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Miracle in the Sahara: Oasis Sediments Archive Dramatic History - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Miracle in the Sahara: Oasis Sediments Archive Dramatic History - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A marvel of nature, the lakes of Ounianga in the Sahara Desert have lasted thousands of years and withstood dramatic climate change. Now, a German geologist has analyzed lakebed sediments to shed light on a spectacular chapter in human history.
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Beyond the animal brain: plants have cognitive capacities too – Laura Ruggles | Aeon Essays

Beyond the animal brain: plants have cognitive capacities too – Laura Ruggles | Aeon Essays | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
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At first glance, the Cornish mallow (Lavatera cretica) is little more than an unprepossessing weed. It has pinkish flowers and broad, flat leaves that track sunlight throughout the day. However, it’s what the mallow does at night that has propelled this humble plant into the scientific spotlight. Hours before the dawn, it springs into action, turning its leaves to face the anticipated direction of the sunrise. The mallow seems to remember where and when the Sun has come up on previous days, and acts to make sure it can gather as much light energy as possible each morning. When scientists try to confuse mallows in their laboratories by swapping the location of the light source, the plants simply learn the new orientation.
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Energy Minister’s Fracking Defence Ignores Research | The Tyee

Mungall, Liberal critics silent on risks of water contamination and methane leaks, despite science.
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Glyphosate - The Sick Children of Argentina | All media content |

Glyphosate - The Sick Children of Argentina | All media content | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

"Glyphosate is used intensively over wide areas in Argentina. A total of 300 million liters per year is used on genetically-modified crops that include soybeans, cotton, and tobacco. In some parts of Argentina, the number of new cases of cancer has tripled over the last decade. Congenital deformities in newborns have quadrupled."

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EU eyes high-tech cleanup for plastic pollution in rivers | DW Environment 

EU eyes high-tech cleanup for plastic pollution in rivers | DW Environment  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
In an alley in downtown Vienna, a cold November wind blows fluffy white pellets across the pavement, swirling into drifts near the gutter at the curb. But it's too early for snow. What's piling up is plastic — polystyrene insulation foam, to be exact.
When rain washes the bits into the sewers, some of it ends up in the River Danube, which dumps 4.2 tons of plastic into the Black Sea every day. 
About 13 million tons of plastic pollution per year are choking the world's oceans. Sea turtles die because they mistake floating bags for jellyfish, crabs ingest microplastic particles through their gills, and plastic fibers are turning up in tap water around the world.
There's an urgent need to clean up plastic pollution — and the European Union wants to test new high-tech solutions under its Horizon 2020 project. 
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The EU Should Do More Than Give Pledges On Climate Finance

The EU Should Do More Than Give Pledges On Climate Finance | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Listening to Europe speak in Bonn, Germany during the recent conference on how to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, it is possible to be get carried away thinking, nay believing, that the global response is well underway. But it isn’t. Talk of European progress and solidarity with developing countries is not enough.

The French President’s proposal to solve a problem that is on the horizon is promising. Starting 2018, the IPCC will have all the money that it needs, declared Emmanuel Macron. His camaraderie was aimed at plugging a hole in the organization’s €59 million 2018-2019 budget expected when the Americans finally absolve themselves of their responsibilities to solve a problem they substantially helped to create – and still do.
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'Zero tolerance' plan for plastic pollution

'Zero tolerance' plan for plastic pollution | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit.
Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.
At the moment ships are prohibited from dumping plastic overboard but there's no international law against plastics flooding into the sea from the land.
Experts say ocean plastics are an obvious subject for a global treaty: plastics present a large-scale threat.
Plastic pollution doesn't recognise international borders.
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How does Japan get away with 'horrific' whale hunting?

How does Japan get away with 'horrific' whale hunting? | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Animal rights activists insist that the international community could have done more to stop what they consider to be thinly disguised commercial whaling. Japan says it is for research purposes. Julian Ryall reports.
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Germany court boosts Peruvian challenge to energy giant RWE | News |

Germany court boosts Peruvian challenge to energy giant RWE | News | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A court in northwestern Germany has agreed to hear a Peruvian farmer's case against power company RWE over damage to his Andean home. Campaigners say the decision is an "historic breakthrough with global relevance."
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Bloody sewage 'threatens' wild salmon

Bloody sewage 'threatens' wild salmon | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A Canadian fish processing plant is under scrutiny after footage was released showing bloody effluent being discharged into British Columbia's waters.

The "very graphic" images have raised concerns the wastewater could spread disease to the province's Pacific wild salmon population.

A constant stream of billowing bright red liquid is seen rippling and mixing into the otherwise clear waters.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," says photographer Tavish Campbell who filmed the footage during underwater dives between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

"I was grossed out at the same time I was feeling mad," he says. "I was just in shock."

The effluent flowed into waters around BC's Discovery Islands where wild Fraser River sockeye salmon migrate each year .

