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Microbe Battery Makes Wastewater Worthwhile: Scientific American Podcast

Microbe Battery Makes Wastewater Worthwhile: Scientific American Podcast | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

Developed countries spend about 3 percent of all their electrical power treating wastewater. The juice  purifies contaminated material so it can be returned safely to the environment. Now researchers think they can turn this power drain into a power source. Because a new kind of battery uses microbes to produce electricity from wastewater.

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US warns of nearly invincible superbug | News | DW.COM | 26.05.2016

US warns of nearly invincible superbug | News | DW.COM | 26.05.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A strain of bacteria resistant to all known medications has been found in the US for the first time. Experts have long warned that overuse of antibiotics is creating drug-resistant bugs increasingly difficult to control.
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Our Most Iconic Places Are Under Dire Threat From Climate Change

Our Most Iconic Places Are Under Dire Threat From Climate Change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Dozens of the Earth’s most cherished World Heritage sites are under dire threat from climate change — and some may be damaged beyond saving, warns a report UNESCO released Thursday.

The agency, alongside the Union of Concerned Scientists and the United Nations Environment Program, analyzed 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries on six continent. The areas range from America’s celebrated Yellowstone National Park and Venice’s iconic Lagoon to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and the Ilulissat Icefjord in Denmark, all of which could be damaged by an onslaught of climate-related effects.
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Sick wildlife trafficker arrested after being caught with frozen tiger cubs

Sick wildlife trafficker arrested after being caught with frozen tiger cubs | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A WILDLIFE trafficker has been arrested after police seized the frozen carcasses of four tiger cubs.

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Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades

Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The Florida Everglades is a swampy wilderness the size of Delaware. In some places along the road in southern Florida, it looks like tall saw grass to the horizon, a prairie punctuated with a few twisted cypress trees. The sky is the palest blue.

But beneath the surface a different story is unfolding. Because of climate change and sea level rise, the ocean is starting to seep into the swampland. If the invasion grows worse, it could drastically change the Everglades, and a way of life for millions of residents in South Florida.
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Burger flippers deserve bonuses, bankers do not - FT.com

Burger flippers deserve bonuses, bankers do not - FT.com | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If bonus or “incentive pay” schemes work so well for senior executives and bankers, why does everyone not get them? After all, many jobs involve making important decisions or taking risks. Is there anything about corporate decisions and financial

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Graham Watson's curator insight, May 25, 6:48 PM

Diane Coyle writes a straightforward piece about the lunacy of executive pay - it's well worth a read and I particularly like the concluding sentence. Spot on. Or if you insist, it highlights the differences between extrinsic and intrinsic rewards for doing a job.



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Legalization of Industrial Hemp in America Is a No-Brainer, Says New Patagonia Film

Legalization of Industrial Hemp in America Is a No-Brainer, Says New Patagonia Film | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The multipurpose plant, which has been used for centuries to make rope, textiles, foods, personal care products and more, became a controversial substance in 1937 due to the “Marihuana Tax Act,” which basically lumped hemp with marijuana and made it illegal to grow even though the former has no psychoactive properties. Hemp is listed as a federal Schedule 1 drug in the Controlled Substances Act.
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#Monsanto weedkiller faces recall from Europe's shops after #EU fail to agree deal #Roundup #bees #glyphosate

#Monsanto weedkiller faces recall from Europe's shops after #EU fail to agree deal #Roundup #bees #glyphosate | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Leading Monsanto, Dow and Syngenta products could be withdrawn from shops by July after committee fails to agree on whether glyphosate poses a health risk to humans
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Together we can end wildlife crime

Together we can end wildlife crime | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Paula Kahumbu: A global alliance to end wildlife crime is within reach. Let’s start talking about how it can be made to work

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There are 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans. This map shows you where.

There are 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans. This map shows you where. | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The plastic in our oceans weighs the equivalent of 38,000 elephants, and, laid end-to-end, could circle the Earth 425 times.

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UN calls for overhaul of national laws to tackle wildlife crime | The Guardian

UN calls for overhaul of national laws to tackle wildlife crime | The Guardian | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
All Earth's creatures need protection from humans.  Sad that the ones that serve as the top regulators of ecosystem function are also the most visible and therefore subject to our purposeful abuse. "Countries urged to outlaw possession of wildlife and timber illegally harvested or traded elsewhere. . . ."  Source: UN calls for overhaul of…

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Copenhagen touts ‘organic food revolution’

Copenhagen touts ‘organic food revolution’ | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
An impressive 88 percent of all food served in the City of Copenhagen’s public institutions is organic, according to new figures released by the city.

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Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows
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Toxic gas beneath DRC lake threatens millions | Africa | DW.COM | 26.05.2016

Toxic gas beneath DRC lake threatens millions | Africa | DW.COM | 26.05.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A deadly threat is lurking beneath DR Congo’s Lake Kivu. Rising carbon dioxide could affect millions of residents if engineers fail to stop the gas emission from reaching the water's surface.
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Grisly Chicken Farm Footage Just Business As Usual, Activists Say

Grisly Chicken Farm Footage Just Business As Usual, Activists Say | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
An undercover investigation at a farm contracted with meat giant Tyson Foods shows horrific treatment of chickens, but what’s most disturbing is that the cruelty is not new or even unusual, animal advocates say.

Sick and deformed chickens languish in filthy, intensely crowded conditions and suffer kicking and being thrown by workers in a video released Wednesday by the nonprofit Mercy for Animals.

