User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Independent
Category: Specific Organisms :: Plants
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How You Can Help Save The Bees -- Even In Winter 25.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
America’s bees haven’t had the best year. Last month, seven species of Hawaiian bees were declared endangered in the United States — a first for the insect. There are fears that the rusty-patched bumble bee , endemic to North America, is also nearing extinction. Researchers discovered earlier this year that U.S. beekeepers had lost more than 42 percent of their honeybee colonies since 2015. “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 in May. Bees are vital to our food supply. About 65 percent of plant species rely on the creatures for pollination. “A world without bees would be almost impossible to contemplate ,” wrote entomologist Mark Winston in his 2014 book Bee Time. Worryingly, however, in the past decade, there’s been a “precipitous drop” in bee populations around the world, Winston said. The insects are under threat from a range of perils, including pesticides and other ...
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What's the best way to improve bee habitats? 24.11.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
There’s more to making pollinators happy than planting lots of flowers.
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Latest: Feds plan sagebrush survey 21.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
The data could provide a blueprint for science-based decisions.
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What's the Best Way to Improve Bee Habitat? 20.11.2016 Truthout.com
Each morning last summer, Michael Roswell walked through restored meadows and abandoned New Jersey farm fields, where leggy grasses and weeds grew unchecked and thick patches of bee balm, black-eyed Susans, mountain mints, goldenrod and purple-loosestrife added shots of magenta, yellow, and white. Each time a bee landed, Roswell would swing his sweep net, capturing the insect so he could identify it by species. A doctoral student at Rutgers University, he was trying to answer a seemingly simple question: What kinds of flowers do bees like? The answer may be complicated. A  recent analysis  by researchers at the US Geological Survey detected genetic material from more than 260 different flowering plant groups in the pollen of North Dakota honeybees. And honeybees are just one species: All told, the  US Department of Agriculture estimates  there are  more than 4,000 bee species  in the United States alone. A field bursting with blooms is a bee's delight. Researchers are working to identify how to optimize ...
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Friday's Morning Email: Trump Picks National Security Adviser And Attorney General 18.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
TOP STORIES TRUMP OFFERS RETIRED GENERAL MIKE FLYNN POSITION AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER The job means that Flynn would be Trump’s safeguard in final decisions about encounters in the South China Sea or flyovers with Russia . Take a look at the retired three-star general’s controversial remarks during the campaign, which included defending the Muslim ban proposal and waterboarding . Trump has also offered Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the position of attorney general , the nation’s top law enforcement officer.  John Bolton and Mitt Romney are the top contenders for secretary of state. [ Marina Fang, HuffPost ] TRUMP CLAIMS CREDIT FOR KEEPING FORD PLANT FROM CLOSING IN KENTUCKY Only problem? The plant was never closing. [ Arthur Delaney, HuffPost ] JAPANESE-AMERICAN LAWMAKERS CALL ON TRUMP TO DENOUNCE INTERNMENT CAMP COMMENTS FROM SUPPORTER And to condemn the suggestion to return to “one of the darkest chapters in American history.” [ Carla Herreria, HuffPost ] THE NORTH POLE IS 36 DEGREES WARMER THAN IT ...
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Saving seeds in the North Pole 18.11.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
With American climate policy now highly uncertain, the founder of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault talks about his efforts to protect our agricultural future.
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Arup designs a living wall scaffold for London renovation 4.11.2016 TreeHugger
It looks a lot better than the usual kind, cleans the air and absorbs noise.
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Headlines for October 27, 2016 27.10.2016 Democracy Now!
Airstrike Hits Syrian School, Killing 22, Mostly Children, U.S., Britain Pledges Troops in NATO Buildup on Russian Border, U.S. Adds Secret Drone Base in Tunisia, Pipeline Guards Could Face Charges for Unleashing Dogs on Protesters, Authorities Shut Down Roads & Airspace Near Pipeline, 15 Arrested at Sen. Schumer's Office Protesting Spectra Energy AIM Pipeline, Hacked Emails Reveal Clinton Aides Worried About Foundation Activity, Hundreds of Residents of Trump Place in NYC Sign "Dump the Trump Name" Petition, Ex-GOP Congressmember: "If Trump Loses, I'm Grabbing My Musket", For First Time U.S. Abstains U.N. Vote Condemning Cuban Embargo, WWF: Two-Thirds of World's Wildlife Could Be Gone by 2020 in "Sixth Extinction", Ten Immigrant Rights Arrested After Chaining Themselves to GW Bridge, Green Party Senatorial Candidate in Maryland Disrupts Debate After Being Excluded
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Molecular signature shows plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide 26.10.2016 Environmental News Network
Plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide according to a new study from the University of SouthamptonThe research, published in the journal Global Change Biology, provides insight into the long-term impacts of rising CO2 and the implications for global food security and nature conservation.Lead author Professor Gail Taylor, from Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton, said: “Atmospheric CO2 is rising – emissions grew faster in the 2000s than the 1990s and the concentration of CO2 reached 400 ppm for the first time in recorded history in 2013.
