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SW Montana creek restoration projects restore native cutthroat trout - The Missoulian

SW Montana creek restoration projects restore native cutthroat trout - The Missoulian | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
SW Montana creek restoration projects restore native cutthroat trout
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The total funding for creek restoration in the Upper Clark Fork watershed now tops $15 million.
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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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Urban agriculture: cultivating soils in the city

Urban agriculture: cultivating soils in the city | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

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Project aims to grow a 'city of trees' - BBC News

Project aims to grow a 'city of trees' - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A project aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.
Those behind City of Trees hopes the effort will not only green the region but improve our understanding of the benefits trees provide to society.
These include reducing stress, improve air quality and the amount of time shoppers spend in retail areas.
The project is also testing how trees can reduce flooding in built-up areas.
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When a tree is worth more than air conditioning

When a tree is worth more than air conditioning | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Rising temperatures in summer affect daily life and the health of people who live in cities. So what can be done? swissinfo.ch heads to Sion, the Swiss city that has heated up the most, to see what a difference its anti-heat plan has made.

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$400 million for rain forests | DW Environment | DW.COM | 20.01.2017

$400 million for rain forests | DW Environment | DW.COM | 20.01.2017 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
At the World Economic Forum, Norway announced it will set up a fund to make small-scale farmers more productive and thus fight deforestation. Food company giants are joining in.
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As climate mitigation strategies focus on Co2 emission reductions, much needed support for the lungs of our planet arrives as Norway pledges $400 million for rainforests with the assistance of the private sector. As the Green Climate Fund is being rounded out amongst members of the PCA, this particular funding focuses on small scale farmers and strives to find a balance between supporting future food security and preserving irreplaceable ecosystems.
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Trial reveals benefits of sprouted seeds in laying hen diets

Trial reveals benefits of sprouted seeds in laying hen diets | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Sprouted seeds in feed given to laying hens could boost financial returns for farmers and free up land for food production, a new study has found.

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WHO report shows urban green spaces deliver multiple health benefits

WHO report shows urban green spaces deliver multiple health benefits | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A new WHO report summarizing evidence on the health effects of green space in urban areas shows that green spaces offer numerous public health benefits, including psychological relaxation and stress reduction, enhanced physical activity and a potential reduction in exposure to – among other harmful urban factors – air pollution, noise and excessive heat. The report concludes that there is a need for both small, local green spaces situated very close to where people live and spend their day, and large green spaces that provide formal recreational facilities (such as playing fields) and opportunities to interact with nature.

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Green Infrastructure: Best Practices for Cities

Green Infrastructure: Best Practices for Cities | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Next time you take a walk around your city, look around. Is there green infrastructure near you? If not, there might be soon! Green infrastructure is becoming a more widely adopted strategy for addressing city challenges and goals.

In addition to taking root in climate action planning, cities are weaving green infrastructure into sustainability efforts and throughout myriad other initiatives. Recent articles on city climate action planning and fostering equity highlighted trends and best practices.

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It's a slug's life | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 13.01.2017

It's a slug's life | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 13.01.2017 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Tiny and slimy, slugs have the power to disgust, repel - and strip gardeners of their lettuce and their nerves. But for all their unappealing attributes, they are unique survivors that provide a legitimate eco-service.
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Big businesses vow to tackle plastics problem | DW Environment | DW.COM | 17.01.2017

Big businesses vow to tackle plastics problem | DW Environment | DW.COM | 17.01.2017 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, major corporations have signed on to an initiative to better reuse and recycle plastic packaging - to reap economic benefits, and in hopes of stemming an environmental crisis.
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Most Ocean Rubbish Ends Up Near Home

Most Ocean Rubbish Ends Up Near Home | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Australia’s national research institution CSIRO is calling on people to do the right thing with their rubbish this Christmas, with new research

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Montenegro’s pristine Lake Skadar threatened by new resort

Montenegro’s pristine Lake Skadar threatened by new resort | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Like its Adriatic neighbour Croatia, Montenegro is a rapidly-growing travel destination: in 2016 there were nearly 1.5 million visits from international tourists – up 6.9% on 2015. But although the country is known for eco-tourism and as a “soft adventure” hotspot, tourism development hasn’t been without controversy.
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Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops—such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits—to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Another Coal Barge Sinks in the Sundarbans World Heritage Site

Another Coal Barge Sinks in the Sundarbans World Heritage Site | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
On Jan. 13, the MV Aichgati, a large bulk cargo vessel carrying 1,000 tons of coal, sank in the estuary of the Pashur River in the Sundarbans World Heritage Site. In addition to the large amount of coal, hundreds of gallons of fuel oil, batteries and other toxic contaminants may now be polluting the Sundarbans.
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Is Your Omega 3 Supplement Killing Seals, Penguins, and Other Arctic Animals?

Is Your Omega 3 Supplement Killing Seals, Penguins, and Other Arctic Animals? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Over the last five years, the annual krill catch has jumped from just more than 100,000 tons to several million tons per year because with new technologies they can literally vacuum them up from the Antarctic Ocean at unprecedented rates.


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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, January 21, 11:11 PM

Did you know that your krill oil supplement could be killing Seals, Penguins, and other Arctic animals? Krill oil contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

 

There are far safer and far better ways for you to obtain your omega essential fatty acids. Each species is dependent on another. Depleting the oceans of krill harms other marine animals in the food chain.

 

Health Tips:  Consume sea veggies (seaweed) which is where fish obtain their omega fats EPA and DHA. Purslane, a common weed which grows in sidewalks is high in omega 3s EPA/DHA and has a lemony tang and is very tasty.  Arugula, romaine, and spinach are omega 3 greens Winter squash is high in omega 3s.

