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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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‘Devastated’: scientists too late to captive breed mammal lost to climate change

‘Devastated’: scientists too late to captive breed mammal lost to climate change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Australian conservationists spent five months obtaining permissions and planning for a captive breeding programme for the Bramble Cay melomys. But when they arrived on the rodent’s tiny, low-lying island, they discovered they were too late.
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German city Dessau experiments with rewilding | Environment | DW.COM | 24.06.2016

German city Dessau experiments with rewilding | Environment | DW.COM | 24.06.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Dessau is shrinking. With the town's population declining, city planners had to decide what to do with acres of empty lots left where apartment buildings and factories used to be. Their solution: Urban wildlands.
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Campaigners say EU reform hasn't brought sustainability to fisheries | Environment | DW.COM | 15.06.2016

Campaigners say EU reform hasn't brought sustainability to fisheries | Environment | DW.COM | 15.06.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A 2013 reform was supposed to end an absurd situation where fishermen were dumping perfectly good fish back into the sea, dead. But it's not going entirely to plan.
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Organic farming - helping the environment, thanks to the community | Environment | DW.COM | 28.06.2016

Organic farming - helping the environment, thanks to the community | Environment | DW.COM | 28.06.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Conventional agriculture in Europe is facing problems. But in Germany, an old solution is again coming to the fore: community-supported agriculture. It brings together producers and consumers, enabling organic farming.
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Buenos Aires to Close 140-Year-Old Zoo, Saying 'Captivity Is Degrading’

Buenos Aires to Close 140-Year-Old Zoo, Saying 'Captivity Is Degrading’ | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Buenos Aires is shutting down its zoo to give the animals a better life.

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, mayor of Argentina’s capital city, said keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading, The Guardian reported. The zoo’s 2,500 animals—89 species of mammals, 49 species of reptiles and 175 species of birds—will be moved to nature reserves throughout the country, where they will live in more suitable environments. Older animals and those too sick to be moved will remain on site but not on display.
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Mass Sea Star Deaths Shake Up Marine Food Chain | The Tyee

Mass Sea Star Deaths Shake Up Marine Food Chain | The Tyee | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The mass death of sea stars on North America's west coast in 2013 was one of the largest events of wildlife mortality ever recorded. And with millions of sea stars dying between Alaska and Mexico's coasts, the status quo of marine food chains has been transformed, scientists have found.
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Can Walmart's food labels make a dent in America's $29bn food waste problem?

Can Walmart's food labels make a dent in America's $29bn  food waste problem? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever paused before tossing a can of food in the trash after seeing the date on the label, you’re not alone.

Whether it’s because of habit, cultural norms or a genuine fear of getting sick, most consumers err on the safe side and avoid foods that have passed the date stamped on their labels. As a result, an enormous amount of the food that goes uneaten around the world gets wasted at home. Confusion over labels leads Americans to throw away an estimated $29bn worth of still edible food each year.

Walmart, one of the nation’s largest food retailers, has been working on a fix. It requires suppliers of its private label Great Value line of products to use the same, standardized date label for its non-perishable foods: “Best if used by”.
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4 States Struggling to Manage Radioactive Fracking Waste

4 States Struggling to Manage Radioactive Fracking Waste | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

"The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year.

But the rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas drilling byproducts—which include brine, sludge, rock and soiled equipment—leaving tracking and handling to states that may be reluctant to alienate energy interests."

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Lawsuit Filed Against 3M for Dumping Toxic Chemicals Into the Tennessee River

Lawsuit Filed Against 3M for Dumping Toxic Chemicals Into the Tennessee River | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
With a major American river poisoned by toxic chemicals dumped into it by one of the nation’s largest corporations, Tennessee Riverkeeper has filed a federal lawsuit against 3M Company and other defendants under the U.S. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
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Utah's Great Salt Lake shrinks as water use increases

Utah's Great Salt Lake shrinks as water use increases | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Water from the lake is being diverted to support the state's growing population at the expense of the environment.

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What 90,000 Indigenous People Have to Say About Climate Change

What 90,000 Indigenous People Have to Say About Climate Change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A new study employs thousands observations to try and fill some major gaps in climate science.

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The #Arctic is #melting at an unprecedented rate and key drivers are changes in snow and ice albedo. #CLIMATE #environment

The #Arctic is #melting at an unprecedented rate and key drivers are changes in snow and ice albedo. #CLIMATE #environment | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
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Stressed Indus River threatens Pakistan’s water supplies

Stressed Indus River threatens Pakistan’s water supplies | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The Indus River, which supports the lives of 300 million people, is supplying Pakistan with less water than it did 50 years ago, particularly in the spring and summer, researchers have found. The news comes as demand for water is projected to rise sharply.
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EU strikes blow against illegal wildlife trade | Environment | DW.COM | 20.06.2016

