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Australian Honeybees Unable to Make Honey

Australian Honeybees Unable to Make Honey | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
It would be prudent for Australian's to scrutinize all processed foods labels, foreign honey will be used when the following wording appears: 'Made in Australia from local honey and imported ingredients.'...
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Trial reveals benefits of sprouted seeds in laying hen diets

Trial reveals benefits of sprouted seeds in laying hen diets | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Sprouted seeds in feed given to laying hens could boost financial returns for farmers and free up land for food production, a new study has found.

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WHO report shows urban green spaces deliver multiple health benefits

WHO report shows urban green spaces deliver multiple health benefits | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A new WHO report summarizing evidence on the health effects of green space in urban areas shows that green spaces offer numerous public health benefits, including psychological relaxation and stress reduction, enhanced physical activity and a potential reduction in exposure to – among other harmful urban factors – air pollution, noise and excessive heat. The report concludes that there is a need for both small, local green spaces situated very close to where people live and spend their day, and large green spaces that provide formal recreational facilities (such as playing fields) and opportunities to interact with nature.

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Green Infrastructure: Best Practices for Cities

Green Infrastructure: Best Practices for Cities | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Next time you take a walk around your city, look around. Is there green infrastructure near you? If not, there might be soon! Green infrastructure is becoming a more widely adopted strategy for addressing city challenges and goals.

In addition to taking root in climate action planning, cities are weaving green infrastructure into sustainability efforts and throughout myriad other initiatives. Recent articles on city climate action planning and fostering equity highlighted trends and best practices.

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It's a slug's life | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 13.01.2017

It's a slug's life | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 13.01.2017 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Tiny and slimy, slugs have the power to disgust, repel - and strip gardeners of their lettuce and their nerves. But for all their unappealing attributes, they are unique survivors that provide a legitimate eco-service.
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Big businesses vow to tackle plastics problem | DW Environment | DW.COM | 17.01.2017

Big businesses vow to tackle plastics problem | DW Environment | DW.COM | 17.01.2017 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, major corporations have signed on to an initiative to better reuse and recycle plastic packaging - to reap economic benefits, and in hopes of stemming an environmental crisis.
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Most Ocean Rubbish Ends Up Near Home

Most Ocean Rubbish Ends Up Near Home | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Australia’s national research institution CSIRO is calling on people to do the right thing with their rubbish this Christmas, with new research

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Montenegro’s pristine Lake Skadar threatened by new resort

Montenegro’s pristine Lake Skadar threatened by new resort | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Like its Adriatic neighbour Croatia, Montenegro is a rapidly-growing travel destination: in 2016 there were nearly 1.5 million visits from international tourists – up 6.9% on 2015. But although the country is known for eco-tourism and as a “soft adventure” hotspot, tourism development hasn’t been without controversy.
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Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops—such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits—to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Grey to Green: Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance - Conference 

Grey to Green: Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance - Conference  | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
This conference is the leading forum for designers, policy makers, manufacturers, growers, landscapers, and other green infrastructure professionals to discuss the benefits of the important green infrastructure industry, and how to grow it even further.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the latest science on green infrastructure performance, economic valuation and public policy developments, new technological developments, and best practices in design, installation and maintenance. The conference also includes a trade show, cutting edge workshops which include tours of outstanding projects, and special networking events.

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Climate change is going to be very bad for the global economy

Climate change is going to be very bad for the global economy | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The average global income is predicted to be 23% less by the end of the century than it would without climate change, but the effects will be shared unevenly.

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This Is Where the Key to Healthy Honeybees May Be Found

This Is Where the Key to Healthy Honeybees May Be Found | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The relationship between honeybees and humans spans millennia, from the advent of agriculture to the current globalization of food markets. Today, pollination via commercial hives supports a multibillion-dollar agriculture industry.

But honeybee health in the U.S. and Europe has never been more precarious.

Misuse of pesticides, diverse hive pests, parasites, disease, and climate change are among the threats they face in these locations. (See “What We Know—and Don’t Know—About Honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder”)

Yet not all honeybee populations are showing signs of stress. Hives in East Africa—where honeybees are critical pollinators for coffee, cacao, and cashews—seem more resilient than their American and European counterparts, even when faced with similar pathogens.

The buzzing question is, Why?
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Nebraska conventional farmer sees opportunities with organic

Nebraska conventional farmer sees opportunities with organic | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
“As farmers, we need to figure out what the end user wants, whether it is an ethanol plant, a food ingredient company or the consumer,” says Nebraska farmer Ryan Weeks. “We need to listen, understand and then try to provide it.”

With this in mind, Weeks has been transitioning 240 acres of their family farm to organic production, amidst his GMO corn and soybeans, non-GMO white corn, non-GMO soybeans and popcorn. He knows niche markets aren’t going to make him rich. However, he notes, “An extra 40¢ per bushel can make a big difference.”

