Louisiana Pelicans Recover, Along With Their Island

Nearly wiped out by agricultural pesticides in the 1950s, Louisiana’s state bird the brown pelican has made a tremendous comeback. Now, thanks to 150,000 cubic yards of Mississippi River sand and help from $18.7 million of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement for the catastrophic oil spill a decade ago, one of the pelicans’ essential nesting grounds is also coming back.

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Climate-Driven Farming ‘Frontiers’ Pose Real Environmental Risks

High-altitude and polar regions previously unsuitable to support agriculture are now being looked at for future farming opportunities, but research shows bringing agriculture to these areas could significantly impact biodiversity, water resources, and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

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