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How GVSU professors, students are helping researchers study U.S. honey bee population decline

How GVSU professors, students are helping researchers study U.S. honey bee population decline | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Jonathan Engelsma doesn’t need to be at his farm in Nunica to monitor his 20 honey bee colonies. All he has to do is fire up his iPad.
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Oil drilling causes widespread contamination in the Amazon rainforest

Oil drilling causes widespread contamination in the Amazon rainforest | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Decades of oil extraction in the Western Amazon has caused widespread pollution, raising questions about the impact of a new oil boom in the region, according to a team of Spanish researchers presenting at a conference in California.

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Permaculture - Emilia Hazelip - Synergistic Garden (95) - YouTube

Permaculture - Emilia Hazelip - Synergistic Garden (95) - YouTube | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
An educational video on no-till synergistic gardening that describes the step-by-step processes developed by Emilia Hazelip to create an ecological agricultu...

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German beermakers look like winning their battle to stop fracking

German beermakers look like winning their battle to stop fracking | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
ExxonMobil test drilling makes brewers fear for their livelihoods, but others see fracking as alternative to coal and nuclear energy
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After Greenpeace complaint, UK timber giant removes controversial Amazon wood from shelves

After Greenpeace complaint, UK timber giant removes controversial Amazon wood from shelves | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
After being implicated in a Greenpeace report on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, UK building supplier Jewson has pulled controversial wood from its shelves until it can conduct a full investigation on the timber's origin.

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Real Animals That You Didn't Know Existed

Real Animals That You Didn't Know Existed | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Maned Wolf
The world we live in is filled with exotic wildlife, and that means more than just lions and giraffes. There are a multitude of species that are lesser known to the general public and fascinating to learn more about. Redditor preggit decided to introduce a whole batch of these real animals that look like they've been Photoshopped. They come in all shapes and sizes and we couldn't help but share them.
One animal that preggit features is the maned wolf, which looks like it's a red fox that mated with a deer to create a furry, lovable face with long, slender legs, but is actually its own type of mammal. Similarly, many of the animals below look like hybrid creatures from fantasy or folklore, making it hard to believe that they're out there in different parts of the world right now. Their appearances range from the adorable (see Raccoon Dog, below) to the absolutely terrifying (see Lamprey, below).
Top photo: The maned wolf is the largest canid in South America, resembling a…

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array"

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array" | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"The barriers to cleaning up ocean plastic pollution are so massive that the vast majority of the scientific and advocacy community believe its a fool's errand. The solution starts on land."

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Deforestation leaves fish hungry

Deforestation leaves fish hungry | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Deforestation is reducing the amount of leaf litter falling into rivers and lakes, resulting in less food being available to fish, a study suggests.

Researchers found the amount of food available affected the size of young fish and influenced the number that went on to reach adulthood.

The team said the results illustrated a link between watershed protection and healthy freshwater fish populations."

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Australians rally over future of Tasmania forest

Australians rally over future of Tasmania forest | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Thousands of Australians rallied Saturday against the proposed logging of protected forests in rugged Tasmania ahead of a UNESCO World Heritage meeting where the issue will be discussed.

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Clinton: Canada Trip Was 'Wake-Up Call'

Clinton: Canada Trip Was 'Wake-Up Call' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's new book describes how a trip to Canada opened her eyes to the potential ravages of climate change.The past — and potentially future — U.S. presidential front-runner describes a striking experience while visiting the Canadian territories and Alaska a few years ago."Hard Choices," released today, describes Clinton's years as secretary of state.She cites the 2005 trip to Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon, to explain the urgency she later felt to achieve a global climate deal when she was in the administration.Travelling with three Republican senators, including John McCain, to meet with scientists, First Nations and local leaders, Clinton says she was struck by what she saw out the window while flying over Yukon.She describes seeing tracts of dead spruce trees, the result of beetles having been driven north by milder temperatures, and distant evidence of forest fires that officials said were happening more frequently."Virtually everyone I spoke to on that trip had a personal wake-up call about what was happening," she writes."A tribal elder recounted how he had returned to a lake where he had fished as a boy only to find it dried up. I met lifelong participants in dogsled races who told me they no longer even needed to wear gloves."

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Regional habitat modeling may balance forest restoration, conservation

Regional habitat modeling may balance forest restoration, conservation | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Recently published research highlights how trade-offs between forest restoration and species conservation can be balanced using science and strong partnerships among multiple organizations and agencies.

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World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’

World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’ | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels.

 

"A solar thermal test plant in Newcastle, Australia, has generated “supercritical” steam at a pressure of 23.5 mpa (3400 psi) and 570°C (1,058°F). CSIRO is claiming it as a world record, and it’s a HUGE step for solar thermal energy.

 

"It's like breaking the sound barrier; this step change proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources," Dr Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director, said.

 

The Energy Centre uses a field of more than 600 mirrors (known as heliostats) which are all directed at two towers housing solar receivers and turbines, Gizmag reports.

