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Photo: Tule elk doesn't exactly hide in the grass 26.7.2016 TreeHugger
It's not easy being discreet when you have such an impressive set of antlers.
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Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more for July 22-28 23.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, July 22-28, 2016.
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What is an invasive species? 23.7.2016 TreeHugger
These organisms are destroying ecosystems across the globe, costing humans billions of dollars in damages.
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Side effects of mosquito defense: broad spectrum insecticides kill the pollinators of rare native flowers 22.7.2016 EcoTone
Side effects of mosquito defense: broad spectrum insecticides kill the pollinators of rare native flowers
Bertoia sculpture moved to new home at Woodmere 21.7.2016 Philly.com News
Investigation: EPA Approved Nearly 100 Pesticide Products Without Accounting for Dangers of Chemical Mixtures 19.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The Environmental Protection Agency has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These “synergistic” combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA in its approval of pesticides for food, lawns and other ...
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The 10 Most Sustainable Restaurants in America 19.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While taste is obviously huge when it comes to food, we are approaching an age where making food more sustainable is taking a front seat . If you were one of the millions of people that were sobbing hysterically when Leonardo DiCaprio won his well-deserved Academy Award, you got to hear him speak about how passionate he is about helping to save our Earth. Sustainability is all about moving in an eco-friendly direction by reducing waste, composting, recycling, and focusing on conservation. Many restaurants throughout the U.S. have been trying to become more sustainable and are now serving more organic food than ever before. Here are a few restaurant chains across the country that have been practicing sustainability and making food without harmful add-ons. 1.  Mixt Greens With two locations in Los Angeles and six in San Francisco, Mixt Greens offers healthy options like salads and sandwiches that are made only with organic ingredients. They also use compostable packaging, which is eco-friendly, while using ...
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Uttar Pradesh In India Planted Almost 50 Million Trees In Just 24 Hours 18.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A state in India got to the root of a serious problem. More than 800,000 government officials, students and volunteers from Indian’s most populous state planted 49.3 million trees in 24 hours on July 11, according to Popular Science . Officials in Uttar Pradesh passed out millions of saplings to be planted all over the state so it could increase its forest cover. The shade-surging drive was part of a pledge India made at 2015’s climate change summit in Paris to increase the nation’s forest cover by 235 million acres by 2030 . The government has also designated more than $6.2 billion to plant trees all over India. According to a May 2016 study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, air pollution in India contributes to more than half a million premature deaths each year. Planting the saplings won’t completely zap the country’s pollution problem but Uttar Pradesh’s top elected official, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, hopes the event will raise awareness and get people pumped about ...
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A Growing Crisis: Insects are Disappearing — And Fast 14.7.2016 Environmental News Network
We all know about the huge declines in bee and monarch butterfly populations. Now, it turns out that in some areas nearly all insects are at risk of extinction. And if we don’t solve this problem soon, the repercussions could be huge.Insects are an important part of the global ecosystem. They not only provide important pollination services, but they also occupy an important place on the bottom of the food chain for many animals. Fewer insects means less food, leading to plant and animal population declines.“The growing threat to [insects], which play an important role in food security, provides another compelling example of how connected people are to our environment, and how deeply entwined our fate is with that of the natural world,” said Achim Steiner, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, in a press statement.
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Phosphorus pollution poses a major threat to the world's lakes 14.7.2016 TreeHugger
Humans dump millions of tons of phosphorus into lakes every year, and it's destroying their ecosystems.
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Do you see a devil in this orchid? 12.7.2016 TreeHugger
Named for 'el diablo' himself, a new and extremely rare orchid species reveals a wicked heart.
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Indian state aims to plant record 50 million trees in one day 12.7.2016 TreeHugger
Uttar Pradesh is going to be looking a lot greener after a marathon 24-hour tree-planting frenzy.
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India state aims to plant a record 50 million trees in a day 11.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people in India’s most populous state jostled for space Monday as they attempted to plant 50 million trees over 24 hours in hopes of shattering the world record. Officials in Uttar Pradesh distributed millions of saplings to be planted across the state to help India’s efforts to […]
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India state aims to plant a record 50 million trees in a day 11.7.2016 Washington Post: World
Hundreds of thousands of people in India’s most populous state jostled for space Monday as they attempted to plant 50 million trees over 24 hours in hopes of shattering the world record.
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What To Grow In Your Forage Garden 9.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pinyon syrup; acorn and cattail crackers; golden currant wine; mountain trout with Manzanita berries and willow bark. Wild-foraged foods are becoming increasingly popular as adventurous foodies connect ancient food-gathering traditions with the local terroir. But unless you have access to private lands, much wild food foraging is illegal. Native plants are protected, and harvesting them is poaching. Try the easy alternative to poaching in our public spaces and parks -- grow edible plants at home! We need more native plants, not fewer. Besides feeding yourself, you'll also support the native butterflies and birds that depend on these foods. We can forage in our gardens! When people harvest native plants in our struggling Southern California ecosystems, their impact on the plants, and the insects and animals that need them, is devastating. Taking bark, leaves, seeds, nuts and berries weakens the plants' abilities to renew themselves, reproduce, and survive brutal drought. By harvesting elderberries, for ...
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Minnesota prairie restorers recruit a surprising ally: cows 30.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota's vast tallgrass prairies have been largely plowed under. Now, some conservationists are turning to cattlemen to preserve what's left.
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Humans are driving evolution of new species — and that could be just as bad as causing extinctions 29.6.2016 Washington Post
Humans are driving evolution of new species — and that could be just as bad as causing extinctions
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More than 100 Nobel laureates take on Greenpeace over GMO stance 29.6.2016 Washington Post
More than 100 Nobel laureates take on Greenpeace over GMO stance
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How to plant a pollinator-friendly garden 28.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
"People are really understanding that the key to helping all of the bees and monarchs is getting more flowers in the ground," said Marla Spivak, a professor of entomology at the U of M.
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Why Plants Are This Summer's "Coolest" Diet 24.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Image Credit: Huffington Post While the summer heats up, and the layers come off, eating plants will keep you "cool" in a myriad of ways. The World Health Organization , the United Nations and a number of scientific publications advocate for and recommend eating a mostly plant-based diet for health reasons, obesity-prevention and weight-management, and for the environment. 1) Amazingly good for your health! If nothing else, the number one reason to eat plants is that they are amazingly good for your health! They are paramount. Our ancestors ate a primarily whole-food, unprocessed, plant-based diet (hereinafter plant-based diet). Meat was consumed only on rare occasions and in small doses, as an accompaniment. A plant-based diet contains nearly all the nutrients, fiber, and the vitamins and minerals we need for good health. The nutrient density of plant-based foods is unparalleled. Moreover, the nutrients in plants that we don't even know about yet, contribute to our overall good health, well-being, and ...
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