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Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action.

April’s featured organization invites everyone to do ‘1 Thing’ for Earth that fits in w/ the celebration of Earth Month!

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[ Yudichak, Carroll Announce $ 1.1 Million Grant for Natural Gas Fueling Station ]

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and state Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne/Monroe) recently announced an over $1.1 million grant that will be used to construct a public access Liquefied Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fueling station in Pittston Township.

The fueling station will be constructed by Clean Energy, Inc., who will use the $1,172,080 Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant along with $1,758,121 in matching funds to complete the project.

“This $3 million joint investment by the state and Clean Energy is great news for our environment and also for the Greater Pittston area,” Yudichak said.…

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[ Celebrate Arbor Day This Friday ]

It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. Discover ideas on how to celebrate Arbor Day in your community.

  • Celebrate Arbor Day in a personal way by planting a tree yourself. It is an act of optimism and arbor day1kindness, a labor of love and a commitment to stewardship.
  • Read a book about trees. Learn to identify trees in your yard and neighborhood.
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[ Got Drugs? ]

The 8th Annual Take Back Initiative is on Saturday, April 26th. 

Got Drugs? April 26, 2014 – 10AM to 2PM

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  It’s a way to get rid of any unused/expired medications you may have without throwing them away, flushing them down the toilet and whatever other ways many people get rid of prescriptions, even medications they get at stores…cold/flu meds, aspirins. …

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[ DCNR Grant Will Help North Branch Land Trust Conserve Mocanaqua Mountain ]

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) recently joined Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Ellen Ferretti, local legislators and officials from the North Branch Land Trust and Earth Conservancy at the trailhead to the Mocanaqua Loop Trail to announce a $4 million grant that will expand the Lackawanna State Forest to include Mocanaqua Mountain.

The state invested $4 million in Keystone Land Trust and Oil and Gas Lease funding through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program to purchase the land. The North Branch Land Trust facilitated the purchase from Earth Conservancy, which agreed to sell the 3,000 acre Mocanaqua land tract in Conyngham and Newport Townships at half its worth.…

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[ Dirty Dozen ]

Every year the Environmental Working Group launches their list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 of produce. These two lists are helpful in assisting you in finding which fruits and veggies you should prioritize in your organic food budget and which are safer to “cheat” on.

The first is a list of 12 or more produce items that contain the highest pesticide residues among conventional produce. The second lists the fifteen items that contain the least.

Visit Sustainable Baby Steps to view the lists.

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[ Celebrate Earth Day with ‘Bears’. ]

Bears is a new movie coming out this weekend & For every ticket sold during BEARS Opening Week, April 18-24, Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s National Park System. Watch the trailer now.

More info here:  http://www.nationalparks.org/bears

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The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, announced that the nation’s 401 national parks will celebrate National Park Week April 19-27 with a free admission weekend and special events nationwide.

The theme for this year’s National Park Week invites visitors to “Go Wild” for history, nature, culture, wildlife, and fun in America’s national parks. Additional information, including a list of National Park Week events nationwide can be found online at www.nationalparkweek.org.

“National Park Week is a great time to discover the diverse wildlife, iconic landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history found in our national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B.…

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[ Susquehanna River Not on ‘Most Endangered’ List ]

How does a Pennsylvania river considered the most endangered in the nation in a 2011 report manage to drop off the list altogether?

Three years ago, when the group American Rivers issued its annual list of America’s Ten Most Endangered Rivers, the Susquehanna sat at the very top.

There were questions about the effects of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale, over which the Susquehanna and its tributaries flow.

Liz Deardorff, director of the American Rivers Clean Water Program Pennsylvania, says in the time since, there have been opportunities to learn more about fracking, as it’s called, but that’s not to say there aren’t still concerns.…

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[ A Green Spider-Man? ]

Spider-man is all about saving the planet and the folks behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did just that during the making of the film. 

According to the Environmental Media Association, throughout pre-production and principal photography, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 focused on implementing environmental best practices on set as the production became the most eco-friendly tentpole in the history of Columbia Pictures.  From script to screen, everyone involved in the making of the film contributed, and limited their impact both individually and collectively.…

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[ Create Your Own Energy Efficient City of the Future ]

You try to do your best to conserve energy.  You use CFL bulbs.  You have energy efficient appliances and you unplug them when they’re not in use.  You lower your thermostat when you’re not at home.  Well, National Geographic,  the Center for Science (a network of leading science centers), and General Electric have come up with an online game that puts your energy-saving skills to good use. 

