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Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife

Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Weasel-like fishers, spotted owls and other small predators have become collateral damage as illegal marijuana growers push deep into remote forests of Northern California. Biologists warn that the heavy use of insecticide and rat poison to protect crops is pushing some wildlife species to the edge.

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USDA Unites with Partners to Improve Water Quality in Lake Champlain - USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

USDA Unites with Partners to Improve Water Quality in Lake Champlain - USDA.gov (press release) (blog) | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
USDA.gov (press release) (blog) USDA Unites with Partners to Improve Water Quality in Lake Champlain USDA.gov (press release) (blog) Lake Champlain provides habitat for more than 300 bird species and 80 fish species, holds 6.8 trillion gallons of...

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The U.S. has caused more global warming than any other country. Here’s how the Earth will get its revenge.

The U.S. has caused more global warming than any other country. Here’s how the Earth will get its revenge. | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Last year, we learned what is probably the worst global warming news yet — that we may have irrevocably destabilized the massive ice sheet of West Antarctica, which contains the equivalent of nearly 11 feet of sea level rise. The rate of West Antarctic ice loss has been ominously increasing, and there are fears that if too much goes, the slow and long-term process of ice sheet disintegration could accelerate.
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Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing

Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say.

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Global gold rush is killing the world's rainforests

Global gold rush is killing the world's rainforests | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

After a short holiday-season hiatus, ALERT is now back in action. Here, we examine the alarming impact that illegal gold-mining is having on rainforest environments around the world. Moonscape...


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Fresh water being trucked into Glendive, Mont., after almost 50,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil spills into Yellowstone River

Fresh water being trucked into Glendive, Mont., after almost 50,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil spills into Yellowstone River | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
GLENDIVE, Mont. -- Truckloads of water are being brought into Glendive after a spill of close to 1,200 barrels of oil, roughly 50,000 gallons, has officials concerned about the town’s water supply.

Montana officials have notified Sidney, Mont., and Williston, N.D., both downstream from the...

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Millions of Dollars Worth of Metals Can Be Found in City Sludge

Millions of Dollars Worth of Metals Can Be Found in City Sludge | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Sludge from sewers can be richer in precious metals than ore, including millions of dollars in gold and silver.

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We're destroying the planet in ways that are even worse than global warming

We're destroying the planet in ways that are even worse than global warming | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Humans are "eating away at our own life support systems" at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.

Two major new studies by an international team of researchers have pinpointed the key factors that ensure a livable planet for humans, with stark results.
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Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.

“We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science.

But there is still time to avert catastrophe, Dr. McCauley and his colleagues also found. Compared with the continents, the oceans are mostly intact, still wild enough to bounce back to ecological health.
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That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth

That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Humanity's rapacious growth and accelerated energy needs over the last generation—particularly fed by an economic system that demands increasing levels of consumption and inputs of natural resources—are fast driving planetary systems towards their breaking point, according to a new pair of related studies. "It is difficult to overestimate the scale and speed of change. In a single lifetime humanity has become a geological force at the planetary-scale." —Prof. Will Steffen

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Tanzania: illegal logging threatens tree species with extinction

Tanzania: illegal logging threatens tree species with extinction | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Over 70% of wood harvested in forests is unaccounted for, causing huge losses of government revenue and driving some tree species to brink of local extinction


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Scientists raise alarm on China's fishy aqua farms

Scientists raise alarm on China's fishy aqua farms | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fish farmers in China have been increasingly harvesting wild stocks in order to feed their caged varieties, putting new strains on the world's oceans, said new research
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It is 'impossible' for today’s big oil companies to adapt to climate change | Jonathan Porritt

It is 'impossible' for today’s big oil companies to adapt to climate change | Jonathan Porritt | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Leading UK environmentalist Jonathon Porritt calls his years working on green energy projects with Shell and BP a ‘painful journey’ that have led him to believe no major fossil fuel company will commit to renewables in the near future

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Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways

Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Two hazardous chemicals never before known as oil and gas industry pollutants—ammonium and iodide—are being released and spilled into Pennsylvania and West Virginia waterways from the booming energy operations of the Marcellus shale, a new study shows.

