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Global call to protect fresh water from salt pollution

Global call to protect fresh water from salt pollution | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Scientists make an international call to change water quality standards, with the aim of protecting biodiversity from salt pollution of freshwater.

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Would you drink this? When brown tap water is deemed legal and safe

Would you drink this? When brown tap water is deemed legal and safe | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The situaton in St. Joseph, Louisiana, represents an issue in cities across the country: water that is legally safe but often looks disgusting.

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BLM to live-stream Denver hearing on new methane rules

BLM to live-stream Denver hearing on new methane rules | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Feds aim to cut methane pollution by 40 percent in next 10 years
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A federal plan to cut methane pollution from fossil fuel operations on public lands will get a public hearing in the Denver area next week, and the forum will be live-streamed to ensure maximum public access.
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WTO swats down India’s massive solar initiative

WTO swats down India’s massive solar initiative | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The World Trade Organization delivered a blow to India’s ambitious solar power program on Wednesday at the behest of the United States. So much for all that nice chatter about international climate cooperation back in December.

Responding to a U.S. complaint, a WTO dispute panel ruled that several provisions of India’s National Solar Mission were “inconsistent” with international trade norms. The point of contention? India’s solar plan, which seeks to install 100 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2022, requires a certain percentage of cells and panels to be manufactured locally.
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Forest Service eyes permits for Vail Pass bike haulers

Forest Service eyes permits for Vail Pass bike haulers | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
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In the age of instant gratification, it’s probably not surprising that coasting downhill on a mountain bike has become a popular pastime in Summit County. As a result, the U.S. Forest Service is preparing to authorize several ten-year special use permits to different individuals and organizations to serve up to a total of 20,000 downhill cyclists during the summer season.
Up to now, the shuttle service has been authorized under temporary permits serving up to 16,000 people, served by as many as 12 different local businesses, all hauling tourists to the top of Vail Pass so they can zoom back down on the bike path.
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On Nature's Death Row: I Helped Commit Ecocide; So Did You | The Tyee

On Nature's Death Row: I Helped Commit Ecocide; So Did You | The Tyee | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
For many native species in Canada, our human settlements mean the end of the road. Last in a series.
By Chris Wood, Yesterday, Tyee Solutions Society
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On Nature's Death Row: Ontario's Vanished 'Carolinian' Forest | The Tyee

On Nature's Death Row: Ontario's Vanished 'Carolinian' Forest | The Tyee | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
It used to stretch from Oshawa to Windsor. Now, development encroaches on the last scraps of a once-great woods. Part of a series.
By Chris Wood, 4 Feb 2016, Tyee Solutions Society
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Drug-driven environmental devastation | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 23.02.2016

Drug-driven environmental devastation | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 23.02.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Drug trafficking is one of the biggest problems facing Central America. It is having a devastating impact on the people, but it's also a huge threat to the rainforest and coastal ecosystems.
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EU told ExxonMobil that TTIP would aid global expansion, documents reveal

EU told ExxonMobil that TTIP would aid global expansion, documents reveal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Trade chief told oil giant in secret talks that free trade deal could address its concerns over regulations restricting activities in developing countries
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Feds outline plan to curb invasive species

Feds outline plan to curb invasive species | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Early detection and response, partnerships across jurisdictions seen as critical measures
Staff Report
The spread of invasive species has been identified as the second-leading cause of extinctions among all plants and animals worldwide — and the problem is getting worse in the era of global trade. Just a few months ago, scientists warned that North American amphibians are at risk from an invasive fungus. White-nose syndrome, which has wiped out millions of bats, may have also spread to the U.S. from Europe.
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Prensa Latina News Agency - Bears and Leopards Face Extinction in Northern Pakistan

Prensa Latina News Agency - Bears and Leopards Face Extinction in Northern Pakistan | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

Islamabad, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Bears and leopards classify today as endangered species in Northern Pakistan due to poaching and other human-associated factors, wildlife authorities have said.


