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NACD Blog: Celebrating and Conserving Bats
By Katrina Vaitkus

As Halloween approaches, so does the end of Bat Week, the annual, international celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation.

AgNet: Realizing the Conservation Benefits of Precision Agriculture

The House Agriculture Committee recently held a hearing focused on realizing the conservation benefits of precision agriculture.

Grist: Think rural America doesn’t care about the climate? Think again.
By Scott Shigeoka

In 2018, Anne Claussen started Voices for Rural Resilience, an organization that brings rural people into the conversation by identifying local climate-related problems and creating their own solutions. This ultimately helps them raise their own voices with effective and democratic purpose, she said, countering stereotypes and bringing nuance into the climate dialogue at a time when it is badly needed.

The New York Times: In the Fight Against Climate Change, Not All Forests Are Equal
By Henry Fountain

Forests are a great bulwark against climate change, so programs to reduce deforestation are important. Those efforts usually focus on stopping the destruction in areas where it is already occurring. But a new study suggests these programs would do well to also preserve forests where deforestation and degradation haven’t begun.

Durango Herald: Our view: Rewarding Colorado ranchers who do it right

(Opinion) On Tuesday, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Sen. Tom Udall, the Democrat from New Mexico, introduced the “Thirty by Thirty” resolution, “expressing the sense of the Senate that the federal government should establish a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and ocean of the United States by 2030.” It is a reminder that conservation is a cornerstone of environmentalism.

Iowa State University: New grant will help scientists study how cover crops affect plant disease

A multi-state experiment that recently received a major grant will examine how planting cover crops on farm fields affects plant disease, pests and weeds.

Forbes: What Happens To Soil Microbes After Wildfire?
By Linh Anh Cat

Soil microbes are key to maintaining soil health and these benefits can change the flora and fauna that recolonize the burn area after a fire.

The Atlantic: Deadly Algae Are Creeping Northward
By Miranda Weiss

In a warming ocean, Alexandrium algae are shredding marine food webs—and disrupting beloved Alaska traditions.

The Associated Press: Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors
By Susan Montoya Bryan

With warmer temperatures, more frequent drought and the severity of wildfires on the rise, scientists say seed collection and reforestation efforts are becoming more important.

Science Daily: Human activities boosted global soil erosion 4,000 years ago

Soil erosion reduces the productivity of ecosystems, it changes nutrient cycles and it thus directly impacts climate and society. An international team of researchers recorded temporal changes of soil erosion by analyzing sediment deposits in more than 600 lakes worldwide. They found that the accumulation of lake sediments increased significantly on a global scale around 4,000 years ago.

NPR: Florida Researchers Use Pests To Help Control Pesky Brazilian Peppertree Plant
By Greg Allen

In Florida, more than two invasive species get established every month, brought in through cargo or by visitors. But researchers are making progress in the battle against one major pest: the Brazilian Peppertree.

E&E News: Southern U.S. braces for record cold temps

(Subscriber Only) Storms raked across the central United States from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes ahead of an arctic blast that forecasters say could bring record cold to the South.

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