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Marijuana Company Buys Entire California Town

Phoenix-based American Green announced that the 120-acre plot will eventually become the “country’s first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”
Source: Huffington Post

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Chernobyl Site Now Offers Overnight Stays (Video)

Stuck for vacation ideas? You could head to the first hotel inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone since the deserted Ukrainian city’s infamous nuclear reactor went into meltdown in 1986.
Source: Chernobyl Site Now Offers Overnight Stays

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‘Breatharian’ couple survives on ‘the universe’s energy’ instead of food

A “Breatharian” mom and dad of two have barely eaten for nine years as they live off “the universe’s energy.” Husband and wife Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castello believe that food
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Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s outlook shows renewables will be cheaper almost everywhere in just a few years.
Source: Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think

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Tour the UF Architecture Archives with Gainesville Modern!

Tour the UF Architecture Archives!

Sunday November 6th
UF Library East, next to Smathers Library
3pm-5pm
Gainesville Modern and Docomomo-Florida invite you to tour the University of Florida Architecture Archives that now houses a Gainesville Modern collection. Participants will have the opportunity to view drawings and other materials on local residences and buildings by Alfred Browning Parker, William Morgan, […]

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Elon Musk Unveils A Not So New Solar Roof

Elon Musk is expected to unveil a new solar roofing product for his energy company, SolarCity, this week. Based on what Musk has already said about the product, his solar roofing would put the photovoltaic cells used to generate electricity from the sun in the shingles themselves, instead of in a system of solar panels […]

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California’s colorful despite drought

Sara Aminzadeh calls it out for Popular Resistance:
As the drought continues, Californians are stepping up to conserve water, and collectively exceeded Gov. Brown’s 25 percent reduction mandate in June 2015. Nonetheless, water-intensive lawns and other hallmarks of an English garden-style landscape still remain a huge draw on our state’s dwindling water supply.

Outdoor watering accounts for about half of residential […]

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Green graves

Grist reports on greening your funeral:
As the sole species responsible for filling the oceans with plastic, pumping the atmosphere full of pollution, clear cutting the world’s forests, and bringing about what could be the sixth great mass extinction, it’s perhaps fitting that when we die, we turn our own corpses into toxic flesh bags that ensure ecological […]

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Biocontrol for Cape Ivy

Michael Doyle reports on using an introduced fly to control Cape Ivy:
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
WASHINGTON

Coastal Californians battling pervasive Cape ivy have been waiting years for a helpful fly with a regal name.
Now, Agriculture Department officials are finally getting ready to pull the trigger, turning the fly loose on the weedy vine that’s infested shady parts of the […]

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Growing food at home is legal!

Read about it at Insteading:
As surprising as it may seem, you actually don’t have the right to grow your own fruits and vegetables on your own private property. In some states- Florida, namely- people have been fined thousands of dollars for planting vegetable gardens and even gone to prison for trying to live off the […]

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Grow food year-round in any climate

Ecowatch has a way, adapted from native people, who have always had to eat year-round:
From vertical farms to solar-powered “farms from a box,” we’ve seen how farming technology has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. But for those who prefer something a little more rustic, growing food from a hole in the ground is as low-tech […]

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Pesticides contaminate streams

(Beyond Pesticides, August 21, 2015)
Neonicotinoid insecticides contaminate over half of urban and agricultural streams across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS). Neonicotinoids (neonics) are bee-toxic insecticides that have been linked to the global decline in bee populations by a large body […]

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The Monarch Manifesto

From the David Suzuki Foundation
By David Suzuki
Jode Roberts has spent a lot of the summer checking out ditches and fields along the sides of roads, railways and trails. At first, he didn’t like what he was seeing. Roberts, who is leading the David Suzuki Foundation’s effort to bring monarchs back from the brink, was searching […]

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This Jail’s Urban Farming Project Benefits Inmates, Local Charities

The next time flowers are delivered to your door in Chicago, the bouquet just might be made up of blooms nurtured by an inmate at Cook County Jail.
Chicago-based startup Flowers for Dreams, last week, announced the start of a partnership with the jail’s urban farming initiative, which offers nonviolent inmates an opportunity to learn job […]

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Insecticides poison all insects

McGill University research shows more effects of insecticides:
Insecticides that are sprayed in orchards and fields across North America may be more toxic to spiders than scientists previously believed.

A McGill research team reached this conclusion after looking at changes in the behaviour of individual Bronze Jumping Spiders both before and after exposure to Phosmet, a widely […]

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Cooks feel drought’s limits

The NYTimes reports:
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Andrea Nguyen, who writes cookbooks for a living, knows that making pho in a pressure cooker is not the solution to California’s drought. Still, developing a reasonable version of the Vietnamese noodle soup that can be made in less than an hour, with half the water, matters to her […]

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Women feed the world

Bill Moyers republishes an article by Vedana Shiva on how women and their agricultural practices are the true path to feeding the world, NOT industrial agriculture. We’ve got to change that message the agribusiness giants have sold us. They are ruining the soil and reducing nutrtious yields, not feeding the world.
The two great ecological challenges […]

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More research on bees

Christian Science Monitor calls for more research:
The honey bees are disappearing.
In a 12-month period ending in April, populations of managed honey bee colonies in the United States dropped by more than 40 percent — up from about a 35 percent drop the previous year, and the second-highest annual loss recorded to date, according to a […]

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Bees and Almonds

Tom Philpott writes for Mother Jones:
Growing 80 percent of the globe’s almonds in California doesn’t just require massive amounts of water. It also takes a whole bunch of honeybees for pollination—roughly two hives’ worth for every acre of almonds trees, around 1.7 million hives altogether. That’s at least 80 percent of all available commercial hives in the […]

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Bee protection, but not from insecticides

The Guardian points out gaps in the President’s program:
The White House has announced an ambitious plan to “promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators” in the United States in a bid to help reverse a worrying trend that has seen the honeybee population fall by half over the last seven decades.
It includes making millions […]

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