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These Retired Research Chimps Are Really Enjoying Their New Home 30.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Meet Mason. He's only 5, but already, he seems to be quite the "ladies' man." “He likes to play with the other girls,” Mark Lewis, an animal care specialist at Chimp Haven , a Keithville, Louisiana, chimpanzee sanctuary where Mason now lives, said per the Humane Society. "And he likes to follow some of the older females around.” Things haven’t always been so rosy for Mason, a former research chimp. His old home was the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana, an animal research facility where some animals were allegedly subjected to abusive treatment, ABC News reported in 2009. Two years ago, Mason, together with 109 of the lab's other chimpanzees, were retired by the National Institutes of Health, and since then, animal welfare activists have been working hard to get them all to Chimp Haven. This summer, thanks in part to a fundraising campaign that raised millions of dollars, that goal was finally realized. According to the Humane Society, this is the largest group of government-owned chimpanzees ever ...
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Food Bank Gardeners Provide Fresh Food To Those In Need: Here's How You Can Help 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A father shows his daughter sprouts at the Vallejo People's Garden in California. (Photo: USFS Region 5 /Flickr) This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. It hurts when your stomach is empty. Across the land of plenty that is the United States, 49 million people in 17.6 million households feel that pain . The almost 18 million homes with no food, an insufficient amount of food or a lack of healthful food represent 14.5 percent of all U.S. households, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics for 2012. The USDA has a name for this aspect of hunger: food insecurity . Food insecurity means that a household is uncertain of having, or is not able to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all of its members because of insufficient money or other resources. These households are present in every state and most communities across the U.S., especially in rural areas. It doesn’t have to be this way, says USDA spokesperson Wendy Wasserman. "There are at least three resources that ...
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Chef finds fame — and love — while cooking for the Obamas 29.8.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
In a demonstration of White House chef Sam Kass’ favor, President Obama spent five hours in Kass’ apartment last week, ostensibly celebrating the chef’s last week as a bachelor. This weekend, the first family will attend Kass’ wedding, to Alex Wagner of MSNBC.
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Here comes the sun: Montbello school to be recipient of solar energy 29.8.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Chatting with students Thursday at Academy 360 in Denver's Montbello neighborhood, Mayor Michael Hancock made a little confession: he shared in their wonderment regarding solar energy.
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Justifying the Kill 28.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Clever Panda May Have Faked Pregnancy For More Food 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Ai Hin the panda started showing signs of pregnancy earlier this year, the world got pretty darn excited. Giant pandas are endangered creatures , after all, and they also happen to be notorious for their reluctance to breed in captivity. Even the panda's caretakers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were jazzed about the potential birth and reportedly planned the first-ever live broadcast of a delivery of panda cubs. Unfortunately though, it looks like Ai Hin won't be starring in any such live stream in the near future because, it turns out, she is not actually pregnant. In fact, she's apparently been faking it. This picture, taken on July 17, 2014, shows giant panda Ai Hin sitting in her enclosure at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province. According to Xinhua News, Ai Hin's caretakers say the panda recently started acting normally again after two months of exhibiting tell-tale pregnancy signs. Experts have speculated ...
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Gardening with Deb Babcock: Plant garlic now for bigger bulbs next fall 28.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Spaghetti sauce, Caesar salad, shrimp scampi and many other favorite foods have a common ingredient that can be easily grown here in the mountains: garlic. Master Gardeners will be on hand at the Farmers Market this Saturday with additional information growing garlic here in the mountains. Stop by, say hi, and pick up some information about high country gardening. This USDA Zone 3 perennial is a member of the onion family, though it differs somewhat by producing several small bulbs, called cloves, instead of one large bulb. The leaves of the plant, which can grow between 2 and 3 feet in height, are flat rather than round and hollow like onions and chives. A flower stalk originates from the center of the plant and produces a sphere of white flowers with a pale lavender tint. The plant flourishes in full sun and soil that is high in organic content and kept moist. Dry soil and clay soil will cause the bulbs to form into irregular shapes. Garlic generally is planted from the cloves since these plants rarely ...
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‘Made in America’ street closures, SEPTA detours 28.8.2014 Philly.com News
The city of Philadelphia has released a list of street closures that will go into effect for the Budweiser Made in America Festival this Labor Day weekend.
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Here Are Some Totally Weird And Wonderful Facts About Marsupials (You're Welcome) 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Marsupials are amazing creatures. Baffling and kind of weird, yes, but also totally amazing. Part of their mystique seems to stem from their uncanny same-but-differentness. After all, koalas sort of look like bears, and wombats resemble chubby rodents. But though marsupials are very much a part of the mammal family, they are also quite different -- in magnificent and bizarre ways -- from the mammals that you might be more accustomed to. Last week, YouTube personality Ze Frank explored some of these fascinating marsupial facts in an irreverently entertaining video about the animals. In the clip, which has already racked up almost 2 million views, Ze Frank discusses everything from kangaroo babies to wombat penises -- and we're pretty sure that each new nugget of marsupial knowledge will blow your mind. Did you know, for instance, that marsupial babies typically emerge from their mothers as teeny, helpless embryos ? Unlike placental mammals (like humans, dogs and whales), marsupial females don't have a ...
