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Balking at Meatless Mondays? There are Some Impossible Solutions Afoot – January 18, 2018

The latest fake meat to hit the market is pretty close to the real deal, but there’s a rub

I’ve been mostly vegetarian for more than 12 years now, eating meat perhaps four or five times a year and seafood way more often than I should. But like many a former regular meat-eater, despite moral qualms, I still miss the taste of it. I’ve chomped my way through many a meat substitute — soy-based, seitan-based, mushroom-based, and more — but nothing has quite matched in flavor. So when I heard about the Impossible Burger — supposedly a genuinely meaty-tasting vegetarian patty made for carnivores — my interest was piqued.

Impossible burger at Umami restaurant in OaklandPhoto by Maureen Nandini MitraThe Impossible Burger… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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California Pot Farmers’ Use of Rat Poison Harms Northern Spotted Owls – January 11, 2018

State’s legalization of marijuana likely to spur more unpermitted cultivation, further exacerbating the problem

Pot users in California may be rejoicing at finally being able to smoke marijuana for recreation without fear of being arrested. But the state’s new law legalizing weed for fun — which officially took effect January 1 — may be bad news for the already beleaguered northern spotted owl and other wildlife in the state’s northwest regions.

photo of spotted owlPhoto by J.Mark Higley: Hoopa Tribal Forestry / UC Davis A new study found that 70 percent of spotted owl carcasses and 40 percent of barred owl carcasses collected from California's major pot-growing counties tested positive for rat poison.

The northern spotted owl (Strix… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Worst Fires in California’s History? Some Clarifications – December 13, 2017

Lack of defensible space around homes a major reason for extent of destruction, says wildfire ecologist

On Monday, journalist, author, and author and environmental activist Bill McKibben tweeted data from CalFire regarding the top 20 most destructive fires in California. He wrote:

“Five of the twenty worst fires in CA history have come since September. Hot new world.” 

photo of twitter accountImage from Twitter On Monday Bill McKibben tweeted about the fires that have been raging across California this year.

When I came across the tweet, I immediately grabbed a screenshot and sent it off to Earth Island’s own wildfire expert — ecologist Chad Hason, director of John Muir Project.

Is McKibben’s interpretation accurate? I… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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In Win for Dolphins, WTO Reverses Decision on US Dolphin Safe Tuna Label – October 27, 2017

Environmental groups celebrate, call on Mexico to drop case against US

After several negative rulings against the United States for its strong standards for the Dolphin Safe tuna label, the World Trade Organization yesterday agreed that the US is in compliance with WTO Free Trade regulations. Environmental groups, including the International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP), are celebrating the ruling, calling it a big victory for dolphins.

photo of dolphins in mexicoPhoto by Charles Chandler The World Trade Organization has ruled that Dolphin Safe tuna-labeling standards in the US comply with free trade regulations.

“As the organization that established the popular Dolphin Safe label, we are very pleased with this decision,”… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Trump Expected to Pull Out of Paris Climate Deal – May 31, 2017

Move would be 'a foolish mistake,' say environmentalists

If White House sources are to be trusted, it appears that Donald Trump is all set to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement. The long-expected move by a president who has called global warming a hoax created by the Chinese is sure to further worsen the United States’ relationship with its allies.

photo of G7 summit 2017photo courtesy ofG7 Summit ItalyOn the heels of his first trip abroad as president, Donald Trump appears ready to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement.

The president had refused to endorse the accord during the G7 summit last week, despite… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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