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Oilfield Wastewater Used to Grow Food in California May Contain Toxins

Chemicals present include 16 the state classifies as carcinogens or reproductive toxicants, says EWG report

Did you know that some of the fruits and veggies out on supermarket shelves are grown using wastewater from oil and gas operations? For the past several years, many drought-stricken farms in California’s Central Valley, which produces 40 percent of the nation’s…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – October 26, 2016

Two Years After the Colorado Pulse Flow — An Abundance of Life

Birds, plants, and groundwater continue to benefit from pilot effort to revive the Colorado River delta, says report

Back 2014, an unprecedented transnational experiment attempted to restore, temporarily, the flow of the Colorado River to the Gulf of California. As part of a landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico, the International Boundary Water Commission unleashed an eight-week “pulse…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – October 21, 2016

Chinese Company Seeks to Capture Orcas and Hundreds of Marine Mammals in Namibia

Proposal points to troubling explosion in captive animal entertainment in the country

When it comes to wildlife trade and trafficking, sadly, way too many roads lead to China. Usually, it’s the demand for animal parts to be used in traditional Chinese medicine that spurs this trade, but now there’s growing demand for live animals,…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – October 14, 2016

Climate Evangelist

Bob Inglis

Bob Inglis is a self-described “recovering politician.” Once a staunch climate change denialist, the two-time Republican congressman and farmer from South Carolina reversed his position on the matter after a nudge from his children spurred him to visit the Antarctic in 2006 and examine the scientific evidence for himself. Despite the risk of alienating his conservative base in the “reddest district in the reddest state in America,” Inglis began to speak out…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Autumn 2016

Making Peace with Fire

It’s peak wildfire season in the American West. As I write this, firefighters are battling twenty-six active fires across eight of the thirteen Western states, including five in California, where a prolonged drought and extreme summer heat have turned forestlands into tinderboxes waiting for a light. So far, four civilian and two firefighter deaths have been reported and thousands of homes have been evacuated. As the fire season stretches on into fall,…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Autumn 2016

Coral Reefs Need Big Fish Pee

New research shows overfishing of large, predatory fish can deplete reefs of key nutrients

Fish pee. OK, I suppose I kind of knew that, but somehow the thought fish they pee right where they swim never crossed my mind. Now I’m learning that the waters around thriving coral colonies are liberally laced with fish urine. I’m…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – August 19, 2016

One Man’s Legal Quest to Change How We View Animals

In Review: Unlocking the Cage

Given that I’ve written in great detail about Steven Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project’s efforts to get some animals recognized as “persons,” the basic premise and much of the convoluted legal gymnastics showcased in Unlocking the Cage were not new to…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – July 22, 2016

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