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On a Remote Island, Lessons In How Ecosystems Function by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

On a Remote Island, Lessons In How Ecosystems Function by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Transformed by British sailors in the 19th century, Ascension Island in the South Atlantic has a unique tropical forest consisting almost entirely of alien species.

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How the demand for sand is killing rivers - BBC News

How the demand for sand is killing rivers - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
You cannot have concrete without sand. River beds are being dug up across Africa to fuel a building boom, with little thought for what this means for the health of the river, and those who depend on it, as Harriet Constable found in Kenya.
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European climate protesters take on German coal | Germany | 

European climate protesters take on German coal | Germany |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Thousands of European climate change activists have descended on the heartland of Germany's coal industry. The movement brings together a broad coalition of social justice activists wanting to challenge the status quo.
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Germans divided over return of the wolves | DW Environment | 

Wolves have been making a comeback, with a few dozen packs already roaming Germany's forests. But the return of a predator feared since ancient times has the human population fiercely divided.
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The forgotten fish: a new look at our underwater friends | DW Environment 

The forgotten fish: a new look at our underwater friends | DW Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Fish are one of the most misunderstood species of the animal kingdom. Long believed to be unfeeling, primitive creatures, scientists are now discovering that fish feel pain and are sensitive social beings.
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Farmed and Dangerous? Pacific Salmon Confront Rogue Atlantic Cousins

Farmed and Dangerous? Pacific Salmon Confront Rogue Atlantic Cousins | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
SEATTLE—Commercial fisher Ellie Kinley first laid eyes on the rogue Atlantic salmon early last Monday when her son sent her a photo of them. Those seven farmed fish should not have been in the nets. Kinley and her family are members of the Lummi Nation, a coastal tribe near Bellingham, Washington. They were fishing for chinook or king salmon, the largest Pacific species. The tribe passed along news of the Atlantic salmon to state officials, and that’s when the Lummi learned about the escape.
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Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining - BBC News

Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining.
The area, covering 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles), straddles the northern states of Amapa and Para, and is thought to be rich in gold, and other minerals.
The government said nine conservation and indigenous land areas within it would continue to be legally protected.
But activists have voiced concern that these areas could be badly compromised.
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Climate change sets the world on fire | DW Environment | 

Climate change sets the world on fire | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Southern Europe and British Columbia have been devastated by wildfires this summer. And they're not the only ones - it seems like much of the world is ablaze right now, and this could be the new normal.
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The battle for villages and forests in Germany's coal country | Global Ideas |

The battle for villages and forests in Germany's coal country | Global Ideas | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
In August, thousands of activists will take part in anti-coal demonstrations in western Germany, as mines and plants continue to operate and expand. DW looks at the impact of coal mining on people and nature there.
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Ever considered buying a forest? | Global Ideas | DW |

Ever considered buying a forest? | Global Ideas | DW | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The idea of buying a forest sounds about as realistic as buying an island, but the Remscheid-based project 'Wald 2.0' gives everyone the chance to have a bit of their own woodland. All for the common good.  
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Why toxic chemicals keep sneaking into our food | DW Environment |

Why toxic chemicals keep sneaking into our food | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The ongoing scandal over contaminated eggs has raised serious concerns about food safety. How can we ensure the quality of products we buy - and eat? And how do illegal substances end up on our plates at all?
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Whales need a summer vacation - from tourists | DW Environment |

Whales need a summer vacation - from tourists | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Mass tourism is disturbing whales and other cetaceans struggling to live peaceably in their surroundings. Collisions with ships have been an issue for some time already - but now, tourists are wanting to swim with them.
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International Orangutan Day - still threatened by extinction | DW Environment |

International Orangutan Day - still threatened by extinction | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
No hope for orangutans? Ahead of International Orangutan Day on Saturday environmentalists says the big apes are still on the brink of extinction due to deforestation.
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Is There a Better Way to Farm Fish? | The Tyee

"Last month, more than 300,000 Atlantic salmon escaped from their floating farm into the Salish Sea, off Washington state, stoking the flames of a long-running dispute over the use of open-net pens. The state has already put a moratorium on new licenses for pens, while in British Columbia, First Nations have occupied a salmon farm near Alert Bay, demanding the fish farm operations move onto land."

