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Restoration organizations band together for native plants

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Francesca Claverie adores Heuchera, a hot pink and coral-red wildflower that calls to hummingbirds. She clings to Ratibida columnifera, a reddish-brown and yellow wildflower that grows in sunny, open grasslands. She cherishes Asclepias asperula, a perennial milkweed that monarch butterflies need to survive. Fastened to Claverie’s bright multicolored, striped apron is a pin that reads, “I love natives.” Claverie lights up, appreciation radiating from her wide smile as she begins to speak about the native plants of the Arizona/Sonora border region. “It is just so great to see things grow,” she said. “It feels so good, when the plants are beautiful and flowering.” Claverie is the nursery manager at Borderlands Restoration in Patagonia, Arizona. Borderlands Restoration is a low-profit, limited liability company, or L3C, which aims to reconnect wildlife, land and people in the Arizona/Sonora borderland region by restoring ecosystems. Habitat restoration is...

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Having faith through climate change

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  Climate Change and faith aren’t two ideas you often hear in the same sentence. Yet there is a long history of religious thought about the role of humans as stewards of the environment. In recent years, almost all major religions in the world have taken steps forward in their mission to care for the Earth. And many are beginning to think that the answer to climate change may lie not only within science, but also within religion. Changing Mindsets Katie Hirschboeck has been studying and teaching climate change since the 1970s. She is also a devout Roman Catholic. Hirschboeck attends Our Mother of Sorrows in Tucson and is an associate professor of climatology at the University of Arizona. “I can use my science, I can use my head, but all the time I have this faith prospective,” Hirschboeck said....

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The San Pedro River Valley: An energy battlefield

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Cottonwoods shade a river where thousands of fish swim and millions of migrating birds stop. This green ribbon ebbs and flows through an otherwise charcoal brown valley. Dirt roads lead to farms and homes, cows graze and wind blows through desert trees and shrubs. Usually this area is quiet and peaceful, but recently this valley has been a place of unrest regarding a proposed power line that some say threatens the ecological purity of the land while others claim is needed to promote long-term economic development. On Wednesday the Arizona Corporation Commission approved a major permit for the proposed SunZia power line. This is one of the last permits the project needs before construction begins in Arizona. The $2 billion, 515-mile SunZia power line will consist of two high voltage lines that will run from central New Mexico down...

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