Plan It Green, the Big Switch is an online game that allows players to design and create their own energy-efficient city of the future! …

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[ New Showtime Series Tackles Climate Change ]

showtimeSunday, April 13th, Showtime will launch an ambitious and novel documentary series called  “Years of Living Dangerously.” The ambitious part: It’s a 10-part series that aims to examine climate change through a number of personal stories.

The novel part is the people telling those stories. A few journalists, including “60 Minutes” correspondent  Lesley Stahl and MSNBC host Chris Hayes, report segments of the show, but the bulk of the series’ correspondents are well-known actors, including  Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle and  “Vampire Diaries” star  Ian Somerhalder. …

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[ Japan ordered to immediately stop whaling in Antarctic as International Court of Justice rules program was not carried out for scientific purposes ]

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled Japan must immediately stop its whaling program in the Antarctic.

The ICJ’s 16-judge panel ruled 12 votes to four in favour of Australia’s argument that Japan’s whaling program was not in fact designed and carried out for scientific purposes.

The court ruled that Japan must revoke current whaling permits and refrain from issuing any more.

Japan has used the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which permits killing for research, to justify killing whales in the Antarctic.…

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[ Celebrate National Garden Month ]

garden monthDid you know that April is National Garden Month?  The National Gardening Association has put together a list of plenty of ways to celebrate.  Here are just a few:

Plant a Row for the Hungry

In this land of abundance it’s hard to imagine not having access to good quality food at a reasonable price. However, for millions of Americans, finding a healthy meal is not always easy. It’s estimated almost 33 million people, including 13 million children, resort to emergency food because they cannot afford to purchase the food they need.…

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[ DEP Reminds Pennsylvanians to “Pick it up” During Earth Month ]

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) remindes residents that April is Earth Month. The theme for Earth Month is “Pick it up PA,” encouraging residents to take time to pick up litter around their homes and in public areas.

Many cleanup events will be taking place across the state throughout the month. DEP recommends that residents find a cleanup event in their area by checking out the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania’s website at www.gacofpa.org. Residents also have the option to start their own cleanup event and list it on the website.…

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[ Home heating Aid Deadline Extended to April 18 ]

LIHEAPIf you need help with heating bills, here’s important news: The filing deadline for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended from April 4 to April 18. 

Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used. 

Since the beginning of the LIHEAP season on Nov.…

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[ Report Explores Extreme Weather and PA’s Carbon Pollution Concerns ]

Pennsylvania is lagging behind other states when it comes to cutting carbon pollution, according to a new report from the environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment.

Elowyn Corby, a global warming and clean energy associate with PennEnvironment, says Pennsylvania could be playing a bigger role in the fight against global warming by boosting its clean energy standards, as many states already have.

“Right now we require 8 percent renewable resources, and we need to increase that substantially,” she stresses.  “We know that we can reach 30 percent renewables by the year 2030.…

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[ Report Reveals The Real Cost Of The Fish We Eat ]

That fish dish at your favorite neighborhood bistro may be hiding a gruesome secret. fish

“When you buy fish at a grocery store or restaurant, you might also be getting a side order of sea turtle or dolphin to go with it,” said Dominique Cano-Stocco, Oceana‘s campaign director of responsible fishing, referring to the large number of dead sea creatures tossed by fishermen each year.

According to a new Oceana report, United States fisheries discard about 17 percent to 22 percent of everything they catch every year.…

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[ What Makes Raw Denim Different From All The Rest? ]

Raw denim has been around for a while, but this season it made a splash on the runways. Now that spring is here, more designers are releasing styles made from the material. 

The Sierra Club explains how this fashion trend could help out the earth:

But how green is raw denim, really?

