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Category: Conservation

  • Fourth-grader plays major role in effort to save the monarch butterfly

    On a recent afternoon, the dining room of the Steadman family’s stately home in South Riding was filled with books, notepads, family photos — and roughly 200 insects. Atop a wooden cabinet, a large net enclosure was filled with bunches … Continue reading

  • Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

    Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators … Continue reading

  • ‘Dead zone’ in the Gulf is the size of Connecticut

    Scientists say a man-made “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is as big as the state of Connecticut. The zone, which at about 5,000 square miles (13,000 sq km) is the second largest in the world but still smaller … Continue reading

  • Decline of monarch butterflies linked to modern agriculture

    The massive migration of monarch butterflies is amazing—the insects go from grazing on milkweed plants as caterpillars in the midwest to spending winters in Mexico. But Monarch populations have been on the decline for some time, with a variety of … Continue reading

  • Scientists Can Agree on Things that Aren’t So

    By David Coppedge Whenever you hear “all scientists agree” or “we now know,” it’s no guarantee a finding won’t be disputed years later.  In the following examples, CEH focuses not so much on the content of the disputed subjects as the implications … Continue reading

  • Roach Bait Story Highlights Abuse of Word “Evolution”

    By David Coppedge Evolution is one of the most carelessly-used words in science, as several recent articles show.  Not all change is evolution the way Darwin meant it. Roaches check in, and they also check out:  Those omnivorous pests have … Continue reading

  • April 22, Happy… Earth Day???

    Reasons for Hope by Jason Pratt, contributing writer for rforh “Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.”[1] So every year in the spring … Continue reading

  • More Reasons to Exercise and Plant a Garden

    By David Coppedge Three new studies show more benefits to exercise and home-grown food. The Endocrine Society has compared active and sedentary children in stressful situations.  The sedentary children had elevated levels of cortisol, a stress indicator, when put into the same … Continue reading

  • Soil, Sustainability, and the Blue Revolution

    Life-sustaining resources are right beneath our feet, says a Penn State hydrologist. Henry Lin, professor of hydropedology and soil hydrology at Penn State, has some good news for environmentalists worried about the availability of water for a thirsty world.  In … Continue reading

  • An Unexpected Forest Helper: Mistletoe

    Long thought a tree-killing bane, parasitic mistletoe appears to do much more good than harm to a forest ecology. David Watson, a researcher at Charles Sturt University in Albury, New South Wales, has been studying mistletoe for years, according to … Continue reading

  • Conservation and a Biblical Approach to Nature

    A television nature conservation program1 in my South African homeland recently documented the mass translocation of a herd of gaur, also known as Indian bison (Bos gaurus) from one nature reserve to another in India. This large bovine, the largest of … Continue reading

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