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Category: Specific Organisms :: Plants
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Photo: Tule elk doesn't exactly hide in the grass 26.7.2016 TreeHugger
It's not easy being discreet when you have such an impressive set of antlers.
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What is an invasive species? 23.7.2016 TreeHugger
These organisms are destroying ecosystems across the globe, costing humans billions of dollars in damages.
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Investigation: EPA Approved Nearly 100 Pesticide Products Without Accounting for Dangers of Chemical Mixtures 19.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The Environmental Protection Agency has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These “synergistic” combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA in its approval of pesticides for food, lawns and other ...
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The 10 Most Sustainable Restaurants in America 19.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While taste is obviously huge when it comes to food, we are approaching an age where making food more sustainable is taking a front seat . If you were one of the millions of people that were sobbing hysterically when Leonardo DiCaprio won his well-deserved Academy Award, you got to hear him speak about how passionate he is about helping to save our Earth. Sustainability is all about moving in an eco-friendly direction by reducing waste, composting, recycling, and focusing on conservation. Many restaurants throughout the U.S. have been trying to become more sustainable and are now serving more organic food than ever before. Here are a few restaurant chains across the country that have been practicing sustainability and making food without harmful add-ons. 1.  Mixt Greens With two locations in Los Angeles and six in San Francisco, Mixt Greens offers healthy options like salads and sandwiches that are made only with organic ingredients. They also use compostable packaging, which is eco-friendly, while using ...
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Uttar Pradesh In India Planted Almost 50 Million Trees In Just 24 Hours 18.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A state in India got to the root of a serious problem. More than 800,000 government officials, students and volunteers from Indian’s most populous state planted 49.3 million trees in 24 hours on July 11, according to Popular Science . Officials in Uttar Pradesh passed out millions of saplings to be planted all over the state so it could increase its forest cover. The shade-surging drive was part of a pledge India made at 2015’s climate change summit in Paris to increase the nation’s forest cover by 235 million acres by 2030 . The government has also designated more than $6.2 billion to plant trees all over India. According to a May 2016 study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, air pollution in India contributes to more than half a million premature deaths each year. Planting the saplings won’t completely zap the country’s pollution problem but Uttar Pradesh’s top elected official, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, hopes the event will raise awareness and get people pumped about ...
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A Growing Crisis: Insects are Disappearing — And Fast 14.7.2016 Environmental News Network
We all know about the huge declines in bee and monarch butterfly populations. Now, it turns out that in some areas nearly all insects are at risk of extinction. And if we don’t solve this problem soon, the repercussions could be huge.Insects are an important part of the global ecosystem. They not only provide important pollination services, but they also occupy an important place on the bottom of the food chain for many animals. Fewer insects means less food, leading to plant and animal population declines.“The growing threat to [insects], which play an important role in food security, provides another compelling example of how connected people are to our environment, and how deeply entwined our fate is with that of the natural world,” said Achim Steiner, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, in a press statement.
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Phosphorus pollution poses a major threat to the world's lakes 14.7.2016 TreeHugger
Humans dump millions of tons of phosphorus into lakes every year, and it's destroying their ecosystems.
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Do you see a devil in this orchid? 12.7.2016 TreeHugger
Named for 'el diablo' himself, a new and extremely rare orchid species reveals a wicked heart.
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Indian state aims to plant record 50 million trees in one day 12.7.2016 TreeHugger
Uttar Pradesh is going to be looking a lot greener after a marathon 24-hour tree-planting frenzy.
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What To Grow In Your Forage Garden 9.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pinyon syrup; acorn and cattail crackers; golden currant wine; mountain trout with Manzanita berries and willow bark. Wild-foraged foods are becoming increasingly popular as adventurous foodies connect ancient food-gathering traditions with the local terroir. But unless you have access to private lands, much wild food foraging is illegal. Native plants are protected, and harvesting them is poaching. Try the easy alternative to poaching in our public spaces and parks -- grow edible plants at home! We need more native plants, not fewer. Besides feeding yourself, you'll also support the native butterflies and birds that depend on these foods. We can forage in our gardens! When people harvest native plants in our struggling Southern California ecosystems, their impact on the plants, and the insects and animals that need them, is devastating. Taking bark, leaves, seeds, nuts and berries weakens the plants' abilities to renew themselves, reproduce, and survive brutal drought. By harvesting elderberries, for ...
