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Trade Protections Proposed For Four Species Of Turtles

Trade Protections Proposed For Four Species Of Turtles

November 1, 2014


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By Louis Sahagun Los Angeles Times (MCT) Faced with growing concerns about the hunting of freshwater turtles in the United States for Asian food markets, federal officials this week proposed adding four species to an international list of plants and animals designed to manage commercial trade in ...

Few US States Preparing For Climate Change, Study Says

Few US States Preparing For Climate Change, Study Says

October 9, 2014


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By Neela Banerjee Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — Fewer than half of American states are working to protect themselves from climate change, despite more detailed warnings from scientists that communities are already being damaged, according to a new online clearinghouse of states...

Fungus Could Be The Help Agriculture Needs To Adapt To Climate Change

Fungus Could Be The Help Agriculture Needs To Adapt To Climate Change

October 1, 2014


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By Matt Campbell The Kansas City Star (MCT) KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Imagine a world, just a few decades away, where once-fertile cropland is baked and starved of rain by ongoing climate change. Just add fungus. Scientists are discovering that microscopic fungi can help make food crops more abundant, les...

Mining for sand in fracking process holds risks for communities, study says

Mining for sand in fracking process holds risks for communities, study says

October 1, 2014


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By Neela Banerjee Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON—As a domestic energy boom driven by hydraulic fracturing spreads, so could strip-mining for sand needed for the controversial production process, introducing risks to water, air, public health and property values, according to a report issu...

Blue Whales Of California Are Back To Historical Levels, Study Finds

Blue Whales Of California Are Back To Historical Levels, Study Finds

September 9, 2014


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By Deborah Netburn Los Angeles Times (MCT) Good news, whale lovers: A new analysis suggests that there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago. Today, there are roughly 2,200 blue whales who range f...

Half Of North American Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

Half Of North American Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

September 9, 2014


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By Louis Sahagun Los Angeles Times (MCT) Half of all bird species in North America — including the bald eagle — are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, the National Audubon Society concluded in a study released Monday. “The scale of t...

Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Does Not Negate Climate Change, Scientists Say

Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Does Not Negate Climate Change, Scientists Say

September 2, 2014


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By Julia Rosen Los Angeles Times (MCT) In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent’s coastal waters. It’s an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean. As winter takes root,...

Environmental, Food Groups Want Endangered Species Protection For Monarch Butterfly

Environmental, Food Groups Want Endangered Species Protection For Monarch Butterfly

September 2, 2014


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By Chuck Raasch St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) WASHINGTON — A coalition of environmental and food-safety groups is asking the Fish and Wildlife Service to grant endangered species protection to the monarch butterfly, whose U.S. population, the groups say, last year fell to 90 percent below its ...

College team in a race to save gas

College team in a race to save gas

May 1, 2014


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By Tom Avril The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT) PHILADELPHIA — Its top speed is 35 m.p.h. It has less horsepower than a lawn mower. Nevertheless, the bright-red, fiberglass-paneled contraption in a Swarthmore College basement is very much a race car — in a race to use as little energy as possible. Th...

Death Toll Climbs To At Least 30 As Deadly Storms Move Through The South

Death Toll Climbs To At Least 30 As Deadly Storms Move Through The South

April 29, 2014


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By Michael Muskal Los Angeles Times (MCT) After leaving a trail of death and destruction across at least six states, a series of violent storms that spawned dozens of tornadoes continued to move through the South on Tuesday morning. It was the third day of deadly weather to rip from the Midwest throu...

Aquaponic Company Produces Organic Vegetables Year-Round

Aquaponic Company Produces Organic Vegetables Year-Round

April 17, 2014


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By Jeff Strickler Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) MINNEAPOLIS — The land of sky blue waters has become the land of bright green vegetables. The former Hamm’s brewery in St. Paul, built over artesian wells that led to the company’s iconic motto, has been repurposed as an aquaponic fac...

California’s San Joaquin River Is Most Endangered In US

California’s San Joaquin River Is Most Endangered In US

April 12, 2014


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By Mark Grossi The Fresno Bee (MCT) FRESNO, Calif. — The San Joaquin River in California is America’s most endangered waterway this year, says the national advocacy group American Rivers, known for annually picking the country’s 10 most troubled rivers. The San Joaquin’s water is spread...

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