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Mar 27, 2015

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The Waste Biz: How To Get That Last Bit Of Toothpaste Out

Mar 27, 2015: New company Liquiglide helps consumers gets all of the product, whether lotion, ketchup, or toothpaste, out of the bottle: this week's Waste Biz The post The Waste Biz: How To Get That Last Bit Of Toothpaste Out appeared first on Sustainablog.

U.S. Judge Calls Ballast Water Equal to Sewage

Mar 27, 2015: Citing irreparable damage from invasive species introduced from far-flung ports, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled last Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must begin regulating ballast water under the Clean Water Act. The EPA, which had exempted ballast water since inception of the Act, has until 2008 to come up with a new […]…

World Health Organization Claims No Health Risk for DDT

Mar 27, 2015: Banned in many countries for decades after the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, DDT appears to be getting a public relations makeover by the World Health Organization, which says the chemical should be reassessed as a tool for fighting malaria. Sprayed inside houses to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes, DDT poses no health risk when used […]…

Building an Elevator to Space

Mar 27, 2015: A radically different way to reach outer space — the space elevator — may finally be getting off the ground floor thanks to recent huge advances in technology. Traveling thousands of miles into the cosmos up a length of super-strong material, it is believed that the space elevator could revolutionize space exploration by providing an […]…

Step By Step Guide on Calculating CO2 Emissions in Your Daily Life

Mar 27, 2015: Whether any of us want to admit it or not, it is in our collective best interest to be kind to the environment. Although it may seem overwhelming to think of changing the world yourself, it’s amazing how much difference a couple of minor changes will make. I was like many people; I didn’t think […]…

Japanese Robot Wine-tasters?

Mar 27, 2015: The ability to discern good wine from bad, name the specific brand from a tiny sip and recommend a complementary cheese would seem to be about as human a skill as there is. In Japan, robots are doing it. Researchers at NEC System Technologies and Mie University have designed a robot that can taste an […]…

Breathing Earth

Mar 27, 2015: Wow, this website ( BreathingEarth.net ) really puts a prospective on our Earth and how much can happen in just a short minute of time. Very interesting how many people die and are born each second.

Environmental damage highlighted by Google Earth

Mar 27, 2015: Rampant forest destruction, retreating glaciers and explosive urban growth have been highlighted by a partnership between the United Nations and internet search giant Google. Under the scheme, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday, before-and-after satellite images of 100 global environmental hotspots have been integrated into Google’s popular mapping program, Google Earth. “These […]…

Finding Black Gold with Ultrasound Scans

Mar 27, 2015: The technology resembles the ultrasounds used by doctors to inspect a woman’s womb. But a team of scientists are using it to map rocks deep below the Earth’s surface to hunt for oil and gas. Hoping to unlock vast reserves of natural gas and oil trapped under layers of rock, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute […]…

We Could Stop Global Warming With This Fix—But It's Probably a Terrible Idea

Mar 27, 2015: Mount Pinatubo erupting in 1991 Bullit Marquez/AP Back in the late 1990s, Ken Caldeira set out to disprove the "ludicrous" idea that we could reverse global warming by filling the sky with chemicals that would partially block the sun. A few years earlier, Mount Pinatubo had erupted in the Philippines, sending tiny sulfate particles—known as aerosols—into the stratosphere, where they reflected sunlight back into space and temporarily cooled the planet. Some scientists believed that an artificial version of this process could be used to cancel out the warming effect of greenhouse gases. "Our original goal was to show that it was a crazy idea and wouldn't work," says Caldeira, who at the time was a climate scientist at the…

Scientists begin Human tests on ‘bionic eye’

Mar 27, 2015: Scientists from the Bionic Eye Foundation at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital have launched human clinical trials of the device, which employs the same technology now routinely used in cochlear implants to restore hearing. Professor Minas Coroneo said the trials involved placing small electrodes on the surface of the eye then using an electric current […]…

Going Green? Where is my Green!!!

