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Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply

Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers.

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Brazil files $43.5bn claim over fatal dam disaster - BBC News

Brazil files $43.5bn claim over fatal dam disaster - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Federal prosecutors in Brazil have filed a $43.5bn (£30bn) civil lawsuit against iron miner Samarco, and its owners BHP Billiton and Vale.
It follows the collapse of a dam they owned that caused a huge mudslide, polluted a river, and killed 19 people.
Anglo-Australian BHP, and Brazil's Vale, said they had yet to receive formal notice of the claim.
BHP's Australia-listed shares sank 7.62% at the start of trading.
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Yellowstone's Most Famous Grizzly Bear Was Shot And Killed

Yellowstone's Most Famous Grizzly Bear Was Shot And Killed | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
To officials at Yellowstone National Park, the 25-year-old grizzly was known simply as bear #211. 

To tourists, photographers and nature lovers everywhere, he was Scarface — a celebrity grizzly in a park famous for its bears.

But Scarface is dead, shot and killed just outside the park late last year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) said in a news release issued last week. 

As the grizzly is a threatened species protected by both federal and state law, the incident is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency said. 
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A new investigation confirms your worst suspicions about Michigan officials and the Flint water crisis

A new investigation confirms your worst suspicions about Michigan officials and the Flint water crisis | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
And concludes that the Snyder administration is largely to blame

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Bitterness within the sweet 'green Apple' | Environment | DW.COM | 28.04.2016

Bitterness within the sweet 'green Apple' | Environment | DW.COM | 28.04.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
"Suppliers in China have not been included in the Click Clean report," Dowdall said. "Apple still has to work on its supply chain's carbon footprint and renewable energy there."

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EcoVadis's curator insight, May 3, 1:18 PM

Good work, more to do... As with any supply chain, but important to acknowledge progress from, say, 5 yrs ago.

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Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study

Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Almost half of the world's top 500 investors are doing nothing to address climate change through their investments, a study showed on Monday.

A report by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), a not-for-profit organization aimed at improving the management of climate change, found that just under a fifth of the top investors - or 97 managing a total of $9.4 trillion in assets - were taking tangible steps to mitigate global warming

These include investing in low polluting assets or encouraging the companies they invest in to be greener.

A further 157 investors managing a total of $14.2 trillion were taking "first steps" towards addressing climate change, while 246 managing $14 trillion were doing nothing at all, the report said
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The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now

The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
As over 150 nations assemble to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York on Friday, reams of new analysis are pouring out from the planet’s vital number-crunchers, who look at the fundamental relationship between how much carbon we put in the air and how much the planet’s temperature increases as a result.

And it’s adding up to a somber verdict: We seem closer to must-avoid climate thresholds than we thought — and crossing them may have bigger consequences than we recognize.

The Paris climate agreement pledges countries to keep the planet’s warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels, and to strive to keep warming as low as 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above those levels. But here are four things you need to know about these targets, based upon four separate new and insightful analyses:

1.5 degrees C isn’t looking so far off lately. An analysis by Climate Central shows that the planet has been right around 1.5 degrees C all year this year, if you take temperatures from 1881-1910 to be the pre-industrial baseline. “The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December,” the group wrote. February of 2016, Climate Central calculates, was actually slightly warmer than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial levels.

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Arctic Sea Ice is Falling off a Cliff and it May Not Survive The Summer

Arctic Sea Ice is Falling off a Cliff and it May Not Survive The Summer | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Near zero sea ice by the end of melt season. The dreaded Blue Ocean Event. Something that appears more and more likely to happen during 2016 with each passing day.

These are the kinds of climate-wrecking phase changes in the Arctic people have been worrying about since sea ice extent, area, and volume achieved gut-wrenching plunges during 2007 and 2012. Plunges that were far faster than sea ice melt rates predicted by model runs and by the then scientific consensus on how the Arctic Ocean ice would respond to human-forced warming this Century. For back during the first decade of the the 21st Century the mainstream scientific view was that Arctic sea ice would be about in the range that it is today by around 2070 or 2080. And that we wouldn’t be contemplating the possibility of zero or near zero sea ice until the end of this Century.

