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Big Business Steps Up to Help Solve California's Drought

Big Business Steps Up to Help Solve California's Drought | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Long before the California drought became a national crisis, multinational berry company Driscoll’s knew it had to organize a solution to the water problem its grower partners were facing.

Groundwater was being over-pumped in its major California growing region in the Pajaro Valley, and as a result saltwater was seeping into farmers’ wells from nearby Monterey Bay, threatening berry growers and other farmers in the valley.
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Global warming is already affecting wine production

Global warming is already affecting wine production | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
NASA, Harvard scientists study wine harvest dates in cool-weather countries
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Global warming is changing centuries-old climate patterns that are crucial for wine production in cool-weather regions, a new study from NASA and Harvard concludes. After analyzing climate records and grape harvesting dates from 1600 to 2007, the scientists found that harvests started happening much earlier during the second half of the 20th century.
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Climate Scientist Makes Dire Warning About Sea Level Rise

Climate Scientist Makes Dire Warning About Sea Level Rise | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If global temperatures on our planet continue to go up, ferocious super-storms could become more frequent and sea levels could rise several meters over the next century, drowning coastal cities along the way.

That’s the ominous warning put forth in a new, peer-reviewed paper penned by former top NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen and 18 co-authors, which was published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics on Tuesday.

The paper builds from controversial research released last year before the study was peer reviewed, a process that gives other scientists an opportunity to critique the work.
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China's forest conservation program shows proof of success

China's forest conservation program shows proof of success | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
China appears to have turned the corner on deforestation.

Beijing implemented a forest conservation program in 1998. And we now have proof that it's working.

Logging and clear cutting shrank China's forests for decades, but from 2000 to 2010, the nation saw a net gain in tree cover, according to new data.
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WATCH: How Pigeons Are Helping To Measure Air Pollution In London

WATCH: How Pigeons Are Helping To Measure Air Pollution In London | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Backpack-wearing pigeons playing a big part in tackling London air pollution problem. A team of 10 birds, otherwise known as Pigeon Air Patrol, carries pollution sensors and GPS devices to help study areas of the city with high levels of nitrogen dioxide. Those who want to check out the pollution levels in their area can even tweet @PigeonAir to receive a report.
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Why more than 200 planned new dams will be a disaster for the Amazon rainforest

Why more than 200 planned new dams will be a disaster for the Amazon rainforest | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Continued dam-building across Amazonia could threaten dozens of species with extinction, says a new paper published this month in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation. With 191 dams already dotting the Amazon basin and nearly 250 more planned, scientists say the region’s unique freshwater ecosystems are at serious risk. Major changes will be required from the Amazonian nations — most of all, increasingly unstable Brazil — to prevent further damage in the most biologically diverse area of the planet.
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The Quest to Save Coral Reefs

The Quest to Save Coral Reefs | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A coral is an animal that demands imagination. Look closely through a dive mask (or a Google image search) and you’ll see that a coral reef’s rocky undulations are coated in an astonishing skin of tiny creatures that look like upside-down jellyfish, bells rooted in place, mouths open and ringed with tentacles waving to the sea. These are coral polyps. And right now, around the planet, they are dying with breathtaking speed. It’s uncertain how many will survive into the near future, and unclear what we can do to make sure they survive.  
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Illegal fishing worth $600m in the Pacific amounts to 'daylight robbery'

Illegal fishing worth $600m in the Pacific amounts to 'daylight robbery' | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Illegal fishing in the Pacific Ocean is costing more than $600m a year and is mainly being carried out by legally licensed fishing vessels, a report has found.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency released the 100-page report, which is the first in-depth attempt to investigate, quantify and place a monetary value on the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices (IUU) in the region.
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Which Countries are the Best and Worst Stewards of the Planet?

