November 4, 2021
MONTICELLO, Minnesota (AP) — Silflower was among native plants that blanketed the vast North American prairie until settlers developed farms and cities. Nowadays confined largely to roadsides and ditches, the long-stemmed cousin of the sunflower may be poised for a comeback, thanks to solar energy.
Researchers are growing silflower at nine solar installations in the Minneapolis area, testing its potential as an oilseed crop. The deep-rooted perennial also offers forage for livestock and desperately needed habitat for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
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Victorville (CA) Daily News
November 14, 2021
When developers of a proposed high-speed train from Los Angeles to Las Vegas talk about their project, one pointthey emphasize is the benefit to the environment.
Representatives of Brightline West have said the electric trains running at speeds of up to 200 mph will cut emissions — 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually — by removing from the road more than 3 million vehicles that would normally travel up Interstate 15 to Sin City every year.
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Yahoo! Finance (November 16, 2021)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $1.9 million in grants to conserve monarch butterflies and other insect pollinators in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The grants will generate $3.2 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $5.1 million.
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The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)
November 13, 2021
Downtown Lorain could become one of northern Ohio’s newest stops for migrating monarch butterflies.
A pollinator garden committee has formed to plant the new flower patch at the corner of Broadway and West Erie Avenue.
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(The San Luis Obispo Tribune) November 7, 2021
San Luis Obispo County farmer Lisen Bonnier of Vintage Organics has a stretch of her farmland that has never grown crops well. It floods and has always been generally “problematic,” she said.
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The Berkshire Edge (Berkshire County, MA)
November 4, 2021
Since Great Barrington first enacted its pollinator-friendly resolution five years ago, several other towns in western Massachusetts have taken similar measures. “I’d like to think of Great Barrington as a leader in many ways,” said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski.