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Healthy Ground, Healthy Atmosphere: Recarbonizing the Earth's Soils 14.2.2016
Soil scientists and climate researchers believe that returning carbon to the soil on a large scale could help mitigate climate change. (Photo: Plant soil via Shutterstock) On a bright October morning Dave Brandt tromps through the middle of his central Ohio wheat field. The grain was harvested months ago, but there isn't an inch of bare dirt anywhere. Instead, more than 10 varieties of plants, including crimson clover, pearl millet, and Austrian winter peas, form a "cover crop cocktail" that stretches all the way to the road bordering his property. "This will be here all winter," Brandt says. "And in the spring, we'll plant corn right into this." Brandt hasn't tilled his soil since 1972, when he rented his first 600 acres of farmland to grow wheat, corn, and soybeans. And by keeping plants on his land in various stages of growth and decomposition, Brandt appears to have increased the amount of carbon in his soil over the years. One study estimated that total organic carbon in the top foot of Brandt's ...
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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Tesla's most affordable EV, and more! 14.2.2016 Yahoo: Business
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Show your love with earth-friendly flowers 14.2.2016 TreeHugger
Here's why it's great to support responsible flower farm management.
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Mickelson's round stalls, Kang's does not 13.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The back nine didn't go according to plan for Phil Mickelson during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the par-3 14th hole at Monterey Peninsula served as the best ...
Snow good news for farmers 13.2.2016 Durango Herald
Before reading any further, knock on wood.Based on current snowpack levels in the Dolores Basin, McPhee Reservoir will fill enough to meet full water allocations for area farmers, managers report.Current reservoir levels, combined with forecasted runoff between April and July 31, will generate 270,000 acre-feet of water, enough...
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Daily Briefing, Feb. 14 13.2.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
In preparation for its All-Star Game Sunday night, the NBA had a gimmick on Twitter than generated an emoji if you tweeted the player’s full name after a hashtag; #DraymondGreen, for example, added a flexing biceps with his number 23 on it. Tesla announced that its long-awaited Model 3, expected to give the Palo Alto automaker a greater presence in the mass market, will go on sale next month. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that his company will take deposits of $1,000 for a Model 3 starting in showrooms on March 31 and online April 1.
Winifred Green: An Unsung Warrior for Racial and Economic Justice 13.2.2016 Politics on
Transforming movements towards social justice depend on the work of a core group of committed and persistent and not always frontline soldiers — women and men who seize the moment and choose to stand up for what is right. My beloved friend and longtime Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) board member Winifred Green, who died February 6, 2016, was one of those unsung heroines. Born White and privileged in Jackson, Mississippi, I first met her during Freedom Summer 1964, when I was a young civil rights lawyer and she was one of a handful of prominent White women who were supporting school desegregation and working tirelessly to keep public schools in Jackson open. Her stance alienated her from many family members and friends. Winifred recounted: “Once my mother said to me, ‘What did we do wrong?’ I remember saying to her, ‘Granny taught me, ‘Red and Yellow, Black and White, they are precious in his sight,’ and I didn’t know that she didn’t really mean Black people.” Winifred Green’s family worshiped in an ...
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A cowed IRS gives a green light to more secret money in politics 13.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In one of the more craven and inexplicable government rulings of recent years, the Internal Revenue Service has decided that Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS political fundraising organization is a "social welfare" group mostly operating outside of politics. 

The ruling allows Crossroads GPS, like the...

