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London bee summit: pesticides or no pesticides?

London bee summit: pesticides or no pesticides? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The decision to frame the argument over neonicotinoids as pro- or anti-pesticide ignores the myriad options
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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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'Growth drives UK flooding problems'

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"The study says the number of reported major flood events has increased, but in parallel with population growth and a boom in building in vulnerable areas.

It says it is unclear if climate change is implicated in recent flooding.

But the Southampton University team urges government to continue spending on flood defences as more homes are likely to be vulnerable due to sea level rise and more intense rainfall.

The researchers admit their study is a fragment of a complex picture. They have not, for instance, been able to account for the benefits of flood defence spending."

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If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

As drought ravages surface water supplies, we're pumping groundwater to save us. And it will-for a while.

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Conservation, business partnerships evolve - Charleston Post Courier

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Conservation, business partnerships evolve Charleston Post Courier Public or private conservation efforts have now protected more than three quarters of a million acres around Charleston - nearly one-third of the land mass of Charleston, Berkeley...

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CITIES: Louisville, fastest-warming city in U.S., reaches for the brakes -- Monday, August 18, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

CITIES: Louisville, fastest-warming city in U.S., reaches for the brakes -- Monday, August 18, 2014 -- www.eenews.net | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Two years ago, the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Louisville Slugger received an unwelcome distinction: fastest-warming heat island in the United States.
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A Solar Plant Is Setting Birds On Fire

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A massive, billion-dollar solar plant in the Mojave Desert is setting birds on fire as they fly over the facility.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which is located close to the California-Nevada border, has killed birds as they fly t...
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China's massive role in illegal logging

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China produces more wood and paper products than any nation on Earth. Sadly, much of it comes from illegal timber. Bound for China...


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New nursery sprayer could be ‘game changer’

New nursery sprayer could be ‘game changer’ | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Capital Press The USDA and university researchers are testing a sprayer that dramatically cuts pesticide use and drift.


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The roads scholar

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An ecologist helps wildlife safely cross highways.
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China's air pollution scaring away expat executives

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Whitney Foard Small loved China and her job as a regional director of communications for a top automaker. But after air pollution led to several stays in hospital and finally ...

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Would you decline a great job offer abroad because of pollution ?

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Foreigners regularly check the air quality readings put out by the U.S. Embassy and consulates on their Twitter feeds when deciding whether to go out for a run or let their children play outside.

 

The pollution has become even more of a hot topic since January, when the readings in Beijing went off the scale and beyond what is considered hazardous by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

At the same time, China’s state media gave unprecedented coverage to the pollution following months of growing pressure from a Chinese middle class that has become more vocal about the quality of its air.

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, May 2, 2013 1:51 PM

wow, definitely worth considering!

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Deadly Algae Are Everywhere, Thanks to Agriculture

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Get used to algae blooms, they may be coming to a body of water near you
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Auckland Council hypocritical on wastewater dumping

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"Updated 8:22am: It's given the green-light to dumping waste in waterways, while asking the rest of us to "celebrate our streams".

Auckland Council has decided its contractors did nothing wrong, in repeatedly dumping wastewater in a Pukekohe stream last month."


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Foresters Now Monitoring Tree Populations from Space [Slide Show]

Foresters Now Monitoring Tree Populations from Space [Slide Show] | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Scientists know surprisingly little about what is growing in our forests. New techniques for analyzing satellite data are about to change that
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These techniques can determine not just the type of tree but also its size. “We get longer-wavelength images that scatter more on bigger or denser trees,” Parisa says. That is useful information to SilviaTerra’s main clients: companies that buy or invest in timber who want to know where the largest reserves may be. Currently such companies own forested lands worth as much as $90 billion. Based on interest in the market, analysts say these companies could soon double their landholdings.

 

Parisa and Nova are not the only ones approaching the forest data problem this way. Companies are doing similar work in Canada, Israel and Ireland as well as in other parts of the U.S. “Ten years from now there’s going to be amazing information available for forests anywhere you want to point your mouse on a computer or anywhere you want to walk,” Parisa remarks.

 

This new technology could be a blessing to forest landowners and managers who will soon be able to better track their land’s response to climate change or spot invasive species sooner.

 

Of course there will likely always be traditional foresters like Shane Hetzler who provide data from the field to complement data harvested from satellite images. Hetzler, who works for small landowners in coastal New England, prefers the conventional means of studying forests. He hasn’t completely forsaken new technology, however. Hetzler uses smartphone apps to log the height, width, location and species of the trees he encounters during his long treks through the woods. The old way was a “rite of passage” he says, logging data in the field with pen on paper, “hoping that it wasn’t going to rain.” But, he has to admit, the new data tools “are pretty great.”

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Results of contamination study show Deadly DDT levels in St. Louis, Michigan, robins' eggs.

Results of contamination study show Deadly DDT levels in St. Louis, Michigan, robins' eggs. | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Michigan State University environmental toxicology professor Matt Zwiernik presented part two of the results from the 2013 dead bird collection in St. Louis to the Pine River Superfund Taskforce Wednesday.

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Free Range: California Town Celebrates Their Wild Chickens - Modern Farmer

Free Range: California Town Celebrates Their Wild Chickens - Modern Farmer | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because in Fair Oaks they have the right-of-way.
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What is SafetyNet? - SafetyNet

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Deforestation ramping up in Yasuni as Ecuador sets to open up national park to drilling

Deforestation ramping up in Yasuni as Ecuador sets to open up national park to drilling | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Yasuni National park has been in the conservation spotlight in recent years, with oil drilling threatening the forests and wildlife of this biodiversity hotspot. Recently, disturbance in the park may have ramped up, with satellite data showing a significant increase in deforestation alerts within Yasuni National Park since 2011.

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Back to nature: Last chunk of Elwha dams out in September - The Seattle Times

Back to nature: Last chunk of Elwha dams out in September - The Seattle Times | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Toledo Blade Back to nature: Last chunk of Elwha dams out in September The Seattle Times Already, terraced banks of the former lakes are burgeoning with alder and cottonwood, the gift of seeds carried by the lakes as they gradually were lowered...

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Newborns Commonly Are Exposed in Womb to Germ-Killing, Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Newborns Commonly Are Exposed in Womb to Germ-Killing, Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The antibacterial compound triclosan may be common in pregnant women and infants
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The real cost of ethanol

The real cost of ethanol | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The unexpected price of something that was supposed to save you money and be good for the environment
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Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, USGS report says

Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, USGS report says | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Montana farmer Rocky Norby has worked the land along the Missouri River for more than 20 years, coaxing sugar beets and malted barley out of the arid ground.
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Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River

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As Big Ag flourishes, this massive waterway suffers.
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Artful, Aerial Views of Humanity's Impact

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Using aerial photographs that render imperiled landscapes almost abstract, Edward Burtynsky explores the consequences of human activity bearing down on the earth’s resources.

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, August 11, 5:12 AM

These images may be very useful for teaching the DCI's under the Human Impact topic.

Alexandra Piggott's curator insight, August 11, 3:48 PM

Is this evidence of homgeniziation of landscapes?

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 11, 5:11 PM

People change landscapes. This is a great resource available as an iPad App also Called Burtynsky Water. 

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Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation.
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Glass Eel Gold Rush Casts Maine Fishermen against Scientists

Glass Eel Gold Rush Casts Maine Fishermen against Scientists | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Sky-high prices for juvenile American eels have created conflict in Maine between fishermen and fisheries biologists over the fate of the species
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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.
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