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Alliance Calls for Stronger Measures to Protect Human Health, Wildlife From Dangerous Pesticides

For Immediate Release, June 16, 2011 Contact: Heather Pilatic, Pesticide Action Network, (415) 694-8596 Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 669-7357 Alliance Calls for Stronger Measures to Protect Human Health, Wildlife From Dangerous Pesticides WASHINGTON— More than 130 groups in 35 states, representing public health, food-security, sustainable-farming, farmworker and conservation interests ...

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Now Despised, Dandelions Once Were Revered

Posted by Sandi Doughton for A Northwest Nature Blog Supplement to The Seattle Times Seattle Times photographer Steve Ringman snapped this portrait of a plant that's instantly recognizable to everyone. Dandelions inspire strong emotions -- mostly negative in the modern world. But until the rise of the lawn in the early 1900s, the plants were so valued that prize specimens were exhibited at county fairs. Gar ...

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Another Canadian City Bans Cosmetic Pesticide Use

With a unanimous vote this week, Port Coquitlam, of British Columbia, became the latest Canadian city to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides on residential property. While PoCo council unanimously supported the pesticide ban, Mayor Greg Moore told The Tri-City News last month he was hoping the provincial government would step in with a B.C.-wide ban. Leaving the issue up to individual municipalities, he said ...

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Maine Students Spread Environmental Message Through Street Art

by Laura Roberts - June 15th 2011 05:32pm WABI-TV5 Bangor - Students at Fairmount School in Bangor are taking their environmental message to the streets. Fourth graders have teamed up with the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District for a service learning project. They're using stencils to spray paint storm drains with a message about reducing the use of lawn chemicals. "People should reduce t ...

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Landscaping: 5 common turf diseases

By Steve Graham GateHouse News Service Posted Jun 15, 2011 @ 07:19 AM It may seem impossible to keep perfect green turf. However, most lawn problems are caused by a handful of diseases and bugs that largely can be prevented and controlled with the proper lawn care. Here are ways to identify five of the most common turf diseases, and some expert solutions. 1. Brown patch Ironically, too much water can turn g ...

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The Cloudfather? A Visionary Delights in His Dream Coming to Fruition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cumberland, Maine — June 13th, 2011 — For Paul Tukey, the seemingly out of nowhere term “Cloud” has become a household word faster than you can say Steve Jobs. With Apple’s announcement on Monday, June 6th now the “Cloud” is virtually everywhere, with the concept having reached a business-tech fever pitch in mid 2011 matched only by iTune’s release of the Beatles catalogue in November ...

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Back-to-Back SafeLawns Events in DC Region Today & Tomorrow

The plane leaves this morning for Baltimore-Washington Airport for the final week in the spring 2011 SafeLawns educational tour. Sponsored by our new research partners at Glenstone in Potomac, Md., the first event tonight will be a how-to lecture titled "How & Why to Create a SafeLawn" beginning at 7 p.m. at the Tenley Friendship Library. A signing of the book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, will follow. The ...

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Got Slugs? Here’s a Primer

[caption id="attachment_3636" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Slugs love the moist conditions currently in play in many regions of the nation."][/caption] While our colleagues in Houston and elsewhere are reporting a drought of epic proportions, the near constant rain and high humidity on the Eastern seaboard has brought an onslaught of questions about slugs. Here's a great post to review: http://www ...

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Pesticide Nanotechnology on the Horizon: EPA Proposes First Policy

Nanotechnology, also known as molecular manufacturing (MM),  is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The comparative size of a nanometer to a meter is the same as that of a marble to the size of the earth. Developed in the 1980's, nanotechnology is already being used in some areas, as in the manufacture of polymers- used to make plastic, concrete, glass, and rubber. Nanotechnol ...

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First-ever Awakenings Festival in Hudson on June 19

The Gazette Friday, June 10, 2011 The first-ever Awakening Festival takes place June 18 in Hudson, with speakers from across the United States and Canada. The festival will focus on human and planetary health, with a special emphasis on ways to make positive impacts in local communities, according to event founder Lianne Bridges. The festival includes workshops, music, dance, an outdoor marketplace, 14 gues ...

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