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Corporate Climate Pollution Grows: Scientific American

Corporate Climate Pollution Grows: Scientific American | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gas emissions from the world's most polluting corporations continued to swell according to a new survey
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Trash-Eating “Shark” Drone Hits the Water in Rotterdam

Trash-Eating “Shark” Drone Hits the Water in Rotterdam | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Two new experimental craft could make ports cleaner and more efficient.

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Repeated oil spills threaten Peru's Amazon | Environment | DW.COM | 30.09.2016

Repeated oil spills threaten Peru's Amazon | Environment | DW.COM | 30.09.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Seven oil spills have taken place in the Peruvian Amazon in 2016 alone. This is directly harming biodiversity and the livelihoods of indigenous people. Why does it keep happening, and what are the long-term consequences?
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This Bumble Bee Is About to Go Extinct

This Bumble Bee Is About to Go Extinct | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The rusty patched bumble bee, which can be identified by a rust-colored patch on its abdomen, was once a commonly seen pollinator from the midwest to the east coast. Unfortunately, scientists believe that it has disappeared from 87 percent of its historic range since the 1990s and that its population has declined by a startling 95 percent.
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Abused and killed for their bile | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 20.09.2016

Abused and killed for their bile | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 20.09.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Because the bile of Asian black bears is big business, the animals are often abused and killed in bear farms throughout Southeast Asia. When the animals are rescued, Free the Bears gives them a new home.
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Endangered Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River

Endangered Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A man-made ecological disaster is unfolding on the Yangtze River in China which could drive a critically endangered species of fish closer to extinction in the wild, according to a news website report.
The increased threat to the Chinese sturgeon, which has existed for about 140 million years, comes after dams were opened to cope with flooding on higher reaches of the river this year.
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The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School

The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If trees are capable of learning (and you can see they are just by observing them), then the question becomes: Where do they store what they have learned and how do they access this information? After all, they don’t have brains to function as databases and manage processes. It’s the same for all plants, and that’s why some scientists are skeptical and why many of them banish to the realm of fantasy the idea of plants’ ability to learn. But along comes the Australian scientist Monica Gagliano.

Gagliano studies mimosas, also called “sensitive plants.” Mimosas are tropical creeping herbs. They make particularly good research subjects, because it is easy to get them a bit riled up and they are easier to study in the laboratory than trees are. When they are touched, they close their feathery little leaves to protect themselves. Gagliano designed an experiment where individual drops of water fell on the plants’ foliage at regular intervals. At first, the anxious leaves closed immediately, but after a while, the little plants learned there was no danger of damage from the water droplets. After that, the leaves remained open despite the drops. Even more surprising for Gagliano was the fact that the mimosas could remember and apply their lesson weeks later, even without any further tests.

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Study Confirms Tar Sands Poisoning Air in First Nations Community

Study Confirms Tar Sands Poisoning Air in First Nations Community | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The air quality has 'been a cause for concern for the people of this community since 1966,' says Fort McKay First Nation chief
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World's Biggest Sockeye Run Shut Down as Wild Pacific Salmon Fight for Survival

World's Biggest Sockeye Run Shut Down as Wild Pacific Salmon Fight for Survival | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Climate change is amplifying a long list of stressors salmon already face. This year, British Columbia's sockeye salmon run was the lowest in recorded history.

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US farmers go 'natural' for profits - BBC News

US farmers go 'natural' for profits - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
At an estimated 80% of beef cattle feeding operations in America farmers use artificial growth hormones to make the animals grow faster. But the practice is rare in the country's north-eastern states. Hilary Niles visited one farm in Vermont to find out why.
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USGS study tracks Great Lakes microplastic pollution

USGS study tracks Great Lakes microplastic pollution | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New website highlights the widespread problem of plastic debris

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Microplastic pollution is widespread in many rivers flowing into the Great Lakes, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists who recently took water samples from 29 Great Lakes tributaries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and New York. The researchers found microplastics in all those streams, which together make up about 22 percent of the water flowing into the Great Lakes.

