Category: Green

How Monsanto Is Bribing Farmers to Use a Toxic Herbicide

In a ploy to avoid decreased sales on a federally-restricted, toxic herbicide linked to crop damage, Monsanto is attempting to bribe farmers with a program incentivizing its use. Monsanto is offering $6 cash back per acre, which represents a rebate of over 50%, to soybean farmers who spray the herbicide XtendiMax with VaporGrip. The herbicide is designed for use on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, which are genetically modified by Monsanto to resist the toxins in XtendiMax. The agribusiness giant is also promising $5.50 cash back per acre to cotton growers who plant cotton varieties engineered with XtendFlex Technology. This program may sound...

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Scientists Report Climate Change Really Did Make Hurricane Harvey Worse

Groundbreaking research has found that climate change increased the likelihood and magnitude of Hurricane Harvey. According to articles published in Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) and Environmental Research Letters (ERL), Hurricane Harvey was about three times more likely to happen and up to 38% more rain-heavy because of climate change. The scientists used two different approaches. In the ERL article, they analyzed U.S. Gulf Coast rainfall records dating back to 1880 and found that infrequent, heavy rainfall events have gotten more severe. In the GRL article, researchers looked at Houston-area weather data from 1950-2016 and climate records and came to a similar conclusion. In...

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Meet Edible Plastics, Biodegradable Plastics’ Fun Cousins

We’re witnessing more and more of the havoc that our discarded plastic products are wreaking on the environment and living creatures. The oceans are full of plastic and its inhabitants are eating it, becoming entangled in it and even being strangled by it. According to National Geographic, more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. Thankfully, companies are now manufacturing biodegradable plastics including biodegradable water filters, biodegradable cutlery, plates, straws, cups, boxes, and ponchos, and edible/biodegradable plastic bags. A company called LOLIWARE offers eco-conscious consumers vibrantly colored and edible flavored cups and straws. They plan to produce...

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Starving Polar Bear Caught on Camera Brings Bleak Glimpse of a Warmer Future

Devastating footage of a starving polar bear is causing international alarm across social media channels. The sickening image demonstrates the urgent need to make changes and implement solutions to address climate change, in order to lessen the impact it will have on the Earth. Sea Legacy, a collective of filmmakers and photographers, are on a mission to create healthy and abundant oceans. This summer they sent an expedition to the Canadian Baffin Islands, where they encountered a polar bear. Unfortunately, this once majestic and powerful creature was gaunt and frail, close to death from hunger. Paul Nicklen, the researcher...

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Tax Bill Set to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Development

The GOP-backed tax bill inching closer to becoming law contains a provision that would open up an environmentally sensitive part of the Alaskan tundra for oil drilling. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) spans more than 19 million acres and is one of the last untouched ecosystems in the United States. It is home to over 200 varieties of migratory birds, 30 species of land mammals, and 40 species of fish, and is the only U.S. refuge where polar bears live. Other notable residents include walruses, beluga whales and snowy owls. The land is also the main calving grounds for North America’s largest caribou...

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This Group is Sending 100 Free Solar-Energy Trailers to Help Puerto Rico’s Power Crisis

A Maine based company has announced plans to ship dozens of portable trailers outfitted with solar panels to provide emergency power to Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico over two months ago, but its impact still looms large. Fifty-five people lost their lives. Ten percent of people are without access to potable water. Twenty municipalities and hundreds of thousands of people remain without power. To help address access to power, Amicus Solar Cooperative and Amurtel (a disaster relief nonprofit) initially provided panels and trailers, and now ReVision Energy plans to outfit the trailers with solar panels in Massachusetts and then send...

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks Biggest Oil Spill in South Dakota’s History

Early Thursday morning, an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota. It was the largest spill in the state’s history and ranks in the top twenty oil spills in the United States since 2010. The oil leak happened close to the North Dakota border, about 30 miles from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Lake Traverse Indian Reservation. The environmental impacts of the spill are still under investigation, but its magnitude has caused dire concern with the local Native American community. A South Dakota environmental official played down the leak, claiming it was not substantial and that since...

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How a New, Biodegradable Water Filter Can Help Our Plastic Bottle Crisis

You’ve seen the photos — water bottles and other plastics bobbing around in the ocean, or washed up in piles on the shore. Our plastic is killing birds and fish that mistake it for food and eat it, or become hopelessly entangled in trash. A new, biodegradable water filter can replace those plastic water bottles, helping reduce plastic waste and pollution. According to Magnus Jern of TAPP Water, only 10 percent of the 250 billion plastic water bottles used globally are recycled. The other 90 percent wind up in nature or in landfills, where they break down into micro plastics and...

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