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Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience with GMOs

Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience with GMOs | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
According to Dr. Jonathan Latham, there are many shortcomings on GMO risk assessments, and companies have developed ways of fudging their risk assessments.

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Forest Services tries to cover its tracks on Wolf Creek

Forest Services tries to cover its tracks on Wolf Creek | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Paper trail shows agency hid and likely destroyed records related to controversial development proposal in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains
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Environmental and community activists opposed to a massive real estate development in southern Colorado say they have new evidence that the U.S. Forest Service tried to cover up how political influence tainted several steps of the approval process for the project.
A review of more than 60,000 pages documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request and a subsequent court order shows that the Forest Service deliberately concealed and destroyed records related to the Village at Wolf Creek development project.
At issue is an environmental study by the agency that evaluates the effects of a land trade at Wolf Creek Pass, in the eastern San Juan Mountains. If built as proposed, the so-called Village at Wolf Creek would include hundreds of new residential units on a private parcel of land surrounded by national forest in and near an important wildlife habitat.
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Marine protected areas around the world failing to support corals and fish, researchers say

Marine protected areas around the world failing to support corals and fish, researchers say | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Marine protected areas around the world are failing to protect most of the evolutionary diversity of the world's coral and fish, a new study has found.

The study into marine parks was conducted by an international team of researchers and found marine protected areas were  not adequately protecting the evolutionary history of corals and fish, which stretches back 7,160 million years and 3,586 million years respectively.

These figures may seem outlandish, but there are in fact true numbers, describing the accumulative amount of evolutionary time, and not the absolute amount.

For example 7,160 million years is the accumulative amount of evolution experienced by all the organisms in the particular tree.
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1. Nos océans sont malades de nos activités - RFI

1. Nos océans sont malades de nos activités - RFI | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Ils recouvrent les deux tiers de notre planète, mais nous les maltraitons par méconnaissance depuis des siècles. Les océans sont pollués par nos déchets, ils s'acidifient et de se réchauffent à...

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PCB chemical threat to Europe's killer whales and dolphins - BBC News

PCB chemical threat to Europe's killer whales and dolphins - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A pollutant is present at "dangerously high levels" in Europe's killer whales and dolphins, scientists say.
PCBs were once used in electrical gear, paints and flame retardants, but were banned from the 1970s because of their toxic effect in humans and animals.
However the manmade chemicals have persisted in the environment, and are accumulating in top predators.
The study finds Europe's cetaceans have levels of PCBs that are among the highest found in on the oceans.
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“We’re a Community in Unrest": Shawnigan Lake Asks B.C. to Halt Contaminated Waste Disposal While Judicial Review Underway

“We’re a Community in Unrest": Shawnigan Lake Asks B.C. to Halt Contaminated Waste Disposal While Judicial Review Underway | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In 2012 SIA, owned by parent company Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd., applied for a permit to dump 100,000 tonnes of contaminated waste soil into a local quarry located in the headwaters of Shawnigan Lake, a local source of drinking water for the 7,500 permanent residents of Shawnigan Lake. During the summer months that number runs up to 12,000.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment granted SIA a 50-year permit, allowing the company to dump a total of 5 million tonnes of industrial waste containing furans, dioxins, chlorinated hydrocarbons, glycols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, xylene and other materials know to cause cancer, brain damage, and birth defects in humans.

The landfill site is flanked by streams that flow downhill into the Shawnigan Lake watershed.
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Shell wants to hang on to Arctic Ocean drilling leases

Shell wants to hang on to Arctic Ocean drilling leases | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
*Read more Summit Voice stories on Shell’s ill-fated Arctic drilling program here.
It was big news when Shell Oil in September announced it was shutting down its contested Arctic drilling program, but the company apparently doesn’t want give up completely. Just a couple of months after the big news, Shell sought at least extend the life of its leases in the region.
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Climate: Warm oceans gone haywire?