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Valuing Biodiversity as a Key Driver of Sustainable Development

Valuing Biodiversity as a Key Driver of Sustainable Development | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Animal, plant and marine biodiversity comprise the "natural capital" that keeps our ecosystems functional and economies productive. But the world is experiencing a dramatic loss of biodiversity. Although the pace of deforestation has slowed globally since the 1990s, it remains high with annual deforestation of about 13 million hectares, affecting critical animal and plant habitats. The world has also lost about 40% of warm water coral reefs since the 1980s. The Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures trends in selected species populations, shows an overall decline of 52% over the last 40 years, with particularly dramatic losses in tropical developing countries, mainly as a result of habitat loss, degradation, and overexploitation.

The loss of biodiversity has negative effects on livelihoods, water supply, food security and resilience to extreme events. It has consequences for 78% of the world’s extreme poor who live in rural areas, many of which rely on ecosystems and the goods they produce to make a living. The World Bank estimates that crimes affecting natural resources and the environment inflict damage on developing countries worth more than $70 billion a year. The loss of coral reefs has significant physical and economic consequences for 350 million people living in coastal areas by reducing coastal protection and habitat for fish. Deforestation and land conversion contribute about 30% of global greenhouse emissions, and the loss of diversity reduces the resilience of ecosystems to climate change and other disturbances.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 22, 6:29 PM

GR:  Whooping it up about small contributions. Nice try World Bank, but everyone knows that "sustainable development" is an oxymoron.

 

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Going Rogue

Going Rogue | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of cobia that escaped from an aquaculture farm off the coast of Ecuador may be Southern California bound

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Caste protests bring India's water problems to a head

Caste protests bring India's water problems to a head | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Normalcy doesn't mean 24 hours of clean running water for residents in India's capital. Instead, it means waiting around for water and working around the system.

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A Town Demands Protection from Pesticides

A Town Demands Protection from Pesticides | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Almost a year ago, National Geographic told the story of Aixa, now eight years old, who lives in Avia Terai, a town in Argentina surrounded by soybeans and other crops treated with pesticides. Included was a photograph by Marco Vernaschi that showed tumors and blotches covering Aixa’s face and body.
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Mass coral reef die-off reaches record duration

Mass coral reef die-off reaches record duration | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Coral reefs around the world are getting hit by the double whammy of global warming and an intense El Niño this year. Record and near-record warmth spread across large parts of the world’s major oceans are prolonging the longest global coral die-off on record.
“We’re maybe looking at a 2- to 2.5-year-long event. Some areas have already seen bleaching two years in a row,” said Mark Eakin, a biological oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in College Park, Maryland, and coordinator of the agency’s Coral Reef Watch.
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Mercury Splatters the Central U.S.

Mercury Splatters the Central U.S. | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Several years after scientists thought they had put the problem to rest, they have once again discovered increasing concentrations of mercury, this time in rainwater. “It’s a surprising result,” says David Gay from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, who is a co-author on the new study. “Everybody expected [mercury levels] to continue going down. But our analysis shows that may not necessarily be the case.”
The results, recently published in Science of the Total Environment, is surprising because long-term trends had shown a decrease in mercury emissions whereas data collected between 2007 and 2013 indicate an unsettling upturn from the Rocky Mountains to the Midwest.
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Rising seas culprit: ice or heat? - Antarctic and Ice - Ice-Blog - DW.COM

Rising seas culprit: ice or heat? - Antarctic and Ice - Ice-Blog - DW.COM | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
My attention was caught this week by a study that ascertained that thermal expansion accounts for a much greater share of sea level rise than previously thought. In fact, quite a few journalists got the message wrong. They thought the researchers had found that climate change was causing sea level rise twice as high as previously thought, which would have been quite a sensation. In fact, what the scientists actually found was that the amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated and is probably about twice as much as previously calculated. There is a clear difference, which does not make the research – using the latest available satellite data – any less interesting.
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On Nature's Death Row: Alberta's Coveted Foothills Forest | The Tyee

On Nature's Death Row: Alberta's Coveted Foothills Forest | The Tyee | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
After a century of occupation, this once mighty-mosaic of woods no longer provides adequate shelter for its 'refugees.' Part of a series.
By Chris Wood, 11 Feb 2016, Tyee Solutions Society
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On Nature's Death Row: It Used to Be BC's 'Eden' | The Tyee

