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The Future of Water: Strengthening Communities and Creating a More Resilient Economy

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by Mary Beth Postman, Deputy Direcotr of Waterkeeper Alliance 

Water is the lifeblood of our economy and our communities as well as playing a pivotal role in our health and well-being.

New Pollinator Garden at Duke Energy Tippecanoe Solar Power Plant in Indiana Helps Pollinator Species Thrive

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PLAINFIELD, Ind., June 19, 2020 /3BL Media/ – A new Duke Energy solar power plant in West Lafayette, Ind., which provides clean, renewable electric energy, also now helps renew and increase populations of so-called “pollinator species” important to the growth and reproduction of flowers and food plants.

Mars Showcases Coral Restoration at Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

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Mars has been in business since 1911 — and we want to be thriving in another hundred years. Our Associates take a scientific approach to the challenges that we face, working with the best and brightest around the world to solve the problems we encounter as a business and in society.

Research Reveals How Bark Types Affect Wood Decomposition

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NAIROBI, Kenya, April 17, 2018 /3BL Media/ - A new study from researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB) could help improve predictions of climate change by revealing the hidden role of bark in wood decomposition. For the first time, the scientists linked bark characteristics such as thickness, pH and density – which in life help protect the plant – to "afterlife effects" which help determine how rapidly woody plants decompose.

How an Outdoor Classroom Can Transform Learning for Students

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When Grade 3 students from Calgary's Westgate School were tasked with writing about nature, the idea of sitting indoors and looking at photos of trees and plants did not spark creativity.

The solution? Exploring the school's outdoor 'Gator Garden'—a recently revitalized green space that provides students with opportunities to learn in an outside classroom while observing a living environment.

Nepal Makes Progress Towards a National Agroforestry Policy

The landlocked mountainous nation will become the second country in the world to have a national agroforestry policy, with support from the World Agroforestry Centre and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
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The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is assisting with the development of a national agroforestry policy for Nepal along with the Climate Technology Centre and Network.

In November 2017, an inter-ministerial coordination committee, of which ICRAF is a facilitating member, organized a series of consultations on how the policy could tackle barriers restricting widespread adoption of agroforestry.

Duke Energy, YMCA of Greenville Team Up to Build Outdoor Classroom

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As one of Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund recipients, the Greenville YMCA is working to improve access to the Reedy River with outdoor classrooms and science stations. Together, we’re creating better recreational and educational facilities for local families.

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Domtar Sustainability: Industrial Ecology Made Real

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A long-time ideal of sustainability has been the concept of industrial ecology—the notion that industrial processes would benefit from mimicking the closed-loop efficiency of a natural ecosystem. Unlike conventional industrial processes, an ecosystem is not a process with a beginning and an end. An ecosystem is a continuous cycle through which materials flow.

Elephant Poaching Costs African Economies US $25 Million per Year in Lost Tourism Revenue – Study

New research shows investing in elephant conservation is smart economic policy for many African countries
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November 1, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The current elephant poaching crisis costs African countries around USD $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications.

Reflections on Laudato Si - Concluded

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“Never before has the world had a document that so eloquently unites ethics and environmental stewardship. That is why Laudato Si was the most significant environmental event of 2015.”

“Show your work.”

Does that bring you back to your high school math class in a hurry? That phrase was a near-daily refrain in mine. It didn’t matter if you intuitively, or by sheer luck, got a math problem right. You also had to offer a proof as well. You had to back it up.

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