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Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice? Scientists Consider Extinction

Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice? Scientists Consider Extinction | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Dahr Jamail explores what climate scientists just beyond the mainstream are thinking about how climate change will affect life on this planet.

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In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360

In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Food waste is a global problem, with the United Nations estimating that a third of the food produced worldwide winds up spoiled, rotting in fields, or being thrown away. That amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually, a profligacy that carries major environmental, economic, and human costs.

 


In the second of a two-part series, “Wasted,” we present an e360 video that looks at how South Korea is taking extraordinary steps to deal with its food waste. The video, by filmmaker Karim Chrobog, focuses on Seoul, the sprawling South Korean capital of more than 10 million people, which has ramped up efforts to slash the amount of food being thrown away.


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Cuomo Administration Blocks Massive Tar Sands Oil Facility Expansion in Albany

Cuomo Administration Blocks Massive Tar Sands Oil Facility Expansion in Albany | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Albany, NY —(ENEWSPF)--May 22, 2015.  In the face of a court challenge from a broad coalition of environmental and community groups and massive community opposition, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) yesterday halted Global Companies’ proposed expansion of its massive Albany oil train facility to handle tar sands oil. Citing project changes, new information, questions about the project’s ability to meet air quality, and impacts to the neighboring residential community, the DEC issued a letter today notifying Global it would rescind its prior finding that the project would have no significant environmental impacts and that a full environmental review will be required.
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EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal

EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show.

Draft EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). But these were dumped amid fears of a trade backlash stoked by an aggressive US lobby push, access to information documents obtained by Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe show.

On the morning of 2 July 2013, a high-level delegation from the US Mission to Europe and the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) visited EU trade officials to insist that the bloc drop its planned criteria for identifying EDCs in favour of a new impact study. By the end of the day, the EU had done so.

Minutes of the meeting show commission officials pleading that “although they want the TTIP to be successful, they would not like to be seen as lowering the EU standards”.

The TTIP is a trade deal being agreed by the EU and US to remove barriers to commerce and promote free trade.
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North Atlantic circulation slowing down already?

North Atlantic circulation slowing down already? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A predicted global warming effect is a slowdown in North Atlantic Ocean circulation. New research shows recent decreases that are unprecedented in the past 1,100 years.

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Romania acts to save forests from logging spree - BBC News

Romania acts to save forests from logging spree - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A fierce debate has erupted over a new forestry code in Romania aimed at protecting unique wildlife habitats and controlling the logging industry.
This month thousands of Romanians took to the streets to demand action against dubious sales of forested areas.
Green campaigners back the new code, hoping it will curb illegal logging.
The anti-corruption agency DNA is investigating some officials in the state forest administration Romsilva, as well as some politicians.
The Carpathian Mountains, sweeping in a big arc through Romania, have vast tracts of virgin forest, home to almost half of Europe's wild population of brown bears, wolves and lynx.
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The sound of a plant dying of thirst

The sound of a plant dying of thirst | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Listen to the sound a plant makes as it dies of thirst - it's heartbreaking.

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Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant | TheCityFix

Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant | TheCityFix | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

“Life is the art of encounter even though there might be so much discord in life,” said the Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes, commenting on what he took to be the essence of human relations. Building on this, we can say that public spaces are at the essence of urban life. It’s in public spaces that these encounters occur and produce what we can call “the art of city life”.

 

When talking about public spaces, we need to first understand the important role they play in our concept of the city. Public spaces are where movements, interactions and connections between individuals happen. It is there, in freely accessible spaces, free of barriers or prejudices of any kind, that everyday city activities should occur.

However, the perception of public spaces is often restricted to images of parks and squares. Although streets, for example, count as public spaces, and generally represent the largest share of public space in a city, they are often forgotten as communal places. In large urban centers, roads dedicated to cars occupy on average 70 percent of total public space, leaving people with less than 30 percent.