The red water samples collected later tested positive for pathogens potentially harmful to fish: PRV and Piscirickettsia salmonis bacteria.
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Chernobyl goes green | DW | 

Chernobyl goes green | DW |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
A German-Ukrainian consortium is setting up a solar array in the exclusion zone around the site of one of the worst nuclear power plant disasters in history. Starting in February, it will deliver clean energy to the surrounding region.
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Fighting for clean beaches in Mumbai | DW Environment |

Fighting for clean beaches in Mumbai | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Mumbai's beaches are covered in trash. While most people just complain, one man has set out to change that - and kicked off the largest beach clean-up project in the world.
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German activists lose bid to halt Hambach mine expansion | DW Environment |

German activists lose bid to halt Hambach mine expansion | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
An environmental group has failed in its legal bid to stop the controversial expansion of Germany's biggest lignite mine. Activists say the operation threatens the Hambach forest, home to a number of endangered species.
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EPA Allowing Widespread Use of Unapproved Pesticides, Study Finds

EPA Allowing Widespread Use of Unapproved Pesticides, Study Finds | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has routinely been allowing use of unapproved pesticides under the pretext of an "emergency" when no actual emergency exists, according to an analysis released Monday by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The abuse of the emergency provision has created a loophole allowing the widespread use of unapproved pesticides, year after year, across millions of acres in ways that are either known to be harmful to wildlife or haven't been tested to be safe.

In one case the EPA has granted 78 "emergency" exceptions over the past six years for a well-known, bee-killing pesticide called sulfoxaflor, allowing its use on more than 17.5 million acres of U.S. farmland.
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The app that’s naming and shaming China’s polluters

The app that’s naming and shaming China’s polluters | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Factories caught cheating face repercussions. Ma’s non-profit organisation has caused some to be banished from Apple’s supplier list, be denied a desired credit rating to issue bonds or even be deprived of bank loans. For Ma, that is more effective than starting protests or lobbying local governments, which tend to raise the ire of the authorities in China.

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China's crackdown set an alarm for big corporate. They are now bringing their efforts together for a more sustainable world. Are you part of the movement? 

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The difficult task of tracking deadly wood | DW Environment |

The difficult task of tracking deadly wood | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Logging is a cause of murder in the Amazon rainforest. And a Greenpeace report has shown that European companies still buy wood that comes from blood-stained sources.
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Red List: Human activity threatens thousands of species with extinction | 

Red List: Human activity threatens thousands of species with extinction |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's annual Red List assesses 90,000 species — 25,000 face extinction. Farming, fishing, animal trafficking and climate change are driving many species to the brink.
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Wild crops pushed to brink of extinction

Wild crops pushed to brink of extinction | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are being pushed to the brink of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
More than 20 rice, wheat and yam plants have been listed as threatened on the latest version of the IUCN's Red list.
The wild plants are being squeezed out by intensive farming, deforestation and urban sprawl, say scientists.
Modern crops can be crossbred with their wild cousins to safeguard foods.
''To lose them would be a disaster,'' said Dr Nigel Maxted of the University of Birmingham, who is co-chair of the IUCN's specialist group on crop wild relatives.
''It would be much more difficult to maintain food security without them.''
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New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
It's been working less than a month but already the UK-Dutch-built Sentinel-5P satellite is returning spectacular new views of Earth's atmosphere.
The spacecraft was designed to make daily global maps of the gases and particles that pollute the air.
The first sample images released by mission scientists show plumes of nitrogen dioxide flowing away from power plants and traffic-choked cities.
S5P has even captured the ash and sulphur emissions from Agung volcano.
The mountain, sited on the Indonesian island of Bali, is in the midst of a big eruption.
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Climate Deniers Are Like 'Elites Expecting to Survive Nuclear Winter'

Climate Deniers Are Like 'Elites Expecting to Survive Nuclear Winter' | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Intensifying climate deterioration risks exacerbating cross border tensions and provoking war, which will surely some da
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Almost all plastic in the ocean comes from just 10 rivers | DW Environment |

Almost all plastic in the ocean comes from just 10 rivers | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Most of the plastic in our oceans doesn't get dumped there directly, rivers carry it to the sea. As it turns out, a very small number of them do most of the damage.
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The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex

The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Pan Pan saved his species by being really, really, ridiculously good at sex. Before Pan Pan, experts thought that building up a stable population of captive pandas was going to require extensive use of artificial insemination. Pan Pan not only led the way on reproducing in captivity, he taught us that pandas were perfectly capable of doing it for themselves — and they’re now increasingly allowed to do so. Scientists say giant pandas represent, hands down, the most successful captive animal breeding program humans have ever embarked on, and, partly, we have Pan Pan to thank. He was a big, fluffy stud muffin, and he was beloved. “It sounds kind of weird,” Wille said of their first meeting in 2012. “Most people want to meet rock stars or movie stars. I wanted to meet Pan Pan. He was a legend.”
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What is the tragedy of the commons? - Nicholas Amendolare

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I first read about the Tragedy of the Commons some 30+ years ago. It was written by Garret Hardin. And we, humans, have not learned at all. The cod is gone and The sharks are going. The salmon is going. Thanks for this very good video. It is much appreciated. And what a tragedy that we, humans, can't get it together.
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The persistent plastic problem | DW Environment | 

The persistent plastic problem | DW Environment |  | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
500 billion plastic bags used — for an average of just fifteen minutes
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Poland says it's complying with EU warning to stop logging or face fines | DW Environment |

Poland says it's complying with EU warning to stop logging or face fines | DW Environment | | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Although the Polish government insists it is following a European Union court ruling that ordered a stop to logging in the Bialowieza forest, it continues to cut trees — for the purpose of "public safety."
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Senate Republicans Push for Extinction of North Carolina's Red Wolf

Senate Republicans Push for Extinction of North Carolina's Red Wolf | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Tucked away in the Senate report accompanying Monday's funding bill for the Department of the Interior is a directive to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to "end the Red Wolf recovery program and declare the Red Wolf extinct."
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