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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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