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Environment: UK study shows how heavy metal pollution alters genetics of trout populations

Environment: UK study shows how heavy metal pollution alters genetics of trout populations | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
FRISCO — In a study that has implications for Colorado rivers and fish, scientists in the UK have shown that heavy metal pollution from mining has dramatically reduced  genetic diversity of brown trout.
The University of Exeter researchers say their findings show that human activity can alter the genetic patterns of wild populations — an important issue in modern conservation.
Heavy metal river pollution in the southwestern part of the UK is linked  to mining activities dating back hundreds of years. Metals like lead, cadmium zinc are toxic to trout. But some populations of brown trout in the UK have  evolved to live in water with metal concentrations that would kill other fish that haven’t adapted,” said Dr, Andrew King, a research fellow in biosciences at the University of Exeter.
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42% of honeybee hives killed off in U.S. last year

42% of honeybee hives killed off in U.S. last year | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a U.S. federal survey.

Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1 per cent of their colonies, the second-highest rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"What we're seeing with this bee problem is just a loud signal that there's some bad things happening with our agro-ecosystems," said study co-author Keith Delaplane at the University of Georgia. "We just happen to notice it with the honeybee because they are so easy to count."
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In Wyoming, Taking A Photo Of A Polluted Stream Could Land You In Jail

In Wyoming, Taking A Photo Of A Polluted Stream Could Land You In Jail | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A new law in Wyoming complicates where and how citizens can obtain data about the condition of the environment across the state.

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Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise - NPR

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise - NPR | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Bouvier's red colobus monkey — thought to have disappeared for good from the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo sometime in the 1970s — has been photographed by two researchers.

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Kalamazoo River Restoration 2015

The DEQ and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette reached a $75 million settlement with Enbridge over the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill. The company ...

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The solar road in the Netherlands is working even better than expected | Fiona MacDonald | Science Alert

The solar road in the Netherlands is working even better than expected | Fiona MacDonald | Science Alert | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

The Netherlands made headlines last year when it built the world's first solar road - an energy-harvesting bike path paved with glass-coated solar panels.

Now, six months into the trial, engineers say the system is working even better than expected, with the 70-metre test bike path generating 3,000 kWh, or enough electricity to power a small household for a year.

"If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70kwh per square metre per year," Sten de Wit, spokesman for SolaRoad, the group behind the project, told Tarek Bazley at Al Jazeera. So just imagine the potential if we covered all our roads in the stuff.

It’s this kind of thinking that got the Internet so hyped-up over Solar Roadways last year - a crowd-funded project that aimed to power the entire US with solar-covered roads. However, the Netherlands became the first country to put the idea into practice with their installation in Krommenie, a town north of Amsterdam.

The solar panels used on the Dutch bike path are sandwiched between glass, silicon rubber and concrete, and are strong enough to support 12-tonne fire trucks without any damage. Each individual panel connects to smart metres, which optimise their output and feed their electricity straight into street lighting, or the grid.

The engineers spent five years creating the system to be durable. "If one panel is broken or in shadow or dirt, it will only switch off that PV panel," said Jan-Hendrik Kremer, Renewable Energy Systems consultant at technology company Imtech.

More than 150,000 cyclists rode over the solar panels during the trial, and so far they’ve only noticed one fault - a small section of a coating, which provided grip to the surface, has become delaminated due to temperature fluctuations. The team at SolaRoad is now working to improve this coating.

 

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The changing roles of energy and technology

 

This article is about the first solar road/bike path, which was installed in the Netherlands and is doing better than expected. 

 

The idea for solar roads did not originate in the Netherlands, but they were the first to implement it. Rather than installing solar panels on rooftops, bike paths and roads are an efficient use of space. With world population on the rise and energy consumption rising with it, the energy provided by solar roads could by instrumental in environmental preservation and clean energy. While inventions and innovations such as Smart Phones, potential of productivity has started to increase as well as energy consumption. The solar roads are a new use of energy and technology to solve problems caused by inventions that were meant to solve other problems. The problem with solar roads, as always, is the cost. To make the panels durable enough to withstand constant traffic over them is expensive. It would also prompt the massive undertaking of improving general infrastructure of a country before the solar panels could be implemented. Finding the funds for such a project would be a challenge, but would the solar investment be worth it? 

