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Broom grass transforms lives and hillsides in Nepal

In Nepal, the steep land above Devendra Jung Gurung’s house in Tanahun District’s Aamdanda village is prone to landslides. But now, he no longer worries as much about this potential danger. Devendra Jung has planted fodder trees and broom grass, a local plant known as amriso, whose strong root system binds the soil. Broom grass received its name because people ...

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China and India make big strides on climate change.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD May 22, 2017 Until recently, China and India have been cast as obstacles, at the very least reluctant conscripts, in the battle against climate change. That reputation looks very much out-of-date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective renewable energy sources — and reduced their reliance on fossil fuels. It’s America — Donald Trump’s America ...

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Myanmar’s extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change

The loss of intact forest cover in Myanmar has accelerated over the last decade, according to a study published May 17, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Peter Leimgruber from Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, United States of America; Ned Horning from American Museum of Natural History, United States of America; and colleagues. Due to its long political and ...

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Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predation

A new Oxford University collaboration revealing the world’s prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine ‘dummy caterpillars.’ The fact that the tropics are home to more species than the Polar Regions is well known. However, whether or not there is likely to be more predatory behaviour nearer to the Equator because of this, has ...

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Regular coral larvae supply from neighboring reefs helps degraded reefs recover

For reefs facing huge challenges, more coral larvae doesn’t necessarily translate to increased rates of coral recovery on degraded reefs, a new Queensland study has showed. The study, published today, was led by former University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences researcher Dr Christopher Doropoulos, now of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, and involved collaboration with CSIRO, the University of Queensland, ...

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Window Film Offers Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

Window Film Offers Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes When it comes to making homes more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, there are options available that do not require replacing windows. Updating with professionally installed window film is more cost effective and can attain energy efficiency that rivals the outright replacement of the windows. The challenge of replacing windows only increases ...

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New bill would help California combat climate change.

Photo: David Paul Morris, Bloomberg The Chevron Corp. Richmond Refinery stands in Richmond, California, U.S., on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The Chevron Corp. Richmond Refinery stands in Richmond, California,… California’s cap-and-trade program, the crucial mechanism for California’s fight against climate change, is facing stiff headwinds. The California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against the program years ago, challenging the ...

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In the mountains, environmentalism isn’t partisan.

David Cohen cartoon(Photo: David Cohen/Citizen-Times) Environmental concern permeates the Asheville community. It crosses economic and political lines. Most recently, as reported in the Citizen-Times, this concern has manifested itself in the faith community and in the turnout for marches in support of science and climate protection. The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina works with about 40 Asheville area ...

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Coal mine reality for President Trump.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD April 27, 2017 As much as President Trump has fantasized a glowing future for the fading coal industry, it is the miners of the past and their widows who urgently need help right now from Washington as their retirement health plan collapses. Legislation is being considered in Congress to help 22,500 retired union miners who have received notices that ...

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