New York’s biggest ecological blunder

Adam Purple above his now demolished Garden of Eden on NYC's Lower East Side, photo by Harry Wang

Adam Purple above his now demolished Garden of Eden on NYC’s Lower East Side, photo by Harry Wang

Community gardens have been a growing movement for decades. Even in the urban jungle of New York City, urban gardens have sprung up in the midst of the concrete jungle and have been providing fresh produce in areas where it had been almost impossible to find it.

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Google Announces Revolutionary Flying Wind Turbines – but will the cost to wildlife be too high?

Google X's prototype flying wind turbine. What impact will this have on birds?

Google X’s prototype flying wind turbine. What impact will this have on birds?

Less than 15 percent of land around the world meets the criteria to support wind turbines, namely  where winds routinely reach speeds of between 5-8 meters per second. Astro Teller, the head of Google X, announced a new and innovative solution.

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Catch tonite’s first show of PBS series: Earth: A New Wild

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As the effects of climate change make themselves irrefutably present, Nature and especially its wild animals are being deeply impacted. And the relationship between humans and Nature is being sorely tested.

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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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The remarkable postive impact of wolves on Yellowstone

Wolves prove elusive to hunters

Animal Planet has backed down, bowing to public outcry that it remove its ‘Man-Eating Super Wolves’ from the air. This kind of film was a ratings grabbing scheme and posed serious negative p.r. on wolves, which are already facing tremendous pressure and death after being stripped of federal protection. Under the guise of “animal protection”, many western states are sanctioning wolf hunts and encouraging torturous treatment of these magnificent creatures.

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Lake Tahoe’s newest attraction – a skateboard ramp on the lake

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Along the lines of whacky but fun, Lake Tahoe – known for its beautiful blue waters, tourism, casinos and nature trails – has a new attraction – a floating skateboard ramp.

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10 National Parks (areas) you haven’t heard about

Lake Kuzitrin, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Photo credit: National Park Service

Lake Kuzitrin, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Photo credit: National Park Service

Editor’s Note:  I came across this article earlier today. As a Nature lover, I was surprised to learn about these national treasures. Perhaps if we know of them we can appreciate them more.

Of the 401 parks managed by the National Park Service, there are definitely some fan favorites—the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite. Each year nearly 275 million visitors flock overwhelmingly to the big names on the NPS list.

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New book shows Humans and Nature are interdependent

What Has Nature Ever Done for Us coverHumans 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”.

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Britain to restore lost waterways

 Medlock River, a "lost river", will be reclaimed

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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Cast your vote for our National Parks

Natl. Pks Conservation Assn. logoThe National Parks Conservation Association is finalizing its new 16-month calendar. But the choice for its cover is still undecided.

They’ve narrowed it down to the final four. Take a moment to check it out, then cast your vote for your favorite. Anyone can vote. It’s a fun way to support these wonderful national treasures. And it’s easy!