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As Global Emissions Rise, Countries Prepare For 2013 Climate Talks In Warsaw

As Global Emissions Rise, Countries Prepare For 2013 Climate Talks In Warsaw | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
CREDIT: Associated press
World leaders are preparing to gather in Poland this month for the 19th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP19.
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These articles address food, water and environment issues that relate to farmers and consumers to enable their personal and local control over those matters
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Pollutions par les Biomédias

Pollutions par les Biomédias | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Utilisés dans de nombreuses stations d’épuration depuis le début des années 2000, des médias filtrants s’échouent en grande quantité sur les plages du monde entier. Après dix années d’enquête, Surfrider Foundation Europe publie le premier rapport sur le sujet.


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Le travail mené par l'association Surfrider, très active sur le suivi des pollutions en milieu marin , mais aussi en amont sur les cours d'eau, pointe sur un type de pollutions plastiques peu connu, celui des biomédias, supports de cultures utilisés dans les stations d'épuration. Dans les stations sur culture fixe, on reconstitue le principe d'un sol à travers lequel l'eau va circuler, les bactéries présentes traitant la pollution. Ces bactéries sont fixées sur des supports, en bien plus grand nombre que dans un vrai sol pour traiter des eaux usées.

Ces supports qui ne devraient pas sortir de l'enceinte des stations se retrouvent finalement dans les rivières et sur le littoral, dans les océans. Les observations des membres de l'association ont mis en évidence cette forme de pollution. elle s'appuie sur la participation des citoyens et la cartographie de ces pollutions pourrait permettre de mieux cerner les origines et de trouver des moyens pour traiter à la source ces biomédias loin d'être biodégradables. Au sein de la vaste question des pollutions par les plastiques, identifier les sources pour trouver des solutions est nécessaire.

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Best Plants and Erosion Controls for Slopes and Hillsides

Best Plants and Erosion Controls for Slopes and Hillsides | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A presentation of different solutions to hillside erosion and approaches to landscape in these areas with a focus on plants that sustain wildlife.
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This Olympic Skier Wants to Save the World’s Snow

This Olympic Skier Wants to Save the World’s Snow | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Also this week: Scientists win a $1 million prize for mapping peat. (Yes, peat.)
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Great Lakes Fish Found to Have Antidepressants in Brains

New study shows a buildup of these drugs in the brains of 10 different fish.

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10 Million Acres of New National Parks Created in Chile

10 Million Acres of New National Parks Created in Chile | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a decree Monday to create five new national parks and expand three others, following a pledge made last year with Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the president and CEO of Tompkins Conservation, to dramatically expand national parkland in the South American country.

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Liver Damage From Supplements Is on the Rise

Liver Damage From Supplements Is on the Rise | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Dietary supplements can cause liver damage. Consumer Reports says new study finds that green tea extract, marketed for weight loss, can potentially cause liver injury.
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Aerial footage of Coal Slurry Spill into Crooked Run, near Peytona WV

Aerial footage of the Coal Slurry Spill into Crooked Run from Alpha Natural Resources Coal Processing plant. Filmed March 24, 2017
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Aerial footage of Coal Slurry Spill into Crooked Run, near Peytona WV

Aerial footage of the Coal Slurry Spill into Crooked Run from Alpha Natural Resources Coal Processing plant. Filmed March 24, 2017
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After decade, still signs of coal slurry spill

After decade, still signs of coal slurry spill | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE - In parts of eastern Kentucky, the recent pictures from Hungary - of red sludge that roared from a factory's reservoir downstream into the Danube River - are all too reminiscent of what happened a decade ago.
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Diane Ravitch's blog

Diane Ravitch's blog | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A site to discuss better education for all
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Today's discussion is on clean coal as well.

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FL: Wetlands ordinance passes despite some opposition | Cleveland Tinker | Gainesville.com

FL: Wetlands ordinance passes despite some opposition | Cleveland Tinker | Gainesville.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Close to 300 people packed into the meeting room and two other rooms, and the overwhelming majority of those who spoke supported the passing of the ordinance that aims to strengthen local water quality protection.

Despite opposition from some officials from the smaller cities in Alachua County, a county-wide wetlands protection ordinance was approved by the Alachua County Commission Tuesday night.

Officials from the municipalities expressed their concern about removing an exemption in the proposed Alachua County Wetlands Protection ordinance that would exclude certain properties in urban areas in the municipalities from the ordinance.

The ordinance was adopted Tuesday night by the County Commission in a 4-1 vote during a public hearing in which dozens of opponents and supporters of the ordinance voiced their opinions during a discussion that lasted more than three hours.

Commission Chair Lee Pinkoson cast the dissenting vote. He said he didn’t like the way the county handled the process with the municipalities and took issue with removing the exemption.


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half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost

half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Coral, an animal that has survived on this planet for more than 200 million years, is in dire danger. Some species’ very existence is threatened to the brink of extinction.

More than 500 million people depend on healthy coral reefs for food. And millions more rely on thriving reefs to drive their tourism-based economies.

Valued in the billions of dollars, if not more, coral reefs protect coastal communities by creating natural sea walls that dramatically diffuse wave energy and storm surges.

They also serve as underwater rainforests, regulating atmospheric gases. They provide medicinal benefits for humans and are home to a quarter of all marine life.

But in the last 30 years, half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost, scientists say. Unprecedented bleaching — a stress response that leaves corals vulnerable to massive die-offs — has devastated reefs from Hawaii to Florida, Australia to Africa.

