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The Gulf's bright solar-powered future

The Gulf's bright solar-powered future | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Sunshine-rich GCC countries are investing billions in solar-powered energy.
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Sea ice at record low in Arctic and Antarctic | DW Environment 

Sea ice at record low in Arctic and Antarctic | DW Environment  | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Experts across the world are alarmed at how small the area covered by sea ice has become. They are saying the change is unprecedented - and they're calling for action.
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Earth system had been resilient, with millions of years of relative stability due to the complex interactions between the Earth’s core and the biosphere, are we in the mid of a new cycle? or it's the final count down?
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What is climate change?

What is climate change? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Find out how and why the Earth's climate is changing as Paris hosts a major summit to discuss global warming.
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My Turn: Help the honeybees in Alaska

My Turn: Help the honeybees in Alaska | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Most are aware of the die off of bees in the Lower 48, called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Research scientist are at a loss of why this is happening. Several theories exist.
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Families Brace Themselves as Climate Change Threatens Catastrophe in Ecuador

Families Brace Themselves as Climate Change Threatens Catastrophe in Ecuador | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Dramatic changes in climate are a real concern for Ecuadorian families.

Via Khannea Suntzu, Giannis Tompros
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VIDEO. Le biodiesel, un désastre écologique?

VIDEO. Le biodiesel, un désastre écologique? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
L'huile de palme, utilisée pour fabriquer des agrocarburants, a un impact climatique négatif trois fois plus important que les énergies fossiles.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, Christian Allié
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Plastic 'nurdles' found on 73% of UK beaches - BBC News

Plastic 'nurdles' found on 73% of UK beaches - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Billions of tiny plastic lentil-sized pellets are covering the UK's shoreline - but what is a nurdle?

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Graham Watson's curator insight, February 17, 3:15 AM
What is a nurdle? Anyone who has seen me bat can answer that question. However, apparently, it's also a small plastic pellet and one of the major sources of marine pollution. The article notes that "Campaigners estimate that up to 53 billion of the tiny pellets escape into the UK's environment each year." Which is a lot of nurdles, almost a lifetime's batting.

However, pressure from environmentalists has seen a number of companies pledge to reduce plastic use, with one of the most notable being Johnson and Johnson switching the stem of their cotton wool buds from plastic to paper.
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Negative Externalities - As discussed in AS Economics yesterday
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Study says ice sheets can crumble quickly

Study says ice sheets can crumble quickly | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Just small increases in ocean temperatures during past geological epochs may have been enough to tip Northern Hemisphere ice sheets toward disintegration, even as air temperatures remained cold. That could spell trouble in the current era of climate warming, according to a new study led by University of Michigan researchers, who said their finding suggest that climate change could cause sea level to rise higher than most models predict.

The study, published in Nature, helps explain the meltdown of the Laurentide Ice Sheet that covered most of North America during the last ice age.
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A Race to Document Rare Plants Before These Cliffs Are Ground to Dust

A Race to Document Rare Plants Before These Cliffs Are Ground to Dust | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The species native to Cambodia’s limestone karsts exist nowhere else. Now these unique environments are being pulverized for cement.

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EU warns of persistent air quality violations

EU warns of persistent air quality violations | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Five large EU countries are on warning after repeatedly failing to meet air pollution  standards for nitrogen oxide, a precursor to smog and a serious health risk in and of itself. If Member States fail to act within two months, the Commission may decide to take the matter to the Court of Justice of the EU.

Studies have shown that more than 400,000 people die prematurely each year due to poor air quality, while millions more suffer from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Persistently high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) caused almost 70 000 premature deaths in Europe in 2013, which was almost three times the number of deaths by road traffic accidents in the same year.
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How to grow herbs indoors this winter

How to grow herbs indoors this winter | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Watching your garden-fresh herb supply go from healthy bunches to picked-over, withering stalks can be one of the most depressing parts of autumn. Sure, you can preserve them by drying or freezing them, or by whipping up (and freezing) ahealthy herb pesto. But sometimes, there's nothing like a few leaves of fresh basil or a sprig of mint to really liven up a pasta dish or cup of hot tea. The solution? Grow your herbs indoors for the winter!
 
Re-pot your outdoor herbs
In most cases, growing herbs indoors is as easy as digging up the roots of your garden herbs and putting them in a pot you can set on a sunny windowsill for the duration of the winter. You'll not only get fresh herbs in the cold season, but you'll also save money in the spring: Rather than buying a new herb seedling from a nursery, you can just replant your potted herbs back in the garden.
 
My rosemary thrives in pots that spend the summer outside and the winter in a sunny spare room that we don't heat. (...)




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Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean - BBC News

Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the ocean, according to a new study.
Scientists were surprised by the relatively high concentrations of pollutants like PCBs and PBDEs in deep sea ecosystems.
Used widely during much of the 20th Century, these chemicals were later found to be toxic and to build up in the environment.
The results are published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.
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Increasing biodiversity in urban green spaces through simple vegetation interventions

Increasing biodiversity in urban green spaces through simple vegetation interventions | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
1.Cities are rapidly expanding worldwide and there is an increasing urgency to protect urban biodiversity, principally through the provision of suitable habitat, most of which is in urban green spaces. Despite this, clear guidelines of how to reverse biodiversity loss or increase it within a given urban green space is lacking.

2.We examined the taxa- and species-specific responses of five taxonomically and functionally diverse animal groups to three key attributes of urban green space vegetation that drive habitat quality and can be manipulated over time: the density of large native trees, volume of understorey vegetation and percentage of native vegetation.

3.Using multi-species occupancy-detection models we found marked differences in the effect of these vegetation attributes on bats, birds, bees, beetles and bugs. At the taxa-level, increasing the volume of understorey vegetation and percentage of native vegetation had uniformly positive effects. We found 30–120% higher occupancy for bats, native birds, beetles and bugs with an increase in understorey volume from 10 to 30%, and 10–140% higher occupancy across all native taxa with an increase in the proportion of native vegetation from 10 to 30%. However, increasing the density of large native trees had a mostly neutral effect. At the species-specific level, the majority of native species responded strongly and positively to increasing understorey volume and native vegetation, whereas exotic bird species had a neutral response.

4.Synthesis and applications. We found the probability of occupancy of most species examined was substantially reduced in urban green spaces with sparse understorey vegetation and few native plants. Our findings provide evidence that increasing understorey cover and native plantings in urban green spaces can improve biodiversity outcomes. Redressing the dominance of simplified and exotic vegetation present in urban landscapes with an increase in understorey vegetation volume and percentage of native vegetation will benefit a broad array of biodiversity.

Via Mário Carmo, Tania Gammage, The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California
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Germany largely bans fracking with new laws | DW

Germany largely bans fracking with new laws | DW | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Particularly risky fracking is now banned until at least 2021, and "conventional" fracking will be governed by much tighter rules. For environmentalists, the laws do not go far enough: They want a complete ban.
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Climate change in the North Sea: oysters in, cod out | DW #Environment 

Climate change in the North Sea: oysters in, cod out | DW #Environment  | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The temperature of the North Sea is increasing with climate change. Good news for immigrant species - bad news for cold-loving residents. What else does global warming have in store for marine life of the North Sea?
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Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites - BBC News

Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists.
They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked wells over a ten-year period in four states.
The biggest problems were reported in oil-rich North Dakota where 67% of the spills were recorded.
The largest spill recorded involved 100,000 litres of fluid with most related to storing and moving liquids.
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13 ways to rewild your garden to attract bees, bats, birds and hedgehogs

13 ways to rewild your garden to attract bees, bats, birds and hedgehogs | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

But we can help wildlife return: we can recreate habitats, we can reconnect spaces that might previously have been fragmented.


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Two Indians die every minute due to air #pollution: Study - Times of #India

Two Indians die every minute due to air #pollution: Study - Times of #India | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The smog over northern India is extracting a heavy toll, every minute two lives are lost in India due to ambient air pollution, the study published in The Lancet says

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Arctic warmup speeds Canada glacier meltdown

Arctic warmup speeds Canada glacier meltdown | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The Greenland Ice Sheet isn’t the only place melting under a thickening blanket of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. A new study shows that Canada’s Arctic glaciers are also shedding ice at a rapidly increasing rate, making them a big factor in global sea level rise.

In a new study, glaciologists with the University of California, Irvine  said that, between 2005 to 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth Islands grew by 900 percent, from an average of three gigatons to 30 gigatons per year, according to findings published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
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#FF #Nuclear Power Is Not "Green Energy" its terrible for #soil #environment #climate 

#FF #Nuclear Power Is Not "Green Energy" its terrible for #soil #environment #climate  | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

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Honey bee genetics sheds light on bee origins

Honey bee genetics sheds light on bee origins | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Where do honey bees come from? A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis and UC Berkeley clears some of the fog around honey bee origins. The work could be useful in breeding bees resistant to disease or pesticides.
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'Seagrasses' vital to coastal health - BBC News

'Seagrasses' vital to coastal health - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The importance of seagrasses to the health of coastal ecosystems is underlined in new research conducted around Indonesian atolls.
These underwater flowering plants, which have been with us since the age of the dinosaurs, have long been known to have anti-microbial properties.
But the latest study demonstrates that their presence really does help to suppress pollution.
Coral reefs also seem to be in a better condition when the grasses are nearby.
Although these plants grow in vast meadows, fringing every continent except Antarctica, they are also being damaged on a large scale by human activities, with global losses estimated at 7% each year since 1990.
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This is what city living does to birds

This is what city living does to birds | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Growing up in an urban environment speeds up cellular ageing in great tits
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City living for Great Tits?
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Coastal Everglades, deprived of fresh water, near unhealthy ‘tipping point’

Coastal Everglades, deprived of fresh water, near unhealthy ‘tipping point’ | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
SHARK RIVER
At the bottom of the Everglades along the mouth of the Shark River, a towering mangrove forest stands in a place few people outside anglers and researchers ever see: at the edge of a vast shallow bay where the salty sea and freshwater marshes conspired to erect a cathedral of trees.

In the current fight over restoration, this isolated region often gets overlooked. While Lake Okeechobee pollution to the north grabs headlines and gets the attention of Florida lawmakers, it’s actually here where damage may be most profound.
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The woman whose mum inspired her to track ethical food - BBC News

The woman whose mum inspired her to track ethical food - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Jessi Baker thanks her mother for the inspiration to start her company, Provenance.
Set up just a few years ago, Provenance says it is lighting a fire under the retail world.
The company is based around an app which allows retailers and customers to see where a product comes from, from its origins to its point of sale.
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Nearly 100 bushfires raging in Australia's New South Wales state - BBC News

Nearly 100 bushfires raging in Australia's New South Wales state - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Rural areas of Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the state, threatening homes and closing roads.
Some 97 fires were burning across the state, with 37 uncontained, the Rural Fire Service said.
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