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'Protecting forests is the best way to fight climate change' | Environment | DW.COM | 05.12.2016

'Protecting forests is the best way to fight climate change' | Environment | DW.COM | 05.12.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
With the Cancún Declaration adopted at the Convention on Biological Diversity summit, DW talks to an indigenous leader on how native peoples are defending the Earth's forests - and through that, biodiversity and climate.
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More than half of shark species in Mediterranean at risk of extinction | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 06.12.2016

More than half of shark species in Mediterranean at risk of extinction | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 06.12.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The Mediterranean is a "key hotspot of extinction risk" according to a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The alarming assessment refers to a new survey of shark, ray and chimera populations in the Mediterranen region. And the description seems fitting, as more than half of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea are at risk of extinction.
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New Report: Tar Sands Industry Targets America’s Waterways

New Report: Tar Sands Industry Targets America’s Waterways | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
In a new report, NRDC examines the impact a suite of new tar sands oil infrastructure proposals could have on America’s coasts and rivers if they were built. Ranging from coast to coast and leaving hardly any major U.S. waterway free from threat, these projects would facilitate more than 1.6 million barrels per day of new production and export capacity for Alberta’s tar sands industry or 60% growth over today’s levels. To move this massive amount of tar sands to refining markets in California, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Gulf Coast, industry will rely on at least 1,005 new tar sands tankers and barges—a 12-fold increase over the few vessels loaded today. In doing so, industry puts iconic landscapes including the Salish Sea, San Francisco Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys, Cape Cod, and the Gulf of Maine at risk from a tar sands oil spill.
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'Thousands' of geese die in toxic Montana pit mine - BBC News

'Thousands' of geese die in toxic Montana pit mine - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Thousands of migrating snow geese died after landing in contaminated pit mine waters in Montana, mine officials have said.
Officials estimate that as many as 25,000 birds landed in the Berkeley Pit last week, and since then have been seen dropping dead in the area.
Mine workers tried to prevent the birds from landing in the acidic wastewater, but were overwhelmed by their number.
Each year several birds are found floating dead there, but never so many.
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Two top California water officials retire amidst growing opposition to Delta Tunnels : Indybay

Two top California water officials retire amidst growing opposition to Delta Tunnels : Indybay | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Both Mark Cowin and Carl Togersen are retiring at a time when Governor Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels plan, the California WaterFix, has come under increasing fire from recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, Tribal leaders, family farmers environmentalists, scientists and elected officials for the enormous threat it poses to the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and West Coast salmon and other fisheries.

Via The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California
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Half surface water in some countries has been lost since 1980s

Half surface water in some countries has been lost since 1980s | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Overall more land is covered by water now than three decades ago – but there have been huge losses in Central Asia and the Middle East

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IR8: The miracle rice which saved millions of lives - BBC News

IR8: The miracle rice which saved millions of lives - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Last week I received a very unusual invitation indeed. It was to a 50th birthday party in a swanky Delhi hotel, but the party was for a plant: a strain of rice known only by its initials, IR8.
A celebration for an angry rice variety; who could refuse?
The Indian Agriculture Minister, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, opened the event, describing the introduction of IR8 as "a great moment in India's history".
And it is true that, if any plant has earned the right to a fancy half-century knees-up, it is IR8.
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Poached chimps find an island haven | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 29.11.2016

Poached chimps find an island haven | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 29.11.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Demand for chimpanzees as house pets in Asia and for bushmeat is fuelling poaching in Africa. In Uganda, rescued chimps have found a new home at an island sanctuary.
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Clash in German forest as red line is crossed | Environment | DW.COM | 01.12.2016

Clash in German forest as red line is crossed | Environment | DW.COM | 01.12.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Logging has begun in Hambach Forest, where activists have sought for years to protect ancient trees - which grow over coal coveted by German power company RWE. Under heavy police presence, the fight is about to get real.
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Making a global statement
Until that happens, the activists at Hambach Forest are determined to continue their fight for survival of their beloved forest, despite setbacks. Tam has been living in a tree house in the forest for over a year now. The first tree he lived in has already been chopped down by RWE. "It was one of the worst feelings I've ever had in my life, especially because I couldn't be there when the tree fell," he says, followed by a long pause.

Just like most of the activists here, he is aware that he won't be able to save the forest. Their protest can be stopped at any time. "Everything we are doing here is symbolic - because we know that you cannot completely stop a large company like RWE," Joe says. "One day this forest will be completely bulldozed to the ground and our camp will be cleared, we are aware of that." "But for us, it's about making a statement and showing the public that we are here." [...]
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Everglades Dolphins Have Highest Level of Mercury Ever Found in the Mammals

Everglades Dolphins Have Highest Level of Mercury Ever Found in the Mammals | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The study, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, examined the levels of mercury and other toxins in the sea creatures. According to the research, mercury concentrations in the skin of Florida Coastal Everglades dolphins (median 9314 ng g−1 dw) were about three times higher than Lower Florida Keys dolphins (median 2941 ng g−1 dw).

