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Paper – Environmental impacts of food consumption by dogs and cats

Okin GS (2017) Environmental impacts of food consumption by dogs and cats. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0181301. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181301 “In the US, there are more than 163 million dogs and cats that consume, as a significant portion of their diet, animal products and therefore potentially constitute a considerable dietary footprint. Here, the energy and animal-derived product consumption… Continue Reading

Toolkit For State Legislators to Create Environmental Legislative Action

A Curated List of Environmental Laws That Both Protect The Environment and Support Economic and Job Growth – “Laws that protect the environment and the health of citizens, while simultaneously supporting economic and job growth, are being passed in state legislatures across the United States. These laws are more important than ever before and, increasingly,… Continue Reading

By August 2, 2017 we used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year

“Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, is marking Earth Overshoot Day with the launch of a new mobile-friendly Footprint calculator at www.footprintcalculator.org. Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year. This year Earth Overshoot Day falls on August 2, the earliest… Continue Reading

35 second video bursts through 117 years of data to demonstrate global warming trends in more than 100 countries

Vox: “This captivating video created by Antti Lipponen visualizes more than 100 years of temperature change in 191 countries in just 35 seconds. Lipponen, a researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, used publicly available data from NASA to demonstrate the rising temperatures across the world. This isn’t the first time the story of global warming… Continue Reading

Studying 2,000 Years of Climate Change Data

Center for Data Innovation: “PAGES2k Consortium, an international community of climate scientists, has published the most comprehensive set of “temperature reconstructions” ever assembled in a publicly accessible database. A temperature reconstruction is an estimate of historical surface temperatures based on measurements collected from proxies such as tree rings, corals, glacier ice, and sediments. The crowd-sourced… Continue Reading

EWG’s Searchable National Tap Water Database

EWG’s Tap Water Database – “Since 2010, water utilities’ testing has found pollutants in Americans’ tap water, according to an EWG drinking water quality analysis of 30 million state water records. Contaminants found in your state/city that are above health guidelines” [enter your zip code or your state to locate a complete guide…you will be… Continue Reading

Construction of Border Wall Threatens “Crown Jewel of Wildlife Refuge System”

If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the [Texas] Observer: “For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in… Continue Reading

How States Can Save Consumers Money, Energy, Water Waste, and Protect the Environment

States Go First: How States Can Save Consumers Money, Reduce Energy and Water Waste, and Protect the Environment with New Appliance Standards, July 25, 2017, Research Report A1702 Joanna Mauer, Andrew deLaski, and Marianne DiMascio. “National appliance standards cover products ranging from refrigerators to commercial air conditioners to electric motors. Most of today’s national standards… Continue Reading

New Database Details Pollutants in Virtually All U.S. Public Water Systems

Environmental Working Group: “Starting today, the vast majority of Americans can learn about every potentially harmful chemical in their drinking water and what scientists say are the safe levels of those contaminants. EWG’s new national Tap Water Database is the most complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data… Continue Reading

It is National Moth Month!

“National Moth Week is from July 22-30. Are you participating? Please register a public or private event here: http://nationalmothweek.org/register-a-nmw-event-2017/, especially if your country or region isn’t on the map yet! Don’t forget to submit photos of moths you spot here! http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8841449“ Continue Reading

Let us always remember – humans require interaction with nature

Quartz: “In order to feel good, humans require interaction with nature. We have a genetically based affiliation with the natural world—a primal desire for the outdoors known as biophilia. This phenomenon describes our urge to connect with other life forms and manifests itself in our love of gardening and camping to owning pets, gifting flowers,… Continue Reading

Nebraska-Sized Area of Forest Disappeared in 2015

Climate Central: “A Nebraska-sized chunk of the world’s forests was decimated in 2015 because of wildfire, logging and expanding palm oil plantations, according to a new study. The loss is part of a continuing trend of deforestation that could have devastating implications for the climate. About 49 million acres of forest disappeared worldwide in 2015,… Continue Reading