Procrastinators can rig a makeshift greenhouse

Procrastinators can rig a makeshift greenhouse

Growing bromeliads, orchids, and other tropical plants in north Florida is easy during the warmer months. In fact, most tropical plants do well right into fall. Many gardeners think about building a greenhouse to protect their precious tropical plants, but often put it off. Now, it is nearly December and the chance of a hard freeze in the weather forecast is increasing. A sense of dread falls over us as we start to haul our tender plants into the garage and then back out once it warms up, only to…

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Climate change: ‘Monumental’ deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

Climate change: ‘Monumental’ deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

More than 150 countries have reached a deal described as “monumental” to phase out gases that are making global warming worse. Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) are widely used in fridges, air conditioning and aerosol sprays. Delegates meeting in Rwanda accepted a complex amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will see richer countries cut back their HFC use from 2019. But some critics say the compromise may have less impact than expected. Three-way deal US Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped forge the deal in a series of meetings in the Rwandan…

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