According to The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries, a report issued today by the Natural Resources Defense Council, more than 650,000 marine mammals are killed or seriously injured every year in foreign fisheries after being hooked, entangled or trapped in fishing gear. Enforcement of a U.S. law to protect marine mammals could help prevent tens of thousands of these deaths.
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It’s well known that Yellowstone National Park.sits on top of a large volcano. After all, the geysers are a testament to that immense force of Nature. What not been known or fully understood until recently is just HOW large that volcano really is.
A new website launched by Virgin Rainforest Rescue offers people a chance to help preserve and protect some of the wildest and most vulnerable virgin rainforests in Costa Rica. It’s so simple to do – just purchase one square meter of rainforest at a time.
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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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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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.
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.
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!