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How yards and gardens express culture, identity and neighborliness 27.8.2014 MinnPost
Carolyn Bastick has lived in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood since 1986, in three different houses, and she loves her neighborhood. “The neighborhood is close-knit,” she told me the other day. “Once someone moves in, they don’t want to leave.” (It might have sounded sinister, like “the village” in Patrick McGoohan’s surreal '70s sci-fi show  "The Prisoner," if Bastick hadn’t been so full of vim.) But probably Bastick’s favorite thing about the neighborhood is the culture of walkable gardens. Over her 28 years, Bastick has watched Bryn Mawr literally blossom into one of the Twin Cities’ prime garden hotspots, and hundreds of people walk and bike through Bryn Mawr yards each year on the garden tour that she organizes. “When I first moved in, really few people did much to their gardens,” Bastick told me. “Maybe there were a few tulips, but there was no garden that really stood out. But now, when neighbors walk by your place and you have created something that is beautiful, they stop and admire it. The ...
DeLaney Community Farm in Aurora trades produce for garden work hours 27.8.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
For more than 10 years, DeLaney Community Farm - which is managed by the nonprofit Denver Urban Gardens - has partnered with the Tri County Health Department to provide Aurora-grown vegetables to WIC members in Aurora in exchange for an extra hand during harvest season, between July and October. Tri County Health funds the WIC program.
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What's Holding Back the Organic Food and Farming Revolution 23.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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D.C.'s Famous Snowy Owl Found Dead In Minnesota 23.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Washington, D.C.'s snowy owl famously survived being hit by a bus this past winter , but it seems our migratory friend couldn't steer clear of danger. After her accident, our wings were crossed for this tough bird. She was treated at City Wildlife -- the only urban wildlife rehabilitation center in the nation's capital -- then at the National Zoo, before she was ferreted off to the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center for feather transplants and further care. In mid-April, when the owl was released near Superior, Wisconsin , we rather hoped that'd be the last we'd see of her. But on Friday, a message on Minnesota's Raptor Center's website read: Sadly, we're writing today to let you know that The Raptor Center has learned the snowy owl's body has been recovered from the shoulder of a Minnesota highway, near where [she] had been released last spring. The snowy's cause of death is uncertain, but the placement of the body indicates [she] may have been hit by a vehicle. The body was in good condition, ...
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19 Fall garden ideas, projects, and tips to extend your harvest 22.8.2014 TreeHugger
The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of gardening for the year. Extend your harvest with these projects, tips, and ideas for your fall garden.
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This (Really, Really) Little Cutie May Be The Smallest Dog In Britain 22.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
World, meet Tyson — a teeny chihuahua-mix who might just be Britain’s smallest dog. ‘Britain’s smallest dog’ is four inches tall and weighs less than a bag of sugar: http://t.co/OWKNkZPtoS pic.twitter.com/5QZ2f9AHnf — Yahoo UK News (@YahooNewsUK) August 21, 2014 Born earlier this year, Tyson was reportedly so tiny at birth that his owner Rosemarie McLinden had to feed him with a dropper . “I had to start feeding him myself as he couldn't latch on to his mother," McLinden told Yahoo! News UK. “He was so small he just could not breastfeed due to the tiny size of his mouth.” Though McLinden and her husband initially worried about Tyson, who hasn’t grown much since he was born, it seems the little pup is now fit and healthy — though he remains teeny-weeny, as you can see in the video above. According to the Boston Standard, Tyson — who was named after boxer Mike Tyson "because he is such a little fighter,” McLinden told the news outlet — weighs just a little more than half a pound and is just five inches ...
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How to build unheated greenhouses for winter harvests & year-round gardening (Video) 21.8.2014 TreeHugger
American organic farmer Eliot Coleman explains how his innovative winter gardening methods work, allowing growers to harvest veggies year-round.
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Sustainable agriculture is a year-round endeavor 21.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
This summer, I embarked on an adventure in sustainable agriculture. Colorado Mountain College’s Sustainability Studies program offered the course for the first time and, while it wasn’t a required course, I am so passionate about the topic that I jumped at the opportunity. Sustainable agriculture is crucial to the success of food sustainability and I was eager to get my hands dirty. Grand ideas were rolling around in my head, and I quickly learned that these ideas were much larger than the scope of the class. Simply dabbling in sustainable agriculture is a year-round endeavor. First and foremost, when planning a garden, soil composition and quality is evaluated so that soil can be prepared in the fall before the snow arrives to ensure a rich, healthy soil capable of nourishing plants the following spring. A quality garden plan should be developed during the winter months and requires an intimate familiarity of the land and consideration of rotational and companion planting concepts. Prior planning also ...
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Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun 21.8.2014 NPR Health Science
Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.
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'Beautiful Little Soul': Therapy Bunnies Help Alzheimer's, Dementia Patients 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It sounds almost too hopping cute to be true, but Teddy the therapy rabbit's first job was tending to his little sister Lulu. Lulu is the most recent addition to Minnesotan bunny enthusiast Jennifer Smith's multi-rabbit household. The animal had been left in a cardboard box next to a dumpster on a cold night this past winter. "A woman saw the box and opened it to find a beautiful rabbit freezing to death," Smith says. Lulu was brought to a local animal shelter, where -- against all odds -- she survived. Smith adopted her soon after that, but the rabbit clearly wasn't well, and Teddy was determined to help. "Our tiny house rabbit Teddy Graham would spend his days lying next to her pen. He rarely left her side," she says. "Lulu just laid there in her sick, broken kind of way. Teddy went right up to her and started kissing her face. ...Teddy saved Lulu, and Lulu adores Teddy for his devotion to her." Teddy Graham and Lulu. Photo credit: Jennifer Smith As of early August, Lulu and Teddy Graham are able to ...
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Urban farms build resilience within Singapore's fragile food system 20.8.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Singapore may be one of the most affluent countries in the world, but it depends heavily on others for basic foodstuffs. A new crop of farmers is trying to change that.
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