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Plant Now for Next Year's Monarch Butterflies

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Author: Erin Gettler

Early observations of this year's monarch butterfly migration seem to be showing that this was a better year than last for these iconic insects. Folks from all over the country are reporting migrating monarchs by the dozens at a time, compared to last year when some of the same people saw no monarchs at all.

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Toxic Algal Blooms Threaten Ecosystems and Drinking Water

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Author: Erin Gettler

In early August, the city of Toledo, Ohio raised an alarm: a bloom of toxic algae in Lake Erie had poisoned the drinking water supply for the city. Toledo residents spent days using bottled water, and officials scrambled to solve the problem. The algae faded naturally. But harmful algal blooms seem to be a growing threat to waterways all over the country.

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Find Your Inner Child On A Nature Walk For Grown-ups

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Author: Erin Gettler

I have to confess, I always feel a twinge of jealousy when I hang out with kids who've been on a fantastic field trip to a nature center. At 30-something years old, I would love to spend a week at the local natural history museum's summer camp. Wading and seining in the bay for fish and crabs? Sign me up!

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Welcome Your Wild Neighbors to Your Backyard

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Author: Erin Gettler

Backyards are habitat for people and wildlife. Invite nature into your backyard to get closer views and help wildlife by making your yard a hospitable habitat with these tips. Many of the creatures that benefit from improved backyard habitats are struggling from habitat loss in general.

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Miles for Monarchs (and Other Native Pollinators)

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Author: Erin Gettler

I'm a reluctant highway commuter. On a normal weekday, I roll through about thirty miles of grassy medians on my way to my day job. Every two weeks, huge mowers grind through the miles too, leaving behind the smell of diesel and cut grass, and acres of wasted hay.

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Don't Be a Fawn-napper!

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Author: Erin Gettler

The other day, a coworker stopped by my desk: a newborn fawn was curled up next to the building outside, and its mother was nowhere to be found. What should we do? I was glad to tell her that we didn't need to do anything, and that the fawn's mother would be much happier if we left her baby exactly where she hoped to find it when she returned.

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Taking the Planet’s Pulse

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Author: the Inkslinger

Earth Day, an event that remarkably just celebrated its 44th anniversary, does everything from raise awareness to inspire action. But it's also an annual moment to stop and consider the fundamental environmental question: How are we doing?

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Meet Our Genie

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Author: Seventh Generation

Arabic culture speaks of powerful magical beings who live inside bottles. Rub the bottle and the genie appears to grant any wish. It sounds far-fetched, but it's not. At Seventh Generation, we have a very real genie who lives inside every bottle we make and makes the magic pour out. We call him Scienceman, a.k.a. Martin Wolf.

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Most People Favor Stricter Air Pollution Standards from the EPA

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

Although climate change is often politicized, a new poll from the American Lung Association shows that clean air is important to everyone, regardless of what side of the aisle they stand on.

 

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Are All of My Natural Efforts Worth It?

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Author: RealMomofNJ

It's cliché to use Kermit's line, "It's not easy being green," when talking about making eco-conscious decisions, yet it's so appropriate. Being green is a ton of work. But my work doesn't end there. It's just part of my seemingly high-maintenance, whole-living lifestyle, which also includes healthful practices and nutrition for my family, and emotional well-being.

 

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