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The Sun Rises on Solar Power - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by University of California

The Sun Rises on Solar Power - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by  University of California | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
We’re running out of fossil fuels and the search is on for clean alternatives. Wind, waves and hydrogen have all grabbed recent headlines, but University of California researchers are bringing back the original renewable energy source: solar power.
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Microbeads are a sign of our plastic consumer madness - Georgian Bay News

Microbeads are a sign of our plastic consumer madness - Georgian Bay News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
How much are whiter teeth and smoother skin worth to you? Are they worth the oceans that give us half the oxygen we breathe, or the myriad other creatures the seas support?

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Quake map puts new attention on Oklahoma, fracking wastewater

Quake map puts new attention on Oklahoma, fracking wastewater | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Even in an area that was becoming accustomed to earthquakes, a 5.6 temblor near Prague, Okla., in 2011 stood out. The shaking was strong enough to destroy 14 homes, cause a highway to buckle and slightly injure two people.

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Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins

Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
In spring 2011 stillborn and newborn bottlenose dolphins washed up dead on Gulf coast beaches from Louisiana to Alabama in unusually high numbers. These tiny dolphins, less than 115 centimeters long, died either before birth or soon after, perhaps from their mother's exposure to cold temperatures or to the oil released from the Macondo well for 87 days in the spring of 2010 when these babies were conceived. Yet there was no uptick in baby bottlenose dolphin deaths in Florida or Texas, areas that saw relatively little oil from BP's spill. In fact, living bottlenose dolphins from those areas got a relatively clean bill of health when examined by researchers a year after the spill whereas dolphins from Barataria Bay in Louisiana—the oiliest place in the wake of the Gulf oil spill—had a series of health issues, and one pregnant female was carrying a dead fetus.
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Japanese zoo association suspended by world body over Taiji dolphin hunts

Japanese zoo association suspended by world body over Taiji dolphin hunts | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The world’s leading zoo organisation has suspended its Japanese member over its involvement in the controversial dolphin hunts in Taiji.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Waza) has suspended the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) following a unanimous vote by its council.

As revealed by the Guardian last month, Waza has been targeted in a court action launched by conservationists who accuse it of effectively approving the dolphin hunts, where animals are forced into shallow waters and some slaughtered or picked for public display in aquariums.

The Taiji dolphin hunts gained notoriety through the documentary The Cove. Jaza, which represents Japanese aquariums that have taken dolphins from the hunt, rejected a Waza proposal for a two-year moratorium on the practice.
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With dam gone, fish return to Maryland's fresh waters - USA TODAY

With dam gone, fish return to Maryland's fresh waters - USA TODAY | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new fish passage in Bishopville will allow overfished species to reach spawning grounds.

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On 5th Anniversary Week of BP Disaster -- Another Oil Industry Trick to Keep America Addicted to Oil

On 5th Anniversary Week of BP Disaster -- Another Oil Industry Trick to Keep America Addicted to Oil | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
On this fifth anniversary week of the disastrous BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, it becomes clearer and clearer that oil spills are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to damage the oil industry is doing to our one and only planet.

The Gulf -- and its economy -- is still recovering from the BP catastrophe that shot over 200 million gallons of oil into this critical and fragile eco-system. It caused unfathomable damage to wildlife, fisheries, the coast-line, and tourist driven economy of the region.

BP Chairman Jack Gerard declared the event a "rare incident", even though, as Americans United for Change explained in a TV spot earlier this week, there are a reported 14,000 oil spills reported each year in the United States.
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Families Ditch Cars for Cargo Bikes

Families Ditch Cars for Cargo Bikes | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
When Dave Hoverman, 38, a business strategy consultant in Berkeley, Calif., goes to Costco on the weekends, he ditches his Audi Q7 and instead loads his four children into a Cetma cargo bike with a trailer hitched to the rear.

“We do all sorts of errands on the bike,” Mr. Hoverman said. “We try not to get in the car all weekend.”

Mr. Hoverman is among a growing contingent of eco-minded and health-conscious urban parents who are leaving their car keys at home and relying on high-capacity cargo bikes for family transportation.
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Chimpanzee ‘personhood’ case sows confusion

Chimpanzee ‘personhood’ case sows confusion | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
New York judge amends an order that animal rights group said granted a writ of habeas corpus to two research animals.

