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Summer Project: Kids Get Involved in Stopping Climate Change

The things we teach our kids today will benefit their great grandchildren!It’s called the “long emergency”, where the effort to stem the effects of climate change requires a collective effort spanning generations from people all over the world. The things we teach our kids today will benefit their great grandchildren! For as urgent as all this is, we still need to communicate the message in a way that makes this cause a fun one! They will eventually appreciate the urgency...in due time.

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Non Profits Sue General Mills for False and Misleading Use of ‘Natural’

Tests Reveal Nature Valley Products Contain Glyphosate, an Ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundupTests Reveal Nature Valley Products Contain Glyphosate, an Ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup

Three non profit organizations filed a lawsuit against General Mills for misleading the public by labeling their Nature Valley brand granola bars “Made with 100% NATURAL whole grain OATS.” It was recently discovered that the herbicide chemical glyphosate, an ingredient in Roundup and hundreds of other glyphosate-based herbicides, is present in the Nature Valley granola bars, which consumers expect to be natural and free of toxins.

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Toxic chemicals contaminate drinking water of 6 million in US

Firefighter using fire retardant foam to put out a jet fuel fire at an airport training facility in Boise Idaho USA.Research traces source from military bases to water to women’s bodies–and to the next generation

Cancer-causing highly fluorinated chemicals are polluting the drinking water of an estimated 6 million – and likely many more – Americans, and the blood of almost everyone.

For the first time, researchers have used sophisticated mapping technology to identify military bases, airports, industrial sites, and wastewater treatment plants as the major sources of contamination and to connect the dots from sources to drinking water and then to women’s blood.

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Wild giraffe populations dwindling, Ranch sounds alarm

South Africa University of the Free State lecturer in wildlife management Dr. Francois Deacon collars a wild giraffe with a GPS tracking device. Collars and ear tags help Deacon silently follow wild giraffe in Africa to learn of habits that may be leading to their decline.Researchers and giraffe enthusiasts celebrate Texas Giraffe Day to honor giraffe twins, raise awareness of threats

May 10 marked the first Texas Giraffe Day, according to a Texas House of Representatives resolution adopted by Rep. Doug Miller last May to honor the rare giraffe twins born at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (NBWR), and to sound the alarm that wild giraffe are dying at a rapid pace.

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18 Reasons Asheville is a Gateway for National Parks Centennial Adventures

 

Chase waterfalls and wildflowers in Asheville during the centennial celebrations of the National Parks Service, NC State Parks and Pisgah National Forest. With four access points to the Blue Ridge Parkway, multiple entry points to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park within 70 miles of downtown and six NC State Parks in daytrip distance, Asheville is the perfect gateway city for outdoor adventure. (Photo courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com)Peak-to-Peak Zips, Foraging and other Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate 100 Years of National and NC State Parks

The beauty of Asheville's mountain scenery is timeless, except for this year when it turns 100 years old. 2016 marks a century since the creation of the National Park Service, NC State Parks and Pisgah National Forest. Cradled in the Blue Ridge and steeped in cultural cool, Asheville is a convenient basecamp for centennial park adventures with:

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New Model is First to Predict Tree Growth in Earliest Stages of Tree Life

 

Lance Vickers measures a tree diameter. Model can help forest managers better maintain forests by predicting which trees will survive

Land managers, forestry professionals and conservationists seek to predict how trees will grow so they can better manage existing forests and regrow forests after logging operations. Previous tree growth models can reasonably predict how trees grow once they are about 20 years old and achieve “crown closure” with the trees in the forest around them. Crown closure occurs when trees in a specific area grow wide and tall enough that their canopies connect. Now, University of Missouri researchers have created a new statistical model that accurately predicts tree growth from when they are first planted until they reach crown closure.

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American retirement funds are destroying rainforests

 

Innovative new web tool empowers citizen investor action on deforestation

A new transparency tool, “Deforestation Free Funds,” shows which global mutual funds contain palm-oil-related holdings, the fastest growing cause of rainforest destruction today. Friends of the Earth and As You Sow created this free online database to allow individual investors, for the first time ever, to determine their links to tropical deforestation and land grabs. The tool then empowers investors to demand deforestation-free investment options and responsible policies from workplace retirement plan managers and major fund families.

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