EU strikes blow against illegal wildlife trade | Environment | DW.COM | 20.06.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The EU's approval of wildlife trade measures helps even up the battle against a long list of foes: criminal gangs, tribes hunting to feed their families, even corrupt guards supposed to protect animals.
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The unhealthy history of meat and mankind | Biodiversity | DW.COM | 24.06.2016

The unhealthy history of meat and mankind | Biodiversity | DW.COM | 24.06.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Eating lots of meat was key to our ancestors evolving into modern man. But, says author Marta Zaraska, our relationship to meat has gone off the rails. In fact, we need to chew it over.
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Deadliest year ever for environmental activism | Environment | DW.COM | 20.06.2016

Deadliest year ever for environmental activism | Environment | DW.COM | 20.06.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Falling commodity prices are prompting land grabs by mining and forestry companies - often by force. That's driving a disturbing trend: 2015 saw more murders of environmental activists than ever before.
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The evil egg: Chile bans Kinder Surprise | World | DW.COM | 28.06.2016

The evil egg: Chile bans Kinder Surprise | World | DW.COM | 28.06.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The South American country introduced one of the strictest food labeling laws in the world and the chocolate egg landed on the chopping block. Chile isn't the only country where the kid-targeted candy is prohibited.
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Monsanto vs. People Power: EU Glyphosate License Set to Expire June 30

Monsanto vs. People Power: EU Glyphosate License Set to Expire June 30 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The European Commission failed for a third time last week to secure the support of a majority of EU governments for an extension of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other herbicides.

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Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world

Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — The cod isn't just a fish to David Goethel. It's his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry.

"I paid for my education, my wife's education, my house, my kids' education; my slice of America was paid for on cod," said Goethel, a 30-year veteran of these waters that once teemed with New England's signature fish.

But on this chilly, windy Saturday in April, after 12 hours out in the Gulf of Maine, he has caught exactly two cod, and he feels far removed from the 1990s, when he could catch 2,000 pounds in a day.

His boat, the Ellen Diane, a 44-foot fishing trawler named for his wife, is the only vessel pulling into the Yankee Fishermen's Co-op in Seabrook. Fifteen years ago, there might have been a half-dozen. He is carrying crates of silver hake, skates and flounder — all worth less than cod.
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Court deal a win for fee-free public lands access in SoCal

Court deal a win for fee-free public lands access in SoCal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Settlement addresses pesky Adventure Pass fees on 4 Southern California national forests
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A long-running and stubborn battle by activists against the spread of public lands access fees has paid off once again in Southern California, where the U.S. Forest Service agreed to designate and mark free parking areas for hikers who aren’t using developed facilities.
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This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital

This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Who knew that the Windy City has become so green? As Co.Exist reported, Chicago is quietly becoming the country’s urban agriculture capital with 821 growing sites across the city, from small community gardens to multimillion dollar indoor farms, according to the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project. Even O’Hare’s Terminal 3 is home to the world’s first airport aeroponic garden.

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Where Toxic #Air #Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans

Where Toxic #Air #Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Clean Air Task Force and Earthworks unveiled a suite of tools designed to inform Americans about the health risks from air pollution from the oil and gas

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This Pune Family Shows the World How to Exercise and Save Water at the Same Time!

This Pune Family Shows the World How to Exercise and Save Water at the Same Time! | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Sanjay Athavale, a 51-year-old resident of Pune has been recycling wastewater from his bathroom and kitchen to water the plants in his garden every day.

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Not something we could do in a condo, but if we ever have a small patch of land again, we should consider this clever scheme.
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Talking About Wildfires And Climate Change Isn't Playing Politics

Talking About Wildfires And Climate Change Isn't Playing Politics | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Why does Elizabeth May get a media beating for stating we have another terrible example of our need to be very, very serious about climate change? Just like other catastrophic events, a given tragedy is proportional to the tough questions that necessarily follow. "But not now"? May was immediately berated by Justin Trudeau, other politicians, some of the media and social media. The charge? She was "trying to make a political argument out of one particular disaster." How's that? Stating that climate change is political, instead about science, is exactly the problem.

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Pipeline Ruptures Spilling 29,000 Gallons of Oil, Just Hours After Obama Signs PIPES Act

Pipeline Ruptures Spilling 29,000 Gallons of Oil, Just Hours After Obama Signs PIPES Act | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 into law. The bill, known as the PIPES Act, reauthorizes the federal government to move swiftly in the event of a pipeline leak or rupture. Specifically, the Secretary of Transportation is allowed to issue emergency orders if the unthinkable happens.



The reauthorization was in response to the natural gas pipeline rupture in California where an estimated 97,000 tons of gas were released from the Aliso Canyon pipeline near Porter Ranch. The bill also includes new mandates on construction to insure the safety of future pipelines and to reduce the chances of another massive leak.

Ironically and very disturbingly, less than 24 hours after the bill was signed into law, an oil pipeline in Ventura County, California ruptured and current estimates put the amount of oil leaked at more than 29,000 gallons, though that number continues to rise.

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