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New Initiative Launched to Halt Global Extinctions

 

BirdLife International, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), IUCN, UNEP, GEF, and the Governments of Brazil, Chile, and Madagascar team up to safeguard endangered speciesBirdLife International, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), IUCN, UNEP, GEF, and the Governments of Brazil, Chile, and Madagascar team up to safeguard endangered species

Gathered in Montreal1, leading conservation organizations have announced a new global initiative to prevent the extinction of endangered species, in partnership with the governments of Brazil, Chile, and Madagascar.

Supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the initiative will mobilize $6.7 million to deliver a project entitled the “Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE): Conserving Earth’s Most Irreplaceable Sites for Endangered Biodiversity.” AZE is a global initiative working to prevent species extinctions by identifying and safeguarding the places where Endangered or Critically Endangered species are restricted to single remaining sites.

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EPA Must Act Now to Protect Public from Teflon Chemical in Drinking Water

 

The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis. Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.

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This is what dessert looks like without pollinators

Whole Foods Market, Xerces Society team up to raise awareness of declining pollinator populationsWhole Foods Market, Xerces Society team up to raise awareness of declining pollinator populations

Life without pollinators would be a lot less sweet. That’s the message Whole Foods Market and the Xerces Society are delivering this month as part of the duo’s “share the buzz” campaign to raise awareness around the plight of pollinators, and to inspire shoppers to be part of the solution.

One in every three bites of food comes from plants that depend on pollinators, and with pollinator populations declining at alarming rates, the availability of ingredients in many of the baked goods people enjoy every day is being threatened.

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Protect Your Home and Family from Radon

Radon—the silent killer—is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages Americans around the country to test their homes for this naturally occurring radioactive gas.

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Sustainable Bird Tourism Scales Up to Support Tropical Conservation​​

At Program’s 10-year Anniversary, Bird Reserve Network Spans Almost a Million AcresAt Program’s 10-year Anniversary, Bird Reserve Network Spans Almost a Million Acres

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and its partners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Latin American Bird Reserve Network. A successful model for sustainable birdwatching tourism designed to prevent the extinction of some of the Americas’ rarest birds, the network now includes more than 70 tropical reserves spanning close to one million acres.

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How To Shop The Spring 2016 Health And Wellness Trends from LuckyVitamin

With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media everyday, it’s hard to know how to shop for the cleanest, most effective product innovations. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this spring. - See more at: http://blog.luckyvitamin.com/general-wellness-wellbeing/how-to-shop-the-spring-2016-health-and-wellness-trends/#sthash.Ur3T9ORU.dpuf

With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media everyday, it’s hard to know how to shop for the cleanest, most effective product innovations. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this spring.

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Climate Change and the Migration of Infectious Disease

 

Zika is all over the news. Zika is surely dangerous, but it has its limitations and is likely to be well contained. However, its greater significance extends beyond any current spread. Instead, it exemplifies the crucial emerging trend of a novel infectious agent that has swiftly become a global threat.

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Divestment Momentum Grows as Sit-In Swells to 250 and 19 Students Are Arrested

 

250 students occupied the Whitmore Administration building during the third day of an historic sit-in, as momentum swelled following the arrests of 15 students last night. Following continued negotiations between the members of the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign and UMass administration, President Martin Meehan and Board of Trustees Chairman Victor Woolridge chose to have 19 more students arrested rather than meet the demands of the campus community: to publicly commit to creating a plan for full fossil fuel divestment by June 1st. This brought the total of student arrests made to 34, coming on the heels of 4 student arrests for divestment at Harvard yesterday, as part of a national month of action across the fossil fuel divestment movement called Youth > Fossil Fuels.

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EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen™ List of Pesticides on Produce: Strawberries Most Contaminated, Apples Drop to Second

Conventional strawberries top the Dirty Dozen™ list of EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, displacing apples, which headed the list the last five years running.Conventional strawberries top the Dirty Dozen™ list of EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, displacing apples, which headed the list the last five years running.

Nearly all strawberry samples – 98 percent – tested by federal officials had detectable pesticide residues. Forty percent had residues of 10 or more pesticides and some had residues of 17 different pesticides. Some of the chemicals detected on strawberries are relatively benign, but others are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems.

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From Pump to Plug: Measuring the Public's Attitude about Plug-In Electric Vehicles

Vehicle manufacturers, U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, universities, private researchers, and other organizations from around the globe are pursuing advanced vehicle technologies that aim to reduce petroleum consumption. However, the broad acceptance of these technologies depends on consumer sentiment -- drivers must be willing to purchase such vehicles for them to succeed.

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