 

This supercritical steam is used to drive the world’s most advanced power plant turbines, but previously it’s only been possible to produce it by burning fossil fuels such as coal or gas.

 

"Instead of relying on burning fossil fuels to produce supercritical steam, this breakthrough demonstrates that the power plants of the future could instead be using the free, zero emission energy of the sun to achieve the same result,” Dr Wonhas explained.

 

Currently, commercial solar thermal or concentrating solar power power plants only operate a “subcritical” levels, using less pressurised steam. This means that they’ve never been able to match the output or efficiency of the world’s best fossil fuel power plants - until now.

 

The commercial development of this technology is still a fair way off, but this is an important first step towards a more sustainable future."

 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 8, 6:11 PM

Renewable energy is catching up quickly.

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Supercritical water have properties between those of a gas and a liquid. Generating supercritical water is not an easy task as very high temperatures and pressures are required i.e. more than 374 °C and 218 atm.

 

Power plants can extract ten times more energy from supercritical water as compared to typical steam or hot water.

 

Icelandic scientists previously tried to generate supercritical water from geothermal means http://sco.lt/7mbwvZ

 

Annenkov's curator insight, June 9, 5:12 AM

Технический прорыв в единстве с местными условиями?

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If You’re Looking for a Healthy Environment, Follow the Dancing Bee

If You’re Looking for a Healthy Environment, Follow the Dancing Bee | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Honeybee “waggle dances” could help conservationists judge whether wildlife restoration efforts are working
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Derelict Oil Wells May Be Major Methane Emitters | Climate Central

Derelict Oil Wells May Be Major Methane Emitters | Climate Central | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A Princeton University study has found that the hundreds of thousands of abandoned and plugged oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania together may be a significant source of leaking methane.
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The New Environmentalism Will Lead Us to Disaster

The New Environmentalism Will Lead Us to Disaster | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
So-called ecopragmatists say we can have a “good Anthropocene.” They’re dead wrong
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Tour of Permaculture Farm In Auroville – Part 1

Tour of Permaculture Farm In Auroville – Part 1 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Share the joy       00   Be the 1st to vote. Related posts: Natural Farming Based on Permaculture and Masanobu Fukuoka Part 2 Tour of Geoff Lawton's Online Permaculture Design Course and Farm!

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Lateline - 17/06/2014: Louisiana is worlds biggest loser

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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The US Government recently released a major scientific report on the impacts of climate change and the bayous of the deep south came in for attention for very good reason.

The State of Louisiana is one of the fastest disappearing land masses on earth, losing a piece of land the size of Manhattan every year.

As a result, its people are fast becoming environmental refugees.

North America correspondent Jane Cowan reports from southern Louisiana.

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GMO companies are dousing Hawaiian island with toxic pesticides

GMO companies are dousing Hawaiian island with toxic pesticides | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Dangerous chemicals are being applied to GMO test fields on Kauai at a much higher rate than on most U.S. farms, an analysis of new data reveals.

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'Nobody Wants To Live By An Oil Rig'

'Nobody Wants To Live By An Oil Rig' | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
NEW CASTLE, Colo. (AP) — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's dr...
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Japan kills 30 whales after ICC ruling

Japan kills 30 whales after ICC ruling | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Japan has killed 30 whales in is Japan's northwestern Pacific research hunt following an international ruling that stopped its hunt in the Antarctic.

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From untouchable to organic: Dalit women sow change in India

From untouchable to organic: Dalit women sow change in India | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Small-scale women farmers are working together to create a new Green Revolution" in southern India

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"We were talking so much about climate change and food security [that] it made sense to try to take control of how farming is done in our communities."

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This World is not just for the Humans alone. The animals, they Own it too!

This World is not just for the Humans alone. The animals, they Own it too! | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Incredible moments doesn't just happen only for Humans, It happens for all other beings too. These amazing photos show animals in a way that you've never seen them before. Each image serves as a reminder that we share the planet with some truly awe-inspiring creatures.

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Is modern farming killing off the monarch butterflies?

Is modern farming killing off the monarch butterflies? | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new study finds that loss of milkweed plants in the US is the main reason for the monarchs' decline.

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Harvard Study Advances Knowledge Of Colony Collapse Disorder, Honeybee Die-Off

Harvard Study Advances Knowledge Of Colony Collapse Disorder, Honeybee Die-Off | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new study by Harvard University explains a little more about colony collapse disorder (CCD), the name given to the sudden and widespread die-off of the
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Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers

Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours.

 

He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace to avoid losing days of work to the fall rain.

 

Timing can mean the difference between profit and loss for the 4-year-old farm.

 

Motter and his business partner, Jeff Kramer, are part of a growing crop of farmers — many of them young — choosing to produce food without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. As consumers demand more fresh and local food grown with minimal environmental effects, a new generation has taken up organic farming."


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