Archive for the ‘Economy and Policy’ Category

Sep17

Hellbender populations

Hellbender

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North America’s largest salamander is disappearing at an alarming rate. Hellbenders commonly reach two feet in length and have a life span of up to 30 years. They are the third-largest salamander in the world, after the Chinese giant salamander and the Japanese giant salamander. (more…)

Sep15

Turning food waste into biogas

Rotting Apples

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Turning food waste into fuel is not a new idea, but it is one that is finally starting to catch on in a big way.  A growing number of wastewater treatment plants across the country are participating in the effort to recycle food waste and produce biogas. (more…)

Sep12

Polluted beaches

Santa Monica Beach

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Few things are more beloved in the summer than a trip to the beach. It’s a time to relax and take in the calming beauty of the sand and surf. If you enjoy swimming, however, you might want to consult the National Resource Defense Council’s new ‘Testing the Waters’ report. (more…)

Sep11

Urban heat is not a myth

NYC

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It has long been observed that metropolitan areas are significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas as a result of human activities.  These areas are known as urban heat islands. (more…)

Sep09

Coral and sunscreen

Coral

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Summer is in full swing. With temperatures at their peak and beach vacations underway, most of us have probably stocked up on sunscreen. We slather it on children to prevent painful burns and apply it to ourselves to avert skin cancer. But as much as sunscreen protects our skin from harm, it can do just the opposite to coral reefs. (more…)

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