What to do With Fallen Leaves

Read the full post from the National Wildlife Federation.

You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every last leaf in your yard this fall.  Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden.  Below are some tips on how to minimize the time you spend raking and maximize the benefit to wildlife and the greater environment that fallen leaves offer.

Devastated Dominica aims to climate-proof the country

Read the full story at Grist.

Skerrit has a vision of Dominica as the first climate-resilient country. For now, that means asking for the money so that the island doesn’t just rebuild “on old vulnerabilities,” as he put it in a press release. “The World Bank and European Development Agency have pledged considerable sums to back our vision as the first Climate Resilient nation of the climate change era,” Skerrit said.

Hunting for Plastic in California’s Protected Ocean Waters

Read the full story from KQED.

California’s marine sanctuaries protect ocean animals from fishing, underwater mining, and drilling. Yet scientists think a more insidious agent may be contaminating their territory: microplastics.

Webinar: Chemical Footprint Project (CFP)- Empowering Companies and Investors

October 11, 2017, 3 pm CDT
Register at http://www.chemicalfootprint.org/news/event/webinar-empowering-companies-investors

Join CPA, Trillium Asset Management, and Walmart to hear how CFP evaluates businesses holistically on their journey to safer chemicals, thereby enabling participating companies to benchmark their progress, and empower investors and purchasers to evaluate and hold companies accountable.

Too little is known about the compounds in wildfire smoke

Read the full story in the Davis Enterprise.

How do fire-suppression chemicals and pesticides affect wildfire smoke and the health of those who breathe it? UC Davis graduate students discovered that this question cannot be answered based on current scientific evidence and, in a review published in “Current Topics in Toxicology,” they recommend studies on the compounds in wildfire smoke.