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Gleanings from Headline News – September 2019

Unintended Harm from Popular Pesticides

New studies show that neonicotinoid pesticides pose unexpected risks to insects by contaminating the food chain. When target insects consume the pesticide, traces show up in the insects’ excrement, which is often a food supply for other insects. Read more in NPR: The Salt.

California to Build World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing

Hoping to prevent localized extinction of species, Southern California transportation officials entered the final design phase of a wildlife crossing over U.S. 101 – ten lanes of busy highway northwest of Los Angeles. Read more in AP News.

A Diversity of Plants Helps Stabilize Ecoystems

As people search for ways to help Earth’s biosphere withstand the effects of climate change, they might turn to a relatively little-appreciated phenomenon: how plant diversity stabilizes ecosystems in the face of stress. Read more in Anthropocene.

Monarch Chrysalis Not Just on Milkweed

As you clean garden beds, remember monarch butterflies pupate in many places, not just on milkweed. If you’ve seen caterpillars in your gardens, but never found a chrysalis, you could be looking in the wrong place. Read more here.

COGdesign Annual Showcase

COGdesign welcomes the public to its annual showcase of projects developed over the last year. Gregory Watson, Director of Policy & Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, is the featured speaker. Find more here.

Sustainable Landscaping Workshop Series

The Town of Concord, MA is offering a three-workshop series to provide residents with information for designing, constructing, and maintaining their own sustainable spaces. Read more at