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In Houston, where cars have been king, a bayou system has been transformed into a system of linear parks through a public-private partnership.  Opening ceremonies are June 20, 2015

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NOAA study: The BP oil spill almost definitely killed a whole lot of dolphins

NOAA study: The BP oil spill almost definitely killed a whole lot of dolphins | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The link between the Deepwater Horizon spill and the Gulf's dolphin die-offs just got even stronger

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FOSSIL FUELS: Energy subsidies costing governments $5T yearly and worsening pollution -- IMF report

FOSSIL FUELS: Energy subsidies costing governments $5T yearly and worsening pollution -- IMF report | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Global energy subsidies, including the social and environmental costs associated with heavily subsidized fossil fuels, are costing the world's governments upward of $5 trillion annually, according to new estimates released yesterday by the International Monetary Fund.
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Feds investigate possible wolf killing near Kremmling

Feds investigate possible wolf killing near Kremmling | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
FRISCO — Without DNA testing, state and federal wildlife officials can’t say for sure, but it appears that yet another wandering wolf from the northern Rockies may have been shot and killed, this near Kremmling, Colorado.
The April 29 shooting was immediately reported to the CPW office in Hot Sulphur Springs by the coyote hunter, who said he mistook the 90-pound animal for a coyote. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is testing the remains to positively identify the animal.
News of the shooting was posted on the Colorado Mule Deer Association Facebook page, along with an anti-wolf message, saying, “We can’t afford another major predator in Colorado.”
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Shell accused of strategy risking catastrophic climate change

Shell accused of strategy risking catastrophic climate change | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Royal Dutch Shell has been accused of pursuing a strategy that would lead to potentially catastrophic climate change after an internal document acknowledged a global temperature rise of 4C, twice the level considered safe for the planet.

A paper used for guiding future business planning at the Anglo-Dutch multinational assumes that carbon dioxide emissions will fail to limit temperature increases to 2C, the internationally agreed threshold to prevent widespread flooding, famine and desertification.


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Instead, the New Lens Scenarios document refers to a forecast by the independent International Energy Agency (IEA) that points to a temperature rise of up to 4C in the short term, rising later to 6C.

The revelations come ahead of the annual general meeting of Shell shareholders in the Netherlands on Tuesday, where the group has accepted a shareholder resolution demanding more transparency about the group’s impact on climate change.
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Climate change deniers are Intellectually dishonest!  They know as well as we do but have the attitude that risk should and can be taken and who knows anyway! 

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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy. The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels. We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a “clean” fuel—even a “green” fuel.

Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth.
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4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage

4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Achieving "zero waste" might seem impossible, but these cities have implemented plans that are getting them very close. Now it's time for...

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Welcome to Baoding, China's most polluted city

Welcome to Baoding, China's most polluted city | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It is a rare blue-skied day in the city of Baoding, in north-eastern China. It’s not even that clear, but the hazy sky is as blue as it gets here. Most days, the sky is obscured by a thick blanket of smog.

Baoding, a city of 10 million people, was named in February as China’s most polluted city by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, based on air pollution figures gathered for 2014. By mid-May of this year, the city had only enjoyed 16 days of air quality that could be considered “good” by the official classification.

“Generally, there is smog on most days,” says Mr Han, aged 66, who has lived in Baoding his whole life. He drives a motorbike that carries a carriage-like trailer, and parks outside the city’s main supermarket to ferry shoppers home for a small fee. “It was much better when I was young – the air was very clean,” he says. “We rarely see blue skies now.”

Expecting coal stacks and factories pumping out toxic fumes, I instead see farmland whizzing past the window as I approach Baoding on the high-speed train from Beijing. Even when driving around the city, it’s not immediately obvious what causes the pollution. The outskirts are home to one coal power plant that doesn’t appear to be in use, with no sign of workers and not a wisp of smoke from the big chimneys. Like an increasing number of plants in the province, it may well have been closed down as part of increased governmental anti-pollution measures.
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Highly Contagious, Antibiotic-Resistant Food Poisoning Establishes U.S. Presence [Infographic]

Highly Contagious, Antibiotic-Resistant Food Poisoning Establishes U.S. Presence [Infographic] | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The kinds of bacteria that can cause food poisoning lurk all around us. These germs can be especially easy to pick up when traveling internationally as well as in places, such as children's day cares, which are hard to keep clean. The infections usually clear up on their own but sometimes require hospitalizations and hefty doses of antibiotics to expunge. Unfortunately, the bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to treatment.

The latest bad news came in April when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an outbreak of Shigella sonnei that has become resistant to ciprofloxacin—one of the last remaining medications in pill form that can kill the germ. Since then a Scientific American investigation shows the worrisome strain is still circulating in the U.S. a year after it first emerged.
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International Business Exchange Powered by Bloom Hydrogen Fuel Cells

International Business Exchange Powered by Bloom Hydrogen Fuel Cells | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Using 100 percent biogas to fuel the system will result 1 MW of 100 percent renewable energy;
The post International Business Exchange Powered by Bloom Hydrogen Fuel Cells appeared first on Solar Thermal Magazine.

