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Wyoming Will Eye Distance Between Homes, Oil Wells

Wyoming Will Eye Distance Between Homes, Oil Wells | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State officials said they might consider increasing the current 350-foot minimum distance that oil and gas wells must be located away from homes as a way to avoid problems as drilling creeps closer to residential areas in...
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6 Amazing Farming Machines You Probably Never Knew Existed - Post Feed

6 Amazing Farming Machines You Probably Never Knew Existed - Post Feed | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Farming is one of the world’s oldest and most necessary trades, and up until recently, it has continued on with the same tools. Modern engineering along with tractors and new machinery has shifted the farming industry to one of efficiency and mass production. Farming is no longer a small scale production, but rather one that …
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'Perfect storm' threatens Europe's salamanders - BBC News

'Perfect storm' threatens Europe's salamanders - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Urgent action is needed to protect wild salamanders in Europe from a deadly infection, say scientists.
The disease may end up wiping out all vulnerable species, with zoos and gene banks the only conservation option, they warn.
A fungal infection introduced to northern Europe several years ago behaves as a "perfect storm", say experts.
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As woody shrubs move north in a warming Arctic, so do beavers

As woody shrubs move north in a warming Arctic, so do beavers | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
As the Arctic climate warms and woody shrubs spread northward over the tundra, several animal species have followed.

Among the latest: wood-chomping beavers have apparently established a beachhead near the Arctic coastline.
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ENERGY POLICY: Trump nods again to coal by softening mercury rule

ENERGY POLICY: Trump nods again to coal by softening mercury rule | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Trump administration proclamations celebrating the repeal of pollution regulations have become a common occurrence in Washington. The list includes a rule to prohibit coal companies from polluting streams, a cap on power plant carbon emissions and lifting a moratorium on new federal coal leases. All this is being done to free up the U.S. energy sector from burdensome regulations that hamper job growth.
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Rural Kenyans protect wetlands to curb water scarcity

Rural Kenyans protect wetlands to curb water scarcity | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
USIA, Kenya, April 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with a hoe and Wellington boots, George Wandera planted bamboo seedlings in neatly dug holes along the banks of a stream on his farm that feeds a nearby lake in western Kenya.

"I've never tried this on my farm before but it's the first step in protecting the stream," he said. "Before the last downpour a few days ago, the water source had completely dried up."

Large swathes of Kenya - including parts of Busia county where Wandera lives - are experiencing severe water shortages, which have damaged crops and left 2.6 million people in need of aid.
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North American lakes getting saltier because of winter de-icing

North American lakes getting saltier because of winter de-icing | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Melting snow from roads and parking lots is threatening thousands of lakes in North America.  

A new study of 371 lakes in eastern North America shows they're getting saltier because of runoff from the salt used to melt winter snow and ice.

Canadian Hilary Dugan, a limnologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was lead author of the study.

Dugan said the study found that the closer a lake is to roads or parking lots, the greater the threat to the quality of the lake water. Even a small amount of pavement causes salt to run off and seep into the ground and eventually get into the lake.
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Risky business: On the trail of poachers in Zimbabwe | 

Risky business: On the trail of poachers in Zimbabwe |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There's big money in the illegal ivory trade - and that means it's an often bloody business. DW joins an anti-poaching unit on patrol in Zimbabwe to find out how they've been able to combat poachers and save elephants.
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Germany awards 'too good for the bin' prizes to tackle food waste | News | 

Germany awards 'too good for the bin' prizes to tackle food waste | News |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Germany's Ministry of Food and Agriculture has awarded prizes to projects for innovation in reducing food waste. A ceremony in Berlin saw prizes for dumplings, gastronomy, a supermarket and how to use overripe bananas.
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How many pesticides have you eaten today? | DW Environment | 

How many pesticides have you eaten today? | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A new report finds that about half the food consumed in Europe contains pesticide residues. The EU's food safety authority says there is no danger. Environmentalists aren't convinced.
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Diesel cars can improve air quality, claims motor industry group

Diesel cars can improve air quality, claims motor industry group | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Car manufacturers have hit back at the recent spate of negative comments about diesel vehicles, saying that the latest incarnations are “the cleanest in history” and “light years away from their older counterparts”.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said diesel cars could play an important role in helping improve air quality in towns and cities and in tackling climate change.
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Billion dollar weather disasters piling up in early 2017

