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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 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | 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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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate

Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Declining ocean oxygen can also worsen global warming in a feedback loop. In or near low oxygen areas of the oceans, microorganisms tend to produce nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas. This study's results indicate that has probably begun increasing.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 16, 5:15 PM
Here’s some really bad news. It’s been expected, but it hasn’t been confirmed until now. Global warming is robbing the oceans of the oxygen necessary for life. This is just another extinction threat from global warming.
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From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
These 12 cities around the world are starting to go car-free.
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The Indoor Garden That Can Feed an Entire Neighborhood

The Indoor Garden That Can Feed an Entire Neighborhood | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There's a lot to appreciate about the Swedish company IKEA. From its numerous projects which have helped raise awareness about the Syrian peoples' plight to its commitment to the environment by using mushroom-based packaging that decomposes within weeks, the furniture business is progressive, to say the least.
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'It's all about the water': Speaker’s presentation in DL focuses...

'It's all about the water': Speaker’s presentation in DL focuses... | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Fossil fuels, tar sands, fracking, pipelines, oil production, oil spills... these are terms that have been part of the lexicon of U.S. and Canadian culture for decades now.

But it is only within the past decade that they have been featured prominently in regional news headlines — thanks in no small part to Enbridge's catastrophic, 1-million-gallon oil spill on the Kalamazoo River in 2010, and recent protests over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Dawn Goodwin, an activist and educator from the Rice Lake area of the White Earth Reservation, spoke on these issues this past Wednesday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Detroit Lakes.

"When I was around seven years old, I started learning about water," Goodwin said, noting that even as a young girl, she was concerned about pollution and the effect it would have on the local water supply.
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Clean Disruption - Why Energy & Transportation will be Obsolete by 2030 - Oslo, March 2016

Tony Seba's Clean Disruption Keynote presentation at the Swedbank Nordic Energy Summit in Oslo, Norway, March 17th, 2016. The keynote, based on the boo
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Harvard Is One Step Closer to Developing Cheap, Long-Lasting Battery Storage

Harvard Is One Step Closer to Developing Cheap, Long-Lasting Battery Storage | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
In 2015, investments in oil and gas—fossil fuels that, along with coal, are the main drivers of global warming—declined by 25 percent, while energy produced from renewables rose by 30 percent.

Renewables are becoming increasingly competitive with fossil fuels in many sectors: According to the IEA, in the five years to the end of 2015 the price of solar energy dropped by 80 percent and wind power by a third.

Fast-developing countries—China and India, in particular—are investing millions of dollars in the renewable sector.
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Are there any pollution-free places left on Earth?

Are there any pollution-free places left on Earth? | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Humans appear to have done a thorough job of contaminating the Earth’s rivers, oceans and atmosphere, says Rachel Nuwer. Is there anywhere pristine left on the planet?
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Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change - BBC News

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.
That's according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal.
Subsidies for biomass should be immediately reviewed, the author says.
Energy from trees has become a critical part of the renewable supply in many countries including the UK.
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How do ponds fit into the global warming equation?

How do ponds fit into the global warming equation? | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Small ponds could end up having a huge impact on Earth’s climate as they warm up due to heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution, according to scientists from the University of Exeter and Queen Mary University of London. The researchers experimentally warmed a number small ponds by about 4-5 degrees Celsius over the course of seven years to study the effects of increased temperatures.

They found that warming water will accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing releases of methane. Changes observed after the first year became “amplified” over a longer period, according to the study by the University of Exeter and Queen Mary University of London

After seven years, a pond’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide was reduced by almost half, while methane release almost doubled.
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Sea ice at record low in Arctic and Antarctic | DW Environment 

Sea ice at record low in Arctic and Antarctic | DW Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Experts across the world are alarmed at how small the area covered by sea ice has become. They are saying the change is unprecedented - and they're calling for action.
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malek's comment, Today, 10:44 AM
"guilty as charged" by a human being
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And ditto for me! My sailboat pollutes and so does my 3/4 ton Suburban from 1991 which gets at best 20 liters per 100 km. :(
Eric Larson's comment, Today, 4:40 PM
I have wondered for a long time whether there really is much we can do about all of this. Does the US produce the volume of air pollution that changes the climate? Should we be going after India and China? Should we consider large livestock feeding farms as more important contributors to air pollution than we do now? Maybe we should understand where the source of this pollution is truly coming? I frankly don't know either. What I do know is that their are valleys in British Columbia that have not been free from glaciers for hundreds of years according to my brother. Something is happening.
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What is climate change?

What is climate change? | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Find out how and why the Earth's climate is changing as Paris hosts a major summit to discuss global warming.
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Climate change?
Eric Larson's curator insight, February 26, 8:59 AM
You know my brother has talked to me about how the glaciers in Northern British Columbia are disappearing and I still don't know all of what it might mean. If we have clean coal burners like the fluidized bed burners my dad designed in the 70s for coal and the new energy/old energy sources I think we can manage some pollution, but the challenge remains, how do you fill in the gaps? Another question is what is really causing climate change? Lots of open questions.   
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My Turn: Help the honeybees in Alaska

My Turn: Help the honeybees in Alaska | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Most are aware of the die off of bees in the Lower 48, called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Research scientist are at a loss of why this is happening. Several theories exist.
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Honeybees in Alaska?
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Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O Wilson – review

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O Wilson – review | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A chilling warning that we’re in danger of wiping out all wildlife on Earth

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Species Introductions Are Accelerating

Species Introductions Are Accelerating | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Invasive plants and animals introduced by humans are a damaging ecosystems and causing species extinctions.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 20, 11:21 AM
Invasive plants and animals are destroying native ecosystems. Some species that we take from their homes and release in other regions explode across the new habitat. Free from their natural competitors and diseases, the species are like Superman freed from Krypton's light. Local species cannot compete and are replaced. I've studied some of the plant species that do this. You can read what I've learned here.
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Plan to save Great Barrier Reef has been set back decades, Australian experts say | The Japan Times

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef has been set back decades, Australian experts say | The Japan Times | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
SYDNEY – Australia’s plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year, experts said Friday.