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Study reveals how eastern US forests came to be

Study reveals how eastern US forests came to be | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Spring visitors to Great Smoky Mountains or the Blue Ridge Parkway will see ridges and valleys covered in flowering mountain laurels, rhododendrons, tulip poplars, dogwoods, black locusts and silverbell trees. A new study of nearly all the trees and shrubs in the southern Appalachians suggests that roughly half of the species can trace their relatives to thousands of miles away in Asia. Most of the rest likely arose within North America, the researchers say.

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Asphalt mix made with recycled printer toner paves way for eco-friendly roads

Asphalt mix made with recycled printer toner paves way for eco-friendly roads | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new, more environmentally friendly asphalt mix containing recycled printer toner is being used on Sydney’s roads.

The technology is the world’s first commercial use for toner waste, and was first used in Melbourne in 2013. Called TonerPave, it was developed by the city’s road contractor, Downer, in partnership with a cartridge recycling company, Close the Loop.

The toner is blended with recycled oil and is 40% more energy efficient than the manufacture of standard bitumen, with a relative saving of 270kg of CO2 emissions per tonne.

Every tonne of the toner-based product used in the asphalt mix replaces 600kg of bitumen and 400kg of fine aggregates, such as sand and soil.

Peter Tamblyn, marketing manager at Close the Loop, said that “the rest of the world is looking at this”.
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Broken pipeline spills oil into ocean off Santa Barbara - USA TODAY

Broken pipeline spills oil into ocean off Santa Barbara - USA TODAY | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil dumped into the ocean from a broken pipeline just off the central California coast before it was shut off on Tuesday, creating a spill stretching about 4 miles along the beach...

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Tracing the 'Endless War' on Environmentalists Back to the War in the Woods

Tracing the 'Endless War' on Environmentalists Back to the War in the Woods | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
No one admits to recording Richard Berman’s address to a room full of energy executives in Colorado Springs in June 2014, but it’s an eye-opener.

One unnamed industry executive recorded Berman’s remarks and was offended by them. He provided a copy of the recording and the meeting agenda to the New York Times. DeSmog picked up the story the following day.

If the oil and gas industry is going to prevent environmental opponents from slowing down its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to use dirty tricks, Berman told the executives, whose companies specialize in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

At least four companies with Canadian fracking operations were in Berman’s audience — Devon Energy, Encana Oil and Gas, Ensign Energy Services and Newalta.

“Fear and anger have to be part of the campaign,” he said. “You got to get people fearful of what’s on the table” (what they might lose if environmentalists win) “and then you got to get people angry over the fact they are being misled” (by environmental groups).
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Of water fleas and global warming

Of water fleas and global warming | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Questions abound about the ability of plants and animals to adapt to global warming, but a new study by Belgian biologists shows that one species — the humble water flea — had already done just that.
The tiny aquatic organism lives in shallow lakes and usually reproduce asexually by cloning themselves. But when food is short or the water gets too hot, they mate and lay long-lasting eggs meant to survive for a better day.
Biologists with KU Leuven said that, when compared ‘resurrected’ water fleas — hatched from 40-year-old eggs — with more recent specimens, they found that the offspring hatched from the newer eggs were more tolerant of warm water.
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Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage

Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Wastewater treatment plants not only struggle removing pharmaceuticals, it seems some drugs actually increase after treatment.

When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs—the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and antibiotic ofloxacin—came out at higher concentrations than they went in. The study suggests the microbes that clean our water may also piece some pharmaceuticals back together.
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Going with the flow: scientists probe changes in the East Australian Current

Going with the flow: scientists probe changes in the East Australian Current | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The East Australian Current, a pivotal driver of climate for Australia's eastern states, is changing as the planet warms but scientists know little about its dynamics.

That knowledge gap should start to close with CSIRO's new research ship, the RV Investigator, soon to deploy an array of six sensors moored off Brisbane from 40 metres below the surface out to waters almost five kilometres deep.

"Having no observation records ... we're just blind to what the variability has been and what it will be like in the future," said Bernadette Sloyan, a CSIRO research scientist and voyage leader.

Changes at the southern end of the current have been monitored for decades. Monthly readings of waters off Tasmania's Maria Island show temperatures have risen more than 2 degrees over the past 60 years, among the fastest increases in ocean warmth globally.
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If ocean currents change then all bets are off in terms of climate.  Could trigger an ice age?

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