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The “crazy worms” remaking forests aren’t your friendly neighborhood garden worms. Then again, those aren’t so great either. Story by Julia Rosen​     JANUARY 23, 2020

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The Strange Psychology of the American Lawn

  Why are we so obsessed with our lawns, and why does it matter? By: Austin Perlmutter M.D. The Modern Brain  Posted Feb 12, 2020 Source: Lisa Fotios/Pexels

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A remedy for harmful algal blooms? Scientist thinks he's found one

"We're going to see cleaner water and we're going to see it at a large scale. It will work" Natalie McMyn Covering the entire 40 acres of Lake Newport was a thick, green mat of algae. Looking across the lake in Youngstown, Ohio, last September, Peter Moeller, a government researcher, wondered if his experimental treatment could heal the lake by removing the toxin-producing cyanobacteria.

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Fighting polarization in algae bloom controversy

By Andrew Blok | February 12, 2020 A toxic algal bloom grows in the western basin of Lake Erie near Toledo. Credit: NASA’s Earth Observatory  

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Pesticides, fertilizers threaten water safety, advocate says

By William Kelly Posted Feb 5, 2020 at 4:23 PM    Experts visit Palm Beach Monday for locally sponsored discussion on how fertilizers and chemicals used to treat lawns pose a danger to water resources and ecosystems. Florida is home to miles of sprawling beaches and parks that draw millions of tourists each year. But it also is a land of ecological emergencies. Red tide microorganisms and blue-green algae that overflow into rivers, lakes and the ocean endanger marine life while tarnishing the...

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New coalition sets sights on patchwork fertilizer ordinances

Conflicting ordinances lead to trouble, group says. By Staff Reports on February 4, 2020 A new coalition says Florida’s varying local fertilizer ordinances bear some blame for recent water woes.

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Nathanael Johnson     Senior writer     Grist This story was published in partnership with Grist and The World.

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Ohio’s toxic algae plan could give other states a blueprint

John Seewer, Associated Press                     Jan 29, 2020   TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly halfway into a 10-year pledge to combat the toxic algae that turns Lake Erie a ghastly shade of green, Ohio has made little progress. Its patchwork of mostly voluntary efforts hasn’t slowed the farm fertilizers that feed algae blooms, leading to contaminated drinking water and dead fish.   Ohio’s governor has authorized an ambitious plan that this year will begin offering farmers financial incentives

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