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Charcoaling manure and greening neighborhoods: ecological approaches to cleaner water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

ESA 100th Annual Meeting, August 9-14, 2015 in Baltimore, Md. Ecological Science at the Frontier FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@retseLL Conference website Program Native Apps More press releases for the 100th Annual Meeting   When ecologists gather in Baltimore, Md., this August for the 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society…

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Ecology in Agricultural Landscapes: seeking solutions for food, water, wildlife

Agriculture alters the landscape more than any other human activity, with trickle-down effects on water, soil, climate, plant and wildlife diversity, wildfire, and human health. Multiple sessions at ESA’s 98th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis will will examine routes to improved soil, water, and nutrient retention, and opportunities to increase biodiversity alongside food production.

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Zeal to ensure clean leafy greens takes bite out of riverside habitat in California

Perceived food safety risk from wildlife drives expensive and unnecessary habitat destruction around farm fields. Meticulous attention to food safety is a good thing. As consumers, we like to hear that produce growers and distributers go above and beyond food safety mandates to ensure that healthy fresh fruits and vegetables do not carry bacteria or viruses that can make us sick. But in California’s Salinas Valley, some more vigorous interventions are cutting into the last corners of wildlife habitat and potentially threatening water quality, without evidence of food safety benefits.

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For now, forget biofuels in reserves

Ethanol as the next generation of alternative fuels has stirred significant controversy. While some tout its lower-than-gasoline greenhouse-gas emissions and its usefulness in creating carbon sinks in its agricultural fields, many other ecologists call ethanol production the most inefficient of alternative fuel options. Even the most optimistic scenarios still show that using current technologies, it can take years – in…

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