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2013 Was the Driest Year in California’s History
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2013 Was the Driest Year in California’s History

The figures have been tallied, and 2013 was officially California’s driest year since state officials began to record rainfall data in 1849. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, roughly 90% of California has been in drought since May and much of the state’s Central Valley (a major agricultural hub for […]

New Findings Reveal Staggering Global Forest Losses Since 1999
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New Findings Reveal Staggering Global Forest Losses Since 1999

How many square miles of forest land have been permanently eliminated in the last 13 years? That’s the question researchers at the University of Maryland sought to answer with ‘Global Forest Change’, a Google Earth-based project that aggregates more than 650,000 satellite images captured between 1999 and 2012. Now that […]

The Weirdest Outdoor-Related News Stories of 2013
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The Weirdest Outdoor-Related News Stories of 2013

It’s official: 2013 was one for the books in terms of bizarre stories related to outdoor recreation and environmental issues. Here are some highlights from the year that almost was. Snorkeler Discovers Sea Monster In October, a marine instructor discovered a massive, scaly carcass off the coast of California’s Catalina […]

6 Well-known Companies Responsible for Environmental Disasters
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6 Well-known Companies Responsible for Environmental Disasters

With the widespread emphasis on green technology, reduced pollution, and sustainable operations that has taken shape within the business world for the last 15 years, many privately owned companies have realigned their goals and practices in order to conform to more eco-friendly standards. But hey, (completely preventable) accidents happen. Here […]

6 Reasons Communication Matters in the Outdoors
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6 Reasons Communication Matters in the Outdoors

Whether you’re going to the backcountry on an epic solo or leading a group of your peers on a weekend backpacking trip, communication can play an integral role to your success. Here are some unexpected ways that you may need to communicate while in the outdoors: Safety Establishing commands is […]

7 Ways the Government Shutdown Hurt the Environment
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7 Ways the Government Shutdown Hurt the Environment

The good news is that some federal agencies ― including the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the Energy Information Administration, and the National Weather Service ― remain open despite the government shutdown. However, the effects of this political debacle can still be felt throughout the country’s fragile environmental sector, […]

National Park Shutdowns: Rocky Mountain National Park
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National Park Shutdowns: Rocky Mountain National Park

“Rocky Mountain National Park is closed for the duration of the government shutdown. The park is closed for all publicly used and visitor services. This includes driving park roads, camping, and hiking. This message will not be updated until the status changes.” -Voice Recording for Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor […]

8 Unbelievably Stupid Environmental Comments from Elected Officials
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8 Unbelievably Stupid Environmental Comments from Elected Officials

U.S. politicians have discussed climate change, renewable energy, and other environmental topics at length in recent years – but that’s not to say all of the conversations have been intelligent. Here are some of the most egregious statements made on behalf (or in spite) of Mother Nature, courtesy of officials […]

Outdoor Metaphors for Everyday Life
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Outdoor Metaphors for Everyday Life

The values and wonders of outdoor recreation can’t always be described by a simple set of words; sometimes to teach, or to understand it yourself, metaphors are useful tools to have. It connects two figuratively different concepts and lets the combination simmer in your thoughts. Here are five metaphors to […]

8 Reasons to Participate in a Community Garden
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8 Reasons to Participate in a Community Garden

Community gardens are sprouting up (pun intended) across communities worldwide. In towns and cities of all sizes, it’s becoming more and more common to come across groups of wooden boxes teeming with fresh produce and flowers. These gardens, which can be on public or private (with permission) land, are shared […]