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Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters

Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Gates has positioned himself as a major player on energy, which means his confused pronouncements could have serious consequences in the public debate.

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Urban Bee Legends

Urban Bee Legends | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
From doing our many talks throughout the state to a variety of audiences we have decided that we need to dispel some myths people have about bees. These are the most common misconceptions that we have heard and we hope to bring to light the real truths.
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Satellite Shows U.S. Has the Most Gas Flares in the World

Satellite Shows U.S. Has the Most Gas Flares in the World | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
NOAA scientists find more gas flares in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world, and they're using satellite data to track them.
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pdeppisch's comment, May 1, 7:31 PM
A search on Google turns up that all are committed but I don't see any data that it is actually happening and Nigeria has not signed. So - as per usual - we will get to 2030 and we will draw up more regulations. On the other hand by 2030 the shit could have really hit the fan and it won't matter. My guess is the 2nd scenario. <smile> :)
malek's comment, May 1, 7:36 PM
I'll go for the half full scenario
pdeppisch's comment, May 1, 8:15 PM
I hope you are right and that we will get it under control but these days I have turned into a pessimist. :( http://www.cdcclimat.com/IMG/pdf/14-05_climate_report_no44_-_analysis_of_the_kp-2.pdf
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Global warming starting to rob oceans of oxygen

Global warming starting to rob oceans of oxygen | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New research detects climate change pattern Staff Report Deoxygenation caused by global warming is already detectable in some of the world's warmest ocean areas, climate scientists said last week, announcing the results of a new study that shows how increasing global temperatures will play out. Based on their modeling, the researchers said they could detect…
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Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Local Citizens Monitor Elusive Wildlife; Bison as America’s National Mammal; NDAA Once Again Loaded Down With Anti-Wildlife Riders; Wildlife Trafficking Bill Passes Colorado House; Mexican Gray Wolf Milestone

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Colorado just can’t get a grip on its smog problem

Colorado just can’t get a grip on its smog problem | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
State  fails to meet EPA standard set to protect public health; ozone problems to worsen with global warming
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How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected

How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
(2016). How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Vol. 72, Young People and Existential Threat, pp. 112-115. doi: 10.1080/00963402.2016.1145910

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Quaker Oats Accused of Being 'Deceptive and Misleading' After Glyphosate Detected in Oatmeal

Quaker Oats Accused of Being 'Deceptive and Misleading' After Glyphosate Detected in Oatmeal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
PepsiCo Inc.’s Quaker Oats has been accused of false advertising by a group of consumers in New York, California and Illinois, who have filed a class action lawsuit challenging the company’s claim of being “100 Percent Natural” despite having traces of the weedkiller glyphosate found in its famous oatmeal.
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Environment: Can dams be operated without killing rivers?

Environment: Can dams be operated without killing rivers? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New study eyes impacts to aquatic insects Staff Report Using a vast sample of data collected in a citizen science project, researchers say they've been able to discern how hydropeaking affects aquatic insects that form the base of river food chains. The information could help resource managers develop alternative hydropower practices that aren't as harmful…

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The key to saving the planet was in front of us all along

The key to saving the planet was in front of us all along | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
It turns out that one of the most immediate societal changes for average Americans in a climate-savvy future would likely be the electrification of just about everything. In other words, the hope of the planet could lie in a force—electricity—we've known about for hundreds of years.
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The True Cost of a Cheap Meal

The True Cost of a Cheap Meal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
While perusing the items at a quaint antique store, I happened upon a catalog from the 1920s advertising farm-fresh food. It featured cabbage for two cents per pound, a dozen eggs for 44 cents and a half-gallon of milk for 33 cents. The shop owner told me that he was perplexed by the prices because, adjusting for inflation, it should cost roughly $4 for a dozen eggs and $8 for a gallon of milk in today’s dollars. Consumers today pay less than half of what we would expect to pay based on historic prices.

