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LED Streetlights Save Energy, but Could Have Some Serious Side Effects

Exposure to blue-rich LED lights can disrupt natural circadian rhythms in humans and wildlife

This post has been updated to include information about San Francisco's choice of yellow-rich LEDs. 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…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – March 10, 2014

The Killing Fields

A federal agency, shrouded in mystery and free of accountability, that exists for the sole purpose of killing hundreds of thousands of wild animals each year? Such an agency couldn’t operate in the United States, right? Unfortunately, it can and does. Wildlife Services – a program of the United States Department of Agriculture – has been operating under various names since 1886 with a mandate to protect the interests of ranchers and…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2014

Speeding Towards Environmental Disaster in the 2014 Winter Olympics

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…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – February 21, 2014

Environmental Justice 20 Years After Clinton’s Historic Executive Order

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…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – February 13, 2014

New Crop of GMO Disputes Sprout Up as Year Kicks Off

January GMO Roundup

2013 was a big year for the debate over genetically modified foods. Maine and Connecticut passed GMO labeling laws, a ballot measure in Washington was only narrowly defeated, and several Hawaiian islands passed laws regulating GMO seed crops. Now, just a month…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – January 30, 2014

Artificial Sugars Sweeten Tap Water in Canada

New research shows sweeteners evade wastewater systems, infiltrating watersheds and drinking water supplies

Do you try to avoid artificial sweeteners? Choose tap water over flavored waters, or lemonade over diet soda? Despite your best efforts, new research suggests that you may be ingesting small amounts of artificial sweeteners all the same. photo by PacificKlaus, on…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – January 22, 2014

The Hidden Toll of Putting Seafood on American Tables

Foreign fishing operations kill or seriously injure 650,000 marine mammals every year, says new report

Ninety-one percent of the seafood consumed within the United States is imported from abroad, much of it wild-caught. Unfortunately for American seafood aficionados, our foreign caught crab, cod and tuna comes at a cost: A new report by the Natural Resources Defense…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – January 8, 2014

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