Posted on November 29, 2013 by Debra Atlas
It’s Black Friday, in case you’ve somehow forgotten or missed the massive pr. With the intense focus on shopping, I thought I’d pass along a way to help do something you can do that’s good for the environment while you are doing your holiday shopping this year.
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Posted on November 25, 2013 by Debra Atlas
I’ve been a backyard organic gardener for the better part of fifteen years. Each year I learn and grow more while experimenting with a wider variety of types of veggies. It’s a lot of fun and definitely helps keep my food budget down.
I came across an interesting article called 15 Indigenous Vegetables that are Nutritious and Delicious and was surprised at how many of these I’d never heard of before. I’m always looking to find new things to grow in my garden and the idea of trying something both incredibly nutritious and different definitely captures my imagination.
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Posted on October 28, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Humans need Nature to survive and thrive. Too often we treat Nature as a commodity, exploiting, polluting and destroying it in our unfailing drive towards “progress”. The consequences of this are obvious – plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans, massive global bee die-offs, the increasing destructiveness and ferocity of hurricanes and typhoons, too-frequent oil spills. The ramifications of our actions run deep. They impact our economy, our health and our future. What Has Nature Ever Done for Us: How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, a new book by author Tony Juniper, shows that these ramifications can be measured and that there are other, more beneficial options than merely striving towards our outmoded view of progress. (more…)
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Posted on October 14, 2013 by Debra Atlas
The Medlock River culvert – one of England’s “lost rivers” – will be reclaimed
The industrial Age brought many benefits to our society. But they came at great cost, particularly as we’re seeing now with our environment. One of these not so apparent costs was the covering over of natural rivers and waterways throughout Europe to make room for expansion. Now, to comply with the European Union Water Framework Directive which aims to breathe life back into natural waterways across the continent by 2027, hundreds of these will be brought back to life, many of them in Britain.
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Posted on October 3, 2013 by Debra Atlas
As we move deeper into Fall, thoughts of viewing the beautiful changing colors of the trees are tantalizing. But with the government shutdown, the best places to see them – our national parks – are now inaccessible. For those who long to catch a glimpse, at least you can watch the slideshow of the top 10 national parks you would have loved to visit.
And let’s keep our fingers crossed that our national politicians get their act together and get the government moving again. The cost and stakes of not doing so are growing increasingly larger and damaging by the moment.
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Posted on October 1, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Gardeners and growers know that being intimately familiar with your growing zone is a make it or break it deal. One mis-step and it can be goodbye garden.
Just in time for Fall planting, the USDA has published an easy to understand Plant Hardiness Zone Map that takes the guesswork out of planting for even the novice planter. The map is now available as an interactive GIS-based map for the first time. You’ll need a good broadband connection to use it, but the rest is simple. Just input your zip code and discover the hardiness of your growing area.
And happy winter growing!
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Posted on May 29, 2013 by Debra Atlas
With escalating food prices and growing concerns about food safety, more consumers are turning to gardening. Whether living in an apartment in a large city or a suburban home, gardening and sustainable living are becoming popular.
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Posted on April 29, 2013 by Debra Atlas
As the genetics versus Nature controversy rages on, one related issue may prove crucial to the survival of the planet.
Trees have an enormous impact on our planet. They act as natural filters, capturing carbon dioxide, help clean pollution from the air, and provide critical habitat for wildlife. They also contribute to the overall well-being and health of humans, our oceans and all life.
Filed under: Making a Difference, Nature | Tagged: American Forests, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, cancer, carbon dioxide, critical habitat, David Milarch, Earth Day, environment, flame retardant, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Jim Robbins, old growth forests, pharmaceuticals, plastic, redwood trees, The Man Who Planted Trees, toxic chemicals, water pollution | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Forests used to cover a large majority of land across the globe hundreds of years ago. Today forests cover just 31 percent of the world’s land surface. Deforestation due to logging, for agriculture and pastures as well as harvesting wood for fuel and industrial use have taken a heavy toll, wiping out critical wildlife habitat and releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere.
David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, has been striving to help save some of our most ancient treasures – some of the oldest trees still in existence in the world. For the past two decades, Milarch and his two sons have raced against time, snipping branches and seedlings from the world’s biggest and most durable trees and have created clones of them in hopes of restoring ancient forests and helping to fight climate change.
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Posted on March 19, 2013 by Debra Atlas
A view of the Amazon rainforest, photo by Violeta Villacorta
What better way to celebrate the magnificence of trees! They help protect the earth, clean its air and give homes to so many of Nature’s creatures. International Day of Forests, a global celebration designated by the United Nations General Assembly, is meant to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.
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