Going Green, Up On the Roof

This article is written by Barbara and Wolf Skacel, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Burlington County since 2014 and active volunteers and gardeners in their community… What is a green roof? It’s not a roof covered with moss, although it could be, if that is what you planned. A green roof is essentially a roof where plants are being grown… Technically, it is the creation of a naturally functioning meadow of plants grown on a rooftop. Did you know Moorestown has a green roof? It is one of the best-kept secrets in town, and was created by Sustainable Moorestown’s Green Team under a Water Resources Grant from Rutgers University (more info from Rutgers Fact Sheet FS1197)… A green roof will reduce the stormwater runoff. The soil on a green roof acts like a sponge and absorbs excess rainwater, slowly releasing it over days rather than letting it immediately discharge to the street below.

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New Rules Would Expand N.J. Bear Hunt

The Christie administration formally adopted a black bear management plan Monday that brings several major changes to New Jersey’s annual bear hunt, broadening the area where hunting can occur and potentially extending the hunt by an extra four days if the state’s targeted number of kills is not met… "Hunting is an important tool in maintaining an ecological balance with our black bear population and is necessary to reduce the potential for conflicts between bears and people," said Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection. "The comprehensive policy we have adopted is based on the most up-to-date science and population estimates, and continues to stress the importance of research and public education."… Wildlife experts say that there is so much food here that bears here are having more cubs than usual. While the typical female black bear has a litter of one to three cubs, those in North Jersey tend to have three to six cubs, according to Brooke Maslo, a wildlife ecologist at Rutgers University.

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Criminal Beliefs? NY’s Probe of Exxon Targets Big Oil Over Global Warming Stance

A government probe of ExxonMobil, which authorities say is aimed at finding out if the energy giant misled the public about the threat of global warming, is really an attempt to scare companies into silence, according to critics… Alan Robock, a meteorologist who signed a petition by 20 scientists in September calling for a federal investigation, explained his reasoning to FoxNews.com… "Exxon, which funded climate change research decades ago and understood the science, chose instead to fund a disinformation campaign to confuse the public… so as to continue to sell their products and make money," Robock said, pointing to apparently-leaked Exxon documents which show that, at times, Exxon employed scientists who did worry about man-made warming, but that later on some of their scientists said the models had too much uncertainty to be relied on.

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How Can the Jersey Shore Live with Massive Storms, Rising Sea Level?

Challenges the Jersey Coast faces post-Sandy and ways to better prepare for future storms, rising sea levels and other climate changes will be discussed in a unique debate-style forum being held in Ocean County later this month… The free, two-day conference seeks to link scientifically credible information to the formulation and implementation of sound, effective local policies… The ISGP has been trying to promote and connect different communities that face similar challenges from climate change to initiate conversation on the issue involving more people and diverse groups in the community, according to Hales… ISGP put together a diverse panel of 30 to 40 people, including local officials, planning directors, business leaders and educators to debate presentations made by three subject-matter experts, according to Hales. The experts include: Thomas Knutson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Karen ONeill with Rutgers University and University of Miami Professor Harold Wanless.

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Ask the Rutgers Expert: Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? (Video)

Rutgers has the answers to life’s big questions! Rutgers NJAES Extension Specialist in Forestry Mark Vodak explains how the shorter days and cooler nights affect the production of chlorophyll.

Video: Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?