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Is there any point in planting new trees? - BBC News

Is there any point in planting new trees? - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Successive governments have made popular pledges to plant large numbers of new trees. But do these trees ever actually get planted and, where they do, does it ever achieve anything useful?
Woodlands have a vital role to play in our landscape. As well as being a valuable source of homegrown timber, trees store carbon, provide an essential home for wildlife, absorb air pollution, and are important spaces for pleasure and leisure.
Growing attention has also been paid to their role in cutting flood risk. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says that, in the right place, woodland can reduce water flow and siltation in rivers, and is considering its role as part of an ongoing national flood resilience review.
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Toxic 'red tide' in Chile prompts investigation of salmon farming

Toxic 'red tide' in Chile prompts investigation of salmon farming | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Algal bloom ‘of biblical proportions’ has led to protests and health emergency as concerns raised over dumping of rotting salmon in ocean
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Study shows conflict between wolf watching and wolf hunting

Study shows conflict between wolf watching and wolf hunting | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Many Americans travel thousands of miles for a chance to spot wolves in the wild, but a new study shows that their chance of spotting the predators decreases dramatically when hunting and trapping is allowed. In 2013, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility first raised the alarm that dwindling wolf numbers near Denali National Park are affecting wildlife watching.
The new research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests visitors to national parks were just  half as likely to see wolves in their natural habitat when wolf hunting was permitted just outside Denali National Park’s boundaries during a period from 1997- 2013. Other important factors linked to wolf viewing rates include, the proximity of wolf dens to the Park Road and the regional wolf population.
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Snowball in Hell: Greenland Ice Sheet Record Thaw

Snowball in Hell: Greenland Ice Sheet Record Thaw | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Discover: On April 11, a dramatic early spike in melting of snow and ice at the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet prompted a Danish climate scientist to say that she and her colleagues were “incredulous.” Now, there has been a second bout of unusual melting. You can see both of them in the graph above from the National Snow…

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Natural Disasters Already Cost $40 Billion A Year. It Could Get A Lot Worse.

Natural Disasters Already Cost $40 Billion A Year. It Could Get A Lot Worse. | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The World Bank says countries are "woefully unprepared" for growing disaster risks.

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Keeping Amazon fish connected is key to their conservation

Keeping Amazon fish connected is key to their conservation | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Unless a system-wide approach to conservation is applied to Amazon basin lakes, floodplains and rivers, we could soon see a collapse of the region’s fish populations.

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The high costs of imported pests

The high costs of imported pests | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New restrictions are needed to save tree species, report says, citing $4.5 billion in annual damage | Scientists from Harvard Forest joined a group of experts calling for new regulations and stepped-up surveillance to stem a flood of invasive forest pests whose costs are borne by U.S. homeowners, cities, and towns.

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First organic focus area and Soil Association seminar at national Beef Expo

First organic focus area and Soil Association seminar at national Beef Expo | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
This year the national Beef Expo in Bakewell (20th May 2016) will include the first ever organic focus area as well as a new seminar from the Soil Association on opportunities for organic beef farmers.

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Deforestation: Where is the world losing the most trees? 

Deforestation: Where is the world losing the most trees?  | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
"The world has lost the equivalent of 1,000 football fields of forests per hour for the last 25 years, according to official figures. Experts warn that deforestation is a major issue facing the world, with the planet's forests being depleted rapidly."

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There’s more plastic debris in the oceans than we think

There’s more plastic debris in the oceans than we think | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Study shows ocean dynamics mixing microplastics deep into the water column
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There’s no question that plastics pollution in the world’s oceans is a serious and growing problem. One recent study estimated that somewhere between 5 million and 13 million metric tons of plastic waste were dumped into the ocean in 2010 alone, for the sake of comparison, one metric ton is 2,200 pounds, about the weight of a small car.
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Effects of seismic on bowhead whales - SMRU Consulting

Effects of seismic on bowhead whales - SMRU Consulting | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Find out how bowhead whale behavioural responses to seismic surveys affects our ability to assess their distribution around seismic operations.

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Climate Change and the Case of the Shrinking Red Knots

Climate Change and the Case of the Shrinking Red Knots | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Animal migrations combine staggering endurance and exquisite timing.

Consider the odyssey of a bird known as the red knot. Each spring, flocks of the intrepid shorebirds fly up to 9,300 miles from the tropics to the Arctic. As the snow melts, they mate and produce a new generation of chicks. The chicks gorge themselves on insects, and then all the red knots head back south.

“They are there less than two months,” said Jan A. van Gils, an ecologist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. “It’s a very tight schedule.”

It is also a vulnerable one. The precipitous decline of the red knots that winter in West Africa may provide a small but telling parable of the perils of climate change.
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Locals battle fracking company drilling near drinking water reservoir

Locals battle fracking company drilling near drinking water reservoir | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Local people are furiously trying to stop a fracking company from drilling near a drinking water reservoir serving tens of thousands of homes, after Northern Ireland planners failed to block Infrastrata's claim for 'permitted development' rights.

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East-Coast Island Losing Land To Climate Change, Coastal Erosion

East-Coast Island Losing Land To Climate Change, Coastal Erosion | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
LENNOX ISLAND, P.E.I. — Back when he was in his 20s, Dave Haley often watched from his kitchen window as children played baseball in the field behind his home. But now at the age of 65, less than 20 feet of soil remains between his tidy green bungalow and the glistening waters of Malpeque Bay.

Lennox Island — off the northwest coast of Prince Edward Island — is in a battle with the sea, and the sea is winning.

