Earth911 Quiz #26: The Art of Land Restoration

We have the opportunity to bring several billion acres of desertified and depleted land back to its natural state. Increasingly understood by agriculture scientists, low-cost natural permaculture practices that replicate pre-industrial grazing and water management techniques offer us a world-changing opportunity. Once restored, these lands can even support ranching and…

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Recycling Mystery: Mattresses

Mattresses are one of those common household items that can be a huge headache when recycling. Many thrift and secondhand stores don’t want them, and it can be tough to track down a recycling program that accepts them. That said, sending your used mattress to the landfill can come with…

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Nativars and Heavy Lifters in the Garden

Native plants in nurseries are often hybrids, native species crossed with ornamental cultivars. While beautiful, they may not fulfill the ecological role of a true native in the garden. Even among native species, there are usually a few key plants that do the environmental heavy lifting, providing food and shelter…

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