Billion dollar weather disasters piling up in early 2017 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Tornadoes, wildfires, and blizzards during the second-warmest winter on record for the U.S. killed 37 people and caused an estimated $5.8 billion dollars in damage, according to the latest monthly update from federal climate trackers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

It was the first time there were five billion-dollar extreme weather events during the January to March period, the National Centers for Environmental Information said in the state of the climate report released Thursday. The March 6-8 tornado outbreak in the Midwest was the costliest, at $1.5 billion. The damage from California rainstorms Feb. 8-22 amounted to $1 billion, the report says.
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Rainforest CSI: How We’re Catching Illegal Loggers with DNA, Machine Vision and Chemistry | World Resources Institute

Rainforest CSI: How We’re Catching Illegal Loggers with DNA, Machine Vision and Chemistry | World Resources Institute | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Scientific advances in wood identification are improving chances of catching illegal loggers threatening the world’s tropical most threatened rainforests.

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While each of these technologies heralds great promise, hurdles remain. Reference databases are a top priority. Law enforcement officials also must embrace the new tools, and buying the technologies and training officers in their use will require sufficient funding.

These difficulties aren’t insurmountable. In fact, before fingerprinting became a ubiquitous tool for crimefighters, it faced similar challenges.
With support and investment to develop and field-test these technologies further, the use of these “rainforest CSI” tools could become just as commonplace—and effective in fighting crime--as fingerprinting. Much of this information came out of discussions at a recent workshop, Development and Scaling of Innovative Technologies for Wood Identification.

Learn more here:  http://www.forestlegality.org/event/development-and-scaling-innovative-technologies-wood-identification
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To Help Save the Planet, This Entrepreneur Builds Sustainable Farms in Urban Cities

To Help Save the Planet, This Entrepreneur Builds Sustainable Farms in Urban Cities | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
This CEO and co-founder is focusing his efforts on sustainable farming -- one city at a time.

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EU to propose linking CO2 emissions for trucks, cars to road toll charges#Offshore stockbroker

EU to propose linking CO2 emissions for trucks, cars to road toll charges#Offshore stockbroker | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The European Commission is to propose making cars, trucks, buses and vans pay higher road toll charges the more CO2 they emit as it seeks to cut road transport's carbon footprint, two EU officials said.

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"The proposal will keep the average level of tolls collected roughly constant, meaning more polluting vehicles will pay more while cleaner ones will pay less"

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Ecosystem Earth

Ecosystem Earth | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

"An ecosystem consists of communities of interacting species and the physical environment on which they depend. Although it is well accepted that Earth consists of many different ecosystems, human societies much less readily recognize that Earth itself is an ecosystem, dependent on interacting species and consisting of finite resources. As the human population has grown and increasingly dominated available resources, “ecosystem Earth” has begun to show increasing signs of stress. Loss of biodiversity, environmental degradation, and conflict over resources among the dominant species are typical signs that a biological system is nearing a state change, which could range from collapse of the dominant species, to development of alternative biological communities, to collapse of the entire system. In this special issue, we identify our impacts on ecosystem Earth, seek to understand the barriers to change, and explore potential solutions. Decades of research on ecosystem dynamics can help to guide our thinking about a sustainable future. Bottom-up reductions in human population growth and resource consumption, changes to how we think about our place in the system, and a willingness to prioritize persistence of the other species within our biological community will lead to a healthier planetary ecosystem. It is essential that humanity begins to better appreciate our role as just one part of a large and interdependent biological community. Our ability to dominate the planet's resources makes us directly responsible for determining the future of the ecosystem on which we, and all other forms of life, depend."

 

Ecosystem Earth
Sacha Vignieri, Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink

Science  21 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6335, pp. 258-259
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6335.258

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OCEANS: Coral loss quickly erodes seafloor, threatens coasts — USGS

OCEANS: Coral loss quickly erodes seafloor, threatens coasts — USGS | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Coastal communities are already losing the coral reefs that help protect them from waves, erosion and hazardous weather, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The study, published today in Biogeosciences, found that the seafloor is eroding far faster than expected in five large coral reef tracts in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Researchers already knew many reefs have fewer corals, but today's study is the first to show the widespread effects of that degradation on water depths.
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Low Water Hinders Shipping Rhine and Danube Rivers in Germany – gCaptain

Low Water Hinders Shipping Rhine and Danube Rivers in Germany – gCaptain | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
HAMBURG, April 18 (Reuters) – Water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany remain low despite recent rain and freight vessels cannot sail fully loaded on the German sections of the rivers, traders said on Tuesday.

