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Engineering Students Devise System to Track Ghost Fishing Nets – February 25, 2015

Invention could help save hundreds of marine animals that get entangled and killed by abandoned fishing nets every year

When fishermen lose control of a fishing net or abandon a torn net at sea, the nets float around on the water surface or deep within the sea, ensnaring and killing millions of fish and marine mammals every year. Poetically called “ghost nets,” these are hardly-ethereal nets are usually made of heavy-duty nylon and hang on in the waters for years and decades causing repeated injuries and deaths of aquatic animals. Even after these nets fall to pieces, they continue to be a part of the ocean plastic pollution problem since they are ingested by birds, fish and other marine life.

Last fall, Alejandro… more

by: Melina Sempill Watts

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As Environmentalists, We Need to Make “Ananda” Central to Our Lives – December 24, 2014

This holiday season let’s embrace the joy without which the universe would cease to exist

Driving during a downpour on the morning of December 12, my daughter Lucilla said: "Some of my friends think that this rain has ended the drought and I told them they are mistaken."

We live in California. She is six.

We discussed the state of the reservoirs and the need to build the snowpack, both of which she had tried to articulate to her friends already.

2 Kids by WallPhoto by Vince ScottMy daughter made me realize all over again that what the environmental movement needs is more beauty and playfulness and joy.

Seeing her level of understanding, I just felt so, so, so… more

by: Melina Sempill Watts

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When A River Doesn’t Run Through It – November 26, 2014

Pete McBride talks about his work on the Colorado River and the Ganges

Photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride is a lover of rivers. His work has focused on rivers around the world, including the Ganges in India and the Navua River in the Fijian headlands. In the United States, McBride’s photos and films have centered on the Colorado River, reminding us that the entire Southwest depends upon the Colorado River watershed.

Santa Rita MountainsPhoto by Pete McBride Fifty miles south of the US–Mexico border, the Colorado River Delta and its once-rich estuary wetlands — reduced by 95 percent since the river was restricted by dams — are now as parched as the surrounding Sonoran Desert.


by: Melina Sempill Watts

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Nativescaping: Habitat Restoration, One Garden at a Time – March 21, 2014

Go wild in your garden

Looking to heal our world? The first step is in your own backyard: One of the easiest ways to restore the wild is to prioritize native plants in your home garden.

California Native Garden "English Cottage" style - Pasadena, CAPhoto by Pete Veilleux/East Bay Wilds NurseryA Northern California native garden.

Nowadays, the world is blanketed with buildings, roads, farms, factories and trash. So where do the wild things go? Answer: anywhere that feels like home, “home” defined as any functional habitat. That could mean your backyard, your front yard, on your rooftop, balcony, office, factory and in hedgerows and ditches on your farm.

Every ecosystem… more

by: Melina Sempill Watts

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