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What Is Missing?

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Maya Lin's new "Listening Cone" installation brings attention to the crisis of collapsed biodiversity.

In San Francisco, the main component of Maya Lin's What Is Missing? art project - a "multi sited artwork dedicated to bringing awareness to the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss" - was unveiled yesterday. Lin, who is best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., says this memorial will be her last. "My goal with......read more

Whither the Monarch

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Another insect appears headed for an unprecedented population crash

The monarch butterfly appears to be experiencing a massive population crash, the likes of which hasn't been seen before. The butterflies, which migrate to Mexico in the fall, have been appearing there in shockingly low numbers. Last year there were 60 million, a record low that that seems enormous compared with the fewer than three million that have shown up so far this year. From the New York......read more

Protecting Animal Paths

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With wildlife habitat under threat, migration corridors are a key wildlife conservation strategy.

As human population continues to grow, wildlife habitat is increasingly under threat. In the past, conservationists addressed this problem by creating wildlife sanctuaries, islands of protection where animals could safely eat, sleep, and breed without encroachment by humans. But research over the past decade has revealed that for many large mammals, like jaguars in Central and South America,......read more

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

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Latest amendment contains small victories for the sustainable food movement, big losses for Big Food

Elizabeth Kucinich for the Huffington Post: The purpose of the Farm Bill is to balance the immediate needs of feeding the country with the long term goal of ensuring a sustained food supply. In order to unite the interests of both urban and rural communities, the Farm Bill combines food assistance for our fellow country men, women and children in need, along with longer term agricultural......read more

Giant 'Death Ray' Shield Proposed in Dallas

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Blossoming sculpture would protect important museum from scorching solar glare

Since opening in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas has catalyzed the development of a new neighbourhood in the city. But one of the buildings that the museum helped attract to the area has become its biggest threat. Museum Tower, a 42-story condo high-rise, is clad in a glassy exterior that reflects sunlight onto the Nasher property, killing plants and ruining art. The tower is the......read more

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food

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Writer Jo Robinson discusses the staggering trend of nutrient loss in fruits and vegetables

The sugary, "supersweet" corn we enjoy in summer bears little resemblance to its wild ancestor--a grassy plant called teosinte. With short spikes of grain instead of ears, teosinte has only 5 to 12 kernels in each spike and the kernels are encased in hard shells. High in starch, low in sugar, teosinte has 10 times more protein than the corn we eat today. The case of corn illustrates a much......read more

Takeshi Suga: Sakuramadelica

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Hallucinatory photos of Japanese cherry blossoms

The springtime bloom of sakura (ornamental cherry blossoms) is one of nature's most dazzling spectacles. Kobe-based photographer Takeshi Suga adds some wooziness to the equation with "Sakuramadelica 2012," a collection of super-saturated, dream-like shots of cherry blossoms in full bloom. The effects are slightly disorienting, as the familiar springtime sight is presented in a blurry and surreal......read more

Something's Fishy

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Voice your opposition to genetically engineered food. A petition from Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farm, and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

The FDA is on the brink of approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. This would be the first genetically engineered animal on supermarket shelves in the United States. The salmon is engineered to produce growth hormones year-round that cause the fish to grow at twice the normal rate. The government already requires labels to tell us if fish is wild-caught or......read more

Deforestation Rates Fall

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Global forest loss slowed over the past decade, with less logging in the Amazon and widespread tree planting in China.

The world's net rate of forest loss has slowed markedly in the last decade, with less logging in the Amazon and China planting trees on a grand scale. Yet forests continue to be lost at "an alarming rate" in some countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Its Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 finds the loss of tree cover is most acute in Africa......read more

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