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Category: Biodiversity

Youth for Appalachian Climate Justice

  Subscribe to River Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google. Summary Climate change is one of the most pressing problems faced by today’s global community. Across the United States, we see constant reminders that climate change is here: record heat in the Pacific Northwest, wildlife smoke that hazes the air in Tennessee, or 100-year […]

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Throwing Shade: Environmental Injustice and the Urban Tree Canopy

 Subscribe to River Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google. Summary The cool shade of a tree is a welcome relief on a hot day. But in cities across the United States, tree cover is not equally distributed between neighborhoods. All cities experience the urban heat island effect, where cities are warmer than the […]

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Snakes in the Cumberland River Basin 101

Spending your summers outside in Middle Tennessee means you have a high likelihood of running into three things that can make your hair stand up. Ticks, poison ivy, and snakes. I won’t attempt to change your mind on the first two, but snakes play an important role in our area and pose a far less […]

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Spring Week! Daily Activities to Explore Nature

The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and the green spaces around us are beginning to bloom. Many schools are out this week for spring break, so we thought we’d put together a week full of activities that will be fun for the whole family. Each day has a theme complete with […]

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How to Build a Rain Garden

Rain Gardens are like a sponge –they soak up water, clean pollutants, and slowly release it back into the ground. What is a Rain Garden and What Does it Do? After rainfall hits the ground, it becomes “runoff” and begins its journey back to a waterway, picking up any harmful chemicals or pollutants on its […]

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