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UN proclaims March 3 World Wildlife Day; derides illegal trafficking

March 4th, 2014

World Wildlife Day kicked off Monday with United Nations officials declaring that people need to be better stewards of the many struggling species. Citing the plight of the panda, orangutan, rhinos, elephants and more, officials said people need to stop illegal trafficking in horns and ivory, and the annihilation of forests and natural habitat.

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Legalizing the rhino horn trade could save these endangered animals

November 13th, 2013

Increasing demand in Asia for rhino horn, which is believed to have medicinal qualities, is fueling a vicious illegal trade that’s decimating African rhino populations. There may be a better way to save the rhino, without trying to beat down the cultural beliefs that have put it at risk.

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Hacking = good/solve/world problems

October 4th, 2013

More than 2,000 developers will be joining a hackathon this weekend with lofty aspirations: Solve world problems. The geek fest has already produced several helpful apps from previous gatherings.

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Sharing the land in India, supporting farmers in Mexico and Australia and other cool ways people are stopping desertification

June 21st, 2013

Desertification threatens lands across the planet as weather extremes worsen and development strips areas of protective trees and vegetation.The process displaces farms, wildlife, green areas and impoverishes local people by stealing their means of support. But groups around the world are finding unique, organic and sustainable solutions that push back desertification.

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Why advocates for the poor and the environment are cheering the failure of the House Farm Bill

June 20th, 2013

The House of Representative’s lopsided version of the Farm Bill has failed, and advocates for the needy and environmental programs say they are glad. Even the Secretary of Agriculture says the bill was mean-spiritedly (not in so many words of course) wouldn’t have done enough to help rural America (read: small farmers).

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The Farm Bill: Think of it as ‘The Food Bill,’ because it affects you

June 4th, 2013

Farm Bill. The words fall like an Ambien. But avoid all knowledge of what’s within this $1 trillion package, and you’ll miss out. Do you want GMO labeling, a better deal for organic farmers? Would you like to see Monsanto get slapped for sneaky dealings? Follow the action as Congress plows forward.

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Wildlife Conservation Society releases list of Asian species at risk of extinction

September 6th, 2012

Tigers, extinct? It’s not only possible, it’s likely, especially in the many nations that have yet to take action on behalf of this majestic animal.

A tiger with trap marks (Photo: Chris R. Shepherd, IUCN)

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Sierra Club launches ‘My Piece of America’

June 26th, 2012

As our population grows and energy needs rise (presumably) energy companies are increasingly beating on the door of the government for new places to operate.

South Cumberland State Park, Tennessee (Photo by Lynne T)

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DIY drip line irrigation – an efficient way to water your home vegetable or herb garden

May 24th, 2012

Drip line irrigation is a great idea for gardeners who want to save water and grow plants successfully.

By soaking the ground with water, the drip line approach mimics the effect of a gentle soaking rain, instead of battering leaves with a harsh jet of water like so many sprinkler systems do. More importantly, by slowly delivering the water to the soil and plants and not spraying it overhead the air, a drip line system can better target, and thereby reduce, the water needed for landscape or edible plants.

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Tim DeChristopher found guilty of interfering with auction of oil and gas leases on public lands

March 4th, 2011

Tim DeChristopher, the college student and environmentalist who bid on oil and gas leases of federal wilderness in Utah to drive up the price and protest what he considered to be illegal use of federal land, was convicted yesterday in a Salt Lake City courtroom.

The jury found that he had interfered with the Bureau of Land Management public auction in 2008 in which he bid for about $1.8 million in leases in the Arches and Canyonlands national parks without genuinely intending to buy the leases.

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Be part of the solution: Do your share to preserve Earth’s ecosystems

April 22nd, 2010

Lemurs, a threatened species (Photo: Osoman/Dreamstime)

Lemurs, a threatened species (Photo: Orsoman/Dreamstime)

They are slipping through our fingers. Our tenuous hold on the Earth’s threatened animals, plants and fish, rivers and oceans, forests and ice caps is not strong enough. It’s not for lack of trying — environmental and eco-conscious groups are in a constant scramble to slow the lengthening list of losses.

Every year, more than 2 million acres of Amazon rainforest – called “the lungs of our planet” for its massive daily recycling of carbon dioxide into oxygen – is lost to logging, agriculture, roads and more.

At last count, out of 44,837 known species of living creatures on Earth, nearly 40 percent are threatened and 804 are extinct.

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Hung out to dry

November 2nd, 2009

By Barbara Kessler Green Right Now Here’s a movie you never thought they’d make. Coming to the big, or maybe small,  screen near you, a film…about…laundry! With a short opening feature on watching paint dry. OK, so that’s mean and I’m kidding, but not about the movie.  Drying for Freedom is really in the works, [...]

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