Reforestation Reaches New Heights Thanks To Tree Cloning Efforts

A growing forest of cloned redwood trees, photo by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

A growing forest of cloned redwood trees, photo by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

The world is losing the equivalent of 68,000 soccer fields of trees daily. More than 7,600 square miles of trees are wiped out each year!

In the U.S. alone, up to 98 percent of our old growth forests are gone.

There’s a growing movement towards reforestation. Pacific Coast redwoods and sequoias, along with a team of committed visionaries, are playing a key role in this movement.

To learn how long-forgotten giant redwood stumps are being brought back to life to help reforestation around the globe, click here.

Soaking Up Soil Conservation: Saving Water In The Face Of Drought

photo courtesy of normanack

photo courtesy of normanack

Water availability with the continuing drought has become a global issue.

Research shows that one of the easiest ways to nurture land, help the environment and have the land retain water is soil conservation through composting – turning food waste and yard scraps into usable garden soil that’s then applied to various landscapes.

To learn more about compost’s remarkable ability to save tens of thousands of gallons of water and help alleviate the drought, click here.

Toyota learns to let Nature take its course

Retention pond at Toyota's Mississippi plant  retention pond - now certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work program

Retention pond at Toyota’s Mississippi plant retention pond – now certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work program

Humans are wise to learn from Nature. Rather than insist on creating a picture perfect habitat, environmental specialists learned that letting Nature “win” has many rewards for wildlife.

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Smartphone Meets Smarter Light? Turning On Remote Controlled Lighting For The Home

GE Link Connected LED Wink app starter kit, photo courtesy of GESmart technology has moved beyond smartphones and personal electronics. Its future lies in household interconnectedness – smart homes that make Jetson-like living closer than ever. As our appliances, thermostats and other devices become electronically entwined, there are shining stars and bumps in the road that light our way along the path to connectivity. Enter remote controlled lighting.

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Dialing In Home Comfort: Which Smart Thermostat Is Right For You?

Nest thermostatAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household spends over $2,200 a year on energy bills. Nearly half that goes to heating and cooling costs. Utilizing a programmable “smart” thermostat can take a bite out of that.

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Ideas for holiday giving – try going Fair Trade this year!

Fair Trade logoWith Christmas and Chanukah around the corner, it’s time to get that shopping list together and get going. To find the perfect holiday gift, why not go Fair Trade?

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10-year old collects 25,000 pairs of shoes for those in need

Girl collects 25,000 for Soles4Souls

Ten year-old Traci Weinstein from Irondequoit, NY has collected 25,000 pairs of shoes for those in need. Weinstein began collecting shoes Labor Day weekend. After three months of multiple shoe collections throughout her community, she wrapped up her efforts during a final shoe drive Thanksgiving weekend with a grand total of 26,925 pairs of shoes. This shoe collection benefits the  Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.

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Help this reforestation program save the oldest living trees

 Given that this is Giving Tuesday, we’re reminded of all the important and worthy organizations out there that could use our help. One such project is currently going through the Indegogo process and is worth a mention.

You may be familiar with David Milarch, from the review you read here of the book The Man Who Planted Trees. Milarch is on a mission, with his organization Archangel Ancient Tree Archive to save and repropogate our ancient old growth trees and to use them to reforest the Earth.

“We’re archiving the last living genetics of the oldest living trees on earth,” says Milarch.

To learn more about this project and how you can be part of its success, check out their Indegogo page today.

Will L.A. free its trapped mountain lion with a wildlife overpass?

Mountain lion trapped in L.A.'s Griffith Park, photo courtesy of Miguel Ordenana and the Griffith Park Connectivity Study

Mountain lion trapped in L.A.’s Griffith Park, photo courtesy of Miguel Ordenana and the Griffith Park Connectivity Study

In the midst of the mega-busy urban jungle that is Los Angeles, Griffith Park is a shining green belt, filled with wildlife and beauty. But some of its wildlife aren’t being served by being there.

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