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22+ Heartbreaking Photos Of Pollution That Will Inspire You To Recycle

22+ Heartbreaking Photos Of Pollution That Will Inspire You To Recycle | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Surfing On A Wave Full Of Trash In Java (Indonesia), The World’s Most Populated Island source Koala Lost Her Home source Bird In Oil Spill source Turtle Trapped In Plastic Waste Couldn’t Grow Albatross Killed By Excessive Plastic Ingestion In...

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Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice and Ecosystems

Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice and Ecosystems | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The chance encounter of a Norwegian research vessel with the largest waves ever recorded amid floating packs of Arctic ice shows how such rollers could reroute shipping, damage oil platforms and threaten coastal communities with erosion. In a March report in Geophysical Research Letters scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) describe how large waves can penetrate more deeply into ice cover and break it up faster and more completely than anyone had suspected.

Less ice means more open water to generate large waves—creating a feedback loop that could doom the ice cap. (This dangerous cycle is illustrated in “Waves of Destruction” in the May issue of Scientific American.)
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Let's equate Earth to a Rubik's Cube, except that

earth has manny, many more variables and we are

screwing with it! Of course, the elite / politicians maintain there is no problem!

 

And they have never been wrong before!

 

And the

Titanic can't sink! Exxon Valdez? Torrey Canyon?

Fukushima? Three Mile Island? Chernoble?

Great Depression? Finacial Crisis? WW I?

 

Silly people!

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Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests

Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
"Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days. Spurred by the jaw-dropping losses of the 1990s, new laws (and transparent data) are helping slow the rate of deforestation in Brazil. Is it enough? Not yet. He has five ideas about what we should do next. And he asks if the lessons learned in Brazil could be applied to an even bigger problem: global climate change.

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Live small, be happy? The next new big thing

Live small, be happy? The next new big thing | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Long commutes, soaring property prices and the tiny house movement has made way for a big idea for small living. Enter the micro-flat.

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Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses

Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A program that helps low-income families and local farmers.

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Animal rights: Think outside the cage

Animal rights: Think outside the cage | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Experts are telling us what anyone with common sense already knew in their hearts: animals have empathy; they are social and loyal; they grieve and mourn their dead; and they feel pain and suffer.


Is it possible for Reno residents to look through the eyes of an animal, show empathy and compassion, and think out of the cage? If so, we can begin to address several animal rights issues here in our own backyard.


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Bumblebee extinct in Britain to be reintroduced from New Zealand

Bumblebee extinct in Britain to be reintroduced from New Zealand | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A bumblebee which died out in the UK, but survived in New Zealand after being shipped there more than 100 years ago, is to be reintroduced here under plans announced today.

Small populations of the short-haired bumblebee were established on the South Island of New Zealand after being transported there on the first refrigerated lamb boats in the late 19th century to pollinate crops of red clover.

The bees will not suffer from jet lag as they will be in hibernation when they are transported on planes in cool boxes, according to Natural England.The short-haired bumblebee became extinct in this country in 2000, but the populations on the other side of the world have clung on — although conservationists say they are unprotected and under threat.

Now Natural England, along with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT), the RSPB and bee research charity Hymettus, have launched a scheme to bring the species home.
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Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds

Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides in the same way humans get hooked on cigarettes, according to a new study, which was released as a landmark field trial provided further evidence that such neonicotinoids harm bee populations.

In a study published in the journal Nature, scientists from Newcastle Univeristy showed that bees have a preference for sugar solutions that are laced with the pesticides imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, possibly indicating they can become hooked on the chemicals.
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Bishopville Dam Removal and Fish Passage Almost Complete - WBOC TV 16

Bishopville Dam Removal and Fish Passage Almost Complete - WBOC TV 16 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The 1.4-million-dollar Bishopville Dam Removal project is almost complete after ten years.

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The Bestseller That Warned Us About California's Water Problem

The Bestseller That Warned Us About California's Water Problem | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
When most of us think of California’s irrigated acres, we visualize lush fields growing tomatoes, artichokes, strawberries, and grapes. But in California, the biggest user of underground water, mor...

