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The Need to Save Our Oceans Is Now

By Fredrica Syren: Every other breath we take comes from the Ocean’s breath — from the oxygen produced by its phytoplankton and its rich marine plant life. Oceans cover 71% of our planet and today humans are harming the oceans far more than we realized.  There are multiple factors harming our …

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Tweeting to Keep Love in the Air

By Larraine Roulston: While we humans gleefully sing the praises of Valentine’s Day with heartfelt gifts and romantic songs, the birds in Alberta are forced to change their love tunes. Recently published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, a study suggests that the noise emanating from the Alberta Tar Sands oil drilling is drowning out …

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Coral Bleaching Is Getting Worse

By Larraine Roulston: Climate change is warming the oceans, causing the coral reefs to lose a high percentage of their symbiotic algae. Corals require warm water, but the extra heat is making the algae produce toxins. Because of this, the corals reject the toxic algae. As a result, the corals turn a ghostly white …

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Plastics Manufacturers Have Known About Plastic Harm Since 1970

By Fredrica Syren: Let’s be honest about plastic. And I mean inconveniently honest. Plastic is found in everything these days: food, hygiene products, phones, computers, cars, even gum. Here is the harsh truth: plastic never goes away and most of it — like grocery bags, micro beads, straws and bottles …

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Why Cotton Swabs Should Be Something of the Past

By Fredrica Syren: It’s a sad fact that humans already have added more than 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic to the ocean. For lots of people, though, it’s hard to connect how our daily habits might be adding to this huge amount of plastic. Ok, so we already have heard …

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U.S. Honey Business Facing Pesticide Issues   

By Larraine Roulston: The pesticide glyphosate, developed by Monsanto, is being sprayed on U.S. agricultural lands. This pesticide, recently classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test foods. The FDA aims to establish and validate testing methodology for …

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Hawaii to Ban Swimming with Spinner Dolphins

By Kim Robson: Hawaii’s Spinner dolphins are nocturnal – they hunt for food at night and then come closer to shore during the day to rest, socialize and nurture their young. Unfortunately, daytime is when tour groups interact with the dolphins. Spinners are famous for their acrobatic displays, leaping from the water and spinning along their longitudinal axis as they soar through the air. Federal regulators are …

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30 Years After Disaster, Life Is Growing in Chernobyl

By Fredrica Syren: I remember it as if it were yesterday — the Chernobyl accident. The accident the world still talks about…30 years later. I was a child in Sweden when suddenly all the adults were talking about the nuclear power plant in Pripyat. On April 26, 1986, Ukraine had …

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