Earlier studies have found microplastics in the Great Lakes at similar concentrations as in some of the most polluted parts of the world’s oceans, as well as in the St. Lawrence River. And several other studies have found that microplastic pollution is pretty much everywhere.
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The rare Afghan deer that survived wars - BBC News

The rare Afghan deer that survived wars - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
For more than 40 years people believed the elusive Bactrian deer was extinct in Afghanistan, unsurprising considering the conflict across the country in that time.
But then, unexpectedly, in 2013, ecologist Zalmai Moheb and a team of researchers caught a glimpse of one.
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One in seven UK species is facing extinction – here's why

One in seven UK species is facing extinction – here's why | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The union insisted farmers had “embraced the conservation agenda”, replanting hedgerows, sowing wildflowers on the borders of their fields and “using less fertiliser and pesticides than ever”.

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pdeppisch's comment, September 14, 4:05 PM
I am reading Robert Bateman's book " Thinking Like A Mountain" published in 2000 and in this book he bemoans the fact that we, humans, are destroying nature totally! Ronald Wright and Jared Diamond echoed that fact and so do countless others on twitter and Facebook and yet "economics" of the IMF and World Bank and Capitalism win the day every day! And in my estimation, it won't stop until we have destroyed the planet we depend on. There will be great gnashing of teeth when nature strikes back.
malek's comment, September 15, 8:03 AM
Right, Using Eisenhower Matrix, humans will move when it's Important and Urgent
pdeppisch's comment, September 15, 11:03 PM
But it is relative. The Oligarchy / IMF /World Bank think that economics development is the most urgent - no matter what! Some of think that saving the planet is super urgent. But if we save the planet and most of us starve then I wonder which prioroties we would pick. Anyway...... :)
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EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico | Mike Ludwig | Truth-Out.org

EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico | Mike Ludwig | Truth-Out.org | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law.

In a letter sent to EPA officials on Monday, attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity warned that the agency's draft permit for water pollution discharges in the Gulf fails to properly consider how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife.


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Amazon’s pink river dolphins reveal the bizarre impacts of seafood fraud

Amazon’s pink river dolphins reveal the bizarre impacts of seafood fraud | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In recent years numbers of South America’s freshwater dolpins have fallen. But they’re not being caught to eat, but as bait for a common catfish being fraudulently sold under a different name
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New data shows 'staggering' extent of great ape trade - BBC News

New data shows 'staggering' extent of great ape trade - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes.
Around 1,800 orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas were seized in 23 different countries since 2005, the figures show.
Since 90% of the cases were within national borders they didn't appear in major data records, which only contain international seizures.
The new database has been published at the Cites meeting here in Johannesburg.
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England needs almost double the number of marine zones to ensure healthy seas

England needs almost double the number of marine zones to ensure healthy seas | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Conservationists say 48 new protected areas are needed to fill the gaps in the ‘blue belt’ coastal network to ensure wildlife can flourish

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Owl sacrifice in India: A sinister trade | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 27.09.2016

Owl sacrifice in India: A sinister trade | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 27.09.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In India, owls are sacrificed in rituals intended to bring good fortune - and in some cases, to send bad luck to rivals. Although owls are protected by law, the black market is flourishing - as two reporters found out.
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In a Parched Corner of Xinjiang, Ancient Water Tunnels Are Running Dry

In a Parched Corner of Xinjiang, Ancient Water Tunnels Are Running Dry | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
TURPAN, China — It is an improbable journey that begins on the highest peaks of the Tianshan Mountains, where glacial snowmelt descends across one of the world’s most arid landscapes to reach the lush oasis communities of this ancient Silk Road outpost.

