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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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Earth Overshoot Day: Living beyond our means | Environment | DW.COM | 08.08.2016

Earth Overshoot Day: Living beyond our means | Environment | DW.COM | 08.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
We've used up more resources than the planet can regenerate in a whole year - and it's only the start of August. Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network explains why we need to check our overconsumption.
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Lake Okeechobee: a time warp for polluted water

Lake Okeechobee: a time warp for polluted water | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Thirty years and $2 billion later, Lake Okeechobee pollution remains three to four times higher than target limits set in 2000 while the state focused clean-up efforts to the south, where a federal lawsuit set strict limits on pollution.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 16, 1:45 PM
The answers here should have been straightforward.  But the reality was that they were politically difficult, requiring actual leadership and the expenditure of funds to reign in selfish, short-term benefits to few at the expense of everything else.

Florida is (unfortunately) a basket case when it comes to water quality and serious efforts to bolster sustainable systems.
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Spanish 'foie gras' from happy geese | Environment | DW.COM | 19.08.2016

Spanish 'foie gras' from happy geese | Environment | DW.COM | 19.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A farmer in Spain produces wild-grown foie-gras goose liver, sustainably harvested from wild migratory geese. No force-feeding is involved. Could this act as a role model for farming done right, in tune with nature?
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Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun

Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s “frozen wall of earth” has failed to prevent groundwater from entering the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and the utility needs a new plan to address the problem, experts said.

An expert panel with the Nuclear Regulation Authority received a report from TEPCO on the current state of the project on Aug. 18. The experts said the ice wall project, almost in its fifth month, has shown little or no success.
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Neonic pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline - BBC News

Neonic pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The large-scale, long-term decline in wild bees across England has been linked to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides by a new study.
Over 18 years, researchers analysed bees who forage heavily on oilseed rape, a crop widely treated with "neonics".
The scientists attribute half of the total decline in wild bees to the use of these chemicals.
Industry sources say the study shows an association, not a cause and effect.
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Caroline Plouff | Agricultural Economics - Video Dailymotion

Global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by the use of information, communication, and associated technologies.

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These toxins in our food almost certainly shouldn’t be there

These toxins in our food almost certainly shouldn’t be there | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In a university laboratory in Belfast, a student named Terry is holding an infrared sensor over a tiny dish of powdered oregano. At least, it was labelled ‘dried oregano’ for the food market. But is it?
As the sensor’s light hits the material, a software programme performs an analysis. This time the substance is a good match. It quite often isn’t. In some batches, up to 40% of the ‘dried oregano’ came from leaves of another plant, such as myrtle or olive trees.
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12 Rare Animals That are Teetering on the Brink of Extinction

12 Rare Animals That are Teetering on the Brink of Extinction | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Here are 12 species at risk of extinction, including some that you probably didn’t even know existed.
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How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails

How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These "synergistic" combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA in its approval of pesticides for food, lawns and other uses.
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California Slaps Health Warning Label on Popular Weed Killer

California Slaps Health Warning Label on Popular Weed Killer | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The most commonly found pesticide in U.S. ground and surface water – a toxic weed killer called atrazine – will now have to carry a warning label in the most populated state in the country.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 25, 7:54 AM
This is one of the gender bending chemicals that has the ability to gender bend a male frog and alter it's reproductive abilities to those of a female.
Eric Larson's curator insight, August 2, 7:22 PM
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Solving #Lake #Erie's #Toxic #Algae Bloom Crisis

Solving #Lake #Erie's #Toxic #Algae Bloom Crisis | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The algae blooms in Lake Erie are just one facet of the burgeoning nutrient pollution problem. Florida's Treasure Coast, where the state's governor declared a state of emergency

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Six Years After Massive Spill, Enbridge Continues to Threaten the Great Lakes Region

Six Years After Massive Spill, Enbridge Continues to Threaten the Great Lakes Region | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Today we commemorate the day six years ago that an Enbridge pipeline sprung a leak, dumping over a million gallons of tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.
 
