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The battle for villages and forests in Germany's coal country | Global Ideas |

The battle for villages and forests in Germany's coal country | Global Ideas | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
In August, thousands of activists will take part in anti-coal demonstrations in western Germany, as mines and plants continue to operate and expand. DW looks at the impact of coal mining on people and nature there.
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Ever considered buying a forest? | Global Ideas | DW |

Ever considered buying a forest? | Global Ideas | DW | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The idea of buying a forest sounds about as realistic as buying an island, but the Remscheid-based project 'Wald 2.0' gives everyone the chance to have a bit of their own woodland. All for the common good.  
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Why toxic chemicals keep sneaking into our food | DW Environment |

Why toxic chemicals keep sneaking into our food | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The ongoing scandal over contaminated eggs has raised serious concerns about food safety. How can we ensure the quality of products we buy - and eat? And how do illegal substances end up on our plates at all?
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Whales need a summer vacation - from tourists | DW Environment |

Whales need a summer vacation - from tourists | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Mass tourism is disturbing whales and other cetaceans struggling to live peaceably in their surroundings. Collisions with ships have been an issue for some time already - but now, tourists are wanting to swim with them.
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International Orangutan Day - still threatened by extinction | DW Environment |

International Orangutan Day - still threatened by extinction | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
No hope for orangutans? Ahead of International Orangutan Day on Saturday environmentalists says the big apes are still on the brink of extinction due to deforestation.
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The Nitrogen Problem: Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse

The Nitrogen Problem: Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

"It is a painful lesson of our time that the things we depend on to make our lives more comfortable can also kill us. Our addiction to fossils fuels is the obvious example, as we come to terms with the slow motion catastrophe of climate change. But we are addicted to nitrogen, too, in the fertilizers that feed us, and it now appears that the combination of climate change and nitrogen pollution is multiplying the possibilities for wrecking the world around us."

 
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Fipronil eggs scandal: Belgium knew about the problem in June | DW 

Fipronil eggs scandal: Belgium knew about the problem in June | DW  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Belgian officials have admitted they were aware eggs may have been contaminated with the insecticide fipronil as early as June. Millions of insecticide-tainted eggs have since made it onto the German market.
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Earth Almost Certain to Warm by 2 Degrees Celsius

Earth Almost Certain to Warm by 2 Degrees Celsius | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There's only a 5 percent chance of limiting warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius, according to a forecast drawn from a statistical analysis of 150 countries' population and economic growth.
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The Earth is exhausted - we're using up its resources faster than it can provide | DW Environment | 

The Earth is exhausted - we're using up its resources faster than it can provide | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
We've already used up more resources this year than our planet can regenerate. That's bad news for our climate and for poorer countries in the Global South, which stand to lose out the most. Anne-Sophie Brändlin reports.
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The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals

The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals
The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy released a trove of rediscovered and newly digitized chemical industry and regulatory agency documents Wednesday stretching back to the 1920s. The documents are available here.

Together, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press. These papers will transform our understanding of the hazards posed by certain chemicals on the market and the fraudulence of some of the regulatory processes relied upon to protect human health and the environment.
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A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change' | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments

Via Andy Dorn, Giannis Tompros , ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA
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In #Chile, Many Regard #Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat

In #Chile, Many Regard #Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Drought, floods and wildfires are signs that climate change has become a harsh reality for the 17 million people of Chile. Laguna de Aculeo used to be a booming summer playground, but not anymore.

Via CineversityTV
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Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us

Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom. Overshoot is a systemic issue. Over the past century-and-a-half, enormous amounts of cheap energy from fossil fuels enabled the rapid growth of resource extraction, manufacturing, and consumption; and these in turn led to population increase, pollution, and loss of natural habitat and hence biodiversity. The human system expanded dramatically, overshooting Earth’s long-term carrying capacity for humans while upsetting the ecological systems we depend on for our survival. Until we understand and address this systemic imbalance, symptomatic treatment (doing what we can to reverse pollution dilemmas like climate change, trying to save threatened species, and hoping to feed a burgeoning population with genetically modified crops) will constitute an endlessly frustrating round of stopgap measures that are ultimately destined to fail.
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Buzz of success in Zimbabwe's forests | #GlobalIdeas

Buzz of success in Zimbabwe's forests | #GlobalIdeas | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
As organic beekeeping spreads like wildfire across eastern Zimbabwe, the industrious little insects are helping to preserve forests and prevent woodland fires.
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Your cat is killing the Earth - but you can prevent it | DW Environment

