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Endangered Species Around The World

Currently more than 31,000 animal species are threatened with extinction which means 27% of all assessed species. There are many causes why these beautiful creatures are at risk, some of them being habitat loss, poaching, climate change or loss of genetic variation. At the moment the main cause of extinction is habitat loss. Some of the most common industries created…

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Microplastics In the American Diet

Do you know that you likely consume plastics every day? Researchers found that Americans eat from 39,000 to 52,000 particles of plastic a year. Those who drink bottled water may ingest an additional 90,000 microplastics. Recent studies found microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic smaller than five millimeters in size, in food. One study published in the August issue of Environmental…

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Will No-Till Farming Transform Agriculture’s Impact on Climate Change?

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, agriculture contributes over 23% of greenhouse gas emissions. The way we grow food matters a great deal when it comes to environmental impact, especially in the face of climate change. No-till farming may be a viable solution to save water, prevent soil erosion, and increase crop yields worldwide. However, many of these…

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Renewable Energy Provides Over a Quarter of US Electricity

As the rest of the economy falters due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the renewable energy sector continues its long term growth trend. Renewable sources of energy hit a new record, providing more than one-quarter of U.S. electricity. Solar and wind energy grow 14 percent, producing one-eighth of all electricity and expanding their lead over coal and nuclear power. Following…

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The Environmental Movement Needs to Join the Fight Against Racism

The environmental movement needs to join with those fighting racism. The fact that people of color are more likely to breathe polluted air underscores just how important it is for environmentalists to combat racism. 350.org points out that confronting white supremacy is necessary to build a climate movement rooted in justice for all. “Building a movement rooted in the needs…

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Interior Official Violated Federal Ethics Laws

Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. What he did once in office is to create a foul swamp of ethical violations. President Trump’s Interior Department is plagued by ethical violations. Trump’s first Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned in 2018 amid investigations into his conduct while in office. Current Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has…

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Finding the real meaning of Earth Day

The Meaninglessness of Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the one day of the year set aside to celebrate our planet. It’s a curious aspect of human psychology, assigning arbitrary rotations of the planet to construe meaning, focus awareness, and inspire action; as such, the tactic is marginally effective. Every New Year’s Eve we resolve to do better, each birthday passes with renewed hope of a…

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