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Seed killing fungus widespread in area marshes again this year (video) | al.com

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Seed killing fungus widespread in area marshes again this year (video) | al.com: For the second year in a row, Alabama and Mississippi coastlines are suffering a widespread fungal outbreak that renders the seeds of one of the primary marsh grasses sterile.
The fungus is a normal component of coastal marshes the world over, typically affecting 10 to 30 percent of the seed crop in any given year, according to U.S. Fish & Wildlife research on marsh communities of the Gulf Coast.

Shell spills 13,000 gallons while drilling near Deepwater Horizon site | al.com

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Shell spills 13,000 gallons while drilling near Deepwater Horizon site | al.com: The area where the well was being drilled is about 20 miles from the site of the BP oil spill. Shell is working in water more than 7,000 feet deep. The well was being drilled by the Deepwater Nautilus, according to federal records. That rig is ownePublish Postd and operated by Transocean, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon rig.

In Africa, the Art of Listening - NYTimes.com

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In Africa, the Art of Listening - NYTimes.com: Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Knowledge involves listening.

Americans and God - NYTimes.com

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Americans and God - NYTimes.com: For some of us, the season affords an opportunity to reconnect with our religious heritage. For others, myself included, it’s a time to shake our heads over the sad state of our national conversation about God, and wish there were another way.

For a nation of talkers and self-confessors, we are terrible when it comes to talking about God. The discourse has been co-opted by the True Believers, on one hand, and Angry Atheists on the other. What about the rest of us?

For some Alabama Democrats, the party’s over Second Front

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From Weld For some Alabama Democrats, the party’s over:


Democrats could have done more, Re. Patricia Todd said. Make a list of issues Alabama progressives ostensibly care about — repealing sales taxes on groceries and prescription drugs, reforming the tax code to make it less regressive, rewriting the state constitution, providing greater transparency. Do that, and you’ll have a list of Democratic Party failures of the last several decades.
“You cannot out-Republican the Republicans,” Todd said in an interview last week. “We don’t have a message in this party in this state. We talk about middle class and jobs, but what have we done in the 136 years that we have been in power?”

The Generous Marriage - NYTimes.com

The Generous Marriage - NYTimes.com: “In marriage we are expected to do our fair share when it comes to housework, child care and being faithful, but generosity is going above and beyond the ordinary expectations with small acts of service and making an extra effort to be affectionate,” explains the University of Virginia’s W. Bradford Wilcox, who led the research. “Living that spirit of generosity in a marriage does foster a virtuous cycle that leads to both spouses on average being happier in the marriage.”

Alabama Department of Transportation to delay construction of Northern Beltline for in-depth study of route | al.com

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Alabama Department of Transportation to delay construction of Northern Beltline for in-depth study of route | al.com: The Alabama Department of Transportation has withdrawn its application for a permit to build the first segment of the proposed Northern Beltline until an in-depth study of the whole 52-mile route is completed.

Alabama ranked No. 8 on list of 'Filthy 15' states for air pollution | al.com

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Alabama ranked No. 8 on list of 'Filthy 15' states for air pollution | al.com: Toxic emissions from Alabama's coal-fired power plants rank the state No. 8 among the "Filthy 15" states, according to a new analysis by the nonprofit advocacy group, Environmental Integrity Project.

Linear Parks Are Reshaping Urban Landscapes

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Birmingham's Railroad Park and connecting greenways envisioned along abandoned rail corridors and in the flood plains of urban streams fit nicely with a national movement to recycle cities.
Linear Parks Are Reshaping Urban Landscapes: “The High Line has kicked into high gear the whole concept of reusing urban landscapes for parks,” says Peter Harnik, director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land. “City parks used to be about clearing space to create a flat area with parks and trees.” Now, that concept has been turned on its head, with parks that incorporate former railroads, bridges and factories. The emphasis is on reclaiming land, rather than razing it and starting from scratch.

Perceptions of Migration Clash With Reality, Report Finds - NYTimes.com

Perceptions of Migration Clash With Reality, Report Finds - NYTimes.com: PARIS — Perceptions of the impact of migration in some countries are so distorted that their citizens estimate that there are as many as three times the number of immigrants living there than is actually the case, a global migration body says in a report being released on Tuesday.

In “World Migration Report for 2011,” the International Organization for Migration, a 132-member intergovernmental body based in Geneva, warns that misinformation about migration fans “harmful stereotypes, discrimination and xenophobia.”

Silence Is Golden - NYTimes.com

Silence Is Golden - NYTimes.com: As fiendish little gadgets conspire to track our movements and record our activities wherever we go, producing a barrage of pictures of everything we’re doing and saying, our lives will unroll as one long instant replay.

There will be fewer and fewer of what Virginia Woolf called “moments of being,” intense sensations that stand apart from the “cotton wool of daily life.”

Recycling to expand in Birmingham area | al.com

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Recycling to expand in Birmingham area | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A major expansion of recycling efforts and options is under way in the Birmingham area, including a program to pick up glass from bars and restaurants and another to establish more recycling collection locations.
The expansion is powered by two years worth of grants totaling more than $500,000 from the Alabama Department of Environment Management. The results of the grants, which were awarded to a partnership headed by the Jefferson County Department of Health, will become more evident this month and will roll out throughout next year.
"It's just a massive expansion of recycling," said Michael Churchman, executive director of the Alabama Environmental Council, a major player in the effort.

Lone, perhaps lonesome, coyote roams streets of Homewood | al.com

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Lone, perhaps lonesome, coyote roams streets of Homewood | al.com: HOMEWOOD, Alabama -- Residents of the Edgewood area reported seeing a coyote slinking along the streets Thursday morning, and that comes as no surprise to Homewood Animal Control Officer Robbie Bagby.
Bagby has received several reports of the coyote and even sighted him once. Bagby believes that he is a solo older male.
"He most likely has been challenged and run out of his pack," she said."He is just wandering from place to place."

New video on coal-fired plants on the Coosa

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Coosa Riverkeeper
A video produced by the environmental organization about the two coal-fired power plants on the Coosa River in Alabama.

Apache Corp. plans new gas well to be drilled off Gulf Shores | al.com

Apache Corp. plans new gas well to be drilled off Gulf Shores | al.com: MOBILE, Alabama -- A large jack-up drilling rig will plumb a new well in federal waters south of Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores starting this week, said officials with Apache Corp.
The drilling rig is in transit across the Gulf and could arrive off Alabama’s coast as early as today.