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Our Most Iconic Places Are Under Dire Threat From Climate Change

A new report finds World Heritage sites around the globe may vanish from our warming planet.

Rising CO2 hurts bees

How Rising CO2 Levels May
Contribute to Die-Off of Bees
As they investigate the factors behind the decline of bee populations, scientists are now eyeing a new culprit — soaring levels of carbon dioxide, which alter plant physiology and significantly reduce protein in important sources of pollen.
by lisa palmer for Yale 360
Specimens of goldenrod sewn into archival […]

Norway commits to zero deforestation

Katie Pohlman reports for EcoWatch:
Norway has become the first country to ban deforestation. The Norwegian Parliament pledged May 26 that the government’s public procurement policy will be deforestation-free.

Rainforests are the lungs of the planet.

Any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used in the Scandinavian country. The pledge was recommended by Norwegian Parliament’s Standing […]

Tigers confiscated from Tiger Temple

Sharon Guynup reports for National Geographic:

PUBLISHED June 2, 2016

Thailand’s controversial Tiger Temple is losing its tigers.

The monastery and popular tourist attraction, the focus of allegations of animal abuse and trafficking for 15 years, was raided this week by authorities who planned to remove all 137 tigers held at the temple, three hours northwest of Bangkok.

The […]

Governor Brown finds ways around CEQA

Steve Lopez writes for the LA Times:

Covering the California Coastal Commission is like getting addicted to a soap opera. It’s one dramatic turn after another, power and money are central characters and there’s an occasional knife in the back.
Today’s Cali-Novela episode features three interconnected story lines:
Is California Gov. Jerry Brown poised to clear the way for development […]

Bill Gates goes for chickens

After thinking it over, Bill Gates realizes that Chickens are an answer to poverty.
He elaborates on the subject in this LinkedIn Pulse story.
I hope he isn’t using the chickens he is pictured with. They won’t do the job for him. They are commercial Leghorns and hybrids. They can’t reproduce themselves, since they are already cross […]

Forests heal us

 Mark Johanson writes for the BBC:
14 June 2016

Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson wrote that it’s “not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”
Forest bathing […]

Obama Makes The Case For A Nuclear-Free World Ahead Of Historic Hiroshima Visit

“I’m coming, first and foremost, to remember and honor the tens of millions of lives lost during the Second World War.”
On Friday, President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. leader to visit Hiroshima — the site of the first-ever atomic bombing.

Wild Life Crime Just Got Personal

“This year, six UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors and many others will lead a global charge through the campaign to encourage everyone, everywhere to use their own powerful spheres of influence to spark involvement and pledges for no killing, buying, gift giving, trafficking, weak governance or turning a blind eye. Let’s all join together to be part […]

‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Director Talks Climate and Change 10 Years After

A decade after its release,  An Inconvenient Truth  still resonates in the culture, its title shorthand for the climate crisis.a

Congress Is Finally Overhauling A Decades-Old Chemical Safety Law

Should we be excited for changes to a law everyone says is broken?

Green Industry Increases Jobs and Revenue

Green Industry Increases Jobs and Revenue
Lee Nielsen
The phrase “money doesn’t grow on trees” may need to be reconsidered because of growth in revenue and jobs in the green industry.
The green industry is the production of nurseries and green houses, landscape services and the distribution of horticultural products.  
The University of Florida Institute of […]

New Breed of Daisy Resistant to Mildew and Fungus

New Breed of Daisy Resistant to Mildew and Fungus
Lee Nielsen
A new breed of daisy is being developed at the University of Florida.
Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are developing a new breed of daisy called the gerbera daisy, which is resistant to mildew and fungus.
Zhanao Deng, professor […]

New Technology To Prevent Strawberry Diseases

New Technology To Prevent Strawberry Diseases
Lee Nielsen
A new monitoring system can help farmers reduce the use of chemical sprays and increase profits of strawberries.
Natalia Peres, an associate professor of strawberry pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education center, developed the Strawberry Advisory System in 2012.
The system’s technology can alert farmers when they should chemically […]

Can A Tiny Wasp Help Save The Citrus Industry?

Researchers in Arizona are fighting fire with fire. They’re collecting new data on a wasp that may help slow the spread of citrus greening, a plant disease that has devastated millions of acres of citrus crops, particularly in Florida.