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Neil deGrasse Tyson: America Will 'Sink Lower' Before Congress Acts On Climate Change

Neil deGrasse Tyson: America Will 'Sink Lower' Before Congress Acts On Climate Change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson predicted during an interview with Salon published Wednesday that climate change will have to "get very bad" before Congress feels threatened enough to advance meaningful environmental legislation.

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Can Walmart's food labels make a dent in America's $29bn food waste problem?

Can Walmart's food labels make a dent in America's $29bn  food waste problem? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever paused before tossing a can of food in the trash after seeing the date on the label, you’re not alone.

Whether it’s because of habit, cultural norms or a genuine fear of getting sick, most consumers err on the safe side and avoid foods that have passed the date stamped on their labels. As a result, an enormous amount of the food that goes uneaten around the world gets wasted at home. Confusion over labels leads Americans to throw away an estimated $29bn worth of still edible food each year.

Walmart, one of the nation’s largest food retailers, has been working on a fix. It requires suppliers of its private label Great Value line of products to use the same, standardized date label for its non-perishable foods: “Best if used by”.
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4 States Struggling to Manage Radioactive Fracking Waste

4 States Struggling to Manage Radioactive Fracking Waste | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

"The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year.

But the rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas drilling byproducts—which include brine, sludge, rock and soiled equipment—leaving tracking and handling to states that may be reluctant to alienate energy interests."

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Lawsuit Filed Against 3M for Dumping Toxic Chemicals Into the Tennessee River

Lawsuit Filed Against 3M for Dumping Toxic Chemicals Into the Tennessee River | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
With a major American river poisoned by toxic chemicals dumped into it by one of the nation’s largest corporations, Tennessee Riverkeeper has filed a federal lawsuit against 3M Company and other defendants under the U.S. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
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Utah's Great Salt Lake shrinks as water use increases

Utah's Great Salt Lake shrinks as water use increases | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Water from the lake is being diverted to support the state's growing population at the expense of the environment.

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What 90,000 Indigenous People Have to Say About Climate Change

What 90,000 Indigenous People Have to Say About Climate Change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A new study employs thousands observations to try and fill some major gaps in climate science.

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The #Arctic is #melting at an unprecedented rate and key drivers are changes in snow and ice albedo. #CLIMATE #environment

The #Arctic is #melting at an unprecedented rate and key drivers are changes in snow and ice albedo. #CLIMATE #environment | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
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Sweden Opens World's First Electric Highway

Sweden Opens World's First Electric Highway | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Sweden opened a stretch of electric highway, becoming the first country to test electric power for heavy transport.
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an excellent way of reducing carbon emissions without building railways
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Yes - bring back the electric busses!
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California tree deaths part of global wave of forest mortality

California tree deaths part of global wave of forest mortality | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
California’s multiyear drought killed even more trees than previously thought, the U.S. Forest Service announced this week. Aerial and ground surveys show that 26 million trees across six counties in Southern California died, in addition to the 40 million trees that died statewide from 2010 to October 2015. Four years of drought, high temperatures and an outbreak of tree-killing bark beetles all contributed the historic levels of tree die-off, the agency said.
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Study finds toxic #chemicals in people living near a #Pavilion, #Wyoming gas site

Study finds toxic #chemicals in people living near a #Pavilion, #Wyoming gas site | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Not only measuring the external air pollution, researchers tested a small group of residents and found traces of dangerous chemicals in their bodies.
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Australians have spent almost $8bn on rooftop solar since 2007, says report

Australians have spent almost $8bn on rooftop solar since 2007, says report | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Australian households and small businesses have invested more than $1bn a year in rooftop solar over the past five years, spending a total of almost $8bn since 2007, new calculations show.

In its latest State of Solar report, Solar Citizens – which campaigns for, and represents the interests of, solar owners – has for the first time estimated Australian’s out-of-pocket investment in rooftop solar, how much money it has saved consumers, and how much carbon it has abated.
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Methane Emissions From Onshore Oil and Gas Equivalent to 14 Coal Plants Powered for One Year

Methane Emissions From Onshore Oil and Gas Equivalent to 14 Coal Plants Powered for One Year | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
When we talk about climate change all too often we focus on carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. But there is a much more potent greenhouse gas, methane, which is much more efficient at trapping radiation than CO2. Some estimates put it at 87 percent more potent over a 20 year lifetime than carbon dioxide.
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How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic clothing are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals

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Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world

Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — The cod isn't just a fish to David Goethel. It's his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry.

"I paid for my education, my wife's education, my house, my kids' education; my slice of America was paid for on cod," said Goethel, a 30-year veteran of these waters that once teemed with New England's signature fish.

But on this chilly, windy Saturday in April, after 12 hours out in the Gulf of Maine, he has caught exactly two cod, and he feels far removed from the 1990s, when he could catch 2,000 pounds in a day.

His boat, the Ellen Diane, a 44-foot fishing trawler named for his wife, is the only vessel pulling into the Yankee Fishermen's Co-op in Seabrook. Fifteen years ago, there might have been a half-dozen. He is carrying crates of silver hake, skates and flounder — all worth less than cod.
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Court deal a win for fee-free public lands access in SoCal

Court deal a win for fee-free public lands access in SoCal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Settlement addresses pesky Adventure Pass fees on 4 Southern California national forests
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A long-running and stubborn battle by activists against the spread of public lands access fees has paid off once again in Southern California, where the U.S. Forest Service agreed to designate and mark free parking areas for hikers who aren’t using developed facilities.
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This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital

This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Who knew that the Windy City has become so green? As Co.Exist reported, Chicago is quietly becoming the country’s urban agriculture capital with 821 growing sites across the city, from small community gardens to multimillion dollar indoor farms, according to the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project. Even O’Hare’s Terminal 3 is home to the world’s first airport aeroponic garden.

