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Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife

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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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Call to abandon WA's new biodiversity laws

Call to abandon WA's new biodiversity laws | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Western Australia's new biodiversity laws should be abandoned because of the power they hand to the Environment Minister and Department of Parks and Wildlife chief executive, opponents say.


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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 12, 12:37 PM

No politicians deciding our fate please.

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Japan to release satellite images of forests to combat illegal logging - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Japan to release satellite images of forests to combat illegal logging - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
apan will join international efforts to crack down on illegal logging in forests near the equator by releasing satellite imagery for free of areas under threat.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expect to post the data online from August.

Officials expressed the hope that the information will prove useful to dozens of countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and South America that are struggling to contain illegal logging.

These regions are home to roughly half of the world's forested areas, and the sites of many illegal logging operations. “Forests must be preserved by whatever means in the fight against global warming,” said Masanobu Shimada, a senior researcher with JAXA. “Japan can contribute to the cause by monitoring forests by satellite.”

The 500 million yen project ($4.46 million) involves JAXA’s Daichi-2 advanced land observing satellite, which was launched in May 2014.
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Hope for scrub jays?

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Only 15 Florida scrub jays remain at Oscar Scherer State Park, but a panel of bird experts found reason for hope Saturday at the 7th annual Scrub Jay Festival.The first line of defense is preservation of scrub habitat, which continues at Oscar...


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Officials say foxes on California islands back from near-extinction

Officials say foxes on California islands back from near-extinction | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

LOS ANGELES — Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their ...


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Ojibwe fishermen in Minnesota win decision in treaty rights case

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Toxic chemicals found in beached whales in Fife - BBC News

Toxic chemicals found in beached whales in Fife - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A pod of whales stranded in Fife had high concentrations of toxic chemicals, some of which had reached the mammals' brains, scientists have found.
The pod of long-finned pilot whales were stranded on a beach between Anstruther and Pittenweem on 2 September 2012.
Out of the 31 mammals which beached, only 10 could be refloated and 21 - 16 females and five males - died.
The tests were led by the University of Aberdeen and the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme.
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Climate: Aviation industry eyes CO2 emissions standard

Climate: Aviation industry eyes CO2 emissions standard | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Watchdogs say global carbon-trading system for airlines is needed to cap emissions
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After years of foot-dragging, the aviation industry is close to adopting a CO2 emissions standard for aircraft, which will require aircraft builders to start producing more fuel efficient planes.
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Experts urge extreme caution on 'rewilding' to save wild places

Experts urge extreme caution on 'rewilding' to save wild places | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Efforts to 'rewild' the landscape have become increasingly popular in some corners, but researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Feb. 8 say that scientific evidence supporting the potential benefits of this form of restoration is limited at best. As history has shown, the introduction of species into new places is often met with unexpected, negative consequences for the environment.

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Paraguay's Indians see 14 million trees cut down in one month

Paraguay's Indians see 14 million trees cut down in one month | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new report has revealed the devastating deforestation in the Paraguayan Chaco, home to the Ayoreo.

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14 million trees in one month?

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Montana rancher looks to the past to prepare for tomorrow’s climate

Montana rancher looks to the past to prepare for tomorrow’s climate | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"As a kid on his family’s Montana ranch, Erik Kalsta performed a daily chore: He’d walk 500 paces from his house to a white shed, where an instrument panel recorded the height of the nearby Big Hole River. Then he’d march home and call in the measurement to a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist. Over time, the data points created a long-term history of the river’s ebbs and flows.

On a warm day last February, Kalsta, now 48, sat in the kitchen of the same home, wearing wire-rim glasses, a silvering goatee and a lightweight Patagonia sweater. He pointed out the window at the stream gauge, which is now automated. Kalsta’s success as a rancher depends on snow and rain, and 92 years of stream data tell him that runoff patterns are changing."

