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The Restorative Power of Trees

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Green growing things heal us in surprising ways. Communities are trying to bring plant life to areas that lack it. In some of my earliest memories, I’m perched between two branches of a plum tree that grew in front of my house. To climb, I’d grip the lowest branches and …

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The Artist Creating Urban Farms to Feed Philadelphia

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

BY KAREN CHERNICK Not many churches can boast their own Garden of Eden, but South Philadelphia’s historic Union Baptist Church (UBC) can. When Loretta Lewis and other veteran congregants of UBC opened a soup kitchen 20 years ago, they made a solemn pledge: “We just vowed that we’re not going …

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What Do The Numbers On Recyclable Plastics Mean?

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Recyclable plastic usually comes with a little recycling symbol printed on the bottom and depending on the product, there might be a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 stamped in the center of the symbol. It’s easy to miss, but this tiny digit is actually pretty important, because …

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles – the Electric Remake

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

By Michael Liebreich Senior Contributor  Bloomberg NEF In my article this March entitled Beyond Three Thirds, The Road to Deep Decarbonization, I referred to the vast opportunities that beckon in clean energy and transportation beyond the core markets of wind, solar, […]

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Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Yadav Bhavanth grows vegetables on family land in the south-central Indian state of Telangana. On this small farm in a drought-prone region, his crop production—and income—depend heavily on seasonal rainfall. In 2015 and 2016, water shortages threatened his crops. And when the rains came, they were often so heavy that …

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Ruth Metzel Has a Secret Weapon to Save an Ecosystem

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Ruth Metzel may have figured out a way to save a critically endangered ecosystem: build relationships with the people who live there. For a decade the ecologist has studied tropical dry […]

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What a giant snake can teach us about designing cities for the future

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Not long ago, a jockey at Cannon Park Racecourse in Cairns, Australia, mistook a 15-foot-long python for a “giant crack” in the raceway. He was rounding a corner at full gallop when the snake suddenly appeared before him. The presence of such a big reptile in a rapidly growing suburban …

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How a novel wireless technology is helping conserve wildlife, fight pollution, save farmers money and more

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

The sun beats down on the dried Tanzanian soils. Dust is slowly settling back down to the ground in the wake of a parade of tourists’ vehicles, which are now disappearing over the horizon. It’s dry season in the Serengeti National Park, and safari trucks are groaning under the weight …

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Take a look at some of the billions of organisms that keep our soil healthy

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

                   Long overlooked as just dirt beneath our feet, soil has taken on increasing importance as we recognize its fundamental role in everything from agriculture to climate change to human health. So, too, with the organisms that call it home. Soil is filled with more biological diversity than any other …

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Protecting crops with predators instead of poison

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Summer carloads of sweet-toothed tourists, flush with cash and seeking local pies and jams, are an economic godsend in northwest Michigan’s cherry-growing region. Other hungry visitors are less welcome — voles, weevils, fruit flies, grasshoppers and pest birds do significant damage to local crops. Cedar waxwings, American robins and other …

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