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A dolphin for a tooth | Biodiversity | DW.DE | DW.DE | 06.05.2015

A dolphin for a tooth | Biodiversity | DW.DE | DW.DE | 06.05.2015 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Residents of the tiny village of Fanalei in the Solomon Islands killed about 1,600 dolphins for their highly-prized teeth in 2013, according to a new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

"Detailed records [...] up to the time of our visit, included at least 1,500 pantropical spotted dolphins, 159 spinner dolphins and 15 'bottlenose' dolphins," the researchers wrote.

A summary of all available records from 1976 to 2013 revealed at least 15,454 dolphins were killed by Fanalei villagers who use the teeth as currency, for bride price - a bride equals about 10 dolphins - and as jewelry.
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'Made in Singapore' electric taxi charges fast, goes the distance

'Made in Singapore' electric taxi charges fast, goes the distance | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Singapore has created a fast-charging electric taxi that works well in tropical cities and could help the country to combat climate change.

Conventional electric vehicles take six to eight hours to charge and usually cover up to 160km on a full charge.

But EVA, the taxi designed and built here by TUM Create - a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Germany's Technische Universitat Munchen - has a 200km range and a charging time of just 15 minutes.

"Drivers can go for a toilet or meal break, come back, and their taxi will be recharged," said Mr Raymond Khoo, 29, an NTU researcher on the project.
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Environment: Study shows how growth hormones used in cattle linger in stream environments

Environment: Study shows how growth hormones used in cattle linger in stream environments | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
FRISCO — Artificial hormones uses to fatten up cattle persist in the environment in unexpected ways, and for much longer than previously believed, according to environmental scientists, who say their study shows the need to update regulations based on new scientific research.
“What we release into the environment is just the starting point for a complex series of chemical reactions that can occur, sometimes with unintended consequences,” said Adam Ward, lead author of the study and assistant professor in the IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
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Peru considers fate of Amazon wildlife paradise

Peru considers fate of Amazon wildlife paradise | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The fate of La Sierra del Divisor, a 1.5 million hectare reserve lauded for its megadiversity of wildlife, will soon to be decided.

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When Humans Declared War on Fish

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Victory in 1945 meant a new era of violence against ocean life.

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Energy Efficiency Cheap, Energy Efficient Lighting Cheaper

Energy Efficiency Cheap, Energy Efficient Lighting Cheaper | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
A first-of-its kind study nails down the true cost of energy efficiency investment, and it paints a bright picture for energy efficient lighting.

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Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 ‘planetary boundaries,’ that keep humanity in a “safe operating space.”

Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 ‘planetary boundaries,’ that keep humanity in a “safe operating space.” | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

 

"We cannot continue to place our environment in danger. As long as we continue to put corporate profits ahead of the health and well-being of people and the environment, we have learned nothing."..Karen Graham, Digital Journal

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison, January 15, 2015
-▶ HUMANITY HAS EXCEEDED 4 of 9 'PLANETARY BOUNDARIES,' ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS. An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a “safe operating space.”  http://www.news.wisc.edu/23409

 

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                                      EcoWatch, April 10, 2015
     9 PLANETARY BOUNDARIES TO ENSURE A HEALTHY PLANET http://ecowatch.com/2015/04/10/randy-hayes-foundation-earth/


Stockholm Resilience Centre
-▶ THE NINE PLANETARY BOUNDARIES  http://www.stockholmresilience.org/21/research/research-programmes/planetary-boundaries/planetary-boundaries/about-the-research/the-nine-planetary-boundaries.html

 

Stockholm Environment Institute, January 16, 2015
-▶ PLANETARY BOUNDARIES ANALYSIS HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR BETTER POLICIES ON CHEMICALS http://www.sei-international.org/news-and-media/3006

 

-▶ BANKRUPTING NATURE: DENYING OUR PLANETARY BOUNDARIES http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/bankrupting-nature-denying-our-planetary-boundaries

 

The Guardian, March 10, 2015
▶  'BY SEPARATING NATURE FROM ECONOMICS, WE HAVE WALKED BLINDLY INTO TRAGEDY ‘ http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/10/jeffrey-sachs-economic-policy-climate-change

 

HuffPost Green, March 05, 2015
 -▶ THIS IS WHAT HUMANITY'S IMPACT ON THE PLANET LOOKS LIKE.  A new photo book from conservation experts aims to shine a light on humanity's impact on the planet and convince people to think about their contribution. Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot includes photos and essays exploring man's complicated relationship with the planet. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/05/human-impact-on-planet-photos_n_6784080.html

