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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping farmers and ranchers protect farmlands and wetlands through a new conservation program. Farmers and ranchers are keeping land in agriculture and in some cases creating new wetlands through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Landowners agre...
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What did the L.A. Basin look like before there was a Los Angeles? A common misconception—one that resonates with genuine concerns about the city's aridity and reliance on imported water—is that the city's natural state is desert. But early accounts of the landscape painted a different picture, ...
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Hundreds of tundra swans suddenly rose off of a marsh, the strokes of their powerful wings making a whistling sound as they flew. They landed a short distance away at another marsh, where other tundra swans were gliding over the water like a flotilla of toy sailboats. Mike Schlepp doesn't know wha...
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The annual pace of wetland loss increased by 25 percent between 2004 and 2009 compared to the previous six years, according to a study released late last year. Battered by a series of hurricanes and ongoing subsidence, or sinking land, the 68 million acres of Gulf Coast wetlands had the most loss d...
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Mangrove forests are one of the most important weapons in the fight against climate change. Not only do they directly store huge amounts of carbon, but they actively capture additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it in their soils. When mangroves are destroyed, huge quantities o...
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The culmination of the five-year project has been the development of an integrated action planning toolkit on wetland conservation and management, which can be adapted to help provide bespoke solutions to protect valuable ecosystems around the globe. Launched today at events in China, India and Vie...
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Mopti — At the noisy market in Mali's central city of Mopti, 49-year-old Alimatou Maiga complains about how hard it is to find big fish for sale these days. Extracting a dried fish from a dish full of others, Maiga said supplies have become less plentiful even though the region is Mali's main sourc...
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Before Disney World, Silver Springs in Central Florida was for decades one of the state's most popular tourist destinations.Even if you've never visited Silver Springs, you might have seen it — if you're old enough. The 1960s television show Sea Hunt was filmed here, as were countless movies includi...
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  Wildlife researchers are worried an internationally significant wetland near Hobart is being threatened by development. World Wetlands Day today marks the anniversary of the Ramsar Convention recognising sites of international importance for waterfowl. In Tasmania there are 10 Ramsar sit...
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  MANILA, Philippines — The country joins in the global celebration of World Wetlands Day (WWD) today in commemoration of the day in 1971 when the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, was adopted in Ramsar City, Iran. Organized by t...
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  In the grassy belly of a wetland known as Eagle Marsh, Mother Nature decides what water she will send down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico and which will end up in Lake Erie via the Maumee River. When one of those adjacent watersheds harbors a finned toxin such as the dreaded ...
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At present there is a large oil release in the Gulf of Mexico. It is not the first of its kind. Obviously one must try to confine it and then clean it up but what it is the right and effective way? What is a waste of time and resources and what works? Ixtoc I was an exploratory oil well being drill...
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