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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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Entrepreneurs Fight for the Future of Fisheries - National Geographic

Entrepreneurs Fight for the Future of Fisheries - National Geographic | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
This organization trying to establish and promote ways for sustainable fisheries and production. Like we have talked about in class, the fish you are promised is often not what you receive. This article states that 30-70% of fish product is labeled incorrectly. As well, there is no regulation on the 'fresh', so fish that may be advertised as fresh may be up to 30 days old. The organization hopes to decrease the profits and lessen the impacts of overfishing and unsustainable methods by connecting consumers to their seafood purchases, something that our surveys reveal is currently not very strong.

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr: 'I'll See You at Standing Rock'

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr: 'I'll See You at Standing Rock' | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
In 1966, my father held Senate hearings to investigate violent attacks by growers against pickers in the produce fields surrounding Delano, California. A young United Farmworkers organizer, Cesar Chavez, was orchestrating peaceful protests by Filipino and Chicano farmworkers against meager pay and brutal working conditions. My father only reluctantly attended the hearings. While he was sympathetic with the farmworkers' plight, he already had a full plate of issues ranging from the Vietnam War, rioting cities to starvation in the Delta and education on Indian reservations. He didn't think he had bandwidth for another cause.

"Why do I need to fly all the way to California," he complained to his aid, Peter Edelman, on the airplane out. But then something made him mad; A Kern county sheriff explained to the committee that he had imprisoned the peaceful protestors "for their own protection" to safeguard them from violent growers and their hired thugs.

The prospect of law enforcement officials deploying the states police power on behalf of lawbreaking corporations against law abiding citizens whose only crime was their poverty and powerlessness made him steam. My father despised bullies and believed in rule of law. He gaveled the morning session to a close. "May I suggest that during the luncheon period of time that the sheriff and the district attorney read the Constitution of the United States?" That afternoon, he joined the farmworkers on their picket line. Chavez became his closest political and moral ally.
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Park and flood: why do we let planners pave over our green valleys?

Park and flood: why do we let planners pave over our green valleys? | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Replacing natural vegetation with a parking lot is ecocide.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, November 28, 2016 3:22 PM
This article points out how tempting the blank spaces are for planners and developers. Of course, the blank spaces are usually critical bits of nature in otherwise human-destroyed landscapes. My home happens to sit on the edge of one of these places. Ecologists and some urban planners recognize the value of these open spaces, but most "planners" in urban governments do not. Here's a bit about my local open space efforts.
pdeppisch's comment, November 28, 2016 4:01 PM
Because our economics is totally skewed and destroying nature has no price. Never has. And we will probably destroy the earth before we put a price on nature. Nature is an externality as far as economics is concerned. F* Idiots
Garry Rogers's comment, November 28, 2016 5:35 PM
Thanks Peter. As A. Leopold said, hardly any wild plants and animals have "economic" value.
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Clouds of filth envelope Asian cities: 'you can't escape' #smog #fossil fuel air #pollution

Clouds of filth envelope Asian cities: 'you can't escape' #smog #fossil fuel air #pollution | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
This year has seen some of Asia’s worst urban smog episodes in nearly 20 years, as India’s air pollution soars above levels recorded in China
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Scientists propose ten policies to protect vital pollinators - Press Release - UEA

Scientists propose ten policies to protect vital pollinators - Press Release - UEA | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

Pesticide regulation, diversified farming systems and long-term monitoring are all ways governments can help to secure the future of pollinators such as bees, flies and wasps, according to scientists.




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The ten suggested policies in full are:
Raise pesticide regulatory standards
Promote integrated pest management (IPM)
Include indirect and sublethal effects in GM crop risk assessments
Regulate movement of managed pollinators
Develop incentives, such as insurance schemes, to help farmers benefit from ecosystem services instead of agrochemicals Recognize pollination as an agricultural input in extension services
Support diversified farming systems
Conserve and restore “green infrastructure” (a network of habitats that pollinators can move between) in agricultural and urban landscapes
Develop long-term monitoring of pollinators and pollination
Fund participatory research on improving yields in organic, diversified, and ecologically intensified farming
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Eric Larson's curator insight, November 28, 2016 9:38 AM
Pollinator protection?
Eben Lenderking's curator insight, November 29, 2016 5:11 PM

Lo que tenemos que hacer para proteger los pollinizadores.  En Ingles.  What we need to do to protect the pollinators. 

