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EU moves to protect sea turtles | Environment | DW.COM | 11.11.2016

EU moves to protect sea turtles | Environment | DW.COM | 11.11.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Europe's high court has ruled that Greece has failed to protect an important nesting site for the loggerhead sea turtle. Nesting sites are of utmost importance, since loggerhead breeding is infrequent and precarious.
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Pest control: Wicked weeds may be agricultural angels | Cornell Chronicle

Pest control: Wicked weeds may be agricultural angels | Cornell Chronicle | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

"Farmers looking to reduce reliance on pesticides, herbicides and other pest management tools may want to heed the advice of Cornell agricultural scientists: Let nature be nature – to a degree. “Managing crop pests without fully understanding the impacts of tactics – related to resistance and nontarget plants or insects – costs producers money,” said Antonio DiTommaso, professor of soil and crop science and lead author of a new study, “Integrating Insect, Resistance and Floral Resource Management in Weed Control Decision-Making,”


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99% sea birds will have plastic in their guts by 2050 - The Times of India

99% sea birds will have plastic in their guts by 2050 - The Times of India | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

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Nonprofits File Lawsuit Against Sioux Honey Over ‘100% Pure’ and ‘Natural’ Labels on Products Contaminated with Glyphosate

Nonprofits File Lawsuit Against Sioux Honey Over ‘100% Pure’ and ‘Natural’ Labels on Products Contaminated with Glyphosate | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Beyond Pesticides, Organic Consumers Association allege deceptive and misleading labeling, after FDA testing confirms contamination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2016
Contact:
Beyond Pesticides: Jay Feldman, 202-255-4296, jfeldman@beyondpesticides.org
Organic Consumers Association: Katherine Paul, (207) 653-3090, katherine@organicconsumers.org

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Cocoa farming threatens rainforests in Ivory Coast - BBC News

Cocoa farming threatens rainforests in Ivory Coast - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

Ivory Coast is the world's leading cocoa producer but a little known fact is that 40% of the country's crop is grown in protected forests - land supposed to contain virgin rainforest and nothing else. Some cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast have encroached on protected land - threatening rainforests.


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Graham Watson's curator insight, October 9, 2016 11:11 AM
This clip, looking at cocoa farming in Cote d'Ivoire raises all sorts of questions about property rights, externalities and opportunity cost. The government needs to think very carefully before intervening - it can either have virgin rainforest, or it can have cocoa revenues - it can't have both.

As an economist, this poses a very blunt question about the marginal costs and benefits of this activity, and one that requires a dispassionate solution
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Floods: Challenging our future (2) | All media content | DW.COM | 05.11.2016

Floods: Challenging our future (2) | All media content | DW.COM | 05.11.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
For decades we have seen a growing number of climate disasters worldwide. Major cities, such as New York, are insufficiently protected from floods. Today, there are worldwide initiatives to better manage large-scale flooding.
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Seafish revamps Responsible Fishing Scheme applications

Seafish revamps Responsible Fishing Scheme applications | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

The RFS has been developed to try and raise standards in the catching sector, enabling those within the seafood supply chain to demonstrate their commitment to the responsible sourcing of seafood.
It is the only global standard that audits compliance on board fishing vessels, including safety and welfare criteria. UK retailers Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Wm Morrison Supermarkets have backed the scheme, along with the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association.


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EcoVadis's curator insight, November 7, 2016 11:27 PM

More companies are engaging themselves to responsible sourcing of seafood, are you following this trend?

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Can We Save Europe's Migratory Birds?

Can We Save Europe's Migratory Birds? | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Habitat degradation and loss, illegal killings and climate change are leading to rapid declines in migratory bird populations, warns a letter published last week in the journal, 'Science.'

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New York Times Takes Critical Look at False Promise of GMOs

New York Times Takes Critical Look at False Promise of GMOs | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Danny Hakim's New York Times piece argues that in the last two decades GMO crops have not led to larger yields nor reduced pesticide use. Monsanto's Roundup.

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Potty mouth: Would you drink recycled toilet water to save the world? (Psst, you may already be doing so)

Potty mouth: Would you drink recycled toilet water to save the world? (Psst, you may already be doing so) | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
As the water crisis deepens, cities are recycling the H2O we flush away and reclaiming it as drinking water

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Tunji Akinseloyin's curator insight, November 13, 2016 1:48 PM
From one end of the body to the other?
 Now, that's what I call recycling!
Who would have thought!!
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How Fracking Impacts Water-Stressed Regions

How Fracking Impacts Water-Stressed Regions | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Among the myriad impacts of fracking on county residents is stress on their water supply. To recover the natural gas unevenly distributed throughout the shale

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Glyphosate Found in Iowa Honey

Glyphosate Found in Iowa Honey | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Residues of the main ingredient in Monsanto's flagship herbicide Roundup has been found in honey in the key farm state of Iowa.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began glyphosate residue testing in a small number of foods earlier this year after the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in March 2015. The "special assignment," as the FDA refers to the testing project, is the first time the FDA has ever looked for glyphosate residues in food, though it annually tests foods for numerous other pesticides.
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Ghost Forests: How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern Woodlands by Roger Real Drouin: Yale Environment 360

Ghost Forests: How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern Woodlands by Roger Real Drouin: Yale Environment 360 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is expected to become a worsening problem worldwide.
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Recent Developments in Systems Biology and Metabolic Engineering of Plant–Microbe Interactions

