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"For many Native American communities, three seeds - corn, beans, and squash represent the most important crops. When planted together, the Three Sisters, work together to help one another thrive and survive. Utilizing the corn, beans, and squash together in your garden draws upon centuries of Native American agricultural traditions and expertise. This post covers the benefits of three sisters planting and provides tips for when to plant, varieties that work well in planting together, and suggested layouts for your garden".  Read more

"...Old Amsterdam has survived in a remarkably pristine fashion the wars and urban development that affected many other European cities. But for the past year or two, I have noticed that my students’ appreciation of the city’s visible antiquity has acquired a new dimension. This monument to human ingenuity, which rests on thousands of wooden poles hammered into the marshy soil, now seems to have a longer past than it does a future". Read more


"When an architecture student’s dazzling ocean cleanup concept fizzled, she started thinking smaller — and tackled the problem at the source." Read the full article

From picturesque Mediterranean isles to New York’s bustling harbor, strategically placed oyster colonies are depolluting the sea with ease. Read more  -   Photo credit: Peter Yeung

“There is one book that I would rather have produced than all my novels,” Willa Cather rued in her most candid interview about creativity. That book was Rocky Mountain Flowers: An Illustrated Guide For Plant-Lovers and Plant-Users (public library| public domain by the pioneering plant ecologist and botanical artist Edith Clements (1874 –1971). Read more

> Recognise the creativity behind crime, then you can thwart it || by David Cropley : Psyche

> The Deep Roots of the Vegetable That ‘Took Over the World’ || by Gemma Tarlach : Atlas Obscura

> The mice that roared: how eight tiny countries took on foreign fishing fleets || by Christopher Pala : The Guardian

> “Community Choice” Is Getting Renewable Energy to Millions || by Alejandra Borunda : Reasons to be Cheerful

> Is Your Living Room the Future of Hospital Care? || by Julie Appleby : Kaiser Health News

> The World’s Northernmost Town Is Changing Dramatically || by Gloria Dickie : Scientific American

> Could humans really destroy all life on Earth? || by Santhosh Mathew : BBC

> Taking the Fish Out of Fish Feed || by Brian Payton : Hakai Magazine 

Greening the Desert With Wastewater || by Klaus Sieg : Reasons to be Cheerful

Rachel Louise Carson (1907 - 1964) was an American scientist, writer, ecologist and conservationist. Her book, Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.


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