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Tesla converts an entire island of American Samoa from 100% diesel to 100% solar energy

Tesla converts an entire island of American Samoa from 100% diesel to 100% solar energy | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The island used to import 100,000 gallons of diesel each year from overseas. Now renewable energy meets all its needs!

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NASA study shows link between Deepwater Horizon spill and coastal wetlands erosion

NASA study shows link between Deepwater Horizon spill and coastal wetlands erosion | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Oil washed toward shore after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is a big factor in coastal erosion rates, according to scientists with NASA and the U.S. Geologicial Survey who tracked the changes along the Gulf of Mexico. Their research shows a pattern of dramatic, widespread shoreline loss” along  the Louisiana’s coast in Barataria Bay, located on the western side of the Mississippi River Delta.
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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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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, December 5, 2016 5:33 PM

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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Eric Larson's curator insight, December 2, 2016 11:28 AM
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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Elliot Bender's curator insight, December 1, 2016 12:49 PM
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  
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Scientists have long feared this ‘feedback’ to the climate system. Now they say it’s happening – Washington Post

Scientists have long feared this ‘feedback’ to the climate system. Now they say it’s happening – Washington Post | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
This may mean that our best efforts to cut emissions could fall short, simply because there’s another source of emissions all around us. The very Earth itself.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, December 1, 2016 3:47 PM
The potential for runaway global warming is growing. This is an important article that we shouldn’t ignored. Of course, one might argue that when you are chained across the railroad tracks, you might as well ignore the approaching train. If that’s where we are, perhaps its time for the Champaign!
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Arctic soils: a ticking climate time bomb

Arctic soils: a ticking climate time bomb | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Soils across the Arctic are a ticking time bomb of climate change that could release large amounts of additional carbon dioxide, CO2, as early as the middle of this century.

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How Urban Trees Can Save Lives

How Urban Trees Can Save Lives | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Planting Healthy Air report quantifies health benefits of trees for 245 cities globally.
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Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Study Shows Climate Affecting Avian Breeding Habits

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Study Shows Climate Affecting Avian Breeding Habits | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, November 28, 2016 10:20 AM
Very interesting, especially since the VCWPD is initiating a county-wide bird raptor program for levee's
 
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#Tuna's Declining #Mercury Contamination Linked to U.S. Shift Away from #Coal

#Tuna's Declining #Mercury Contamination Linked to U.S. Shift Away from #Coal | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Hard-won reductions in the environmental toxin could be erased if Trump proceeds with plans to resuscitate the coal industry and abandon climate initiatives
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GMOs Are Safe To Eat, But I'd Still Never Grow Them On My Farm

GMOs Are Safe To Eat, But I'd Still Never Grow Them On My Farm | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Those of us in the good food movement have spent a lot of time and energy attacking genetically modified foods for the wrong reasons. For years, skeptics have claimed that GMOs caused a whole range of health problems, from autism, to gluten intolerance, to cancer. But two decades of studies have failed to produce any smoking guns. It's now time that we all accept the scientific consensus -- GM foods are probably as safe to eat as non-GMO.

But that doesn't lessen my opposition to genetic modification one bit.
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Katharine Hayhoe: Here's How Long We've Known About Climate Change

Katharine Hayhoe: Here's How Long We've Known About Climate Change | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
One of the biggest myths about climate science—a myth that has been deliberately fostered, for decades—is that we just don't know that much, yet.

The field is still in its infancy, people argue and a lot more is needed before coming to consensus. After all, aren't scientists always changing their minds? Just a few decades ago, they were predicting an ice age, not global warming!
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