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Guelph scientists one step closer to inhibiting destructive bee disease

Guelph scientists one step closer to inhibiting destructive bee disease | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Guelph have formulated a drug that has the potential to stop millions of honeybee larvae from dying from American foulbrood
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Bad News for Florida: Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off

Bad News for Florida: Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

"Existing computer models may be severely underestimating the risk to Greenland's ice sheet — which would add 20 feet to sea levels if it all melted — from warming temperatures, according to two studies released Monday.

Satellite data were instrumental for both studies — one which concludes that Greenland is likely to see many more lakes that speed up melt, and the other which better tracks large glaciers all around Earth's largest island."

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The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too

The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
As well as being masters of water engineering, the Romans also engaged in a long distance trade in water across the Mediterranean - embodied in grain, oil, wine, cloth, metals and other goods. They also discovered the food-water-energy nexus - and not in a good way. We need to heed the warnings from Roman history.

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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, December 15, 12:38 PM

an extremely important discussion ... water is a primary resource that our civilization CANNOT do without ... now with the added pressure from fracking, the clock is ticking faster ...  can modern ag tech help ... we must adopt efficient use of water rather than attempting to produce cheap food at the expense of our very existence ...

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Mysterious Seafloor Methane Begins to Melt Off Washington State Coast

Mysterious Seafloor Methane Begins to Melt Off Washington State Coast | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Warming of the Pacific Ocean off Washington state could destabilize methane deposits on the seafloor and trigger a release of the greenhouse gas to the atmosphere, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters.

In the worst-case scenario, if oceans warm by up to 2.4 degrees Celsius by 2100, the volume of methane release every year by 2100 would quadruple the amount by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the study estimates.
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A Call To Keep The Oil In The Ground

A Call To Keep The Oil In The Ground | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
We preserve our cultural identity and we take care of the environment to ensure that future generations can peacefully and safely coexist with nature in the same way. But oil exploitation would inevitably mean an end to our life and culture as we kno...

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SeeYou (Catherine.U)'s curator insight, December 13, 3:03 PM

walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep breath. My bare feet touch the ground, damp from yesterday's rain. This is my home. This is where I grew up. This is what I want to share with my children one day.....


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Locations where fossil fuel deposits have been discovered are situated directly within the homes and territories of local indigenous peoples. We are actively struggling against exploitation of these reserves. We are struggling for the future of all mankind. Therefore, we deserve the support of international communities. We have persistently been on the forefront of the fight against environmental disaster and climate change. So why are our voices not being included in the decision-making process at COP20 and at other high-level governmental meetings? It is not only our right, but it is also the obligation of governments, state parties, corporations, organizations, and other such institutions to make sure indigenous peoples have a say on our own future.

The wind answers my prayer with a soft whisper. Trees sway gently, birds start to sing, and my body fills with strength. I can hear the murmur of the river telling me to keep on fighting because my ancestors walked this path, I walk this path, and it is a legacy I owe my coming children. That is why I cannot allow this place to be destroyed.

When I walk through the forest I see all the beauty of life that surrounds me, and I cannot stop asking myself: What is the point of destroying a paradise only so you can destroy the world?


Nina Gualinga is a young woman leader from Sarayaku who recently spoke about her community's struggle in an online viral video, Keep the Oil in the Ground. She represented the Sarayaku youth at the final hearing before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica, as well as international events, and a press conference on the historic court victory with Amnesty International in London. Nina splits her time between Sweden and Sarayaku. She is studying human rights at university in Sweden.

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9 Rainforest Facts Everyone Should Know

9 Rainforest Facts Everyone Should Know | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

You’re probably too polite to ask, but you may have wondered: why do we at the Rainforest Alliance focus on rainforests when the problems of the environment are so vast?

Good question, but don’t let our name fool you—we don’t only work to save rainforests. Since our founding twenty-five years ago, we’ve extended our efforts at protecting biodiversity and improving livelihoods to all kinds of ecosystems across more than 100 countries.

There are lots of reasons why this organization started with rainforests, however, and why we continue to work so hard on their behalf: Although rainforests cover only 2 percent of the earth’s surface, these ecological powerhouses are critical to pretty much every aspect of the planet’s health you can imagine—including our very existence.

"Here’s what every human should know about rainforests:"


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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, December 15, 4:23 AM

Tenemos que luchar para certificar las forestas de todas las Americas.  Aquí en Mexico CONAFOR esta trabajando para proteger nuestro patrimonio natural--pero todavía hay mucho que hacer.  Fomentar una cultura de conservación en la nueva generación es algo que llevara mucho tiempo, pero vale la pena para que nuestros hijos tendrán chance de vivir en un mundo sano.