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Spread of bee disease 'largely manmade' - BBC News

Spread of bee disease 'largely manmade' - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The global trade in bees is driving a pandemic that threatens hives and wild bees, UK scientists say.
A deadly bee disease has spread worldwide through imports of infected honeybees, according to genetic evidence.
Stricter controls are needed to protect bees from other emerging diseases, researchers report in Science journal.
The virus together with the Varroa mite can kill-off whole hives, putting bee populations at risk.
Lead researcher Dr Lena Bayer-Wilfert of the University of Exeter said European bees are at the heart of the global spread of what she calls a "double blow" for colonies.
"This is clearly linked to the human movement of honeybee colonies around the globe," she told BBC News.
"It shows a piece of evidence we can't argue with."
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'Climate will be all gone' as CSIRO swings jobs axe, scientists say

'Climate will be all gone' as CSIRO swings jobs axe, scientists say | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Fears that some of Australia's most important climate research institutions will be gutted under a Turnbull government have been realised with deep job cuts for scientists.

Fairfax Media has learnt that as many as 110 positions in the Oceans and Atmosphere division will go, with a similarly sharp reduction in the Land and Water division.
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Environment: EPA faces ozone lawsuit

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There’s little question that air pollution is one of the biggest killers on the planet. Some recent estimates place the number of global deaths attributed to airborne toxins anywhere between 3.3 to 7 million per year, and that number is expected to go up by 15 to 20 percent in the next few decades.
And while countries with developing economies like China and India have the biggest problems, the U.S. is not immune from poisonous pollutants, especially invisible ozone. In some parts of the country, ozone pollution is getting worse, not better. The EPA has tried to tackle ozone pollution by setting new standards, but faced resistance from industrial polluters.
As a result, watchdog groups say the agency has fallen short, and the Center for Biological Diversity says it will sue the EPA because 17 states and the District of Columbia have failed to reduce ozone pollution, which poses serious threats to public health, wildlife and ecosystems. Essentially, environmental activists say the EPA has failed to meet standards set under the Clean Air Act.
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Bison ranching is growing in the U.S. — and so is the debate over how to raise them

Bison ranching is growing in the U.S. — and so is the debate over how to raise them | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
You know buffalo have made it in America when two former vegans are selling bison and bacon bars down in Austin, Patagonia launches its own line of buffalo jerky, a chef in Colorado is serving grass-fed bison tartar to celebrate the meat’s “preciousness,” and Whole Foods is hawking the stuff at $25.99 per pound (for strip steaks).

Of course, bison already had it made in America back when they roamed the country’s open plains by the millions, happily eating, pooping, and procreating, while — perhaps not so happily — also serving as nourishment for Native Americans. But then European settlers showed up and, together with bovine disease, pushed the population to near extinction.
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Scientists track viral outbreaks in coral reefs

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New findings come during global reef-bleaching event caused by global warming
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Virus outbreaks may compound the stresses faced by coral reefs in the global warming era, researchers said, after observing an explosive viral outbreak in the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists with Oregon State University studied the event and reported their findings in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, explaining how their research is important in the context of an ongoing global coral reef bleaching event.
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It’s scary; drought disaster as Somalis lose 80% of their animals and buy a little water for $120

It’s scary; drought disaster as Somalis lose 80% of their animals and buy a little water for $120 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

It’s scary; drought disaster as Somalis lose 80% of their animals and buy a little water for $120


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'Frightening' findings foretell ills for ecosystems

'Frightening' findings foretell ills for ecosystems | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"When it comes to determining the causes negatively affecting the biodiversity of our ecosystems, a new interdisciplinary study at Western is putting numbers behind the devastation. And it's not good.

The study's lead author, recent PhD graduate Beth Hundey (Geography), showed, for the first time, that 70 per cent of nitrates in high mountain lakes in Utah are from human-caused sources – with fertilizers having, by far, the most impact at 60 per cent, along with another 10 per cent caused by fossil fuels. The research suggests these findings could apply to other mountain ranges in western North America."


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GR:  Putting fine points on specific human impacts is truly important, but we also need to search for ways to pierce the polluters' political armor. We need to act, and we need to do it now.

