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Inter-Governmental Cooperation Toward Removal of Klamath Dams 
An AP story run by the Statesman Journal reports that cooperative efforts among the federal government and the governments of Oregon and California have sustained a plan to proceed toward removing four Klamath River dams considered environmental liabilities: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/02/03/deal-boosts-effort-remove-4-klamath-river-dams/79745342/

Comic Book Teaches Water Cycle 
Helping kids understand their world is the first step to helping them meet its challenges. In the coming days of climate change, water is poised to become an ever more precious commodity. NASA has produced a comic to engage young readers and help them grasp the concepts involved in the water cycyle. The Smithsonian reports: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adventure-through-water-cycle-nasas-new-comic-book-180958027/

Bee Diseases Spread by Humans 
Researchers have concluded that the pandemic spread of Deformed Wing Virus and Varroa mites has been largely propagated by human beekeeping activities. The BBC has the troubling story: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35484763

Corvids Offer Hope for Forests Beset by Climate Change 
It’s getting tougher, being green, just ask a tree. Fortunately, corvids – the group including crows, jays and others – have developed food stashing strategies which can help forests shift to new growing areas in response to climate change. Ars Technica explains: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/02/corvids-could-save-forests-from-the-effects-of-climate-change/

The Real Skinny on Antarctic Ice Sheets 
While there seems to be some debate surrounding the observation that snow deposits on the southernmost continent are shifting, a full catalog of the ice shelves leaves little question on the overall trend, and gives ample cause for concern. Ars Technica provides details: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/02/a-full-catalog-of-the-antarctic-ice-shelves-that-should-terrify-us/

Native Plant Sale March 11-12 
The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale is scheduled to take place March 11-12 at Bauman’s Farm and Garden, 12989 Howell Prairie Road. Stephanie Hazen gives details, via the Statesman: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/life/home-garden/2016/03/03/sale-helps-create-year-round-native-garden/81019946/

 

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