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Feds providing $50M for Western water-saving projects 21.5.2015 AP Washington
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in 12 drought-stricken Western states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Wednesday....
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Feds providing $50M for Western water-saving projects 21.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in 12 drought-stricken Western states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Wednesday.
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Burt's Bees Mobilizes America's Farms for Honey Bees 20.5.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
Burt’s Bees, through its The Greater Good Foundation, joined forces with the Pollinator Partnership to launch the United States Bee Buffer Project. The project’s goal is to establish critical honey bee forage throughout the country, and, after participating in the White House Stakeholder Panel on pollinator health, plans to impact over 6,000 acres over the next year.
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Prince Charles: ‘Grandfather I never had’ slain by IRA 20.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
DUBLIN (AP) — Prince Charles has paid an emotional tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, slain 36 years ago by the Irish Republican Army, as the British royal tours Ireland on a mission of peace and reconciliation. Charles received a standing ovation at the end of his speech Wednesday in the western Irish town of Sligo, […]
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Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs 20.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Evolution abandoned giant pandas after they switched to a bamboo diet 20.5.2015 LA Times: Science
A giant panda may look like a vegetarian on the outside, but it definitely looks like a carnivore on the inside.
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Extremely Rare Hawaiian Monk Seal Dies In 'Perplexing' Propeller Accident 20.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A young Hawaiian monk seal, one of the world's most endangered species, was killed by a boat's propeller -- the first such accident in at least 20 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The year-old male was found dead last week on a beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, local news station KHON2 reported . A necropsy of the 150-pound seal , identified as RF22, revealed head trauma and evenly spaced slashes across the right side of its face . “There were slices across the front of the muzzle headed toward the eye," Schofield told local news station KITV4. There was a "lot of blood," he said, "which is indicative of a propeller wound." Although this wasn't the first time a monk seal has been seen with wounds from a boat propeller, it's the first time in NOAA's 20 years of tracking marine mammals that one has been killed by such wounds , according to Schofield. Rachel Sprague, NOAA's Hawaiian monk seal recovery coordinator, told KHON2 that the death appears to be purely ...
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Lake Mission Viejo may soon be filled with purified recycled water 19.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The group that operates a private lake in Orange County has proposed building a $5-million purification facility so it can begin using recycled water instead of the potable supplies it has relied on for decades.
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The Forest, The Farms and the Finance: Why the Tolo River People Turned to Carbon Finance 18.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Part Four: Getting Down To Business: The Tolo River People Shift From Building Their Carbon Project To Selling The Offsets tells the surprisingly challenging story of finding and cultivating offset buyers. You can also find the REDD Desk Project summary of this project here . The Tolo River People of Colombia were in a bind: dependent on nearby cattle ranches to make a living, they were helping destroy the forest that sustained them and their way of life. Here’s a look at the economics that drove them to embrace carbon finance. This story is the second in a four-part series to initially run on Ecosystem Marketplace, and has been edited for a mainstream audience. Click here to view the full, unedited version . 18 May 2015 | Every morning, Jorge Vergara drives his motorcycle from the village of Acandí to the Builes Ranch, where he tends the nearly 400 cows and cattle. The ranch is just a ten-minute walk from Tolo River village of Peñaloza and one of many bordering their forest. On this day, two boys from ...
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Giggles The Pig Runs For Mayor Against 2 Convicted Felons 17.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Politics in Flint, Michigan, got a whole lot dirtier with the announcement that Giggles the pig has put her curly tail into the ring as candidate for mayor against two convicted felons, including one who served nearly 20 years for murder. "If she wins, they'll have to build her a little fence outside city hall," Giggles' owner and campaign manager, Michael Ewing, told The Huffington Post. "She really enjoys grass and there's a lot of grass out there. I think she could get used to it." Ewing, a trial attorney, said his candidate has an impressive resume for a 9-month-old and, unlike some of her opponents, has a clean criminal record. Candidate Wantwaz Davis, who made headlines in 2013 when he was elected to city council, served 19 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1991, according to The Flint Journal . Eric Mays, also a city councilman running for mayor, reportedly pleaded guilty to felonious assault in 1987. In November 2013, Mays was charged with drunken driving, ...
