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Look at this stunning rain garden landscape in Brentwood 20.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Money can’t buy everything, but when you’re transforming 25,000 square feet of lawn, palms and thirsty, flammable shrubs into a water-saving oasis of succulents, edibles and California-friendly plants — complete with 11 rain collection tanks for irrigation — well, a little paper green always helps.

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Southern California’s garden tour season is back. Here are the best ones 20.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Ah, spring … the perfect time to indulge your inner voyeur (at least when it comes to other people’s gardens).

Here’s our annual roundup of Southern California garden tours, and there’s something for everyone here, from native-dominated landscapes to exclusive estates of the rich and famous. So...

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El Pueblo plaza doesn't need another tropical fig tree. Plant a native coast live oak 20.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A venerable Moreton Bay fig tree cracked open and fell at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument earlier this month. Replacing such a landmark tree — one that had, for 144 years, enthralled and shaded countless Angelenos — offers the city the chance to consider what our urban forest should...

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Super Bloom Visitors Cause Public Safety Crisis 18.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
A city mayor described the situation as miserable for the entire community.
Super bloom ‘better than going to Disneyland.’ But will flowers survive the crowds? 15.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

In the hills of Lake Elsinore, children carried drooping apricot-colored poppies while panting dogs ran alongside them, their paws tainted orange.

Girls braided flowers into their hair and nature photographers juggled tripods and cameras, waiting for the lighting to be just right in Walker Canyon.

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Super bloom comes to Carrizo Plain, wildflowers pop in Griffith Park and on Catalina 14.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The super bloom is unfolding in Carrizo Plain National Monument in Central California and wildflowers are covering some slopes closer to home.

Hillside daisies in Carrizo and the aptly named California goldfields are blanketing the hills at the northeastern end of the park, which is about 160 miles...

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Millions of Butterflies Filling Skies of Southern CA 13.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The migration is the biggest since 2005, when experts estimate more than a billion insects in total flew over the state.
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Scientists were bracing for a butterfly collapse. Now they’re everywhere 13.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Perhaps you spotted them on La Cienega, flitting north by the thousands near the Westfield Mall.

Maybe you saw them in Santa Anita, crossing a quiet residential street in a thick, fluttering line.

You may have even commuted with hundreds of them along the 105 freeway, where they furiously flapped...

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Superbloom starting? In Lake Elsinore's poppy fields, definitely 6.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Little Lake Elsinore southeast of L.A. has shifted into superbloom mode. Blankets of orange poppies cover the hills in Walker Canyon, causing traffic on Interstate 15 to back up almost 20 miles at times. “Those hills are just covered with millions of poppies,” said Kim Cousins, president of the...

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Soil becomes fertile ground for climate action 25.2.2019 Design & Innovation |
General Mills and Patagonia are among the companies to watch attending to soil health in their supply chains.
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Tomato season is here! (And no, we're not joking) 22.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Yes, it’s been crazy cold and wet these last few weeks, but it’ll soon be spring in Southern California, folks, so it’s got to warm up and dry out sometime.

Which means it’s time to talk tomatoes.

The first Tomatomania! event of 2019 starts March 1 in Corona del Mar.

Unfamiliar with Tomatomania?...

What Would Happen If All the Insects Went Extinct? 18.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Insect numbers everywhere are declining—and scientists aren't exactly sure why.
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ESA Selects 2019 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients 14.2.2019 EcoTone
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is honored to announce this year’s Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) recipients. This award provides graduate students with the opportunity to receive policy and communication training in Washington, D.C. before they meet lawmakers. Ten students were selected for this year’s award: Kristina J. Bartowitz (University of Idaho), ...
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Take Action to Save America's Pollinators! 29.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Now that the federal government has reopened, it’s time to talk to your U.S. Representatives and Senators about what you’d like them to accomplish this year.

We hope you’ll put the Save America’s Pollinators Act at the top of your list.

If you’ve been following OCA’s Save the Bees campaign, you’ve seen the recent headlines. 

The increasing use of pesticides is a ticking time bomb for all insects, including pollinators. Declining insect populations could soon have dire consequences, not just for insects but for all the animals and plants that rely on them—from insect-eating birds, shrews, lizards and frogs, to the 120 pollinated U.S. crops worth more than $15 billion annually.

TAKE ACTION: The Save America’s Pollinators Act will soon be reintroduced. Ask your members of Congress to be original cosponsors of this important bill!

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Can Cows Help Mitigate Climate Change? Yes. They Can! 27.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

One summer morning in the late 1970s, Charles Massy got into his tractor and ploughed up the parched, basaltic dirt of a paddock on his farm in Australia’s drought-prone Monaro region. Before he could seed it with grasses and legumes in preparation for pasturing the season’s new lambs, a thunderstorm rolled across the undulating plains.

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Gardening datebook: Classes, workshops and more near you 25.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

There’s still time to hone your pruning skills at classes this week, stock up on native plants, take advantage of the Inland Empire’s giant plant swap in Riverside and prep for the best tomato crop ever!

If there’s a plant-related class, garden tour or other event you’d like us to mention, e-mail...

Why protecting 'blue carbon' storage is crucial to fighting climate change 15.1.2019 Small Business |
Going green by going blue.
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California Moves, Haltingly, Toward a Post-Lawn Future 6.1.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On the first Saturday of December in a northeast neighborhood of Fresno, California, Jeff Collins and his neighbors were putting up their Christmas decorations: strings of lights along identical gable roofs, animated reindeer, and inflatable snowmen. But for Collins, the task involved […]
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From delicate soil to bears, government shutdown will cause lasting damage to national parks 6.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When David Lamfrom drove into Joshua Tree National Park last week during the first days of the partial government shutdown, he was startled by the chaos.

He saw park visitors hiking off of marked trails and driving their vehicles off of paved roads, trampling and running over vegetation on the...

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Legal fight over environmental fund leaves cities in limbo 28.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A legal fight has put several infrastructure projects in Minnesota on hold, including Little Falls' $21-million project to build a new sewage treatment plant.
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