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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

‘Controversy in Science is Good’

A conversation with fracking skeptic Prof. Anthony Ingraffea

photo courtesy Cornell University In 2011, after more than 30 years as an engineering professor at Cornell University, Anthony Ingraffea found himself shoved into the public spotlight. The cause? A seemingly benign paper on the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas extracted from…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – December 30, 2013

Indigenous Rights Group in Ecuador are Shutdown, but not Silenced

Advocates remain committed to human rights and environmental protection in the Amazon

Earlier this month the Ecuadorian government shut down Fundación Pachamama, a prominent environmental and human rights NGO in Ecuador. The controversial move reflects the tumultuous relationship between environmental interests, indigenous rights and natural resource development in Ecuador, and leaves many environmental and…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – December 16, 2013

Fair Fish on San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco Community Fishing Association leads the West Coast in fair and sustainable fishing

The sustainable food movement has a new rising star: seafood. And although seafood may be a little late to the environmentally conscious table, it is now making its mark across the US West Coast, led in large part by the San Francisco…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – December 11, 2013

Will We See a Global Climate Change Agreement in 2015?

Warsaw talks forge a murky path towards an international climate pact at COP-21

Last week, government delegates and climate activists wrapped up the 19th round of United Nations international climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland. And though the talks may not have accomplished all that climate activists hoped for, many participants remain optimistic that a meaningful…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – November 27, 2013

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