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Southland saying goodbye to lawns 16.5.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Lawn gone: Durangoans tear out grass to save water 16.5.2015 Durango Herald
Because the future is looking a little uncertain, Durango couple Steve Harris and Lourdes Carrasco started digging up their lawn Friday afternoon. They invited a few other concerned residents to join them, and together they made a statement:It’s time to stop wasting water. One place to start is on lawns we don’t...
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Slaking California's Thirst---if Politics Allows 16.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Israel solved its water woes in five years by desalination. A CEO explains why it took him 10 years to build a single plant near San Diego.
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Poachers Are On Track To Kill More Rhinos This Year Than Ever 16.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
They may look like tanks, but sadly, they're far from bulletproof. Poachers in South Africa, home to some 20,700 rhinos, are on track to top last year's record slaughter of the creatures as the country struggles to halt the growing scourge. In the first four months of the year, 393 animals were killed across the country, an 18 percent increase over the same time period in 2014. A majority of those rhinos, 290, were gunned down in Kruger National Park, according to South Africa's national parks service. The battle between park rangers and poachers has grown deadly over the past year. Rangers killed several armed poachers in the country's flagship national park in both December and January as a spokesman for the national parks service warned criminals were “redirecting their attentions” to rhinos, The New York Times reported. At least 62 poachers have been arrested in Kruger this year, many coming from neighboring Mozambique. Yet the animals are still being killed by poachers looking to make a quick ...
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Solar-Powered ATMs Will Cut Waste, Bring Clean Water To Pakistanis In Need 14.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Aamir Saeed LAHORE, Pakistan, May 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Punjab province is set to launch an innovation for water-short Pakistan: Solar-powered ATMs that dispense clean water when a smart card is scanned. The two-foot-square prototype machine looks and functions like an ATM, but dispenses water instead of cash. Users are issued a card they can use to claim a daily share of water. The project, a collaboration between the Punjab Saaf Pani (Clean Water) Company and the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL), a research center in Lahore, aims to install a water ATM on each of a series of water filtration plants being established in rural and urban fringe areas of Punjab province. The machine is designed to help the government cut water waste and ensure people have access to clean water, said Jawad Abbasi, a program manager at IPAL. "The innovative machines will help the government maintain a record of the exact quantity of clean drinking water being dispensed in a day in a ...
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Steamboat briefs: Hike & Bike to School on Fridays through school year 12.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Safe Routes to Schools is sponsoring Steamboat Hike & Bike to School on Fridays through the end of the school year. The city would like to remind drivers to be extra cautious and aware of kids on bikes on these days. Students who ride the bus can also participate in Hike & Bike to School Days. They can be dropped off by the bus at the high school where community service officers and volunteers will be present to safely manage street crossings. For those who don’t live within walking or cycling distance and are driven to school, parents can consider dropping their students off a mile from school and letting them bike or walk the rest of the way. Stehley Park at the bottom of Butcher Knife trail is a great place to start. The transit center on the west side of town is another option. To find the safest route to school, use the Safe Routes to School map at saferoutessteamboat.org or pick up a printed copy at the school office. Parents can also walk or ride with their children for the first few times, ...
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US environmental officials: Progress made at NY fuel plant 11.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal and state authorities are reporting major progress at Tonawanda Coke Corp., a year after the western New York fuel producer was sentenced for environmental crimes.
Water rates to rise this summer 10.5.2015 Durango Herald
Gardeners need to be ready to pay more for their lawns, vegetables and flowers this summer in Durango.The water-rate increases approved last year by the Durango City Council included a summer price differential aimed at encouraging conservation.In the summer, the average household uses 12,000 gallons of water in a month, while...
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Ohio asks neighboring states to help fight Lake Erie’s algae 10.5.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Ohio’s governor and environmental chief are starting to ask some of their neighbors to look into what else they can do to cut down on the pollutants — primarily phosphorus — that end up in Lake Erie’s tributaries.
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California water cuts ignore past changes by some cities 9.5.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In California’s second-largest city, memories are still fresh of a devastating drought 25 years ago that saw the area’s water supplies slashed by about a third. Billions of dollars were invested to prepare for the next drought, an effort that included building the Western hemisphere’s largest desalination plant, which opens this […]
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