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[ VIDEO: Rare wild jaguar in southern Arizona ]


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[ Refrigerator Magnets That Cool Your Beer ]

Photo: Bernt Rostad; flickr
Photo: Bernt Rostad; flickr

Our homes use 37% more energy today than they did in 1980–but thanks to technological innovations, the equipment and appliances we use in our houses are more energy efficient than ever before. That’s resulted in a decrease in energy usage of about 10% per household–great news for the planet!

Some of the innovations include automated and more efficient heating and cooling systems that communicate directly with the electric grid, clothes dryers that use your heat pump cycle to generate hot air, highly insulated windows to automatically adjust shade, and yes–refrigerators that use magnets to create cold.…

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[ President Obama to designate three new national monuments in the California desert ]

Andrea Alday

The new monuments – Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains – include Southern California’s highest peak (Mount San Gorgonio), the headwaters of its longest river (the Santa Ana), the longest intact stretch of the iconic Route 66, and many other important resources.

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[ BLM rule will modernize planning for future of public lands ]

Jennifer Dickson

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft regulation, Planning 2.0, that will change the way the agency manages public lands in a rapidly changing world.


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[ New report reveals impact of underfunding for natural resources and conservation programs ]

Michael Reinemer

While President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal boosts spending in certain areas and the 2016 appropriations bill included some much needed increases for natural resources and conservation programs, much work remains to be done.

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The Portland Recycling Guide

Here’s resources so you can recycle just about everything include the kitchen sink!!

Metro – Get everything you need to know about recycling and garbage and hazardous waste disposal in the Portland metropolitan area

Bureau of Planning & Sustainability – What goes in and what stays out

Master Recycler Program – the “mother” guide to reuse, reduce, recycle at home and work