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Pioneer water users unveil '21st Century irrigation system' - The Wenatchee World Online

Pioneer water users unveil '21st Century irrigation system' - The Wenatchee World Online | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Pioneer water users unveil '21st Century irrigation system' The Wenatchee World Online The water savings will help protect approximately 35 cubic feet per second of flows in the Wenatchee — a figure that could represent at least 10 percent of...

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Oregon's 'Lost Lake' Is Disappearing Down A Mysterious Hole

Oregon's 'Lost Lake' Is Disappearing Down A Mysterious Hole | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
For as long as anyone can remember, something strange has been happening at Lost Lake in central Oregon's Willamette National Forest.

Around this time each year, the lake drains down a huge hole (see video above). Just where all the H2O goes has been a bit of a mystery, The Bulletin reported.
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Jurassic fish reproducing once more in Missouri rivers

Jurassic fish reproducing once more in Missouri rivers | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
For the first time in 30 years, the Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed evidence that the state-endangered lake sturgeon is reproducing in

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First panels installed at Broken Hill's outback solar farm

First panels installed at Broken Hill's outback solar farm | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The first of 650,000 photo-voltaic panels has been installed at the solar farm taking shape near the birthplace of Australian mining.

AGL is developing the 53 MW Broken Hill solar plant which, combined with its partner project Nyngan, will be the largest in the southern hemisphere.

The plant's expected to power 17,000 homes when generation begins later this year.

Project manager Adam Mackett says conditions in the outback have proved a good fit for the project.

"It's a fantastic area to host the solar plant," he said.

"The solar irradiance out at Broken Hill is great.
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Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water

Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The study, which has been criticized by the industry, noted that the contamination at three houses may have stemmed from faulty drill wells.

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PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease

PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
In 2008, Rachael French, a then-healthy 22-year-old, vacationed with friends in a cabin in the woods near Gaylord, Mich.

On the last day of the trip, while at a local water park, French said she felt the sting of chlorine on an open wound, looked down and noticed a small scab on her thigh. She figured it was a spider bite.

Within hours, she remembers feeling nauseated, sore and exhausted, but chalked it up to having a busy vacation. Things became a bit foggy from there, she said.
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Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil

Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
By using an abundant - and green - crop, the Bamboo Bikes Initiative has won international prizes

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Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean - BBC News

Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists.
A switch from a permanent cover of thick ice to a new state where thinner ice vanishes in the summer will have far-reaching implications, they say.
The Norwegian Polar Institute has been mounting an expedition to the Arctic Ocean during the year's coldest months.
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Shell agrees to start clean up of 2008 Niger Delta oil spill

Shell agrees to start clean up of 2008 Niger Delta oil spill | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Shell has agreed with Nigerian fishing community of Bodo in the Niger Delta to start the clean up of two devastating oil spills in 2008, activists and locals said Saturday.

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California is dying of thirst, while it uses its precious water to raise livestock in China

California is dying of thirst, while it uses its precious water to raise livestock in China | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Vegetables use about 11,300 gallons per ton of blue water; starchy roots, about 4,200 gallons per ton; and fruit, about 38,800 gallons per ton. By comparison, pork consumes 121,000 gallons of blue water per ton of meat produced; beef, about 145,000 gallons per ton; and butter, some 122,800 gallons per ton. There’s a reason other than the drought that Folsom Lake has dropped as precipitously as it has. Don’t look at kale as the culprit. (Although some nuts, namely almonds, consume considerable blue water, even more than beef.) That said, a single plant is leading California’s water consumption.
Unfortunately, it’s a plant that’s not generally cultivated for humans: alfalfa. Grown on over a million acres in California, alfalfa sucks up more water than any other crop in the state. And it has one primary destination: cattle. Increasingly popular grass-fed beef operations typically rely on alfalfa as a supplement to pasture grass. Alfalfa hay is also an integral feed source for factory-farmed cows, especially those involved in dairy production.

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The Gulf Oil Spill Disintegrated This Island

April 14, 2015 - Cat Island was once one of the four largest bird-nesting grounds in Louisiana. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed the mangroves growing there, destroying the root system that held the island's sediment in place. Since 2010, the 5.5 acre island has been washing away into the Gulf of Mexico, and migratory birds find their home disappearing before their eyes.Click here to read more:"Scientists tracking Gulf sparrows, insects, and seabirds try to unravel the mysteries of a landscape changed by oil."

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Drought forces California farms to stop pumping river water

Drought forces California farms to stop pumping river water | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.

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Dead zones — where animals suffocate and die — found in the Atlantic’s open waters

Dead zones — where animals suffocate and die — found in the Atlantic’s open waters | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Not much can survive in a "dead zone." These aquatic areas have such a low concentrations of oxygen that marine life either dies or leaves.

Many of these lifeless areas crop up near coastlines, where people live and hazardous chemicals make their way into the water. Now, a group of German and Canadian researchers have discovered dead zones in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, which they say is a first. They observed the area for seven years and published their findings Thursday in the journal Biogeosciences.
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10 Animals Whose Fates Rest In Our Hands

10 Animals Whose Fates Rest In Our Hands | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Our beautiful planet is a diverse and resilient place, filled with countless creatures who stir our hearts and imaginations. But sadly, human activities and the global climate change we're precipitating threaten that diversity and resiliency.

In honor of The Huffington Post's 10th anniversary, here are 10 animals you should care about (if you don't already).
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We Need to Talk About the Inhumane Treatment of Chickens

We Need to Talk About the Inhumane Treatment of Chickens | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
When I was a kid, I had a pet rooster named Fluke. He followed me everywhere, took naps in my arms, and would perch happily on my shoulder (until he got too big for my eight-year-old frame to handle). I loved spending time with chickens as a child -- they're smart, curious animals with bubbly personalities, and I cared for Fluke as much as I did for my other pets.

