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Report offers mixed climate change outlook for pikas

Report offers mixed climate change outlook for pikas | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Some populations likely to blink out because of global warming
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Climate change may push pikas out of some western national parks, but they are expected to survive in others, where global warming won’t hit quite so hard, scientists said in a new report.
The tiny mammals are common residents of the alpine zone in the West, but warmer and drier conditions will shrink their habitat in some regions in the coming decades. The study concluded that warmer temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park will cause habitat suitability and connectivity to decline, making that population “highly vulnerable to extirpation.”
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Ship noise extends to frequencies used by endangered killer whales

Ship noise extends to frequencies used by endangered killer whales | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane interfere with them catching dinner? To find out scientists measured underwater noise as ships passed their study site 3,000 times. This unprecedented characterization of ship noise will aid in the understanding of the potential effects on marine life, and help with possible mitigation strategies.

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World's first 'robot run' farm to open in Japan

World's first 'robot run' farm to open in Japan | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

A Japanese firm said Monday it would open the world's first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlin...


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Brazilian courts freezes companies' assets in mining spill | News | DW.COM | 20.12.2015

Brazilian courts freezes companies' assets in mining spill | News | DW.COM | 20.12.2015 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A judge in Brazil's state of Minas Gerais ruled late Friday that the Brazilian assets of mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale SA be frozen after their joint venture Samarco was unable to pay for damage caused by the bursting of a dam at its iron ore mining operation.
"In 30 days, the companies should make an initial deposit of 2 billion reais ($502 million, 462 million euros) to carry out the full recovery plan," the judge ruled. Vale and BHP Billiton will be fined $37,000 a day if they fail to comply.
The dam burst last November - considered Brazil's worst ever ecological disaster - killed more than a dozen people, left hundreds homeless and polluted a 800-kilometers (500-miles) stretch of the Doce River across two states and into the Atlantic Ocean.
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It’s not just Flint: Poor communities across the country live with ‘extreme’ polluters

It’s not just Flint: Poor communities across the country live with ‘extreme’ polluters | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
As national attention focuses on Flint, Mich. — where lead-contaminated water flowed for over a year to a relatively poor, minority community — new research suggests that across the U.S., communities like these are more likely to be exposed to some of the most intense pollution.

In a new paper just out in the open-access journal Environmental Research Letters, sociologist Mary Collins of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and two colleagues from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and the University of Maryland examined what they term “hyper-polluters”: Industrial facilities that, based on EPA data, generate disproportionately large amounts of air pollution. Then, they cross-referenced the location of these facilities with socio-demographic data from the 2000 census.
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Jeb Bush pins hopes on 'someone in a garage' to tackle climate change

Jeb Bush pins hopes on 'someone in a garage' to tackle climate change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Florida’s leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, have both criticized federal action to combat climate change, with Rubio warning it would “destroy” the US economy and Bush predicting “someone in a garage somewhere” will solve the problem instead.
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Sharks at risk in key Atlantic fishing zones

Sharks at risk in key Atlantic fishing zones | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
New research can guide conservation efforts
Staff Report
A four-year study that followed about 100 tagged sharks shows that commercial fishing operations overlap with shark hotspots in the ocean. The findings suggest that sharks are at risk of being overfished in some areas.
“Our research clearly demonstrates the importance of satellite tagging data for conservation,” said Neil Hammerschlag, director of the shark research program University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “The findings both identify the problem as well as provide a path for protecting oceanic sharks,” Hammerschlag said.
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Federal judge orders Forest Service to turn over more documents related to controversial Wolf Creek development

Federal judge orders Forest Service to turn over more documents related to controversial Wolf Creek development | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Agency may be lagging in turning over documents requested under Freedom of Information Act
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The U.S. Forest Service must try to dig up more documents related to the controversial Wolf Creek Village development proposal, a federal judge ruled this week.
U.S. District Court Judge William Martinez ordered the agency to once again scour its files for emails, memos and other records that have been requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
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Biodiversity: Report IDs new threat to dwindling amphibians

Biodiversity: Report IDs new threat to dwindling amphibians | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Invasive fungus expected to arrive in North America via global trade
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Global trade in salamanders is seen as a big threat to wild salamanders in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The agency highlighted the potential risks in a recent report, highlighting that cooperative research and management efforts are needed to develop and implement effective pre-invasion and post-invasion disease-management strategies if Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) enters and affects salamanders within the United States.
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Living Planet: It’s personal | All media content | DW.COM | 28.01.2016