 

Climate News Network, March 21, 2105
-▶ EARTH AT RISK IN NEW EPOCH RULED BY DESTRUCTIVE HUMANS http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/earth-at-risk-in-new-epoch-ruled-by-destructive-humans/

 

-▶ HUMANS ARE TURNING THE EARTH INTO A 'LONELY AND VERY DANGEROUS PLANET", ECOLOGIST WARNS http://sco.lt/4xff17

 

University of Cambridge, March 04, 2015
▶  AMAZON DEFORESTATION 'THRESHOLD' CAUSES SPECIES LOSS TO ACCELERATE http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/amazon-deforestation-threshold-causes-species-loss-to-accelerate

 

One Green Planet, February 18, 2015
▶ THE SURPRISING EFFECT BEING DISCONNECTED FROM NATURE HAS ON OUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING  http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/natural-world-impact-on-human-health-and-well-being/

 

Mother Jones, January 16, 2016
-▶ WE'RE DESTROYING THE PLANET IN WAYS THAT ARE EVEN WORSE THAN GLOBAL WARMING. Humans are "eating away at our own life support systems" at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.  http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/01/humans-destorying-planet-earth

 

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HuffPost Green, July 25, 2014
-▶ EARTH IS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF A NEW MASS EXTINCTION EVENT, RESEARCHERS WARN  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/sixth-mass-biological-extinction-event_n_5621215.html

 

                                   ECOLOGICAL ARMAGEDDON

                                          EXTINCTION CRISIS

WE HAVE DISAPPEARED HALF OF THE WORLD'S WILD ANIMALS IN 40 YEARS http://sco.lt/8fK5eT

 

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The Guardian, April 08, 2012
-▶ THE BIOSPHERE:  NATURE IS ALL WE HAVE http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/apr/08/map-species-project?CMP=twt_gu

 

Common Dreams, January 16, 2015
▶ THAT WAS EASY:  IN JUST 60 YEARS, NEOLIBERAL GDP CAPITALISM HAS NEARLY BROKEN PLANET EARTH. Pair of new studies show how various forms of human activity, driven by a flawed economic system and vast consumption, is laying waste to Earth's natural systems  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/16/was-easy-just-60-years-neoliberal-capitalism-has-nearly-broken-planet-earth

 

Mongabay, January 25, 2015
-▶ NEW REPORT:  WORLD MUST CHANGE MODEL OF ECONOMIC GROWTH TO AVERT ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

 http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0125-hance_nef.html

 

                                                 VIDEO REPORT

                                                   "BEYOND GDP"

              The Search For a New Economic System -- With Meaning

                                      http://sco.lt/8HZxrN

 

Caelus Green Room, January 14, 2015
-▶ IS NATURE THE LARGEST "COMPANY" ON EARTH?

http://www.caelusgreenroom.com/2015/01/20/is-nature-the-largest-company-on-earth/

 

One Green Planet, February 13, 2015
-▶ 8 REASONS WE NEED TO SHOW THE PLANET A LITTLE LOVE http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/show-the-planet-a-little-love/


GreenBiz, February 04, 2015
-▶ ENVIRONMENT AS ECONOMIC THREAT: HOW SUSTAINABILITY REDEFINES RISK  http://www.greenbiz.com/article/environment-economic-threat-business-risk-sustainability

 

                                                  GreenBiz
                  STATE OF GREEN BUSINESS REPORT 2015
        http://www.greenbiz.com/topics/state-green-business-report

 

-▶ UN BIODIVERSITY REPORT CALLS FOR GLOBAL ACTION TO PREVENT DESTRUCTION OF NATURE http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/21/un-biodiversity-economic-report

 

IUCN International -

-▶  WORLD BANK RECOGNIZES NEED TO POSITION NATURE AT THE FOUNDATION OF ECONOMIC STRATEGIES https://portals.iucn.org/blog/2012/09/08/the-world-bank-is-serious-about-nature-conservation/

 

                   FINANCIALIZING NATURE COULD BANKRUPT US ALL. 

                            OLD ECONOMICS OR SUSTAINING POLICY?