Your cat is killing the Earth - but you can prevent it | DW Environment | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
To honor cats on International Cat Day, DW encourages their human companions to protect the planet we all share. From carbon pawprint to waste to wildlife - it is in our hands to take up better practices.
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Climate change is real - and is getting worse | DW Environment 

Climate change is real - and is getting worse | DW Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Last year has broken climate records: It has been the warmest year since records began and extreme weather events have increased around the world. Two recent reports confirm, once again, that climate change is happening.
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Nature under attack in Brazil | DW Environment |

Nature under attack in Brazil | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Against a backdrop of rising deforestation and violence against activists, environmentalists are accusing Brazil's president of pushing legislation that will benefit loggers and land-grabbers in the Amazon region.
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After the Mining Rush: A Visit to Faro Mine, One of Canada’s Costliest, Most Contaminated Sites

After the Mining Rush: A Visit to Faro Mine, One of Canada’s Costliest, Most Contaminated Sites | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Yukon's giant Faro Mine was once the world’s largest open-pit lead and zinc mine.

In operation from 1969 to 1998, when its last owner declared bankruptcy, the mine once generated more than 30 per cent of the Yukon's economic activity.

Now, Faro Mine is considered the second-worst contaminated site in Canada.

After nearly 20 years of maintenance and remediation planning, more than $350 million has been spent via the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan but remediation isn’t expected to begin until 2022.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has released a timeline and draft details on the remediation plan for the Faro Mine and is currently seeking public input.

Remediation activity is currently expected to cost $500 million over 10 to 15 years. The biggest cost of remediation will be covering 320 million tonnes of waste rock and 70 million tonnes of tailings. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada says the waste would cover 26,179 football fields, one metre deep.

Without remediation, the Pelly and Yukon Rivers could be polluted with toxic metals.

DeSmog Canada sent photographer Matt Jacques to Faro to see the mine's toxic legacy first-hand.
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Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year | John Abraham

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year | John Abraham | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
John Abraham: A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels
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Wildlife Crossings a Huge Success

Wildlife Crossings a Huge Success | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Car collisions with deer, elk and moose happen about a million times a year, but what if animals had their own crossings to move around safely?
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Inside Australia's War on Invasive Species

Inside Australia's War on Invasive Species | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Australian government unleashed a strain of a hemorrhagic disease virus into the wild earlier this year, hoping to curb the growth of the continent's rabbit population. This move might sound barbaric, but the government estimates that the animals—brought by British colonizers in the late 18th century—gnaw through about $115 million in crops every year. And the rabbits are not the only problem. For more than a century Australians have battled waves of invasive species with many desperate measures—including introducing nonnative predators—to limited avail.
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Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic' - BBC News

Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic' - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes.
It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so.
The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings in New York, or a billion elephants.
The great issue is that plastic items, like packaging, tend to be used for very short periods before being discarded.
More than 70% of the total production is now in waste streams, sent largely to landfill - although too much of it just litters the wider environment, including the oceans.
"We are rapidly heading towards 'Planet Plastic', and if we don't want to live on that kind of world then we may have to rethink how we use some materials, in particular plastic," Dr Roland Geyer told BBC News.
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Oops, my starfish has lost an arm | Global Ideas | DW

Oops, my starfish has lost an arm | Global Ideas | DW | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
If you think starfish are just five-armed creatures of the deep that hover over the ocean floor, think again. They are name-defying, biologically brilliant, and full of surprises. Quite literally.
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As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger

As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare it looks like a giant boulder.

Stephen Long'uriareng, 80, has walked two hours to bring her two cows and goats to this watering hole. It's really just a dam carved out the earth, where the rain water mixes with mud and turns into a dark brown color.

This is not the place Long'uriareng remembers from her youth.

"This whole place used to be green with a lot of pasture. There was nothing being experienced like drought," she said.

In fact, nomadic herders have lived off the vast expanses of grass in the Rift Valley for centuries. For years, nothing much changed around here. All the progress of an industrialized Kenya has mostly skipped people here. Only about 3 percent have electricity and more than half the population is not formally educated. That means that to a lot of people here, herding is the only way they know how to survive. But recently, as the climate has changed, the grass here has died and a way of life that has existed for centuries is in danger.
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The three-minute story of 800,000 years of climate change with a sting in the tail

The three-minute story of 800,000 years of climate change with a sting in the tail | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There are those who say the climate has always changed, and that carbon dioxide levels have always fluctuated. That’s true. But it’s also true that since the industrial revolution, CO₂ levels in the atmosphere have climbed to levels that are unprecedented over hundreds of millennia.

So here’s a short video we made, to put recent climate change and carbon dioxide emissions into the context of the past 800,000 years.
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