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Botanists Compile List of All Known Land Plants

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British and American botanists say they have created a list of all known land plant species, containing 1.25 million scientific names representing nearly 300,000 species.

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Study: Plants Communicate to Defend Themselves

Study: Plants Communicate to Defend Themselves

Buzz60 (May 14, 2013) — Researchers from three United Kingdom institutions say that plants can communicate through underground connections of fungi. Scientists say they do this in an attempt to ward off pests like aphids. Apparently plants are quite chatty, because another recent study says plants also communicate through the air.
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Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 13, 2012) — American conservationist Kristine Tompkins and her husband Douglas have bought 263,000 hectares of land from Argentinian farmers in order to create a national park. But Chile's energy sector wants to produce hydroelectricity on the same land. A consortium plans to build five dams and flood large areas of land to produce hydroelectric power. Kris and Doug Tompkins are battling against Chilean politicians and ranchers. In the past 20 years, the couple has created a total of 11 nature preserves in South America for about 250 million dollars. Selfless commitment or checkbook tourism?
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Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa

Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa (Aug. 19, 2013) — Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa The Long Now Foundation - Our planet gets up to no end of apocalyptic-like tricks over time---periods when it is nearly all ice, all melting ice, all desert, all sea water, all molten lava, and civilizations come and go, sometimes for geological or climate reasons. The planet has samples of all of those conditions that can be visited right now, but no one in their right mind goes there. Craig Childs goes there. One of the world's great intrepid travelers and story-tellers, he finds the places on Earth that are most geologically or climatically dangerous and hangs out, observing closely, giving personal as well as scientific perspective. Through him, we experience "a field guide to the everending Earth."
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