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If no farmland and no forests and no water and no fish - then what?
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Wanted: Better Indicators of Agriculture's Environmental Impact

How does the world feed more than 9 billion people in the year 2050 in a manner that not only advances economic development but also reduces agriculture’s impact on the environment? This is the big question my colleagues and I are tackling in the current World Resources Report.

But an important follow-up question is “How will we know if we’re on the right path?”

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Who controls our food? | DW Environment | DW.COM | 12.01.2017

Who controls our food? | DW Environment | DW.COM | 12.01.2017 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Ever more power over food production is concentrated in the hands of ever fewer massive multinationals - with grave implications for food security and the environment.
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According to the non-profit, ETC Group (pdf), small-scale farmers feed around 70% of the world’s population and do so mainly with seeds saved from one harvest to the next rather than commercially purchased seed. Changes in government policies that favor big corporations’ desire for more large-scale industrial agriculture will directly threaten small farmers’ livelihoods.

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Solar-powered Farm From a Box is a compact farm kit that feeds 150 people

Solar-powered Farm From a Box is a compact farm kit that feeds 150 people | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Farm From a Box fits all the essential equipment for a two-acre farm inside a shipping container, including solar power generation and a complete water system.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 12, 2017 4:39 PM
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This bumble bee was everywhere. Now it’s on the endangered species list.

This bumble bee was everywhere. Now it’s on the endangered species list. | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
For the first time in American history, a bumble bee species has been placed on the endangered species list. It probably won’t be the last.

The rusty patched bumble bee was so prevalent 20 years ago that pedestrians in Midwest cities fought to shoo them away. Now, even trained scientists and experienced bee watchers find it difficult to lay eyes on them. “I’ve never seen one, and I live here pretty close to where there have been populations documented,” said Tamara Smith, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist stationed in Minneapolis.
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Forget Cattle Rustling—Watch Out For Bee Rustlers

In the middle of December, a “bee rustler” made off with 300 of Randy Verhoek’s honeybee colonies. Verhoek, a Danbury resident who keeps his bees on a ranch in Manvel, says the total value of the stolen colonies is about $90,000. In a Facebook post he made on a public group called “Commercial Beekeepers” on January 6, Verhoek offered a “BIG reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the prosecution of this lowest life form.” The post has nearly a hundred comments from other beekeepers in Texas and California, commiserating his loss and sharing their own stories of thefts.
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Yellowstone fish deaths point to huge toll of human activity on rivers

Yellowstone fish deaths point to huge toll of human activity on rivers | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Last August, the Yellowstone made national headlines when a parasite killed thousands of fish, mostly whitefish. Fear of spreading the parasite to other waterways forced Montana officials to close the river to fishermen, rafters, and boaters. At the height of summer, the stunningly scenic, trout-rich river was eerily deserted. Fishing re-opened in the fall, but the parasite has been found in other Montana waterways.
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Bill would take Midwest, Wyoming wolves off endangered list

Some members of Congress are making another run at taking gray wolves in the upper Midwest and Wyoming off the endangered list.
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Midwest Bee Is Placed on Endangered Species List

Midwest Bee Is Placed on Endangered Species List | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The rusty patched bumblebee was named to the endangered species list Tuesday, the first bee species in the continental U.S. to receive that designation amid widespread bee losses in the past two decades.
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People are building ever-bigger homes on vulnerable beaches | Anthropocene

People are building ever-bigger homes on vulnerable beaches | Anthropocene | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Homes along stretches of the Florida coastline where people have added sand to beaches are larger than those along stretches where no such efforts have occurred, according to a new study.

The practice of supplementing sand, called beach nourishment, has been common since the 1970s as a means of reducing and repairing damage from storms and erosion. But it could leave people who live along the shore more vulnerable by creating a false sense of security and encouraging more development.
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Secrets of the Brazilian Cerrado | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.01.2017

Secrets of the Brazilian Cerrado | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.01.2017 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Deforestation, agricultural expansion and fires have destroyed nearly 60 percent of the world's most biologically rich savanna, the Cerrado. Global Ideas views the region in pictures.
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California Floods Its Fields to Keep Its Cities From Flooding

California Floods Its Fields to Keep Its Cities From Flooding | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
TO SEE HOW CLOSE California is to being drowned by its recent winter storms, just look to the small crowd of spectators and TV newscasters gathered yesterday on the northwest side of the state capital hoping to watch state water managers open the gates of the Sacramento Weir. The weir, something between a dam and a levee, lets dangerously high water spill over its top into a long, narrow, floodplain filled with rice paddies, grain fields, and other row crops.
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Honey bees are in trouble across Pennsylvania

“Honey bees are in trouble,” a pamphlet at the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA) booth at the 2017 state farm show proclaimed.

A former PSBA president reinforced that proclamation.
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China Leaves U.S. in Dust With $361 Billion Renewable Energy Investment

China Leaves U.S. in Dust With $361 Billion Renewable Energy Investment | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
While climate activists in the U.S. mount a resistance to the incoming climate-change-denying Trump administration, on the other side of the Pacific, environmentalists have reason to celebrate: China on Thursday announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 11, 2017 10:25 AM
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Exxon Ordered to Fork Over 40 Years of Climate Research

Exxon Ordered to Fork Over 40 Years of Climate Research | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
ExxonMobil was dealt a major blow on Wednesday after a Massachusetts judge ordered the company to hand in more than 40 years of climate research.

On Wednesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Heidi E. Brieger denied the oil giant a protective order that would have blocked Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's subpoenas for Exxon's internal research on climate change.
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Monsanto threatens legal action over Vermont GMO labeling bill | The Raw Story

Monsanto threatens legal action over Vermont GMO labeling bill | The Raw Story | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

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I was wrong about vertical farms; Aerofarms shows how to make them really work.

I was wrong about vertical farms; Aerofarms shows how to make them really work. | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Can I hit delete on ten years worth of posts?

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Neonicotinoids: A serious threat for flower-hopping life-bringers and many more animals

Neonicotinoids: A serious threat for flower-hopping life-bringers and many more animals | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
At this point most people know about neonicotinoids and the serious risk they pose to honey bees. Bees are a link in a chain of biodiversity and pollination of incredible value to our food production. Up to 75% of our crops directly or indirectly depend on pollination. We need to start protecting our pollinators against the threat pesticides like neonicotinoids pose. In 2013 scientific findings in Europe lead to a partial ban of four of the worst bee-harming pesticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and fipronil) – at least when they are used on crops which are attractive to honey bees.
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It's Official: First Bumble Bee Species Listed as Endangered in 'Race Against Extinction'

It's Official: First Bumble Bee Species Listed as Endangered in 'Race Against Extinction' | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has declared the rusty patched bumble bee an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). This is the first-ever bumble bee in the U.S., and the first wild bee of any kind in the contiguous 48 states, to receive ESA protection.
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Collapse of Gulf Stream poses threat to life as we know it | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 11.01.2017

Collapse of Gulf Stream poses threat to life as we know it | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 11.01.2017 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
There's nothing quite like an out-there climate prediction to elicit a looming end-of-the-world scenario from the doomsday press. The findings from recent research into what is known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) - or the Gulf Stream system - have presented just such an opportunity. 
The study, which was published in Science Advances, explores the "overlooked" possibility that the Gulf Stream system could collapse under climate change, bringing with it a period of "prominent cooling" that would have significant implications for life as we know it.
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Environmental groups plan to sue feds over PolyMet mine's impacts on wolves, lynx

Environmental groups plan to sue feds over PolyMet mine's impacts on wolves, lynx | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
One day after the federal government approved a land exchange for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in far northeastern Minnesota, the Center for Biological Diversity and Earthworks have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service.

The groups argue the open-pit mine would destroy nearly 4,000 acres of habitat for wolves and lynx. In a biological opinion released last February, the Fish and Wildlife Service said that included about 1,500 acres of "critical habitat" for the Canada lynx.
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Coral bleaching kills 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef:The Asahi Shimbun

Coral bleaching kills 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef:The Asahi Shimbun | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Coral bleaching has killed 70.1 percent of the nation’s largest coral reef as of the end of 2016, up from 56.7 percent just a few months earlier, the Environment Ministry said.

Warmer seawater temperatures last summer are believed to have caused coral bleaching to spread to 90 percent of the Sekiseishoko coral reef in Okinawa Prefecture.

The ministry report, released on Jan. 10, was based on a study conducted in November and December on conditions at 35 points in the Sekiseishoko coral reef, a popular diving area covering about 400 square kilometers between Ishigakijima and Iriomotejima islands.

The previous figure of 56.7 percent was based on a survey conducted in September and October.
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malek's comment, January 11, 2017 2:02 PM
As humans, we're tied to the oceans: show some respect
pdeppisch's comment, January 11, 2017 3:25 PM
Yup! We ain't gonna! Money aka survival aka economics is trump. The Tragedy of the Commons is alive and well despite some believers that we could change it. But the IMF and World Bank pursue economic strategies in the name of progress that destroy cultures and the planet.
Eric Larson's curator insight, January 12, 2017 4:38 PM
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Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss

Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Climate change has already led to the vanishing of some bird species in parts of England, where intensively farmed land gives them no room to adapt to warming temperatures. The revelation, in a new scientific study, contradicts previous suggestions that birds are tracking global warming by shifting their ranges.

The research found that birds that prefer cooler climes, such as meadow pipits, willow tits and willow warblers, have disappeared from sites in south-east England and East Anglia, where intensive crop growing is common.
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Of blue bills and Colombian conservation | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.01.2017

Of blue bills and Colombian conservation | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.01.2017 | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Project area: 4,500 hectares
Blue-billed curassow habitat: 98 percent has been destroyed
Estimated blue-billed curassow population: 300 to 500 animals
Bird species in the project area: 360
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Tighter koala protection rules for Australian loggers - BBC News

Tighter koala protection rules for Australian loggers - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Timber companies in south-eastern Australia will be subject to stringent new rules protecting koalas.
From April, firms managing blue gum plantations in Victoria state's Green Triangle region will be required to have a "koala management plan" in place, the state government says. That will include using koala spotters to keep a lookout for the animals while trees are being felled, and if one of the furry creatures is spotted then several trees surrounding it must be spared.
Unlike some Australian states, Victoria has an abundance of koalas, and in some parts there are so many that they're running out of trees.
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PlayGround -The world’s biggest urban green project

PlayGround -The world’s biggest urban green project | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
#MostViewed2016 The world’s biggest urban nature project is in Mexico and is called VIA VERDE.
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