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The Gulf's bright solar-powered future

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Sunshine-rich GCC countries are investing billions in solar-powered energy.
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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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A Farm For The Future (BBC Documentary)

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Is land-farmed salmon the answer?

Is land-farmed salmon the answer? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The Freshwater Institute raises salmon in closed tanks. You can get a taste, but not for long.

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Oregon's Klamath River Basin One Step Closer to Historic Dam Removal - Earth Island Journal

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Oregon's Klamath River Basin has nearly completed an improbable, 15-year journey from community-wide hostility to a hesitant but tangible reconciliation.

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Between the covers of Evelyn's Sylva

Between the covers of Evelyn's Sylva | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"If you take a stroll through one of the nation's long-established woodlands, there is a good chance its management was inspired, influenced or even instructed by John Evelyn's Sylva.

Widely recognised as the first comprehensive study of UK trees, Sylva, or - to give its full title - A Discourse of Forest Trees, and the Propagation of Timber in his Majesty's Dominions, made its first public appearance in 1662 as a paper submitted to the newly formed Royal Society.

Two years later, it was published as the Royal Society's first book and went on to not only shape people's knowledge but the landscape itself.

 

And it was an instant success, proving popular beyond its intended audience of wealthy aristocratic landowners, who were urged by Evelyn to plant trees in order to replenish the nation's depleted timber stock."

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A Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Portland by Skylab Architecture

A Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Portland by Skylab Architecture | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Seven concrete fins provide a green roof that collects rainwater at this new engineering facility for a wastewater treatment plant in Portland, Oregon.

The new single-storey building was oriented along the path of the sun featuring seven folded cast-in-place concrete roof forms that channel storm water sustainably through the eco-roof. The storm water then drains along the berms into a visible storm water collection system leading back to the Columbia Slough.

As an intentional demonstration, the building and its immediate landscape employ signage and educational elements to celebrate the Columbia Slough ecosystem where the project is located as well as share information about the regional watershed. Inspired by the native landscape and its industrial past, the building is an elegant combination of landform, indigenous planting, formal geometry, and durable construction systems that support staff and the public interface."


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Not far from home! Think I'll need to go check out  this awesome  sustainable building .  #pnw  #sustainability

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Why It's a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice

Why It's a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
What happens when it all melts? Read on.
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Death of the Bees, US Government Approves Another Toxic Insecticide

Death of the Bees, US Government Approves Another Toxic Insecticide | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Flying in the face of recent science demonstrating that pollinator populations are declining, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made the decision to unconditionally register another pesticide that is known to be highly toxic to bees, coming almost one year after EPA registered sulfoxaflor, disregarding concerns from beekeepers and environmental groups. The announcement, posted in the Federal Register on Wednesday, set tolerances for the pesticide cyantraniliprole in foods ranging from almonds and berries, to leafy vegetables, onions, and milk. EPA establishes the allowable limit of the chemical residue, called tolerances, based on what EPA considers ‘acceptable’ risk. EPA’s ruling details that “there is a reasonable certainty that no harm will result from aggregate exposure to the pesticide residue,” despite all evidence that cyantraniliprole is toxic to bees and harmful to mammals."


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Deforestation, drought push Amazon toward destruction by fire — The Daily Climate

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How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply

How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Carbon storage has to expand rapidly, or coal burning has to cease, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change
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Lost in an acid sea: A fish's sense of smell — The Daily Climate

Lost in an acid sea: A fish's sense of smell — The Daily Climate | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Acidic ocean water blunts the sense of smell in fish, making them bolder – perhaps recklessly so, according to a new study offering a glimpse of the oceans of the future.

This is the first time people have been able to test what would happen in 100 years. 
- Danielle Dixson, Georgia Tech

The findings suggest that, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, fish could suffer debilitating behavioral effects." 

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The Pew Charitable Trusts

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We work globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, preserve our wildlands and promote the clean energy economy.
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Save the caribou, save the boreal forest, ecologists say

Save the caribou, save the boreal forest, ecologists say | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Endangered woodland caribou face increasing encroachment on their Canadian habitat, and foot-dragging by the federal government to try to halt this advance could now doom the species.