Raw denim is more sustainable than the pre-washed denims on the market because it is durable, doesn’t need to be washed frequently, and isn’t sand-blasted. But there are still issues with cotton as a crop.…

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[ What is GreenScaping and Why Should You Do It? ]

greenscapeMarch is the time of year when you start to think of being outdoors again and improving your garden, lawn, and yard.  These spaces are your outdoor home: fun, beautiful, great places for relaxing.  You can save money, time, and help the environment by taking care of your lawn and garden properly.  So, how exactly do you take proper care of your lawns and gardens?  You do that by GreenScaping! 

What is GreenScaping?  Well, it encompasses a set of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of lawns and gardens; prevent waste and pollution; and protect and preserve natural resources.…

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[ Who wants to be Katy Perry’s Assistant? ]

Looks like Katy Perry is trying to be nicer to the planet.  According to the Daily Mail, she recently purchased electric cars for her assisants:

Pop star Katy Perry may have a schedule which sees her travel the world with a team of staff.

But the 29 year-old star is increasingly conscious of her carbon footprint and – to combat this – has splashed out on a batch of electric cars for her assistants.

According to a report in the Daily  Star, Perry spent £300,000 on a troupe of vehicles which will make her considerably ‘greener’.…

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[ Community Gardens: Sowing Seeds to Help Soup Kitchens ]

GARDENWith the arrival of spring, a network of community gardens in Pennsylvania is prepping for another growing season, and for providing fresh, locally grown produce to low-income individuals and residents.

The Cultivating Communities Campaign (CCC) has been producing a healthy harvest in Montgomery County since 2011.

Christina Miller is a senior program director with the Health Promotion Council, which oversees the program.

She says the Council refuses to let a lack of resources or rides to the store get in the way of giving people who need help, access to good nutrition.…

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[ PennDOT & DEP Invite Volunteers to Join Statewide Spring Cleaning ]

LogoPennDOT and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31.

The statewide cleanup is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners through which interested individuals and groups can create cleanup events. Groups involved in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

In addition to the statewide cleanup, registered events have access to free disposal at participating landfills during “Pick it Up PA Days” from April 12 to May 5.…

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[ Report: National Parks Bring $444 Million to Pennsylvania ]

140px-US-NationalParkService-ShadedLogo_svgNational parks, monuments, trails and historic sites are pumping more than $444 million into Pennsylvania’s economy each year. Numbers from the National Park Service show more than 9 million visits to Park Service lands in Pennsylvania in 2013.

While there’s often criticism that public lands don’t generate local income unless they’re drilled or harvested for timber, the report outlines other income streams, said Craig Dalby, chief of public information programs for the Park Service.

“The flight to a place, renting a car, getting to the place – and then, of course, spending money at the location or near the park,” he said.…

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[ Bring Your Own Utensils ]

The B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Sticks) movement took off in Asia after statistics showed the massive forest utensilsdevastation caused by disposable chopstick production. The Chinese government estimated that China cuts down 25 million trees a year to make 45 billion chopsticks, all of which are eventually thrown away.

Meanwhile, a piece of disposable cutlery in the UK is used for just three minutes before it’s tossed, creating a lot of unecessary plastic pollution, much of which ends up in our oceans.…

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[ B-52s’ Fred Schneider Says Don’t Eat The Lobster ]

lobsterOne of the founders of the quirky rock band The B-52s is using the 35th anniversary of its hit “Rock Lobster” to reiterate his opposition to eating them.

Fred Schneider says he stopped eating crustaceans at age 4 after going crabbing with family in New Jersey and watching them boiled alive. The lifelong vegetarian said in video narrated for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that he views crabs and lobsters not as seafood but as “sea life.”

Schneider got the idea for “Rock Lobster” when a projector displayed images including lobsters on a grill at an Atlanta disco.

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[ Say “NO” to drilling leases threatening Colorado’s Thompson Divide ]

Colorado’s Thompson Divide reminds us of the indivisible relationship that many Americans have with wild places. Our nation’s wildlands have long provided communities economic stability and crucial natural resources that allow them to survive.


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[ What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic? ]

As oil companies prepare to tap into Arctic oil, a new report from the National Research Council says we’re far from ready to clean up a spill.

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[ Mystery wild photo ]

The correct answer is Death Valley National Park in California.

In light of National Parks Week, you may be interested to know that Death Valley National Park is one is the largest in the lower 48 states.


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