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  • Neighbors win historic designation for tree-lined street in Studio City
    Neighbors win historic designation for tree-lined street in Studio City
    Gillian Horvath has walked her 16-year-old dog Archer up and down Cantura Street all his life."It's beautiful, just look at it, and he likes the shade, especially when it's hot," Horvath says. "It's heartbreaking to see...
  • Invasive species: Are they corrupting the environment?
    Invasive species: Are they corrupting the environment?
    Hiking along the Custis Trail and one hiker said to another, “Look at that English ivy strangling that tree.”“Hedera helix” is native to Europe and western Asia and yes, it clings to trees and most anything as an evergreen...
  • Pollock's cannon
    Canopy and quality among the trees
    Growing up in rural Central Ohio in a place that was pioneered by my ancestors, it was easy to be in touch with history because artifacts remained to provide reference. It wasn’t just Pollack’s cannon left on the town square that was...
  • August 2014 sets global temperature record
    August 2014 posts record high global temperature for the month
    On Thursday the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. announced in its monthly report that at 1.35 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, August 2014 had a higher global average combined land-ocean surface temperature...
  • Carbon dioxide levels jump in 2013
    WMO reports carbon dioxide level in atmosphere jumped in 2013
    On Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin that carbon dioxide levels in 2013 had their largest one-year jump since 1984, increasing by 2.9 parts per million (ppm)....
  • Joshua tree in Joshua Tree National Park
    See them now: US National Parks threatened by climate change
    By now, we know that the effects of global warming are far greater than rising temperatures. But what kind of implications does this have for our treasured national parks? These parks are among those that will soon begin to suffer from climate...
  • Stream crossing
    On the trail at Zachary Taylor Park
    Today’s hike was perfect: perfect weather, shady, and sufficiently challenging. If you start at the entrance on Military Road and follow the trail “up” to the entrance of Marymount University and return, that’s a nice hike....
  • Turtles are coming
    Get over the beavers: Up with turtles
    Up with turtles. I watched the last of the beavers, their dried dead carcuses floating in the floodwater heading downstream a few years ago. There was nothing left for them to eat. They had downed most of the good trees inside the fence by...
  • Bluegill in Four Mile Run
    One run leads to another one: 'Stream restoration'
    Yesterday, while walking along a side street in Ballston, I noticed a work crew resurfacing the pavement. A flag man nodded to me and said, “Happy father’s day,” and I returned the greeting. That was very kind, don’t you...
  • Eastern Box Turtle
    Arlington, Virginia: Home to box turtles and more
    Arlington Virginia is the home to the Eastern Box Turtle, among other species. Apparently, they do well throughout Virginia, however pesticides do they harm, and they are doomed by people trying to make them pets. You and children may encounter...
  • Conservationists urge caution and management as cougars spread east
    Conservationists call for better management as cougars return to the Midwest
    Cougars are moving back into the Midwestern U.S., prompting conservationists to start an urgent push to learn how to live with them and properly manage them, instead of killing them off. The problem, according to an article on Science Daily, is...
  • Tongariki Moai
    Is Rapa Nui the earth's canary
    Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of our planet. It is an example of what can happen when the environment is not protected. It is thought that more than a thousand years ago King Hotu Matua and 100 people crossed the ocean and...
  • Resisting over-consumption
    Skill 4 resisting ecologically damaging over-consumption: advertising awareness
    Most if not all of the modern advertising is the greatest driving force of ecologically and socially damaging over-consumption. In all types of media forms, advertisements persuade people to buy more and more things that promise to satisfy the...
  • Rescuers gather in Oso
    Geologist: Fatal landslide in Washington a recurring event
    Last Saturday morning, 50 homes were inundated by a mountainside. In seconds, it washed across the Stillaguamish River, rumbled across Highway 530, and splintered houses. As you read these words, crews of volunteers and teams of trained experts...
  • Landslide in Oso
    Washington landslide: catastrophic but predicted
    In a year with lower than normal annual rainfall, March hit Washington with a deluge of twice the average monthly deposit. Amid rising temperatures, a crushing wall of tumbling mountainside wiped out homes and destroyed lives. Today volunteers are...