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Nature Has Lost Its Meaning. The 'Crying Indian' ad that fooled the environmental movement - Chicago Tribune. Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies. The Streets Were Never Free. Congestion Pricing Finally Makes That Plain. How to improve education: move the classroom outdoors. When nature is used as a classroom, it has a positive effect on learning among children in at least eight different ways, according to a new survey of the research.

How to improve education: move the classroom outdoors

Scientists suggest exposing students to natural environments goes beyond making them appreciate life on the planet — it improves a child's ability to learn and can even improve grades, especially in disadvantaged children. The American survey collected peer-reviewed studies that examined the learning outcomes of students who had been taken out of the classroom to not only go on wilderness backpacking hikes, or visit a wetland or a nature centre, but who also held traditional classes in outdoor settings. Among the outcomes, the experiences boosted academic learning, improved personal development and heightened a sense of environmental stewardship. The many benefits to taking the class outdoors. Why you may not need to worry about Ontario farmed fish after all.

Are farmed fish good or bad for the environment?

Why you may not need to worry about Ontario farmed fish after all

The answer, according to research published last week, is: it’s complicated. A decade-long study into the effect of farming rainbow trout in the Experimental Lakes Area, located between Kenora and Dryden, in Ontario’s northwest, was published in the journal Freshwater Biology last week, and the results are surprising. When scientists added a fish farm to an otherwise untouched small lake at the ELA, the populations of some wild fish boomed relative to those in a control lake where no farmed fish were added. Some evidence — gleaned primarily through poorly sited farms from the industry’s early days and from other jurisdictions — has suggested that aquaculture can cause serious ecological problems, but those failed to appear.

“We really overloaded the lake, and we did not cause the sort of things that people are scared about.” says Cheryl Podemski, a scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and one of the lead researchers on the study. How Removing Asphalt Is Softening Our Cities by Lynn Freehill-Maye. Cows are getting a bad rap: Giving up meat won't save the planet. As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action.

Cows are getting a bad rap: Giving up meat won't save the planet

Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it. Capitalism Will Solve the Climate Problem. Capitalism Will Solve the Climate Problem Skeptics try to deny the evidence of global warming, but businesses already are betting on clean energy.

Capitalism Will Solve the Climate Problem

Together, science and capitalism built the modern world. But across the political spectrum, both are under attack. Scientists have assembled research exposing industry denial of disappearing caribou. Pair of ‘mouse control technicians’ to lose their jobs when Ontario closes tree seed plant. Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals.

Adapting to realities: From conservation science to sleeping outdoors. Scythe Vs Strimmer. LEAR (agricultural lands) Review – Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital / Alliance pour les espaces verts de la capitale du Canada. May 12, 2015 Below and attached are some questions sent to Council in advance of its meeting of May 13, 2015.

LEAR (agricultural lands) Review – Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital / Alliance pour les espaces verts de la capitale du Canada

Links to a number of background documents are below the letter. Urban Turkeys Are Wreaking Havoc in Boston - Atlas Obscura. Springtime in Boston means swan boats in the Public Gardens, bars blasting WEEI all night, and wild turkeys getting up in your face.

Urban Turkeys Are Wreaking Havoc in Boston - Atlas Obscura

Over the past couple of months, the birds have been making themselves known throughout the city, strutting down sidewalks, rushing at pets and people, and generally being hooligans. It’s gotten so bad, the Boston Globe reports, that the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has sent out an explanation to residents, along with some safety tips. “March through May is breeding season for wild turkeys, which means some turkeys may be seen acting aggressively,” the missive begins.

In past years, Massachusetts turkeys have formed a gang in Foxborough, made life hell for a Cape Cod mailman, and forcibly attempted to attend Harvard University, among other locally relevant crimes. Lovestruck turkeys may also “completely ignore the presence of people.” 40+ March for Science Sign Ideas That Are Clever AF. Listen, a good planet is hard to find.

40+ March for Science Sign Ideas That Are Clever AF

Especially one with an ocean as spectacular as ours. On April 22, we celebrate planet Earth with its own special day — Earth Day — and we march! 21 Jokes About Bees That Are Weirdly Really Funny. Big changes ahead for Canada’s environmental laws - Environmental Defence. Canadians deserve better.

Big changes ahead for Canada’s environmental laws - Environmental Defence

And it’s entirely possible for the federal government to deliver better. That was a key conclusion of the Expert Panel that spent the last eight months reviewing Canada’s environmental laws, and particularly how projects such as mines, dams and pipelines get assessed. Last week, the Expert Panel delivered its report to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, calling for a major shift in decision-making that will help protect Canadians and the environment.

The US Army Wants To Design Biodegradable Plant-Growing Bullets. First Bumblebee Declared Endangered in U.S. For the first time in the United States, a species of bumblebee is endangered.

First Bumblebee Declared Endangered in U.S.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday on its website that the rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis), once a common sight, is “now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction.” Over the past two decades, the bumblebee’s population has declined 87 percent, according to the announcement. 15 Surprising Environmental Trends to Watch in 2017. From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.

15 Surprising Environmental Trends to Watch in 2017

December 19, 2016 — What should we be thinking about when we think about the future of biodiversity, conservation and the environment? An international team of experts in horizon scanning, science communication and conservation recently asked that question as participants in the eighth annual Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity. The answers they came up, just published in the scientific journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution and summarized below, portend both risks and opportunities for species and ecosystems around the world. Another Quebec town turns to beet juice to battle icy roads - Montreal. The town of Cowansville, Que., is taking a slightly different approach when it comes to salting icy roads this season. In an effort to reduce its ecological footprint, the municipality in the Eastern Townships has added a little beet juice into the mix, which is meant to save money and protect the environment.

"The beet juice is sprayed directly on the salt," said Sylvain Perreault, infrastructure superintendent for the town. 4 reasons to be excited about sustainability in 2017. Canadian environmental policy is a 'tyranny of small decisions' - Home. ‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes. These heartland conservation heroes defy stereotypes. What Can Your Weeds Tell You?

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Water. Climate. This is what Earth will look like in 100 years. Haboob or sandstorm? Arabic weather term stirs controversy in Texas. Rachel Carson, the long green line and our environmental heroes – past and present. A meta-analysis of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry in mediating climate change. It feels great, fits great and its environmentally friendly. by The Nomadix Team. Carleton Takes First Step toward a Fully Compostable Campus - Carleton Newsroom. The problem with (self-regulated) environmental assessments. St. Anthony Catholic School replaces asphalt with a cool, green garden. DeicingSalt.pdf. Fossil Fuel. 15 awe-inspiring forests around the world.

Pre-Polluted: A report on toxic substances in the umbilical cord blood of Canadian newborns. The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops. Bronx Green Infrastructure Project Will Prevent Almost 2 Million Gallons of Stormwater from Entering Sewers. One Building, One City: World's tallest prefab, Sky City, is breaking ground in June. DDT so safe you can eat it 1947. Finally, a Real Reason to Cry Over Spilled Milk.


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