Living Planet: It’s personal | All media content | DW.COM | 28.01.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
When it comes to the threats our planet faces, it can often feel a bit doom and gloom. Can our individual actions really make a difference? This week on Living Planet, we meet some passionate people who just might inspire you. We hear tales of unconventional love for trees, and find out why hipsters are driving LA’s bicycle trend.
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Spanish missions triggered Native American population collapse, indirect impact on climate

Spanish missions triggered Native American population collapse, indirect impact on climate | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Long-term daily contact with Spanish missions triggered the severe and rapid collapse of Native American populations in what is now New Mexico, according to a new study. The indirect effects rippled through the surrounding forests. New interdisciplinary research resolves long-standing debate about timing and magnitude of American Indian population collapse in the region, confirming it didn't happen upon first contact with Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s, nor was it gradual, as some scholars contend

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Islands in the Sky: Chopping Ancient Walbran Valley Forest Spells Extinction for Treetop Species

Islands in the Sky: Chopping Ancient Walbran Valley Forest Spells Extinction for Treetop Species | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
High in the trees that have been growing in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island for up to 1,000 years, unique colonies of insects and invertebrates are thriving.

Carpets of soil which develop in the massive branches of the old-growth trees contain a plethora of species not found anywhere else on Earth and, since 1995, University of Victoria entomologist Neville Winchester has climbed more than 2,000 trees to document and catalogue this life in the tree-tops.

“These ancient forests are a repository of biodiversity,” said Winchester, who has had more than a dozen beetle mites, aphids and flies named after him and who is giving a public talk this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Victoria.

Together with UVic graduate students, Winchester has conducted one of the most extensive canopy research projects in North America, using ropes to scale trees the equivalent of 18-storeys high in the Carmanah and Walbran valleys.
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Environment: Mercury deposition increasing in West and Midwest

Environment: Mercury deposition increasing in West and Midwest | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Asia’s power plants affect U.S. environment
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Mercury levels in precipitation are increasing in the central U.S. but steadily dropping along the East Coast, scientists reported in a new study.
The findings suggest that mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants in Asia are on the rise, while they are decreasing in North America, according to Peter Weiss-Penzias, an environmental toxicologist at UC Santa Cruz who was the lead author of the study.
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Environment: Less light pollution along Florida beaches is good news for sea turtles

Environment: Less light pollution along Florida beaches is good news for sea turtles | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Lighting ordinances help protect nesting turtles
Staff Report
Coastal development may still be running rampant in Florida, but there are some signs that a concerted effort to protect sea turtles from at least some of the impacts is paying off.
A study that started as a high school science project suggests that a network of sea turtle-friendly lighting ordinances along Florida’s coast seems to be working by darkening beaches, which is a big deal because scientists already know that sea turtles are disturbed brightly lit areas. The findings fit in with other studies that assess the impacts of light pollution on wildlife.
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Cutting Pollution From U.S. Power Plants Cheaper Than You Think

Cutting Pollution From U.S. Power Plants Cheaper Than You Think | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Cutting global-warming pollution in the U.S. may not be so costly after all.

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Aborigines omitted from Australian river plan | Environment | DW.COM | 02.09.2013

Aborigines omitted from Australian river plan | Environment | DW.COM | 02.09.2013 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
After massive water shortages, Australia has set out a plan to save its most important river system. Aborigines who have lived for generations in the affected area seem to have been forgotten in the consultation process.
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Finland opens controversial wolf cull | News | DW.COM | 23.01.2016

Finland opens controversial wolf cull | News | DW.COM | 23.01.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Finland has opened its second sanctioned wolf hunt in what authorities say is an attempt to manage numbers and curb poaching. Environmentalists have protested, arguing the cull may destroy the genetic diversity of packs.
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Ted Cruz keeps saying that satellites don’t show global warming. Here’s the problem

Ted Cruz keeps saying that satellites don’t show global warming. Here’s the problem | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Last week, when NASA and NOAA jointly announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record by a sizable margin, the news may have seemed purely factual in nature.

