What the Lack of Great Lakes Ice Coverage Means — Midwestern Plants

Originally posted on THE UP NORTH READER: To call it a mild winter would be putting it, well, mildly. As our current mid-winter warmup rolls on, those in the upper Midwest are either rejoicing at the unseasonable temperatures or are dreading the impact that it will have on the outdoor industries—namely skiing, sledding and snowmobiling.…

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EPA Gives Notice To Dozens Scientific Advisory Board Members  — Natural History Wanderings

The Washington Post reports The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. Read full story at: EPA just gave notice to […]

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DOE Secretary Perry Dismisses Science, Impact of Carbon Dioxide on Climate — Natural History Wanderings

Union of Concerned Scientists News Release DOE Secretary Perry Dismisses Science, Impact of Carbon Dioxide on Climate Statement by Ken Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists WASHINGTON (June 19, 2017)—US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry says he does not believe carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are the primary driver of climate change, […]

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SCOTTISH FISHING AT RISK?

A leading Aberdeenshire Councillor has asked for the North East Scotland’s Fisheries forum, NESFDP, to examine the growing problem of marine polution from plastics and it’s implications not only for the environment but it’s impact on the Scottish seafood industry that sustains many communities in NE Scotland. “Currently there is an estimate that there is […]

via FUTURE OF FISHING WORRY AS PLASTIC POLUTION RISES — Paul Johnston – An Independent for Aberdeenshire Council

Bear Scat as Fertilizer?

Cool Green Science blog reports on “What Happens When You Plant a Pile of Bear Scat” In one case one sample of bear scat from last fall sprouted 1,200 seedlings this spring. Now the greenhouse is, well, green, because of one pile of purple poop full of berry seeds. Mostly Oregon grape with some chokecherry […]

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CALIFORNIA’S SALTON SEA SHRINKS MORE…

The Desert Sun has series of videos on what is happening to the Salton Sea The Desert Sun investigates the crisis of the shrinking Salton Sea, from its worsening dust storms to its disappearing birds. The lake is becoming a toxic dust bowl — nearly 15 years after California lawmakers promised to fix it. Watch […]

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