The Rhine is too shallow for normal sailings south of Duisburg and Cologne to Switzerland, traders said.

Weekend rain had helped raise both rivers but water levels remain well below minimum levels for full loadings. The rivers have been shallow since the first week of April.

Shallow water means vessel operators impose surcharges on freight rates, increasing costs for cargo owners.
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The Swedish Supreme Environmental Court has decided to ban and stopp fish farming in cages in open water

The Swedish Supreme Environmental Court has decided to ban and stopp fish farming in cages in open water | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Swedish Supreme Environmental Court has decided to ban and stopp fish farming in cages in open water in three places and to reduce the amount farmed in another place. This is a result of the so called Weser-judgement from the EU-Court in combination with new Environmental Quality Norms in water in Sweden. The three…

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EPA chief sued for ‘spouting deceptive climate pseudo-science’

EPA chief sued for ‘spouting deceptive climate pseudo-science’ | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt may have to back up his false claims on greenhouse gases and climate change in court. A lawsuit filed April 13 by the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility wants the agency head to show studies backing up his statements that call into question the role of CO2 emissions in global warming. The lawsuit also seeks to determine whether EPA possesses a single study that supports Mr. Pruitt’s stance. 

The lawsuit came in response to Pruitt’s appearance on a television show when he stated, “I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” He also said “there’s a tremendous disagreement about of the impact” of “human activity on the climate….”
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European regulators 'didn't even read' risk studies on Monsanto pesticide glyphosate | Science | 

European regulators 'didn't even read' risk studies on Monsanto pesticide glyphosate | Science |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
German and European regulators never undertook a critical assessment of the cancer risks of the herbicide active agent, glyphosate. That's the view of environmental chemist Dr Helmut Burtscher.
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On the hunt for sustainable Easter eggs | DW Environment | 

On the hunt for sustainable Easter eggs | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Even if you only buy eggs from free-range or organic chicken farms, chances are you've also eaten eggs from caged animals. In light of the Easter holidays, we shed light on the sordid business of eggs.
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9-year-old girl seeks clean air for her generation, sues Indian government over pollution

9-year-old girl seeks clean air for her generation, sues Indian government over pollution | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Ridhima Pandey is living proof that no one's too young to fight climate change.

The nine-year-old girl recently filed a legal case against the Indian government for failing to curb greenhouse gas emissions from factories, vehicles, and agriculture. The petition accuses officials of neglecting their duty to protect Indians young and old from environmental harm.

"My government has failed to take steps to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing extreme climate conditions," Pandey said in a recent statement. "This will impact both me and future generations."
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North Sea oil is in its death throes. But the industry has one last grand act left | Ian Jack

North Sea oil is in its death throes. But the industry has one last grand act left | Ian Jack | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Hundreds of oil rigs will be decommissioned over the coming years, at enormous cost to taxpayers. Why not use British workers and expertise to do it?
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Global warming speeds diversity threats to native fish

Global warming speeds diversity threats to native fish | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Global warming is intensifying the hybridization of native and non-native trout in the northern Rocky Mountains, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey and other scientists. The trend is a serious threat to the biodiversity of Rocky Mountain aquatic ecosystems, says the study published in the journal Global Change Biology.

As non-native rainbow trout, introduced by early settlers, interbreed with cutthroat trout it leads to a decline in local adaptations that can threaten the long-term survival of species. Preserving the  genetic integrity of native species is important for  resiliency, the scientists said.
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First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water - BBC News

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Small traces of the world's most widely used insecticides have been detected in tap water for the first time.
Samples taken by scientists in the US state of Iowa showed that levels of neonicotinoid chemicals remained constant despite treatment.
However drinking water treated using a different method of filtration showed big reductions in neonic levels.
Scientists say they cannot draw any conclusions relating to human health but argue that further study is needed.
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