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Why Plants Are This Summer's "Coolest" Diet 24.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Image Credit: Huffington Post While the summer heats up, and the layers come off, eating plants will keep you "cool" in a myriad of ways. The World Health Organization , the United Nations and a number of scientific publications advocate for and recommend eating a mostly plant-based diet for health reasons, obesity-prevention and weight-management, and for the environment. 1) Amazingly good for your health! If nothing else, the number one reason to eat plants is that they are amazingly good for your health! They are paramount. Our ancestors ate a primarily whole-food, unprocessed, plant-based diet (hereinafter plant-based diet). Meat was consumed only on rare occasions and in small doses, as an accompaniment. A plant-based diet contains nearly all the nutrients, fiber, and the vitamins and minerals we need for good health. The nutrient density of plant-based foods is unparalleled. Moreover, the nutrients in plants that we don't even know about yet, contribute to our overall good health, well-being, and ...
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Climate Change This Week: Hot Spiral, Big Oil Cleaning, and More! 25.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Biodiversity in the Boreal are wood frogs that freeze in winter, thaw in spring - another reason to help preserve these important carbon storing systems. Source LATimes Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Boreal Circle of Fire - a wildfire emitted many tons of climate-changing carbon emissions as it burned Fort McMurray, Canada, which helps produce climate-changing fossil fuels that, when burned, help warm and dry out boreal forests. Both fires and fossil fuels up the chances for... more carbon-emitting wildfires. This wildfire is just the latest in a growing lineage of early northern wildfires, indicating climate change. OO Global Warming Spurs Wildfires Increase In Boreal Forest - worldwide, scientists have warned for decades, as rising temperatures, drying trees and earlier melting of snow spur increasing wildfires. Large-scale loss of boreal forest could help speed climate change, since their destruction releases vast ...
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Top 10 new species include a bizarre array of wonders 24.5.2016 TreeHugger
From a spectacularly weird anglerfish to the largest carnivorous sundew plant seen in the New World, this list of novel new species gives hope that all isn't lost.
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10 magical places saved by endangered species 20.5.2016 TreeHugger
In our efforts to save animals at risk of extinction, we've saved some extraordinary places as well.
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'Biting' plants discovered with teeth like ours! 19.5.2016 TreeHugger
For the first time, researchers have found calcium phosphate in the structure of plants – in this case, used to harden the needle-like hairs used to defend against predators.
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How do trees sleep? 18.5.2016 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
Most living organisms adapt their behavior to the rhythm of day and night. Plants are no exception: flowers open in the morning, some tree leaves close during the night. Researchers have been studying the day and night cycle in plants for a long time: Linnaeus observed that flowers in a dark cellar continued to open and close, and Darwin recorded the overnight movement of plant leaves and stalks and called it "sleep". But even to this day, such studies have only been done with small plants grown in pots, and nobody knew whether trees sleep as well. Now, a team of researchers from Austria, Finland and Hungary measured the sleep movement of fully grown trees using a time series of laser scanning point clouds consisting of millions of points each.
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Save the butterflies with DIY milkweed seed bombs 17.5.2016 TreeHugger
Munitions to love! It's time to carpet the country with milkweed to give struggling monarchs a chance.
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More evidence: Solar farms can increase biodiversity 13.5.2016 TreeHugger
From wildflowers to birds, many species make their home on a solar farm. But how the land is managed will have a big impact.
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'On Borrowed Time': Human Activity Puts One in Five Plant Species at Risk of Extinction 10.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Human activity, from the razing of forests to the spewing of carbon, has imperiled large swaths of the plant kingdom, according to a landmark survey of the world's flora published Tuesday.

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EPA Finds Atrazine Likely Harming Most Species of Plants, Animals in U.S. 4.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The amount of the herbicide atrazine that’s released into the environment in the United States is likely harming most species of plants and animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, according to a preliminary risk assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency. Atrazine is well known as a hormone disruptor that has been linked to birth defects and cancer in humans and contamination of ground-, surface- and drinking-water ...
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