Mar 27, 2015: Some environmental government initiatives are well known; bottle deposit and refund programs are immediately visible to the consumer, are comprehensive, and their motivation is clear. Other incentives are priced in at the register, which means we may not be aware of the incentive existing: for example, in British Columbia, bicycles and energy conservation equipment are […]…

NRDC: DOE’s Petroleum Council Dead Wrong on Arctic Drilling

Mar 27, 2015: WASHINGTON (March 27,2015) - The National Petroleum Council, the largely industry-based oil and gas advisory committee to the Department of Energy, released a study Friday predicting the twilight of oil production through fracking and calling for drilling in the Arctic Ocean to compensate for depleting onshore reserves of oil. …

NYC Building Collapse Was Probably Gas-Related

Mar 26, 2015: Update: The New York Daily News reports that at least two people are missing, as firefighters continue to contain the fire. The injury toll has risen to at least 19, with four people in critical condition.  An apparent gas explosion caused two New York City buildings to collapse on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, with at least three in critical condition.  #BREAKING: Aerial view of building collapse @NYPD9Pct. Numerous rescue units on scene #SOD #ESU #K9 #Aviation #FD pic.twitter.com/d9iX4GOBUd — NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) March 26, 2015 Fire crews first responded to calls of a building collapse at 3:17 p.m. on Second Avenue near Seventh Street in Manhattan. Le…

The Politics Of Chicken Poop: Should Manure Get The Same Treatment As Other Renewable Energy Sources? [Updated]

Mar 26, 2015: Chicken poop is polluting the Chesapeake Bay, so businesses in Maryland want to build a methane digester. Is their approach the most sensible The post The Politics Of Chicken Poop: Should Manure Get The Same Treatment As Other Renewable Energy Sources? [Updated] appeared first on Sustainablog.

Major US tuna brands connected to slavery at sea and human rights abuses

Mar 26, 2015: The Associated Press recently released results of an investigation into slavery on Southeast Asian fishing trawlers that supply major supermarkets and seafood companies throughout the United States. The enslaved men featured in the AP story, primarily from Myanmar, were brought to Benjina, Indonesia and forced to fish for products that were then shipped to Thailand, where they entered the global seafood market, including American supply chains.The story detailed accounts of human rights abuses and raised additional questions about where the slave-caught seafood ends up. US Customs records indicated that several of the Thai factories connected to the dirty seafood ship their products to the United States. The investigation uncovered slaves…

The Real Reason to Worry About GMOs

Mar 26, 2015: In a recent column, the New York Times' Mark Bittman makes an important point about the controversy around genetically modified foods. "[T]o date there's little credible evidence that any food grown with genetic engineering techniques is dangerous to human health," he writes. Yet the way the technology has been used—mainly, to engineer crops that can withstand herbicides—is deeply problematic, he argues. Here's why I think Bittman's point is crucial. The below chart, from the pro-biotech International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, gives a snapshot of what types of GMO crops farmers were planting as of 2012. In more recent reports, the ISAAA doesn't break out its data in the same way, b…

5 Ways You Can Live Forever

Mar 26, 2015: Last summer, at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, I sat in a room full of scientists, innovators, and thought leaders. Someone asked how long everyone would like to live. To my great surprise, most people agreed that somewhere in one's 90s was a good time to kick the bucket. Given that this was a collection of curious and optimistic people whose religion is science, I was shocked that—unlike me—more of them didn't want to live forever. I later found out that this reaction is actually representative of the general population: Among the attendees was fellow science writer David Ewing Duncan, who has asked this question online and at the beginning of numerous talks, collecting more than 30,000 responses. The consensus?