Climate: Warm oceans gone haywire? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
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With large parts of the the world’s oceans consistently warming to record-warm levels the past few months, it’s probably not a surprise that there are some big storms spinning out at sea. Basic physics tells us that warmth is energy, and that’s now translating into some unusual developments, including what may be the earliest-ever hurricane in the central Pacific, according to this Twitter post from National Hurricane meteorologist Eric Blake.
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Poll: Western voters oppose state land grab efforts

Poll: Western voters oppose state land grab efforts | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
After a year during which Congress and several western state governments dabbled with the idea of stealing land from citizens of the U.S. and turning it over to states, a new poll shows there is little support for this concept.
The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll released today shows strong public support for efforts to protect and maintain national public lands. The poll results were released during an uptick in extremist rhetoric and against the backdrop of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
For the first time, the poll asked voters directly about efforts to turn public lands owned by all Americans over to state or private control. For now, there’s still a solid majority — 58 percent — oppose such efforts, with 60 percent of respondents opposed selling significant holdings of public lands like national forests to reduce the budget deficit.
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How antibiotics in our food system affect your health

How antibiotics in our food system affect your health | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
More than 70% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for food production animals.

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Mali: Aminata Niang gets into farming business | Africa | DW.COM | 07.01.2016

Mali: Aminata Niang gets into farming business | Africa | DW.COM | 07.01.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
More people are leaving the countryside for opportunities in the cities, creating a market gap. A Malian family draws on each member's talents to create a successful agribusiness. Aminata Niang runs this farm.
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Sea Shepherd partners with Mexican government to halt the illegal gill net fishing that threatens the vaquita

Sea Shepherd partners with Mexican government to halt the illegal gill net fishing that threatens the vaquita | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Conservation groups and the Mexican government are making progress in trying to avert extinction of the vaquita porpoise, a small marine mammal that lives only in a few thousand square miles in the northern Gulf of California.
Late last month, Greenpeace announced that several Hong Kong traders involved in selling illegal marine products from the Gulf of California were convicted and fined for their activities, which could help deter more trade in illegal marine products from the region. It’s that trade that’s pushing the vaquita to the brink of extinction.
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Life returns to the bog

Life returns to the bog | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Leash Fen, Derbyshire I’ve often seen birders parked up on the road watching the short-eared owls that nest here

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Explosive volcanism drove major changes in ‘Snowball Earth’ ocean chemistry | University of Southampton

Explosive volcanism drove major changes in ‘Snowball Earth’ ocean chemistry | University of Southampton | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Around 720-640 million years ago, much of the Earth’s surface was covered in ice during a glaciation that lasted millions of years. Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of this ‘Snowball Earth’, according to new research led by the University of Southampton.

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The World Is Hemorrhaging Methane, and Now We Can See Where

The World Is Hemorrhaging Methane, and Now We Can See Where | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
For more than two months now, a ruptured storage well has poured thousands of tons of gas into the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. The Aliso Canyon leak is huge—California’s largest known source of methane emissions at this point—but not compared to another font of wasted gas miles away in Venezuela.

Punta de Mata is home to the world’s largest gas flare, one of the flaming chimneys used to burn off excess natural gas at oil wells and other energy sites. In 2012, it incinerated about 768,000 metric tons of natural gas, almost 10 times the amount given off so far from the Southern California Gas Company’s facility at Aliso Canyon.
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South Africa suffers driest year on record in 2015

South Africa suffers driest year on record in 2015 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
South Africa suffered its driest year on record in 2015, the national weather service said on Thursday, as a drought that has threatened the vital maize crop and hit economic growth showed no sign of abating.

Average rainfall was 403 mm, about a third less than the 608 mm annual average and the driest since records began in 1904, the service added.

The agricultural sector is being hammered by weeks of heat waves that have scorched grazing land, forcing livestock owners to kill or sell animals.
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Que faire si ... vous rencontrez un hérisson en hiver?

Que faire si ... vous rencontrez un hérisson en hiver? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Le hérisson, ce sympathique animal avec son côté attirant par sa petite taille et sa facilité de se mettre en boule au moindre danger, est un petit mammifère solitaire, nocturne et crépusculaire, qui ne sort presque jamais en plein jour. Il fait partie des espèces sauvages qui sont protégées

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Gulf of Maine Fishermen Face Warming ‘Double Whammy’

Gulf of Maine Fishermen Face Warming ‘Double Whammy’ | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
After David Goethel set out on his 44-foot trawler on a calm New England day last week, he caught a third of his cod quota for the year in about 10 minutes. In 2010, Goethel was allowed to land about 60,000 pounds of cod. This year, following a population crash linked to warming waters, his limit was set at a meager 3,700 pounds.

