How forest fires help ecosystems and forests
By: Perry McCarney
Forest fires only help forest ecosystems that have evolved in areas prone to thunderstorms and therefore fire starting bolts of lightning. Forest ecosystems that have developed in other areas have had no reason to develop coping mechanisms for wildfires and can be utterly devastated by...
Why is groundwater important?
By: Perry McCarney
Groundwater is important to people for two very simple reasons. It is predominantly the water that we drink, and it is the water that nurtures and supports, either directly or indirectly, the food that we eat. Can we legitimately consider any natural resource, beside the...
By: Michael Totten
A forest is best thought of as a constant dynamic balance. Old trees are brought down by windstorms, creating open spaces of partial sunlight where young seedlings can take root. Small, shade-tolerant seedlings grow into adult, sun-loving tree canopies. Leaf and branch litter falls on...
By: Michael Totten
Huanglongbing (HLB), better known as citrus greening disease, is a bacterial disease carried by the Asian citrus pysllid (Diaphorina citri), which can quickly spread it through an entire grove. It can also be transmitted by grafting diseased budwood. It cannot be spread by any other...
By: Perry McCarney
Trees grow and flourish where local conditions suit the specific tree species' ecology. One of the most important abiotic (non-living) factors that influences that suitability is the local climate.Ash trees are predominantly in the genus Fraxinus; such as the white ash (Fraxinus americana) in...
Why people should care about sustainability
By: David Hastings
The current trends towards the globalization and integration of human society are dramatically affecting the environment around the world. The forests that once housed many native species here in the northwest are being cleared and paved for the further expansion of mankind, and the situation...
By: Perry McCarney
Particulate pollution is all about small, light-weight, harmful particles floating about in the air of our communities. These, often virtually invisible, particulates frequently have negative impacts on not only our adult respiratory (breathing) systems, but the far more vulnerable respiratory systems of our children and...
How corporate farming impacts the environment
By: Perry McCarney
Corporate farming is first and foremost about making a profit. Corporations almost always use what is termed the conventional agricultural methods, that have mostly developed since World War II, on large tracts of consecutive farmlands. They generally target their land acquisitions to agricultural regions where...
By: David Aaron White
A sustainable environment is an environment in which all of the plants, animals, and other forms of life in it are able to exist in the ecosystem without any exterior aid or interference. Granted, this doesn't mean that every single animal will live to die...
How the emerald ash beetle came to America
By: Jackie Curtis
Considered a modern day mystery, the arrival of the emerald ash borer beetles on North American soil continues to elude all. Prior to June of 2002, the emerald ash borer beetle enjoyed a rather uneventful and balanced existence in its natural habitat located throughout various...

 

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