The strong arm of the Grrrowd

Mar 26, 2015: Grrrowd is a powerful new model for crowdfunding legal cases involving human and environmental rights. It's the Kickstarter of class action suits, the Indiegogo of good cases for good causes.It's the place where a poor Mexican community can get help fighting off the 86 appeals and other legal actions filed by big Agribiz companies who are trying to overturn a law protecting 8000 years of traditional corn cultivation.Or where the indigenous people of Canada's Beaver Lake Cree Nation can get help standing up to protect the land and water of their traditional home – and the very future of a planet threatened by climate change – from the environmental nightmare of tar sands oil extraction.Or where you can protect African Rhinos by c…

China’s Coal Cap Policy Will Increase Country’s Clean Energy Jobs

Mar 26, 2015: BEIJING (March 26, 2015) – China’s national policies to control coal consumption can lead to greater and better employment opportunities in China’s power sector and related industries, according to a new study released today by the China Coal Cap Project, a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers. The study analyzes the overall employment benefits of establishing a national coal cap policy starting in China’s 13th Five Year Plan, which begins next year.

NRDC: White House Antibiotics Plan Too Weak on Curbing Misuse of Drugs in Livestock

Mar 26, 2015: WASHINGTON (March 26, 2015) – In response to the Administration’s National Action Plan For Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which leaked today, Mae Wu, health attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement:…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUCCESSION AT BCSEA

Mar 25, 2015: The BCSEA Board is pleased to announce that Ali Grovue, formerly Vice President of the Board, has been appointed Interim Executive Director, replacing departing Executive Director and CEO, Nigel Protter.  Ali Grovue joined the BCSEA in 2013 as a member of the Board, and she was appointed Vice President in 2014.  Ali has worked in British Columbia’s renewable energy sector for the past six years, with a focus on business development, project management and general management, and she has a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.  Ali will step down from the Board for the duration of her term as Interim Executive Director. Ali is confident that alon…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUCCESSION AT BCSEA

Mar 25, 2015: The BCSEA Board is pleased to announce that Ali Grovue, formerly Vice President of the Board, has been appointed Interim Executive Director, replacing departing Executive Director and CEO, Nigel Protter.  Ali Grovue joined the BCSEA in 2013 as a member of the Board, and she was appointed Vice President in 2014.  Ali has worked in British Columbia’s renewable energy sector for the past six years, with a focus on business development, project management and general management, and she has a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.  Ali will step down from the Board for the duration of her term as Interim Executive Director. Ali is confident that alon…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUCCESSION AT BCSEA

Mar 25, 2015: The BCSEA Board is pleased to announce that Ali Grovue, formerly Vice President of the Board, has been appointed Interim Executive Director, replacing departing Executive Director and CEO, Nigel Protter.  Ali Grovue joined the BCSEA in 2013 as a member of the Board, and she was appointed Vice President in 2014.  Ali has worked in British Columbia’s renewable energy sector for the past six years, with a focus on business development, project management and general management, and she has a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.  Ali will step down from the Board for the duration of her term as Interim Executive Director. Ali is confident that alon…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUCCESSION AT BCSEA

Mar 25, 2015: The BCSEA Board is pleased to announce that Ali Grovue, formerly Vice President of the Board, has been appointed Interim Executive Director, replacing departing Executive Director and CEO, Nigel Protter.  Ali Grovue joined the BCSEA in 2013 as a member of the Board, and she was appointed Vice President in 2014.  Ali has worked in British Columbia’s renewable energy sector for the past six years, with a focus on business development, project management and general management, and she has a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.  Ali will step down from the Board for the duration of her term as Interim Executive Director. Ali is confident that alon…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUCCESSION AT BCSEA

Mar 25, 2015: The BCSEA Board is pleased to announce that Ali Grovue, formerly Vice President of the Board, has been appointed Interim Executive Director, replacing departing Executive Director and CEO, Nigel Protter.  Ali Grovue joined the BCSEA in 2013 as a member of the Board, and she was appointed Vice President in 2014.  Ali has worked in British Columbia’s renewable energy sector for the past six years, with a focus on business development, project management and general management, and she has a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.  Ali will step down from the Board for the duration of her term as Interim Executive Director. Ali is confident that alon…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUCCESSION AT BCSEA

