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Dig Hole, Add Free Tree, Water

Before you start digging that hole, aren’t you wondering where to get the tree? The Arbor Day Foundation has you covered.

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Don’t Drive to the Earth Day Event: Backyard Climate Blog

Ah, Earth Day, that glorious time of year when we gather to celebrate the planet and recommit ourselves to its preservation – if only it weren’t for that awkward moment when we pull up in front of the flapping green banners and compost bins to park the car.

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Catch of the Day

Trolling the web today, we found a decent primer on the issue of seafood and pitfalls like overfishing or the unintended effects of aquaculture.

Image: Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna, courtesy NOAA

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Heat Waves Are Coming: Backyard Climate Blog

It may be hard to believe, but while much of the eastern U.S. was digging out from a series of snowstorms, Earth as a whole was experiencing its ninth warmest February on record.

Image: 2007 US heat wave, courtesy: NASA

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Warming Watersheds: Backyard Climate Blog

The Chesapeake Bay forms the largest estuary in the United States. As such, it provides critical habitats and breeding grounds for thousands of species of fish, birds, mammals, and other wildlife. The changing climate has created new challenges for the Chesapeake that threaten to alter the entire ecology of the Bay.

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Maryland As Window To The World: Backyard Climate Blog

We know global warming is heating the planet, but how do we know if something is happening right in our own backyards due to climate change? This new blog series will look at the local impacts of a global phenomenon.
Image: Maryland Science Center, courtesy: Michael Eckrich-Neubauer http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12916605

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It’s In Your Backyard: The Backyard Climate Blog

We know global warming is heating the planet, but how do we know if something is happening right in our own backyards due to climate change? This new blog series will look at the local impacts of a global phenomenon.
Image: Sunset on Baltimore Harbor

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Muck and Money?

The Exxon Valdez belched its errant oil onto the shores of Valdez, Alaska 20 years ago.
Ten years ago, I had a reporting crisis over the question: Had Valdez recovered?

Image courtesy: NOAA, pooled oil is shown stranded in the rocks.

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Climate 101

A group of government agencies has just released “an easily readable document” consisting of the things you need to know in order to be literate about the science of climate change. It is a non-political review of the scientific facts and a must-read as far as we’re concerned.

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Study Says Mindless Doodling Improves Memory

Good news for college students and meeting-goers everywhere. A study released today, published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, suggests that mindless doodling might actually improve memory.

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