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Apr11

California’s water

San Luis Reservoir, CA

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We’ve all seen the news reports of this winter’s devastating drought in California. Last year was the state’s driest in more than a century, resulting in a water shortage with dire consequences, especially for farmers. Even recent rain and snow storms have made only a minuscule improvement in the severe water deficit. (more…)

Apr10

Local wildlife protection

Blue Iguana

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As of 2012, national governments have designated over 177,000 protected areas around the world for the long-term conservation of nature.  These areas cover an amazing 12.7% of the earth’s land surface.  In fact, over the past 20 years or so, such protected acreage has increased by 48%. (more…)

Apr09

Salt-water fish save water

Halibut

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An estimated 80% of the water used in the U.S. supports crop and livestock production. Resource managers are increasingly concerned about the excessive amount of water required to satisfy our nation’s appetite for beef.  Using conservative estimates, it takes 441 gallons of water to produce one pound of conventionally raised beef. (more…)

Apr08

U.S. business goes solar

Solar Panels atop a Chula Vista, CA Walmart

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America’s largest companies are embracing solar technology in a big way.  As of the middle of 2013, there were nearly 33,000 commercial buildings in the US deploying solar technology totaling more than 3 gigawatts of generating capacity.  This represents an amazing 40% increase over last year. (more…)

Apr07

Evolutionary traps

Vervet Monkey

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It’s no secret that humans affect wildlife in a myriad of ways. But scientists are discovering that even seemingly benign human activities can have enormous consequences when they create evolutionary traps. (more…)

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