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    Intelligent Design and the Restoration of Story

    Intelligent Design and the Restoration of Story

    Jonathan WittMarch 17, 2021 In a previous three-part article (here, here, and here), I explored how Darwinian materialism has degraded the arts — the narrative arts in particular. But there is hope. Modern science has uncovered breathtaking evidence of design in nature — in the exquisite nano-technology of even the tiniest single-celled organisms, in the delicate fine-tuning of the cosmos (without which organic life would be impossible), and at countless points in between. Celebrating this growing evidence of intelligent design (ID) can help rescue the arts from the nihilism and ugliness they have descended into in

  • 21 Rural Residents Train in Community Forest Management in Grand Gedeh
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    21 Rural Residents Train in Community Forest Management in Grand Gedeh

    By Judoemue Kollie -February 24, 2021 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) have concluded a Community Forest Management Planning workshop in Konobo, Grand Gedeh County, that trained 21 community members on forest enumeration techniques to properly manage community forests. The training workshop took place recently in Zhia town, Grand Gedeh County. The team, led by the REDD+ National Project Coordinator, Saah A. David Jr. and the FAO’s Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), Jonathan Roberts, was joined by Isaac Kannah and John Negatus Wright both

  • Study highlights the role of forest fuels amid a warming climate
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    Study highlights the role of forest fuels amid a warming climate

    JANUARY 14, 2021by Kat Kerlin, UC Davis California’s drought of 2012-2016 killed millions of trees in the Sierra Nevada—mostly by way of a bark beetle epidemic—leaving a forest canopy full of dry needles. A study published from the University of California, Davis, and the U.S. Forest Service helps answer concerns about what effect de In the study, published in the journal Ecological Applications, scientists found that the presence of recently dead trees on the landscape was a driver of wildfire severity for two large fires that occurred toward the end of the drought: the 151,000-acre Rough Fire in 2015 and the 29,300-acre

  • Fire Away: Science Writers Tackle the Biggest Lingering Questions on CZU, SCU Wildfires
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    Fire Away: Science Writers Tackle the Biggest Lingering Questions on CZU, SCU Wildfires

    By Silicon Valley Newsroom/ January 14, 2021 Last summer’s wildfires had Silicon Valley glued to its screens to track multiple blazes as they encroached from different directions. Visibility and air quality dropped as a thick cloud of smoke settled over the valley. By August 20—just four days after the first of thousands of “dry lightning” strikes sparked hundreds of fires across Northern California—the SCU Complex Fire prompted evacuations in the East San Jose foothills, on its way to ballooning by 40 percent the next night to an incredible 230,000 acres. Meanwhile, the CZU fire was devastating

  • Rivers can change colors as time passes, and this is linked to ecosystem health
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    Rivers can change colors as time passes, and this is linked to ecosystem health

    Some US waterways have become greener and others yellower, but overall many have changed. by Fermin KoopDecember 22, 2020 Rivers can appear to have different colors, from blue to yellow, which is connected to water quality and the amount of sediments, algae, and dissolved organic carbon in water. But this can vary over time, with one-third of large rivers in the United States having changed their color over the last 35 years, according to a new study. Rivers are among the most degraded ecosystems on earth. Water quality is affected by human activities such

  • Climate Action: It’s time to make peace with nature, UN chief urges
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    Climate Action: It’s time to make peace with nature, UN chief urges

    2 December 2020 The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has described the fight against the climate crisis as the top priority for the 21st Century, in a passionate, uncompromising speech delivered on Wednesday at Columbia University in New York. The landmark address marks the beginning of a month of UN-led climate action, which includes the release of major reports on the global climate and fossil fuel production, culminating in a climate summit on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Nature always strikes back Mr. Guterres began with a

  • ‘Unbuilding’: What might happen if dams are removed in the Ohio River watershed
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    ‘Unbuilding’: What might happen if dams are removed in the Ohio River watershed

    by Eye On Ohio Staff, Eye on OhioMarch 23, 2020 The Ohio River watershed is dotted with thousands of small dams. Many are remnants of bygone days of grain mills and the steel industry, which used dams to pool water needed during production. The dams are no longer needed. And, because they can be a safety hazard to boats and a barrier to fish, there are efforts to remove them and restore free-flowing rivers. But not everyone is ready for it. A mayor’s vision starts with dam removal After years of

  • One Ohio River town that’s using outdoor recreation to boost its economy
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    One Ohio River town that’s using outdoor recreation to boost its economy

    by Eye On Ohio Staff, Eye on OhioNovember 21, 2019 Every September, tourists flock to historic Marietta, along the banks of the Ohio River, for a celebration that harkens back to the Ohio Valley’s early days.  The 44th annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival held this year attracted an estimated 30,000 visitors to the small southeastern Ohio city. The streets buzzed with activity as vendors sold popcorn, french fries and locally made sandwiches.  More than 100 people sat along the riverbank on lawn chairs and blankets in the grass, looking out at

  • Outdoor preschool classroom will promote environmental learning, imaginative play
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    Outdoor preschool classroom will promote environmental learning, imaginative play

    by Alexis Shanes – NorthJersey.com, New Jersey Sustainability Reporting HubNovember 19, 2019 RIDGEWOOD — A new outdoor classroom at Bethlehem Early Learning Center will combine imaginative play with reading, math and environmental education for more than 100 preschool students. On Monday, a swarm of toddlers entered the classroom single-file, bundled in puffy coats to guard against the morning mist. Steppingstones made from tree stumps led the children past a heart-shaped turf patch and across a bridge to a little gathering area — and then back out again, through an entryway framed with wooden butterflies.