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Friday, November 28, 2014
The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher was first observed 15 years ago. But a team of researchers have only recently been able to collect and analyze the bird's DNA, confirming the species' genetic distinctiveness. In a new paper, researchers from Michigan State University, Princeton University and the Indonesian Institute of...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested. Researchers, using satellite data, found that agricultural activities within 20km of urban areas occupy an area equivalent to the 28-nation EU. The international team of scientists says the results should challenge...
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Geronimo Hotshots are one of seven Native American hotshot crews in the United States who are sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This revealing documentary features GoPro footage from the Geronimo Hotshots’ 2013 fire season, shot by crew member Samson Belvado and put together by the The Atlantic filmaker Sam...
Friday, November 28, 2014
A lava flow is steaming through lush forests as it creeps across Hawaii's Big Island. The U.S. Geological Survey has distributed a steady stream of images from the lava flow, including pictures of a breakout of lava near a ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site. The lava is burning thick vegetation in...
Monday, November 24, 2014
Blog submitted by Rosamaría Quiles In 1998, El Programa de Educación Comunal de Entrega y Servicio (PECES,Inc.) created the Support Center for the Development of Community Enterprises and Employment.  The mission of the Center is to facilitate the capacitation of citizens in technical business knowledge for the development...
Friday, November 21, 2014
Gypsy moth caterpillars consume the leaves of deciduous tree species, most preferably oak and maples. During heavy infestations, I have seen them devour the leaves of practically every type of tree. This is one of the reasons why several Pocono communities, with large tracts of forested land, are concerned about another...
Friday, November 21, 2014
In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. In the paper, scientists reported that salamanders represent one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in the forest landscape. Now, using new sampling and...
Friday, November 21, 2014
For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert.  A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with...

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