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Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses

Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A team of scientists in Italy believe they have found the molecular mechanism through which neonicotinoid pesticides adversely impacts the immune system of honey bees. The team’s experiments suggest that exposure to neonicotinoids results in increased levels of a particular protein in bees that inhibits a key molecule involved in the immune response, making the insects more susceptible to attack by harmful viruses.

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Neonicotinoids-new forms of nicotine
Just kidding but it is a very harful pestiside that makes bees more vulnerable to harmful virus attacks. 

Christian Allié's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:42 AM

..........."..............The results we report clearly indicate the need for longer-term toxicity tests, aiming at assessing how the pathogen progression in honey bees is influenced by insecticide residues and by their cumulative effects, both on adults and larvae. A comprehensive and thorough assessment of insecticide impact on bees will significantly contribute to their conservation and to the development of more sustainable protocols of intensive agriculture."

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Distributed Bulk Storage: Is This the New Shape of the Grid?

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Central versus distributed storage has been an ongoing debate. Each has its pros and cons. There are instances where the advantage of one over the other is obvious — such as central bulk storage at geological sites where caverns or water reservoirs with different elevations are almost readily

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Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream - National Geographic

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Many dams in the United States have outlived their useful lives. A movement to remove them is gaining traction and growing in ambition.

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Kansas Earthquakes Likely Tied To Rise In Fracking Wastewater, State Geologists Say

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State geologists confirmed this week that a correlation exists between increased seismic activity and the rising number of wastewater disposal wells.


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In 42 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities, rooftop solar is now cheaper than the grid!

In 42 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities, rooftop solar is now cheaper than the grid! | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
About 21 million single-family homeowners could take advantage of this bargain.

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Scotland Aiming for 100% Clean Energy by 2025 - EcoLocalizer

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While the U.S. may aim for a 15% Renewable Energy Standard by 2021, and Northern Ireland has just confirmed a much stronger target of 40% renewable energy by 2020, Scotland is aiming a bit higher. It announced today that it plans to get “at least” 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Wow.

 

Scotland is planning to export a lot of its clean energy to its neighbor to the south, England, which has lagged behind the rest of Europe on clean energy.

 


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Builders Compete to Lead on Zero Net Energy Homes

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Wall Street Journal: LAS VEGAS—Net-zero homes are going mainstream, if the home-building industry has anything to do with it. The homes, which generate more electricity in a year than they use, hav...

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Brazil's soy moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon

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In a new study to evaluate the Brazilian Soy Moratorium, researchers across the U.S. and Brazil show that the moratorium helped to drastically reduce the amount of deforestation linked to soy production in the region and was much better at curbing it than governmental policy alone.

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De Madagascar à la Chine, le scandaleux trafic du bois de rose

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Une journée de pillage ordinaire s’achève à Antanandavehely, paisible village accroché au flanc oriental de la péninsule de Masoala, la plus grande aire naturelle protégée de Madagascar, dans le nord-est de la grande île de l’océan Indien. La nuit tombe en contrebas sur le fleuve encore écrasé de soleil et les derniers radeaux chargés de bois de rose se pressent sur les berges assoupies.


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Pendant ce temps-là en Guyane... http://antilles-guyane.cirad.fr/actualites/2014/bois-de-rose
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Merci, le Cirad (entre autres) fait bien les "choses"!
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Hebei's steel cities and China's pollution crisis – in pictures

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China’s Hebei Province has some of the worst air pollution in the country and the area’s vast steel industry is a key focus of government efforts to improve air quality.

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Deal secures 3,000 acres of forest near Mount St. Helens

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Columbia Land Trust on Monday announced the conservation of more than 3,000 acres of forestland near Mount St. Helens, the latest phase in an ongoing effort by the organization to prevent development

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Roughly $400 per acre 

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Let's face it: we have to choose between our economy and our future

Let's face it: we have to choose between our economy and our future | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The new year has just begun and we’re already inundated with horrible news: two new reports have collected further evidence that human economic activity puts life on Earth at risk, and another shocked us with the fact that the 85 richest people on the planet are as wealthy as the poorest 50% – and that the gap between them is still widening. Not to mention the brutal attack on the Charlie Hebdo office, the ongoing wars and conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine and the devastating situation of refugees.

At the same time, a lot of effort is being spent to reassure us that economic growth and a capitalist economy are essential for solving what some call the “crisis of civilization”.
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USDA Unites with Partners to Improve Water Quality in Lake Champlain - USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

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USDA.gov (press release) (blog) USDA Unites with Partners to Improve Water Quality in Lake Champlain USDA.gov (press release) (blog) Lake Champlain provides habitat for more than 300 bird species and 80 fish species, holds 6.8 trillion gallons of...