The toxic substances, which can have a devastating impact on fish, ecosystems, and potentially, human health, are extracted from geological formations along with natural gas and oil during both hydraulic fracturing and conventional drilling operations, said Duke University scientists in a study published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
For thousands of years, city planners have engineered water into submission — think aqueducts.

"That's really the core of modern water infrastructure," says David Sedlak, the author of Water 4.0. "It's the ancient idea that the Romans gave us. Collecting water somewhere on the outskirts of the city, sending it with gravity into the city, and then when we're done with it, we put it back underground in a sewer and send on its way."
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Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate

Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A cacao grower with roots in Southeast Asia’s palm oil industry has set up shop in the Peruvian Amazon. The CEO of United Cacao has told the international press that he wants to change the industry for the better, but a cadre of scientists and conservation groups charge that United Cacao has quietly cut down more than 2,000 hectares of rainforest.

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Can Tri Marine make waves with sustainable tuna strategy?

Can Tri Marine make waves with sustainable tuna strategy? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The supplier for big brands such as StarKist and Costco is investing in traceability and green business practices throughout its supply chain.

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50,000 Gallons Of Crude Oil Spills Into Partially Frozen Yellowstone River

50,000 Gallons Of Crude Oil Spills Into Partially Frozen Yellowstone River | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Residents have reportedly smelled and tasted oil in their drinking water downstream from the spill, and the city's water plant has stopped drawing from the river.

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The Future of Clean Energy Could Be Living Off the Grid

The Future of Clean Energy Could Be Living Off the Grid | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
There's something going on in Kwigillingok, Alaska--a town with just 350 residents--that could change your life. Kwigillingok is off the power grid because it is too remote to be on one and generates its own power, which now includes electricity from wind turbines. This is the epitome of a microgrid, or a small closed power system that can operate independently, or in conjunction with, the larger power grid. Such small systems could be the future of power.
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Water plan tackles critical issue of supply, demand

By ANDY MARSO


Kansas Health Institute


Eber Phelps was a member of the Hays City Commission in 1991 when two of the city's water wells went dry, sucking up nothing but air.


Until then, Hays had little comprehensive plan to save water. The city dug wells here and there and let residents do w ...

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2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics

2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Last year was the hottest on earth since record-keeping began in 1880, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring warnings about the risks of runaway greenhouse gas emissions and undermining claims by climate change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped.

Extreme heat blanketed Alaska and much of the western United States last year. Records were set across large areas of every inhabited continent. And the ocean surface was unusually warm virtually everywhere except near Antarctica, the scientists said, providing the energy that fueled damaging Pacific storms.
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The goats fighting America's plant invasion

The goats fighting America's plant invasion | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Each country has its own invasive species and rampant plants with a tendency to grow out of control. In most, the techniques for dealing with them are similar - a mixture of powerful chemicals and diggers. But in the US a new weapon has joined the armoury in recent years - the goat.

In a field just outside Washington, Andy, a tall goat with long, floppy ears, nuzzles up to his owner, Brian Knox.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A ghost crab, ‘kissing’ seals and the return of Oregon’s wolves feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world

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Drought fears return with signs of 4th straight dry year

Drought fears return with signs of 4th straight dry year | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
“Californians should brace themselves for a fourth year of drought,” said Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources. [...] Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to cooperate as forecasters raised the possibility this week that parts of the state, including San Francisco, could see a January without rain for the first time in recorded history. On Thursday, state and federal water officials gathered in the capital to sound the alarm, noting that they’ve taken steps to combat t

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Beijing's toxic air is literally off the charts

Beijing's toxic air is literally off the charts | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
No matter what desperate steps the Chinese government takes — banning coal-burning plants within the city limits, shuttering more than 300 factories, wiping out old vehicles and boilers, forcing heavy trucking to go nocturnal — this just keeps happening: Beijing’s smog has yet again soared off the charts.
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'We're probably drinking plastic'

'We're probably drinking plastic' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Commonly used in cosmetic products, microscopic beads have been found in Cayuga Lake

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