Author: Lori Bell

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Lori Bell

Lori Bell graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. Always an avid writer, she began freelancing in 2015 to fund her travels in South America. Although she has a diverse background and interests, Lori is particularly passionate about social justice and healthy living. She has been a vegetarian for over 8 years, practices yoga, and jogs regularly. She speaks Spanish and has been an active volunteer in ESL classrooms. Aside from Lady Freethinker, Lori writes about health and wellness as a freelance writer.

1 Billion Milkweeds to Save the Monarch

Monarch butterflies are in danger of extinction. They have long migration routes, moving from as far north as Canada to as far south as Mexico. The long journey isn’t the problem, however. The real issue stems from dwindling supplies of milkweed along the migration route, which is essential to their habitat. Despite the difficulties, even unlikely groups like Pheasants Forever, which is dedicated to protecting pheasant and quail habitats, are helping bring back milkweed to protect monarch butterflies. By 2020, Pheasants Forever hopes to restore one billion milkweed stems. “By implementing some of the most diverse habitat seeding specifications...

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Renewable Energy Gives Major Boost to California Economy

Transitioning to renewable energy has significant economic benefits, according to a new study on the effects of California’s major climate programs in the San Joaquin Valley. The study, conducted by the University of California, evaluated cap-and-trade — the Renewables Portfolio Standard that requires all retail electricity sellers to produce 33 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources. “The Valley has a lot of carbon-intensive industries,” lead author of the report, Betony Jones, explained in a press release, “so the economic costs of climate policies were quickly evident.” The boost shouldn’t be surprising. Other studies have shown similar, positive...

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Since Shutting Down Coal, Ontario Has Much Cleaner, Healthier Air

Between 2005 and 2014, Ontario phased out its coal-fired power plants — and the numbers show that air quality has improved immensely.  In fact, Ontario has only experienced only one smog filled day since 2014, according to the President and CEO of the Asthma Society of Canada, Vanessa Foran. “Let’s compare that to 2005 when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” Foran said in a press release. “From this fact alone, it’s obvious shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the province’s air...

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This Group is Turning Scientists into Politicians to Combat Trump Agenda

Donald Trump has become the 45th president. For many, it’s difficult to stomach. Over the course of the presidential primaries and after the election, Americans saw a darker side of society. While all of the controversies, name calling, and starkly contrasting views may leave some wondering what to believe, groups like 314 Action remind us that we can’t lose sight of the hard facts. The recently formed non-profit, which gets its name from the commonly reoccurring ratio Pi, or 3.14, strives to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in the states, advocate for scientifically driven policy, and encourage people...

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New Zera™ Food Recycler Makes Homemade Fertilizer within 24 Hours

To turn old scraps of food into fertilizer usually takes a lot of patience. Most people just throw out their leftover fruit and vegetable skins without even entertaining this eco-friendlier option. But making fertilizer at home just became a whole lot easier. On Friday, Whirlpool Corporation announced the release of its Zera™ Food Recycler. The system, designed by WLabs, is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and will soon be available via retail. “Zera™ Food Recycler brings a purposeful innovation to consumer kitchens, and delivers on an increasing demand for more environmentally-driven solutions for the home,” said Jennifer Bonuso, Senior Director of CPG...

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