The group says most of the footage comes from a contract farm in Lewisburg, Tennessee, where an MFA investigator worked undercover between March 26 and May 10. But the video also includes clips from other Mercy for Animals investigations over the past year. (A “contract farm” means that Tyson provides the farmer with chickens, feed, medication and technical advice, while the farmer provides labor and housing for the birds.)

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The Howl of the Hunted Part Two

The Howl of the Hunted Part Two | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Continued from: https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/excerpt-from-the-howl-of-the-hunted/ "The mournful, eerie howl, heard at dusk and dawn, contributed greatly to the fears man had of wolves. It was believed his howls at dusk were signaling the coming of the hours of famine, witchery, or, as they were called, 'the hours of the wolf.' "In reality, the howl is one of…

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Is the lion the new rhino?

Is the lion the new rhino? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Is poaching coming to the domain of the lion? This is the third of these brutal incidents in less than a week.

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Clearcut city? Rise of Condos Means Razed Trees, Bird Evictions | The Tyee

Clearcut city? Rise of Condos Means Razed Trees, Bird Evictions | The Tyee | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The logging crew made short work of the forest, tearing down the trees, yanking out the roots and feeding the branches -- just coming into bud -- into a shredder.

The forest, clearcut this spring to make way for the massive River District development in southeast Vancouver, was a wild tangle of cottonwoods and shrubs that made ideal habitat for woodpeckers, chickadees and hummingbirds.

The birds scattered as the trees fell. And migrating songbirds, such as the yellow warblers featured in the River District's promotional materials, now arriving in "bird friendly" Vancouver will have to look elsewhere for food and nesting sites.
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Meet Chloe

Meet Chloe | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a South African wildlife sanctuary devoted to rehabilitating endangered and vulnerable animals, most notably the cheetah and rhino. In recent weeks, they have taken in several orphaned rhinos, and it is critical their security and anti-poaching efforts are maximized, for the safety of the animals and staff. Fight for…

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17 Farmers Doing Much More Than Putting Food on Your Plate

17 Farmers Doing Much More Than Putting Food on Your Plate | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Family farmers are key players in job creation and healthy economies, supplying jobs to millions and boosting markets that are vulnerable to climate change

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How To Keep Sea Turtles Safe During Nesting Season

How To Keep Sea Turtles Safe During Nesting Season | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Whether you live in the Sunshine State or are just visiting, as sea turtle nesting season hits Florida’s beaches, make sure you know what to do to keep these creatures safe.

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#Otter Family Can't Wait To See #Baby They Thought Had Drowned

#Otter Family Can't Wait To See #Baby They Thought Had Drowned | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
For the love of animals. Pass it on.

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Wildfires in West have gotten bigger, more frequent and longer since the 1980s

Wildfires in West have gotten bigger, more frequent and longer since the 1980s | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A review of more than 40 years of wildfire activity in the western U.S. demonstrates the potent effect drier, warming spring seasons, due to climate change, is having on wildfires.

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A 100-million-year partnership on the brink of extinction

A 100-million-year partnership on the brink of extinction | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A relationship that has lasted for 100 million years is at serious risk of ending, due to the effects of environmental and climate change. A species of spiny crayfish native to Australia and the tiny flatworms that depend on them are both at risk of extinction, according to researchers from the UK and Australia.

Look closely into one of the cool, freshwater streams of eastern Australia and you might find a colourful mountain spiny crayfish, from the genus Euastacus. Look even closer and you could see small tentacled flatworms, called temnocephalans, each only a few millimetres long. Temnocephalans live as specialised symbionts on the surface of the crayfish, where they catch tiny food items, or inside the crayfish's gill chamber where they can remove parasites. This is an ancient partnership, but the temnocephalans are now at risk of coextinction with their endangered hosts. Coextinction is the loss of one species, when another that it depends upon goes extinct.

In a new study, researchers from the UK and Australia reconstructed the evolutionary and ecological history of the mountain spiny crayfish and their temnocephalan symbionts to assess their coextinction risk. This study was based on DNA sequences from crayfish and temnocephalans across eastern Australia, sampled by researchers at James Cook University, sequenced at the Natural History Museum, London and Queensland Museum, and analysed at the University of Sydney and the University of Cambridge. The results are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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#Peru declares mercury #poison emergency due to gold #mining #health #pollution

#Peru declares mercury #poison emergency due to gold #mining #health #pollution | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Peru declared an environmental emergency on Monday in 11 Amazon jungle districts where mercury pollution blamed on unregulated gold mining is poisoning people and fish.

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A Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs to Go

A Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs to Go | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Of all the elements that make up Earth’s atmosphere, nitrogen is by far the most abundant. It is also one of the most inert. Nothing happens when you breathe it in, swallow it, or let it suffuse your skin. Nitrogen gas likes to stay nitrogen gas.

But in the early 20th century, two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, figured out how to pluck fertilizer from thin air by making ammonia (NH3) out of nitrogen gas (N2). You need energy, lots of it. The Haber-Bosch process relied and still relies on high temperature, high pressure, and hydrogen atoms ripped from fossil fuels. Ammonia from this process fertilizes crops, which in turn nourish you. On average, half the nitrogen in your cells might come from Haber-Bosch. “The Haber-Bosch process is one of the most important for humanity,” says Mercouri Kanatzidis, a chemist at Northwestern University.
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