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  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 22-29, 2020

    02/22/2020 8:47:50 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 30 replies
    February 22, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Democratic candidates engage in lengthy debate over climate change (only 10.93 years left)

    02/21/2020 2:27:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill via MSN ^ | 2/20/20 | Rebecca Beitsch
    Democratic presidential candidates discussed climate change at length on the debate stage Wednesday night, addressing energy sources ranging from natural gas to lithium batteries. White House hopefuls fielded questions on the topic for 15 minutes, dwarfing the amount of time devoted to environmental issues at earlier debates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slightly walked back from her pledge to stop mining and oil and gas drilling on public lands. "You got to have lithium, you got to have copper for renewable energy. How do you do that?" moderator Jon Ralston asked her, referring to minerals needed to make batteries. "If we...
  • Krytyka Polityczna (Poland): It's time to introduce a tax on meat

    02/21/2020 1:07:37 AM PST · by NorseViking · 18 replies
    Krytyka Polityczna ^ | February 20, 2020 | Sylwia Spurek
    For several days the press sounded the alarm due to the fact that MEPs from the "Green" and "Progressive Alliance of socialists and Democrats" want to raise the price of meat, and thereby to allegedly deprive people of access to this product and to destroy agriculture. Giving up meat or limitation of consumption is regarded as an attack on tradition. Is it possible to get rid of meat? The topic is important and complex, so we should explain what is behind the idea to raise taxes on beef cattle, and why we need to think to do it for a...
  • Human compost funerals 'better for environment'

    02/17/2020 3:58:58 PM PST · by southern rock · 90 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 03/16/20 | Pallab Ghosh
    A US firm has given scientific details of its "human composting" process for environmentally friendly funerals. A pilot study on deceased volunteers showed that soft tissue broke down safely and completely within 30 days. The firm, Recompose, claims that its process saves more than a tonne of carbon, compared to cremation or traditional burial. It says that it will offer the world's first human composting service in Washington state from next February. Speaking exclusively to BBC News, Recompose's chief executive and founder, Katrina Spade, said that concerns about climate change had been a big factor in so many people expressing...
  • Bloomberg as Pol Pot (Vanity)

    02/17/2020 10:32:02 AM PST · by null and void · 10 replies
    Self | 2/17/20 | nully
    Bloomberg say he can teach anyone to farm in 5 minutes. Didn't Pol Pot say the same thing? How did that turn out for the people of Cambodia?
  • Climate change may eradicate 1/3 of animal and plant species in 50 years, study suggests (only 10.94 years left)

    02/16/2020 4:15:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 77 replies
    CBS 'News' ^ | 2/15/20 | LI COHEN
    In 50 years, Billie Eilish will be turning 69 years old, technology will likely be unrecognizable, and the world may have lost 1/3 of all its plant and animal species. A new study has found that warming temperatures will likely cause hundreds of species to go extinct. Researchers at the University of Arizona analyzed 538 plant and animal species from around the world, 44% of which already faced local extinctions in at least one area in the world. What they discovered is that the areas that suffered from species extinctions had "larger and faster changes in hottest yearly temperatures than...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 15-21, 2020

    02/15/2020 5:08:16 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 47 replies
    February 15, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Woman dies during Australia Day eating competition

    02/12/2020 11:30:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    The Post Millenial ^ | 01/26/2020 | Sam McGriskin
    An Australian woman died during an eating competition thrown to celebrate Australia day after choking on a lamington—the country’s national cake. The woman was 60-years-old and participating in a competition in the city of Hervey Bay in Queensland on Jan. 26. CTV News reported that the competition was held on Sunday at the Beach House Hotel. Australians commonly celebrate the public holiday with food festivals as well as parades and fireworks. People witnessing the event took videos that show a bar filled with cheering onlookers as the competition carried out. The woman choked while she was eating a lamington which...
  • Understanding Solar Maximum and Minimum

    02/08/2020 10:52:48 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    NTD News ^ | February 8, 2020 | Miguel Moreno
    That fiery ball in space does settle down every 11 years or so. It’s called the solar minimum, and the Space Weather Prediction Center indicates that this phase of low sunspot activity will continue for a few more years. During a solar minimum, the sun has very few sunspots on its surface, which some speculate could affect the earth’s weather. In contrast, a solar maximum has more sunspots on its surface and solar activity is high. “Usually a solar minimum lasts about a year or so, but then sometimes it can last for decades or even longer,” said Prof. Jason...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 8-14, 2020

