Author: Avria Myklegard

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Avria Myklegard

Avria Myklegard is a freelance writer and editor when she's not carpooling her kids all over the Puget Sound metro area. A lover of the outdoors, Avria is also a hiking guide correspondent for the Washington Trails Association.

This New Sponge Can Actually Clean Up Oil Spills

Oil spills are catastrophic events, wreaking havoc on the environment and putting marine ecosystems in peril by killing plants and animals at every step in the food chain. Even animals lucky enough to survive being smothered by oil can have long-lasting health effects, and some habitats may never fully recover. It goes without saying that oil spill clean-up efforts are of emergency level importance, and require round-the-clock recovery efforts by professionals. Luckily for them, they just got a new tool to use in their artillery against these man-made disasters. A sponge. Ok, it’s not just a sponge. It is...

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Warning: The Salish Orca is Headed for Extinction

If we don’t act now, the Salish orca of Canada may disappear forever. Canadian Minister for Fisheries and Oceans, Dominic LeBlanc, has called for a long-overdue federal recovery plan for the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), also known as the Orcas of the Salish Sea. Under the Canadian federal Species at Risk Act (SARA), the animals have been listed as endangered since 2001, and likewise, in the United States, they have been listed as endangered since 2005. Despite an orca “baby boom” of sorts in 2015, in which four baby orcas were born, 2016 brought seven deaths to the three pods (J,...

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Being Pet-Friendly Makes You More Attractive

Struggling to come up with the perfect way to seduce your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than your furry wing man. According to a recent study, 76% of people find a romantic partner more attractive if they’re pet friendly. Petcube, a retailer that makes cameras to record all of your companion animal’s crazy antics, conducted their first annual Valentine’s Day Survey in January with a sample of 3,771 people from all around the world.  The results: People are crazy in love with their pets. Besides pets making you more attractive, the survey also concluded that a 3-way-love-affair...

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Breaking the Deadly Silence of Eating Disorders

Canada and the United States are kicking off 2017 Eating Disorders Awareness week with campaigns designed to limit the shame and stigma of the illness. Canada’s Not A Choice campaign (February 1 through 7) is promoted by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC), and stresses eating disorders are not a choice, trend, or a diet that’s gone too far, but a serious illness with the highest mortality rate among psychiatric disorders. America’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 26 through March 4) is promoted by the National Eating Disorders Association, and this year’s theme is It’s Time to...

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Record-Setting 14 Million Pounds of Batteries Recycled in 2016

North Americans love technology — and energy-sucking technology loves batteries. Luckily, consumers are getting better at recycling them. 14 million pounds of batteries were collected in the United States and Canada in 2016, marking a 20-year consecutive increase, according to Call2Recycle, a recycling organization founded in 1994 by five battery companies that wanted to address the disposal of rechargeable batteries. This translates into 129 million pounds of recyclable material that bypassed landfills for over two decades. “Virtually all battery chemistries can be recycled,” said Call2Recycle CEO Carl Smith in an interview with Lady Freethinker. “Including your commonly used alkaline...

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