Yet it’s also politically resonant. Not only are this year’s crop of Democratic candidates much more gung-ho on climate change than their Republican rivals, but one leading Republican candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has repeatedly argued that based on data from satellites, there has been “no significant warming whatsoever for the last 18 years,” as he put it recently in New Hampshire. That raises the question of whether Cruz would accept what these two U.S. science agencies say, which is based on surface data rather than the measurements of satellites.
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How do we define climate pollution's cost to society?

How do we define climate pollution's cost to society? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In a 2007 ruling on a dispute concerning fuel economy standards for cars, a judge sent a clear message to federal agencies. They could no longer continue business as usual and fail to account for climate change when assessing the costs and benefits of regulations. “The value of carbon emissions reduction is certainly not zero,” Judge Betty B. Fletcher wrote in her opinion for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And by treating it as such, her opinion declared, the government was acting in an arbitrary and capricious fashion.

So, if the cost of polluting is not zero, what it is? Fletcher’s ruling challenged government officials to come up with a dollar amount that represents how much a ton of carbon pollution will “cost” society over the long run. Economists refer to this as the social cost of carbon. 
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#MUSTREAD ''Trees Have Social Networks'' @investorseurope global stockbrokers

#MUSTREAD  ''Trees Have Social Networks'' @investorseurope global stockbrokers | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Peter Wohlleben, a career ranger, has topped best-seller lists with “The Hidden Life of Trees,” describing trees as social beings that communicate on the “Wood Wide Web.”

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''Trees Have Social Networks''

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Yes!! This is why I keep coming up with the micro tales I think of as Turtle Talk. The world around us is alive with communication and meaning. He's listening!

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Why care about native freshwater fish?

Why care about native freshwater fish? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
By Jason Baumsteiger Even with a strong El Niño year, there are no assurances the drought is over. Clearly we need a better plan for future droughts and that plan needs to include provisions for native freshwater fish.  But why include native fish? There are many reasons.  Many feel that native fish have a right…

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'The Blob' Disrupts What We Think We Know About Climate Change, Oceans Scientist Says

'The Blob' Disrupts What We Think We Know About Climate Change, Oceans Scientist Says | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Deep in the northeast Pacific Ocean, The Blob is acting strangely.

When the abnormally warm patch of water first appeared in 2013, fascinated scientists watched disrupted weather patterns, from drought in California to almost snowless winters in Alaska and record cold winters in the northeast.

The anomalously warm water, with temperatures three degrees Centigrade above normal, was nicknamed The Blob by U.S climatologist Nick Bond. It stretched over one million square kilometres of the Gulf of Alaska — more than the surface area of B.C. and Alberta combined — stretching down 100-metres into the ocean.

And, over the next two years that patch of water radically affected marine life from herring to whales.
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Regional WHO official expects '3 to 4 million cases' of Zika | News | DW.COM | 28.01.2016

Regional WHO official expects '3 to 4 million cases' of Zika | News | DW.COM | 28.01.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization has called an emergency meeting on whether to declare an international emergency over the Zika. The virus, which has spread rapidly across borders, may be linked with birth defects.
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How Jaguars Survived the Ice Age

How Jaguars Survived the Ice Age | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The mastodons, ground sloths, and sabercats are all gone. They all slipped into extinction around 10,000 or so years ago, along with an even wider variety of fantastic beasts and birds that fall under the category “megafauna.” But not all the Ice Age megamammals died out. We spend so much time mourning the losses that we often forget the survivors that carry whispers of the Pleistocene world. Among these resilient beasts is the jaguar. Jaguars are old cats. They first evolved in Eurasia sometime around three million years ago before spreading both west and east, eventually inhabiting a range from southern England to Nebraska and down into South America. Today’s range of southern Arizona to Argentina—over 3.4 million square miles—is only a sliver of their Ice Age expansion. And it wasn’t just the jaguar’s range that shrunk. Today the spotted cats are about fifteen percent smaller than their Pleistocene predecessors. Nevertheless, jaguars survived while the American lion, the sabercats, and other predators vanished. How? In order to investigate this question, biologist Matt Hayward and colleagues looked at the jaguar diet and how the cat’s prey preferences changed over time..

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U.S. Does 'Meh' In Environmental Performance Rankings

U.S. Does 'Meh' In Environmental Performance Rankings | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it

It's been a rough couple of years for America.

 

In a new report that ranks countries by how well they protect the environment, the U.S. comes in at a disappointing 26th place among 180 nations. 


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