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Where Toxic #Air #Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans

Where Toxic #Air #Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Clean Air Task Force and Earthworks unveiled a suite of tools designed to inform Americans about the health risks from air pollution from the oil and gas

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This Pune Family Shows the World How to Exercise and Save Water at the Same Time!

This Pune Family Shows the World How to Exercise and Save Water at the Same Time! | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Sanjay Athavale, a 51-year-old resident of Pune has been recycling wastewater from his bathroom and kitchen to water the plants in his garden every day.

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Not something we could do in a condo, but if we ever have a small patch of land again, we should consider this clever scheme.
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Talking About Wildfires And Climate Change Isn't Playing Politics

Talking About Wildfires And Climate Change Isn't Playing Politics | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Why does Elizabeth May get a media beating for stating we have another terrible example of our need to be very, very serious about climate change? Just like other catastrophic events, a given tragedy is proportional to the tough questions that necessarily follow. "But not now"? May was immediately berated by Justin Trudeau, other politicians, some of the media and social media. The charge? She was "trying to make a political argument out of one particular disaster." How's that? Stating that climate change is political, instead about science, is exactly the problem.

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Pipeline Ruptures Spilling 29,000 Gallons of Oil, Just Hours After Obama Signs PIPES Act

Pipeline Ruptures Spilling 29,000 Gallons of Oil, Just Hours After Obama Signs PIPES Act | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 into law. The bill, known as the PIPES Act, reauthorizes the federal government to move swiftly in the event of a pipeline leak or rupture. Specifically, the Secretary of Transportation is allowed to issue emergency orders if the unthinkable happens.



The reauthorization was in response to the natural gas pipeline rupture in California where an estimated 97,000 tons of gas were released from the Aliso Canyon pipeline near Porter Ranch. The bill also includes new mandates on construction to insure the safety of future pipelines and to reduce the chances of another massive leak.

Ironically and very disturbingly, less than 24 hours after the bill was signed into law, an oil pipeline in Ventura County, California ruptured and current estimates put the amount of oil leaked at more than 29,000 gallons, though that number continues to rise.

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2.6 Million Dead Bees Delivered to EPA Headquarters

2.6 Million Dead Bees Delivered to EPA Headquarters | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A truck full of dead bees made its final stop at a rally outside the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday, culminating a coast-to-coast tour to raise awareness about recent massive declines in pollinators.

While the millions of dead bees stayed in the truck, advocates and beekeepers delivered more than 4 million signatures urging an immediate ban on bee-killing pesticides.
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Sea star die-off spurred trophic cascade in B.C. coastal waters

Sea star die-off spurred trophic cascade in B.C. coastal waters | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Booming sea urchin population takes bite out of ocean kelp forests
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Some sea star populations along the Oregon coast may be recovering from a massive wasting epidemic that all but wiped out some species of the echinoderms, but that’s not the case in Howe Sound, a scenic fjord-like sound on the coast of British Columbia.
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3.2 Million Animals Killed by Wildlife Services in 2015

3.2 Million Animals Killed by Wildlife Services in 2015 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The highly secretive arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed more than 3.2 million animals during fiscal year 2015, according to new data released by the agency.

The total number of wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, beavers, foxes, eagles and other animals killed largely at the behest of the livestock industry and other agribusinesses represents a half-million-animal increase more than the 2.7 million animals the agency killed in 2014.
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3 Things You Should Know About the Most Important Environmental Law Passed in Decades

3 Things You Should Know About the Most Important Environmental Law Passed in Decades | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Something that cynics will find remarkable just happened: A big, bipartisan majority in Congress passed the most important new environmental law in decades—The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, passed by the Senate on June 7. It finally fixes the biggest problems with America’s badly broken chemical safety system.
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Climate: Arctic sea ice on pace for record meltdown

Climate: Arctic sea ice on pace for record meltdown | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Melt season is 2 to 4 weeks ahead of 2012, which set record for low extent
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Arctic sea ice extent continues to track toward a record low, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported last week, resuming regular updates of sea ice after switching to a new satellite for the measurements.
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Urban designers transformed these five spaces into pedestrian paradise

Urban designers transformed these five spaces into pedestrian paradise | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New York City’s streets underwent a radical transformation under the leadership of Janette Sadik-Khan, who served as transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013. In the new book “Streetfight: A Handbook for an Urban Revolution,” Sadik-Khan and co-author Seth Solomonow share the lessons from six years of redesigning the streets of New York City with more plazas, bike lanes and rapid bus lanes.

One of the city’s biggest undertakings: re-purposing a section of historic Broadway in midtown Manhattan in 2009. One of the oldest streets in the city, Broadway cuts diagonally through the street grid system, creating irregular intersections and triangular spaces. To help ease traffic congestion and improve safety, the city completely redesigned 2.3 miles of Broadway from 14th Street to 59th Street, creating 65,000 square feet of pedestrian plazas. The project created areas for people to walk or even sit down for lunch in heavily-trafficked areas along Broadway, including Times Square, Madison Square and Herald Square. In all, the Department of Transportation installed 60 plazas across the city.

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