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Meteorite that killed off dinosaurs shaped modern-day plants 19.9.2014 LA Times: Science
The life strategy of plants that dominate our forests today may be linked to a massive meteorite that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, according to a new study.
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N.J. efforts astir to help monarch butterflies rebound 17.9.2014 Philly.com News
CAPE MAY - Many of them begin the 2,000-mile transcontinental journey in Canada and arrive in New Jersey every September and October on the way to their wintering grounds in Mexico.
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Who's Got Brother Earth's Back? 17.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You know about climate change. But did you know about glacial profiling?

That's just one indignity that Brother Earth has to deal with as he heats up, argues Boots Riley, the frontman of hip-hop group The Coup, and Josh Healey of the environmental justice group Movement Generation in a new video posted ahead of this Sunday's People's Climate March in New York City.

Boots, playing Brother Earth, warns about impending climate catastrophes if people don’t start agitating for action. "Something's gotta change," he says. "I've been sending ya'll superstorms and mega-typhoons and all kinds of warnings, but ya'll keep ignoring me."

"Help a brother out," he implore viewers.

Watch the video above. (Warning: Some adult language.)
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The Planet Just Had Its Warmest August On Record 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This past August was the warmest since records began in 1881, according to new data released by NASA. The latest readings continue a series of record or near-record breaking months. May of this year was also the warmest in recorded history. Dr. Gavin Schmidt , a climatologist and climate modeler at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies , told The Huffington Post that while the agency's data does indicate that this August was the hottest on record, the difference falls within a few hundredths of a degree compared with previous Augusts. Schmidt cautioned against focusing on any one month or year, but instead on the fact that "the long-term trends are toward warming." A very hot August, he said, is just one piece of the data that "point[s] towards the long-term trends." This story is ...
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For the First Time, U.S. Agencies Consider a Diet for a Healthy Planet 15.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Rare Victory Against Poachers In Mozambique As Country Fights To Save Species 14.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The recent arrests of six suspected poachers on a vast wildlife reserve in Mozambique are seen by conservationists as rare good news in a country where elephants and other species are under extreme threat. The poaching ring had been operating in the Niassa National Reserve, which is twice the size of South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park, where the rhino population has been hit hard by poachers, many of whom cross over from Mozambique. The Sept. 7 detentions in the southern African nation followed nearly a year of investigative work, illustrating the challenges of policing rugged areas where armed poachers hike on expeditions that often last two weeks and sometimes kill elephants with single shots targeting vital organs. Some 200 scouts supported by a spotter plane and intermittent helicopter flights work in Niassa, an area of 42,000 square kilometers (16,200 square miles) that is home to about two-thirds of Mozambique's elephants. Park managers have ruled out using aerial ...
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Four Ways Industrial Ag Is Destroying the Soil - and Your Health 14.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Urban wastelands worth millions for what they give us 12.9.2014 New Scientist: Health
Abandoned lots in cities may seem like a waste of space, but the ecosystem services they provide can be worth hundreds of millions of ...
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Botanists battle 'plant blindness' with seeds of knowledge 12.9.2014 Philly.com News
Since she began teaching at Rutgers 13 years ago, botany professor Lena Struwe has seen growing student interest in learning about plants. But that desire often comes without the basic plant knowledge that previous generations of students arrived on campus with. They studied plants in high school biology class, spent their childhoods playing in the woods, and picked raspberries with their grandmothers.
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Fall is the best time to order seedling trees 12.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The first hints of color are starting to show in the forests around Steamboat, and summer is coming to a close. But for private landowners, fall is a good time to think about the trees they may want to plant on their properties next spring. The Colorado State Forest Service Nursery has been growing trees for conservation for decades, making low-cost seedlings available to any Coloradans interested in conservation goals such as creating natural windbreaks, improving wildlife habitat or reforesting properties impacted by wildfire or floods. “The nursery prides itself on growing a variety of species suitable for Colorado’s diverse landscapes,” CSFS Nursery Manager Josh Stolz said. “Colorado-grown species are adaptable, hardy and ideal for wildfire recovery, riparian restoration and a variety of other conservation uses.” Seedling tree order forms for 2015 will be coming out soon. Those who have ordered trees from the CSFS Nursery before may notice a few small changes this year in how the program is run ...
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Development Banks Pledge To Step Up Climate Action 11.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OSLO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The world's six multilateral development banks promised on Thursday to do more to help emerging nations fight climate change as part of efforts to reinvigorate flagging work on a U.N. deal to limit temperature rises. In a statement before a Sept. 23 summit on global warming to be hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the World Bank and other banks said they had delivered $75 billion in financing since they started joint tracking of funds in 2011. "We now pledge to build on our work so far and to enhance our climate finance action, in accordance with our organizations' respective mandates, expertise, and resources," the banks said in a statement. They did not give any target for funds. The statement was signed by the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank Group. Developing nations often complain that they ...
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Californians Reduce Water Use In Face Of Acute Shortages 10.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 10 (Reuters) - Facing acute water shortages in some communities and mandatory restrictions on watering lawns, Californians saved 17 billion gallons of water in July, enough to fill 26,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, the state said. The amount saved falls short of the 20 percent reduction in use called for by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, but represents significant cutbacks in water use as the most populous U.S. state struggles through its third year of a devastating drought. "Every action, from taking a shorter shower,to putting a lawn on a water diet, to replacing turf with drought-tolerant landscaping, contributes to every community's water security," Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board said Tuesday. California is in its third year of a devastating drought that has forced farmers to leave fields unplanted and left communities reliant on well water with little to drink. The data released Tuesday is the first monthly information ...