The vast coral reef — which provides a tourism boon for Australia — is under pressure from agricultural run-off, the crown-of-thorns starfish, development and climate change.
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Fracking Caused 6,648 Spills in Four States Alone, Duke Study Finds

Fracking Caused 6,648 Spills in Four States Alone, Duke Study Finds | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has long been tied to environmental risks such as spills. The frequency of spills, however, has long been murky since states do not release standardized data.

Estimates from the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) vary wildly.
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Bed of Dan River is Poisoned by Coal Ash for 70 Miles: Turtles Emerging & Dying

Bed of Dan River is Poisoned by Coal Ash for 70 Miles: Turtles Emerging & Dying | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
On February 2, 2014, a release of coal ash into the Dan River occurred at the Dan River Steam Station (Duke Energy) north of Eden, N.C. creating the Eden Ash Spill Site. The Site extends approximately 70 miles downstream from the Dan River Steam Station. The Dan River watershed is home to two identified endangered…

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 25, 8:12 PM
Trump has removed protection from streams. He is probably unaware that the problem below is typical of many situations where mine wastes threaten or actually poison our streams. However, ignorance is not a satisfactory excuse. Can Trump believers continue to support actions that carelessly threaten people and wildlife across the country? Trump promised to remove regulations that restrict business and reduce employment. But did anyone expect he would do so blindly without regard for the long-term consequences? Poisoning people so mining companies can continue profitable operations is not the right way to go. It’s worth noting that the Environmental Protection Agency forced Duke Energy to assess the coal ash problem. Without the EPA, the company would have simply ignored the problem and moved on. If it’s jobs you want, why not ask the EPA to force Duke Energy and other stream polluters to clean up their wastes? That would create many many jobs. So many.
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Feasibility and coexistence of large ecological communities

Feasibility and coexistence of large ecological communities | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The role of species interactions in controlling the interplay between the stability of ecosystems and their biodiversity is still not well understood. The ability of ecological communities to recover after small perturbations of the species abundances (local asymptotic stability) has been well studied, whereas the likelihood of a community to persist when the conditions change (structural stability) has received much less attention. Our goal is to understand the effects of diversity, interaction strengths and ecological network structure on the volume of parameter space leading to feasible equilibria. We develop a geometrical framework to study the range of conditions necessary for feasible coexistence. We show that feasibility is determined by few quantities describing the interactions, yielding a nontrivial complexity–feasibility relationship. Analysing more than 100 empirical networks, we show that the range of coexistence conditions in mutualistic systems can be analytically predicted. Finally, we characterize the geometric shape of the feasibility domain, thereby identifying the direction of perturbations that are more likely to cause extinctions.

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The controversial plan to fill a mine with nuclear waste

The controversial plan to fill a mine with nuclear waste | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The first long-term repository of its kind in the world, a disused iron mine in Germany is getting ready to receive 300,000 containers of nuclear waste – but not everyone is happy.
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Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution - BBC News

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn.
Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the IUCN.
Up to 30% of plastic released into the oceans each year comes from primary microplastics, not the disintegration of larger pieces, a report found.
Debris from tyre abrasion and synthetic fabrics are the main sources, they say.
The IUCN reviewed data from seven global regions to look at how much of the estimated 9.5 million tonnes of new plastic waste released into the oceans each year comes from primary microplastics.
These are tiny plastic particles from the likes of consumer products rather than the degradation of larger bits of plastic in the oceans.
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Exxon relents, wipes 3.5 million barrels of tar sands oil from its books

Exxon relents, wipes 3.5 million barrels of tar sands oil from its books | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
ExxonMobil announced Wednesday that it had wiped off its books all 3.5 billion barrels of tar sands oil reserves at one of its projects in Canada. Because of recent low oil prices, the company said none of those reserves can be considered economical according to the accounting rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Germany largely bans fracking with new laws | DW

Germany largely bans fracking with new laws | DW | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Particularly risky fracking is now banned until at least 2021, and "conventional" fracking will be governed by much tighter rules. For environmentalists, the laws do not go far enough: They want a complete ban.
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Risky fracking?
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Climate change in the North Sea: oysters in, cod out | DW #Environment 

Climate change in the North Sea: oysters in, cod out | DW #Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The temperature of the North Sea is increasing with climate change. Good news for immigrant species - bad news for cold-loving residents. What else does global warming have in store for marine life of the North Sea?
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Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites - BBC News

Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists.
They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked wells over a ten-year period in four states.
The biggest problems were reported in oil-rich North Dakota where 67% of the spills were recorded.
The largest spill recorded involved 100,000 litres of fluid with most related to storing and moving liquids.
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13 ways to rewild your garden to attract bees, bats, birds and hedgehogs

13 ways to rewild your garden to attract bees, bats, birds and hedgehogs | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

But we can help wildlife return: we can recreate habitats, we can reconnect spaces that might previously have been fragmented.


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Rewild your garden?