|Overthrow the Speculators|
Truthdig - 12/29/2013. By Chris Hedges - We can wrest back control of our economy, and finally our political system, from corporate speculators only by building local movements that decentralize economic power through the creation of hundreds of publicly owned state, county and city banks [which could help local farms, among other local entities].
|Maine Gardener: Award-winning plants for 2014|
Portland Press Herald - 12/29/2013. By Tom Atwell - Award-winning plants for 2014 include three vines that will grow well in New England, an upright version of an North American native grass, some potentially good tomatoes and flowering plants and one bean.
|A devastating infestation of spruce budworms is coming – and we need to be ready|
Bangor Daily News - 12/29/2013. Editorial - Bob Wagner, a University of Maine forestry professor, describes Maine’s upcoming spruce budworm infestation as a slow-moving hurricane. The state’s large landowners, forestry experts and policymakers know it’s coming and can track its path south from Canada. They estimate the pest will start destroying forest stands in northern Maine within the next two to four years.
|Bee decline overshadows Endangered Species Act's 40th anniversary|
Aljazeera - 12/29/2013. By Renee Lewis - Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act being signed into law; the occasion, however, is being eclipsed by criticisms about whether government agencies are doing enough to protect some species – bees, especially.