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8 Plants That Promote Wellness

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

It may seem like natural remedies are having a moment, but the trend is nothing new. Herbalism—the use of plants for their medicinal properties—has been around long before modern-day pharmacies, and certain sprigs and leaves are still touted for their healing powers. Whether you’re planning your next natural shopping trip …

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The Restaurant Chain With Nothing But Food Waste On The Menu

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Bart Roetert felt a familiar sense of frustration as he walked past the leftover food piling up at the end of his grocery store shift ― overripe mangoes, day-old bread and one blemished tomato on a vine of five other perfectly good ones. It was a cold November afternoon in …

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Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

A 60-foot electric bus used by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Los Angeles County. The agency is aiming to deploy an all-electric fleet by the end of the year As American car buyers cautiously dip their toes into the world of electric vehicles, pondering issues such as cost, charging …

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In Kenya ,agroforestry is a win – win

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

The Cherangani people, an indigenous community in Kenya’s Rift Valley, have always called the Cherangani Hills Forest their ancestral home. Also known locally as the Sengwer, they were traditionally reliant on the forest for hunting and gathering, herbal medicines, honey, and sorghum and millet farming. Then the colonial government evicted …

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A Ghanaian Chef Feeding His Country and Combating Food Waste

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Ghanaian chef Elijah Amoo Addo is on a mission to feed his nation on the excesses the food industry creates. Since 2012, he has been collecting unwanted stock or food nearing its use-by date from suppliers, farmers and restaurants in Ghana to redistribute to orphanages, hospitals, schools and vulnerable communities …

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Miracle mangrove “land builders” adapt to ocean rise amid climate change

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Understanding how ecosystems function can help scientists develop strategies to ensure the planet can withstand the risks of climate change. Mangrove ecosystems, recognized for their capacity to store large amounts of carbon and protect shoreline erosions from rigorous ocean activity, also provide a buffer by capturing sediment high in organic …

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Meet the Teens Schooling Us on Climate Action

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Generation Z – millennials’ younger brothers and sisters – are increasingly finding their voices in the Trump era, expanding media-savvy campaigns for racial equality and gun control to encompass climate change. A group of high school students are now planning a nationwide series of climate marches on July 21st, when they will confront lawmakers …

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The largest solar farm apiary in the US opens this week

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

An important feature of permaculture is the concept of stacking functions, or finding multiple uses for the same space or resource. North Carolina-based PineGate Renewables is taking this principle to a new level with the opening of the largest solar farm apiary in the U.S. Starting this week, the Eagle Point solar …

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Tucson to resurrect river with recycled water

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

A long-dormant natural feature of Tucson, Arizona’s early years is on the verge of making a dramatic comeback. The Santa Cruz River, presently little more than a dry scar of earth through the city’s urban center, will soon begin flowing again for the first time in more than 70 years. …

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New type of photosynthesis pushes the limits

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Science has a way of opening our eyes, of surprising us — even on topics we think we understand. Even photosynthesis, the process by which plants and other organisms harvest light for energy, has surprises in store. A recent discovery has confirmed that this most basic and necessary process can …

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