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United States Of America : Hudson dumps 300 m fibres into Atlantic Ocean in a day - Textile News United States Of America

United States Of America : Hudson dumps 300 m fibres into Atlantic Ocean in a day - Textile News United States Of America | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Hudson River dumps 300 million clothing fibres into the Atlantic Ocean each day, according to a study in the Marine Pollution Bulletin. Many of the fibres come from aging clothes, rinsed out with the laundry and into the environment. Approximately half of the fibres were plastic, while the remainder were spun from natural materials like cotton or wool.

Invisible to the naked eye, these fibers can cause health problems for animals and humans. An average-sized, above-ground swimming pool filled with this water would contain about 10,800 microfibres.

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Think diesel cars are dirty? Try ships! | DW Environment | 

There's massive public worry about diesel car emissions these days - but the really big polluters are plying our waters.
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Humane alternative to industrial milk farming in Britain? | DW Environment | 

Humane alternative to industrial milk farming in Britain? | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
As dairy farming in Europe becomes more industrialized, one British initiative is pushing for free-range milk. It's betting on demand for moo-juice from cows on meadows over milk from cows locked away on mega-farms.
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Ticking time bombs on the bottom of the North and Baltic Sea | DW Environment

Ticking time bombs on the bottom of the North and Baltic Sea | DW Environment | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Huge amounts of bombs and grenades rest at the bottom of the North Sea and Baltic Sea. But the risk of them exploding should be the least of our worries.
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How Sicilian oranges are being made into clothes - BBC News

How Sicilian oranges are being made into clothes - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
From fashion to energy - the rind and seeds of Sicily's most famous citrus fruit, the humble orange, are being used in a range of greener, healthier business initiatives.
In 2011, Adriana Santonocito was a design student in Milan when she first had the idea of making sustainable textiles from what was naturally abundant, and widely wasted, in her native Sicilian city of Catania.
Her challenge was to find a way for the rinds of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of oranges to be put to good use.
Now, thanks to her creative thinking, it is possible to make whole items of clothing using fibre that originated from the fruit.
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Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins - BBC News

Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Chilean government has rejected plans for a billion-dollar mining project because it would disrupt sea life, including endangered penguins.
A Chilean company, Andes Iron, had wanted to extract millions of tonnes of iron in the northern Coquimbo region as well as building a new port.
Ministers said the project did not provide sufficient environmental guarantees.
Coquimbo is close to the islands which form Chile's Humboldt Penguin Reserve.
The area is home to 80% of the world's Humboldt penguins as well as other endangered species, including blue whales, fin whales and sea otters.
Environment Minister Marcelo Mena said: "I firmly believe in development, but it cannot be at the cost of our environmental heritage or cause risk to health, or to unique ecological areas in the world."
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Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us

Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom. Overshoot is a systemic issue. Over the past century-and-a-half, enormous amounts of cheap energy from fossil fuels enabled the rapid growth of resource extraction, manufacturing, and consumption; and these in turn led to population increase, pollution, and loss of natural habitat and hence biodiversity. The human system expanded dramatically, overshooting Earth’s long-term carrying capacity for humans while upsetting the ecological systems we depend on for our survival. Until we understand and address this systemic imbalance, symptomatic treatment (doing what we can to reverse pollution dilemmas like climate change, trying to save threatened species, and hoping to feed a burgeoning population with genetically modified crops) will constitute an endlessly frustrating round of stopgap measures that are ultimately destined to fail.
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Buzz of success in Zimbabwe's forests | #GlobalIdeas

Buzz of success in Zimbabwe's forests | #GlobalIdeas | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
As organic beekeeping spreads like wildfire across eastern Zimbabwe, the industrious little insects are helping to preserve forests and prevent woodland fires.
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Your cat is killing the Earth - but you can prevent it | DW Environment

Your cat is killing the Earth - but you can prevent it | DW Environment | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
To honor cats on International Cat Day, DW encourages their human companions to protect the planet we all share. From carbon pawprint to waste to wildlife - it is in our hands to take up better practices.
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Climate change is real - and is getting worse | DW Environment 

Climate change is real - and is getting worse | DW Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Last year has broken climate records: It has been the warmest year since records began and extreme weather events have increased around the world. Two recent reports confirm, once again, that climate change is happening.
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Nature under attack in Brazil | DW Environment |

Nature under attack in Brazil | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Against a backdrop of rising deforestation and violence against activists, environmentalists are accusing Brazil's president of pushing legislation that will benefit loggers and land-grabbers in the Amazon region.
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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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