On Nature's Death Row: It Used to Be BC's 'Eden' | The Tyee | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
But for the Propertius Duskywing butterfly, the Montane Yellow violet, the Sharp-tailed snake, the Blue-grey Taildropper slug and the Horned Lark who live in the region's Garry Oak meadows, this is more like death row. All but the Duskywing are now on Canada's 'red' list of most threatened species; the butterfly is one rung down, on the next-most-threatened 'blue' list.
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Oil Corporations vs Climate: The Keystone XL Case

Oil Corporations vs Climate: The Keystone XL Case | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
How investors use trade agreements to undermine climate action
23 February 2016Policy issue
Countries around the world have reached a critical moment in the fight against climate change. Last year, hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets demanding climate action, more than 190 countries reached a climate agreement in Paris, and renewable energy became more affordable and accessible to communities across the globe. Meanwhile, in sharp contradiction to that, countries negotiated new trade deals that would empower fossil fuel corporations to undermine the exact climate and conservation policies that are needed to tackle the climate crisis.
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Damaged Peru pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Amazon region

Damaged Peru pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Amazon region | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Jungle covered in black sludge after a landslide caused the country’s main oil pipeline to rupture, polluting rivers relied on by eight native communities
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Iconic Białowieża Forest to be logged - European Wilderness Society

Iconic Białowieża Forest to be logged - European Wilderness Society | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

 

Iconic Białowieża Forest to be logged

The Białowieża Forest (ca. 1,500 sqkm) is the famous lowland forest in Europe! It is a last large piece of low land forest in Europe! The Białowieża National Park is protected since  1932  and inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979 and extended to include the Belarusian part in 1992. In 2014, as a result of the request of local communities, the Białowieża National Park, scientists and foresters, UNESCO accepted a large extension of the property of 1418.85 km2 with a buffer zone of 1667,08 km2. According to UNESCO description: The area has an exceptionally conservation significance due to the scale of its old growth forests, which include extensive undisturbed areas where natural processes are on-going.


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According to the scientists  Grzegorz Mikusinski & Malgorzata Blicharska: ” This decision is an outcome of a long-term conflict about the fate of this Forest, focused around the debate if it may maintain its value without human intervention. Foresters with support of a large part of local population believe that the Forest requires continuous care in form of silviculture measures that “protect” the forest from unwanted changes like accumulation of dead-wood, lack of regeneration of desired species and presence of dying trees perceived synonymously with dying forest.

On the other hand, environmentalists and scientists focus on the value of the Białowieża Forest’s biodiversity linked to natural processes. For a long time, they have been proposing to cover the whole Polish part of Białowieża Forest with National Park (It’s presently only 16 % of the area). The conflict seemed to be solved three years ago. The Park was not enlarged then, but instead new management plans drastically lowering logging levels in the managed part of the Forest were introduced.”

The European Wilderness Society fully supports the opinion of scientists conducting studies in this unique forest, nature conservation organizations and environmentalist , that the “anti-bark beetle battle” is nothing more than a pretext to retreat from the previously accepted conservation strategy, and start to gain a substantial income from the forest management in the Białowieża Forest.

 

More information can be found here 

http://www.polishwolf.org.pl/bialowieza-forest

 

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Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New study provides one of the strongest cases yet that the planet has entered a new geological epoch

 

Tags: Anthropocene, development,  land use, environment, environment modify.  


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Un nuevo estudio dice que el planeta está entrando en una nueva era geológica.

El impacto humano ha empujado a la Tierra hacia el Antropoceno, dicen los científicos.

Sally Egan's curator insight, February 21, 4:30 PM

Good discussion for syllabus dotpoint Human impacts on ecosystems within the HSC topic Ecosystems at Risk.

Andrea J Galan's curator insight, February 22, 6:58 PM

I chose to add this article into my folder because it talks about earth entering a new geological epoch. This is exciting yet scary news because it's mostly pollution that justifies /proves the new epoch. The news is exciting because it's something that we are currently experiencing. The evidence that proves the geological epoch on the other hand is terrifying. It just goes to show how awful we have been treating our planet like if the next generation is going to be finding fossils in plastic bags that is a problem.

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How satellite technology is helping to fight illegal fishing

How satellite technology is helping to fight illegal fishing | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A new initiative is arming coastguards with satellite intelligence that allows them to target their search for pirate fishing vessels in remote marine areas

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 13, 12:06 PM

Another nice blurb on the increasing use of technology to assist with monitoring the "unmonitorable" high seas.