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Climate Destabilization Causing Thousands of New Species Migrations: Plant, Animal, Insect, Bird 26.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A spate of new research studies has confirmed a disturbing pattern: climate disruption is confusing migratory birds, causing trees to relocate and allowing tropical diseases to spread northward. "Human society has yet to appreciate the implications of unprecedented species redistribution for life on Earth, including for human lives," states a study, " Divergence of Species Responses to Climate Change ," published May 17, 2017, in Science Advances. Imagine if you had to travel thousands of miles and arrive at a specific time each year, but you had no way of knowing the precise time you needed to get there. That's what it's like for many songbirds that migrate from Central and South America each spring to breeding grounds in the US and Canada. If they were to arrive too early, they wouldn't find food and could freeze to death. If they arrive late, the best nesting sites may be taken and there will be fewer opportunities to find a mate. For countless generations, these birds have been able to rely on ...
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Sponsored: How to make the most of your irrigation system 26.6.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Consider installing an irrigation system to simplify your watering needs – and your life.
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Large Idaho sequoia tree plants new roots 26.6.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Sequoia tree sent to an Idaho conservationist by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago was transplanted Sunday out of the way of progress
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Artists tinker with grass & photosynthesis to create huge living canvases (Video) 23.6.2017 TreeHugger
Humble grass is transformed into living works of art with a message, using light and a lot of patience.
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Dugong Numbers on the Rise Again in the Great Barrier Reef 22.6.2017 Planet Ark News
Dugongs - or sea cows - are the only marine mammals that live mostly on plants, grazing on seagrass, which forms meadows in sheltered coastal waters. The world's largest population resides in northern Australia where their numbers are surging according to recently released aerial surveys.
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World's largest vertical garden hosts 115,000 plants to create "living building" (Video) 8.6.2017 TreeHugger
This vertical garden on a residential high-rise in Bogotá reuses greywater from its residents and helps to clean the air.
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How Grizzlies, Monarchs and Even Fish Can Benefit From US Highways 4.6.2017 Truthout.com
Late last August, armed with a sweep net and identification guides, Sarah Piecuch was looking for butterflies. She trudged through waist-deep grasses, trying to keep her footing steady while tallying those she found fluttering through the sky or perched on nearby flowers. But Piecuch isn't an entomologist, and she wasn't walking in a pristine meadow. Rather, she's a wildlife biologist for the New York State Department of Transportation, and she was surveying the land beside busy highways in hopes of learning what kind of management can make these long, thin strips of habitat most beneficial for pollinators. Her work is just one of a number of projects across the country aimed at using the space along interstate highways to help wildlife. Threats and Opportunities In 1956, the U.S. Congress passed the Federal-Aid Highway Act creating the nation's interstate highway system. This legislation connected the country, creating a web of freeways that now totals some 47,000 miles -- nearly enough to circle the ...
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Big Bear Lake plans to grow its own rainbow trout in a new $3.5-million hatchery 27.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Hatchery Drive cuts through the forest about a mile east of the reservoir for which this San Bernardino Mountain resort community is named.

It’s the lone remnant of a facility that produced teeming millions of trout here before mud flows closed it in 1932.

Now, with trout offered by state hatcheries...

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Oregon garden project aims to attract monarch butterflies 26.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

A three- to five-year project eventually will see thousands of milkweed and other native plants spread throughout the Portland Harbor Superfund site. Milkweed is crucial to the distinctive orange and black butterfly’s survival.
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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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