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'This Is A Significant Spill'

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as a qua...
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Crystal light: New family of light-converting materials points to cheaper, more efficient solar power and LEDs

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Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs. The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals. Using a new technique, researchers grew large, pure perovskite crystals and studied how electrons move through the material as light is converted to electricity.

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Biofuels are not a green alternative to fossil fuels

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Andrew Steer and Craig Hanson: Biofuels and bioenergy take up finite land resources desperately needed for food production and carbon storage and doesn’t guarantee carbon emissions cuts

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Almost half of the processes crucial to maintaining the stability of the planet are dangerously compromised

Almost half of the processes crucial to maintaining the stability of the planet are dangerously compromised | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"An international team of 18 researchers provide new evidence of significant changes in four of the nine systems which regulate the resilience of the Earth. One of the systems which has been seriously affected is the nitrogen-phosphorus cycle which is essential to all life, and is particularly important to both food production and the maintenance of clean water.

 

"People depend on food, and food production depends on clean water," says Prof. Elena Bennett from McGill's School of the Environment who contributed the research on the nitrogen-phosphorus cycle to the study. "This new data shows that our ability both to produce sufficient food in the future and to have clean water to drink and to swim in are at risk."

 

The research fixing new planetary boundaries (which represent thresholds or tipping points beyond which there will be irreversible and abrupt environmental change) was published today in the journal Science. It suggests that changes to the Earth's climate, biosphere integrity (a concept covering loss of biodiversity and species extinction), and land-system (through deforestation for example) represent a risk for current and future societies. The fourth process which has become significantly compromised is the nitrogen-phosphorus cycle, which affects both the water we drink and our ability to produce food.

 

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The concept of planetary boundaries has been updated with new assessments and quantifications.Climate change and biosphere integrity identified as core planetary boundaries. Significantly altering either of these "core boundaries" would "drive the Earth System into a new state".Four boundaries are assessed to have been crossed, placing humanity in a danger zone: climate change, loss of biosphere integrity (biodiversity loss and species extinction), land-system change, altered biogeochemical cycles (fertiliser use - phosphorus and nitrogen).Crossing boundaries raises the risks to current and future societies of destabilising the Earth System – the complex interactions of land, ocean, atmosphere, ice sheets, life and people.Internationally agreed upper climate limit of 2 degrees lies beyond the climate change boundary: which makes 2 degrees a risky target for humanity, and therefore an absolute minimum target for the global climate negotiations.

 

Nine planetary boundaries:

Climate changeChange in biosphere integrity (biodiversity loss and species extinction)Stratospheric ozone depletionOcean acidificationBiogeochemical flows (phosphorus and nitrogen cycles)Land-system change (for example deforestation)Freshwater useAtmospheric aerosol loading (microscopic particles in the atmosphere that affect climate and living organisms)Introduction of novel entities (e.g. organic pollutants, radioactive materials, nanomaterials, and micro-plastics)."


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Charlie Dare's curator insight, January 31, 6:59 AM

Unfortunately countries like India and China are hell bent on so called progress spewing more CO2 in the atmosphere in greater amounts.The Chinese are going to create rain by weather manipulation therefore making it dryer some where else. "Axis of evil " was a term used by Reagan but is just as applicable to planet destroying nations that really need direct action to bring them to brook for their irresponsible behaviour~

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Want to Avoid Oils Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

Want to Avoid Oils Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
While some celebrated shale oil as a boom, Nick Hodge derided it as a Ponzi scheme. Today the shale sector quivers before the specter of falling oil prices, and the oil majors that have invested heavily in shale may be humbled. In this interview with The Energy Report, the founder of the Outsider Club and investment director of Early Advantage argues that nuclear energy is about to reassert itself, and that solar power is on the verge of becoming a major energy source. He also highlights one uranium and four solar companies with especially bright futures.