Oceans are sucking down most of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases, but the rate of warming has been especially high during the last decade in the Gulf of Maine, which is north of Rhode Island. The changes are driving down populations of commercially valuable cod in the waterway and ushering warmer water species into it.
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Tough times for the tree of life on coral reefs

Tough times for the tree of life on coral reefs | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Marine scientists are calling for a re-think of how marine protected areas are planned and coordinated, following a global assessment of the conservation of tropical corals and fishes.

Researchers from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University have analyzed the extent to which the evolutionary histories of corals and fishes are protected, rather than looking at individual species.

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Climate: New study documents Rocky Mountain meltdown

Climate: New study documents Rocky Mountain meltdown | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Long-term data from a monitoring station high in the Colorado Rockies is showing remarkable signs of climate change, according to new findings published a special issue of the journal Plant Ecology and Diversity.
The research, conducted west of Boulder, along Niwot Ridge and Green Lakes Valley, shows that the only glacier in the area has been thinning by about three feet per year during the past 15 years.
And careful surveys of alpine vegetation shows that, at one location, the plant community has changed dramatically, with a significant increase in alpine shrubs above treeline in recent decades, according to said ecologist Mark Williams, of the University of Colorado Boulder Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.
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The Arctic Is Melting at a Record Pace — and It's Having a Scary Impact on Global Weather

The Arctic Is Melting at a Record Pace — and It's Having a Scary Impact on Global Weather | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Arctic sea ice is melting at a record pace - and every summer looks grimmer. This past summer saw the ice pack at its fourth-lowest level on record, and the overall trend in recent decades suggests this will only continue.
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Here’s What It’s Like To Live Next To California’s Gas Blowout Catastrophe

Here’s What It’s Like To Live Next To California’s Gas Blowout Catastrophe | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A missing safety valve on the leaking well is what caused the mess. Rodger Schwecke, a SoCalGas executive, told LA Weekly that the company removed the valve in 1979 when it stopped functioning and didn’t replace it. It was an older, hard-to-find part, and SoCalGas determined that it wasn’t on a “critical” well, within 100 feet of a road or a park or within 300 feet of a home.
“Our focus remains on quickly and safely stopping the leak and minimizing the impact to our neighbors in Porter Ranch," Schwecke told HuffPost this week. "SoCalGas reaffirms our prior commitment to mitigate the environmental impact of the actual amount of natural gas released from the leak.”
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Dealing with climate change in Costa Rica's treasured Monteverde cloud forest

Dealing with climate change in Costa Rica's treasured Monteverde cloud forest | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
MONTEVERDE, Puntarenas – Climate change is one of the most troubling problems of the decade. It already has caused significant consequences across the globe, and Costa Rica is no exception.

The cloud forest of Monteverde, in north-central Costa Rica, is one of the greenest tourist destinations in the country, and it has witnessed the consequences of climate change. Since the 1970s, the Tropical Scientific Center, or TSC, has been tasked with recording these consequences in different areas of the country, especially in Monteverde.
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Mosquito nets decimate Malawian fish stocks | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 06.01.2016

Mosquito nets decimate Malawian fish stocks | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 06.01.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Over the past 20 years, fish stocks in Lake Malawi have fallen by 90 percent, and without action the drastic decline could result in the permanent loss of both a source of food and employment.

A major cause of the problem are mosquito nets, which became an integral part of the local fishing kit some 15 years ago after the government started giving them to mothers free-of-charge to protect against malaria.

Charlie Knight of UK non-profit RIPPLE Africa says fishermen use them "as part of a larger net to go and fish in deep waters up to 20 miles from shore."
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Biodiversité : une île dévastée, Trindade, se repeuple lentement

Biodiversité : une île dévastée, Trindade, se repeuple lentement | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Chèvres, moutons et porcs avaient ravagé la végétation de l'île de Trindade, dans l'Atlantique sud, après sa prise de possession par le chasseur de comètes Edmond Halley. Les crabes ont résisté...

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