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.
Tests 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Spider societies with diverse personalities enjoy success despite extreme temperature shifts
Like people, animals have personalities. And their personalities differ, sometimes hugely, on traits like shyness and aggressiveness. Among the big questions are where those differences come from, why they exist, and how they are maintained. Now researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have uncovered an unexpected benefit of these personalities: to protect societies from extreme temperature changes.