Several corals found in Hawaii are considered “near threatened” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Most are deemed “vulnerable” and one is critically endangered.

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The Best Kind of Breakfast to Eat, According to Metabolism Experts

The Best Kind of Breakfast to Eat, According to Metabolism Experts | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
We asked these pros to help answer some of the most common questions when it comes to discussing breakfast importance for our health.

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Sedum

Sedum | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Find essential growing information on the sedum, including: flower and foliage colors, height and width, seasonal features and special features. Check out more information about the sedum care and explore tips on planting sedum.
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OPEC's Oil Price Nightmare Is Coming True - Bloomberg

OPEC's Oil Price Nightmare Is Coming True - Bloomberg | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
U.S. shale production is surging on higher crude, now the fear is waning demand growth.
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If the world builds all its planned coal plants, climate change goals are doomed, scientists say

If the world builds all its planned coal plants, climate change goals are doomed, scientists say | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
New research finds that coal is not at all out of the picture.
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Not A Drop Good To Drink

By Andrew J. Rotherham, Opinion Contributor | Jan. 9, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

 
Not a Drop Good to Drink
 
 In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron penned "Whitey On the Moon" about public investments. Sample line: "No hot water, no toilets, no lights (but Whitey's on the moon)."

He could have written a doozy about high-priced "raw water."

Raw water is unfiltered and untreated water – in other words straight from the source. And raw water is hot. That's the takeaway from a New York Times account of Silicon Valley's growing interest in the raw water business.

If you're saying to yourself, "wait, isn't raw water what kills people all over the world?" you're on the right track. There are so many things wrong with this from the trivial to deeply symbolic.

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Sur l'île d'Okinawa, les toilettes publiques sont sans doute les plus insolites du monde

Sur l'île d'Okinawa, les toilettes publiques  sont sans doute les plus insolites du monde | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Le photographe japonais Okinawa Soba partage sur Flickr les photos des toilettes publiques les plus insolites qui croisent son chemin.


(...) Sachez qu’au Japon, c’est une véritable institution. Plus précisément sur l’île d’Okinawa sur laquelle se trouvent sans doute les toilettes publiques les plus insolites au monde.


Connu sous le pseudonyme “Okinawa Soba” sur Flickr, Rob est un photographe qui vit depuis près de 43 ans sur l’île d’Okinawa. Cette île qui appartient à la préfecture éponyme du Japon et qui comporte plus d’1,3 million d’habitants est aussi connue pour ses toilettes publiques insolites. Car oui, à Okinawa, ne vous attendez pas à trouver un simple bâtiment sobre avec des toilettes et un lavabo classique.


Dans ses différents clichés, le photographe nous fait découvrir des bâtiments absolument improbables : des toilettes publiques en forme de poisson, de crabe, de crayon ou même encore de fruit, c’est le genre d’édifice qu’il faut s’attendre à découvrir sur cette île qui a bien des secrets à vous révéler.


En tout cas, on adore l’idée qui prouve, une fois de plus, que la créativité est partout.


Pour en savoir plus sur Okinawa Soba et découvrir ses différents clichés, cliquez ici pour découvrir son profil Flickr.


Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, Katell Rochard, Sylvain Rotillon
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Things That Happen When You Actually Drink Enough Water

Things That Happen When You Actually Drink Enough Water | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Here's why staying hydrated is basically the easiest thing you can do to improve your physical and mental health.

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Should Oil Companies Be on the Hook for Climate Change Costs?

Should Oil Companies Be on the Hook for Climate Change Costs? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
From wild fires to rising sea levels, ecological disasters are expected to cost Canada $5 billion per year by 2020—and some communities want big oil to pay its share

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Aerial footage of Coal Slurry Spill into Crooked Run, near Peytona WV

Aerial footage of the Coal Slurry Spill into Crooked Run from Alpha Natural Resources Coal Processing plant. Filmed March 24, 2017
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White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Document also suggests substantial cuts to Energy Department staffing
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FEMA To End Food And Water Aid For Puerto Rico

FEMA To End Food And Water Aid For Puerto Rico | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has delivered millions of meals and gallons of water since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Four months later, it says that help is no longer needed.
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FL: Miami Considered a Previously Toxic Northwest Dade Lake for Amazon's HQ2 Site | Jerry Iannelli | MiamiNewTimes.com

FL: Miami Considered a Previously Toxic Northwest Dade Lake for Amazon's HQ2 Site | Jerry Iannelli | MiamiNewTimes.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

In 2015, residents living near Lake Carmen, a manmade body of water in unincorporated Northwest Miami-Dade, complained that a landowner had tried to fill in the lake with toxic soil that included traces of reclaimed asphalt, tile, lead, arsenic, and petroleum. But the county's Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) says it's since cleaned up the area.

Now, a source involved in Miami's bid to bring Amazon's massive new headquarters to town says that once-poisonous site has been pitched as a possible location. The site at 1800 NW 119th St. is the second major location to leak out from Miami's HQ2 bid. The source confirmed to New Times today that the site on 119th Street had been included as part of Miami's pitch to Amazon. New Times has confirmed that Miami-Dade's Beacon Council, the county's central economic-development agency, was gathering information about the property last year.


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Découverte : une mousse dépolluante contre le plomb dans les nappes phréatiques

Découverte : une mousse dépolluante contre le plomb dans les nappes phréatiques | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs japonais ont découvert une mousse qui absorbe le plomb des nappes phréatiques, en emmagasinant les métaux lourds dans ses propres cellules.

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