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Sumatran rhino dies weeks after landmark discovery

Sumatran rhino dies weeks after landmark discovery | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A critically endangered Sumatran rhino has died weeks after its chance discovery on the Indonesian part of Borneo island was hailed as a landmar

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Dahr Jamail | Agriculture on the Brink

Dahr Jamail | Agriculture on the Brink | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
As climate disruption continues apace, the planet's prospects for maintaining adequate food supplies for the global population continue to dim.

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No 'science for science sake': emails show CSIRO plans to abolish climate research

No 'science for science sake': emails show CSIRO plans to abolish climate research | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Australia's national science organisation planned to stop "doing science for science sake" and would no longer do "public good" work unless it was linked to jobs and economic growth, according to internal emails between CSIRO senior managers.

The emails contradict claims that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has remained committed to research that does not bring in revenue, and illustrate the scale of the restructure planned under new chief executive Larry Marshall.
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This huge region of Brazil is even more deforested — and less protected — than the Amazon

This huge region of Brazil is even more deforested — and less protected — than the Amazon | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The Amazon has it bad, but the Cerrado may have it even worse. After all, at least you’ve actually heard of the Amazon.

The Cerrado isn’t as big, but it is still one of the largest and most important ecosystems in one of the largest and most environmentally rich countries on Earth — Brazil. It’s an enormous region of dry forests and shrubs that hosts jaguars, rare birds and thousands of unique plants and makes up about one-fifth of Brazil’s total area.
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Federal judge chides U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for bowing to political pressure on wolverine listing

Federal judge chides U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for bowing to political pressure on wolverine listing | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
*More Summit Voice wolverine stories:
Wolverines face dire global warming threat
Wildlife: Feds punt on wolverine protection
Biodiversity: Draft wolverine plan gets mixed reviews
Colorado: Wolverine recovery plan on hold for now
By Bob Berwyn
Acknowledging the immense political pressures at play in making endangered species findings, a federal judge ruled this week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unlawfully ignored the best available science when it decided not put wolverines on the Endangered Species List.
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Piracy, pollution and climate change: Bangladeshi fishermen on the brink – in pictures

Piracy, pollution and climate change: Bangladeshi fishermen on the brink – in pictures | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Last month, a coal ship capsized in southern Bangladesh – the third environmental catastrophe in the fragile mangrove ecosystem in three years

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China, India pouring cash into coal plants that may not be used | Environment | DW.COM | 31.03.2016

China, India pouring cash into coal plants that may not be used | Environment | DW.COM | 31.03.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
If you are a worker at a Chinese coal-fired power plant, you may not have much to do these days.
Last year, the many coal plants located across China were sitting idle nearly half of the time, according to a new report released on Wednesday. The 50 percent utilisation rate is down from 60 percent in 2011. It is the lowest level since 1969, and it is predicted to keep falling. Coal use in China has fallen for the past two years in a row.
And yet, new coal plants are still being planned and constructed at a frenetic pace. In 2015 authorities approved three times as many new coal plant projects as the previous year. "China is effectively adding more than one redundant coal power plant each week," the report by the NGOs Sierra Club, Greenpeace and CoalSwarm concludes. The total amount invested in unused plants could total one trillion US dollars.
The Chinese situation is part of an Asia-wide trend. Since 2010, 473 gigawatts (GW) of new coal capacity went online in 33 countries. 85 percent of these plants were built in China and India, with the remainder mostly in Indonesia and Vietnam.
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Environmentalists report three dead in explosion in polluted Niger Delta | Environment | DW.COM | 30.03.2016

Environmentalists report three dead in explosion in polluted Niger Delta | Environment | DW.COM | 30.03.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Three oil workers killed in an explosion in Nigeria's Niger Delta have become the latest victims of an oil industry plagued by corruption and environmental and human rights abuses, according to a local environmental group.
Alagoa Morris of Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/Friends of the Earth Nigeria said he was alerted to the disaster on Monday, when bodies were removed a day after the explosion happened in the southern Nigerian state of Bayelsa.
Morris reported that the dead were working to repair a pipeline owned by Italian energy company ENI. The company has not responded to requests to confirm this.
Morris said oil companies operating in Nigeria were failing to ensure worker safety and described the deaths as "avoidable".
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These are the 10 cities with the worst air pollution in the world

These are the 10 cities with the worst air pollution in the world | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

With air quality that's up to 15 times dirtier than what is considered healthy.


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U.S. cities back EPA’s Clean Power Plan in court battle

U.S. cities back EPA’s Clean Power Plan in court battle | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Local governments hit hardest by climate change costs
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The dying U.S. fossil fuel industry may not quite get it yet, but thousands of towns — and millions of Americans living in those communities — do. The threat of climate change is real, and  growing, according to a coalition of cities that filed a legal brief in federal court last week
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Stanford Scientists Find Fracking Linked to Groundwater Contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming

Stanford Scientists Find Fracking Linked to Groundwater Contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
As the fracking industry tries to expand internationally, being promoted as a so-called clean bridge fuel, it is increasingly clear the industry has not one, but two, Achilles heels.

The first is the release of the potent greenhouse gas, methane. The second is water pollution and the threat the controversial technique poses to drinking water.
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Judge says USFWS must analyze cumulative impacts before authorizing grizzly kills

Judge says USFWS must analyze cumulative impacts before authorizing grizzly kills | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New ruling foreshadows major legal battle over grizzly bear conservation
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A federal judge says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated environmental laws when it authorized the killing of four threatened grizzly bears in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
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Toxins may have caused skewed sex ratio in killer whale calves: researcher

Toxins may have caused skewed sex ratio in killer whale calves: researcher | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER — The high number of male babies in a group of killer whales living off the coast of British Columbia is cause for concern, researchers say.

