Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.
This exceptionally toxic herbicide has demonstrated toxic effects on the thyroid and reproductive glands and has raised concern over potential endocrine-disrupting effects. It also is notorious for killing or critically damaging many broad-leafed crops including cotton, tomatoes, grapes, roses, fruit trees and many home-garden crops. And that's just for starters.

How To Make a Difference For Our Feathered Friends
The little birds found throughout our backyards and neighborhoods stay warm throughout the winter because that's what they're built to do. However, they can benefit by a little human help and intervention, too.
Power Trip book How Renewable Energy Can Help Reverse Fossil Fuels' Damage
Ingenuity has built the American Dream since the nation's earliest days. Now that we've gotten into quite a pickle with fossil fuels - environmental damage, our costly dependency, the fuels' growing scarcity -- we'll need plenty of ingenuity to change direction. T. Boone Pickens, oil titan turned clean-energy advocate, thinks we can do it.
Get Some Help Knowing When to Plant
With spring just about to raise its hopeful head, gardeners everywhere begin to ponder gardening's eternal questions. Mother's planting app can help you with one of those questions: When should I plant which crops? The When to Plant App uses your ZIP code and a database of almost 5,000 weather stations to provide targeted information on the best range of dates to plant each crop.
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Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability 
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.

This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

Why We Need Wilderness 
During a nearly 60-year career, Pulitzer-Prize winner Wallace Stegner, known as the Dean of Western Writers, wrote eloquently about the value of wild places.

Raptors, the Sky Masters 
Eagles, hawks and falcons: From their awesome aeronautics to their precise predatory instincts, these birds are the pinnacle of flight.

Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens 
No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.

Barn Owl Magic 
Beautiful and mysterious, barn owls also are prolific predators of rodents.

Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye  
Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.


Striving for Sustainability 

with Ed Begley, Jr. 

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Publisher Bryan Welch talks with Ed Begley, Jr. about his commitment to sustainability, which began with the first Earth Day in 1970, and has grown deeper and stronger ever since. 




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