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  • Bugs such as the beetle are integral to rejuvenating soil, also making them vital to people who work the land. Photo Credit: miss Murasaki/Flickr

    The ‘Incalculable’ Role Bugs Play in Our World

    Eric Tegethoff Public News Service PIERRE, S.D. – Insects don’t get the respect they deserve, but author David MacNeal is highlighting their importance and diversity in his new book, “Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them.” MacNeal says bugs aren’t living in our...
  • The concept of patent sharing started in the 1850s when sewing machine manufacturers banded together to share their intellectual property, but these days companies are utilizing the same concept by sharing green patents to encourage innovation in conservation, energy efficiency and recycling. Photo Credit: Andrew Malone, FlickrCC

    What is so-called green patent sharing and how does it work?

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk The idea behind so-called green patent sharing is that researchers, inventors and companies can share the rights to make, use or incorporate certain patented technologies that benefit the environment, theoretically expediting the development of energy efficiency, pollution prevention, recycling, water conservation and other...
  • Scientists credit human-induced global warming with causing many marine and terrestrial wildlife species — such as the chamois mountain goat of the Italian alps — to become scrawnier with each successive generation. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    Evolving Through Global Warming

    Could global warming really already be a factor in the evolution of wildlife species? Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk No doubt the quickly changing climate is already triggering various evolutionary shifts in a wide range of species. And while we can’t be sure just how different wildlife species...
  • A 2011 UC Berkeley study of mothers and children in Salinas linked chlorpyrifos exposure to lower IQ scores and developmental delays. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    California May Restrict Pesticide After Feds Refuse to Ban It

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California regulators have moved one step closer to placing big restrictions on the use of a pesticide that President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency refused to ban earlier this year. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation just released an updated draft...
  • Canada's new Food Guide encourages people to eat more plant-based proteins like legumes and soy products rather than meat and dairy. Photo Credit. T. Tseng, FlickrCC

    How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from the food recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk These days, many countries around the world produce food guidelines periodically to help improve nutrition and encourage healthy lifestyles among their populaces. The most recent update for Americans came in 2013 when the Obama administration released its MyPlate guidelines suggesting that a healthy...
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    County Gearing Up for Partial Solar Eclipse on August 21

    Supervisor Dave Cortese Even though Santa Clara County won’t be in the path of a total solar eclipse from 9:02 to 11:54 a.m. on Monday, August 21, we will get to view a partial eclipse, with about 75 percent of the sun being covered. This is a rare and...
  • #Everydayclimatechange is one of many Instagram accounts that feature others' photos related to the perils of climate change. Photo Credit: EarthTalk

    How are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes?

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk Instagram, the photo-based social network which Facebook bought in 2012 for a cool $1 billion, continues to rack up new users, doubling its base to 700 million monthly active users over the last two years. Environmental groups, activists and photographers have realized that...
  • The prototype for a battery-free cell phone developed at the University of Washington was built with cheap, off-the-shelf components. Photo Credit: Mark Stone/University of Washington

    Battery-Free Cell Phones: Convenient and Good for the Environment?

    Eric Tegethoff Public News Service SEATTLE – Cell-phone users are excited that the prototype for a battery-free cell phone might mean they could cut the cord to their chargers in the future. But the developing technology also may be a boon for the environment. Developed at the University of...
  • The future of areas like Lake Shasta is under review for the new BLM Resource Management Plans in the Redding and Arcata regions. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    “Quiet Recreation” Makes a Big Impact on California Economy

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – Tourists are pouring into far northern California in search of the perfect river, lake, stream or trail – making 1.3 million visits for so-called “quiet recreation” in 2015 alone, according to new research. Quiet recreation is the term for activities...