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Diamonds Are Obsolete: How Technology Makes a Better Gift

Diamonds Are Obsolete: How Technology Makes a Better Gift | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
What was the last romantic gift you gave? Did it have a diamond? If not, you're not alone. Diamond gifts as well are falling out of favour with many, particularly younger people. Perhaps it's because of a suspicion of diamond marketing, and a rejection of the idea that love can be measured in cut, clarity,…

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Wondering how some tech items could be romantic? Here’s some examples

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Distributed Bulk Storage: Is This the New Shape of the Grid?

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Central versus distributed storage has been an ongoing debate. Each has its pros and cons. There are instances where the advantage of one over the other is obvious — such as central bulk storage at geological sites where caverns or water reservoirs with different elevations are almost readily

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Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream - National Geographic

Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream - National Geographic | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Many dams in the United States have outlived their useful lives. A movement to remove them is gaining traction and growing in ambition.

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Kansas Earthquakes Likely Tied To Rise In Fracking Wastewater, State Geologists Say

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State geologists confirmed this week that a correlation exists between increased seismic activity and the rising number of wastewater disposal wells.


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In 42 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities, rooftop solar is now cheaper than the grid!

In 42 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities, rooftop solar is now cheaper than the grid! | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
About 21 million single-family homeowners could take advantage of this bargain.

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Scotland Aiming for 100% Clean Energy by 2025 - EcoLocalizer

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While the U.S. may aim for a 15% Renewable Energy Standard by 2021, and Northern Ireland has just confirmed a much stronger target of 40% renewable energy by 2020, Scotland is aiming a bit higher. It announced today that it plans to get “at least” 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Wow.

 

Scotland is planning to export a lot of its clean energy to its neighbor to the south, England, which has lagged behind the rest of Europe on clean energy.

 


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Builders Compete to Lead on Zero Net Energy Homes

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Wall Street Journal: LAS VEGAS—Net-zero homes are going mainstream, if the home-building industry has anything to do with it. The homes, which generate more electricity in a year than they use, hav...

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Brazil's soy moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon

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In a new study to evaluate the Brazilian Soy Moratorium, researchers across the U.S. and Brazil show that the moratorium helped to drastically reduce the amount of deforestation linked to soy production in the region and was much better at curbing it than governmental policy alone.

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How Illegal Fishing Threatens Development and Security

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Environmental crime, despite being a more than $200 billion black market industry, has long been viewed as a tree hugger issue. However, an increasing body of evidence suggests that protecting our oceans, forests and wildlife is not only a matter of conservation, but one of global development and even national security. As a result, governments are finally taking more decisive action.

Consider the issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Since the 1960s, fish consumption has risen from an annual average of 22 pounds per person to nearly double that today. With the world’s middle class projected to reach 4.9 billion by 2030, global demand for fish, already at record highs, is set to keep rising. Already, 90 percent of fisheries are overfished or fully exploited, setting demand to far outstrip supply. As supply contracts and prices rise, lucrative profits are encouraging a surge in IUU fishing. In this light, some scientists have predicted complete fisheries collapse as early as 2048.
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One of the world's biggest lakes is dying and we're to blame

One of the world's biggest lakes is dying and we're to blame | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Global warming and overfishing are killing Lake Victoria, and locals are scrambling for options.

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500 Days of Food Forest

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500 days in the growth of a food forest 2015 Jan update Permaculture Organic The idea started from sheer curiosity. I had always wondered, how fast doe

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Mars announces new sustainable sourcing goals for beef, pulp and paper, and soy

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Food manufacturer Mars has announced three new sustainable policies for its beef, soy, and paper and pulp sourcing in an effort to reduce their effects on global deforestation. 


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How One Neighborhood in Seoul Sparked a Movement of Urban Villages

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What began as a childcare coop in Seoul, South Korea has grown into a cooperative, urban village and sparked a national movement of urban villages.

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Solar parking lots sound like a great idea. Why aren’t they catching on?

