User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Specific Organisms :: Plants
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10 Great trees for small yards 23.5.2017 TreeHugger
Even small yards and gardens can be home to a variety of trees, without crowding out everything else, and provide fruit, shade, wildlife habitat, or all three.
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Fungal Diseases Are on the Rise -- Is Environmental Change to Blame? 21.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Scientists and physicians are looking for clues to a worrying increase in fungal infections and exploring ways to reduce the threat. (Photo: Pixabay ) Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way -- make a donation to support our independent journalism. Fungi are everywhere -- from the mushrooms that decompose fallen logs in the forest, to the mold that grows in your bathtub, to the microscopic fungal cells that reside naturally on your skin. Scientists estimate there are 1.5 million species of fungi on the planet. They're a diverse group, bunched together by their ability to use digestive enzymes to break down and absorb nutrients from their surroundings -- a characteristic that makes some of them great decomposers. Fungi are, in essence, nature's first compost bin. Many of them also help plants grow or carry out other important ecosystem functions. And some fungi are pathogens, causing disease in plants and ...
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As political pressure for approval intensifies, the case for a big desalination plant remains cloudy 19.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

You can surmise that a business is running into trouble when it starts lining up political firepower. Consider Poseidon Water, which has been trying for nearly 20 years to win approval for a $1-billion desalination plant on the Huntington Beach coastline.

Poseidon, which was acquired in 2015 by...

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Backcountry Wilderness Area coming to the fore in Douglas County 17.5.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
The Backcountry Wilderness Area south of Highlands Ranch offers a variety of public programs. People are invited to come get acquainted with the 8,200-acre property at the Backcountry Shindig in June.
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An 'evolutionary gamble' may be killing Joshua Tree's mother tortoises 16.5.2017 LA Times: Environment

Wildlife biologists say an alarming number of female desert tortoise carcasses found earlier this year just outside the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park may be the result of mothers fighting extinction by exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs, even under stress.

U.S. Geological...

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As rains ease in the West, cactuses shine brighter than ever 12.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

A superbloom spring is turning surly cacti into colorful beauties that beckon for attention.
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What are insecticides doing to Minnesota bees? 10.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Insecticides are used for more plentiful harvests, but at what cost?
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It's time to make soil great again 6.5.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity.
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Human noise pollution is everywhere, even in the national parks 5.5.2017 Washington Post
Human noise pollution is everywhere, even in the national parks
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Another way humans are polluting the environment: Too much noise 5.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Human-related noise is doubling background sound levels in 63% of U.S. protected areas, where manmade disturbances are supposed to be reduced, a new study reveals.
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Shhh. Hear the rustle of grass? Not so much now in US parks 5.5.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The call of the wild is getting harder to hear....
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Shhh. Hear the rustle of grass? Not so much now in US parks 4.5.2017 Seattle Times: Local

WASHINGTON (AP) — The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds— bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass — are sometimes being drowned out by noise from people in many of America’s protected parks and wilderness areas, a new study finds. Scientists measured sound levels at 492 places — from […]
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New peer-to-peer seed sharing platform aims to facilitate a diverse seed supply 3.5.2017 TreeHugger
The Center for Food Safety's recently launched network is a bid to preserve global plant biodiversity and work toward food security around the globe.
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A visit to Disney's Pandora — what we learned 2.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
On May 27 Walt Disney World will open Pandora -- the World of Avatar, a new land inspired by the James Cameron film. Here's what we learned.
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Why Mexican Chefs, Farmers And Activists Are Reviving The Ancient Grain Amaranth 2.5.2017 NPR News
The nutritious indigenous plant is part of a movement to revive native crops and cuisines — and a means of restoring the health and economy of Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states.
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Why Scientists Named These Plants After Arnold Schwarzenegger And Danny DeVito 28.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When a research team in Australia made a fascinating discovery about a pair of plants, they immediately thought of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito  ― and their 1988 movie “Twins.”  That’s because the scientists found out that two “twin” plants they had studied for years, known as egg and bacon pea flowers, are even more different  than they previously believed. Schwarzenegger and DeVito’s roles in the ‘80s comedy ― about an experiment to create the perfect embryo that goes awry and results in two very different people  ― inspired scientists to rebrand the two plants “Daviesia schwarzenegger” and “Daviesia devito.” They’re two of 131 sub-species within the Daviesia genus. “We discover early on in the movie that the embryo split in two, but it didn’t split equally. All the purity and strength went into Schwarzenegger’s character, Julius, while the dregs went into Vincent, DeVito’s character,” Australian National University researcher Professor Mike Crisp told Deutsche Welle . The two Daviesia plants ...
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With stream huggers to the rescue, Jenkintown Creek flowing toward healthy future 27.4.2017 Philly.com News
At Abington's McKinley Elementary, students pitched in to help a watershed advocacy group save the stream. They planted 240 trees and shrubs, stabilized the eroded banks -- and found a vernal pool.
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Take a break from Waikiki's waves for Oahu's one-day authentic farm tours 26.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Most travelers go to Oahu to see the waves of Waikiki. May 6 provides a different experience, an opportunity for visitors to seek out the island’s agricultural roots during a series of farm tours.

You’ll need a car to make the one-hour drive from the Waikiki resorts to the old Waialua Sugar Mill...

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Saving the oddly pretty flower that mostly calls South Jersey its home 22.4.2017 Philly.com News
The swamp pink was designated as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1988.
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In South Florida, green iguanas spread into suburban scourge 17.4.2017 AP National
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them not as exotic invaders, but as reptilian squirrels....
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