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Solar parking lots sound like a great idea. Why aren’t they catching on?

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Solar canopies over parking lots would help reduce energy costs and work toward ending urban island effect. What is preventing this practical application of solar energy from becoming mainstream?
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The science is clear: Forest loss behind Brazil’s drought

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The role of tropical deforestation in global climate change has been the subject of much international discussion and debate in the media and in policy forums like the UN Climate Change Convention.


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Harris Creek oyster restoration continues - The Star Democrat

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EASTON — Oyster restoration efforts in Harris Creek resumed this month, with sights aimed for starting in the Tred Avon River soon.

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Sea turtles fall victim to 'alarming' flood of plastics entering Australian waters

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Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is treating unprecedented numbers of marine animals that have swallowed plastic debris and scientists say the tide of litter is only rising

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A Gorgeous Look at Some of the Oldest Trees on Earth

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Beth Moon’s father made an impression on her when he told stories about his childhood learning the names of birds, trees, and flowers. Around 14 years ago, while living in England, she began to photograph trees, traveling around the country in search of some of the oldest yews. She then...

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Cambodge : de nouvelles cartes mettent en évidence une forte déforestation en 2013

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De récentes cartes indiquent que le Cambodge a subi une déforestation majeure en 2013, notamment dans les espaces protégés.

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La législation du pays interdit aux détenteurs de concessions d’exploiter des forêts saines dans les étendues qui leur ont été accordées par le gouvernement. Quand les compagnies le font néanmoins dans leurs concessions, le gouvernement les défend souvent en prétendant que les forêts coupées – même des forêts protégées – étaient « dégradées ».

 

Les chiffres sur la déforestation publiés par l’Université du Maryland en 2013 ont révélé que plus des deux tiers du déboisement au cours de la précédente décennie ont eu lieu dans les zones où la couverture était la plus dense.

 

Les données de l’université sur le taux de déforestation au Cambodge diffèrent sensiblement des chiffres du gouvernement. Le gouvernement prétend que le pays n’a perdu que 0,5% de son couvert forestier entre 2002 et 2006. En 2010, il a déclaré que seulement 2% ont été perdus depuis 2006.
Chheng Kim Sun, directeur général de l’Administration forestière au ministère de l’Agriculture a indiqué cette semaine que c’étaient toujours les chiffres les plus récents du gouvernement. Il a ajouté que le gouvernement était en train de rassembler des données satellite de son côté et que de nouveaux chiffres pourraient être disponibles en 2016.

 

M. Kim Sun a précisé qu’il n’avait pas vu les données de l’Université du Maryland. Il n’a pas rejeté d’emblée leurs chiffres de déforestation mais a soutenu que la façon dont était calculée le couvert forestier et ses évolutions dépendait de sa définition de la forêt. Il a ajouté qu’il existait plus de 200 définitions du terme dans le monde entier. « Celà dépend du pays, du groupe, de la politique » a-t-il dit.

 

Le Cambodge et l’université s’accordent tous deux pour dire qu’il y a forêt uniquement là où la végétation fait au moins 5 mètres. Mais alors que le Cambodge considère qu’il suffit que 10% d’une zone soient couverts par ce type de végétation pour la qualifier de forêt, l’université semble exiger qu’au moins 25% de la zone soient couverts.

 

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Source (Zsombor Peter/Cambodia Daily) : New Maps show heavy deforestation in 2013


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SUPERFUND: Dirty ground starts to sprout clean energy projects -- Monday, Jan 26, 2015 -- www.eenews.net

Ten years after remediation was complete at the E.I. DuPont Superfund site in Newport, Del., the area had few options for reuse.

An 18-inch layer of soil capped a landfill where the toxic byproducts of pigment manufacturing had been dumped for decades. A barrier planted between the landfill and a nearby stream prevented the chemicals from migrating. The contamination no longer posed a threat to the environment or workers at nearby factories. But the land wasn't being used.
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Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline

Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Salon, January 25, 2015
 -▶  WHERE DID ALL THE SARDINES GO? Pacific sardines are suffering their worst population crash in decades, and the fallout could be catastrophic  http://www.salon.com/2015/01/25/where_did_all_the_sardines_go_partner/

 

Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2014
 -▶  WEST COAST SARDINE CRASH COULD RADIATE THROUGHOUT ECOSYSTEM http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-sardine-crash-20140106,0,3689464.story#axzz2pgLZvIKp

 

 -▶ THOUSANDS OF SEA LION PUPS DEAD FROM STARVATION: NOT ENOUGH FISH IN THE SEA http://sco.lt/6nNENV

 

 Pew Environment, December 11, 2013

 -▶  WHY SARDINES MATTER - CRITICAL MARINE SPECIES FOOD SOURCE IN STEEP DECLINE

The Pacific coast of North America supports one of the most vibrant and diverse marine ecosystems on Earth, largely because of the presence of thick schools of small prey fish such as Pacific sardines.