"It's devastating. This is our home,'' Haley said.

Lennox Island — like the rest of Prince Edward Island — is vulnerable to coastal erosion because it's made of sand and sandstone. There is no hard bedrock.
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Hemp takes off in S. Korea - The Western Producer

Hemp takes off in S. Korea - The Western Producer | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A strange product appeared on a home shopping channel in South Korea last November. It was hempseed, which was virtually unknown in Korea at the […]

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Does industrial pollution from Asia cause oxygen-starved dead zones in the Pacific Ocean?

Does industrial pollution from Asia cause oxygen-starved dead zones in the Pacific Ocean? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New research offers clues on global pollution pathways Staff Report Polluted dust from Asia is cutting oxygen levels in the tropical Pacific Ocean, researchers said this week, releasing a new study that traces a chain reaction that starts with land-based industrial pollution in China and other Asian countries. "There's a growing awareness that oxygen levels…

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Japan’s planned coal plants could cause thousands of air pollution deaths - Energydesk

Japan’s planned coal plants could cause thousands of air pollution deaths - Energydesk | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
As world leaders travel to Tokyo for the latest meeting of the G7 nations, host country Japan has come under fire for its controversial coal power expansion plans.

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#US Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million #Whales, #Dolphins, Other Marine #Mammals in #Pacific

#US Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million #Whales, #Dolphins, Other Marine #Mammals in #Pacific | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Over the next five years, the Navy is permitted to kill nearly 12 million marine mammals in the North Pacific Ocean.

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Vaquita population drops to brink of extinction

Vaquita population drops to brink of extinction | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New survey results show as few as 60 remaining vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California
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The population of vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California may be down to just 60 individuals, according to conservation advocates, who released the results of recent surveys in a press release last week.
The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise and could be extinct in less than a decade without stringent conservation measures, especially a complete and well-enforced ban on gill nets in the northern Gulf of California. The new vaquita population estimate is based on observer data and acoustic monitoring conducted during a joint Mexico-U.S. vaquita research cruise last fall.
Despite a two-year ban on gill nets enacted last year, Mexico-based fishermen continue to cast their nets to try and catch another endangered species — totoaba, which are illegally exported to Asia to make soup perceived to have medicinal properties. Demand for the bladders spiked around 2011, and a single bladder can reportedly sell for between $2,500 and $10,000.
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Trees make our lives better in unquantifiable ways | David Ferguson

Trees make our lives better in unquantifiable ways | David Ferguson | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
One company is trying to measure exactly how much urban trees are worth. But some things defy calculation

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Tangail villages set laudable example of organic farming

Tangail villages set laudable example of organic farming | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The whole country is now focused on growing more and more vegetables. There are some specific regions for cultivating vegetables. For example, Dainnya and Krishnapur in Tangail Sadar are famous for growing vegetables.The most encouraging thing is that not only has the region successfully produced vegetables, it has also ensured organic vegetable production. Pesticides are rarely used in these regions. Farmers depend on organic fertilizer and care a lot about the soil's health. They are also aware about food safety.

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World's smallest porpoise 'at edge of extinction' as illegal gillnets take toll

World's smallest porpoise 'at edge of extinction' as illegal gillnets take toll | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Now only 60 of Mexico’s vaquita marina left despite the navy enforcing a ban on the fishing net, latest study shows Environmentalists warned on Friday that Mexico’s vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, was close to extinction as the...
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How the wolf became Alberta's scapegoat

How the wolf became Alberta's scapegoat | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Over the course of two months, Day filmed the documentary, interviewing trappers, hunters, ranchers, environmentalists, biologists, animal advocates and government officials.

According to Paul Frame, Alberta's Provincial Carnivore Specialist, people react to wolves emotionally, rather than with logic or in any practical or realistic way, compounding the difficulty of managing the wolf cull. "Wolves polarize people more than any other species," he tells Day in the film.

The documentary is an eye-opening look at the way Alberta persecutes wolves, ranging from its government sanctioned wolf cull to hunters and trappers who pursue municipal bounties offered on the animals.

In Alberta, the wolf cull began in 2005 in the Little Smoky Region of the province in an attempt to save the endangered woodland caribou.

Over the last nine years, more than 1,000 wolves have been killed along with 700 other animals.
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Researchers solve one of the great scientific mysteries of the ice ages

Researchers solve one of the great scientific mysteries of the ice ages | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

"An international team of researchers headed by scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute has gained new insights into the carbon dioxide exchange between ocean and atmosphere, thus making a significant contribution to solving one of the great scientific mysteries of the ice ages. In the past 800,000 years of climate history, the transitions from interglacials and ice ages were always accompanied by a significant reduction in the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere. It then fell from 280 to 180 ppm (parts per million). Where this large amount of carbon dioxide went to and the processes through which the greenhouse gas reached the atmosphere again has been controversial until now. The scientists have now managed to locate a major carbon dioxide reservoir at a depth of 2000 to 4300 metres in the South Pacific and reconstruct the details of its gas emission history. Their new findings have been published open access in the scientific journal Nature Communications. "


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Saving Amphibians: The Quest To Protect Threatened Species by Jim Robbins: Yale Environment 360

Saving Amphibians: The Quest To Protect Threatened Species by Jim Robbins: Yale Environment 360 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The decline of the world’s amphibians continues, with causes ranging from fungal diseases to warmer and drier climates. Now, researchers are looking at ways to intervene with triage measures that could help save the most vulnerable populations.
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