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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Environmentalism
Posts on Regator:1642
Posts / Week:8.5
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Humans Have Tripled Mercury in the Oceans

On Thursday, researchers released the first comprehensive study of mercury in the world's oceans over time according to depth. Their finding: Since the Industrial Revolution, the burning of fossil fuels and some mining activities have resulted in a more than three times increase in mercury in the upper 100 meters (about 330 feet) of the ocean. Show More Summary

Wildfires Cause Nearly a Fifth of Manmade Carbon Emissions

Wildfires are raging around the western United States: As of yesterday, more than 10,000 firefighters were battling 20 fires in Oregon and California. Another fire in Washington state recently grew to cover more than 8,000 acres. While...Show More Summary

A Picture of Your Leg Hair Can Give Away Your Identity

It's hard to forget Tom Cruise replacing his eyeballs in Minority Report. But in the future, that might not be enough to keep him hidden from the law. A few days ago, scientists at MIT announced they can listen in on conversations by videotaping a potato chip bag sitting next to the speakers. Show More Summary

Your House Is Killing You: Couch Edition

Couch potatoes take heed: Sofas and beds, like so many other household items we hear about these days, might be messing with our bodies. See more MoJo coverage on fire retardants Your Couch May Be Killing You Should You Ditch Your Chemical...Show More Summary

The Minnesota Vikings' New Stadium Will Be a"Death Trap" For Birds

The Minnesota Vikings' new football stadium was supposed to be a point of pride for fans. The $1 billion state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Minneapolis is set to be completed in 2016, and will put the crumbling Hubert H. Show More Summary

Watch Drought Take Over the Entire State of California in One GIF

California, the producer of half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, is experiencing its third-worst drought on record. The dry spell is expected to cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, and farmers are digging into groundwater supplies to keep their crops alive. Show More Summary

LA's Crappy Old Pipes Mean More Epic Floods Are Coming

Yesterday at around 3:30 pm, a water main burst near the campus of UCLA in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. It gushed for nearly three hours, sending water as high as 30 feet into the air and flooding campus—cars' wheels were submerged, the brand-new basketball court was covered in standing water, eager students brought boogie boards. Show More Summary

US Coal Exports Have Erased All The CO2 Savings From the Fracking Boom

The domestic fracking boom has been widely celebrated as a godsend in the fight against climate change. In 2007, cheap natural gas began replacing dirtier coal as the fuel of choice in US power plants. By 2012, the switchover was annually saving an estimated 86 million tons of CO2, the carbon equivalent of taking 21 million cars off the road. Show More Summary

Obama Is About to Give You the Right to Unlock Your Phone

Ever wondered why you can't transfer your old phone to a new carrier? The practice, known as cell phone unlocking, is illegal. It probably won't surprise you that in the '90s, wireless carriers—who, for obvious reasons, wanted everyone...Show More Summary

PETA's Five Most Tone-Deaf Stunts

Proving once again PETA is unfamiliar with how to a deliver meaningful publicity campaign, the animal rights group is now looking to score a win off poor people's thirst. Some background: The bankrupt city of Detroit has been shutting...Show More Summary

You'd Scream, Too, If You Were This Close to a Collapsing Iceberg

Climate change is melting ice at both ends of the planet—just ask the researchers who published two papers in May saying that a major expanses of antarctic ice are now undergoing a "continuous and rapid retreat" and may have "passedShow More Summary

Popular Anti-Science Site Likens Journalists to "Nazi Collaborators" Over GMO Coverage

For years, Natural News—a conspiracy-minded alternative medicine website that attracts roughly 7 million unique visitors each month—has been crusading against the practice of genetically modifying food. This week the site's proprietor,...Show More Summary

Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

From all of the commotion around the new federal school lunch standards, you'd think they were really Draconian. Republican legislators have railed against them. Districts have threatened to opt out. The School Nutrition AssociationShow More Summary

California Farmers Facing the Greatest Water Loss "Ever Seen"

California, the producer of nearly half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, plus export crops—four-fifths of the world's almonds, for example—is entering its third driest year on record. Nearly 80 percent of the state is experiencing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. Show More Summary

The Great Barrier Reef Will Be Ravaged By El Niño

This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Great Barrier Reef is set to be ravaged by the expected El Niño weather phenomenon and scientists warn that similar...Show More Summary

One of the Biggest Opponents of GMO Labeling Is Offering More Non-GMO Products

Cargill, a giant privately held food manufacturer, is one of the biggest enemies of laws requiring companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. But even as it fights GMO-labeling laws in state legislatures...Show More Summary

"Make It a Quickie," "Get Paid for Doing It," and Other Advice From San Francisco's Water Agency

In response to California's ongoing drought, San Francisco's water agency has come out with a hilariously creepy ad campaign to make saving water sexy. In addition to the commercial above, featuring a water-efficient showerhead being...Show More Summary

Nature Is Magical—And These Ten Stunning Photos Prove It. Happy Birthday, Yosemite!

On this day 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act to protect Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in California. It was the first time the US had set aside wilderness, in this case roughly the size of Rhode Island, especially for preservation. Show More Summary

Chick-Fil-A's Twee New Food Journalism Site

Perhaps hoping to distance itself from its horrendous display of homophobia in 2012, the fast-food chicken chain Chick-Fil-A has launched a folksy new food journalism site called Let's Gather: Image from Let's Gather Yes really. Check out the actual site, which is now hosting the project's second issue. Show More Summary

This Guy Just Summed Up America's Climate Inaction Beautifully in 15 Lines

Pretty much as a rule, the comments section below any post on climate change will contain all the same dreary back-and-forth about how the world hasn't actually warmed in 15 years, or some thing; how fat cat Al Gore is profiting off global warming; and all those petty attacks over intellect/punctuation/spelling. Show More Summary

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