The antique store owner, like most Americans, didn’t realize that we currently spend a smaller percentage of our income on food than ever before. While on its face that may seem beneficial, this system of cheap food relies on billions of dollars of externalized costs that are kept hidden from consumers.
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Stop Flushing Water Down the Drain [Excerpt]

Stop Flushing Water Down the Drain [Excerpt] | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
One of the approaches to saving water and energy is to put the waste streams from water and energy systems to good use. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this goal. In particular, there are 30 to 40 billion gallons of treated effluent generated each day in the U.S. Because the wastewater is generated in cities, the wastewater plants are nearby. That means the effluent is an abundant source of water that is generally co-located with population centers. And it is typically overlooked as a source. If that treated effluent is “reclaimed”—or used again—it can be a reliable supply of water. Reclaimed water is distributed in purple piping systems so that it can be distinguished from the treated drinking water and sewage.
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Smart irrigation valve adds connectivity and automation to any hose

Smart irrigation valve adds connectivity and automation to any hose | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Zilker aims to bring smarter watering, and less wasted water, to more yards, without adding a costly sprinkler system.

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The Buzz on Native Bees | Science Features

The Buzz on Native Bees | Science Features | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Bevy of Bees

Anthophora bomboides

Bees are nearly ubiquitous, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Wherever there are insect-pollinated flowering plants — forest, farms, cities and wildlands — there are bees. And just because you don’t see plants blooming, does not mean that there are no bees around. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States. From the tiny and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest bee, to the large carpenter bee, to the brilliant blue of the mason bee; native bees come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. And all these bees have jobs, as pollinators
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The New England Journal of Medicine Asks FDA to Reconsider Labeling GMO Foods

The New England Journal of Medicine Asks FDA to Reconsider Labeling GMO Foods | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If the conservative The New England Journal of Medicine is calling for better research, clear food labeling and calling out a warning about GMOs, we should be
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Flooding flushes oil, fracking chemicals into Texas rivers

Flooding flushes oil, fracking chemicals into Texas rivers | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

"EL PASO — Recent Texas floods have inundated oil wells and fracking sites, flushing oil and fracking chemicals into rivers. State emergency officials have taken dozens of photos that show sheens and plumes spreading from tipped tanks and flooded production sites during Sabine River flooding in March. Photos showed similar scenes in last year’s floods of the Trinity, Red and Colorado rivers. “That’s a potential disaster,” Dr. Walter Tsou, past president of the American Public Health Association, told the El Paso Times. “Cattle that drank the fracking fluid actually died an hour after drinking it. There are potential carcinogens that can lead to leukemia, brain cancer and other endocrine disruptors that can affect premature births.” The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas drilling, said it has responded effectively to such incidents. “I’m confident that once the agency is notified, we’re taking appropriate measures,” spokesman Rich Parsons said."

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The Race to End Fossil Fuel Based Vehicle Emissions is On — Tesla Model 3 to hit 500,000 Preorders, Dutch Motions to Ban Petrol, and Shell’s Shilling for Biofuels

The Race to End Fossil Fuel Based Vehicle Emissions is On — Tesla Model 3 to hit 500,000 Preorders, Dutch Motions to Ban Petrol, and Shell’s Shilling for Biofuels | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
This week Shell and Volkswagon banded together in a big EU lobbying push. Their goal -- to promote biofuels as a 'bridge fuel' to EVs in what some say has become a rather obvious bid to delay the entry of electric vehicles in large numbers to fleets across Europe. An effort that some analysts are…

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Disturbing New Study Shows The Pacific Ocean May Suffocate In Just 15 Years

Disturbing New Study Shows The Pacific Ocean May Suffocate In Just 15 Years | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The same human activity that is causing the world's oceans to warm, rise, and acidify is also robbing those same oceans of oxygen. Furthermore, the impact of

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