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Are Hunters Really the Biggest Conservationists in America?

Dear EarthTalk: Are hunters really the biggest conservationists in America? – Joe W., Raleigh, NC Hunters do play a large part in conservation efforts across the U.S. through their taxes, licenses and donations. In fact, the National Wildlife Refuge System itself was founded by a hunter: President Theodore Roosevelt. That being said, the mere act […]

Ski Resorts vs Global Warming

Dear EarthTalk: Given the existential threat to their industry, what are ski resorts, gear makers and professional skiers and snowboarders doing to fight global warming? — J. Simms, Rutland, VT It’s undeniable that climate change has been affecting and continues to threaten the winter sports and tourism industries. Colder regions around the world are experiencing […]

What is Cheatgrass?

Dear EarthTalk: What is Cheatgrass and when did it become such a big problem out west?                                                                                                                         — William G., Portland, ME Cheatgrass is an annual grass native to Europe and eastern Asia that European settlers brought to North America in the late 1800s as forage for grazing their livestock. Little did they know at […]

Plant Blindness

Dear EarthTalk: What on Earth is “plant blindness?”                      – Betsy Carlucci. New York, NY Botanists James Wandersee and Elizabeth Schussler coined the term “plant blindness” in 1998 to describe “the inability to see or notice the plants in one’s own environment, leading to the inability to recognize the importance of plants in the biosphere […]

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