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Seeing the Forest for the Trees: World's Largest Reforestation Program Overlooks Wildlife

After years of environmental destruction, China has spent billions of dollars on the world's largest reforestation program, converting a combined area nearly the size of New York and Pennsylvania back to forest.

The government-backed effort, known as the Grain-for-Green Program, has transformed 28 million hectares (69.2 million acres) of cropland and barren scrubland back to forest in an effort to prevent erosion and alleviate rural poverty. While researchers around the world have studied the program, little attention has been paid to understanding how the program has affected biodiversity until now.

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ArtsBridge Hosts FREE Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at Cobb Energy Centre on October 10

Do you know any college-bound students pursuing degrees in music, theatre, art, dance, visual arts, writing or graphic design?  They’ll want to make plans to attend the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Atlanta Performing and Visual Arts College Fair. The eventhosted by ArtsBridge Foundation on Monday, October 10 from 5-8 pm at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, is free and open to the public.

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The Coming Bee-Pocalypse? Collateral Damage of Mosquito Spraying

Dead bees could on the rise due to misquito spraying - Image: Wikipedia

Dead Bees: Collateral Damage of Mosquito Spraying

You may or may not be an environmentalist, but a part of nature that everyone should support is the humble bee. It's thought that every third bite of food that you take is there because of pollination by bees. Honey, when raw and unprocessed, may even be used as a wound covering for burns and other injuries due to its antibiotic effect.

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Brewers Publications Presents Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer

Inside Look at How Local Flavor is Bottled in Craft BeerA Guide to Exploring Local Flavor Using Cultivated and Foraged Ingredients by Stan Hieronymus; Foreword by Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione

The growing hunger for locally sourced food is not a trend that has been blind to beverages, beer included. And while Americans have brewed beers using native ingredients since pre-Columbian times, a new wave of brewers has always been at the forefront of the locavore movement.  The latest release from Brewers Publications, Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer by Stan Hieronymus, introduces brewers and drinkers to the ways herbs, flowers, plants, trees, nuts and shrubs flavor distinctive beers. The foreword is delivered by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery founder Sam Calagione, a longtime enthusiast for using local and unique ingredients in beer.

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September is National Preparedness Month

Be in the Know: Explore your hazards, sign up for alerts and see how you can help scientists

Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time, often without warning. Natural hazards threaten thousands of lives and cause billions of dollars in damage every year throughout the nation.

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Decline in U.S. Slaughterhouse Numbers Continues

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published its 2015 Livestock Slaughter SummaryOn April 20, 2016, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published its 2015 Livestock Slaughter Summary; the data indicates further deterioration of U.S. slaughterhouse infrastructure. The total number of livestock slaughter plants (poultry plants are not included) under federal inspection declined from 881 to 808 between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016. There was a slight increase in the number of state-inspected/custom slaughter plants combined but not enough to offset the decline in the number of federal facilities. The total number of slaughter plants declined from 2,770 to 2,718.

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Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day Kicks Off Sept. 10

National Planting DayKeep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit which envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, is mobilizing Americans to bolster their local ecosystems by planting native species of trees, shrubs and plants for its fifth annual National Planting Day. National Planting Day, which will be observed on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 and throughout the month of September, is a fall initiative of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.

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Five (or more) Things to Know about Bees and Beekeeping

 

Honeybees don’t see the color red, which means you rarely notice them heading for a red fruit or flower. They do see blue, green, yellow, orange, and ultraviolet.

It’s fun to play the numbers game with bees: For example, honeybees beat their wings 250 times a minute. A queen bee lays between 1,500 and 2,000 eggs a day. A single bee produces 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. On an average two-to-three mile nectar-hunting trip, a bee visits between 50 and 100 flowers. Bees have five eyes and six legs. Bees are about 3/4 inch long.

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Whole Kids Foundation raising money for school salad bars, gardens

https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/images/homepage-feature-image/GrantsKidsDigging320x240.jpgFoundation’s mission is to improve children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables

Throughout September, Whole Foods Market shoppers can get involved by participating in one of hundreds of in-store events or by making donations at store checkouts or online at wholekidsfoundation.org. Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Kids Foundation programs. The campaign’s goal is to raise $4 million to fund school salad bars and gardens, and nutrition education classes for teachers.

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