The natural environment encompasses all living and non-living things occurring naturally, meaning in this case not artificial. The term is most often applied to the Earth or some parts of Earth. This environment encompasses the interaction of all living species, climate, weather and natural resources that affect human survival and economic activity.
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  • Good Company: Chile's Sustainable, Premium Eyewear Maker Karün

    Good Company: Chile's Sustainable, Premium Eyewear Maker Karün

    Chilean entrepreneur Thomas Kimber dropped out of college at age 19 because he had “a different point of view” from his economics professors. Economics is based on the belief that human beings are selfish, and successful businesses need to maximize profit and lower cost, Kimber says. “I believe the opposite.” Afterward, Kimber traveled around the world to see everything from wild horses to sea horses. His travels tuned him on to the connection between humans and nature, and made him realize what he wanted to do with his life. “I want to dedicate to improving the economic model by changing the way businesses work,” he says. In 2011, a large fire burned the Torres del Paine national park near Kimber's

  • EPA: Mushroom compost removes pollutants from Tar Creek site

    EPA: Mushroom compost removes pollutants from Tar Creek site

    Mushroom compost has been extracting contaminants from the heavily polluted Tar Creek Superfund Site in northeastern Oklahoma for a decade, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report. Tar Creek is a 40-square-mile (103-square-kilometer) former mine and one of the nation's oldest, most complex sites in the Superfund program that funds and authorizes EPA cleanup of contaminated sites. The passive treatment system at the Ottawa County site layers mushroom compost on ponds to remove and separate cadmium, lead and zinc from the tainted water, the Tulsa World reported. The system is one of numerous initiatives named in the Superfund site's strategic plan announced last week by the EPA, with cooperation from the Quapaw Tribe and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

  • The Seattle Times

    Lawmakers, stop underfunding Fish and Wildlife, the agency that protects our lands and water

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is like a wild goose that lays golden eggs. Yet Washingtonians — especially legislators in Olympia — are taking it for granted. We need lawmakers to fully fund the department to fulfill its mission for the Evergreen State's outdoor enthusiasts and natural heritage. Doing so yields dividends for state and local economies. While the Legislature has been allocating less than $50 million in tax money annually to WDFW, more than $170 million comes back to Olympia each year from sales taxes on purchases made to enjoy fish and wildlife. What's more, Washingtonians spend hundreds of millions of dollars fishing, hunting and wildlife watching, often in small

  • Florida's Largest Live Oak Protected Amongst Gainesville's Canopy Loss
    WUFT News

    Florida's Largest Live Oak Protected Amongst Gainesville's Canopy Loss

    Gainesville native Veronica Kidney, 47, fears her city might be losing a key characteristic: its trees. She loves the outskirts of town because it reminds her of how Gainesville used to look like when she was growing up. To Kidney, the best parts of Gainesville are its peaceful trails and parks with tall pines. Now, she said, her hometown has changed so much, she can hardly recognize it. That was until she visited Cellon Oak Park, located at 4100 NW 169th Pl. The park contains Florida's largest live oak, which proudly stands at 91 feet tall with a circumference of more than 30 feet, according to a database of tree measurements from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  • WOWT Omaha

    Cedar Hills residents offer neighbors help with water and laundry

    CEDAR HILLS, Iowa (WOWT) -- Cedar Hills is a small community located between Glenwood and Malvern that's reaching out to help people going without drinking water. Glenwood and Pacific Junction are two Mills County communities under an order to boil their water before drinking and Cedar Hills wants to help by offering clean drinking water. Businesses in Glenwood are shutting down because of the boil water advisory. Mills County residents can show ID and pick up free drinking water at Glenwood City Hall. Pacific junction is covered with water but there is none to drink. All of this because the water plant in Glenwood was flooded. Dave Malcom, with Glenwood Municipal Utilities, said, “We had sandbagged

  • Company stops acid lake drain but environmental risk unclear

    Company stops acid lake drain but environmental risk unclear

    CONVENT, La. (AP) — A lake of acidic water on top of an unstable, mountainous pile of waste in Louisiana is now shallow enough that it is very unlikely water will escape and harm surrounding swamps, the company that owns the pile said. Mosaic Fertilizer recently stopped draining the lake on its gypsum pile in St. James Parish, The Advocate reported Wednesday. Gypsum is a waste byproduct from Mosaic's production of phosphoric acid, which is used to make fertilizer. The company had been pumping down the lake into neighboring ones on the 960-acre (390-hectare) waste pile at its Uncle Sam complex outside Convent. It was part of a strategy to halt unexpected slippage of the 200-foot-high (60-meter-high)

  • Knitting with a repurpose: Woman makes suit of plastic bags
    Star Tribune

    Knitting with a repurpose: Woman makes suit of plastic bags

    GREECE, N.Y. — Rosa Ferrigno's new suit takes recycling to an extreme — she knitted it from more than 300 plastic grocery bags. The 75-year-old woman from Greece in western New York whiled away the winter knitting a skirt and jacket from filmy brown bags scissored into thin strips that were tied together to make yarn. She lined it with cotton fabric. The finished garment is quite chic, with a tweedy look from green printing on the brown bags. Her daughter, Fran Bertalli, tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that Ferrigno has been knitting and sewing since her childhood in Sicily. Last summer, Ferrigno saw someone's purse made from repurposed plastic bags and started her own bag projects,

  • DailySabah

    Turkish water agency breathes life into Africa, Syria

    The state-run Water Works Agency (DSİ) supplied water to 2.5 million people around the world with 591 water wells it drilled in Africa and Syria. The agency aims to bring water to needy communities as well in upcoming projects for Mauritania, Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Albania, Montenegro and Slovenia. The agency's priority is African countries stricken by drought and Syria, where ongoing civil war makes access to clean water a challenge for thousands. In Syria, the DSİ drilled 91 water wells in al-Rai, al-Bab, Azez, Mare and other towns in northern Syria which were liberated from the terrorist group Daesh by Turkish-backed Operation Euphrates Shield with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in 2016.