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Polluted air causes 5.5 million deaths a year new research says - BBC News

Polluted air causes 5.5 million deaths a year new research says - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
More than 5.5 million people worldwide are dying prematurely every year as a result of air pollution, according to new research.
Most of these deaths are occurring in the rapidly developing economies of China and India.
The main culprit is the emission of small particles from power plants, factories, vehicle exhausts and from the burning of coal and wood.
The data was compiled as part of the Global Burden of Disease project.
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Climate: Arctic sea ice at record low in January

Climate: Arctic sea ice at record low in January | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
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Arctic sea ice extent in January  was the lowest in the satellite record, according to the latest monthly update from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Scientists said the new record monthly low was likely the result of  unusually high air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean and a strong negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation for the first three weeks of the month.
Meanwhile in the Antarctic, this year’s extent was lower than average for January, in contrast to the record high extents in January 2015.
In the Arctic, the ice extent average 5.2 million square miles, 402,000 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 average and 35,000 square miles below the previous record January low that occurred in 2011.
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Global initiative introduces first proposal to reduce airplane pollution

Global initiative introduces first proposal to reduce airplane pollution | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Governments proposed for the first time on Monday to reduce climate pollution from airplanes, plugging one of the biggest loopholes in last December’s landmark Paris agreement.

The global initiative was a first attempt to halt carbon emissions from air travel – one of the fastest growing sources of climate pollution.

In a call with reporters, White House officials described the standards as “a huge deal”, noting that the aviation authority has also proposed an aspirational goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.
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Japan and the whale - BBC News

Japan and the whale - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Hunting whales is irrelevant to feeding Japan's population, draws global condemnation and is certainly not economic. So why does Japan still do it?
The answer from the Japanese government is that whaling is an ancient part of Japanese culture, that fishermen have caught whales for centuries, and that Japan will never allow foreigners to tell its people what they can and cannot eat.
One Japanese official once said to me: "Japanese people never eat rabbits, but we don't tell British people that they shouldn't". I pointed out that rabbits are not exactly an endangered species.
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The 1 Percent Versus a Tiny Endangered Seabird

The 1 Percent Versus a Tiny Endangered Seabird | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Visiting Nantucket a few years ago, I was dismayed to hear some of the island’s wealthy retirees complaining that the damned piping plovers were keeping them from their chosen fishing spots. The plovers, small beach-nesting birds, are a threatened species along the Atlantic coast and endangered in the Midwest. And I had naively assumed that people with the money to summer in one of the world’s priciest destinations might have a little sympathy for birds that barely manage to survive at all on the open beach.

Not so. The recreational anglers were determined to drive their off-road vehicles out the sandy spit of land called Great Point to their favorite surfcasting spots, and they were enraged that designated protected areas and buffer zones around plover nests blocked certain areas in breeding season. 
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Feds propose regs to tackle seafood fraud

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Consumers in the U.S. may soon get some help in figuring out if their seafood comes from sustainable fisheries. A national group that’s been tackling illegal fishing this week announced a proposal for creating a U.S. seafood traceability — another step toward ensuring that global seafood resources are sustainably managed and not fraudulently marketed. The proposal aims to trace the origins of imported seafood by establishing reporting and filing procedures for imported fish and fish products entering U.S. commerce.
“Traceability is a key tool for combating illicit activities that threaten valuable natural resources, increase global food security risk and disadvantage law-abiding fishermen and seafood producers,” said Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., under secretary of  commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “We are asking the seafood industry, trade and consumer sectors, our international partners and the conservation community to help guide us in creating an effective, efficient program.”
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Neonicotinoid impact could be '1,000 times worse' than first thought

Scientists have warned bees feeding from wildflowers growing next to neonicotinoid-treated crops are exposed to a ‘chemical cocktail’ which could make the impact up to 1,000 times more potent than previously thought.
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Waiting to Vanish

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As their land disappears into the sea, villagers in the Bay of Bengal struggle to keep their livelihoods.


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