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The Monarch Migration in Peril! 16.10.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In partnership with The Monarch Butterfly Fund, Monarch Watch and other partners, The Nobelity Project is releasing my new short film on the Monarchs and how we can all help save the migration. Watch the film; read the story; do your part. Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission from The Nobelity Project on Vimeo . When I was kid, the bi-annual migrations of Monarch butterflies through Texas was pure joy - blue skies filled with clouds of giant, orange butterflies winging south in the Fall and north in the Spring. We knew the Monarchs went to Mexico for the winter, but not much more as this was years before the decades old mystery of the monarchs was solved by the 1975 discovery of the Monarch's winter retreat atop forested mountains in Michoacan. I first saw the winter spectacle twenty-plus years ago when writing a story about the Monarchs for Texas Monthly magazine. Levels of tourism in the Butterfly reserves were still low, and my adventure began with an old man pointing an ancient Spanish blunderbuss at me in ...
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One university's fight against invasive species 12.10.2016 TreeHugger
How Cornell University is protecting its nature preserves from the threat of invasive plants and animals.
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Create a viral grassroots sustainability program in 7 steps 20.9.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Sponsored article: The passions of our employees can be your greatest asset when launching a major sustainability effort. Here's a case study from CH2M.
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Chasing the rarest bumblebee in the world 15.9.2016 Writers on the Range
A group of Oregonians searches for the disappearing Franklin’s bee.
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Climbers Are Scaling The World's Tallest Trees In An Effort To Save Them 7.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A group of dedicated tree-climbers are scaling towering trees in an effort to help heal the planet. Protected with little more than a harness and some rope,arborist Jake Milarch has scaled redwoods topping 300 feet — that’s as tall as the Statue of Liberty. “It’s a humbling experience being next to something so big and so old,” said Milarch from his home in Copemish, Michigan, last month. “Some of these trees have survived for 4,000 years. It’s pretty cool.” Climbing these enormous trees is electrifying, but Milarch’s ascents aren’t for mere thrill-seeking. His family runs the nonprofit  Archangel Ancient Tree Archive , which has attempted to preserve some of America’s biggest and most ancient old-growth trees since its founding seven years ago. The arborists climb these trees to collect genetic material from their branches. The goal: to clone this material for safekeeping and reforestation elsewhere . “Old-growth trees are some of the largest, oldest things on Earth,” said David Milarch, Jake Milarch’s ...
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Defense bill threatens sage grouse survival 7.9.2016 Writers on the Range
A sneaky amendment would block protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more! 6.9.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The IUCN have concentrated on plant species and great apes and Africa in their latest update to the Red List.
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Is there a way to revive drought-stricken soil? 5.9.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In Colorado, potato-farming brothers are saving water by using cover crops innovatively.
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Time to make peace with invasive species? 5.9.2016 Current Issue
A conversation with climate science director Stephen Jackson about why and where we should tolerate non-native invaders.
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Climate change has less impact on drought than previously expected 1.9.2016 Environmental News Network
As a multiyear drought grinds on in the Southwestern United States, many wonder about the impact of global climate change on more frequent and longer dry spells. As humans emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, how will water supply for people, farms, and forests be affected?A new study from the University of California, Irvine and the University of Washington shows that water conserved by plants under high CO2 conditions compensates for much of the effect of warmer temperatures, retaining more water on land than predicted in commonly used drought assessments.According to the study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the implications of plants needing less water with more CO2 in the environment changes assumptions of climate change impacts on agriculture, water resources, wildfire risk, and plant growth.
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Climate Change Pledges Not Nearly Enough to Save Tropical Ecosystems 28.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
US Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris Agreement at the UN in New York while holding granddaughter Dobbs Higginson on his lap. Scientists warn that the agreement is insufficient to prevent disastrous climate change. (Photo courtesy of US Department of State) The Paris Agreement marked the biggest political milestone to combat climate change since scientists first introduced us in the late 1980s to perhaps humanity's greatest existential crisis. Last December, 178 nations pledged to do their part to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels -- adding on an even more challenging, but aspirational goal of holding temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). To this end, each nation produced a pledge to cut it's own carbon emissions, targeting everything from the burning of fossil fuels to deforestation to agriculture. It seems like a Herculean task, bound, the optimistic say, to bring positive ...
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