    02/08/2020 7:01:00 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 80 replies
    February 8, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Guy Catches Adorable Groundhog Eating His Veggie Garden

    02/04/2020 3:38:56 PM PST · by Twotone · 91 replies
    The Dodo ^ | February 2, 2020 | Jeff
    When Jeff noticed that his garden was getting destroyed, he put out a camera to catch the culprit, a groundhog! But Chunk won Jeff’s heart over, and now he lets him have whatever he wants.
  • How to Grow Carrots: 20 Master Gardener Tips

    02/03/2020 8:55:17 AM PST · by orsonwb · 28 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 02/03/2020 | The How Do Gardener
    20 Master Gardener Tips to grow your best Carrots ever. Includes tips on Soil Preparation, Planting, Fertilizing, Watering, Weed Control, Insects, Diseases, Harvesting and Storing. Includes a detailed listing of State Specific Recommended Varieties and Planting Dates...WATCH THE VIDEO.
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 1-7, 2020

    02/01/2020 10:32:50 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies
    February 1, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • National arugula shortage due to wet, cold growing conditions

    01/29/2020 3:51:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    ABC 'News' ^ | 1/28/20 | Kelly McCarthy
    Sad news for salad fans who enjoy the peppery bite of arugula over other lettuces: there's a national shortage. The shortfall is due to the "unexpectedly cold and wet winter weather facing growers throughout the Southwest," according to the New Food Economy. Those harsh conditions "paved the way for the spread of a fungal disease called downy mildew," which has made it difficult to produce healthy crops, the article further explained. The shortage has already been felt by shoppers, purveyors and and diners across the country. In New York, the fast casual Mediterranean restaurant chain Cava posted signs Monday saying...
  • Gardening in Raised Beds with Square Foot Gardening

    01/26/2020 1:07:04 PM PST · by orsonwb · 34 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 1/26/2019 | The How Do Gardener
    Garden anywhere with raised beds in 80% less space, with only 2% of the work, and using only 10% of the water required with traditional garden beds. WATCH THE VIDEO...
  • City of Ithaca Creates New Position For Green New Deal - Director of Sustainability (only 10.98 years left)

    01/26/2020 6:20:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    WENY ^ | 1/22/20 | Christina Episcopo
    ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY) - The City of Ithaca is now looking for a Director of Sustainability to help launch the city into a organizational transformation initiative. This position was created to help meet the goals of the city's Green New Deal. WENY News Spoke with Ithaca City Mayor, Svante Myrick, to find out what he is looking for. "So we're looking for somebody with a particular set of skills, somebody who understands both environmental justice, as well as racial and social justice. Somebody who is capable of leading a broad community conversation around those issues, and somebody who's willing to work...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - January 25-31, 2020

    01/25/2020 7:16:21 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 43 replies
    January 25, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • 'This is Dunkirk. This is 9/11': Al Gore implores Davos to tackle climate crisis

    01/24/2020 2:59:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Guardian via MSN ^ | 1/23/20 | Graeme Wearden
    Former US vice-president Al Gore has tried to mobilise the global elite to fight the climate crisis by comparing it to some of history’s greatest battles, from Agincourt to Dunkirk. Gore told delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the scale of the climate emergency was much worse than people recognise, and getting worse much faster than people recognise. “The burden to act on the shoulders of the generation of the people alive today is a challenge to our moral imagination,” said Gore, during a session on protecting the Amazon and developing sustainable markets. “This is Thermopylae. This...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - January 18-24, 2020

    01/18/2020 7:47:34 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 76 replies
    January 18, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Thieves across U.S. mistake hemp fields for marijuana

    01/15/2020 11:00:11 AM PST · by Red Badger · 92 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 19, 2019 / 2:00 AM | By Jessie Higgins
    A hemp field near Fresno, Calif., is marked with a no trespassing sign that indicates the plant growing here is hemp, not marijuana. Photo courtesy of Fresno County Sheriff's Office =================================================================== EVANSVILLE, Ind., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Across the country, newly legal hemp plants are being mistaken for their close cousin, marijuana. And they're attracting thieves. "They thought they stumbled upon the field of dreams," said Ashleigh Baldwin, a hemp grower in Coopersburg, Pa., who experienced two people stealing hemp from her fields last summer. "It really does look, smell and feel a lot like marijuana." While a hemp is...