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Has Phragmites Met Its Match?


Goats are gaining a reputation as allies in the fight against invasive plants. Urban parks, college campuses, and nature preserves are taking advantage of their appetites and agility – using them to control everything from autumn olive to multiflora rose.



Dog Days Of Winter

Boston Winter

This winter filled with endless snows and bone-chilling temperatures makes it difficult to focus on a warming climate.   But the truth of the matter is that the warming climate is playing a major role in our harsh winter weather.



Milkweed And Monarchs

monarch on milkweed

We have talked before about the huge decline in the population of monarch butterflies. The causes are a combination of factors including illegal logging in Mexico, droughts, wildfires, parasites, and most importantly, the drastic loss of crucial milkweed habitat in the US. Milkweed is the only food plant that monarch caterpillars can eat and modern herbicides like those used on genetically modified crops are wiping it out over large areas.



Wave Power


Wave power is produced by the use of electricity generators placed on the surface of the ocean. Energy output is determined by wave height, wave speed, wavelength, and water density. This technology is a fledgling state: there are only a handful of experimental wave generator plants in operation around the world.



Fungus Sucks The Life Out Of Hibernating Bats

White nose syndrome

Common throughout North America, little brown bats keep insect populations in check. Anyone who has spent dusk near a lake has seen the little browns performing acrobatics on the wing as they feast on mosquitoes, midges, and gnats. Each bat can eat thousands of bugs each night.


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