Which Countries are the Best and Worst Stewards of the Planet? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 180 countries according to their performance in safeguarding ecosystems and protecting human health from environmental harm. We've compiled a listing of the top five and bottom five countries, providing a window into winning strategies and common obstacles in tackling environmental challenges. 
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Can Indonesia's forest fires be put out for good? - BBC News

Can Indonesia's forest fires be put out for good? - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Indonesia's so-called fire season last year was one of the worst on record, but the fires are back and burning out of control with a state of emergency already declared in one province.
Between about June and October, more than 100,000 fires burned down millions of hectares of fragile forest lands.
There were human and animal fatalities, and the economic damage was estimated to be more than $15bn (£10bn).
For more than 20 years these fires have been an annual occurrence, as farmers and agricultural companies clear Indonesia's forests and carbon-rich peatlands to make way for pulpwood, palm oil and rubber plantations, or for smaller scale subsistence farming.
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Deforestation: an alert from the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe

Deforestation: an alert from the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe must work hard to protect their native forests from deforestation.

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The people of São Tomé and Príncipe rely heavily on forest resources. Nearly all houses are made out of wood. Giant land snails caught in the forest are an important source of protein, as are fish from inshore fisheries that are caught in dugout canoes. Both are usually cooked over charcoal or firewood obtained from the forest. These resources have become difficult to access, and there is insufficient timber supply to meet the islands’ growing needs.

The timber that is available is of a low quality, lasting for only about five years, and is unsuitable for construction. Authorities are not indifferent to the situation. The timber shortage has become so bad that government is planning to import timber from Equatorial Guinea.
The hope is that a cheaper supply will provide a temporary market solution for the current crisis, and allow Santomean timber stocks to recover. But much of the timber sector operates outside the law.

The Forestry Directorate is short of money, vehicles and manpower. It cannot begin to address the complaints of illegal activities it receives. Moreover, when the authorities do try to act, they are frequently met with hostility on the ground, with people routinely blocking roads to hinder law enforcement.
The situation in Sao Tome and Principe mirrors worrying global trends in forest degradation and loss. Finding solutions is imperative, and hopefully some of the experiences from this small island nation will provide useful lessons for other parts of the world.
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The people of São Tomé and Príncipe rely heavily on forest resources. Nearly all houses are made out of wood. Giant land snails caught in the forest are an important source of protein, as are fish from inshore fisheries that are caught in dugout canoes. Both are usually cooked over charcoal or firewood obtained from the forest. These resources have become difficult to access, and there is insufficient timber supply to meet the islands’ growing needs.

The timber that is available is of a low quality, lasting for only about five years, and is unsuitable for construction. Authorities are not indifferent to the situation. The timber shortage has become so bad that government is planning to import timber from Equatorial Guinea.
The hope is that a cheaper supply will provide a temporary market solution for the current crisis, and allow Santomean timber stocks to recover. But much of the timber sector operates outside the law.

The Forestry Directorate is short of money, vehicles and manpower. It cannot begin to address the complaints of illegal activities it receives. Moreover, when the authorities do try to act, they are frequently met with hostility on the ground, with people routinely blocking roads to hinder law enforcement.
The situation in Sao Tome and Principe mirrors worrying global trends in forest degradation and loss. Finding solutions is imperative, and hopefully some of the experiences from this small island nation will provide useful lessons for other parts of the world.
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White storks swap migration for a junk food diet at rubbish tips

White storks swap migration for a junk food diet at rubbish tips | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Rather than make the winter migration to Africa the birds are finding a constant source of food at Europe’s landfill sites, research shows

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Malawi – Funding Enables Massive Strike Back against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Malawi – Funding Enables Massive Strike Back against Illegal Wildlife Trade | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The fight to win the war on wildlife crime in Southern Africa has been given a massive boost in Malawi thanks to an initiative supported by the UK Government through the IWT Challenge Fund.
Malawi ha

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Is Bill Gates Right About GMOs?

