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Permafrost Thaw Exacerbates Climate Change « New Phoenix

Permafrost Thaw Exacerbates Climate Change « New Phoenix | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

"The climate is warming in the arctic at twice the rate of the rest of the globe creating a longer growing season and increased plant growth, which captures atmospheric carbon, and thawing permafrost, which releases carbon into the atmosphere. Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) Assistant Scientist Sue Natali and colleagues engineered first-of-a-kind warming experiments in the field to determine net gains or losses in carbon emissions. The study entitled “Permafrost degradation stimulates carbon loss from experimentally warmed tundra,” published in the journal Ecology found that growing season gains do not offset carbon emissions from permafrost thaw."

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Road verges 'last refuge' for plants - conservation charity - BBC News

Road verges 'last refuge' for plants - conservation charity - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Roadside verges are becoming the last refuge for some of the rarest wild flowers and plants in the UK, according to a conservation charity.
Plantlife is calling for better management of grassy verges to preserve a wealth of different flowering plants.
It says road margins are a haven for wild plants that have been lost from the countryside.
Some wild plants, such as wood calamint and fen ragwort, are now found naturally only on road verges.
The charity says such plants can be brought back from near extinction, with conservation management.
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Four climate change myths, debunked | DW Environment | 

Four climate change myths, debunked | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Some people are skeptical that human activity is driving global warming. We take a look at the most common arguments used by climate deniers, and set the record straight.
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The Ocean Is Running Out of Fish. Here's the Alarming Math

The Ocean Is Running Out of Fish. Here's the Alarming Math | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Based on reporting, the ocean has long appeared to offer an infinite bounty of fish. But recent, more accurate research paints a far grimmer picture, with annual catch on a precipitous and potentially catastrophic decline.

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Shocking Graphics Reveal How One Choice We Make Every Day is Starving the Planet

Shocking Graphics Reveal How One Choice We Make Every Day is Starving the Planet | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

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Did you know that industrial animal agriculture is one of the main drivers of environmental issues the world is currently facing?

 

This horrific industry's use of land, water, cutting down trees, overfeeding and harming livestock, causing pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, puts our planets other species at a dangerous crossroad.

 

You can make a difference with your fork and choose plant based real whole food. Animal based food is inflammatory which causes  over time chronic diseases, illness, and early death.

 

Health tips:  Today and every day pledge to eat more plant food, less or no animal based food. You’ll not only save money, you’ll be saving the lives of countless farm animals.

 

Organic plant based food costs so much less than purchasing packages of conventionally or grass fed meat. Plant based food is delicious and it’s what your body thrives on.

 

Read more about this informative article “Shocking Graphics Reveal How One Choice We Make Every Day is Starving the Planet” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Kate Good.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/healing-our-planet site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @https://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

 

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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 to restore a river

How to restore a river | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The goal of river restoration is a reconnected stream, free from all the homegrown structures that inadvertently inhibit the natural movement of fish, water and sediment.
The method is connecting people.
It’s tricky.
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Sea level rise overwhelming some coral reefs

Sea level rise overwhelming some coral reefs | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Seafloor erosion outpacing expectations Staff Report Coral reefs aren't just threatened by pollution, ocean acidification and over-heated ocean temperatures. In some places they are being undermined by erosion of the seafloor, U.S. Geological Survey scientists said in a new study that looked at reefs in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii. In the five study sites,…
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Convenient products that are destroying the world

Convenient products that are destroying the world | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Sometimes, convenience comes with a terrible environmental price.

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Two new reports add to the already large and convincing body of evidence that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are poisoning us.

Two new reports add to the already large and convincing body of evidence that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are poisoning us. | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The UN report states unequivocally that the storyline perpetuated by companies like Monsanto—the one that says we need pesticides to feed the world—is a myth.

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Did you know that pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, industrial pollutants,  chemicals, and GMOs are inherently dangerous for the human body and do egregious harm to planet Earth?  

 

It’s way past time for humanity to wake up to the greed and exploitation of multinational corporations and their bottom line agendas to realize that any substance that poisons life and this planet must never be allowed to enter the food chain.

 

Health tips: Consuming organic is the best and safest way for you to protect your family from pesticides and GMOs. Environmental Working Group (EWG) new this year's Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce added strawberries and spinach to their Dirty Dozen list of greens, veggies, and fruit. 

 

EWG says that spinach jumped up four spots on this years list putting it in second place with the highest levels of pesticide residue, just behind strawberries.

 

“Spinach contained the most pesticides by weight, including a neurotoxic bug killer called permethrin, which has been banned in food in Europe, and is linked to ADHD in kids”. The permethrin was found in seventy-five percent of spinach samples.

 

“Up to 16 different pesticides were found on a single spinach sample”. Another surprising fruit that found its on the list this year is pears. Twenty different pesticides were found in pears. A hormone disruptor, carbendazim was found in a quarter of the pears sampled.

 

Two bee-killing insecticides, acetamiprid and imidacloprid were found on fifteen percent and seven percent of pears respectively. Diphenylamine, which is banned in Europe  was found in one-eighth of pears sampled.

 

Read this important timely article “Jane Goodall: How Can We Believe It Is a Good Idea to Grow Our Food With Poisons” from www.ecowatch.com by Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association.

 

This www.scoop.it/healing-our-planet site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @https://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

 

 

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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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