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How farming giant seaweed can feed fish and fix the climate Environment Featured 

How farming giant seaweed can feed fish and fix the climate

World (Conversation) – Bren Smith, an ex-industrial trawler man, operates a farm in Long Island Sound, near New Haven, Connecticut. Fish are not the focus of his new enterprise, but rather kelp and high-value shellfish. The seaweed and mussels grow on floating ropes, from which hang baskets filled with scallops and oysters. The technology allows for the production of about 40 tonnes of kelp and a million bivalves per hectare per year. The kelp draw in so much carbon dioxide that they help de-acidify the water, providing an ideal environment for shell growth. The CO₂ is taken out of Read More

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Transgenic Fish Are Ready For Us, But Are We Ready For Them? Featured Food Science and Nature 

Transgenic Fish Are Ready For Us, But Are We Ready For Them?

North America (Ensia) – After decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty aims to bring genetically engineered salmon to U.S. and Canadian markets next year. On a hill above the cold waters around Prince Edward Island, technicians painstakingly create fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs that include growth-enhancing DNA from two other fish species. The eggs will be shipped to tanks in the high rainforest of Panama, where they will produce fish that mature far more quickly than normal farmed salmon. More than 20 years after first seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AquaBounty Technologies of Maynard, Massachusetts, plans Read More

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Greed Music: Susy Sun’s ‘Selfish Love’ Featured Music 

Greed Music: Susy Sun’s ‘Selfish Love’

Los Angeles (Girl Underground) – Dripping with feel good indie-pop, Los Angeles-based artist Susy Sun, takes the act of being selfish from a relationship to a larger platform for her “Selfish Love” video, off her self-titled EP. The sweet tune is basked in the warm rays of Southern California and displays the beauty that is all around us, simultaneously also revealing how the simple act of “turning the other way” dissolves this very beauty. A post shared by Susy Sun (@susysunmusic) on Jun 14, 2017 at 10:21am PDT “The song itself is touching on the idea of being selfish in a relationship, but for the video I widened the scope and wanted to Read More

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Monsanto Found Guilty by Tribunal: Human Rights Violations, Crimes Against Humanity & Ecocide Environment Featured Politics 

Monsanto Found Guilty by Tribunal: Human Rights Violations, Crimes Against Humanity & Ecocide

United States (ANHUSA) – The International Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Last October, eminent judges heard testimonies from victims. Last week, following procedures established by the International Court of Justice, judges presiding over the tribunal delivered its legal opinion regarding Monsanto’s impact on human rights, the environment, access to food, and scientific integrity after hearing testimony from thirty witnesses and experts from around the world. Their conclusion: Monsanto’s business activities infringe on our right to a clean, sustainable Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Defenders of the Environment & Human Rights Activism Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Defenders of the Environment & Human Rights

World (openDemocracy) – “What is the state? We are the state! The state is the state thanks to us” said Havva Ana (Mother Eve), a 63-year old woman who, in July 2015, joined a demonstration to block the demolition of ancient forests in Rize, Turkey. What Havva Ana meant was that the state depends on the people for its legitimacy – and that it must not prioritise short-term profit over their rights and wellbeing. The forests of Çamlıhemşin have, for hundreds of years, provided livelihoods and ancestral connection in the Black Sea region. In the face of the destruction, Read More

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World’s Largest Solar Park Nearly Complete Environment Science and Nature 

World’s Largest Solar Park Nearly Complete

India (Sputnik) – The single largest solar park in the world, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 megawatts, is nearing completion in India. The nine-square-mile Kurnal Ultra Mega Solar Park, which has cost 70 billion rupees ($1.09 billion) of both public and private money to construct, contains 4 million solar modules. The park is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state, which in recent years has distinguished itself as the solar power capital of India. It is a joint endeavor of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation, a private venture company mostly owned by government corporations. Construction of the Read More

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Waste Not, Want Not: One Simple Thing You Can Do To Save the Planet Activism Environment Featured 

Waste Not, Want Not: One Simple Thing You Can Do To Save the Planet

World (OtherWords) – We all know our consumer society creates far too much waste. OtherWords columnist and author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It Jill Richardson proposes a simple way to keep unwanted, but still useful items, out of landfills.  My neighbor moved out this week. I learned that when I found a moving truck blocking my car and I couldn’t get out of the driveway. No matter — by the end of the day, the truck was gone. In its place, however, was a queen-sized pillow-top mattress, a wooden Read More

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Weather Modification Experiment Ceased Due to Flooding Concerns Featured Science and Nature Technology 

Weather Modification Experiment Ceased Due to Flooding Concerns

World (NSF) – Editor’s Note: A cloud-seeding experiment in Idaho was recently forced to cease due to heavier than usual snowfall and potential flooding dangers. When even the weather becomes a commodity to be bought and sold, does the natural environment stand a chance? Following is the report from the National Science Foundation, a federally-funded research agency. Can cloud seeding — dispersing particles into the air with the aim of increasing precipitation — increase snowfall? This winter, a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) conducted a cloud-seeding project in southwestern Idaho to try to answer that Read More

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Fed Up With Local Government, Siberian Environmentalists Beg Leonardo DiCaprio for Help Activism 

Fed Up With Local Government, Siberian Environmentalists Beg Leonardo DiCaprio for Help

Russia (GV) – According to a popular legend many Russians learn in school, the Russian people 11 centuries ago invited “managers” from Scandinavia to come and help rule over their lands. The so-called “Varangian” tribe leaders (coming from the territories of modern Sweden and Norway) had a knack for good governance, and they were enormously helpful in Old Rus, the story goes. The age of the Varangians came and went, but some Russians today are still looking abroad for another savior. In Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia, local environmentalists have found their man: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio. In order to draw attention to air pollution that’s Read More

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Proposed Ban on Agricultural Neurotoxin Refused By EPA Featured Science and Nature 

Proposed Ban on Agricultural Neurotoxin Refused By EPA

Kailua, Hawaii (GREED) – Although numerous studies point to potential health hazards, EPA head Scott Pruitt denied the previous administration’s petition to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide that is especially dangerous to young children. The agrochemical of household use has been discontinued in the U.S. for nearly two decades, and despite an overwhelming amount of evidence suggesting that the substance is dangerous to humans and the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a go-ahead last week to its continued use in agricultural applications. The chemical is known to pollute water supplies and has even has Read More

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