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  • Help for avocado trees: How to boost health and improve harvests

    Help for avocado trees: How to boost health and improve harvests
    This week our SoCal Garden Clinic turns to problematic avocado trees: Question from reader Steven Klein of Malibu: In November 2011, I planted a 3-gallon Lamb Hass avocado tree on a slope with full sun about 90% of the day. Despite my ineptitude,...
  • Tricolored blackbirds are disappearing faster than thought

    Tricolored blackbirds are disappearing faster than thought
    The tricolored blackbird was once among the most common birds in California, with vast colonies of the colorful and highly gregarious species nesting and foraging year-round in marshes and rangelands. Scientists have been worried about a decline in...
  • California leads U.S. in record first quarter for solar installation

    California leads U.S. in record first quarter for solar installation
    The U.S. had a record quarter in solar installation during the first three months of the year, installing 723 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity for a 33% increase over the same period last year. That represents nearly half of all new generation...
  • Central California farmers save 65,000 rare, tricolored blackbirds

    Central California farmers save 65,000 rare, tricolored blackbirds
    An estimated 65,000 rare, tricolored blackbirds — roughly one-fifth of the species’ entire global population — were saved this year when six Central California dairy farmers were paid to delay harvesting their silage crops through the...
  • Growing the etrog citron, a tree full of symbolism

    Growing the etrog citron, a tree full of symbolism
    The etrog citron (Citrus medica) is a fruit with thousands of years of human use, much like the related Buddha’s hand fruit.¬† Both are famous for their pleasing, room-filling aroma, but only the etrog is an integral ingredient in Sukkot celebrations...
  • Sonoma County redwood forest spared from conversion into vineyards

    Sonoma County redwood forest spared from conversion into vineyards
    A public-private partnership led by the Conservation Fund has bought nearly 20,000 acres of coastal redwood and fir forest in Sonoma County, sparing the Northern California haven for endangered Coho salmon and threatened northern spotted owls from...
  • Chinese firm to buy pork producer Smithfield Foods

    Chinese firm to buy pork producer Smithfield Foods
    China is hungry. The world's most populous country has for years been on an agricultural buying binge, scooping up supplies of soybeans, palm oil, cotton and just about anything else that can be culled from the soil. Now, with 1.3 billion mouths to...
  • Conservation groups challenge 'green' forest product certification

    Conservation groups challenge 'green' forest product certification
    SEATTLE -- When an intense storm pounded southwestern Washington in 2007, mud poured down from the mountainsides, logging debris choked streams and the Chehalis River flooded much of the region, causing $57 million in damage. Almost immediately,...
  • Consumer question: When is 'green' logging really green?

    Consumer question: When is 'green' logging really green?
    SEATTLE — The seal looked appealing, a daisy on a field of green, with the words “Tested Green.” It was issued to more than 120 products as a guarantee of environmental responsibility. The problem, federal trade regulators announced in...
  • Hundreds in L.A. march in global protest against Monsanto, GMOs

    Hundreds in L.A. march in global protest against Monsanto, GMOs
    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday as part of a global series of marches against seed giant Monsanto¬†Co. and genetically modified foods. Organizers said the “March Against Monsanto”...
  • Cattle grazing can promote cheatgrass dominance, study finds

    Cattle grazing can promote cheatgrass dominance, study finds
    Ranchers often argue that cattle grazing is the best way to combat cheatgrass, an aggressive invader that has taken over vast areas of the Great Basin, destroying the native sagebrush ecosystem and fueling huge wildfires. But a study published today...