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Harsh Winter Was Tough On Butterfly Population, Study Says

June 9, 2014By
Harsh Winter Was Tough On Butterfly Population, Study Says

It’s a welcome summer sight: butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. But we could be seeing less of them. A study released today points a finger at road salt.

According to the study, researchers from University of Minnesota found butterflies that were fed a high-sodium diet only had a 10 percent survival rate, compared to a 40 percent to 50 percent survival rate for butterflies that were fed low-to-medium sodium diets.

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RACHEL LOUISE CARSON: Google lets fly a Doodle true to ‘Silent Spring’ writer’s nature

May 27, 2014By
RACHEL LOUISE CARSON: Google lets fly a Doodle true to ‘Silent Spring’ writer’s nature

In Maryland, it is impossible to travel too far in any direction without seeing something that celebrates the legacy of author and environmentalist Rachel Carson.

There is a greenway trail and a conservation park named for her here, an alma mater university and a Rachel Carson grade school there — and, of course, the Silver Spring home where she would write “Silent Spring,” the hot-button ’60s work that is often cited as the spark that ignited the modern environmental movement.

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Bring Back the Monarchs!

May 16, 2014By
Bring Back the Monarchs!

Ten years ago, a grain farmer in Northeast Nebraska wrote me a letter: “I am concerned that the recent large use of Roundup-ready crops (which I use) and the subsequent widespread use of Roundup herbicide (which I also use), have led to the virtual elimination of milkweed in fields and crops,” he said.

But it wasn’t the loss of milkweed that alarmed him most; it was the fact that with its disappearance, the monarch butterfly had also left his farm.

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How One Brave Woman Sparked the Environmental Movement

May 15, 2014By
How One Brave Woman Sparked the Environmental Movement

Environmentalist David Suzuki recently spoke with Bill about the lasting influence of the late biologist Rachel Carson. Although Suzuki never met Carson, her seminal 1962 book Silent Spring about the effects of pesticides on the environment, had a major impact on his work.

“Rachel Carson’s book was the first big document to say, ‘Hey, wait a minute guys, there are effects or costs that are associated with this huge technology.

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Four Inspirational Food Leaders Honored at Growing Green Awards

May 14, 2014By
Four Inspirational Food Leaders Honored at Growing Green Awards

Sometime in the mid-1990s,Will Harris looked around at the Georgia farm that had been in his family for more than a century, and decided he didn’t want to pass it on to his daughters.

Not like this. His herd was unhappy. He was under constant financial stress.

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Michelle Obama creates first-ever ‘pollinator garden’ at the White House

April 30, 2014By
Michelle Obama creates first-ever ‘pollinator garden’ at the White House

The sixth edition of Michelle Obama’s White House Kitchen Garden, planted on the South Lawn earlier this month, is now a bit more friendly to the insects we rely upon to pollinate our crops.

The First Lady announced the addition of the first-ever “White House Pollinator Garden,” a plot designed to not only assist the more than 70,000 bees that make up the White House…

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Restoring Life’s Fabric: The Biological Bottom Line

April 23, 2014By
Restoring Life’s Fabric: The Biological Bottom Line

We’ve framed the environmental problem the wrong way. There is no environment out there and we’re here, and we’ve got to regulate our interaction with it.

We are the environment. There is no distinction. What we are doing to our surroundings, we’re doing directly to ourselves.

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Tucson Welcome International Assistance for Migratory Insect

February 25, 2014By
Tucson Welcome International Assistance for Migratory Insect

Monarch butterflies are relatively small insects that participate in one of nature’s most impressive migrations, but many scientists and other professionals are concerned about their long-term survival.

The butterflies can travel from their wintering grounds in central Mexico to summer homes in the United States and Canada.

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