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NOAA Fisheries announces funding for habitat restoration; Benbow Dam to be ... - Redwood Times

NOAA Fisheries announces funding for habitat restoration; Benbow Dam to be ... - Redwood Times | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
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In California, populations of fish like salmon and steelhead are limited by a lack of habitat.

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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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Rebuilding Canada's Fish Stocks A Rare Chance To Rewrite History

Rebuilding Canada's Fish Stocks A Rare Chance To Rewrite History | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Some Canadians may remember the collapse of the cod and groundfish fisheries in 1992, which resulted in 30,000 lost jobs and cost $4 billion dollars. As we approach the 25th anniversary of this cautionary event, we are finally seeing early signs of a fragile but broad-based cod recovery. This is a key moment in time to reflect on some critical questions: Are we prepared to address recovery differently this time? What is the overall state of Canada's ocean resources? How are we managing this world-class resource?

We set out to find the answers.

Oceana Canada commissioned scientists to assess the state of Canada's fisheries. The resulting report -- Canada's Marine Fisheries: Status, Recovery Potential and Pathways to Success by Dr. Julia Baum and Dr. Susanna Fuller -- represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date public analysis of Canada's fish stocks. The findings were very troubling.

First, less than a quarter of Canada's fish stocks can be confidently considered healthy. The status of a whopping 45 per cent couldn't be determined due to an absence of basic or up-to-date information.

Second, although most shellfish populations are in good shape, the state of many "finfish" populations remains grim, particularly for species like cod, mackerel and redfish.
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How to stop deforestation? Give indigenous people rights to land: U.N. expert

How to stop deforestation? Give indigenous people rights to land: U.N. expert | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indigenous people are better than governments at preventing forests from being cut and should be seen as a solution, not a barrier to protecting them, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People said on Tuesday.

Indigenous peoples and communities have claims to two thirds of the world's land but are legally recognized as holding only 10 percent, according to think thank World Resources Institute (WRI).

Without title deeds, indigenous communities may find their land is taken over for major development projects such as palm oil plantations and logging.
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All about the bass

All about the bass | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
STANDING on the banks of the Yellowstone river in southern Montana on the last afternoon in June, Dan Vermillion gazes at the clear, sun-dappled waters, checks the river temperature on his smartphone, and pronounces the conditions “great fishing”. Alas, this does not cheer Mr Vermillion, who grew up fishing these waters for trout and now works as a high-end outfitter, guiding the wealthy and powerful to the world’s best fly-fishing spots, from Montana to Alaska and even Mongolia. For these fine fishing conditions—with the water running clear after months of turbid flows from spring snowmelt, and the temperature at 65°F (18.3°C)—have arrived too early, by some weeks. The water should be ten degrees cooler, frowns Mr Vermillion, and data retrieved by his smartphone from a nearby measuring station shows flows at less than half their historical median level.
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Study says old, weathered oil from spills is even more toxic to fish than fresh crude

Study says old, weathered oil from spills is even more toxic to fish than fresh crude | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
It’s been six years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico failed disastrously, but scientists are still learning about how the oil affected ocean species and ecosystems.

In findings from new study released this week, researchers from the University of California, Riverside and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science reported that old, weathered oil from the spill is even more toxic than fresh crude oil. Ultraviolet light changes changes the chemistry of the oil, the scientists said, further threatening numerous commercially and ecologically important fishes.

The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster was the worst on U.S. history. More than 3 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf, contaminating spawning habitats for many fishes. The oil also killed deep sea corals and had a devastating effect on dolphin reproduction.
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6 years later, we're living with more questions than answers
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Massive Fracking Explosion in New Mexico, 36 Oil Tanks Catch Fire

Massive Fracking Explosion in New Mexico, 36 Oil Tanks Catch Fire | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
This week—as thousands of Americans urge awareness to the destruction caused by oil bomb trains—an oil field in San Juan County, New Mexico erupted in flames Monday night, highlighting the continued and increasing dangers of the fossil fuel industry.