Unfortunately, this crucial forage fish appears to be in the midst of a severe population decline. Its absence will be felt by dozens of species of West Coast seabirds, whales, sharks, dolphins, and commercially important fish such as salmon and tuna that depend on sardines as a major food source... http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/other-resources/pacific-sardines-critical-food-source-in-steep-decline-85899526197?utm_campaign=2013-12-19%20Latest.html&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

 

                                                       VIDEO:

           FORAGE FISH KEY TO A HEALTHY OCEAN - GOING...GOING...

                                              http://sco.lt/5xliU5

 

 

 -▶  WRECKING THE OCEAN ECOSYSTEM:  OVERFISHING, COLLAPSING FISHERIES, OCEAN DEPENDENT SPECIES STARVING -- AND CLIMATE CHANGE  http://sco.lt/89htxZ

 

                                                  WATCH

                                      "SEA THE TRUTH" 

                       IN 2048 OUR OCEANS WILL BE EMPTY

http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/1838959581/sea-the-truth-in-2048-our-oceans-will-be-empty-video

 

 

▶  THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING http://sco.lt/599jsH

 

-▶  OUR OCEANS ARE DYING:  MASS EXTINCTION MAY BE INEVITABLE http://sco.lt/7dy5iL

 

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-▶ OVERFISHED AND UNDER-PROTECTED: OCEANS ON THE BRINK OF CATASTROPHIC COLLAPSE http://sco.lt/7cjPXt

 

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UNDERWATER WILDERNESS:  CREATING MARINE PROTECTED AREA
The waters off the coast of California are some of the richest in the world. But massive declines in fish species have led state leaders to begin creating large protected areas, or "no fishing zones," similar to wilderness areas on land.
http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/underwater-wilderness-creating-marine-protected-areas/

 

      In Just Over 400 years We have Disrupted 4 Billions Years Of

                                     Interdependent Ecosystems.

 

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                              Exceptional Documentary  (1:29:00)

                    "PLANET OCEAN" - WHO OWNS THE OCEANS?

                       How The Health of The Oceans Are The Pivot

                              For all of Earth's Healthy Eco Systems

           http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/en/films-tv/planet-ocean

                    


 

 

 


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'Global evolution' may not be based upon the occurance of natural selection. If it is based upon man's ignorance of keeping a necessary balance in nature, will we be in time to correct or rebalance it? From this piece, Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline, one can only wonder if this is possible and how we could be in time to save disappearing species. 

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The Mediterranean's urban sprawl: 'You know a city's near by the plastic in the sea'

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Stephen Starr: Two French oceanography researchers expected to find pollution on their 8,345km, 14-month kayak journey from Gibraltar to Istanbul – but what shocked them was the endless spread of cities along the coast...

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The Quality of the Nation’s Groundwater - 43 Million People Rely on Groundwater from Private Wells

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The Quality of the Nation’s Groundwater - 43 Million People Rely on Groundwater from Private Wells


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Where did all the sardines go?

Where did all the sardines go? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Pacific sardines are suffering their worst population crash in decades, and the fallout could be catastrophic

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Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways

Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Two hazardous chemicals never before known as oil and gas industry pollutants—ammonium and iodide—are being released and spilled into Pennsylvania and West Virginia waterways from the booming energy operations of the Marcellus shale, a new study shows.

The toxic substances, which can have a devastating impact on fish, ecosystems, and potentially, human health, are extracted from geological formations along with natural gas and oil during both hydraulic fracturing and conventional drilling operations, said Duke University scientists in a study published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

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For thousands of years, city planners have engineered water into submission — think aqueducts.

"That's really the core of modern water infrastructure," says David Sedlak, the author of Water 4.0. "It's the ancient idea that the Romans gave us. Collecting water somewhere on the outskirts of the city, sending it with gravity into the city, and then when we're done with it, we put it back underground in a sewer and send on its way."
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