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Factory Farming: The True Price of a Pork Chop - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Factory Farming: The True Price of a Pork Chop - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Germany slaughters 58 million pigs a year and has built an efficient meat industry second only to the US in pork exports.
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Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods

Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Efforts to save the pirarucu, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, have been a success while offering a strategy for fending off a broader freshwater extinction crisis.
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Ontario First Province To Crack Down On Pesticides Linked To Mass Die-Off Of Bees

Ontario First Province To Crack Down On Pesticides Linked To Mass Die-Off Of Bees | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Ontario has become the first province or state in North America to severely restrict a class of pesticides linked to collapses in bee populations.

The province said on Tuesday it plans to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on corn and soyb...
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The Genesis of a Bird Rescue

The Genesis of a Bird Rescue | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
One injured dove leads to the inception of the bird rescue that became Pandemonium Aviaries, now one of the largest bird sanctuaries and rare breeding facilities in the country.
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Avoiding ecosystem collapse

Avoiding ecosystem collapse | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world's most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies published in the ...

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Primates indispensable for regeneration of tropical forests

Primates indispensable for regeneration of tropical forests | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Primatologist and plant geneticists have studied the dispersal of tree seeds by New World primates. Primates can influence seed dispersal and spatial genetic kinship structure of plants that serve as their food source.

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Acid Maps Reveal Worst of Climate Change | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Acid Maps Reveal Worst of Climate Change | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Much of the change in climate change is happening to the ocean. It’s not just the extra heat hiding within the waves. The seven seas also absorb a big share of the carbon dioxide released by burning the fossilized sunshine known as coal, natural gas and oil. All those billions and billions of CO2 molecules interact with the brine to make it ever so slightly more acidic over time and, as more and more CO2 gets absorbed, the oceans become more acidic.
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Time to move ahead on removal of Ballville Dam - Port Clinton News Herald

Time to move ahead on removal of Ballville Dam
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For decades, council members, residents and officials have weighed in on whether the Ballville Dam should be removed or repaired.

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On safari in Zimbabwe – with poachers turned gamekeepers

On safari in Zimbabwe – with poachers turned gamekeepers | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Mark Butcher, winner of Guardian Travel’s Ethical award for 2014, is helping to rebuild tourism to Zimbabwe by solving local issues in concert with conservation at his Imvelo Safari Lodges
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Tourism is the essential ingredient for all his plans, but tourists themselves are still in short supply, with Zimbabwe’s international reputation as a destination only just starting to recover. Some individuals, however, have made a huge impact: one holidaying Spanish dentist returned with a full surgical team and gave the area its first ever access to dental hygiene. Mark Butcher is hugely proud of that achievement, but he doesn’t lose sight of the greatest benefit a tourist can bring, merely their presence.

 

“Poachers don’t like to be seen,” he says. “This is the frontline where the war is being fought and tourists who get here are like eyes and ears against the enemy.”

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Queensland snapper catch rate has fallen nearly 90% since 1870s – study

Queensland snapper catch rate has fallen nearly 90% since 1870s – study | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Trawl of local newspapers dating from late 19th century reveals a treasure trove of information about historical fish catches that adds to the debate about fishing stocks
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Death by dirty water: Storm runoff a risk for salmon - KOMO News

Death by dirty water: Storm runoff a risk for salmon - KOMO News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Research being conducted by scientists with NOAA, Washington State University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a promising solution to stormwater pollution, a major problem for Puget Sound and other streams and lakes in the nation.

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Why Google halted its research into renewable energy

Why Google halted its research into renewable energy | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Now, this view of what it takes to solve global warming might seem overly pessimistic — and perhaps too Silicon Valley-centric — to some. After all, other groups like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have calculated that we can drastically cut carbon emissions with today's technologies. We'll just likely need to layer on additional policies like carbon taxes, efficiency regulations, subsidies, and so forth.
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Can China tackle soaring cancer rates?

Can China tackle soaring cancer rates? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It's ten o'clock in the morning at the largest cancer hospital in Asia, a sprawling complex of buildings in Tianjin, a polluted city on China's eastern coast.

Dr Zhang Jing is already scrubbing up for her fourth operation of the day. She has the tired resignation of someone who knows she's in for a long shift at work.

Ten years ago, surgeons here removed tumours once or twice daily. Now they perform at least seven operations every shift.

The cancer hospital recently doubled in size but is still struggling to cope with demand.

"Even if we diagnose 50 patients every day, we cannot keep up," Dr Zhang says. "No matter where you go in this hospital, you will never find an empty bed."

Cancer rates may be falling in many Western countries but they are steadily rising in China.
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Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn

Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Indonesia’s new president announces plans to protect rainforest and peatlands, signalling a new direction for country with worst rate of deforestation in the world
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Mirrors could replace air conditioning by beaming heat into space

Mirrors could replace air conditioning by beaming heat into space | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a mirror that not only reflects 97% of light but also radiates heat into the cold depths of the universe
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Avoiding ecosystem collapse: Experts Weigh in

Avoiding ecosystem collapse: Experts Weigh in | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world's most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies hold the promise of helping resource managers predict, avoid, and reverse the tipping points that lead to degraded habitats, economic losses, and social upheaval.