Solar parking lots sound like a great idea. Why aren’t they catching on? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Solar canopies over parking lots would help reduce energy costs and work toward ending urban island effect. What is preventing this practical application of solar energy from becoming mainstream?
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The science is clear: Forest loss behind Brazil’s drought

The science is clear: Forest loss behind Brazil’s drought | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

The role of tropical deforestation in global climate change has been the subject of much international discussion and debate in the media and in policy forums like the UN Climate Change Convention.


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Harris Creek oyster restoration continues - The Star Democrat

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EASTON — Oyster restoration efforts in Harris Creek resumed this month, with sights aimed for starting in the Tred Avon River soon.

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Sea turtles fall victim to 'alarming' flood of plastics entering Australian waters

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Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is treating unprecedented numbers of marine animals that have swallowed plastic debris and scientists say the tide of litter is only rising

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A Gorgeous Look at Some of the Oldest Trees on Earth

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Beth Moon’s father made an impression on her when he told stories about his childhood learning the names of birds, trees, and flowers. Around 14 years ago, while living in England, she began to photograph trees, traveling around the country in search of some of the oldest yews. She then...

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Cambodge : de nouvelles cartes mettent en évidence une forte déforestation en 2013

Cambodge : de nouvelles cartes mettent en évidence une forte déforestation en 2013 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
De récentes cartes indiquent que le Cambodge a subi une déforestation majeure en 2013, notamment dans les espaces protégés.

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La législation du pays interdit aux détenteurs de concessions d’exploiter des forêts saines dans les étendues qui leur ont été accordées par le gouvernement. Quand les compagnies le font néanmoins dans leurs concessions, le gouvernement les défend souvent en prétendant que les forêts coupées – même des forêts protégées – étaient « dégradées ».

 

Les chiffres sur la déforestation publiés par l’Université du Maryland en 2013 ont révélé que plus des deux tiers du déboisement au cours de la précédente décennie ont eu lieu dans les zones où la couverture était la plus dense.

 

Les données de l’université sur le taux de déforestation au Cambodge diffèrent sensiblement des chiffres du gouvernement. Le gouvernement prétend que le pays n’a perdu que 0,5% de son couvert forestier entre 2002 et 2006. En 2010, il a déclaré que seulement 2% ont été perdus depuis 2006.
Chheng Kim Sun, directeur général de l’Administration forestière au ministère de l’Agriculture a indiqué cette semaine que c’étaient toujours les chiffres les plus récents du gouvernement. Il a ajouté que le gouvernement était en train de rassembler des données satellite de son côté et que de nouveaux chiffres pourraient être disponibles en 2016.

 

M. Kim Sun a précisé qu’il n’avait pas vu les données de l’Université du Maryland. Il n’a pas rejeté d’emblée leurs chiffres de déforestation mais a soutenu que la façon dont était calculée le couvert forestier et ses évolutions dépendait de sa définition de la forêt. Il a ajouté qu’il existait plus de 200 définitions du terme dans le monde entier. « Celà dépend du pays, du groupe, de la politique » a-t-il dit.

 

Le Cambodge et l’université s’accordent tous deux pour dire qu’il y a forêt uniquement là où la végétation fait au moins 5 mètres. Mais alors que le Cambodge considère qu’il suffit que 10% d’une zone soient couverts par ce type de végétation pour la qualifier de forêt, l’université semble exiger qu’au moins 25% de la zone soient couverts.

 

Traduction : Edith Disdet
Source (Zsombor Peter/Cambodia Daily) : New Maps show heavy deforestation in 2013


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SUPERFUND: Dirty ground starts to sprout clean energy projects -- Monday, Jan 26, 2015 -- www.eenews.net

Ten years after remediation was complete at the E.I. DuPont Superfund site in Newport, Del., the area had few options for reuse.