The fire broke out around 10:15 p.m. Monday at a fracking site owned and operated by WPX Energy, setting off several explosions and temporarily closing the nearby Highway 550. Fifty-five local residents were forced out of their homes.
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South China Sea ruling won't stop plundering of ecosystem, experts say

South China Sea ruling won't stop plundering of ecosystem, experts say | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

 (Reuters) - An international tribunal's ruling that China has caused severe harm to coral reefs and endangered species in the South China Sea will not stop further damage to an already plundered ecoystem, scientists and academics said. The Permanent Court of Arbitration


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Why Do We Pretend to Clean Up Ocean Oil Spills? | The Tyee

Why Do We Pretend to Clean Up Ocean Oil Spills? | The Tyee | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A theatrical response

In many respects, society's theatrical response to catastrophic oil spills resembles the way medical professionals respond to aggressive cancer in an elderly patient. Because surgery is available, it is often used. Surgery also creates the impression that the health-care system is doing something even though it can't change or reverse the patient's ultimate condition. In an oil-based society, the cleanup delusion is also irresistible. Just as it is difficult for us to acknowledge the limits of medical intervention, society struggles to acknowledge the limits of technologies or the consequences of energy habits. And that's where the state of marine oil spill response sits today: it creates little more than an illusion of a cleanup. Scientists -- outside the oil industry -- call it "prime-time theatre" or "response theatre."
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Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests

Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and veg means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry

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Hundreds of #Offshore #Fracking Wells #Dump Billions of Gallons of #Oil #Waste Into #Gulf

Hundreds of #Offshore #Fracking Wells #Dump Billions of Gallons of #Oil #Waste Into #Gulf | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
By Andy RowellAs the U.S. shale industry comes under increasing scrutiny for its environmental and health impact, it has emerged that the U.S. has approved fracking offshore leading to billions of gallons of wastewater to be dumped at sea.The Center for Biological Diversity has released federa

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#Global #Fish #Stocks #Depleted to 'Alarming' Levels

#Global #Fish #Stocks #Depleted to 'Alarming' Levels | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A growing appetite for seafood is not a good sign for life beneath the waves

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Bees have feelings too, and scientists should respect them – Heather Swan | Aeon Essays

Scientists torturing bees to save them have nightmares about the work. Must grief be part of experimental design?
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Why #buildings #matter in the #fight against #climate #change

Why #buildings #matter in the #fight against #climate #change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

Buildings are among the biggest consumers of energy and largest contributors to global greenhouse emissions. This makes addressing sustainability in the building sector an urgent and necessary task, say experts at the International Green Building Conference 2015.


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#Tropical #Forests Overexploited by #Unsustainable #Logging

#Tropical #Forests Overexploited by #Unsustainable #Logging | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale.

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Industrial Damage Threatens Blueberry River's Way Of Life

Industrial Damage Threatens Blueberry River's Way Of Life | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Industrial activity has profoundly affected the Blueberry River First Nations in Northern B.C. A recent Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance, by the First Nations, the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecotrust, found 73 per cent of the area inside its traditional territory is within 250 metres of an industrial disturbance and 85 per cent is within 500 metres.

In other words, in much of the territory, which once supported healthy moose and caribou populations, it's difficult if not impossible to walk half a kilometre before hitting a road, seismic line or other industrial infrastructure. Local caribou populations are threatened with extinction mainly because of habitat disturbance caused by industrial activity and ensuing changes to predator-prey dynamics.
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A new power plant could devastate the world’s largest mangrove forest

A new power plant could devastate the world’s largest mangrove forest | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The proposed plants would be near the Sundarbans, a treasured ecosystem along Bangladesh's coast.

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In response to the specific concerns of environmentalists about pollution or coal spills, the statement added: “Modern ultra-Super Thermal Technology would be used in the plant, which would prevent emission of harmful dark smoke and ash. While transporting to the plant the coal would be covered. So water or air will not be polluted. The water will be processed through improved technology. No polluted or hot water will be discharged to the river.”

Despite the protests, whether it’s possible for environmentalists to stop the construction of the Rampal power plant remains unclear. The goal of the recent petition to UNESCO is to have the site added to the official list of World Heritage in Danger, which can aid in calling international attention to the threats they face and motivate governments to better assess the consequences.

According to UNESCO, “inscription of a site on the List of World Heritage in Danger requires the World Heritage Committee to develop and adopt, in consultation with the State Party concerned, a programme for corrective measures, and subsequently to monitor the situation of the site.

