and a way of life that has existed for centuries is in danger.
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The three-minute story of 800,000 years of climate change with a sting in the tail

The three-minute story of 800,000 years of climate change with a sting in the tail | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There are those who say the climate has always changed, and that carbon dioxide levels have always fluctuated. That’s true. But it’s also true that since the industrial revolution, CO₂ levels in the atmosphere have climbed to levels that are unprecedented over hundreds of millennia.

So here’s a short video we made, to put recent climate change and carbon dioxide emissions into the context of the past 800,000 years.
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Deep Sea Mining Industry Is Totally Wild West | The Tyee

Deep Sea Mining Industry Is Totally Wild West | The Tyee | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
[Editor's note: This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at HakaiMagazine.com.]

In the coming years, a new gold rush will begin. Deep beneath the ocean’s waves, from scalding hydrothermal vents to the frigid stretches of the abyssal plain, ocean processes have deposited vast quantities of valuable minerals on the seafloor. Now, the convergence of technological development and political will has placed this ore within reach. But like the gold rushes of old, the deep-sea-mining industry is emerging on the frontiers of society, far from legislatures and law enforcement.
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a treasure trove of rare minerals with inadequate regulations!?
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As always! Gotta make a bug and to hell with the planet.
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Dams could 'permanently damage Amazon' - BBC News

Dams could 'permanently damage Amazon' - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building programme goes ahead, scientists say.
Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction.
Researchers warn that this could affect the dynamics of the complex river system and put thousands of unique species at risk.
The study is published in the journal Nature.
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India's agricultural economy in deep crisis | Asia | DW |

India's agricultural economy in deep crisis | Asia | DW | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Fiery protests by farmers in two key Indian states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party have tossed a simmering agrarian crisis into the spotlight. Murali Krishnan reports.
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When Women Have Land Rights, the Tide Begins to Turn | Inter Press Service

Women's secure tenure rights lead to several positive development outcomes for them and their families, including resilience to climate change shocks, economic productivity, food security, health, and education. Here a young tribal woman works shoulder to shoulder with her husband planting rice saplings in India's Rayagada province. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS
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Our oceans need a government too | Global Ideas | DW | 

Our oceans need a government too | Global Ideas | DW |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Oceans cover the majority of the earth's surface and are crucial to our survival. Global warming, overfishing and pollution are all huge threats. But how can we safeguard such a vast and important resource?
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