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Impromptu Tortoise Sex Is The Real Star Of New York Fashion Week 13.2.2016 Green on
What do you have planned this Valentine’s Day -- dinner, some lame flowers, sub-par chocolate? What about totally stealing the show during New York Fashion Week with an expression of your love? Sorry, these tortoises have already been there, done that, bought the shell shirt. A photo posted by (@slymagazine) on Feb 11, 2016 at 8:47am PST The two African tortoises that were inexplicably part of a desert-themed show by designer Mathieu Mirano on Thursday just couldn’t wait until they got backstage to start having sex, Page Six reports. The show’s other star, of course, is this model who tried, in vain, to keep a straight face throughout this reptile Romeo’s amorous pursuit. A video posted by Ruthie Darling (@ruthiedarling) on Feb 11, 2016 at 7:35am PST Really, it would be incredibly difficult not to laugh, given the sounds that tortoises apparently make when mating. She’s just lucky she didn’t try to interrupt. More turtles on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The ...
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Carbon dioxide stored underground can find multiple ways to escape 12.2.2016 Environmental News Network
When carbon dioxide is stored underground in a process known as geological sequestration, it can find multiple escape pathways due to chemical reactions between carbon dioxide, water, rocks and cement from abandoned wells, according to Penn State researchers.
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SFI partnering for conservation and community impact throughout North America 12.2.2016 TreeHugger
Grants were announced today for 19 projects to help further understanding of the conservation benefits of managed forests.
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Denver police investigate shooting of man in Green Valley Ranch 12.2.2016 Denver Post: Local
Denver police are investigating the circumstances in which a man was shot in the city's Green Valley Ranch neighborhood Friday ...
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Morocco allows Ikea to open after Sahara diplomatic flap 12.2.2016 AP Business
PARIS (AP) -- Moroccan authorities have given furniture giant Ikea the green light to open its first store in the North African kingdom after months of uncertainty....
Absurd Creature of the Week: Meet the Bird That Lies and Tricks Its Way Into Sex 12.2.2016 Wired Top Stories
This is the saga of bowerbird hanky-panky, a romance packed with more lies, illusions, and thievery than a soap opera—with none of the insufferable soft ...
Report: Skilled Workforce, Training Needed for India’s Ambitious Renewable Energy and Climate Goals 12.2.2016 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
MUMBAI, INDIA (February 12, 2016) – India’s goal to dramatically expand solar energy could trigger a green jobs boom adding one million new engineers, technicians, solar installers, maintenance workers and performance data monitors to its workforce, according to a new report released in connection with a “Make in India” conference in ...
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Toyota’s Lime Green Paint May Be Ugly, But It Can Cut Gas Bills 12.2.2016 Wired Top Stories
Solar reflective paint aims to minimize the amount of heat a car’s exterior paint ...
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Justin Rose feels like a rock star and shoots 66 at Spyglass 12.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

On the pathway from every green to every tee at Spyglass Hill on Thursday, Justin Rose heard it.

"Justin! Justin! We love you Justin!"

Rose is a good-natured English bloke, winner of a U.S. Open. But rarely — OK, never — has he created squeals among a gallery of teenage girls and their mothers.

'Green News Report' - February 11, 2016 12.2.2016 Green on
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Bernie Sanders slams Republicans on climate change denial after landslide New Hampshire win; In unprecedented move, U.S. Supreme Court halts historic new emissions standards for power plants -- for now; U.N. moves ahead anyway on emissions standards for the airline industry; PLUS: Heat wave in the Arctic, as winter sea ice hits lowest extent ever recorded... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Supreme Court's climate stay may imperil Paris Climate Accord; Wall St.'s Water: hedge fund manager betting on water in the West; Oregon Standoff occupiers say they'll turn themselves in; House passes bill forcing EPA to move faster on lead-tainted ...
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Which Primary Promises Should We Believe? 12.2.2016 Politics on
Who should we believe of the leading candidates remaining in the Presidential primaries that last through June? Bernie says he will tax the wealthiest enough to pay for his programs, such as tuition free public college and universal health care. But that means raising middle class taxes, as well. The Donald says he is such a successful businessman that he will negotiate us out of all our problems. But how much can he be believed with four bankruptcies and three marriages already? Polls show that economic issues top the voters' concerns, so we should look at the how they will solve those issues. Bernie believes he will save citizens money by converting to universal health care, because if everyone's covered, the government will have the clout to negotiate down drug and hospital costs. Though Trump says he won't touch social security and Medicare, he would cut taxes for the wealthiest even more, which will only increase the budget deficit. That's because we know trickle-down economics doesn't work (i.e., ...
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Will you take part in this year's Great Backyard Bird Count? 11.2.2016 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
This weekend bird enthusiasts from around the world will become citizen scientists for a few days during the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which is happening this year February 12-15.During this four-day event, which is organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, people will be headed outdoors to count their local birds in the name of science.
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