Eight babies have been born into the Southern Resident Killer Whale population since Dec. 30, 2014, but only one of the calves has been confirmed as a female, which could spell trouble for the whales' future.

The Washington-based Center for Whale Research recently received confirmation that yet another of the baby whales is male.

"We had pretty good hints of it before, but now with some very good pictures, we know it's a male," said scientist Ken Balcomb.
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The End of the World Is Coming ... And For the First Time, Scientists Are Showing Emotion

The End of the World Is Coming ... And For the First Time, Scientists Are Showing Emotion | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Because even lab coats need hugs sometimes.  

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What would you do if your job was to document the end of the world?

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the most stoic minds of the world need a way to process their doomsday findings

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How One Tiny Vermont College Is Taking On Big Agriculture

How One Tiny Vermont College Is Taking On Big Agriculture | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Nobody knows better than a farmer that big things can grow from tiny seeds. The small state of Vermont has already driven major food producers to adopt GMO labeling nationwide. 

Next, could a humble, environmentally focused college in that Northeastern state help bring Big Ag to its knees?
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Ecuador drills for oil on edge of pristine rainforest in Yasuni

Ecuador drills for oil on edge of pristine rainforest in Yasuni | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
First of 200 wells drilled close to controversial block of forest known to have two of the last tribes living in isolation
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Fever: Federal report says global warming making US sick

Fever: Federal report says global warming making US sick | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made global warming is making America sicker, and it's only going to get worse, according to a new federal government report.

The 332-page report issued Monday by the Obama administration said global warming will make the air dirtier, water more contaminated and food more tainted. It warned of diseases, such as those spread by ticks and mosquitoes, longer allergy seasons, and thousands of heat wave deaths.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy said if that's not enough, climate change affects people's mental health, too.
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Give Opossums a Break - National Wildlife Federation

Give Opossums a Break - National Wildlife Federation | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Why it makes sense to make way for opossums in your garden menagerie

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King Tides Offer Glimpses of Our Future | Coastal Review Online

King Tides Offer Glimpses of Our Future | Coastal Review Online | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
“First, we just want to raise awareness,” she said. “We want people to be aware of what’s going on around them, to notice what’s happening. People know what happens in their neighborhoods far better than anyone else. Are there places where flooding occurs now where it didn’t occur in the past? Are there changes in the marshes? Do the floods happen more often?
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Butterfly species decline 'dramatically' in Germany | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 30.03.2016

Butterfly species decline 'dramatically' in Germany | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 30.03.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Climate change and nitrogen pollution may be behind the "dramatic drop" in the number of butterfly species in Germany over the past 200 years, according to new research.
Of the 117 butterfly species recorded in 1840 in the survey site, a protected habitat in the south-German state of Bavaria, just 71 are still found today, said the authors of the study recently published in journal "Conservation Biology."
Species requiring a specific type of habitat or food source, such as the "elegant white and ochre-spotted" hermit butterfly, are threatened with extinction in Germany. The hermit, for instance, lives in dry grasslands and will be hit even harder by changes in land use and global warming in the future, say the authors.
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Why Corporate America is reluctant to take a stand on climate action

Why Corporate America is reluctant to take a stand on climate action | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan might be the only hope the US has to make a real dent in the climate change battle. So why aren’t more companies onboard?

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The reluctance of companies to take a stand raises questions about the depth of partnerships between companies and NGOs

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Global warming shifts range of showshoe hares

Global warming shifts range of showshoe hares | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Reduced snowcover driving species northward Staff Report Reduced snow cover driven by global warming is squeezing snowshoe hares out of some parts of the species' historic range, according to researchers with the University of Madison-Wisconsin. According to the study, the range of the hare in Wisconsin is creeping north by about five and a half…

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This is very sad to hear that these animals are losing their natural habitats due to global warming. I feel that if global warming keeps continuing these snow hares will soon go extinct. The snow is their home and it protects them. If they do not have a home and are not protected then they cannot survive. It was interesting to me to see just how many of these snowshoe hairs there are left in Wisconsin due to the fact that most of them are moving north to keep up with their habitat.

I think that this article could be bias because it is written by a citizens voice.  

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World's First Plastic Fishing Company Wants to Rid the Oceans of Plastic Pollution

World's First Plastic Fishing Company Wants to Rid the Oceans of Plastic Pollution | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The premise behind the Amsterdam-based venture Plastic Whale is beautifully simple. First, the company fishes out plastic bottles and other debris from the city’s numerous canals. Second, when enough bottles are collected, the plastic is transformed into material to make a boat. Third, the new boat is used to fish for more plastic bottles—to make more boats. Genius.
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Rapid decline of coal use leads to drop in UK emissions

Rapid decline of coal use leads to drop in UK emissions | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Figures show a 4% reduction in the national annual emissions of carbon dioxide, with coal now burning at its lowest level in at least 150 years
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Don't feed the ducks bread, say conservationists

Don't feed the ducks bread, say conservationists | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
We feed six million loaves of bread a year to ducks in England and Wales causing damage to birds’ health and polluting waterways. Oats, corn and peas are safer for the birds
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