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Report: stop pollution and coral reefs could recover from disease within a year

Report: stop pollution and coral reefs could recover from disease within a year | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
After three years spent exposing a section of coral reef to contaminants ordinarily found in sewage, a team of microbiologists found it took less that a year for the damage to be undone

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UN calls for overhaul of national laws to tackle wildlife crime | The Guardian

UN calls for overhaul of national laws to tackle wildlife crime | The Guardian | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
All Earth's creatures need protection from humans.  Sad that the ones that serve as the top regulators of ecosystem function are also the most visible and therefore subject to our purposeful abuse. "Countries urged to outlaw possession of wildlife and timber illegally harvested or traded elsewhere. . . ."  Source: UN calls for overhaul of…

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Copenhagen touts ‘organic food revolution’

Copenhagen touts ‘organic food revolution’ | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
An impressive 88 percent of all food served in the City of Copenhagen’s public institutions is organic, according to new figures released by the city.

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Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows
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10 Extraordinary Places Saved by the Endangered Species Act

10 Extraordinary Places Saved by the Endangered Species Act | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In celebration of the country’s 11th annual Endangered Species Day, the Center for Biological Diversity released a report Thursday highlighting 10 of the most unique and beautiful wild places saved by the presence of endangered species.

From Pacific Ocean kelp forests to Florida’s Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, millions of acres of the nation’s most precious and irreplaceable landscapes and seascapes have been conserved and restored as part of the cooperative management of our public lands to recover imperiled species.
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Virginia Tech study aims to help explain honeybee losses

Virginia Tech study aims to help explain honeybee losses | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
To help identify causes of the die-off, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has commissioned a five-year study at Virginia Tech, funding the $1.4 million cost with fees from the agency’s pesticide regulation program. The work is expected to continue through 2018.
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USGS scientists sound another warning on amphibian extinctions

USGS scientists sound another warning on amphibian extinctions | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Focused local conservation efforts needed to stem slow the rapid decline Staff Report In an era that's already being defined by an unprecedented global rate of species extinctions, the amphibian die-off is especially troubling, and the trend continues unchecked, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey. And for now, there is…
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Study: Yellowstone bison not to blame for brucellosis

Study: Yellowstone bison not to blame for brucellosis | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Elk deemed mostly responsible for spreading disease to livestock Staff Report The most rapidly spreading strains of brucellosis, a disease with implications for livestock and wildlife management, appear to be centered around areas where humans feed elk to keep populations artificially high for hunters. Those findings come from scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and…
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First Ever 100% Edible Six-Pack Ring Feeds Marine Animals Instead of Killing Them

First Ever 100% Edible Six-Pack Ring Feeds Marine Animals Instead of Killing Them | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Saltwater Brewery in Florida has partnered with We Believers to create a plastic-free six-pack ring that feeds marine life, rather than choking or

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Why the Environmental Movement Is Not Winning

Why the Environmental Movement Is Not Winning | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

"A searing new report says the environmental movement is not winning and lays the blame squarely on the failed policies of environmental funders. The movement hasn’t won any “significant policy changes at the federal level in the United States since the 1980s” because funders have favored top-down elite strategies and have neglected to support a robust grassroots infrastructure. Environmental funders spent a whopping $10 billion between 2000 and 2009 but achieved relatively little because they failed to underwrite grassroots groups that are essential for any large-scale change, the report says."


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Debris-free beaches aid sea turtle nesting

Debris-free beaches aid sea turtle nesting | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New study shows how to help recover endangered loggerheads
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Nobody likes a dirty bedroom and sea turtles are no exception.
New research by scientists at the University of Florida shows that removing beach debris helps sea turtle nesting. At cleared beaches, the number of nests rose by as much as 200 percent, the study shows, while leaving the detritus decreased the number by nearly 50 percent.
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Wet Bulb Near 35 C — Heatwave Mass Casualties Strike India Amidst Never-Before-Seen High Temperatures

Wet Bulb Near 35 C — Heatwave Mass Casualties Strike India Amidst Never-Before-Seen High Temperatures | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Never-before-seen high temperatures and high humidity are resulting in thousands of heat injuries and hundreds of heat deaths across India. In some places, wet bulb readings appear to be approaching 35 C -- a level of latent heat never endured by humans before fossil fuel burning forced global temperatures to rapidly warm. A reading widely-recognized…
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McDonald's fish: Row over sustainability 'cover-up' - BBC News

McDonald's fish: Row over sustainability 'cover-up' - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A leaked New Zealand government memo casts serious doubts on the sustainability of fish that are widely used in McDonald's restaurants.
The document shows that the government was aware of made-up data and illegal practices such as the dumping of vast quantities of unwanted fish.
There are also concerns that unlawful fishing in NZ waters is threatening the world's rarest dolphin.
Campaigners have called on McDonald's to drop New Zealand fish from menus.
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Wildfires in West have gotten bigger, more frequent and longer since the 1980s

Wildfires in West have gotten bigger, more frequent and longer since the 1980s | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A review of more than 40 years of wildfire activity in the western U.S. demonstrates the potent effect drier, warming spring seasons, due to climate change, is having on wildfires.

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A 100-million-year partnership on the brink of extinction

A 100-million-year partnership on the brink of extinction | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A relationship that has lasted for 100 million years is at serious risk of ending, due to the effects of environmental and climate change. A species of spiny crayfish native to Australia and the tiny flatworms that depend on them are both at risk of extinction, according to researchers from the UK and Australia.

