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Bringing Life to Urban Landscapes

April 10, 2014

All over the world, national government entities and development groups have been investing in ecosystem restoration. While their efforts may be laudable, writes Richard Coniff for Yale Environment 360, the actual results are often not so positive. With multiple studies summarizing the failure of restored ecosystems to “match the performance of natural systems” or even […]

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Saving the Bumblebee

April 3, 2014

A few years ago, residents of Oregon walking out to their cars after a trip to the mall found thousands and thousands of dead bumblebees covering the pavement. 50,000 bees to be exact, in what “turned out to be the largest bumblebee die-off ever recorded,” writes Matt Miller for his Nature Conservancy blog. This die-off […]

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Protecting Clean Drinking Water

April 1, 2014

I live in Carrboro, and our drinking water comes from streams and rivers, like Cane Creek, and Bolin Creek, right near our house flows into Lake Jordan, a regional water supply. And this is true for many of us – the majority of Americans get their drinking water from surface water, including streams and rivers, […]

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Wendell Berry’s Take on the Future of American Land

March 28, 2014

In an interview with Roger Cohn, executive editor of Yale Environment 360, Wendell Berry, a long time author, teacher, and activist, talks about the importance of local, sustainable farming. His views on the future of land in the United States are both pessimistic and optimistic. On the negative side, industrial agriculture has spread, drowning small, […]

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Comfort: Spring Roasted Chicken

March 26, 2014

In just a few weeks, our local farmers markets will change from their winter to summer schedule! In Durham, April 5 will mark the new season with Saturday hours from 8am – noon and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 6:30pm starting April 16. It's a wonderful time to check out the local produce and pick up […]

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Hope for the American Chestnut

March 20, 2014

One hundred years ago, forests looked very different than they do today. Before 1900, “one in every four hardwood trees in the North America’s eastern forests was an American chestnut,” writes Ferris Jabr in an article published by Scientific American. Their flowers were so numerous in the spring that “from a distance, the hills appeared […]

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Three Hours in the Triangle: Sandy Creek Park and Nosh

March 7, 2014

10 a.m. Arrive at Sandy Creek Park, 3510 Sandy Creek Drive, Durham, NC. Its 102 acre boundaries include vestiges of an old sewer treatment plant, but also a lovely, small lake, beautiful forest, and of course, the gurgling Sandy Creek itself. 10: 15 a.m. Follow the edge of the field and embark on the wooded […]

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