Is Bill Gates Right About GMOs? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The world’s wealthiest man really wants Africa to embrace genetically engineered foods or GMOs. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Blumenstein, Bill Gates explained his views about the controversial food technology:
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Go wild to protect food security, says study - BBC News

Go wild to protect food security, says study - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
More needs to be done to ensure wild relatives of our key food crops are conserved for future generations, a study has said.
Researchers are concerned the genetic diversity of these vital plants are not being adequately stored in gene banks.
They say characteristics such as drought or heat resilience could be lost forever unless action is taken to preserve these genetic traits.
The findings have been published in the journal Nature Plants.
An international team of scientists found that "the diversity of crop wild relatives is poorly represented in gene banks".
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'A tipping point': record number of Americans see global warming as threat

'A tipping point': record number of Americans see global warming as threat | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A record number of Americans believe global warming will pose a threat to their way of life, new polling data shows, amid strengthening public acceptance that rising temperatures are being driven by human activity.


February breaks global temperature records by 'shocking' amount
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“I think a shift in public opinion and consciousness has been underway for several years now,” Michael Mann, a prominent climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, told the Guardian.
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Environment: Are pesticides making bumblebees dumber?

Environment: Are pesticides making bumblebees dumber? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Study shows even low levels of neonicotinoids affect foraging skills
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There’s more evidence showing how exposure to pesticides affects bumblebees. In anew study, scientists found that low levels of pesticides can affect which flowers bumblebees choose and potentially hindering their ability to forage for nectar and pollen.
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Stillaguamish Tribe: Way of life threatened by dwindling salmon runs - HeraldNet.com

ARLINGTON — Shawn Yanity remembers learning to fish with his uncle on the Stillaguamish River. It was more than three decades ago, and his uncle shared a dire warning. “As soon as we lose the salmon, this is a dead river,” his uncle said.
Now Yanity, chairman and fisheries manager for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, is afraid the river is dying.
The number of salmon that returned to the Stillaguamish last year and the forecast for how many are expected to return this year are dismal, compared to past tallies. Chinook, coho, pink and chum salmon all had poor returns in 2015, according to the state Department of Fish & Wildlife. Biologists expect that 2016 returns also will be low. For example, the state is predicting that 2,770 wild coho salmon will come back to the Stillaguamish this year. There used to be anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000, said Pat Stevenson, environment program manager for the Stillaguamish Tribe.
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Oregon drinking water providers flagged for contamination

Oregon drinking water providers flagged for contamination | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Students and staff at Salem's Valley Inquiry Charter School have been drinking bottled water for the past year, after high levels of first lead, then copper, were found in the tap water.

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Climate: More global heat records tumble

Climate: More global heat records tumble | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Above-average temperatures were widespread across the globe in February, making it another record-breaking month — with the highest departure from average on record. Combining land and ocean surface temperatures from thousands of measuring stations, NOAA announced this week that the global average temperature for the month was 2.18 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. Read the full report here.
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Cheap Oil Is Undermining the Success of Nearly Every Climate Cleanup Plan

Cheap Oil Is Undermining the Success of Nearly Every Climate Cleanup Plan | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The fate of what might prove to be the most important technology for solving global warming—carbon capture and storage—is floundering
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Drought and rising temperatures 'leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger'

Drought and rising temperatures 'leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger' | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
More than 36 million people face hunger across southern and eastern Africa, the United Nations has warned, as swaths of the continent grapple with the worst drought in decades at a time of record high temperatures.

The immediate cause of the drought which has crippled countries from Ethiopia to Zimbabwe is one of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded. It has turned normal weather patterns upside down around the globe, climate scientists say.
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Portland Becomes 7th City to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Contamination

Portland Becomes 7th City to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Contamination | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Portland, Oregon is suing Monsanto over contaminating the city’s waterways with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a highly toxic group of chemicals that endangers human health and the environment.
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Urban Farming For The Environmentally Conscious

Urban Farming For The Environmentally Conscious | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The concept, study, and methodology of urban farming has freed millions of people from the limitations and confines of their apartments and condominiums an...
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What Indonesia Doesn’t Know About Peatlands Could Undermine its Climate Goals | World Resources Institute

What Indonesia Doesn’t Know About Peatlands Could Undermine its Climate Goals | World Resources Institute | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Despite the fact the Indonesia's peatlands are a major carbon sink, we know surprisingly little about them—much of the information out there about their extent, thickness and change is inaccurate. The recently launched Indonesian Peat Prize aims to change that.

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