"These concentrations are the highest recorded in bottlenose dolphins in the southeastern USA, and may be explained, at least partially, by the biogeochemistry of the Everglades and mangrove sedimentary habitats that create favorable conditions for the retention of mercury and make it available at high concentrations for aquatic predators," the study abstract states.
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Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025 - BBC News

Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025 - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade.
The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens say they are implementing the ban to improve air quality.
They say they will give incentives for alternative vehicle use and promote walking and cycling.
The commitments were made in Mexico at a biennial meeting of city leaders.
The use of diesel in transport has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, as concerns about its impact on air quality have grown. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that around three million deaths every year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution.
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Fires and drought cook Tennessee – a state represented by climate-change deniers

Fires and drought cook Tennessee – a state represented by climate-change deniers | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Was this fire caused by climate change? The answer is yes.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, December 2, 2016 12:20 PM
The “Establishment” supports fossil-fuel companies and denies climate change. The incoming U. S. administration is populated by deniers. The harm caused to wild plants, animals, natural systems, and human society is devastating.
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Major EPA fracking study downplayed risks to US water supply, investigation finds

Major EPA fracking study downplayed risks to US water supply, investigation finds | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
EPA officials made critical last-minute changes to their presentation of a multiyear report on hydraulic fracturing's impact on water supplies.
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Dwarves and giants in the Gulf of California | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 06.12.2016

Dwarves and giants in the Gulf of California | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 06.12.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Poaching and overfishing is threatening wildlife and livelihoods in Mexico's Gulf of California. But now, local communities are getting on board to protect their environment.
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Common pesticides are more harmful to 'good' insects than previously thought

Common pesticides are more harmful to 'good' insects than previously thought | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Not all insects are the enemies of crops. Many are beneficial. Ideally, insecticides should kill the bad insects without harming the good ones. Easier said than done.

New research suggests some common insecticides are more harmful than previously thought, killings bad insects as well as good insects -- predatory insects that prey on pests.

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Climate protection gap widening, warns insurance report - BBC News

Climate protection gap widening, warns insurance report - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Experts have warned of a $100bn (£79bn) "protection gap" in the global insurance sector as a result of the rising impact of climate risks.
ClimateWise, based at the University of Cambridge, warned that the gap of uninsured or under-insured assets had quadrupled over the past three decades.
The insurance sector's role as society's risk manager was under threat, warned one senior figure.
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Scientists improve predictions of how temperature affects the survival of fish embryos

Scientists improve predictions of how temperature affects the survival of fish embryos | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
NOAA Fisheries Ecology Division and UC Santa Cruz researchers found the thermal tolerance of Chinook salmon embryos in the Sacramento River is much lower than expected from laboratory studies. Exploring the cause of this discrepancy led to new insights into how egg size and water flow affect the survival of fish eggs.

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Chimps help farmers ‘plant’ cacao in Guinea

Chimps help farmers ‘plant’ cacao in Guinea | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A mutually beneficial behavior may help an endangered population endure while boosting profits for farmers.

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Boom town, flood town: How Houston's development increases flood risk

Boom town, flood town: How Houston's development increases flood risk | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority, increasing flood risks.

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Elliot Bender's curator insight, December 7, 2016 3:03 PM
turns out paving too much impervious surfaces around Houston have limited the amount of rainfall that is absorbed into the ground. now runoff is becoming a large problem and is increasing flooding threats throughout the city. 
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Corporate growth still driving deforestation, CDP shows - BBC News

Corporate growth still driving deforestation, CDP shows - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Although progress is being made, up to US $906bn of company turnover is still tied to global deforestation, an assessment has concluded.
A study by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) suggests almost a quarter of company revenues depend on deforestation-linked commodities.
These commodities are cattle products, soy, palm oil and timber products.
The findings are based on disclosures from 365 investors worth US $22 trillion (£17 trillion).
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Amazon deforestation ticks tragically up | Environment | DW.COM | 01.12.2016

Amazon deforestation ticks tragically up | Environment | DW.COM | 01.12.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A sad record in 2016: the Amazon rainforest has suffered the largest reported forest loss since 2008. Environmentalists are very concerned about impacts on biodiversity and climate protection.
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Who is responsible? "

The main responsibility lays in the Brazilian government and the company lobbies," Maldonado said. Lucero told DW that the Brazilian government is reviewing plans to combat deforestation, addressing key deforestation vectors through satellite monitoring. T
he government intends to promote sustainable development in forest areas and stimulate sustainable management of wood and non-wood products. T
he Brazilian Ministry of Environment moreover says it will provide a larger budget, and support for enforcement agencies and subnational authorities to prevent and control deforestation. ...
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Palm oil – deforestation for everyday products - Rainforest Rescue

Palm oil – deforestation for everyday products - Rainforest Rescue | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Palm oil is literally everywhere – in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and fuels. It’s a source of huge profits for multinational corporations, while at the same time destroying the livelihoods of smallholders.
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The myth of sustainable palm oil.  Just don't buy the stuff.

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Ogoni king: Shell oil is killing my people

Ogoni king: Shell oil is killing my people | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
King Emere was in a London court last week for the case that he hopes will allow him to sue Shell in the UK for polluting his tribal land

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Cuba's organic honey exports create buzz as bees die off elsewhere

Cuba's organic honey exports create buzz as bees die off elsewhere | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
As it is pesticide-free, Cuba's bee industry could be protected from problems hitting other honey producers
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Cuba's bee industry.
Eben Lenderking's curator insight, December 3, 2016 10:31 AM

una de las consequenzas buenas de viivir en una isla sin industrializacion es que la natura sigue viviendo fuertemente.  Los Cubanos tambien tienen meliponas, mucha mariposa--se seguimos como estamos hacienda, vamos a perder nuestro patrimonio, una biodiversidad casi sin ugual.

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Everglades Mangroves’ Carbon Storage Capacity Worth Billions

Everglades Mangroves’ Carbon Storage Capacity Worth Billions | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

"Mangrove forests absorb carbon dioxide, and much of that carbon remains trapped in the trees' biomass. Based on a scientific cost estimate, the stored carbon is worth between U.S. $2 billion and $3.4 billion. The billion-dollar price tag reflects the cost of restoring freshwater flow to areas that need it most, preserving the Everglades' mangroves." 


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discussions of money with people who want to deforest areas like these mangroves really helps to effectively communicate conservation issues. sometimes it's not effective enough to discuss the loss of biodiversity as a reason to save mangroves. you really have to bring monetary value into the picture to help people understand mangroves environmental importance