Look closely into one of the cool, freshwater streams of eastern Australia and you might find a colourful mountain spiny crayfish, from the genus Euastacus. Look even closer and you could see small tentacled flatworms, called temnocephalans, each only a few millimetres long. Temnocephalans live as specialised symbionts on the surface of the crayfish, where they catch tiny food items, or inside the crayfish's gill chamber where they can remove parasites. This is an ancient partnership, but the temnocephalans are now at risk of coextinction with their endangered hosts. Coextinction is the loss of one species, when another that it depends upon goes extinct.

In a new study, researchers from the UK and Australia reconstructed the evolutionary and ecological history of the mountain spiny crayfish and their temnocephalan symbionts to assess their coextinction risk. This study was based on DNA sequences from crayfish and temnocephalans across eastern Australia, sampled by researchers at James Cook University, sequenced at the Natural History Museum, London and Queensland Museum, and analysed at the University of Sydney and the University of Cambridge. The results are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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#Peru declares mercury #poison emergency due to gold #mining #health #pollution

#Peru declares mercury #poison emergency due to gold #mining #health #pollution | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Peru declared an environmental emergency on Monday in 11 Amazon jungle districts where mercury pollution blamed on unregulated gold mining is poisoning people and fish.

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A Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs to Go

A Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs to Go | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Of all the elements that make up Earth’s atmosphere, nitrogen is by far the most abundant. It is also one of the most inert. Nothing happens when you breathe it in, swallow it, or let it suffuse your skin. Nitrogen gas likes to stay nitrogen gas.

But in the early 20th century, two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, figured out how to pluck fertilizer from thin air by making ammonia (NH3) out of nitrogen gas (N2). You need energy, lots of it. The Haber-Bosch process relied and still relies on high temperature, high pressure, and hydrogen atoms ripped from fossil fuels. Ammonia from this process fertilizes crops, which in turn nourish you. On average, half the nitrogen in your cells might come from Haber-Bosch. “The Haber-Bosch process is one of the most important for humanity,” says Mercouri Kanatzidis, a chemist at Northwestern University.
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The world's largest cruise ship and its supersized pollution problem

The world's largest cruise ship and its supersized pollution problem | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The Harmony, owned by Royal Caribbean, has two four-storey high 16-cylinder Wärtsilä engines which would, at full power, each burn 1,377 US gallons of fuel an hour, or about 66,000 gallons a day of some of the most polluting diesel fuel in the world.
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Florida’s latest invasive species is a potential man-eater

Florida’s latest invasive species is a potential man-eater | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Scientists say Nile crocs may be thriving in Sunshine State swamps Staff Report The latest non-native species to invade Florida's subtropical clime is a man-eater, according to University of Florida researchers who say they've genetically identified Nile crocodiles living in the swamps of the Sunshine State. The aquatic reptiles can grow as long as 18…
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Ocean acidification puts Dungeness crab fishery at risk

Ocean acidification puts Dungeness crab fishery at risk | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Study shows how changing ocean chemistry slows life cycle Staff Report Ocean acidification could take a bite out of the economically important Dungeness crab fishery along the Pacific Northwest coast. As the oceans absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere, the increasingly corrosive water is likely slow development and reduce survival of the crab's larval stages,…
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Tanzania: Use of Drones Approved As Anti-Poaching War Intensifies

Tanzania: Use of Drones Approved As Anti-Poaching War Intensifies | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Tanzania has authorised the use of drones in Tarangire National Park in a hi-tech battle against poachers who threaten the country's multi-billion dollars wildlife tourism industry.

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Tanzania has authorised the use of drones in National Parks in a hi-tech battle against poachers

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Lake #Mead declines to lowest level in #history #greenpeace #science

Lake #Mead declines to lowest level in #history #greenpeace #science | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The nation’s largest reservoir has broken a record, declining to the lowest level since it was filled in the 1930s.

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U.S. wildfire season on pace to break last year’s record

U.S. wildfire season on pace to break last year’s record | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Global warming a key factor in surge of giant forest blazes
By Bob Berwyn
With about 1.5 million acres already scarred by wildfires across the U.S. this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is warning of a long, hot fire season ahead. Following a meeting with regional Forest Service leaders, Vilsack, along with Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, said that federal budgets are not keeping pace with the steep increase in fires.
Vilsack said 2015 was the most expensive fire season in the department’s history, costing more than $2.6 billion on fire alone.
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Why these old-growth forests shouldn't be on the chopping block

Why these old-growth forests shouldn't be on the chopping block | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Take a journey to some of the world's most notable remaining ancient forests around the globe.

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Meta-principles for developing smart, sustainable, and healthy cities

Policy directives in several nations are focusing on the development of smart cities, linking innovations in the data sciences with the goal of advancing human well-being and sustainability on a highly urbanized planet. To achieve this goal, smart initiatives must move beyond city-level data to a higher-order understanding of cities as transboundary, multisectoral, multiscalar, social-ecological-infrastructural systems with diverse actors, priorities, and solutions. We identify five key dimensions of cities and present eight principles to focus attention on the systems-level decisions that society faces to transition toward a smart, sustainable, and healthy urban future.

 

Meta-principles for developing smart, sustainable, and healthy cities
Anu Ramaswami, Armistead G. Russell, Patricia J. Culligan, Karnamadakala Rahul Sharma, Emani Kumar

Science  20 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6288, pp. 940-943
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf7160 


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How fast is New Orleans sinking? Faster and faster, says new study

How fast is New Orleans sinking? Faster and faster, says new study | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New Orleans is sinking, according to a study using NASA airborne radar. The subsidence, or sinking rates, of the city and surrounding areas is caused by naturally occurring geologic and human-caused processes. According to this latest study, subsidence is happening at higher rates than what previous data has shown using different kinds of radar, which before had been lower resolution and not as spatially extensive.
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