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Treating soil and farmers better can help save what's left of Amazon

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TEKOHAW, Brazil (AP) — At dawn in this small Amazonian village in Brazil's Para state, flocks of noisy green parrots soar overhead as children run and play between wooden homes, kicking up sandy soil — in places white and bare as a beach.
The ground reveals one of the paradoxes of the rainforest. Renowned for its bea ... (full story)


Beef is a way of life in Texas, but it's hard on the planet. This rancher thinks she can change that

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ROSSTON, Texas (AP) — The cattle part as Meredith Ellis edges her small four-wheeler through the herd, silently counting the cows and calves. It's the way she starts most days on her 3,000-acre Texas ranch: ensuring all the cattle are safe, deciding when they should move to another pasture, and ensuring the grass is as healthy ... (full story)


Active vs. passive

Q. What's an "actively managed" mutual fund? -- B.G., Rockville, Maryland
A. There are two strategies for managing a mutual fund: active and passive management. An actively managed fund is run by financial professionals who study and select various investments for the fund. A passively managed fund, in contrast, needs ... (full story)


How to talk to older people in your life about scams

NEW YORK (AP) — This summer, Daniel Goldstein's 86-year-old mom got an email that looked like it was from her bank. She was alarmed because she hadn't spent the money it mentioned, so she called a help number on the email. The person on the other end of the line asked for her bank account information and made her believe she w ... (full story)


An imminent green gold rush? Solving the looming solar panel waste challenge

As solar panels installed in the early 2000s approach the end of their 25- to 30-year lifespans, a pressing issue emerges. What becomes of these panels once they're no longer functional?
A possible future looms in which mountains of discarded solar panels collect in landfills. Although intended to reduce carbon footprints, they ... (full story)