  • State of Delaware News

    DNREC Recycling Program offers compost bins for sale online at discount price for pickup at three locations statewide

    DOVER – DNREC's Recycling Program within the Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances is offering compost bins that can be pre-ordered online at a discount price of $50, half the retail price of the bins. The bins must be picked up by the purchaser at any of three locations: Dover, Lewes, and Delaware City. Locations, dates and times for pick up for the discounted compost bins are: • Dover – Saturday, April 27: Pick-up location adjacent to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) collection event at the Blue Hen Corporate Center, 655 S. Bay Road (8 a.m. – Noon). Pre-order deadline for Dover pickup is April 21. • Lewes – Saturday, May 11: Pick-up location at the DNREC Lewes Field Facility, 901

  • Scientists think they've solved one mystery of Easter Island's statues
    Ars Technica

    Scientists think they've solved one mystery of Easter Island's statues

    Chile's Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is famous for its giant monumental statues, called moai, built by early inhabitants some 800 years ago. The islanders likely chose the statues' locations based on the availability of fresh water sources, according to a recent paper in PLOS One. Scholars have puzzled over the moai on Easter Island for decades, pondering their cultural significance, as well as how a Stone Age culture managed to carve and transport statues weighing as much as 92 tons. They were typically mounted on platforms called ahu. According to co-author Carl Lipo, an anthropologist at Binghamton University, you can have ahu (platforms) without moai (statues) and moai without ahu, usually along

  • Not-for-profit seeks to expand conservation area on Cockburn Island

    Not-for-profit seeks to expand conservation area on Cockburn Island

    A national not-for-profit land trust is launching a campaign to expand a conservation area on Cockburn Island, west of Manitoulin Island in Ontario. The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it's already protected more than 60 per cent of the island — about 25,000 acres — along with nearly 50 kilometres of undeveloped shoreline. The organization says it now wants to add another 1,400 acres to the conservation lands. The conservancy says it needs to raise $100,000 by May to complete the project, which aims to protect an important portion of the island's interior forests. It says Cockburn Island is one of the few undeveloped islands in Lake Huron and is accessible primarily by boat. The island provides

  • Limited access to water, sanitation pose other challenges
    The Standard

    Limited access to water, sanitation pose other challenges

    Eric Kiniti 22nd Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT +0300 When the United Nations launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the objective was to introduce a set of goals that would meet the pressing environmental, political and economic challenges, and through the implementation of these goals, eradicate poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change. Most importantly, the SDGs placed us on the path towards more sustainable communities and businesses. By embracing sustainability, we are able to meet our needs without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their needs too. Prioritising sustainability means it becomes part of every process, and this in turn means that

  • Elevation shapes species survival in changing habitats

    Elevation shapes species survival in changing habitats

    UTA faculty member's research holds implications for the impact of climate change University of Texas at Arlington Luke Frishkoff, University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of biology, explores how human land use expedites biodiversity loss in a paper recently published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. For a study conducted at the University of Toronto, Frishkoff, as a postdoctoral fellow, and his collaborators traveled to the Dominican Republic to take a census of the region's Anolis lizard species along an elevation gradient affected by deforestation. The species is a common group of tropical lizards that are a model system in ecology and evolutionary biology. "This work uses elevation

  • Birds of a feather: Cockatiel and chicken become best friends

    Birds of a feather: Cockatiel and chicken become best friends

    Banny and Shorty have developed a unique relationship during their time with Wildlife Haven Waterloo. “We've been working with animals our whole lives and I've never seen this either,” said wildlife rehabilitator Joy Huggins. “So far so good.” Despite their size difference, Shorty the chicken and Banny the cockatiel have become close friends while living under the same roof. Banny can often be found either sitting on the feathered back of Shorty or helping pick dirt out of her feathers and beak. “She lets me do her feathers, but even then it's just tolerated,” said Huggins. “This she seems to enjoy.” The two birds got to know each other at the dinner table of Huggins' house. Shorty would sit

  • Cheetahs will not prosper in B.C.: panel rejects permit request for two big cats

    Cheetahs will not prosper in B.C.: panel rejects permit request for two big cats

    NELSON, B.C. — The owners of two cheetahs will not be allowed to return the large, African cats to southeastern British Columbia to use them as ambassador animals promoting conservation of the endangered species. The Environmental Appeal Board, which considers issues raised under B.C.'s Wildlife Act, has refused to overturn a 2017 ruling denying a permit to move the cheetahs to Crawford Bay, north of Creston. The appeal by Earl Pfeifer argued the permit denial relied on allegedly unsupported details about the danger posed by cheetahs, as well as charges that were laid by the province but later dropped, after one of the cats escaped in December 2015. In a 37-page decision, the appeal board says