Today, chicken farms dot the highways across Canada, but you might not have ever noticed them. They're tough to spot: most are long, windowless sheds with nary an animal in sight -- not exactly what you or your kids might be scanning the landscape for. It's staggering to think that while chickens represent six out of every seven farm animals in Canada, they spend their lives completely hidden.

The truth is that almost all chickens raised for meat spend their short lives confined in these locked barns and are killed before they're two months old. Our eating habits currently sanction the slaughter of nearly two million of these animals per day, the vast majority of whom are treated by the industry as meat-producing machines, forced to live through a mechanized, hellish experience.
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BUSINESS: Clean tech seen as game changer for women in energy sector

BUSINESS: Clean tech seen as game changer for women in energy sector | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A preschooler could count the number of women at most energy conferences. Or they could let "Sesame Street's" Count von Count's take inventory: "One, one woman. Two, two women. Three, three dedicated daughters. ... Three plus one more is four. Four, four fierce females."

Dawn White, the president, co-founder and chief technology officer of Accio Energy Inc., an offshore wind startup, concedes the energy industry hasn't been a big draw for women. "Energy ... is such a 'go big or go home' business," she said. "It still feels very much of a man's world."

But that's changing.

Clean energy startups are attracting women, experts say, by offering an outsized opportunity to have an impact on society in an exciting sector with potentially lucrative financial rewards.

Jennifer Holmgren, for one, had been working on biofuels and set for retirement at Honeywell International Inc.'s UOP LLC when LanzaTech, a startup that turns carbon dioxide emissions into fuels and chemicals, came calling. Now LanzaTech CEO, Holmgren said she was attracted to "a type of technology that creates an industry, rather than a technology that just creates a company."
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Smallmouth Bass With Cancer Raises Concerns in Pa.

Smallmouth Bass With Cancer Raises Concerns in Pa. | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The cancerous fish was caught in the Susquehanna River by an angler late last year.

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California's Drought Has Killed Over 12 Million Trees In The Last Year

California's Drought Has Killed Over 12 Million Trees In The Last Year | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
California's historic drought is having a major impact on the state's forests.

According to an aerial survey conducted last month by the U.S. Forest Service, approximately 12 million forest trees have died in Southern California and the southern Sierra Nevada mountains over the last year. The report credits unusually high temperatures, a diminished snowpack and a severe lack of rainfall with drying up the trees, leaving the region susceptible to forest fires.

Of the more than 4.2 million acres surveyed in Southern California, researchers found 164,000 acres with high tree mortality. They found approximately 2 million trees had died over the last year.

In the southern Sierras, researchers found over 10 million perished trees in 4.1 million acres. There, mortality is "widespread and severe" in the foothills among ponderosa, gray pine, blue oak and live oak trees.

Jeffrey Moore, the acting aerial survey program manager for the region, told the Los Angeles Times he expects the mass tree mortality to continue throughout the summer.
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Unrecognized Species of African Elephants Face Extinction - Nature World News

Unrecognized Species of African Elephants Face Extinction - Nature World News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It's no secret that elephants continue to be threatened by the illegal ivory trade - an industry fueled by wealthy investors and a growing number of poachers looking to strike it rich.

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Ottobox learns your schedule to lower your electricity bills

Ottobox learns your schedule to lower your electricity bills | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Who wouldn't want to save up to 50 percent on their electricity bills? The makers of Ottobox claim their smart home automation device can do just that, and all by turning off appliances when they're left in standby.

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Kenya Wildlife Service builds anti poaching alliances in China - eTurboNews

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent Wildlife conservation non-governmental organisations based in China have pledged to forge a united front with Kenya in efforts to combat global wildlife crime.

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Jane Goodall: why I fear for the apes as climate change intensifies

Jane Goodall: why I fear for the apes as climate change intensifies | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The primatologist says change is happening too fast for evolutionary adaptation to save some species

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Tough laws to stop the trade of endangered wildlife 'not enough'

Tough laws to stop the trade of endangered wildlife 'not enough' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Western conservation groups are seeking stricter law enforcement to tackle a trade in endangered wildlife, but a researcher warns that this is not a 'silver bullet' solution.

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Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What's Best for the World's Poor

Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What's Best for the World's Poor | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Over the course of this year, Pope Francis will ramp up his foray into the politically charged debate for action on climate change. It begins unofficially with Tuesday’s Vatican summit, co-hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. This summer, Francis will publish his widely anticipated encyclical, a Catholic document that will examine man’s moral relationship with nature. 

Unlike the usual discussions of climate change as an economic and scientific issue, Francis conveys it as a moral cause. His past comments—that it “is man who has slapped nature in the face”—frame the issue in vivid and urgent terms. He's presented the fossil fuel industry with a challenge. Though they have a well-worn playbook for countering the economic, political, and scientific need for climate change action, industry is in relatively new territory with religion. How will they reply? 
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Finding water to fill East Porterville tanks is a challenge

Finding water to fill East Porterville tanks is a challenge | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Efforts to help Valley residents without water are falling short. The state is paying for water tanks to be installed at homes where wells have gone dry, but finding water to put into those tanks is a challenge.

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Video: This Korean highway with an integrated solar panel array is the future

Video: This Korean highway with an integrated solar panel array is the future | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Solar power has been getting a lot of support because well, we love our sun just as much as it loves to send us lots and lots of energy in different forms–mainly heat and many photons of light and radiation.

That said, we’ve been finding better ways to take advantage of our sun’s love by harnessing its energy to power our world. This also means increasing the demand and research of photovoltaic cells. And that means they’re more affordable. So guess what, they’re showing up more often.

You’ll find them on lamp posts, rooftops, and…highways?


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