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Gleanings from Headline News – September 2022

Reuters: Indigenous Leaders seek global pact to preserve 80% of Amazon forest:

Indigenous Leaders of the Amazon have proposed the “80×25” pact to preserve 80% of the Amazon forest by 2025. The leaders say that the pact is “the last call before all the region reaches a tipping point. Read more in Reuters.

Euronews: Nature’s Best Friend: Scientists train dogs to sniff out invasive species

A new study conducted by scientists in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia has found that specially trained dogs have the ability to sniff out invasive carp in lakes and water. The study found that trained dogs are better than lab tools in the detection of invasive fish. Read more in Euronews Study shows potential of Southern cattail for phytoremediation of areas contaminated by mine tailings

Typha domingensis, the Southern cattail, can scavenge up to 34 times more manganese from contaminated soil than other plants found in similar environments. Read more at Research demonstrates effects of hotter fall temperatures on insects:

Emerging research has discovered lingering high summer temperatures have affected the migration patterns, mating habits, and quality of life for several insect species. Read more at

Science Daily: Crops grown together ‘cooperate’ better in just two generations:

New findings suggest that monoculture agriculture can switch to more sustainable practices by mimicking wild plant communities. While ELA does not focus on agriculture, these findings are highly reinforcing of ELA values. Read more at Science Daily.

Smithsonian Mag: Cougars are Killing Feral Donkeys, and That’s Good for Wetlands

Recently, a group of ecologists discovered cougars hunting wild burros in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. The national parks service had previously listed these desert donkeys as an invasive species. Read more at Smithsonian mag.

Smithsonian Mag: These Pollinating Crustaceans Are the Bees of the Sea

The recent findings of a bug-like crustacean that pollinate red seaweed are helping scientists understand if animal-mediated pollination may have first originated underwater or not. Read more at Smithsonian Mag.

EuroNews: Here are all of the Positive Environmental Stories from 2022 so far

It feels like every day we have reached a new limit or triggered a different kind of environmental destruction. This list compiled by EuroNews helps with adding a bit more hope to our day-to-day life. Read more at EuroNews.

CBS News: World’s smallest and most endangered sea turtle found nesting on Louisiana islands for first time in 75 years

Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle nests have been found on the Chandeleur Islands off the coast of Louisiana for the first time in 75 years. These sea turtles have been listed as endangered since 1970 and have recently become critically endangered. This discovery is strengthening the argument for barrier island restoration and its benefits. Read more at CBS News.

NPR: This map can tell you when fall foliage is peaking in 2022

Along with an interactive map, NPR has outlined the factors that affect fall foliage timing. Due to the droughts much of the country has faced, the timing for foliage is a bit different than in years past. Head to NPR to read more.

NYT: Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company

Last week, Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, gave away the ownership of fashion and lifestyle brand Patagonia. This sets a new precedent in the age of billionaires to give away wealth in order to protect our future. Read more in the New York Times.

NYT: At Old Coal Mines, the American Chestnut Tries for a Comeback

Throughout Appalachia, Green Forest Works are bringing back the native American Chestnut tree to areas that once housed coal mines. The American Chestnut was once near extinction, but Green Forest Works has realized that the slightly acidic soil of former mining sites is perfect for growing the American Chestnut. Find out more about this native plant expedition in the New York Times.