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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Environmentalism
Posts on Regator:1662
Posts / Week:8.2
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Fracking Chemicals, Brought to You By Susan G. Komen

Here’s some news that frankly, I initially thought was a spoof: for the second year in a row, breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure—which caused massive outrage when it defunded Planned Parenthood in 2012—has partnered with Baker Hughes, a leader in the fracking industry. Show More Summary

Buzz Kill: Pot Growers May Be Wiping out This Cute Furry Mammal

Weed smokers, here's some news to bring you down from your high: On Monday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed listing the western population of fishers, furry relatives of weasels, as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. Show More Summary

Let's Watch the Moon Drip Red With Blood!

Don't look now but the blood moon is back. The full lunar eclipse should begin to be visible around 2:15am PT. No, it does not mean the world is ending. Watch it here or, you know, just go outside and look up...or don't! You don't have to go outside. Show More Summary

If These 35,000 Walruses Can't Convince You Climate Change Is Real, I Don't Know What to Tell You

AP Photo/NOAA, Corey Accardo This an image from a NOAA research flight over a remote stretch of Alaska's north shore on Saturday. It shows approximately 35,000 walruses crowded on a beach, which according to the AP is a record number...Show More Summary

Did Federal Budget Cuts Make Ebola Worse?

On Tuesday, the CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States—the infected patient was a man who traveled from Liberia to visit family in Texas. It's the latest development in the ever-worsening outbreak of the virus, which so far has sickened more than 6,500 people and killed more than 3,000. Show More Summary

Half the World's Wildlife Has Disappeared in Just 40 Years

Global wildlife populations have declined by a stunning 52 percent over the past four decades, and humans are largely to blame. That's according to a newly released study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society...Show More Summary

It's Now Illegal to Kill Wolves in Wyoming

For the past two years, killing a wolf in Wyoming was pretty simple. In a trophy game area near the border of Yellowstone, licensed hunters were allowed to take a certain number of gray wolves. In the rest of the state, or about 80 percent...Show More Summary

Carbon Emissions Are Higher Than Ever, and Rising

Yesterday was a good day for the climate movement, as over 300,000 people—according to the event's organizers—descended on Manhattan for the biggest climate change march in history. The record-breaking turnout was a powerful sign that...Show More Summary

World Leaders Have Failed to Seriously Confront Climate Change. Could That Change Next Week?

Break out your protest sign materials and take your polar bear costume to the dry cleaner, boys and girls: This coming weekend marks the kickoff of Climate Week NYC 2014, a flurry of meetings and protests about climate action. It all starts with the People's Climate March in Columbus Circle on Sunday. Show More Summary

BP Lashes Out at Journalists and "Opportunistic" Environmentalists

News of this morning's federal court decision against BP broke as I was aboard a 40-foot oyster boat in the Louisiana delta, just off the coast of Empire, a suburb of New Orleans. The reaction: stunned silence. Then a bit of optimism. "This...Show More Summary

BP Was Just Found Grossly Negligent in the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster. Read the Full Ruling.

In a blunt ruling handed down on Thursday, a federal judge in New Orleans found that the biggest oil spill in US history, the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, was caused by BP's "willful misconduct" and "gross negligence." On April 20,Show More Summary

5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report

How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leakedShow More Summary

Earthquake Warning Systems Exist. But California Won't Pay for One.

As Bay Area residents clean their streets and homes after the biggest earthquake to hit California in 25 years rocked Napa Valley this weekend, scientists are pushing lawmakers to fund a statewide system that could warn citizens about...Show More Summary

5 Ways Climate Change Is Ruining Your Breakfast

Welcome to the worst breakfast-related crisis since Lord of the Rings: There might be an impending Nutella shortage. And there's a good chance the culprit is climate change. The price of hazelnuts, a main ingredient in the deliciousShow More Summary

Drought Weighing You Down? Nope, It's Lifting You Up

Here's a odd piece of news: According to a study published Thursday in Science, the water loss due to this year's drought has caused the entire western side of the United States to literally rise. After examining data from nearly 800...Show More Summary

Should Pregnant Women Eat Zero Tuna?

Food-safety experts at Consumer Reports crunched the numbers on mercury levels in seafood—and they have a new recommendation for pregnant women: Don't eat tuna at all. The FDA recommends that pregnant and nursing women consume between 8 and 12 ounces of fish per week to provide proper nutrition for a baby's brain development and overall health. Show More Summary

How Much It Costs to Raise a Kid, in 4 Charts

A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about a quarter of a million dollars in child-rearing expenses over the next 18 years, according to a new report from the USDA. Costs such as housing, food, transportation,...Show More Summary

Are Your Kids' Rainbow Bracelets Toxic?

Bracelets and other trinkets made on the wildly popular Rainbow Loom—a toy that allows kids to weave together brightly colored elastic bands—could contain cancer-causing chemicals, a British laboratory has found. In a study commissioned...Show More Summary

Video: "Holy Shit!" Freak Baby-Twister Stuns Brooklyn's Hipster Beach

The weekend peace and quiet of McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York—sometimes dubbed the "hipster beach" by locals—was shattered on Sunday afternoonâ?? by a strange, towering metrological visitor. And also by the howls of my friend Michael Gambale, who took this video, yelling like the world was fast coming to an end. Show More Summary

Shorter Trees Could Make Peaches Cheaper

When it comes to peach and nectarine trees, bigger isn't necessarily better. An orchard worker can spend as much as half of his or her day lugging around the ladders required to reach the branches of a typical 13-foot tree. Plus, the...Show More Summary

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