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Louisiana Levee Authority’s Suit Against Oil & Gas Companies Survives Move to Kill It

Governor Bobby Jindal’s effort to quash the environmental damages claim might backfire

A New Orleans area regional levee board voted yesterday to continue pursing an environmental damages lawsuit against 97 (yes, 97!) oil, gas, and pipeline companies. The vote — which came almost two weeks after Governor Bobby Jindal signed off on a bill…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 20, 2014

New Report Calls Attention to Untapped Water Savings Within California

State could save up to 13.8 million acre-feet of water a year through water-saving and recycling strategies

By now, most Californians know that we are in a serious drought. We’ve seen the headlines, heard the calls for voluntary (and sometimes mandatory) reductions in water use, and have started to think twice about leaving the water running while brushing our…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 11, 2014

New Futuristic Nanofoods Sneaking Into Grocery Stores Every Week

Lack of regulation of these potentially dangerous, microscopic ingredients raises concerns about human health

Nanofoods. They may sound like an idea from a sci-fi movie or the wild musings of a mad-scientist, but in reality, nanomaterials — particles on the miniscule scale of atoms and molecules — have already found their way into our food. More…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 9, 2014

Oyster Beds Still Empty Four Years After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Gulf communities and wildlife still reeling from the damage, but BP ends cleanup efforts

Four years ago, on April 20, 2010, the United States suffered the greatest oil spill in American history. With the explosion of a British Petroleum (BP) offshore oil rig, five million barrels (roughly 206 million gallons) of oil were released from the…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 21, 2014

California’s San Joaquin tops list of America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers

This isn’t a list of the worst rivers, but of rivers at crossroads, says American Rivers

For many Americans, rivers bring to mind languid summer days, exuberant tubing adventures, or family fishing excursions. For me, they represent a kind of wild, untamed beauty, which I take every opportunity to enjoy. In reality, few of America’s 250,000 rivers are…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 9, 2014

Spring Cleaning: Dusting Toxins Off Couches

Proposed California bill aims to inform consumers and reduce use of toxic flame retardants

Ever wondered if your couch was filled with toxic flame retardants? If you have, chances are you weren’t able to find out because the manufacturer wasn’t required to inform you. Photo by This Year's LoveThe bill requires manufacturers to stop using flame…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 8, 2014

Drought-ridden California Plans Trucking Salmon Smolts to Sea

Effort could save 30 million young salmon, but may impact Chinook spawning patterns

Every year between late March and early June, roughly 30 million Chinook salmon make their way from five Central Valley hatcheries to the Pacific Ocean. This year, however, these young salmon, called smolts, face a perilous journey due to California’s enduring drought.…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – March 25, 2014

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