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Jane Goodall on Conservation, Climate Change and C...

While COVID-19 and protests for racial justice command the world’s collective attention, ecological destruction, species extinction and climate change continue unabated. While the world’s been focused on other crises, an alarming study was released warning that species extinction is now progressing so fast that the consequences of “biological annihilation” may soon be “unimaginable.” Dr....

OCEAN PLASTICS: THE ECOLOGICAL DISASTER OF OUR TIM...

| There is no away | Did you know that of the 8 billion tons of plastic ever made, every single piece still exists? (AAAS & Center for Biological Diversity) Really take this in for a second…. Think about every toothbrush, every plastic razor, plastic bag or “disposable” water bottle, every straw, plastic cup…every shampoo bottle you’ve ever used.  Every. Single. One.  Now consider that with an estimated lifetime of at...

Thermoelectric Stoves: Ditch the Solar Panels?

Ed. – An article describing the Thermoelectric effect applied to a domestic cooking stove. Primarily included for reference. Wood stoves can provide a household with thermal energy for cooking and for space and water heating. Wood stoves equipped with thermoelectric generators also produce electricity, which can be more sustainable, more reliable and less costly than power from solar panels. If the 2,000 year old...

Monarch Butterflies Will Be Protected Under Histor...

The side of the road isn’t usually thought of as ideal habitat. But for insects, such as butterflies and their caterpillars, the long expanses of land along roads and utility corridors add up to a considerable amount of home turf. More than 45 transportation and energy companies, as well as dozens of private landowners, have agreed to create or maintain monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) habitat along...

False Solutions to Climate Change: Buildings

It’s become increasingly clear that climate change is not only real but beginning to bite. Now that much of the population is finally feeling the urgency—and during a time when COVID19  has much of our frenetic commerce on hold, giving us a space for thinking and discussion–what can we do to protect the only planet we’ve got? Unfortunately a good many of the solutions on offer seem designed to quiet the increasing concern,...

The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 E...

After three years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo. Calling the rules unnecessary and burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses, his administration has weakened Obama-era limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks, and rolled back many more rules governing...

COVID-19 & biodiversity loss: An unsettling c...

We are living in extraordinary — and frightening — times. But how did we get here? This week at Ensia, journalist John Vidal dives into the origins of zoonotic (animal-borne) diseases such as Ebola, SARS and now COVID-19 in a story we’re publishing both on our site and in partnership with The Guardian. As Vidal writes, “Only a decade or two ago it was widely thought that tropical forests and intact natural environments...

COMMON BEES & WASPS OF OHIO field guide

Ohioline Ohioline https://ohioline.osu.edu Ohio State University Extension CFAES Home Find a Fact Sheet About OSU Extension Bumble Bees in Ohio: Natural History and Identification of Common Species ENT-84 Agriculture and Natural Resources Date: 12/26/2018 Denise Ellsworth, Program Director, Entomology, Ohio State University Extension A bumble bee flying from flower to flower is a common sight in the summer landscape. These...

New Study Finds Biodiversity Boosts Crop Yields, P...

Farms with just one or a handful of different crops encourage fewer species of pollinating and pest-controlling insects to linger, ultimately winnowing away crop yields, according to a new study. Up to half of the detrimental impacts of the “landscape simplification” that monocropping entails come as a result of a diminished mix of ecosystem service-providing insects, a team of scientists reported Oct. 16 in the...

This Thursday: Learning How to Talk

The more I do this work, the less certain I am about anything. But there are a few things of which I’m convinced: Dear Kenneth,The more I do this work, the less certain I am about anything. But there are a few things of which I’m convinced: The climate crisis, and the broader E4 crises of which it’s a (deadly) symptom, is the most pressing challenge we face. There is no “solving” this crisis. We are going to have to navigate...

Inside Energy Questions: Is Fracking Dangerous?

There are many hazards associated with oil and gas development: air and water pollution, accidents, and threats to mental health. Clearly, oil and gas development can be dangerous, but HOW dangerous? And for whom? That’s what we will try to lay out in this story, with some important caveats to keep in mind: Some hazards are very likely to happen; Some hazards have a low probability of happening Some hazards are very...

Bulldozers to Tear Through Heart of Sonoran Desert...

Last week we received positive news on the border wall’s imminent construction in an Arizona wildlife refuge. The Trump administration delayed construction of the wall through about 60 miles of federal wildlife preserves. The win came shortly after the Center for Biological Diversity asked a federal judge to stop construction in 68 miles of the Arizona border via a filed injunction saying the government unlawfully...

5 Questions About Agricultural Emissions Answered

Agriculture provides a livelihood for billions of people every day and feeds all of us. Yet food production has significant impacts on the environment through deforestation and water pollution. It’s also a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. As countries work to cut their emissions overall, agricultural emissions need to fall, too. To better understand agriculture’s relationship with global emissions,...

Groundwater Depletion May Cause Domestic Wells to ...

Well depths are increasing across much of the United States, but advocates worry drilling deeper isn’t the solution. In the United States, some 120 million Americans—and nearly all Americans in rural areas—rely on underground aquifers for drinking water, farmers tap into groundwater stores to irrigate their crops, and the industrial sector uses underground water during the manufacturing process. But the U.S. has been...

Top 10 Heat-Related Terms You Need to Pay Attentio...

Because extreme heat is one of the deadliest weather hazards we currently face, Union of Concerned Scientist’s Killer Heat Report for the U.S. is the most important document I have read. It is a veritable wake up call for all of us. It is timely, eye-opening, transparent and factual and it deals with the stark reality of our future if we do not make changes quickly (think yesterday). It is important to ensure that we...