An 18-inch layer of soil capped a landfill where the toxic byproducts of pigment manufacturing had been dumped for decades. A barrier planted between the landfill and a nearby stream prevented the chemicals from migrating. The contamination no longer posed a threat to the environment or workers at nearby factories. But the land wasn't being used.
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Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline

Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Salon, January 25, 2015
 -▶  WHERE DID ALL THE SARDINES GO? Pacific sardines are suffering their worst population crash in decades, and the fallout could be catastrophic  http://www.salon.com/2015/01/25/where_did_all_the_sardines_go_partner/

 

Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2014
 -▶  WEST COAST SARDINE CRASH COULD RADIATE THROUGHOUT ECOSYSTEM http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-sardine-crash-20140106,0,3689464.story#axzz2pgLZvIKp

 

 -▶ THOUSANDS OF SEA LION PUPS DEAD FROM STARVATION: NOT ENOUGH FISH IN THE SEA http://sco.lt/6nNENV

 

 Pew Environment, December 11, 2013

 -▶  WHY SARDINES MATTER - CRITICAL MARINE SPECIES FOOD SOURCE IN STEEP DECLINE

The Pacific coast of North America supports one of the most vibrant and diverse marine ecosystems on Earth, largely because of the presence of thick schools of small prey fish such as Pacific sardines.

Unfortunately, this crucial forage fish appears to be in the midst of a severe population decline. Its absence will be felt by dozens of species of West Coast seabirds, whales, sharks, dolphins, and commercially important fish such as salmon and tuna that depend on sardines as a major food source... http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/other-resources/pacific-sardines-critical-food-source-in-steep-decline-85899526197?utm_campaign=2013-12-19%20Latest.html&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

 

                                                       VIDEO:

           FORAGE FISH KEY TO A HEALTHY OCEAN - GOING...GOING...

                                              http://sco.lt/5xliU5

 

 

 -▶  WRECKING THE OCEAN ECOSYSTEM:  OVERFISHING, COLLAPSING FISHERIES, OCEAN DEPENDENT SPECIES STARVING -- AND CLIMATE CHANGE  http://sco.lt/89htxZ

 

                                                  WATCH

                                      "SEA THE TRUTH" 

                       IN 2048 OUR OCEANS WILL BE EMPTY

http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/1838959581/sea-the-truth-in-2048-our-oceans-will-be-empty-video

 

 

▶  THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING http://sco.lt/599jsH

 

-▶  OUR OCEANS ARE DYING:  MASS EXTINCTION MAY BE INEVITABLE http://sco.lt/7dy5iL

 

                                                      WATCH

                                                  CNN VIDEO

-▶ OVERFISHED AND UNDER-PROTECTED: OCEANS ON THE BRINK OF CATASTROPHIC COLLAPSE http://sco.lt/7cjPXt

 

                                                           VIDEO
                                              Quest Science (9:39)
UNDERWATER WILDERNESS:  CREATING MARINE PROTECTED AREA
The waters off the coast of California are some of the richest in the world. But massive declines in fish species have led state leaders to begin creating large protected areas, or "no fishing zones," similar to wilderness areas on land.
http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/underwater-wilderness-creating-marine-protected-areas/

 

      In Just Over 400 years We have Disrupted 4 Billions Years Of

                                     Interdependent Ecosystems.

 

                                                      WATCH

                              Exceptional Documentary  (1:29:00)

                    "PLANET OCEAN" - WHO OWNS THE OCEANS?

                       How The Health of The Oceans Are The Pivot

                              For all of Earth's Healthy Eco Systems

           http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/en/films-tv/planet-ocean

                    


 

 

 


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'Global evolution' may not be based upon the occurance of natural selection. If it is based upon man's ignorance of keeping a necessary balance in nature, will we be in time to correct or rebalance it? From this piece, Why Sardines Matter: Critical Ecosystem Food Source in Steep Decline, one can only wonder if this is possible and how we could be in time to save disappearing species.