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Forest protection is about to get a major boost from satellites and AI

Forest protection is about to get a major boost from satellites and AI | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Monitoring global deforestation can be a tedious process of analyzing individual satellite images from a handful of government spacecraft and trying to infer trends from relatively blurry pixels. Even so, recent advances have yielded clues about shifting hotspots of deforestation, including tropical nations and industrialized countries.

The mini-boom in the private sector satellite and satellite data processing industries, however, may soon yield a dramatically different deforestation monitoring regime. In fact, it may soon be possible to predict where deforestation is about to occur, according to James Crawford, founder of Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley company that uses a technique called deep learning to analyze massive data sets.
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Garden Tower Project Receives International Design Award for Garden Tower 2

Garden Tower Project Receives International Design Award for Garden Tower 2 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
International Design Awards, Sustainable Living, Garden Tower Project, Innovation in Food Production, Efficiency

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More and more companies opting to engage their suppliers to protect against climate shocks

More and more companies opting to engage their suppliers to protect against climate shocks | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Some of the world’s largest companies, including Toyota, Walmart and Coca-Cola, are changing the way they engage their suppliers in a bid to protect them from the impacts of a changing climate.

CDP, the global NGO that acts on behalf of investors to gather data that might point to environmental risk, has reported an “unprecedented rise” in membership of its supply chain program this year
These CDP supply chain members request disclosure on greenhouse gas emissions and environmental risk, includ

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Backyard birds enhance life in urban neighborhoods

Backyard birds enhance life in urban neighborhoods | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
How aware are you of the birds that live in your neighborhood? Do you know how many different species there are? Do enjoy your local birds, or find them annoying? J. Amy Belaire of St. Edward's University, Lynne Westphal of the U.S.

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There's Only One Thing You Need To Watch On Earth Day And This Is It

There's Only One Thing You Need To Watch On Earth Day And This Is It | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Rapper, activist and spoken word artist Prince Ea has an Earth Day message for the planet's future inhabitants: "Sorry."

In the six-minute video posted above, he covers everything from the reality of animals going extinct to trees being cut down, and how climate change affects everyone around the world.

"I'm sorry we used nature as a credit card with no spending limit," he says. "I'm sorry about our mindset because we had the nerve to call this destruction ... progress."

The rapper says he was inspired to write the piece after seeing forests destroyed while visiting Stand for Trees projects in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The organization sells "Stand for Trees Certificates," carbon credits that help to protect endangered forests.

"We owe children a better future than the one we're giving them now," he said in a press release. "This isn't just about saving trees, it's about doing what's right for billions of people around the world affected by climate change, as well as taking back the future of generations who will be affected by the actions we take today.""

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Plastics, tiny penises and human evolution — Medium

Plastics, tiny penises and human evolution — Medium | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
An Italian study in 2012 found that men’s penises were growing smaller over time — two centimetres lost from grandfather to grandson in the twentieth century. Conservative radio bloviator Rush Limbaugh knew who to blame: ‘feminazis, the chickification, and everything else’ linked to feminism. Other commentators, a bit more scientific, pointed the finger at endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as pesticides and hormones fed to cattle, as likely culprits.

For example, Bucky McMahon at Medium pinned the blame squarely on plastics, offering that ‘virtually all commercially available plastics leach synthetic estrogens,’ implying that plastics are behind the (allegedly) lost penis stature. According to McMahon, plastic-derived xenoestrogens, chemicals that mimic the effects of estrogen, are also responsible for a fall off in the sperm count in men, first reported in 1992 British Medical Journal paper written by a Danish team led by Elisabeth Carlsen (Carlsen et al. 1992; see also Le Moal et al. 2014 for more recent review; and Sharpe 2003).
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The Death of “Nature” — Introduction — Medium

The Death of “Nature” — Introduction — Medium | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The Human Dilemma

The human dilemma can be stated with stark simplicity. Who and what must we destroy to survive? Nature and we are part of the same system. The difference is we have freedom and power. We can destroy ourselves and all creation, or at least our corner of it.

We all know the drill at some level.

We know that if bird flu shows up among millions of chickens, we will destroy the whole lot.

We know that if we intend to keep eating meat we will kill all the livestock needed to accommodate us.

We can go on and on.
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