Exposure to blue-rich LED lights can disrupt natural circadian rhythms in humans and wildlife
Streetlights don’t make a lot of headlines. They are a constant in our cityscapes, rarely drawing the attention of passing pedestrians and motorists.
Photo by flickr user meltedplastic
That is, until recently. During the past few years, cities from Baltimore, to San Antonio, to Los Angeles have begun replacing traditional streetlights (typically high pressure sodium bulbs) with newer light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs). Last year, Oakland, CA joined the ranks of the LED converts with its Streetlight Conversion Project, switching… more
by: Zoe Loftus-Farren
Speeding Towards Environmental Disaster in the 2014 Winter Olympics – February 21, 2014
Sochi leaves behind a legacy of illegal dumping, trashed wetlands, and amended environmental laws
No one wants to be a buzz kill when it comes to the Olympics. The snowboard half-pipe makes our jaws drop, the downhill skiers defy gravity at every turn, the ice dancers are oddly fascinating, and don’t get me started on the bobsled.
Photo courtesy Russian Presidential Press and Information Office
That being said, not everything about the Winter Olympics is inspired or inspiring, particularly this year. Ever since 2007, when Sochi received the nod of approval in from the International Olympic Committee to host the 2014 Games, environmentalists have warned of the inevitable ecological… more
by: Zoe Loftus-Farren
Environmental Justice 20 Years After Clinton’s Historic Executive Order – February 13, 2014
The movement has had some big victories, but environmental racism continues to plague frontline communities
In 1982, protestors lay down in the streets, using their bodies to block the delivery of 6,000 truckloads of toxic PCB-laced soil headed for a landfill in the poor, African-American community of Afton, North Carolina. This act of civil disobedience is widely credited with sparking the environmental justice movement and drawing national attention to the disproportionate impact that frontline communities of color and low-income communities face from toxic pollution.
Photo by Daniel Parks