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Why climate change threatens Peru's poverty reduction mission

Why climate change threatens Peru's poverty reduction mission | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Dan Collyns: As Peru prepares to host the COP summit in 2014, the UNDP is urging the country to focus on sustainability
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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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4 Billion Starbucks To-Go Cups Thrown Away Each Year ... Will Recyclable Cup Reduce This Waste?

4 Billion Starbucks To-Go Cups Thrown Away Each Year ... Will Recyclable Cup Reduce This Waste? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Starbucks goes through 4 billion to-go cups annually but most of them end up in the landfill. Why? Even though these cups are mostly made of paper, these single-use items are almost never recycled or composted because they are lined with plastic.
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Waitrose drops all cosmetic products containing microbeads

Waitrose drops all cosmetic products containing microbeads | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Waitrose is to stop selling all branded cosmetic products containing microbeads, the retailer has announced, in a move that means it will no…

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Environment Canada opens investigation as blobs of Husky oil contaminate river

Environment Canada opens investigation as blobs of Husky oil contaminate river | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The federal government is investigating a Husky Energy spill in central Saskatchewan that leaked more than 200,000 litres of oil from its pipeline into the North Saskatchewan River last week, forcing two municipalities to shut down their water treatment plants as of Monday
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New York City Unveils a Sprawling New Park Created From the Debris of Old Buildings

New York City Unveils a Sprawling New Park Created From the Debris of Old Buildings | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, a 10-acre public park opened on Governors Island in New York City. Once an abandoned military base in New York Harbor, the island is being

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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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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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How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails

How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These "synergistic" combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA in its approval of pesticides for food, lawns and other uses.
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California Slaps Health Warning Label on Popular Weed Killer

California Slaps Health Warning Label on Popular Weed Killer | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The most commonly found pesticide in U.S. ground and surface water – a toxic weed killer called atrazine – will now have to carry a warning label in the most populated state in the country.
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This is one of the gender bending chemicals that has the ability to gender bend a male frog and alter it's reproductive abilities to those of a female.
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Solving #Lake #Erie's #Toxic #Algae Bloom Crisis

Solving #Lake #Erie's #Toxic #Algae Bloom Crisis | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The algae blooms in Lake Erie are just one facet of the burgeoning nutrient pollution problem. Florida's Treasure Coast, where the state's governor declared a state of emergency

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Six Years After Massive Spill, Enbridge Continues to Threaten the Great Lakes Region

Six Years After Massive Spill, Enbridge Continues to Threaten the Great Lakes Region | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Today we commemorate the day six years ago that an Enbridge pipeline sprung a leak, dumping over a million gallons of tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.
 
Unfortunately, not only have over a billion dollars in cleanup efforts failed to fully restore the river and surrounding bodies of water, there has also been a troubling lack of consequences or accountability for Enbridge. Six years after the company perpetrated the most devastating onshore oil spill in U.S. history, Enbridge continues to freely expand its network of dangerous, dirty oil pipelines and threaten land, water, and Tribal and local communities across the Great Lakes region.
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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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