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Hungry Polar Bear Cubs Shot After Entering Nunavut Town

Hungry Polar Bear Cubs Shot After Entering Nunavut Town | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
TALOYOAK, Nunavut - Residents in a remote Arctic hamlet are baffled and saddened by the number of hungry polar bear cubs that have wandered into their community since the fall and have had to be shot.

Six bears have been spotted in the Nunavut community of Taloyoak since late September, said Bob Lyall, who works with the local Hunters and Trappers Organization.

"They're scavenging," he said Wednesday.
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More Republicans Edging Toward the Emergency Exits

More Republicans Edging Toward the Emergency Exits | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The climate denial Crazy Bus is heading toward a cliff. On board,  increasingly uncomfortable republicans have been eyeing the drunk driver and their fellow, somewhat-odd passengers nervously for s...

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Opinion: Industrialization of livestock farming to blame for avian flu outbreak

Opinion: Industrialization of livestock farming to blame for avian flu outbreak | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The appearance of avian flu in the Fraser Valley — the fourth such outbreak in 10 years — is just one symptom of the inexorable rise of factory farming, with its attendant risks to animal welfare, human health and the environment.

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Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities

Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
COPENHAGEN — On a busy road in the center of town here, a string of green lights embedded in the bike path — the “Green Wave” — flashes on, helping cyclists avoid red traffic lights.

On a main artery into the city, truck drivers can see on smartphones when the next light will change. And in a nearby suburb, new LED streetlights brighten only as vehicles approach, dimming once they pass.

Aimed at saving money, cutting the use of fossil fuels and easing mobility, the installations are part of a growing wireless network of streetlamps and sensors that officials hope will help this city of roughly 1.2 million meet its ambitious goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025.

Eventually, the network will serve other functions, like alerting the sanitation department to empty the trash cans and informing bikers of the quietest or fastest route to their destinations. It’s all made possible through an array of sensors embedded in the light fixtures that collect and feed data into software.
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We can feed the world without chopping down more forests

We can feed the world without chopping down more forests | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Maybe this is obvious, but expanding our agricultural footprint to feed the growing population — cutting down forests, plowing prairies — is a really bad idea.

 

What’s less obvious, and more interesting/troubling, is that farmland expansion is so harmful on so many levels that it’s worth doing just about anything that helps us avoid opening up new land — even things that have their own environmental costs.


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Fossil-fuel lobbyists, bolstered by GOP wins, work to curb environmental rules

Fossil-fuel lobbyists, bolstered by GOP wins, work to curb environmental rules | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Oil, gas and coal interests that spent millions to help elect Republicans this year are moving to take advantage of expanded GOP power in Washington and state capitals to thwart Obama administration environmental rules.

Industry lobbyists made their pitch in private meetings last week with dozens of state legislators at a summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an industry-financed conservative state policy group.
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Carmel River diverted to demolish San Clemente Dam - San Francisco Chronicle

Carmel River diverted to demolish San Clemente Dam - San Francisco Chronicle | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Letendre, the president of the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy, was not so interested in the forested slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains as he was the tableau of human engineering that stretched out before him.

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Living shoreline being installed in Bayou Chico - Pensacola News Journal

Living shoreline being installed in Bayou Chico - Pensacola News Journal | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Escambia community and environment, Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves, Harborview Marina, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Keep Pensacola Beautiful.

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Community Forests Formally Recognized in Cambodia

Community Forests Formally Recognized in Cambodia | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Close to 6,000 hectares of community forests were recently recognized by the Kratie Forestry Administration in northeast Cambodia, extending conservation management to natural habitats along the Mekong River in one of Asia’s last intact lowland ecosystems. The agreements designating the two community forests, one in O’Krieng village and the other in O’Kok village, were signed in December 2013, with approximately 200 stakeholders attending the signing ceremony.


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World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development

World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
From Florida to the Costa del Sol, costly sea defences are accelerating beach erosion and will ultimately fail to protect coastal towns and cities from rising tides, say experts
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Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo

Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A stark depiction of the threat hanging over the world’s mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other life forms has been published by the prestigious scientific journal, Nature. A special analysis carried out by the journal indicates that a staggering 41% of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction while 26% of mammal species and 13% of birds are similarly threatened.

