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Engineering Students Devise System to Track Ghost Fishing Nets

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…
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by: Melina Sempill Watts – February 25, 2015

As Environmentalists, We Need to Make “Ananda” Central to Our Lives

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…
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by: Melina Sempill Watts – December 24, 2014

When A River Doesn’t Run Through It

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…
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by: Melina Sempill Watts – November 26, 2014

Nativescaping: Habitat Restoration, One Garden at a Time

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. Photo by Pete Veilleux/East Bay Wilds NurseryA Northern California native garden.…
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by: Melina Sempill Watts – March 21, 2014


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