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Jane Goodall's bid to save grizzly bears threatened by $50 hunting licenses

Jane Goodall's bid to save grizzly bears threatened by $50 hunting licenses | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Goodall leads coalition calling for Yellowstone’s grizzlies to stay on endangered species list, as Montana hunters set to be offered $50 licenses to shoot them
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Why we should be mourning the death of the Great Barrier Reef | Environment | DW.COM | 02.05.2016

Why we should be mourning the death of the Great Barrier Reef | Environment | DW.COM | 02.05.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
By now, you've probably heard that at least 90 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has been affected by a global bleaching event. But these "rocks" on the seabed play a key role for life in oceans - and for people, too.
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Climate: No let up in global warming heat wave across U.S.

Climate: No let up in global warming heat wave across U.S. | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
After a few blistering months, the average temperature across the U.S. cooled down slightly in April in many parts of the country, with the month ending up as the 18th-warmest April on record. But the slight downward tick wasn’t enough to make a big dent in the long-term trend — for the year to date (January-April), it’s the second-warmest such period on record, according to the monthly state of the climate report from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
For April, the average temperature across the contiguous 48 states was 53.2 degrees, which is 2 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. For the year-to-date, the average temperature across the lower 48 states was 43.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 4 degrees above the 20th century average.
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Environmental groups suing EPA for not doing enough to regulate wastewater disposal

Environmental groups suing EPA for not doing enough to regulate wastewater disposal | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Environmental groups suing EPA for failing to adequately regulate waste disposal from drilling for gas and oil.

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Shower gel plastic beads may face UK ban - BBC News

Shower gel plastic beads may face UK ban - BBC News | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The UK government says it will consider a unilateral ban on plastic microbeads in shower gels and facial scrubs if the EU doesn't prohibit their use.
Several nations, including the US, have already banned microbeads in cosmetics because of their impact on marine life.
The beads are used in products to exfoliate the skin - but they are swelling plastic debris in the ocean.
Scientists say a ban on the tiny beads wouldn't solve plastic pollution, but it is an easy place to start.
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More tigers poached in India so far this year than in 2015

More tigers poached in India so far this year than in 2015 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Conservationists say census figures are ‘worrying’ and cast doubts on the country’s anti-poaching efforts
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These Insane Photos Show How An Abandoned Air Force Base Is Polluting Greenland

These Insane Photos Show How An Abandoned Air Force Base Is Polluting Greenland | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Photographer Ken Bower traveled to the remote island to photograph the damage.

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4.2 million Americans could be displaced by rising sea levels this century — see if your county is at risk

4.2 million Americans could be displaced by rising sea levels this century — see if your county is at risk | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
VIDEO: If you live in South Florida, you should start thinking about moving.

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How This Small Town Is Winning the Water War Against Nestle

How This Small Town Is Winning the Water War Against Nestle | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Donna Diehl, a 55-year-old school bus driver from Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, a small historic town located on the edge of the Poconos, wanted to do three things this year: drive the bus, paint her bathroom and learn to crochet. Instead, Diehl, along with dozens of her neighbors, is spending her time trying to stop the largest food and beverage corporation in the world from taking her community’s water, putting it in bottles and selling it for a massive profit.
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Bill McKibben: It's Time to Turn Up the Heat on Those Who Are Wrecking Planet Earth

Bill McKibben: It's Time to Turn Up the Heat on Those Who Are Wrecking Planet Earth | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
An interesting question is, what are you waiting for?

Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilization—certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right momen
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World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns

World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
With cascading crises – where one event triggers another – set to rise, international disaster risk reduction efforts are woefully underfunded

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, May 3, 9:55 PM
Sometime soon, experts predict global population starts to fall, but not from wise family planning, rather it is from hunger, thirst, and conflict. Population is mentioned by the UN advisor quoted in this article, but the need for family planning is not.
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Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 4, 1:44 PM
This might be becoming a thing.  While mass standings have gone on forever, we only recently have connected marine mammal and jellyfish blooms/dieoffs with declining ocean health.  Is this an El Nino thing or the harbinger of more to come?
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Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers

Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The cascade of Arctic changes that’s melting Greenland.

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EU sues Germany over water tainted by nitrate fertilizer | Germany | DW.COM | 29.04.2016

EU sues Germany over water tainted by nitrate fertilizer | Germany | DW.COM | 29.04.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
The European Commission has lost patience with Germany over the high concentration of nitrate fertilizer in its ground water. Taxpayers could now end up paying hundreds of millions of euros in fines.
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Self-driving cars may end gasoline era | Environment | DW.COM | 25.04.2016

Self-driving cars may end gasoline era | Environment | DW.COM | 25.04.2016 | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
In 2014, in the USA alone, cars traveled an estimated 2,926 billion miles (4,740 billion kilometers) - not always safely. During that year, 32,675 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, and a much larger number were injured.
This meant around $200 billion (175 billion euros) in insurance claims and another $670 billion of uncompensated losses in pain and suffering, lost work-time, damaged gear, emergency services costs and other economic losses, according to figures from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"That works out to about 29.6 cents per mile," said Brad Templeton, a Canadian expert on autonomous vehicles, who was in Berlin for the Singularity University Germany Summit. That's more than two and a half times what people spend on fuel per mile on average, given US gasoline prices of $2.14 a gallon.
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Endangered Monarch Butterflies Face Their Greatest Threat High in the Hills of Central Mexico

Endangered Monarch Butterflies Face Their Greatest Threat High in the Hills of Central Mexico | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY — The monarch butterfly is now facing a potentially lethal threat to its over-wintering habitat in Mexico’s oyamel fir forests.

