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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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Restoring the Climate: War Is Not the Answer 26.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Judith Schwartz

Author and climate activist Bill McKibben has published a manifesto to “declare war” on climate change. While I agree about the urgency, I question the wisdom of invoking warfare. For one, how well have our battles against vast, multifaceted problems worked out?

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Lawsuit Launched to Speed Endangered Species Act Protection for 417 Species 23.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to act on petitions to protect more than 417 animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act. The notice includes species from across the United States, including Florida sandhill cranes, coastal flatwood crayfish, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and many ...
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Delta flood’s carbon footprint, floodplain fallout and purple fungi fighters 22.8.2016 Current Issue
HCN.org news in brief.
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The Climate Catastrophe Cannot Be Reversed Within the Capitalist Culture 18.8.2016 Truthout.com
The biodiversity that supports the planetary ecosystem as we and our ancestors have known it is imperiled. We face a clear choice: radical political transformation or deepening mass extinction. Did you know that the Earth loses about one hundred species every day? In Extinction: A Radical History, Ashley Dawson ties together history, science and political theory to explain the impact of humans and capitalism on the world's ecosystems. Get your copy of this book by making a tax-deductible donation to Truthout! The following is the introduction to Extinction: A Radical History: His face was hacked off. Left prostrate in the red dust, to be preyed on by vultures, his body remained intact except for the obscene hole where his magnificent six foot long tusks used to be. Satao was a so-called tusker, an African elephant with a rare genetic strain that produced tusks so long that they dangled to the ground, making him a prime attraction in Kenya's Tsavo East National Park. These beautiful tusks also made him ...
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Flowering meadows benefit humankind 18.8.2016 Environmental News Network
The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in "Nature". More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, including the Technical University of Munich, the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt. A diverse ecosystem populated by many species from all levels of the food chain provides higher levels of ecosystem services, the team reports. Even rather unpopular insects and invisible soil-dwelling organisms are important in maintaining a wide range of ecosystem services. The results underline the necessity of maintaining species-rich ecosystems for the good of humanity.
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18 Years of Data Links Neonics to Bee Decline 17.8.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

New evidence shows that the controversial pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, could be linked to bee population decline.

A new study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, looks at wild bee populations relative to the use of neonics on the oilseed rape plant in England over 18 years, from 1994-2011. The researchers found that population extinction rates went up along with the pesticide use on the plants, which are widespread throughout the country.

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Wildlife Conservation And Healthy Diet Are Closely Entwined 17.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Your Plant-Based Ambassador: Image by Dana Ellis Hunnes We all want to look our best, be our skinniest and healthiest selves, right? Well, I've got the secret. See, I've been a dietitian, working with individuals and patients for over 12 years. I've seen patients who eat every type of diet you have and have not heard of; from the Paleo, to the Atkins, to the Zone, to the blood-type diet. You know what? None of them worked long-term. Not only that, they never really helped the underlying disease or "problems" that the patients had; and believe me, I work with the sickest of the sick patients. I work with organ-transplant patients, cardiac patients, and all types of surgical-cancer patients. In all these years, and with all these patients, and with all my research. The one diet that works best for almost anyone**, whether you want to lose weight, reverse disease, lower your cholesterol levels, or just have clearer skin; is the plant-based diet. Not only that, but, the plant-based diet is the only diet ...
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Fueling Extinction: Fed's Protection of Endangered Species Moving At Snail's Pace 17.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An often cited standard response time for emergency workers in many localities is nine minutes or less. So you can only imagine the outrage, and additional loss of life, if first-responders routinely took six times longer to arrive - 54 minutes. A new peer-reviewed study suggests that's exactly what's happening when it comes to providing endangered species protections for the Nation's most critically imperiled species. Under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is required to determine whether imperiled plants and animals need to be officially listed as threatened or endangered in no more than two years. But a new study I co-authored in the international scientific journal Biological Conservation found that over the past four decades, imperiled species have waited an average of more than 12 years to receive protection -- six times longer that the law allows. The study, co-authored with Fordham University postdoctoral associate Dr. Emily Puckett and Dr. Dylan Kesler, a research associate ...
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Study: Endangered Species Protection Taking Six Times Longer Than Law Allows 8.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity A new study in the international scientific journal Biological Conservation finds that over the past 40 years, imperiled species have waited more than 12 years on average to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, despite the fact that under the law, the process is supposed to take no more than two ...
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Inside a seed museum meant to track plant response to climate change 8.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Researchers have collected seeds from across the country in a quiet Colorado storage facility.
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'Bundy Militia' Pocket Constitution Tops Amazon Charts Amidst Trump-Khan Feud 4.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
'Bundy Militia' Pocket Constitution Tops Amazon Charts Amidst Trump-Khan Feud
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