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Eyes in the Sky Reveal Extent of Gray Seal Recovery

Duke University-led studies confirm that gray seals are making a comeback off the New England and eastern Canadian coasts.Using research drones, thermal cameras and free images from Google Earth, two Duke University-led studies confirm that gray seals are making a comeback off the New England and eastern Canadian coasts.
 
The findings help confirm that seal conservation efforts are working, and that these remote eye-in-the sky technologies make it easier and safer for scientists to study migratory wildlife in remote locations and estimate their numbers accurately.

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Duke University Dining Earns a Gold by Going Green

Duke is also one of 13 universities in the country – and three in the southeast – to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as only serving sustainable seafood.

Duke Dining’s sustainable procurement plan receives top honor

For Marcus Carson, Duke Dining’s sustainability and quality assurance manager, a good cup of coffee isn’t enough.

If it’s certified organic, fair trade and bird friendly, that’s a start. But if it’s going to be sustainable enough to be served in Duke-run dining facilities in the future, Carson has a few more questions.

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Bee Buzzes Could Help Determine How to Save their Decreasing Population

Bombus balteatus queen collecting nectar from the alpine clover, Trifolium parryi. The buzzes of bees flying from flower to flower tell scientists how much pollination the clover population is getting over time and predict seed production in these alpine wildflowers. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Geib, Appalachian State University According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwide. Widespread and effective monitoring of bee populations could lead to better management; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led by the University of Missouri has developed an inexpensive acoustic listening system using data from small microphones in the field to monitor bees in flight. The study, published in PLOS ONE, shows how farmers could use the technology to monitor pollination and increase food production.

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Food Watchdog Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Menu Labeling

A 2015 Harvard study found that menu labeling could prevent 41,000 cases of childhood obesity, saving $4.6 billion in healthcare costs over 10 years.

FDA delayed compliance and jeopardized public health

The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Consumers League, both represented by the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to delay a rule requiring chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other food retail establishments to post calorie counts for prepared food and beverages.

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Whales and Dolphins Needlessly Threatened By U.S. Air Force Bombs

Conservation groups challenge National Marine Fisheries Service proposal that would expose whales and dolphins to missile and bomb testing in the ocean

On behalf of conservation groups, Earthjustice sent a letter early this week to the National Marine Fisheries Service objecting to proposed regulations that would allow the U.S. Air Force to injure marine mammals while testing long-range missiles and bombs off the island of Kaua‘i. The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires the Fisheries Service to insist that the Air Force do everything it reasonably can to avoid harm to Hawai‘i’s whales and dolphins.

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As You Sow Report: Glyphosate Poses Threat to Human Health and the Food System

Rising use of glyphosate, the world's most heavily applied hThe majority of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the U.S. are designed to survive direct applications of glyphosate. As use of GE crops has increased, use of the herbicide has skyrocketed.erbicide, is putting the population at risk of significant health problems, according to a report released today by the environmental health watchdog group As You Sow. Glyphosate is applied frequently to the most popular crops in the U.S., including wheat, oats, and beans, and has been found in many common food products including Quaker Oats and many breads. The report raises red flags about the health and environmental impacts of current glyphosate use, problems with the regulation of pesticides, and how large chemical companies are promoting the use of glyphosate.   

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The Global Species Crisis: Mammals on the Brink of Extinction

Bee at Altanta Botanical Garden - Rights reserved by Holly ElmoreFor some animal species, time on planet Earth is running out. There have been five mass extinctions in the planet’s history, and animal populations so far suggest that we may have entered what will be the sixth great extinction wave. Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, when the idea of saving many of the world’s animals was first recognized, scientists have strived to save dwindling animal numbers. But, despite efforts, the list of endangered species has more than doubled in the past two decades according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). More than 23,000 plant and animal species are listed on the IUCN, including corals, birds, mammals and amphibians.

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Climate Deal Decision Puts Birds at Risk

Climate Deal Decision Puts Birds at RiskAmerican Bird Conservancy (ABC) condemns President Donald J. Trump’s decision, announced today, to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The reversal increases the dangers that a changing climate creates for migratory birds like Red Knot and many other species, including humans.

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Phones and Drones to Monitor Endangered Species

Conservation researchers have developed an interactive software tool called ConservationFIT that can “read” digital images of animal footprints captured from smartphonesConservation researchers have developed an interactive software tool called ConservationFIT that can “read” digital images of animal footprints captured from smartphones, cameras or drones and accurately identify the species, sex and age of the animal that made the tracks, and even match tracks to individual animals. 

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Natural Stone – the Eco-Friendly Choice for Home Renovations and Upgrades

Stone is a natural product

Summer is the perfect time to learn about Mother Nature’s authentic product

Unless you studied geology, you may not be able to reel off the three main classifications of rock or know the difference between a quirt and a quoin. But, you likely inherently understand that the beauty and durability of natural stone holds strong universal appeal. You probably also intuitively know that the world’s oldest building product – natural stone – is the single most authentic and organic choice for both interior and exterior home applications. That’s because it’s been hand crafted by Mother Nature herself over thousands, and in some cases, millions of years.

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