Many species are already critically endangered and close to extinction, including the Sumatran elephant, Amur leopard and mountain gorilla. But also in danger of vanishing from the wild, it now appears, are animals that are currently rated as merely being endangered: bonobos, bluefin tuna and loggerhead turtles, for example.

In each case, the finger of blame points directly at human activities. The continuing spread of agriculture is destroying millions of hectares of wild habitats every year, leaving animals without homes, while the introduction of invasive species, often helped by humans, is also devastating native populations. At the same time, pollution and overfishing are destroying marine ecosystems.
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Willow trees are cost-efficient cleaners of contaminated soil

Willow trees are cost-efficient cleaners of contaminated soil | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
"This is a cost-efficient solution for purifying and restoring contaminated soils. There is no need for earth-moving, as harmful materials can be extracted from the soil naturally, with the help of plants. Furthermore, the wood biomass grown in the process can be used for energy production and as a raw material for biorefineries," says Researcher Aki Villa of the University of Eastern Finland.

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Where corporate initiatives flounder, sustainable enterprises thrive

Where corporate initiatives flounder, sustainable enterprises thrive | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A conservation partnership, Fish Forever, wants to build sustainable enterprises from the bottom up. But can it scale?

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There Are At Least 5.25 Trillion Pieces of Plastic in the Ocean

There Are At Least 5.25 Trillion Pieces of Plastic in the Ocean | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Large plastics appear to be abundant near coastlines, degrading into microplastics in the 5 subtropical gyres, [and] the smallest microplastics were present in more remote regions, such as the subpolar gyres, which the authors did not expect. The distribution of the smallest microplastics in remote regions of the ocean may suggest that gyres act as 'shredders' of large plastic items into microplastics, after which they eject them across the ocean.

"Our findings show that the garbage patches in the middle of the five subtropical gyres are not the final resting places for the world's floating plastic trash. The endgame for micro-plastic is interactions with entire ocean ecosystems," says Marcus Eriksen, PhD, Director of Research for the 5 Gyres Institute.

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Sea swallows the last house in doomed Virginia beach town

Sea swallows the last house in doomed Virginia beach town | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Richard F. Hall will land in the history books, if he makes it at all, alongside dreamers and hucksters who sold swampland in Florida and on parched mesa tops in New Mexico. Hall was the developer who tried to build a beach town on Cedar Island, a patch of wind- and wave-tossed sand off the Virginia coast.
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The Amazon oil spills overlooked by environmental leaders in Lima

The Amazon oil spills overlooked by environmental leaders in Lima | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
t is a disaster hidden from the environmental leaders gathered inside the walls of a military compound in Lima on a mission to fight climate change.

Over the last few months – as Peru helped guide the United Nations climate negotiations – five separate oil spills along a main oil pipeline through the Amazon have spewed thick black clots of crude across jungle and swamp and carpeted local fishing lagoons with dead fish.

Inside the climate summit fortress – as in much of the world – the oil spills in the jungle went largely unnoticed.
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The campaign group works closely with the Kukama and other indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon.

In June, the government lowered maximum fines for environmental crimes by 50% to welcome oil and gas investors, and barred the environment ministry from sole authority over nominating nature protection areas.

 

“These kind of changes in environmental legislation are first and foremost to protect the oil industry and ensure the oil industry can go on as they want – in the run-up to the COP [Conference of the Parties, the Lima climate summit] they do that,” Krogh said.

In recent years, the Peruvian government has declared environmental emergencies in all four headwaters of the Amazon.

 

For the people of San Pedro and other villages, however, such declarations offer little in the way of consolation. Despite the oil company’s assurances, the villagers don’t trust the fish that were once their livelihood, and they do not see how they can carry on.

“We can’t go on living here,” said Melita Bela Celis. “They say the oil will last for 30 or 40 years. We can’t eat the fish any more, so what will we live on for all those years?”

 

The Guardian and Norwegian Rainforest shared the travel costs for this report

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Utilities Worry Water's Becoming Unaffordable

Utilities Worry Water's Becoming Unaffordable | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Water bills have increased faster than any other and show no signs of slowing down, hitting low-income Americans the hardest.

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Big Utilities Begin to Warm to Rooftop Solar

Big Utilities Begin to Warm to Rooftop Solar | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Power company NRG energy recently announced a major foray into California’s residential solar market, with a goal to have 35,000 to 40,000 home solar installations by the end of 2015. The development is indicative of the seismic changes underway in the utility industry. Once stodgy utilities are slowly beginning to warm up to rooftop solar.

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