 

Flaxseeds, chia, hemp seed, walnuts, and other greens are rich in omega 3s Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA).  DHA is an important building block of tissue in the brain. Blue-Green Algae are rich sources of DHA.

 

Read more about “Is Your Omega 3 Supplement Killing seals, Penguins, and Other Arctic Animals”? from www.onegreenplanet.org by Gemma Davis.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/healing-our-planet site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @https://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

 

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Assessing the amount, quality, and risk of microplastic contaminants in aquatic ecosystems

Since the first reports on a dramatic increase in microplastic contamination in the sea twenty years ago, research efforts have intensified worldwide. A review in the journal Angewandte Chemie has critically evaluated thes

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The Sargasso Sea

"The Sargasso Sea occupies almost two thirds of the North Atlantic Ocean. Within this sea, circling ocean currents accumulate mats of Sargassum seaweed that shelter a surprising variety of fishes, snails, crabs, and other small animals. The animal community today is much less diverse than it was in the early 1970s, when the last detailed studies were completed in this region. This study shows that animal communities in the Sargasso Sea are definitely changing. The next step is to find out why."


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Often, we define oceans and seas based on their borders with land as their defining characteristics (this is one reason why many don't know about the Southern Ocean as a distinct body of water or consider it an ocean). The Sargasso Sea is defined by ocean currents; it is surrounded by great currents but is itself without a strong current, making it perilous for early seafarers.  These oceanic doldrums became shrouded in superstition as stories of the fabled Bermuda Triangle spread, but the truth is all in the ocean currents.   

 

Tags: water, biogeography, environment, physical.

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Geography Concepts: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships
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EPA backs away from protecting pollinators

EPA backs away from protecting pollinators | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Multiple studies have shown that neonicotinoid pesticides are having all sorts of negative impacts on bees, from killing their brain cells, to causing queen bees to lay fewer eggs. Now, the EPA has acknowledged that science, but is still failing to take action to protect critical pollinators, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

The nonprofit watchdog group says the EPA is giving in to industry pressure by failing to restrict use of the dangerous pesticides, “despite broad evidence of their well-established role in alarming declines of pollinators.”
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Food losses and waste: Navigating the inconsistencies - Global Food Security

Food losses and waste: Navigating the inconsistencies - Global Food Security | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In recent years, the question of food losses and waste (FLW) has been the subject of much debate. When it comes to food security, the preservation of natural resources and potential economic benefits, the general public, scientists and politicians all agree that FLW needs to be reduced. However, there are numerous inconsistencies in terms of how the problem of FLW has been presented and analysed. This article aims to highlight these inconsistencies and help identify the areas of research that could contribute to a more effective handling of FLW issues. The article examines: (i) whether the choice of definition(s) adopted are consistent with the problem(s) targeted; (ii) the efficiency of the methodologies used to address the issues raised, and (iii) the relevance of arguments put forward concerning FLW reduction.

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Caring of the green: Ireland wakes up to the value of public parks

Caring of the green: Ireland wakes up to the value of public parks | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Do you spend time in your local park or green space? If so, you are part of a trend which is seeing public parks become the go-to spaces for recreation and relaxation. Many researchers point to the greater need for green space in our technologically driven, urban environments. But how clean, safe and sustainable are our parks? And, can they cope with this increased demand for more diverse usage?

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Low-Canopy and Under-Served Neighborhoods | Program Highlights | The City of Portland, Oregon

Low-Canopy and Under-Served Neighborhoods | Program Highlights | The City of Portland, Oregon | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The Portland Plan envisions a more equitable city. For the Environmental Services Tree Program, this means focusing our work on providing trees and tree resources for low-canopy, low-income, and high-diversity neighborhoods. It also means we’re listening, working to shape our programs to match the input we receive so we can grow an urban forest that meets a diversity of needs.

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LA lions to roam over freeway | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 17.01.2017

LA lions to roam over freeway | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 17.01.2017 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Planning has started on the largest wildlife crossing in the world. The privately-funded bridge would allow the endangered Santa Monica mountain lion and other species to dodge safely the insanity of LA traffic.
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East Antarctica Ice Sheet More Vulnerable To Melting “Than Expected”

East Antarctica Ice Sheet More Vulnerable To Melting “Than Expected” | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Going on a mix of climate modeling, satellite observation, and on-site measurement, new research has indicated that East Antarctica’s ice sheet may be more vulnerable to melting “than e…
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Ocean acidification to hit key fisheries

Ocean acidification to hit key fisheries | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
There’s no stopping ocean acidification without stopping CO2 emissions, and that’s bad news for many marine species, including Dungeness crabs, according to new new research published in the journal Global Change Biology.

Tiny shell-forming organisms like pteropods and copepods are vulnerable to acidification, but will likely experience only a slight overall decline because they are prolific enough to offset much of the impact, the study found. But those impacts will cascade through ocean ecosystems to affect larger animals like crabs, that will suffer as their food sources decline. Dungeness crab fisheries are valued at about $220 million annually, and may face a strong downturn over the next 50 years.
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English green belt set to get 360,000 new homes

English green belt set to get 360,000 new homes | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Countryside campaigners fear ministers are set to weaken green belt protection in order to meet housebuilding targets
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Financial sting from falling honeybee numbers - The Country - The Country News

Financial sting from falling honeybee numbers - The Country - The Country News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New Zealand agriculture could lose more than $700 million a year if the honeybee population continues to decline, according to a new study into the economic consequences of a decline in pollination rates.

One of the co-authors of the study, Lincoln University Professor Stephen Wratten, from the Bio-Protection Research Centre, said it was well known that a global decline in insect pollinator populations posed a major threat to food and nutritional security.
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