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Policy News: October 7, 2019 8.10.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: Senate Spending Bills Include Modest Increase for NSF, Interior Agencies NSF receives 3% increase. States Challenge New Endangered Species Act Regulations in Courts House Natural Resources Committee pushes a bill to reverse regulations; Congressional Western Caucus releases draft legislation to codify the new rules. Newest IPCC Report Highlights ‘Unprecedented and Enduring Changes ...
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A Beautiful World: When the last butterfly flaps its wings 7.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A scientist who studies the rarest butterflies has advice for people who’d like to help save them.
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Giving away free buckwheat plants to help save the butterflies in Orange County 4.10.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

What's happening on So Cal's gardening scene? How about smart landscaping ideas and four giveaways of California native buckwheat seedlings to support endangered butterfly species

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It's fall, which means it's prime plant sale time in Southern California 4.10.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Fall is the best time to plant in SoCal, so check out these upcoming plant sales.

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Small strips of nature in just the right places can keep plants from going extinct 27.9.2019 LA Times: Science

Improving habitat connectivity may be a powerful tool for restoring lost plant biodiversity in fragmented ecosystems, a nearly two-decade study shows.

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EPA reportedly threatens to cut California's highway funding over Clean Air Act 'failure' 24.9.2019 LA Times: Environment

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote to the California Air Resources Board that the state "has failed to carry out its most basic tasks under the Clean Air Act" since the 1970s, according to a letter obtained by the Sacramento Bee.

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Can the gene editing technology CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide? 20.9.2019 GreenBiz.com
Though scientists are optimistic that CRISPR could help, they also emphasize caution and community engagement in order to get it right.
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A Big New Study Finds Bee-Killing Pesticides Aren’t Even Worth it for Soybean Farmers 14.9.2019 Mother Jones
Ever year, farmers in the United States devote at least 80 million acres, a combined landmass three-quarters the size of California, to soybeans. At least half the crop comes from proprietary seeds coated with insecticides and fungicides. These chemicals infuse the plants as they emerge, protecting them from damage by insects and fungal pathogens. At […]
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Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Ant Venom Biofuel 9.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The prototype was found to be highly efficient at producing formic acid—a promising fuel carrier that could revolutionize hydrogen cars.
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What Is Graphene? Here's What We Know About The Material Scientists Think Can Repel Insects Just Like A Spray 31.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
A high-tech, graphene-based film may help to shield people from disease-carrying mosquitoes, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Behold the Biggest, Rarest Butterfly in the World 18.8.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The world’s butterflies are under intense pressure from habitat destruction and other environmental threats, with many populations dwindling rapidly and others vanishing before our eyes. One recent study found an estimated 33 percent decline in common butterflies in Ohio from 1996 to […]
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Big buzz about program to turn lawns into pollinator habitat 16.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
There's high demand for a new program to encourage Minnesota homeowners to replace part of their lawn with native plants that provide food and shelter for bees and other insects.
EDF and TOMS Partner to Help Save the Monarch Butterfly 8.8.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF and TOMS Partner to Help Save the Monarch Butterfly
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Policy News: July 29, 2019 29.7.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: 104th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America convenes in Louisville, KY Meeting plenaries and symposia explore the meeting theme “Bridging Communities and Ecosystems: Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative.” Honeybees in the Crosshairs EPA affirms the use of the pesticides chlorpyrifos and sulfoxaflor. Congress White House, Congressional leaders reach an agreement ...
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Monarch butterfly blitz needs citizen scientists 28.7.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Scientists are looking for volunteers to collect observational data about monarch butterflies over the next week. The data will help inform decisions about where to focus efforts to help the dwindling monarch population.
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Pollinators & predators in your garden: How to save one, kill the other 17.7.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystem. Here's how to care for them while getting rid of the predators in your garden, like dreaded stink bugs.

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Policy News: July 15, 2019 16.7.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: Foreign Influence and Collaborations Under Scrutiny in Agencies and in the House National Defense Authorization Act NSF issues ‘Dear Colleague’ letter addressing foreign interference in research. Congress House passes 2020 National Defense Authorization Act including and foreign interference in science provision. Executive Branch A White House plan to critically review climate science ...
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Trump Stings Honeybees While They’re Down 13.7.2019 Mother Jones
Bees are in a world of trouble right now. A few years ago, the US Environmental Protection Agency took some steps to protect the insects by limiting the use of an insecticide called sulfoxaflor. Made by Corteva, the agricultural arm of DowDupont, sulfoxaflor is “highly toxic to bees and other pollinating insects,” and it also appears […]
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EPA lets farmers resume broadly using pesticide that can hurt bees 13.7.2019 LA Times: Business

The Environmental Protection Agency will let farmers resume broad use of a pesticide over beekeepers’ objections, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife.

Friday’s EPA announcement — coming after the agriculture...

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Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering? 25.6.2019 LA Times: Science
Genetic engineering could help save chestnuts and other trees threatened by pests, disease and climate change. But how much we should intervene in nature?
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