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Omega-3 oils in farmed salmon 'halve in five years' - BBC News

Omega-3 oils in farmed salmon 'halve in five years' - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Levels of beneficial omega-3 oils in farmed salmon have fallen significantly in the past five years, a study shows.
BBC News has learned that, on average, levels of omega-3s halved in the fish over that period.
Despite this, the analysis shows that farmed salmon is still one of the richest sources of these fatty acids.
But the industry is exploring new ways to arrest the decline - which appears to be due to the type of feed given to the farmed fish.
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Dairy sector gets guidance on cutting use of antibiotics

Dairy sector gets guidance on cutting use of antibiotics | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

Dairy UK has launched a package of technical solutions for the dairy sector in a bid to regulate the use of antibiotics in production.


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Has hope become the most endangered species in conservation?

Has hope become the most endangered species in conservation? | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Want to hear a sad story? You could read this article of mine about the first mammal lost to climate change. Or this one about how there are only 60 vaquita left on the planet. Or here’s my piece on how forest elephants are being decimated even as scientists debate if they are worthy of being called a distinct species. As an environmental journalist, I sometimes feel it’s my job to simply document the decline of life on planet Earth. The word ‘depressing’ doesn’t even begin to describe it.

For many of us – myself included some days – the desperate state of our environment leaves us numb with sadness and, frankly, lost in hopelessness. We don’t act, because we don’t know what to do; we don’t act, because there’s only so much negativity we can swallow before we throw up our hands and go back to playing Pokemon Go. Without any dose of hope, we feel ourselves succumbing to despair.
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Antarctic sea ice peaks near record-low extent

Antarctic sea ice peaks near record-low extent | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Australian scientists say Antarctic sea ice started its annual spring retreat early this year and has set new daily record lows for extent during late September — during the Austral spring, when Antarctic sea ice is at a maximum.

In a press release, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre said the sea ice extent started its annual retreat early, just two years after  winter sea ice extent around Antarctica reached a new record high in September 2014, when it exceeded 20 million square kilometres for the first time since satellite measurements began in 1979.
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Let's talk about meat | eco@africa | DW.COM | 29.09.2016

Let's talk about meat | eco@africa | DW.COM | 29.09.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Veganism has become a lifestyle in many industrialized nations, with proponents often basing their choice on environmental concerns. But is meat production and consumption really that bad for the planet?
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Do animals mourn their dead? | Environment | DW.COM | 21.09.2016

Do animals mourn their dead? | Environment | DW.COM | 21.09.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Whales, chimps, dogs - animals seem to suffer when they lose a beloved companion or offspring. Do animals understand death, and do they grieve like humans? Or are we just projecting our understanding on their behavior?
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UK's most talented architects are not human | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 04.10.2016

UK's most talented architects are not human | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 04.10.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Beavers haven't been resident in the UK for 400 years. But conservationists in England's southwest are showing how bringing back the busy rodent could be a boon for the environment.
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The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot

The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There’s a trace of graphite in many of today’s consumer devices. In these Chinese villages near the factories that produce it, it’s everywhere — in their water, inside their homes and on their food.

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Property Rights, Inequality and Commons - Commons Transition

Property Rights, Inequality and Commons - Commons Transition | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
David Bollier describes how the Commons (and Commons-based law) might be a force for reducing inequality

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This article is about how property rights are vital for defining the boundaries of private wealth and are good at showing why people live in poverty

Ewan V's curator insight, October 1, 2016 4:38 PM

This article tries to present private property rights to allow the justification of inequality by providing a tangible method by which resources are separated- promoting the ideal of private wealth to be striven for due to this inequality providing an incentive for a capitalist free market economy.

 

Additionally, the article details the Tragedy of the Commons to be a fallacy, due to not representing common land- which would have safeguards/boundaries enforced with the added prospect of communal/social pressures to reduce the exploitation of such ground. This even goes so far as to provide examples of successful implementations while advocating the movement for common property- as opposed to private- due to being a more fair method of resource allocation, instead of market failure as the Tragedy of the Commons usually connotes.

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This article argues that hunger, poverty, inadequate education and medical care, and assaults on human dignity and human rights, are features of the system. Some people argue that such deprivations are  necessary to promote human enterprise and economic growth. They may say poverty is supposedly needed to help work ethic and entrepreneurialism. Property rights are a vital tool for defining the boundaries of private wealth, and for justifying the inevitably unequal outcomes. 

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Efforts to boost elephant protection fails at Cites - BBC News

Efforts to boost elephant protection fails at Cites - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Attempts to give the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants have foundered at a key species conference in Johannesburg.
A proposal put forward by Kenya was strongly supported but failed to gain the two-thirds majority required.
The opposition of the EU, which voted as a block, was pivotal in the defeat.
Other proposals that would have opened up new ivory markets were also rejected.
Proponents of the increased protection say it is a missed opportunity to safeguard the future of the species and end the current poaching crisis.
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Climate connections

Climate connections | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There’s other research showing a significant shift in most key ocean currents that run along the edges of continents. Those currents are key drivers of weather systems and the changes documented by scientists suggest that the currents are strengthening and transporting more heat, which is affecting weather in densely populated areas. China and Japan, in particular, can expect more devastating storms and typhoons in the future: In Warming Oceans, Stronger Currents Releasing Heat in Bigger Storms.
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Californians Deliver 350,000 Signatures Calling on State, Gov. Brown to Stop Irrigation of Crops With Oil Wastewater

Californians Deliver 350,000 Signatures Calling on State, Gov. Brown to Stop Irrigation of Crops With Oil Wastewater | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
This is why I garden at home and work for a company which believes in supplying products that are exceedingly safe and approved for use on organic farms. 