                                                 http://sco.lt/8fNIET

 

TakePart, March 02, 2015
-▶ THE FORCE BEHIND SHRINKING SALMON, KILLER MICE, AND SILENT SONGBIRDS. Well-documented shifts in animal traits in response to urbanization: Pacific salmon in rivers are getting smaller, for instance, and some songbirds are changing their mating songs to find each other amid a city’s noise. That could mean that animals like endangered Southern Resident killer whales that depend on salmon for food will have to hunt harder and longer to get the same amount of calories, hurting their chances for survival. http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/03/02/urbanization-speeding-evolution-ecosystem-services-risks

 

                                 RECLAIM ENVIRONMENTALISM

                                The Ecologist, February 13, 2015

True environmentalism is not about making our rapacious and destructive industrialism a little more sustainable, writes Derrick Jensen, but transforming humankind's relationship with Earth and the life she sustains - for us to take our true place within, and as part of, the living biosphere... http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2751996/reclaim_environmentalism.html

 

-▶ HEALING THE EARTH:  INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND CLIMATE CHANGE  http://sco.lt/9HQq37

 

 

▶   AT THE LIMITS OF THE MARKET: WHY CAPITALISM HASN'T AND CAN'T SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/84Vywz

 

 

▶  WHO OWNS NATURE? CORPORATE POWER AND THE FINAL FRONTIER IN THE COMMODIFICATION OF LIFE  http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2299601530/who-owns-nature-corporate-power-and-the-final-frontier-in-the-commodification-of-life

 

          THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB

                                      http://sco.lt/7sR3eT

 

-▶ BUSINESSES ARE NOT JUST AGENTS OF CONSUMERISM BUT ALSO OF SOCIETY http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health/p/3995143933/businesses-are-not-just-agents-of-consumerism-but-also-of-society

 

 

▶   POPE FRANCIS  WARNS ON COMING "IDOLATROUS" GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, PLEAS FOR ENVIRONMENT,  CLIMATE ACTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE http://sco.lt/5kGnYH

 

 

                                       ERADICATING ECOCIDE

  WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE

                                          http://sco.lt/7uGWKv

 

 

-▶  HOW BIODIVERSITY COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE : HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS, HEALTHY PLANET  http://sco.lt/6wGoQj

 

                          NO TO BIODIVERSITY CARBON OFFSETTING 

CONSERVING OUR BIODIVERSITY IS BECOMING DEPENDENT ON IT'S DESTRUCTION  http://sco.lt/6ZjXGr

 

                         PRICING CARBON AND CARBON STORAGE:

   FAILED STRATEGIES THAT WON'T SAVE THE CLIMATE OR PLANET

                                          http://sco.lt/7GrrPd

 

                             LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

                            WELCOME TO THE AGE OF MAN

                                        http://sco.lt/4hz61p

 

                               WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

                                        The Global Water Crisis

                                            http://sco.lt/5odgG1

 

                                               ENOUGHNESS: 

               WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY

                                            http://sco.lt/4kcNH7

 

                                   THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM.

    DESTRUCTION OF PLANETARY LIFE IN THE NAME OF "GROWTH"

                                                http://sco.lt/696Tlx

 

 

-▶ ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE : ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH AND POPE FRANCIS SPEAK OUT http://sco.lt/57JX0L

 

                            DAMS, ECOCIDE AND WATER RIGHTS 

                                BIG MONEY DRIVES EXTINCTION

             Indigenous Communities, EcoSystems, Forests Devastated

                                      http://sco.lt/79BRmT

 

 

                                                   VIDEO:

FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DESTROYING ECOSYSTEMS, INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS, NULLIFYING LAND RIGHTS, CREATING DEPENDENCY http://sco.lt/5vdZgH

 

-▶ LAND GRABS: HOW FOREIGN "INVESTMENTS" ARE REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH, LAND AND WATER ACROSS THE GLOBE http://sco.lt/96H2yv

 

- ▶ MINING, FOREIGN LAND GRABS ENDANGERING ENVIRONMENT, ECOSYSTEM AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/5M5eLp

 

 - ▶ ECOCIDE: A PLAGUE OF DEFORESTATION SWEEPS ACROSS SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH TERRIBLE LOSS OF WILDLIFE AND BIODIVERSITY http://sco.lt/8aPgp7

 

 -▶ AMAZON RAINFOREST: DEFORESTATION, MINING RISES AGAIN IN BRAZIL'S AMAZON IMPACTING ECOSYSTEMS, CLIMATE, DEVASTATING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/9FG1Lt