Unfortunately, not only have over a billion dollars in cleanup efforts failed to fully restore the river and surrounding bodies of water, there has also been a troubling lack of consequences or accountability for Enbridge. Six years after the company perpetrated the most devastating onshore oil spill in U.S. history, Enbridge continues to freely expand its network of dangerous, dirty oil pipelines and threaten land, water, and Tribal and local communities across the Great Lakes region.
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#Tropical #Forests Overexploited by #Unsustainable #Logging

#Tropical #Forests Overexploited by #Unsustainable #Logging | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale.

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Slimy Green Beaches May Be Florida's New Normal

Slimy Green Beaches May Be Florida's New Normal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The guacamole-thick algae that fouled both coasts earlier in July will likely be a regular occurrence for the Sunshine State. Here’s why.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 15, 9:06 PM
Man, I think we need to add a algal bloom score to our beach assessments!
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A slippery decision: Chevron oil pollution in Ecuador | Environment | DW.COM | 09.08.2016

A slippery decision: Chevron oil pollution in Ecuador | Environment | DW.COM | 09.08.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Chevron has won a key challenge against a multi-billion-dollar judgment over polluting the Ecuadorian Amazon with toxic oil waste. But the case is far from over - a challenge is still pending in Canada.
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#Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth #climate #EU #G20 #Africa #Asia #USA #America #Brazil

#Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across the Earth #climate #EU #G20 #Africa #Asia #USA #America #Brazil | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Toxic algae blooms, perhaps accelerated by ocean warming and other climate shifts, are spreading, poisoning marine life and people.
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6 Million Americans in 33 States Are Drinking Toxic 'Teflon Chemicals' With Their Water

6 Million Americans in 33 States Are Drinking Toxic 'Teflon Chemicals' With Their Water | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
At least 6 million Americans in 33 states are being exposed to unsafe levels of industrial perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals in their drinking water, found a study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters.
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'Industrial' farms should lose subsidies - BBC News

'Industrial' farms should lose subsidies - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Large-scale "industrial" farms are receiving too much money in the form of EU subsidies, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has said.
The claim is made in a publication by the charity which sets out a vision for the future of post-Brexit agriculture.
The CPRE says these large-scale operations damage the environment and put smaller farmers out of business.
To benefit countryside and rural communities, subsidies should instead go to smaller, more diverse farms.
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‘There Is a Dead One There’: Patrolling Fish Farms with Alexandra Morton | The Tyee

It is early morning and Alexandra Morton has parked a small outboard near the Venture Point fish farm in the deep waters of the Okisollo channel just off Vancouver Island.

The private facility run by Cermaq, a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation,
operates on public waters and that very geographic fact allows critics like Morton to probe around.
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Human #Consumption of Earth's Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years

Human #Consumption of Earth's Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
A report says rising consumption driven by a growing middle class has seen resources extraction increase from 22 billion tons in 1970 to 70 billon tons in 2010

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The Singapore property giant that's building a sustainable world

The Singapore property giant that's building a sustainable world | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Singapore property firm CDL's green credentials include being ranked the most sustainable real estate firm in the world as well as a leader in sustainability reporting. Now, it is one of the first companies in Singapore to align its operations with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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4 Billion Starbucks To-Go Cups Thrown Away Each Year ... Will Recyclable Cup Reduce This Waste?

4 Billion Starbucks To-Go Cups Thrown Away Each Year ... Will Recyclable Cup Reduce This Waste? | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Starbucks goes through 4 billion to-go cups annually but most of them end up in the landfill. Why? Even though these cups are mostly made of paper, these single-use items are almost never recycled or composted because they are lined with plastic.
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Waitrose drops all cosmetic products containing microbeads

Waitrose drops all cosmetic products containing microbeads | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Waitrose is to stop selling all branded cosmetic products containing microbeads, the retailer has announced, in a move that means it will no…

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Environment Canada opens investigation as blobs of Husky oil contaminate river

Environment Canada opens investigation as blobs of Husky oil contaminate river | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The federal government is investigating a Husky Energy spill in central Saskatchewan that leaked more than 200,000 litres of oil from its pipeline into the North Saskatchewan River last week, forcing two municipalities to shut down their water treatment plants as of Monday
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New York City Unveils a Sprawling New Park Created From the Debris of Old Buildings

New York City Unveils a Sprawling New Park Created From the Debris of Old Buildings | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, a 10-acre public park opened on Governors Island in New York City. Once an abandoned military base in New York Harbor, the island is being

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