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Christopher Michael Homokay's curator insight, October 1, 2016 8:44 PM
Serving up a double portion on Scoop It this week. The latest scoop on California crop production is sharing the news of the petition passed around to immediately eliminate the oil and gas companies power to pump oil shale wastewater contaminated with brown field category solvents onto farm fields irrigating crops intended for human consumption  sold at domestic and international grocery markets. Be aware that the governor of California, Jerry Brown, has allowed this to happen and has not acted in favor of Californians, the public health of the United States, the future of global food security, and disregards the observation of regulatory laws for food safety. 

Share these scoops. Support your local organic farmers and ask how the source how your food is being grown. Question why government thinks oil and gas companies may sell their wastewater at a reduced price to farmers without public statements of disclosure, allowing chemical solvents, petroleum hydrofoils, and carcinogenic hydrocarbons disrupt healthy human body cells which requires nurishing food to stay healthy. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eliminate the inexcusable use of disease causing chemicals in what is supposedly being called production of foodstuff.   The greatest environmental and social injustice using food as a destructive biochemical weapon. 
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Trash-Eating “Shark” Drone Hits the Water in Rotterdam

Trash-Eating “Shark” Drone Hits the Water in Rotterdam | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Two new experimental craft could make ports cleaner and more efficient.

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Painting the bigger picture

Painting the bigger picture | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
I am getting the uneasy feeling that, like the cavemen in the distant past, I am painting subjects that will not exist in our very near future.

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Fossil fuel industry's methane emissions far higher than thought

Fossil fuel industry's methane emissions far higher than thought | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas from coal, oil and gas are up to 60% greater than previously estimated, meaning current climate prediction models should be revised, research shows
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Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats

Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Romania has banned all trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats in a surprise decision that gives Europe’s largest population of large carnivores a reprieve from its most severe and immediate threat.

The move on Tuesday reverses a trend which has seen the number of large carnivores being shot by hunters grow year on year since Romania’s accession into the European Union in 2007. In 2016, the largest hunting quotas yet gave hunters the mandate to shoot 550 bears, 600 wolves and 500 big cats over 12 months.
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Hippo ivory fuels hunting | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 29.09.2016

Hippo ivory fuels hunting | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 29.09.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Hippos are portrayed as amiable, bumbling creatures of ages past - but in reality, they are one of the most dangerous animals on earth They are also increasingly under threat from poachers trading their teeth.
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Why the Struggle at Standing Rock is Bigger Than One Pipeline - BillMoyers.com

Why the Struggle at Standing Rock is Bigger Than One Pipeline - BillMoyers.com | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
For native Americans, the fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock is about reviving a way of life.
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English village strives for carbon neutrality | Environment | DW.COM | 04.10.2016

English village strives for carbon neutrality | Environment | DW.COM | 04.10.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Tired of politicians failing to address climate change, people in a small village in England have taken matters into their own hands. They are working toward full carbon neutrality - using sheer community spirit.
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Swamp thing: Saving Rwanda's marsh lands | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 04.10.2016

Swamp thing: Saving Rwanda's marsh lands | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 04.10.2016 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Mosquitoes, crocodiles, stagnant water: Swamps don't sound like pleasant places. But they are important ecosystems that feed rivers and lakes, and are home to a host of species - as some in Rwanda are discovering.
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How the world’s poorer countries breathe worse air, in charts and maps

How the world’s poorer countries breathe worse air, in charts and maps | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
92 percent of people worldwide breathe unhealthy air, according to a World Health Organization report.

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Somebody is trying to take away your public lands

Somebody is trying to take away your public lands | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Congress may not be able to get it together to deal with issues like crumbling infrastructure or deadly opiate epidemics, but when it comes to trying to strip Americans of their unique public lands heritage, there’s no shortage of legislation.

The Center for Biological Diversity is warming there are four bills pending in the House and Senate natural resource committees that could affect public lands — and not in a good way. One of the measures would block the creation of new national monuments and parks, while others could enable the transfer of federally managed public lands to state governments.
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Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time

Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Seven types of bees once found in abundance in Hawaii have become the first bees to be added to the US federal list of endangered and threatened species.

The listing decision, published on Friday in the Federal Register, classifies seven varieties of yellow-faced or masked bees as endangered, due to such factors as habitat loss, wildfires and the invasion of non-native plants and insects.

The bees, so named for yellow-to-white facial markings, once crowded Hawaii and Maui but recent surveys found their populations have plunged in the same fashion as other types of wild bees – and some commercial ones – elsewhere in the United States, federal wildlife managers said.
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New federal study outlines impacts of seismic air gun blasting in Gulf of Mexico

New federal study outlines impacts of seismic air gun blasting in Gulf of Mexico | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Conservation advocates have long been saying that blasting the Gulf of Mexico with seismic airguns to find more oil and gas beneath the seafloor would result in unacceptable harm to marine mammals and other marine life, and a new draft environmental study by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management seems to confirm those concerns.

The study was completed under the terms of a court-ordered settlement of a lawsuit brought by environmental groups. It shows that the blasting would have widespread impacts on marine life, including injuries to endangered sperm whales and Bryde’s whales. The draft report outlines possible mitigation measures, including closure areas where seismic blasting would be banned, and reductions in the amount of activity permissible each year.
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EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico | Mike Ludwig | Truth-Out.org

EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico | Mike Ludwig | Truth-Out.org | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law.

In a letter sent to EPA officials on Monday, attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity warned that the agency's draft permit for water pollution discharges in the Gulf fails to properly consider how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife.


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