 

 

 -▶  BOLIVIA GIVES LEGAL RIGHTS TO NATURE - FIRST NATION IN THE WORLD TO DO SO  http://sco.lt/5DoTRp

 

-▶  THE HIDDEN WORLD OF SOIL UNDER OUR FEET : SOIL AS A LIFELINE http://sco.lt/6kqJaT

 

 

 

 

-▶  THE SHALE GAS 'FRACKING' REVOLUTION : AN ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE  http://sco.lt/8VentB

 

-▶  THE CURSE OF PETROLEUM, CHEMICAL-BASED INDUSTRIAL FARM FERTILIZERS http://sco.lt/7uzkCf

 

 

▶ PESTICIDE/INSECTICIDE REGULATION OVERHAUL NEEDED TO PROTECT WILDLIFE, ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD CHAIN http://sco.lt/8NIKcT

 

                              CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT US ALL

                                 http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

 

▶   OCEAN ACIDIFYING: RAPIDLY RISING CO2 IN ATMOSPHERE CAUSING POTENTIAL CATASTROPHE http://sco.lt/8LsqbR

 

▶   GREENLAND'S MELTING: CREATING A DIFFERENT CLIMATE THAN EARTH HAS EVER SEEN http://sco.lt/8bjv73

 

▶  COAL BURNING EXACTS A LETHAL PRICE http://sco.lt/8wLmKX

 

- ▶ THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING  http://sco.lt/599jsH

 

 

 

-▶ OUR INDUSTRIAL, WESTERN AGRICULTURAL FOOD SYSTEM IS DESTROYING THE EARTH AND OUR HEALTH  http://sco.lt/63qRl3

 

-▶ MONARCH BUTTERFLY MIGRATION PLUNGES 59%.  NOW AT LOWEST LEVEL EVER  http://sco.lt/81D2Sv

 

 -▶ BATTLE FOR THE BEES: Dying Bees Raise Alarm For Humans - Europe Bans Pesticide http://sco.lt/8QOFgv

 

 

 

 

 


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LA HUMANIDAD HA REBASADO 4 DE 9 "LÍMITES PLANETARIOS", SEGÚN LOS INVESTIGADORES

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Important updates about the Planetary Boundaries

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U.S. honeybee losses soar over last year, USDA finds

U.S. honeybee losses soar over last year, USDA finds | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Honey bees, critical agents in the pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year, according to a new government report that comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to reverse the decline.

Losses of managed honey bee colonies hit 42.1 percent from April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for 2013-2014, and the second-highest annual loss to date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report issued on Wednesday.

"Such high colony losses in the summer and year-round remain very troubling," Jeff Pettis, a USDA senior entomologist, said in a statement.

The results are based on survey responses from about 6,100 beekeepers managing about 400,000 colonies, or roughly 15.5 percent of U.S. bee colonies.
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Americans face an irreversible rollback in chemical safety with S. 697

Americans face an irreversible rollback in chemical safety with S. 697 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
After hours and hours of Senate Environmental Pubic Works (EPW) and House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearings – the evidence is irrefutable – TSCA currently does little to protect Americans from unregulated and dangerous substances like asbestos.

The stakes are high.

It was reprehensible to watch every Republican on the EPW committee vote NO on Sen. Boxer’s (D-Calif.) “Alan Reinstein Asbestos Amendment” which would ensure the EPA will expeditiously review and take action to ban asbestos within 3 or less years.  As currently written, it would take the EPA more than a century to test the most hazardous 1,000 chemicals that have been grandfathered into commerce.

Congress must protect public health  - not big businesses that are responsible for the asbestos man-made disaster.  As a mesothelioma widow, I remind Congress that for every life lost from an asbestos-caused disease, a shattered family is left behind.

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The Silent Killer of Wildlife: How Economic Development Threatens African Elephants

The Silent Killer of Wildlife: How Economic Development Threatens African Elephants | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The survival of Africa’s wildlife is dependent on large, wild protected lands and requires a deliberate choice by African governments to protect habitat for these species.

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Marine Debris Affects a Species Whether It Is Endangered or Not

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By: Dianna Parker Marine debris impacts hundreds of species around the globe, including endangered species such as the Hawaiian monk seal. Derelict and abandoned fishing gear is a major culprit beh...