All efforts must be made to restore the site’s values in order to enable its removal from the List of World Heritage in Danger as soon as possible.” If the Sundarbans were to make it onto the list — which remains up to the discretion of the World Heritage Committee — Saroha notes that outcomes could range from more stringent eco-friendly technological requirements for the completed plant to the outright cancellation of the project.
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Ancient barley DNA gives insight into crop development - BBC News

Ancient barley DNA gives insight into crop development - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
An international group of scientists have analysed the DNA of 6,000 year old barley finding that it is remarkably similar to modern day varieties.
They say it could also hold the key to introducing successful genetic variation.
Due to the speed at which plants decompose, finding intact ancient plant DNA is extremely rare.
The preserved ancient barley was excavated near the Dead Sea, the journal Nature reports.
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Hong Kong's Beaches Teeming With Plastic Trash, Can Even Be Seen From Space

Hong Kong's Beaches Teeming With Plastic Trash, Can Even Be Seen From Space | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
An enormous—and unprecedented—amount of plastic waste and other marine debris has been washing up on Hong Kong's southern beaches in recent weeks.
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We don’t necessarily know best: Why cooperation, sharing and co-creating are key to solving climate crisis

We don’t necessarily know best: Why cooperation, sharing and co-creating are key to solving climate crisis | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

By Morten Kabell, Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs of Copenhagen Cooperation. Including our citizens. Getting the companies on board. These are all ways that we – that I – have talked about partnerships and cooperation in the past. Yet there has always been a tiny bit of doubt hovering in the back of my mind. This approach suggests that we, as the city government, always know best and are simply convincing the rest to run with us. In fact what we are looking for is cooperation in its truest form. Where we reap the benefits of shared knowledge, shared experiences, shared ownership and shared responsibility. Where we all play the best part we can in the process.


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How China's trawlers are emptying Guinea's oceans @Offshore stockbrokers

How China's trawlers are emptying Guinea's oceans @Offshore stockbrokers | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Foreign fishing vessels operate illegally off the coast of Guinea, depleting its fish population and destroying marine life. Despite the economic and social consequences of illegal fishing, the Guinean government has failed to police its waters because it doesn't have money to operate surveillance equipment, as the BBC's Tamasin Ford reports.

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"Foreign fishing vessels operate illegally off the coast of Guinea, depleting its fish population and destroying marine life. Despite the economic and social consequences of illegal fishing, the Guinean government has failed to police its waters because it doesn't have money to operate surveillance equipment"

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Why farmland may become a more popular neighborhood amenity than a golf course

Why farmland may become a more popular neighborhood amenity than a golf course | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Seeking farm-fresh food for flavor and health, new-home buyers move to ‘agrihoods’

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China to launch environmental probes in eight more provinces

China to launch environmental probes in eight more provinces | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
China will send inspection teams to eight more provinces and regions to see how well they are complying with state environment rules and fighting the country's war on pollution, the environment ministry said.

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Air pollution seen as another factor in honeybee decline

Air pollution seen as another factor in honeybee decline | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Air pollution is changing plant odors, which confuses bees and makes them less efficient at foraging and pollinating plants, Penn State researchers said in a new study that shows how ozone breaks down plant-emitted scent molecules.

The chemical interactions decrease both the scent molecules’ life spans and the distances they travel, the scientists reported in the new study. They found that plant-emitted hydrocarbons break down through chemical interactions with certain air pollutants such as ozone. This breakdown process results in the creation of more air pollutants, including hydroxyl and nitrate radicals, which further increase the breakdown rate of plant odors.

“Many insects have nests that are up to 3,000 feet away from their food source, which means that scents need to travel long distances before insects can detect them,” said Jose D. Fuentes, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, Penn State.
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More oil spilled in Ventura barranca than initially believed

More oil spilled in Ventura barranca than initially believed | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Crimson Pipeline officials have revised the number of gallons that leaked from a pipeline into a Ventura barranca on June 23.

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More oil that first estimated.  Would would have guessed?  I'll note my original estimate was many hundreds to more than 1,000 barrels during my initial inspection.
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The Rapid and Startling Decline of World's Vast Boreal Forests | The Tyee

The Rapid and Startling Decline of World's Vast Boreal Forests | The Tyee | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Unprecedented warming jeopardizes the critical ecosystem that makes up nearly a third of earth's forest cover.
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I think I keep saying that climate change is a fact of life and we humans maybe totally screwed. Welcome to the Stone Age. <devilish grin>
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true, a threatening notion, cheers for the devilish grin
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#Reducing #water #pollution with microbes and wood chips

#Reducing #water #pollution with microbes and wood chips | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Excess nutrients from farm fields cause widespread water pollution across the U.S. Bioreactors -- essentially, ditches filled with wood chips -- are emerging as a way to reduce nutrient pollution.

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