Recent Developments in Systems Biology and Metabolic Engineering of Plant–Microbe Interactions | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Microorganisms play a crucial role in the sustainability of the various ecosystems. The characterization of various interactions between microorganisms and other biotic factors is a necessary footstep to understand the association and functions of microbial communities. Among the different microbial interactions in an ecosystem, plant–microbe interaction plays an important role to balance the ecosystem. The present review explores plant–microbe interactions using gene editing and system biology tools toward the comprehension in improvement of plant traits. Further, system biology tools like FBA (flux balance analysis), OptKnock, and constraint-based modeling helps in understanding such interactions as a whole. In addition, various gene editing tools have been summarized and a strategy has been hypothesized for the development of disease free plants. Furthermore, we have tried to summarize the predictions through data retrieved from various types of sources such as high throughput sequencing data (e.g., single nucleotide polymorphism detection, RNA-seq, proteomics) and metabolic models have been reconstructed from such sequences for species communities. It is well known fact that systems biology approaches and modeling of biological networks will enable us to learn the insight of such network and will also help further in understanding these interactions.


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Herve Moal's curator insight, November 11, 2016 3:42 AM

Toute la complexité de l'écologie et de la botanique

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Climate: Sea ice at both poles way below average

Climate: Sea ice at both poles way below average | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Staff ReportMonths of above-average temperatures in the Arctic slowed the growth of sea ice formation to a crawl during the second half of October, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported in its latest monthly update.The ice scientists said that, starting Oct. 20, Arctic sea ice started setting daily record lows for extent.  After mid-October, ice growth returned to near-average rates, but extent remained at record low levels through late October. Both sea surface and air temperatures have remained unusually high, extending from the surface high up into the atmosphere.

Specifically, Arctic sea ice extent averaged 2.5 million square miles, the lowest that’s been measured for October during the satellite era.
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The Lost Wetlands of Los Angeles

The Lost Wetlands of Los Angeles | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
What did the L.A. Basin look like before there was an L.A.? A team of scientists, geographers, and other researchers recently released a report that reconstructs the historical landscape of the Ballona Creek watershed.

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Donald Rodriguez's curator insight, April 6, 2016 12:54 PM
We often talk about the fact that 90% of the wetlands in California have been lost. This is nice local case study of that loss. 
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#Swiss #billionaire donates USD 16 mln worth of woodland to #environment foundation in #Romania

#Swiss #billionaire donates USD 16 mln worth of woodland to #environment foundation in #Romania | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A foundation led by Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss has donated some 6,700 hectares of forestland in Romania to Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC).

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Paris Agreement: Savior for the world's climate? | Environment | DW.COM | 04.11.2016

Paris Agreement: Savior for the world's climate? | Environment | DW.COM | 04.11.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The global climate agreement is now officially in force. Parties to the treaty will work under this framework to prevent catastrophic global warming. But what's in the Paris Agreement, and can it achieve its goal?
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Indigenous People Fight for Place at World Climate Action Table

Indigenous People Fight for Place at World Climate Action Table | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A growing body of research shows that Indigenous people and guaranteed rights to their land are critical factors in keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.
Indigenous peoples and their traditional land management practices are key in the global fight against climate change, and convincing global leaders rise to challenge of ensuring financing for these vulnerable communities will be a critical piece of the puzzle if the planet hopes to stay below catastrophic levels of global warming.

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Soft approach to antibiotic overuse not working – ASOA

Soft approach to antibiotic overuse not working – ASOA | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

New figures show the use of farm antibiotics in animals across Europe has fallen by 2.4%, but average use is three times higher than recommended in the O‘Neill Review


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Eric Larson's curator insight, November 9, 2016 8:41 AM
Antibiotic overuse?
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Wind turbine collisions killing hundreds of UK bats each month, study finds

Wind turbine collisions killing hundreds of UK bats each month, study finds | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Research suggests ecological impact assessments carried out for windfarms are not adequately predicting bat activity or risks
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The Secret Life of #Trees: The Astonishing #Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate - The Power of Ideas

The Secret Life of #Trees: The Astonishing #Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate - The Power of Ideas | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
“A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it.” Trees have been the silent companions of human beings right from the beginning of evolution.
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Snake-killing fungus is widespread in the East

Snake-killing fungus is widespread in the East | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Some snake populations appear at-risk from spreading fungal pathogen Staff Report First the chytrid fungus started killing amphibians, then white-nose syndrome emerged to devastate bat populations, and now, there's Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a snake-killing fungus that appears to be much more widespread than thought, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS report…
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Green Roofs Take Root Around the World

Green Roofs Take Root Around the World | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The eco-friendly design just got a big lift in San Francisco, and it is spreading globally.
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The harlequin ladybird is a clever little devil

The harlequin ladybird is a clever little devil | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Described as a “voracious invader” with a frightening appetite for other ladybirds and the eggs of butterflies and moths, the harlequin causes understandable alarm, given the threat it poses to Britain’s beleaguered wildlife.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, November 2, 2016 1:56 PM
This is a good example of the unintended harm caused by human efforts to improve nature for human benefit. Accidental and intentional introductions of plants and animals from one continent to another releases the plants and animals from their native predators and diseases. If they multiply, they can replace whole ecosystems and cause drastic reductions in biodiversity and productivity. After the immediate effects of habitat loss to construction, human-introduced invasive species are the most significant contemporary destructor of nature. As global warming effects grow, these species may be the principal survivors.