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The Law of Unintended Consequences

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 12.30.2016 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

In the social sciences, and even real life, unintended consequences are outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a purposeful action. T...

A Letter to Donald Trump from Mexico: Don't Turn Our Dreams Into Nightmares

Homero Aridjis | Posted 11.12.2016 | World
Homero Aridjis

Dear Mr. Trump, I write to you from Mexico, where your victory has been greeted with surprise, fear, dismay and timid optimism. There is no aspect of ...

On Monarchs, Failure, And Perseverance

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

Five years ago, when I first found wild milkweed growing in my garden and decided to let it run free, I was certain that the next summer I would have ...

How To Weed--These 10 Tips Are All You Need

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.11.2016 | Green
Maria Rodale

The other day, I was driving to work and had to drive around a giant truck spraying herbicide on the side of the highway. OK, I was already in a bad m...

Dear Obama, Trudeau and Peña Nieto: Act Now to Save the Monarch Butterfly

Homero Aridjis | Posted 06.17.2016 | World
Homero Aridjis

We, the undersigned scientists, writers, artists and concerned citizens, call upon North American governments to preserve one of the the most extraordinary and iconic creatures on the planet.

Soar Into Your New Life Like A Butterfly Post-Divorce

Clara G. Herrera | Posted 06.16.2016 | Divorce
Clara G. Herrera

Butterflies are fascinating insects. Those who harm these incredible, intricate creatures with purpose should be excommunicated from life. Only cruel kids squish butterflies.

The Easy Way You Can Help Save the Monarchs

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Claudia Allen, avid amateur gardener Since 1990, more than 90 percent of monarch butterflies have disappeared. The good news: you ...

Why You Should Plant Milkweed Right Now

Steve Peterson | Posted 04.12.2017 | Green
Steve Peterson

You might not be familiar with milkweed, but you're probably familiar with the iconic orange and black Monarch butterfly.

The Poetic Host

Tamsin Smith | Posted 04.10.2017 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Compass and clock. People have plans. People set deadlines. Old men and young tourists all crave beauty. But, as each singular human's history proves, the expected is not the actual.

A Good Year Won't Save the Monarch Butterfly, but This Solution Can

David Festa | Posted 03.17.2017 | Green
David Festa

We've learned from recent media reports that the monarch butterfly is on a "big rebound." That is certainly cause for celebration, as it proves that conservation efforts are making a difference. And yet, we can't wipe our hands clean and consider the job done. The work has only just begun.

'Green News Report' - March 1, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.02.2017 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Donald Trump calls for killing the EPA; West Virginia votes to kill clima...

All I Want for Christmas

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 12.15.2016 | Science
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

1) This year, Santa, my wish list starts with you--and your home at the North Pole. I'm worried it's going to melt. So although the international agr...

Uplifting: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.19.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week The Pollination Project was proud to support grassroots efforts around the world that uplift and support people and communities. Two projects this week provide innovative tools to individuals with autism and their families.

Could The Monarch Butterfly Go Extinct In Our Lifetime?

Steve Peterson | Posted 09.16.2016 | Green
Steve Peterson

The challenges I face trying to help the Monarch butterfly in my backyard mirror the challenges the Monarch faces. It takes A LOT to support Monarch butterflies because they can lay so many eggs. In the wild, only a small fraction of the caterpillars will survive pests and diseases to turn into butterflies.

A Bold Plan for Saving Pollinators

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Clearly, more is needed to restore pollinators to health. According to the speakers, a key piece of the puzzle is bringing back nutritious forage wherever possible. Let's start with better integrating forage opportunities along highways.

Kate Sheppard

Government Pledges $3 Million To Save Monarch Butterfly | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and environmental partners announced a program Monday aimed at regrowing critical habitat for the imp...

Dead of Winter -- End of Life With Lightness

Gerit Quealy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Gerit Quealy

So, violent death we're used to... but natural death? Shhh, don't talk about that. Don't acknowledge it. Try to prevent it. Outlive it, outrun it, outsmart it. Stick a tube or a wire or a needle into it stat!

40 Years Ago the World 'Discovered' Mexico's Monarch Habitat -- Today Its Survival Is at Stake

Homero Aridjis | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Homero Aridjis

The main culprit for this precipitous decline is no longer logging in the reserve (although that still takes place) but the huge increase in land planted with genetically modified, herbicide resistant soybean and corn crops (93 percent of total soybean acreage and 85 percent of corn acreage in 2013) in the U.S. Corn Belt.

The Monarch Butterfly May Soon Be Protected By The Endangered Species Act

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Monarch butterflies may warrant U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because of farm-related habitat lo...

Mystery Cloud Turns Out To Have Surprising Explanation

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.25.2014 | Science

Meteorologists in St. Louis were baffled last week when radar images showed a strange butterfly-shaped cloud passing overhead on its way south. Th...

Why Monarch Butterflies Need Endangered Species Act Protection

Carol Polsgrove | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Carol Polsgrove

As monarch butterflies make their long journey from the U.S. to Mexico this fall, let's pause to consider the 90 percent drop in their numbers over the past twenty years.

Finding One's Voice: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

The Magical Migration of the Monarch

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

Everyone loves a monarch butterfly! They are a magical symbol of summertime, transformation, and the health of the environment. But let's face it; they're a bit complicated to understand.

Bring Back the Monarchs!

Chip Taylor | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Chip Taylor

Monarch Watch is built on the idea that all of us acting together can be a powerful force for good. By planting milkweeds and other nectar rich flowers, we can throw a lifeline to monarchs and their fellow pollinators.

Four Inspirational Food Leaders Honored at Growing Green Awards

Peter Lehner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Home
Peter Lehner

Through the efforts of these inspirational educators, practitioners and advocates, we are beginning to make farming and food production more sustainable, and to change the way we eat as a nation.