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Logging has stopped in a key reserve where the butterflies spend the winter
Scientists are now calling to legally protect the species in the United States
Farmers’ pesticide use is wiping out the only plant its caterpillars feed on

When millions of monarch butterflies take to the sky and fly thousands of kilometres from the United [...]

America’s Offshore Wind Production Is About to Go Big


The amount of federal land available for offshore wind projects is about to triple. Next year, more than 742,000 acres of Massachusetts’ coastal region will open for commercial wind development, says Fuel Fix.
The land lease would comprise a huge swath of offshore land just south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on the shallow Massachusetts continental [...]

‘Little Things Matter’ Exposes Big Threat To Children’s Brains


Tiny amounts of lead, chemical flame retardants and organophosphate pesticides, among other toxins, course through the blood of nearly every American. But just how much worry is a little poison worth?
A lot, especially when considering the cumulative effects of this chemical cocktail on children, warns a video unveiled Thursday during an environmental health conference in [...]

The Downside of the Boom


In early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family land in Billings County, N.D. There had been an accident at the Skurupey 1-9H oil well. “Oh, my gosh, the gold is blowing,” she said he told her. “Bakken gold.”
It was the 11th [...]

Global warming’s winter warfare: Why climate deniers are reigniting their bogus cold-weather crusade


It’s no longer enough to just be cold and miserable during the winter months. These days, we need to be cold and miserable and arguing about what all that cold and misery means.
All weather, after all, now takes place in a changed climate. And all weather also now takes place in a changed, charged political [...]

America Could Get 10 Percent Of Its Energy From Solar Power By 2030


Right now, solar power only comprises 0.23 percent of America’s electricity generation. But that percentage has the potential to skyrocket to 10 percent in the next 30 years, according to a report released Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center.
Though the figure might sound impossible to some, the report’s authors say the goal can [...]

10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many. It’s a time to eat, indulge and spend uninterrupted time with family.
It’s also a time for reflection. A time to think about what we’re thankful for and a time to think about how the choices we make impact our families and the planet.
Although every day provides an opportunity [...]

Poll: 67 Percent Of Americans Would Pay Higher Prices To Cut Power Plant Emissions


A full 67 percent of Americans support federal regulations to restrict carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants — even if it raises their electrical bills.
A survey released Wednesday by Yale’s Project on Climate Change Communication asked 1,275 adult voters if they would support “strict carbon dioxide emission limits on existing coal-fired power plants to [...]

This Video Shows What Happens to Baby Turkeys at the Butterball Plant

There’s no particularly egregious act of cruelty in the above video exposé of a Butterball turkey hatchery in North Carolina—no one stomps a screeching bird, or whacks one with a rod as these videos from 2011 and 2012 show. What the latest undercover video investigation by the animal-welfare group Mercy For Animals reveals is quite [...]

Sold out theaters, standing ovations, and strong reviews greet “Food Chains” national debut


“That was the best food documentary I’ve seen yet, and I’ve seen them all!”
Those were the words of one satisfied customer as she headed out of yesterday’s debut screening of the new documentary “Food Chains” at the Prado Stadium 12 Theater in Bonita Springs, Florida. And she was not alone. The Bonita showing was sold [...]

Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park


What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone?
A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above parabolic valleys. Today, perhaps 25 survive.
In 30 years, there may be none.
A [...]

Electric Vehicle Fleet Gives California Green Energy Boost


The crowded highways of Los Angeles just got a little greener, thanks to a new electric-vehicle program sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.
The fleet of 42 electrically powered sedans, trucks and vans was recently unveiled at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. Based on technology known as V2G, or vehicle-to-grid, the vehicles are plugged [...]

Congress’s “Rocket Scientist” to Take Helm of World’s Largest Science Organization


Rush Holt, a physicist and Democratic congressman from New Jersey, was named today as CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a nonprofit that promotes science and publishes the Science family of journals. When he retires from his eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in a few months he [...]

Are Megacities Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Climate Change?


It’s the age of the city. Today more than half the world’s population can be found in cities, and megacities—those with populations of 10 million or more—are on the rise. The world’s largest megacity, Tokyo-Yokohama, joins two cities and multiple Japanese prefectures to cover 5,200 square miles, and it houses a population of some 37.5 [...]

5 Toxic Chemicals in the Products You Use Every Day


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority to assess the safety of beauty products before they go on the market. Unlike food and drug manufacturers, the cosmetics industry is free to use thousands of synthetic chemicals in all sorts of products, from lipstick and mascara to toothpaste and sunscreen.
Consumers may not buy into [...]

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