As if it weren’t enough for the migratory butterfly to contend with illegal logging in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, it is also facing severe depletion of the milkweed, which is indispensable for its development from egg into butterfly, caused by ever-increasing use of herbicides on genetically engineered corn and soybean crops in the American corn belt.
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Oil firms have 10 years to change strategy or face 'short, brutish end'

Oil firms have 10 years to change strategy or face 'short, brutish end' | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Business models employed by multinationals such as Shell and BP are no longer fit for purpose, warns energy expert

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Graham Watson's curator insight, May 6, 5:59 AM

A Chatham HOuse research paper authored by Paul Stephens highlights the challenges facing big oil companies going forward. He argues that there current strategies predicated upon fossil fuels will need to be dramatically revised if they are to survive. It's an interesting hypothesis, but one that the oil companies have heard for nearly a century: the first recorded mention of 'Peak Oil' theory dates from 1919.


And how many people perceived 'fracking' to be a reality twenty years ago?


The dangers of predicting future technological developments are legion, although in this case the commitments given at COP21 at least hint that the author is headed in the right direction.

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The world's children are already suffering from climate change

The world's children are already suffering from climate change | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
People urging more aggressive action on climate change often use children in their rhetoric: “we need to leave a better planet for our children,” “we owe it to the next generation to act,” etc. Earlier this year, two dozen children went so far as to sue the U.S. government for failing to act. “This is an intergenerational issue,” said James Hansen, a former NASA scientist supporting the lawsuit. “Our actions will affect our grandchildren and their children.”
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Pollution risk from over 1,000 old UK landfill sites due to coastal erosion

Pollution risk from over 1,000 old UK landfill sites due to coastal erosion | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Over 1,000 old landfill sites on the coasts of England and Wales are at increasing risk of being breached by erosion, according to a new study, posing a serious pollution danger to wildlife and bathing waters.

Landfill sites before the mid-1990s had few or no restrictions about what rubbish could be dumped in them and little is known about what they contain. But many were on the coast and some were used to raise land levels and even as part of flood defences. Climate change is bringing higher sea levels and stronger storms, putting the old dumps at greater risk of being broken up.
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Scientists find more reasons that Greenland will melt faster

Scientists find more reasons that Greenland will melt faster | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
So much about the planet’s future will depend on processes that humans today cannot directly observe — because they are occurring hundreds of meters below the sea surface where enormous marine glaciers, in Greenland and Antarctica, simultaneously touch the ocean and the seafloor.

The more we learn about this crucial yet inscrutable place, the more worrying it seems.
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Gold-mining in Peru: forests razed, millions lost, virgins auctioned

Gold-mining in Peru: forests razed, millions lost, virgins auctioned | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
David Hill: Reports of mining in the River Santiago basin raise concerns given the devastating social and environmental impacts elsewhere
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60% of Loggerhead Turtles Stranded on Beaches in South Africa Had Ingested Plastic

60% of Loggerhead Turtles Stranded on Beaches in South Africa Had Ingested Plastic | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
We know that ocean plastic can have a devastating impact on aquatic life such as seabirds, fish and whales. Now, researchers have found that 60 percent of post-hatchling loggerhead turtles stranded on southern Cape beaches in South Africa have been impacted by growing quantities of human-caused debris such as plastic fragments, packaging and fibers.
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Healthy Planet = Healthy People

Healthy Planet = Healthy People | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Our health is tied to air, water and food from the soil. That means we should keep them clean and stop dumping toxic wastes into them. Exercise also improve

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BP Drops $1 Billion Seafood Industry Spill Payments Fight

BP Drops $1 Billion Seafood Industry Spill Payments Fight | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
After fighting for more than two years to avoid paying almost $1 billion in oil spill damages to Gulf Coast shrimpers, oystermen and seafood processors it claimed didn’t exist, BP Plc has thrown in the towel.

“We have withdrawn our claims seeking an injunction against payments by the Seafood Program so the program can be concluded,” Geoff Morrell, a BP spokesman, said in an e-mail Tuesday. The company will keep pursuing fraud claims against lawyer Mikal Watts and his firm, Morrell said. Watts was indicted for allegedly making false claims in connection with the BP spill.

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Hunting Wolves Hurts Tourism

Hunting Wolves Hurts Tourism | Farming, Forests, Water, Fishing and Environment | Scoop.it
Wolf watching generates millions of dollars, but a new study finds that tourist sightings of the predators plummet when hunting is permitted.

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