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2008-09-30 10:35:00

Hands-on experiences encourage future environmentalists A new generation has come of age since the first celebration of Earth Day in 1970. For this and future generations, environmental awareness is an important and burgeoning point of reference. Today's urban children live in environments that offer little chance for direct contact with natural ecosystems, and often have to depend on sources such as television and educators for information about ecology and nature. Many children grow up...

2008-09-29 00:00:30

Girls in the Dubuque area can learn more about Girl Scouts during an open registration night from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Westminster Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall, 2155 University Ave. The evening is conducted to recruit new girls and leaders, as well as to create new troops. In addition, girls attending the sessions get a taste of Girl Scouting by enjoying a craft, learning a song or playing a game. All girls in grades K-12 are welcome to attend the sessions with their...

2008-09-15 18:00:18

By ANN S KIM For David Swardlick, there was no question that environmental practices would be key in choosing the location of a conference he is helping to organize. He insisted on maximizing the use of locally produced foods and minimizing waste that would go into landfills. "It was a requirement for us as the convenors and the promoters of the conference - just important to us as organizations and individuals," said Swardlick, president of the Portland-based Swardlick Marketing Group....

2008-09-12 09:00:24

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2008) - The Government of Alberta and Earth Day Canada (EDC) have established a new collaboration to help Albertans take environmental action in their homes. EDC's EcoAction Teams (EAT) and Alberta Environment's One Simple Act (OSA) programs are working together to build environmental awareness and conservation in every Alberta home. The initiative is designed to further sustainable behaviour in communities across Alberta and establish a conservation...

2008-09-03 03:00:11

By Venkataraman, Bhawani By the time Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962,1 alerting the world to the impacts pesticides had on the natural environment, the seeds of the modern environmental movement had been sown. The Donora, Pennsylvania, smog in 1948 and the London smog of 1952 had heightened concern for a public already worried about nuclear war and the effects of fallout radiation. With all this in the backdrop, two large oil spills, one off the coast of England in 1967 and...

2008-08-30 09:00:36

By Dimopoulos, Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos, Stefanos; Pantis, John D ABSTRACT: The ability of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos (NMPZ) in Greece to protect an important sea turtle rookery will ultimately depend on the level of local support and involvement that it receives. Therefore, it is essential for environmental educators to generate among local inhabitants, starting at early ages, positive attitudes concerning the NMPZ. The authors designed a conservation educational module, with...

2008-08-29 00:00:36

By Brian C Rittmeyer Mena Small pulled at her mother's clothes, dragging her through Animal Friends' Ohio Township facility. With all the dogs, kittens and bunnies, Mena, 4, couldn't get enough. The rambunctious little girl who likes to sing and dance is fighting cancer. This was her third time at the shelter, for a monthly pet therapy program conducted by Animal Friends and the Cancer Caring Center. When she sees the animals, "her eyes light up," said her mother, Moneera Ogbomon, 43,...

2008-08-27 15:00:43

HINCKLEY - Good Will Home Association has been awarded a $9,804 environmental education grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program will use the fund to teach children in kindergarten through the fifth grade and their families about Maine's natural habitats, wildlife diversity and environmental stewardship. The 12-week after school sessions and the Saturday family exploration sessions will address environmental issues created by road salt, rubbish, and invasive plants and...

2008-08-25 18:00:27

By Jeri Rowe When I see birches bend to left and right I like to think some boy's been swinging them. -- Robert Frost, poet ASHEBORO -- Thank you, Liz Mann . I was doing the typical journalism thing -- watching and writing - - when Liz, a 7-year-old from Pinehurst, handed me her latest creation: a small cup full of sand, packed hard and leveled out, right to the edge of the lip. "Would you like some tea?" she asked me, a gap-toothed smile spread wide across her freckled face. Of...

2008-08-22 03:00:15

By Sheppard, Paul R Hallman, Christine L; Towner, Ronald H ABSTRACT Environmental History of the Southwest is a general science education course at the University of Arizona with an emphasis on human-environment interaction of the past and an objective of preparing non-science majors to understand and critically evaluate contemporary environmental issues. The American Southwest is well suited for such a course, as it is rich in many data sets of paleoenvironmental reconstruction techniques...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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