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Restored Brazilian rainforest offers climate change hope.

Posted by David Tobias on

For the past 20 years of their lives together, a Brazilian photojournalist and his wife have transformed a 1,750-acre parcel of land from a barren, heavily deforested landscape, into a tree-filled lush rainforest that is now home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. After returning home to Brazil’s Minas Gerais state in 1994 (about 70 miles inland from Brazil’s Atlantic coast), Sebastiao Salgado was appalled to see his family’s former cattle ranch desecrated to an unrecognizable level – a complete state of natural degradation, he later described it. “The land was as sick as I was – everything...

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Going Green: How To Lessen The Impact Of Climate Change

Posted by David Tobias on

For many Americans, the idea of going green is appealing, but they just don’t know the best ways to do it. Because climate change and global warming have had such a major impact on our planet, it’s important to make as many eco-friendly changes as possible to your home and lifestyle in order to lessen that impact. Fortunately, there are many ways you can go green and save money at the same time. Start small and make it a point to talk to your friends and family about how they can contribute. Here are some of the most frequently asked...

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6 Fast-Growing Trees to Add Privacy to Your Yard

Posted by Crystal Ponti on

Trees are not only essential to tackling climate change and reducing air pollution, they are also make a perfect fortress and can add privacy to your yard. Some grow faster than others and can make you feel less out in the open in virtually no time at all. Below are six varieties that are hardy and fast-growing: Blue Wonder Spruce The Blue Wonder Spruce is an evergreen with a year-round bluish hue. By only growing to about 6 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide, this spruce can fit anywhere. Ideal for zones 3 through 8, these trees make perfect hedgerows...

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Human Illnesses Hurt the Environment, Suggests Study

Posted by Crystal Ponti on

A toxic environment, especially one where the air and water is polluted, can create health problems for people. Now, new research suggests sick people can create health problems for the environment too. Around Kenya's Lake Victoria, a fishing community where locals battle high rates of disease and a depleted fish stock, scientists found that human illness exacerbates unsustainable fishing practices. The study questions long-held assumptions in environmental research that human disease provides a natural check to environmental exploitation. The logic is that when humans are ill, they are less likely to harm the environment. This study sheds light on an...

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Things You're Already Doing to Help the Environment and How You Can Double the Impact

Posted by Crystal Ponti on

Earth Day isn’t the only day you can take steps to make the environment better. How we treat the earth is a decision each of us can make every single day. Together, small, individual earth-friendly actions combine to have tremendous impact. You might already be taking some steps. Expand on those and double your impact! Here’s how: Become a Conscious Consumer You’ve been a recycling aficionado for years. You try to buy organic and eat healthy. Now it’s time to bump it up a notch. Think twice before you buy something you don’t need. When you do buy something new, give...

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