Mar 25, 2015: The BCSEA Board is pleased to announce that Ali Grovue, formerly Vice President of the Board, has been appointed Interim Executive Director, replacing departing Executive Director and CEO, Nigel Protter.  Ali Grovue joined the BCSEA in 2013 as a member of the Board, and she was appointed Vice President in 2014.  Ali has worked in British Columbia’s renewable energy sector for the past six years, with a focus on business development, project management and general management, and she has a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.  Ali will step down from the Board for the duration of her term as Interim Executive Director. Ali is confident that alon…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUCCESSION AT BCSEA

Mar 25, 2015: The BCSEA Board is pleased to announce that Ali Grovue, formerly Vice President of the Board, has been appointed Interim Executive Director, replacing departing Executive Director and CEO, Nigel Protter.  Ali Grovue joined the BCSEA in 2013 as a member of the Board, and she was appointed Vice President in 2014.  Ali has worked in British Columbia’s renewable energy sector for the past six years, with a focus on business development, project management and general management, and she has a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.  Ali will step down from the Board for the duration of her term as Interim Executive Director. Ali is confident that alon…

Foraging, Fermentation, And A Food Forest: Old Tree Brewery’s Ecosystem Of Good

Mar 25, 2015: Brighton, UK-based Old Tree Brewery follows an ecosystem approach of turning waste into food with its bottled drinks made from excess produce The post Foraging, Fermentation, And A Food Forest: Old Tree Brewery’s Ecosystem Of Good appeared first on Sustainablog.

The Navajo Nation Will Soon Have the Country's First-Ever Junk-Food Tax

Mar 25, 2015: A version of this piece was originally published by Civil Eats. Next month, after three years of legislative tug-of-war, the Navajo Nation will become the first place in the United States to impose a tax on junk food. The Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2014, signed into law by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly last November, mandates a 2 percent sales tax on pastries, chips, soda, desserts, fried foods, sweetened beverages, and other products with "minimal-to-no-nutritional value" sold within the borders of the nation's largest reservation. Authored by the Diné Community Advocacy Alliance (DCAA), a grassroots organization of community volunteers, the legislation was modeled on existing taxes on tobacco and alcohol, as…

Are Solar-Powered Homes Jacking Up Everyone Else's Electric Bills?

Mar 25, 2015: Illustration by Mr. Biscuit Solar power is having a major moment. It's growing faster than any other energy source—in 2014, a new system was installed in the United States every three minutes—while the price of a typical panel has dropped 63 percent since 2010. By 2016, experts predict that solar will be as cheap or cheaper than conventional electricity in most states. But solar companies are warning that the boom could soon end, if utilities and some Republican state lawmakers have their way. Power companies' beef with solar boils down to a clever payment system that was largely responsible for bringing about the solar boom in the first place—a practice known as net metering. Most solar homes aren't actually "off the…

House Budget An Assault on Our Health and Environment

Mar 25, 2015: WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – The Republican-led House today passed a 2016 federal budget resolution. David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made this comment:…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

The Transit Referendum - Did You Get Around to Voting?

Mar 24, 2015: in the Metro-Vancouver Transit Referendum? A big High Five to the UBC A Cappella Club! Have you see their rendition of the Beach Boys “I Get Around?” If not, treat yourself to a smile, all in support of the YES vote: http://www.bettertransit.info/video_students_sing_their_way_to_better_transit Did you already vote or pledge to vote? It takes just a few seconds - click HERE.  Our Ten Best Reasons for Voting YES in the Transportation Referendum: https://www.bcsea.org/ten-best-reasons-for-voting-yes-transportation-referendum Step it up and make a difference. Volunteer to help the YES campaign: http://www.bettertransit.info/volunteer A quick refresher course: The Facts: http://www…

Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Mar 24, 2015: Beijing is finally going to kick what’s left of its coal power habit. China’s capital city recently announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016 - in favor of gas-fired electricity plants, which are significantly cleaner and…

Alaska’s glacial melt could create the world’s sixth largest coastal river

Mar 24, 2015: The glaciers are melting. That's the old news. The update is that, in Alaska, there has also been a massive amount of rainfall. The combination of rain and glacial melt create a flow of freshwater that is doing what water does: flowing down to sea level. Right…

There’s Gold In That Poop! Mining Precious Metals From Human Waste

Mar 24, 2015: A paper at this week's American Chemical Society meeting will discuss extracting microscopic precious metals from human waste The post There’s Gold In That Poop! Mining Precious Metals From Human Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.

Why Is BP Funding America's Most Notorious Climate Change Denier?

Mar 24, 2015: This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. One of America's most powerful and outspoken opponents of climate change regulation received election campaign contributions that can be traced back to senior BP staff, including chief executive Bob Dudley. Jim Inhofe, a Republican senator from Oklahoma who has tirelessly campaigned against calls for a carbon tax and challenges the overwhelming consensus on climate change, received $10,000 from BP's Political Action Committee. Following his re-election, Inhofe became chair of the Senate's environment and public works committee in January, and then a month later was featured in news bulletins throwing a snowball across the…

Obama orders federal agencies to cut emissions by 40 percent

Mar 24, 2015: President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet on climate change once again. Climate deniers can now deal with the president’s decision on Thursday to issue an executive order that requires federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent…

7 Normal Snacks With a Crazy Amount of Sugar

Mar 24, 2015: Call us greedy, self-centered, or overly idealistic, but no one should ever accuse Americans of being bitter: We devour more added sugar than people in any other country—30 teaspoons a day by some estimates. (Indians, on the other end of the spectrum, consume just one.) The reasons go back to the 1960s, when supermarkets proliferated in US cities and readily available corn-syrupy sodas and juice drinks supplanted milk on the dinner table. By 1996, the daily calories we got from added sweeteners had increased by more than 35 percent. On top of that, during the low-fat frenzy of the 1980s and '90s, manufacturers replaced the flavorful natural oils in their products with sweeteners. "Now it's challenging to find a food without added…

Our Meat Obsession May Kill Us. But Not How You Think.

Mar 24, 2015: The world is using more antibiotics than ever before—and showing no signs of stopping. A new analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science predicts that worldwide consumption of the drugs will grow 67 percent by 2030. Over the same period of time, in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the authors expect that antibiotic use will double. The reason for the dramatic increase in antibiotic use, say the authors, mostly has to do with the planet's ever-increasing appetite for meat. Since the 1970s, meat producers have been dosing livestock with regular, low doses of antibiotics. For reasons not entirely understood, this regimen helps animals grow bigger. In the United States, 80 percent of all antibi…

Defending Mexico's water

Mar 24, 2015: This weekend the world celebrated World Water Day – a reminder of how crucial it is for us to protect and defend our waterways and ensure we can all have access to clean, safe water – a human right, recognised by the United Nations.However, over the past few weeks here in Mexico we have had little reason to celebrate as the country faces one of the biggest threats to its waterways for years – the Ley General de Aguas. This new piece of legislation, introduced to the house of representatives on the 4th of March, is a far cry from its original goal: to ensure fair access to safe, clean water for all.This is a law that puts profits before people.Legalising pollutionThe Detox campaign has been working for years to create a tox…

NRDC Ads: Sens. Portman & Toomey Voted for Polluters over Climate Action

Mar 24, 2015: WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – The Natural Resources Defense Council has launched a six-figure multi-state ad campaign taking to task two key senators for votes backing a big polluter agenda while praising three of their colleagues for voting to back health and clean energy and action on climate change.