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Ten ways remote sensing can contribute to conservation

Ten ways remote sensing can contribute to conservation | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Scientists from the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), NASA, and other organizations have partnered to focus global attention on the contribution of satellites to biodiversity conservation in a recently released study entitled "Ten Ways Remote...

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Scientist gets more support to study Deepwater Horizon spill impact on coast

Scientist gets more support to study Deepwater Horizon spill impact on coast | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in 2010, Annette Engel has been traveling the coastline by boat and foot, taking samples to study how the oil has changed the coastal ecosystems.

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These Incredible Tiny Islands Suck Pollution Out of Water

These Incredible Tiny Islands Suck Pollution Out of Water | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A Scottish company is building floating ecosystems to clean up rivers and lakes.

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...............  The islands look and work like wetlands. Man-made structures hold together their vegetation; the pollutant-sucking process works naturally. Roots suspended beneath the islands promote the growth of aquatic biofilm (the green slime you find on rocks) that “cleanse[s] the water through the breakdown, sorption, and metabolic transformation of nutrients and impurities,” explains the Biomatrix website.

 

Treatment plants have used biofilm filters for decades, reports Fast Company. But the company’s engineering additions, such as columns of synthetic fiber, maximize the growth of the beneficial bacteria that absorbs pollutants.

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Despite Persecution, Guardian of Lake Tai Spotlights China’s Polluters

Despite Persecution, Guardian of Lake Tai Spotlights China’s Polluters | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Despite pressure from Beijing, factories continue to dump toxic waste into waterways because the cost of violating the rules is lower than the cost of compliance.

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“Some progress has been made, but we haven’t yet reached a turning point,” said Ma Jun, one of the country’s leading environmentalists. “For many factories, the cost of violating the rules is lower than the cost of compliance.”

 

Also unchanged is the persecution of Mr. Wu, 46, a scrappy, self-taught environmentalist who spent three years in jail on what he said were trumped-up fraud charges — punishment, he said, for his dogged campaign against the factory owners and their local government allies, whom he blames for despoiling the lake.

Since emerging from prison in 2010, Mr. Wu has continued his advocacy work, prompting a predictable response from the authorities. He is subjected to periods of confinement at his home in Zhoutie, a village on Lake Tai. His cellphone is monitored by the police and he is barred from traveling beyond Yixing, the township in eastern Jiangsu Province that includes Zhoutie.

Plainclothes police officers often accompany him on shopping excursions, and surveillance cameras line the narrow road to his home. Vengeful officials, he said, have even stymied his efforts to find a job by warning away would-be employers. “If it wasn’t for the garden in front of my house, I’d probably starve,” said Mr. Wu, a short, pudgy-faced man who often sounds like he is shouting, even when indoors.

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But environmentalists say there is reason for hope. In April, the central government revised the nation’s environmental law for the first time since 1989, imposing steep fines on polluters and requiring companies to disclose pollution data. The regulations, which take effect in January, will also allow environmental groups to file public interest lawsuits against factories that break the law.

Mr. Ma, the environmentalist, said the new measures include important tools for cleaning up Lake Tai and other ailing bodies of water, but the key would be enforcement. “All it takes is the mayor or the head of a county saying, ‘You can’t touch this factory. It’s too important to the local economy,’ ” he said.

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Environmental Protection Agency holding hearing on LCP cleanup plan in ... - Florida Times-Union

Environmental Protection Agency holding hearing on LCP cleanup plan in ... - Florida Times-Union | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is coming to town to propose a plan for cleaning up the contaminated marshland at the former LCP Chemicals Superfund site and Glynn Environmental Coalition Executive Director Daniel Parshley wants to make...

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Russian Miner Captures Stunning Photos Of Foxes Living At The Edge Of The World

Russian Miner Captures Stunning Photos Of Foxes Living At The Edge Of The World | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
He may not be a professional wildlife photographer, but Ivan Kislov’s stunning pictures of foxes living in one of the world’s most remote regions are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Kislov is a mining engineer who works in Chukot...
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Providing Toilets And Clean Water Access Is All Talk And No Action In Some Poor Areas

Providing Toilets And Clean Water Access Is All Talk And No Action In Some Poor Areas | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
There have been significant improvements worldwide in terms of making basic water and sanitation access available, a new report found on World Toilet Day. But large gaps in funding continue to slow progress, and rural communities in the developing wo...

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7 Solutions to Climate Change Happening Now

7 Solutions to Climate Change Happening Now | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Even as the world continues to spew more carbon pollution, change has begun—and is accelerating
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Elephants are being wiped out, but not enough people seem to care

Elephants are being wiped out, but not enough people seem to care | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Bibi van der Zee: Progress on wildlife poaching is slow because there is little public pressure. Let’s hope Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ eco criminals list will help
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Fish Habitat will be restored at Orcas Pocket Beach - SanJuanIslander.com

Pocket beaches, those small beaches located between rocky headlands that play such a prominent role in the character of San Juan County’s marine shore...

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