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Macquarie Island declared pest free

Macquarie Island declared pest free | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A $25 million, seven-year eradication program clears the World Heritage-listed island of rats, rabbits and mice.
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You Might Have Forgotten The BP Oil Spill, But These Animals Haven't

You Might Have Forgotten The BP Oil Spill, But These Animals Haven't | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It's been four years since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and sending more than 200 million gallons of crude oil gushing into the water. The public outrage has largely died down, as have the EPA rest...
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Here is a visit to the gulf to see how things are going four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Death of the Bees: Two-Thirds of European Honeybee Pollen Contaminated By Dozens of Pesticides

Death of the Bees: Two-Thirds of European Honeybee Pollen Contaminated By Dozens of Pesticides | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
More than two-thirds of the pollen that honeybees collect from European fields is contaminated by a cocktail of up to 17 different toxic pesticides. These are the shocking findings of a new study r...
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Big Leaks Found in Pennsylvania Fracking Wells

Big Leaks Found in Pennsylvania Fracking Wells | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Methane escapes from natural gas wells even before fracking, according to new direct measurements from flying over in an airplane
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Radioactive Waste Booms With Fracking as New Rules Mulled

Radioactive Waste Booms With Fracking as New Rules Mulled | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.
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State grant to fund portion of Pigeon River dam removal - Petoskey News-Review

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State grant to fund portion of Pigeon River dam removal.

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Asia pollution drives Pacific storms

Asia pollution drives Pacific storms | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.

Researchers have found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world.

The effect was most pronounced during the winter."

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If El Niño Comes This Year, It Could Be a Monster

If El Niño Comes This Year, It Could Be a Monster | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Official NOAA Climate Prediction Center estimates peg the odds of El Niño’s return at 50 percent, but many climate scientists think that is a lowball estimate. And there are several indications that if it materializes, this year’s El Niño could be massive, a lot like the 1997-98 event that was the strongest on record.

“I think there’s no doubt that there’s an El Niño underway,” said climate scientist Kevin Trenberth of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research. “The question is whether it’ll be a small or big one.”

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Nestlé, General Mills Join Global Alliance for Water Stewardship

Nestlé, General Mills Join Global Alliance for Water Stewardship | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
This week, Nestlé, General Mills and other global brands committed to the Alliance for Water Stewardship, along with 27 other organizations including FEMSA Foundation, Water Footprint Network, Water Aid, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy, to promote a global framework for sustainable use of the world's limited freshwater resources.

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This week, Nestlé, General Mills and other global brands committed to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), along with 27 other organizations including FEMSA Foundation, Water Footprint Network, Water Aid, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and The Nature Conservancy, to promote a global framework for sustainable use of the world's limited freshwater resources.

The announcement came with AWS' release of the first International Water Stewardship Standard, which defines criteria for good water stewardship, aligns with other sustainability initiatives and supports independent certification.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to help private- and public-sector water users and managers become responsible water stewards, who protect and enhance freshwater resources for people and nature," said Alexis Morgan, director of the Global Water Roundtable at WWF.

According to a press release by AWS, it was developed through “a four-year, multi-stakeholder, global water roundtable process that included a diversity of business, public sector and civil society interests from around the world, as well as pilot projects held in seven countries.”

Pilot projects in pulp and paper, mining, chemicals, oil and gas, water service provision and agriculture applied the standard to test its feasibility, applicability and helped define targets in water governance, water balance and water quality. AWS offers companies various ways to “improve, incentivize and recognize responsible water use, including helping members engage key stakeholders within their watershed and supply chain.” AWS is also launching a capacity-development program and offering membership opportunities through which companies can learn what they can do to help protect shared resources, as well as shape the future of water stewardship.

General Mills’ VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Jerry Lynch, said that as a global food company, water is critical to General Mills' business.

"We have an interest and a responsibility to protect the quality and supply of water upon which our business depends, and actively look for ways to collaborate with others to benefit our growers, the community and the environment," he added.

