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Menopausal Mother Nature

News about Climate Change and our Planet

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They Fought the Lawn. And the Lawn Lost.

Dozens of states have passed legislation to promote the health of pollinators, which include bees, wasps, bats and butterflies, while some have curbed the authority of homeowner association edicts during droughts. But the Maryland law was the first in the…

Animals Are Running Out of Places to Live

The groups of animals you just scrolled through aren’t the only species that have lost a third or more of their global habitat. They’re just some of the mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles researchers can currently track. Most live in…

How to Give Thanks in a Screwed-Up World

Until mid-November, the daily temperatures in Nashville danced around in the 60s and 70s, even hitting 80 from time to time. There were still a few zinnias left in my pollinator garden, and every warm November day the butterflies found…

How Can a Historic Garden Adapt to Climate Change?

Gardens are one of England’s essential iconographies: living, lasting testaments to the intimate relationship between people and nature, not to mention a kind of aesthetic mainstay. But climate change is altering everything that helps them thrive. That some of the…

The Optimistic Art of Mary Mattingly

The idea of socially engaged art that doubles as a public works project flourished in the 1970s, a period of nihilism and malaise caused by inflation, environmental depredation and a loss of confidence in political leadership. Mattingly’s artistic forebears include…

Los Angeles Homeowners Are Removing Lawns During Drought

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. — Erin Brockovich made her name decades ago as an environmental activist who exposed corporate wrongdoing that polluted drinking water. So she felt a bit defensive when a television reporter asked how her name landed on a…

At the Serpentine, a Show of Nature’s Healing Power

Ginsberg is also focused on plants, though in a very different way. Her contribution is “Pollinator Pathmaker,” an 820-foot-long flower bed that was planted not to please humans, but to benefit pollinators — bees and insects, many of them in…

Extreme Weather Is Soaking New York City. Community Gardens Can Help.

The wooden shed in a community garden in northern Manhattan is not just for storing rakes, hoes and shovels. It is also playing a small part in fortifying New York City against the devastating storms that have flooded its streets…

Monarch Butterflies Are Placed on IUCN Red List

North America’s monarch butterfly, whose showy looks and extraordinary migration have made it one of the continent’s most beloved insects, has been classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s most comprehensive scientific authority on…

Spring Brings Joy, Even in a World on Fire

March comes in like a lion, except when it comes in like a lamb. Or when it comes in like a chorus, a symphony and an exquisitely choreographed ballet all at once, a performance so breathtaking it could not possibly…

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