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Rare Pygmy Hippo Named Olivia Born In Swedish Zoo 10.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sweden's Parken Zoo has officially welcomed a new addition to its hippopotamus family. Olivia, a rare pygmy hippo, was born at just 13 pounds this past August as part of an international breeding program. The cute baby hippo has been befittingly dubbed the "Michelin Man" due to her striking resemblance to the Bibendum character. Pygmy hippos, which usually grow to about half the size of a common hippopotamus, are a seriously endangered species that are native to West Africa. There are likely only a few thousand pygmy hippos left in the wild. Those who are looking forward to paying Olivia a visit in Sweden must act fast. As soon as she celebrates her second birthday, she'll be shipped off to another European zoo. Check out more of baby hippo Olivia in the clip ...
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More Than Half Of North American Birds In Trouble Thanks To Climate Change 9.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the world gets warmer, the Baltimore oriole will no longer be found in Maryland. The Mississippi kite will move north, east and pretty much out of its namesake state. And the California gull will mostly be a summer stranger to the Golden State. Those are among the conclusions in a new National Audubon Society report that looks at the potential effects of global warming on birds by the year 2080. "This will spell trouble for most birds," said Gary Langham, the society's chief scientist and vice president. Over the next six decades or so, the critical ranges of more than half the 588 North American bird species will either shrink significantly or move into uncharted territory for the animal, according to Langham's analysis. While other studies have made similar pronouncements, this report gives the most comprehensive projections of what is likely to happen to America's birds. The report says that in a few decades, 126 bird species will end up with a much smaller area to live in, which ...
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California Blue Whales Recover From Whaling, Study Finds 7.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new analysis suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1lOfXru) there are about 2,200 blue whales swimming on the eastern side of the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico up into Alaska. Researchers previously assumed that the pre-whaling population was higher than that. However, researchers at the University of Washington, using historical data to estimate the number of whales caught between 1905 and 1971 — when whaling became illegal — said the current population is 97 percent as large as it was before 1905. "For us, this is a great conservation success story," said Cole Monnahan, a lead author of the paper published Friday in the journal Marine Mammal Science. "We caught way too many whales from this population. But when we left them alone, they recovered." Blue whales are found throughout the world. But for this study, the ...
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An Ode To The Faithful Clownfish, Which May Soon Be Listed As Endangered 5.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Good luck finding Nemo. The National Marine Fisheries Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considering adding the orange clownfish to the endangered species list as coral reefs remain besieged by climate change. Threats including ocean acidification and warming temperatures , as well as overfishing by the aquarium industry, have ravaged populations of Pixar's favorite orange fish. The agencies are now seeking public comment as to whether these and seven other species of reef fish should be subject to the country's highest form of wildlife protection . So we wanted to send a shout out to all those, albeit few, remaining orange clownfish; different from some other species of clownfish and differentiated by their three white lines and fins tipped in black, like this: The little guys make their homes in certain types of sea anemones and work in a symbiotic relationship, living among the stinging polyps in exchange for keeping them clean and helping the anemones breathe . The ...
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Moving a Forest: As climate changes, ecosystems will need to shift 3.9.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Eli Sagor The Nature Conservancy is anticipating a day soon — within the lifespan of a tree — when a changing climate may make the forest unsuitable for some tree species and varieties that now live there. This article was produced by  Ensia , a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action. It is powered by the  Institute on the Environment  at the  University of Minnesota . During the last two springs, contract planters for The Nature Conservancy have spread out through the pine, spruce and aspen forest of northeastern Minnesota. Wielding steel hoedads, they have planted almost 110,000 tree seedlings on public land. What’s noteworthy about planting trees in a forest? Usually foresters plant seedlings grown from seeds harvested nearby, on the assumption that local genotypes are best suited to local conditions. But these TNC workers were planting red and bur oak (which are uncommon in northern Minnesota) from seed sources more than 200 miles to the southwest, and white pine from as far ...
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Hawaii Tropical Fish Collector Denies Attacking Scuba Diving Conservationist 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Karin Stanton KONA, Hawaii, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A Hawaii man who collects tropical fish for aquariums pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a criminal charge stemming from an unusual underwater scuffle in which he is accused of ripping the breathing apparatus from the mouth of another scuba diver. The defendant, Jay Lovell, also asked that the case against him be heard by a jury trial, which a state circuit court judge scheduled to begin next Thursday in the city of Kona on Hawaii's Big Island. His plea of not guilty was entered during an arraignment before Judge Ronald Ibarra that lasted just a few minutes. Rene Umberger, 53, director of a coral reef conservation group called For the Fishes, has accused Lovell of attacking her at a depth of 50 feet while she and others in her group were videotaping Lovell and another diver collecting fish. She said Lovell swam rapidly toward her and ripped the scuba regulator out of her mouth without provocation. She managed to reinsert the mouthpiece within ...
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'Unprecedented' Turnaround For Nearly Two Dozen Fish Species Now Deemed Sustainable 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen species of fish have been deemed sustainable seafood options once again after rampant overfishing left areas off the U.S. West Coast devastated, a marine watchdog group said on Tuesday. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program upgraded the status of 21 species of bottom-dwelling fish, including varieties of sole, rockfish and sablefish, to "best choice" or "good alternative" from the group's "avoid" classification. The designations allow consumers, restaurants and seafood retailers to be confident in the sustainability of the once over-harvested species. The change comes after fishing grounds off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington state were declared an economic disaster by the federal government in 2000. Overfishing in those areas brought some species to dangerously low levels and caused fishing income to drop sharply. "The turnaround in such a short time is unprecedented," said Jennifer Kemmerly, director of the Seafood Watch ...
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California Drought: Irrigation irritation running rampant over water wasters 3.9.2014 San Jose Mercury News: California
As California contends with a dreaded drought, folks who are dutifully practicing the new mantra of 'brown is the new green' are seething at the sight of freshly irrigated sidewalks and lush green lawns.
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