Carlo Galli, Water Resources, Technical & Strategic Advisor at Nestlé, said that the company "supports the efforts of AWS to promote water stewardship internationally and assist companies to manage water-related risk at a site and catchment level. The AWS Standard will enable companies to better assess their performance against a defined set of principles, identify opportunities for improvement and take collaborative steps to improve their water use."

"We are delighted to be able to launch the Standard here in Peru, a country that in many ways epitomizes the challenges of managing water wisely in a world where social, economic and environmental pressures collide," said Adrian Sym, Executive Director of AWS. "The work we have done in the asparagus sector here highlights how international demand for more and different foods can threaten the water resources that communities and companies depend on, and the need to work collectively to safeguard these resources and the livelihoods they support."....

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Plant These Flowers to Power Bees: Photos : DNews

Plant These Flowers to Power Bees: Photos : DNews | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Check out these flowering plants that can help give bees a boost.
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Greenland sharks have high levels of toxic pollutants

Greenland sharks have high levels of toxic pollutants | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It is well known that polar bears accumulate alarmingly high concentrations of PCBs and other pollutants. It is now discovered that also Greenland sharks have contaminants in their bodies. The long-term effects remain unknown.

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, April 13, 9:28 AM

“We had this theory that the sharks would occasionally move south, but it turns out that they stay in the waters around Svalbard,” says Professor Bjørn Munro Jenssen, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specializes in pollutants and arctic biology.

 

These finds are very provocative. The species highest up on the food chain are the most affected. We are among them,” Jenssen says.

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Scientist discovers bizarre new deep sea ecosystem, created by disaster | Deep Sea News

Scientist discovers bizarre new deep sea ecosystem, created by disaster | Deep Sea News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
It makes me smile to think that, even after being lost at sea, a sunken ship can still be a symbol of hope. According to ongoing research, the death of an ocean
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NASA's global warming factsheet

NASA's global warming factsheet | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Global warming is happening now, and scientists are confident that greenhouse gases are responsible. To understand what this means for humanity, it is necessary to understand what global warming is, how scientists know it's happening, and how they predict future climate.

 

Once the world’s fourth largest lake, the mighty Aral Sea is now in it’s death throws. Starved of it’s lifeblood of the waters of the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya rivers, the sea has been shrinking for the last 40 years.

 

Are the ozone hole and global warming related?What can we do about global warming?What if global warming isn’t as severe as predicted?Why is global warming a problem?Has the Sun been more active in recent decades, and could it be responsible for some global warming?If Earth has warmed and cooled throughout history, what makes scientists think that humans are causing global warming now?How do scientists know that Mauna Loa’s volcanic emissions don’t affect the carbon dioxide data collected there?Do satellite observations of atmospheric temperatures agree with surface-based observations and model predictions?What does NASA have to do with global warming?Are there natural processes that can amplify or limit global warming?If we immediately stopped emitting greenhouses gases, would global warming stop?If we stabilized greenhouse gas emissions at today’s rates, would global warming stop?
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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 8, 5:10 AM

It is an idiot who believes that humanity does not impact their own home through their activity.  It is also pretty stupid to select financial, material wealth over health, well being and sustainability, from a biological and sociological point of view.

 

Yet this is precisely what humanity has chosen to do.

 

At least, the sections of humanity who make decisions as to what happens in our world.  The rest of us are merely guilty of complacency and lack of access to real power (which is proactively enforced by those who currently hold defacto power in our world; the same people who are responsible for making the policy regimen that is causing global warming and greenhouse gas emissions to increase, remain the same or insignificantly decrease).

 

There's a reason how we're all going to die.  Looks like humanity is just going to be one brief little spark in the geological and cosmological history of our planet and universe.

 

A shame, since we have so much potential, if it weren't for those diseased brains sitting in places of power, consequence and authority.

 

Think about it.

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How India is building Asia's largest secure forest network

How India is building Asia's largest secure forest network | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"A landmark effort by the Indian state of Karnataka to connect isolated protected forests could lead to the building of Asia's largest unbroken forest, writes Jay Mazoomdaar."

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