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Study helps pinpoint Antarctic ice-shelf thinning

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FRISCO — One of Antarctica’s giant ice shelves has thinned by more than 12 feet in the past 15 years and could collapse within the next 100 years — or possibly sooner and without much warning, according to scientists with the British Antarctic Survey.
The new study was focused on trying to determine why the Larsen C Ice Shelf is melting away. The ice shelf is along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the fastest warming regions on Earth, with a temperature rise of 2.5 degrees Celsius during the last 50 years.
After crunching the numbers from satellites and radar surveys, the scientists said the ice shelf is thinning from both its surface and beneath.
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Up to 90% of world's electronic waste is illegally dumped, says UN

Up to 90% of world's electronic waste is illegally dumped, says UN | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly $19bn, is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to the UN Environment Programme (Unep).

Computers and smart phones are among the ditched items contributing to this 41m tonne e-waste mountain, which could top 50m tonnes by 2017, Unep says in a new report launched today in Geneva.

It follows last month’s UN University report, which outlined how 42m tonnes of electronic waste were thrown out in 2014 at a cost of $52bn to the global economy.

Exporting hazardous waste from EU and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Member States to non-OECD countries is banned.

However, Unep says thousands of tonnes of e-waste are falsely declared as second-hand goods and exported from developed to developing countries, including waste batteries falsely described as plastic or mixed metal scrap, and cathode ray tubes and computer monitors misleadingly declared as metal scrap.

African and Asian countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, China, Pakistan, India, and Vietnam are turning into illegal e-waste hubs, bypassing the legitimate global waste and recycling market that is thought to be worth $410bn a year.
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Hail to the Dandelion!

Hail to the Dandelion! | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it

Little is more emblematic of our culture's dysfunctional relationship with Earth than our relationship with the dandelion. We spread cancer-causing, chemical toxins around our homes and public places to kill plants that produce healthy and delicious dark green leaves (and may also help cure cancer). Check on pesticide toxicities here. Meanwhile we eat store-bought dark green leaves (which are mostly water), packaged in plastic and grown 3,000 miles away in a state in its fourth year of serious drought.


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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, May 8, 11:08 AM

Thanks for this homage to one of my favourite spring flowers.

Fliss Clooney's curator insight, May 14, 8:30 AM

Any excuse not to weed  is a good one :D

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Wheat Genes Could Bring Back Chestnut

Wheat Genes Could Bring Back Chestnut | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Chestnut trees once carpeted the eastern U.S. Three billion of them fed and sheltered many forest residents—until the early decades of the 20th century when a fungal disease called chestnut blight killed almost every last one of the trees. But now the American chestnut is making a comeback in its former range—thanks to genetic modification.

The blight came to the U.S. on imported Asian chestnuts, which are resistant to the disease. With that resistance in mind, in the 1980’s the American Chestnut Foundation began working to crossbreed the Asian chestnut with surviving individuals of its American cousin.
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Keeping accounts for groundwater sustainability

Keeping accounts for groundwater sustainability | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Rob Gailey, Graham Fogg, Thomas Harter, Jay Lund, Helen Dahlke, Richard Frank, Tim Ginn, Richard Howitt, Mimi Jenkins, Bonnie Magnuson, Josué Medellín-Azuara, and Samuel Sandoval Solis The Sustaina...

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Nicaragua Canal: A Giant Project With Huge Environmental Costs by : Yale Environment 360

Nicaragua Canal: A Giant Project With Huge Environmental Costs by : Yale Environment 360 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Work has already begun on a $50 billion inter-ocean canal in Nicaragua that would cut through nature reserves and bring massive dredging and major ship traffic to Central America’s largest lake. Scientists and conservationists are warning that the project is an environmental disaster in the making.

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Yes, the Drought Is Bad in California. It’s Going to Be Much, Much Worse in Arizona.

Yes, the Drought Is Bad in California. It’s Going to Be Much, Much Worse in Arizona. | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Last week, Lake Mead, which sits on the border of Nevada and Arizona, set a new record low—the first time since the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s that the lake’s surface has dipped below 1,080 feet above sea level. The West’s drought is so bad that official...

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GrowthBusters's curator insight, May 10, 10:15 AM

Not a mention of putting a moratorium on new customers connecting to the water system. Not a mention of food being pretty essential to life (moreso than new housing starts).