Hello baseball season; goodbye Louisville Slugger
When St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter picked up a bat for the 2016 baseball season opener Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he selected one made of maple. These days, maple is the bat material of choice for most pros. But scientists say that if ballplayers like Carpenter ever want to go back to traditional ash bats, they might not have the chance. The supply of ash in the United States is under threat, and with it, the iconic Louisville Slugger. The culprit: an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer.
Saving the sport of brook trout fishing, one stream at a time
As the Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative coordinator for the conservation group Trout Unlimited (TU), one of Dustin Wichterman's many jobs is to identify cold water creeks in the area that are suffering from various maladies. Then he must persuade the nearby farmers and landowners to let TU and its partner organizations help restore them.
Is it cool to be 'green' at sports stadiums? Yes, but it goes way beyond that
Every Sunday during football season, the Philadelphia Eagles throw the biggest party in town, says Norman Vossschulte, the team's director of guest experience. But parties, especially ones with more than 68,000 guests, cost a lot of money and create a lot of trash. So in 2004, the team's senior leadership looked at the stadium's balance sheet and identified two areas where costs were huge -- energy and waste -- and drummed up a plan for improvement.