Court orders EPA to ban pesticide that causes learning disabilities in children

August 10, 2018 by  
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After over a decade of fighting, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has finally scored a victory in securing the ban of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a court order to the EPA  requiring it to ban the chemical agent, which has harmful neurodevelopmental effects. Longstanding studies have indicated that exposure to chlorpyrifos can lead to increased risk of learning disabilities such as ADHD, developmental delays, and a lower IQ. Related: Unreleased internal FDA emails show glyphosate weedkiller residue in almost every food tested The NRDC and a coalition of labor and health organizations were represented by EarthJustice in the court case. The court found that the EPA broke the law by ignoring proven scientific evidence – including some evidence discovered by the agency itself – that chlorpyrifos could harm children who consumed produce treated with the chemical . Even small quantities of ingestion can cause developmental issues for some children, and so the long-overdue ban has left many parents relieved. “Some things are too sacred to play politics with—and our kids top the list,” said Erik Olson, the senior director of NRDC’s Health and Food program. “This is a victory for parents everywhere who want to feed their kids fruits and veggies without fear it’s harming their brains or poisoning communities.” States such as Hawaii had undertaken solitary battles against chlorpyrifos, banning it before the court ruling. However, many (including the NRDC) are upset it took so long for these protections to expand. Thankfully, yesterday’s court order mark a significant step toward protecting the food supply from chlorpyrifos at the national level. + EarthJustice Via NRDC

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Save local wildlife with a stylish FrogLog in your pool

August 10, 2018 by  
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One of the worst things for pool owners in the sweltering summer months is going out for a swim to cool down and enjoy time with friends and family, only to find a critter has made it into their splash-zone and couldn’t find a way out. In an effort to save local animals , the FrogLog offers a simple escape route for small creatures who might otherwise drown in a pool. So, how does it work exactly? Adhere it to the side of the pool, where animals such as mice, squirrels and frogs have a tendency to swim as they try to escape, and the mesh netting surrounding the FrogLog will allow them to climb up to dry land. No guidance is needed — the animals will circle the edge of the pool and happen upon the FrogLog themselves. The ramp allows them to scurry or hop — whatever their style — out of the pool instead of drowning. Related: This modular outdoor swimming pool from Finland could make a splash near you The FrogLog is effective in saving reptiles and amphibians such as frogs, turtles and lizards; mammals such as rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels; and birds and baby ducklings among many other small creatures. Since wildlife biologist Rich Mason started the project 14 years ago, the FrogLog has saved more than one million animals. Related: Fish-friendly whirlpool turbine makes hydropower green again Efficient and compact, only one FrogLog is needed for a pool measuring 15 feet by 30 feet. If you choose to run your pump and filter at night, keep your chlorine levels high, have multiple skimmers or just happen to have a super luxurious mega-pool sitting in your backyard, you may need an extra FrogLog or two. Not to worry though, at an affordable $22.99, the clever contraption is a no-brainer decision in keeping your pool clean, reducing maintenance and rescuing native animals in style. + FrogLog Image via FrogLog

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Monarch butterfly populations are multiplying

June 29, 2016 by  
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Monarch butterflies are finally on the rebound. With the colorful pollinators threatened by everything from pesticides to habitat destruction, the U.S. government pledged $3.2 million to the cause last year. Back in March, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mexico survey found reason for hope, showing a substantial population increase in migration numbers. But the butterflies aren’t in the clear just yet. According to University of Chicago professor Marcus Kronforst, in 1996 around one billion monarchs migrated, but in 2013 there were just 35 million. The March WWF Mexico survey revealed the insects were rebounding, with numbers rising to roughly 150 million. More milkweed planted has played a part in the rebound, as has weather that suits the butterflies. Related: 8 Ways that you can help save monarch butterflies Natural Resources Defense Council scientist Sylvia Fallon recently told Reuters they are hopeful about curbing butterfly losses. But, she warned,”we must be careful not to declare victory too soon.” She was all too right. Researchers from the United States and Mexico utilized drones and satellite images to uncover evidence of illegal logging in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site . They published a paper in American Entomologist , in which they report around 25 acres of trees have been chopped down in the last year, destroying important habitat. Mexico environmental officials arrested 35 loggers in early to mid 2015, but landowners claim logging has been ongoing despite the arrests. The researchers began to grasp the scope of the illegal activity through imagery. Sweet Briar College professor Lincoln Brower, lead author on the paper, told TakePart, “You can’t have huge trucks removing all of this wood without knowledge of what’s going on. It really questions the governance of the reserve.” Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Endangered Species Program Director Sarina Jepsen said that monarch conservation efforts have centered around the problems of pesticides and planting milkweed, but that we shouldn’t forget butterflies also battle deforestation . Via TakePart and Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and Luna sin estrellas on Flickr

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Zero Food Waste On Display At New Grocery Concept

April 12, 2016 by  
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Food waste is an ongoing challenge and balancing act for grocery stores. How much of a challenge? Digest these statistics for a moment. According to a recent NRDC issue paper on food waste, ‘in-store food losses in the United States totaled an…

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Amazon data centers and the Ohio energy conundrum

June 10, 2015 by  
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Samantha Williams of the NRDC argues that Ohio’s renewable energy restrictions present a difficult obstacle for Amazon’s newly proposed data center in the state.

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Looking for a faster pace at Bonn climate talks

June 10, 2015 by  
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We need a document everyone can get behind, but as the Paris summit nears, questions remain.

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Nestlé engineers milk factory down to zero water

June 10, 2015 by  
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The food company is investing millions in technology to help reduce its water use at its facilities in drought-stricken California.

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Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

September 12, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Imagine experiencing a noise so loud that it could cause not only disorientation, but also physical trauma and brain bleeding, as well as bubbles that form in your organs. This is a very real possibility for thousands of whales and dolphins exposed to US Navy training and testing. The Navy recently released a report containing data from two environmental impact studies which confirm suspicions that testing could have devastating consequences for marine mammals off the U.S. east coast, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, and southern California between 2014 and 2019. Read the rest of Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baleen whales , California Coastal Commission , changes in behavior , death , dolphins , east coast , federal intervention , gulf of mexico , hawaii , lawsuit , michael jasny , military , minor injury , nrdc , org , phys , serious injury , SONAR , stranding , US Navy , whales        

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Germany’s Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We’ve Never Seen

September 12, 2013 by  
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NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

September 12, 2013 by  
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NASA is planning to grow fresh vegetables in space , 230 miles above the Earth. Later this year the space agency’s Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program  will send astronauts to the International Space Station with kits to grow six romaine lettuce plants. Hopefully the project will allow our space explorers to farm edible food in space for the first time in history. Read the rest of NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria , carbon dioxide , Clean Food , Colonization , deep space , Farming in Space , Growing Food in Space , international space station , Is There Life on Mars , iss , LEDs , life on mars , nasa , News , Orbital Technologies Corporation , oxygen , Simulating Sunlight , Space Microbes , sustainable food , Urban Farming , Vegetable Production System program , VEGGIE Program        

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