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EPA backs away from protecting pollinators

EPA backs away from protecting pollinators | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Multiple studies have shown that neonicotinoid pesticides are having all sorts of negative impacts on bees, from killing their brain cells, to causing queen bees to lay fewer eggs. Now, the EPA has acknowledged that science, but is still failing to take action to protect critical pollinators, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

The nonprofit watchdog group says the EPA is giving in to industry pressure by failing to restrict use of the dangerous pesticides, “despite broad evidence of their well-established role in alarming declines of pollinators.”
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Food losses and waste: Navigating the inconsistencies - Global Food Security

Food losses and waste: Navigating the inconsistencies - Global Food Security | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In recent years, the question of food losses and waste (FLW) has been the subject of much debate. When it comes to food security, the preservation of natural resources and potential economic benefits, the general public, scientists and politicians all agree that FLW needs to be reduced. However, there are numerous inconsistencies in terms of how the problem of FLW has been presented and analysed. This article aims to highlight these inconsistencies and help identify the areas of research that could contribute to a more effective handling of FLW issues. The article examines: (i) whether the choice of definition(s) adopted are consistent with the problem(s) targeted; (ii) the efficiency of the methodologies used to address the issues raised, and (iii) the relevance of arguments put forward concerning FLW reduction.

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Caring of the green: Ireland wakes up to the value of public parks

Caring of the green: Ireland wakes up to the value of public parks | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Do you spend time in your local park or green space? If so, you are part of a trend which is seeing public parks become the go-to spaces for recreation and relaxation. Many researchers point to the greater need for green space in our technologically driven, urban environments. But how clean, safe and sustainable are our parks? And, can they cope with this increased demand for more diverse usage?

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Low-Canopy and Under-Served Neighborhoods | Program Highlights | The City of Portland, Oregon

Low-Canopy and Under-Served Neighborhoods | Program Highlights | The City of Portland, Oregon | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The Portland Plan envisions a more equitable city. For the Environmental Services Tree Program, this means focusing our work on providing trees and tree resources for low-canopy, low-income, and high-diversity neighborhoods. It also means we’re listening, working to shape our programs to match the input we receive so we can grow an urban forest that meets a diversity of needs.

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LA lions to roam over freeway | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 17.01.2017

LA lions to roam over freeway | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 17.01.2017 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Planning has started on the largest wildlife crossing in the world. The privately-funded bridge would allow the endangered Santa Monica mountain lion and other species to dodge safely the insanity of LA traffic.
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East Antarctica Ice Sheet More Vulnerable To Melting “Than Expected”

East Antarctica Ice Sheet More Vulnerable To Melting “Than Expected” | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Going on a mix of climate modeling, satellite observation, and on-site measurement, new research has indicated that East Antarctica’s ice sheet may be more vulnerable to melting “than e…
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Ocean acidification to hit key fisheries

Ocean acidification to hit key fisheries | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
There’s no stopping ocean acidification without stopping CO2 emissions, and that’s bad news for many marine species, including Dungeness crabs, according to new new research published in the journal Global Change Biology.

Tiny shell-forming organisms like pteropods and copepods are vulnerable to acidification, but will likely experience only a slight overall decline because they are prolific enough to offset much of the impact, the study found. But those impacts will cascade through ocean ecosystems to affect larger animals like crabs, that will suffer as their food sources decline. Dungeness crab fisheries are valued at about $220 million annually, and may face a strong downturn over the next 50 years.
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English green belt set to get 360,000 new homes

English green belt set to get 360,000 new homes | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Countryside campaigners fear ministers are set to weaken green belt protection in order to meet housebuilding targets
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Financial sting from falling honeybee numbers - The Country - The Country News

Financial sting from falling honeybee numbers - The Country - The Country News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New Zealand agriculture could lose more than $700 million a year if the honeybee population continues to decline, according to a new study into the economic consequences of a decline in pollination rates.

One of the co-authors of the study, Lincoln University Professor Stephen Wratten, from the Bio-Protection Research Centre, said it was well known that a global decline in insect pollinator populations posed a major threat to food and nutritional security.
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A Natural Solution to Water Security

A Natural Solution to Water Security | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
There, the water filters through cloud forests and grasslands, picking up more spring water and snowmelt from glaciers, continuing its downstream journey until it eventually reaches Quito’s municipal water system.

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EcoCheck: Australia's vast, majestic northern savannas need more care

EcoCheck: Australia's vast, majestic northern savannas need more care | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Australia's Great Northern Savannas are the largest and most intact ecosystem of their kind on Earth. But they still face pressure from grazing, mining and agricultural expansion.

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Do not forget to examine Earth's biotic landscapes - these make the best case studies for landscape change / degradation and management  e.g. forests, grasslands  

 

 

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How green is your city? These maps compare green spaces around the world

How green is your city? These maps compare green spaces around the world | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The value of trees and plants in the urban environment is well documented: they improve air quality, shade against heat and provide an antidote to congestion, traffic and the pace of city life.

Making available significant ‘green’ living space is now virtually mandatory for cities around the world. But are they up to scratch?

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Designing a Lifestyle, Not Just a Garden

Designing a Lifestyle, Not Just a Garden | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Implementing a permaculture design is much more than building a garden. It’s also more than a house that utilizes passive solar energy or barrels to catch rooftop runoff. While these things often are incorporated into permaculture plans, the practice itself is getting at something much deeper. It’s redesigning the way we live.

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