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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

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

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