Toxic “forever chemicals” found in fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Toxic “forever chemicals” seem to be everywhere these days, from drinking water sources to breast milk. Now, it appears that the chemicals, also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have also found their way into fertilizers, according to a report published last month. The report was written by researchers from the Ecology Center and the Sierra Club, … Continue reading Toxic “forever chemicals” found in fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Celebrate, but not with glitter: Glitter is a toxic pollutant that should be banned, warn scientists

Glitter is tiny, sparkly and festive, but these minuscule particles are harmful to the environment. According to experts, glitter should be banned to protect oceans and marine life. Why is glitter bad for the environment? Glitter particles are very small, and marine animals often mistake them for food. This is bad because microplastics like glitter can damage … Continue reading Celebrate, but not with glitter: Glitter is a toxic pollutant that should be banned, warn scientists

Exposing the fraud that is Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods has been getting a lot of buzz for its veggie “burger that bleeds.” Whether it’s family members, friends or celebrities on social media, you don’t have to search very hard to find someone who is enthusiastic about these flavorful patties. But are they really as good for your body and the planet as … Continue reading Exposing the fraud that is Impossible Foods

Genetically modified mosquitoes are being released in Florida Keys despite protests

On Thursday, April 29, workers from British biotech firm Oxitec placed boxes of mosquito larvae into six yards in the Florida Keys. They then added water. In a week, some 12,000 genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes will emerge out of each box, making the first batch of GM mosquitoes released in the United States. Oxitec and … Continue reading Genetically modified mosquitoes are being released in Florida Keys despite protests

Jumping worms are wreaking havoc in 15 US states

Jumping worms are wreaking havoc in the ecosystems and garden soils of at least 15 U.S. states. Also known as crazy worms, Alabama jumpers and snake worms, they violently thrash when handled and shed their own tails to escape when put under duress. Mature jumping worms are between four and five inches long. They have been sighted in … Continue reading Jumping worms are wreaking havoc in 15 US states

EPA approves release of GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys despite safety concerns

Britain-based biotech company Oxitec has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Florida Keys this spring. The firm claims that the technology is safe and effective at eradicating dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases in the area – a claim that scientists and residents dispute. Oxitec, which is U.S.-owned but U.K.-based, says … Continue reading EPA approves release of GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys despite safety concerns

Pesticide “ghosts” can haunt organic farms for decades

Most commercial crops grown around the world are treated with pesticides. But some farms are now switching to organic practices to avoid the risks that pesticides pose to human and environmental health. However, new research shows that past pesticide use can still “haunt” fields that have long been converted into organic farms. Published recently in Environmental Science and … Continue reading Pesticide “ghosts” can haunt organic farms for decades

Marine life heading away from the equator could signal global mass extinction, scientists warn

When it comes to biodiversity, the waters around the equator have long been miles ahead of most of the rest of the planet. The tropical waters are known for their rich and varied marine life, with creatures ranging from vibrant coral reefs, whale sharks and sea turtles to tropical tuna and manta rays. Unfortunately, its … Continue reading Marine life heading away from the equator could signal global mass extinction, scientists warn

GMO mosquitos being released in Florida Keys despite concerns by scientists and residents

Coronavirus isn’t the only danger Floridians will have to contend with this spring as biotech firm Oxitec has announced that it will be releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. These mosquitoes have been genetically altered in a way that causes them to pass “self-limiting” genes to offspring. When the modified male mosquitoes breed with … Continue reading GMO mosquitos being released in Florida Keys despite concerns by scientists and residents

Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean, says it’s “unavoidable”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the government has put off figuring out what to do with all of the radioactive water at the now-defunct Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant for long enough. The prime minister will decide next week whether to dump the radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean in spite of strong opposition from fishermen in Fukushima. Officials … Continue reading Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean, says it’s “unavoidable”