Powered by gravity, the water — pure and cold — makes the entire voyage underground, traveling through scores of subterranean channels, some of them 15 miles long and 100 feet deep, that were built 2,000 years ago by the pastoralists who settled this inhospitable corner of China’s far western Xinjiang region.
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Cows in Fukushima radiation zone find new purpose: science

Cows in Fukushima radiation zone find new purpose: science | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In an abandoned Japanese village, cows grazing in lush green plains begin to gather when they hear the familiar rumble of the ranch owner's mini-pickup. This isn't feeding time, though.

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Can't agree on harmfullness of GMO maize

Can't agree on harmfullness of GMO maize | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A Norwegian study suggested that GMO maize could potentially be harmfull to the environment. But the study was dismissed by the European Food Safety Authority, who claimed the study was flawed.
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A biotech startup is 3D-printing fake rhino horns to try to stop poaching

A biotech startup is 3D-printing fake rhino horns to try to stop poaching | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
File photo of a rhino after it was dehorned in an effort to deter the poaching of one of the world's endangered species, at a farm outside Klerksdorp, South Africa. Thomson Reuters

The illegal wildlife trade is a massive business, and it's killing thousands of endangered species every year.

Rhinos are among the hardest hit. The horns fetch high prices on the black market — up to $60,000 per pound, far more than the price of gold. They're used to make elaborate carvings across East Asia and also believed to have curative properties in some traditional Eastern medicines, despite a lack of evidence.

Pembient, a Seattle-based biotech startup, is trying to solve the rhino poaching crisis with a 3D printer and some clever economics. 
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Youth, women, indigenous group pay the price of logging in Kenya

Youth, women, indigenous group pay the price of logging in Kenya | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A Mongabay investigation found children as young as five employed in sawmills in Kenya’s Rift Valley, many from indigenous families evicted from their ancestral forest home. Government agencies and the timber industry have failed to acknowledge the children’s presence in the workforce.

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malek's comment, September 19, 10:18 AM
Eviction for nature? The
Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement was published by the UN in 1998 as a
framework for governments, keeping them responsible and preventing arbitrary displacement. The poor are always paying
pdeppisch's comment, September 19, 11:08 AM
Yes - the poor have always been paying and will continue to pay as the modus operandi is: "Robber Baron / Pirate economics". grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
pdeppisch's comment, September 19, 11:10 AM
Mostly because I want what you have! All of the AMericas and all of Africa was subjected to that economic principle of the strongest wins.
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Concern over falling kea numbers in New Zealand - BBC News

Concern over falling kea numbers in New Zealand - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Conservationists in New Zealand are sounding the alarm over a drop in the number of the famously inquisitive kea bird.
There are thought to be between 1,000 and 5,000 of the alpine parrots left in New Zealand, and the Kea Conservation Trust says it's seen a fall in the population in the South Island's Hawdon Valley in recent years. "When you go up into the mountains, the numbers are really concerning," volunteer Mark Brabyn tells Stuff.co.nz. "We don't want to wait until there is only a couple of hundred left to do something."
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East Germany’s old mines transformed into new lake district

East Germany’s old mines transformed into new lake district | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

""This was once one of the dirtiest areas in East Germany,” says Sören, my tour guide from IBA Tours, as our bikes swoosh through the Lusatian Lake District. “When I was growing up here, before the Wall fell, we never hung our laundry outside, and we never wore white socks, because we knew they wouldn’t be white after a few minutes. The coal dust was everywhere, all the time.”

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Indonesian seaweed farmers sue in major oil spill case - BBC News

Indonesian seaweed farmers sue in major oil spill case - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
More than 13,000 Indonesian seaweed farmers have launched a massive class action in Australia's federal court demanding compensation for the effects of Australia's worst oil spill.
In August 2009 there was a huge explosion at an oil well in Australian waters in the Timor Sea. The well was run by a subsidiary of the state-owned Thai oil firm, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company (PTTEP).
For more than 10 weeks enough oil to fill 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools spewed into the sea.
Indonesian seaweed farmers on Rote Island, 250km (155 miles) away from the well, say the disaster devastated their livelihood.
The BBC's Rebecca Henschke travelled to Rote Island to hear the stories of the people involved.
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