“With its new guidelines, the American Heart Association has definitively taken a stand against added sugars, stating that no child should consume more than six teaspoons – or 100 calories – worth a day.
Research traces source from military bases to water to women’s bodies–and to the next generation
Cancer-causing highly fluorinated chemicals are polluting the drinking water of an estimated 6 million – and likely many more – Americans, and the blood of almost everyone.
For the first time, researchers have used sophisticated mapping technology to identify military bases, airports, industrial sites, and wastewater treatment plants as the major sources of contamination and to connect the dots from sources to drinking water and then to women’s blood.
Researchers and giraffe enthusiasts celebrate Texas Giraffe Day to honor giraffe twins, raise awareness of threats
May 10 marked the first Texas Giraffe Day, according to a Texas House of Representatives resolution adopted by Rep. Doug Miller last May to honor the rare giraffe twins born at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (NBWR), and to sound the alarm that wild giraffe are dying at a rapid pace.
Peak-to-Peak Zips, Foraging and other Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate 100 Years of National and NC State Parks
The beauty of Asheville's mountain scenery is timeless, except for this year when it turns 100 years old. 2016 marks a century since the creation of the National Park Service, NC State Parks and Pisgah National Forest. Cradled in the Blue Ridge and steeped in cultural cool, Asheville is a convenient basecamp for centennial park adventures with:
Model can help forest managers better maintain forests by predicting which trees will survive
Land managers, forestry professionals and conservationists seek to predict how trees will grow so they can better manage existing forests and regrow forests after logging operations. Previous tree growth models can reasonably predict how trees grow once they are about 20 years old and achieve “crown closure” with the trees in the forest around them. Crown closure occurs when trees in a specific area grow wide and tall enough that their canopies connect. Now, University of Missouri researchers have created a new statistical model that accurately predicts tree growth from when they are first planted until they reach crown closure.
Innovative new web tool empowers citizen investor action on deforestation
A new transparency tool, “Deforestation Free Funds,” shows which global mutual funds contain palm-oil-related holdings, the fastest growing cause of rainforest destruction today. Friends of the Earth and As You Sow created this free online database to allow individual investors, for the first time ever, to determine their links to tropical deforestation and land grabs. The tool then empowers investors to demand deforestation-free investment options and responsible policies from workplace retirement plan managers and major fund families.
Spider societies with diverse personalities enjoy success despite extreme temperature shifts
Like people, animals have personalities. And their personalities differ, sometimes hugely, on traits like shyness and aggressiveness. Among the big questions are where those differences come from, why they exist, and how they are maintained. Now researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have uncovered an unexpected benefit of these personalities: to protect societies from extreme temperature changes.
Major National Campaign Directed at Reducing Wasted Food from Largest Source—Consumers—Aims to Help Save Money, Water & Energy
The Ad Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council launched “Save The Food,” a major national public service campaign to combat food waste from its largest source—consumers, who collectively waste more food than grocery stores, restaurants or farms. The initiative hopes to encourage consumers to reduce the amount of food they trash in their homes, thereby saving the water, energy and money that are lost along with it. Watch the TV ad here.
“As it turns out, we can’t blame the epidemic of food waste on our kids’ aversion to vegetables. We’re all culprits here, tossing out staggering amounts of food in kitchens nationwide,” said NRDC President Rhea Suh. “But with small steps, we can save large amounts of food —and along with it, money and precious natural resources. The more food we save, the more we can share with hungry Americans, the more we can reduce climate pollution, and the more water won’t go to waste.”
Feedback, Together With A Coalition Of Partners, Brings Popular Food Waste Awareness Festival To America To Take Food Waste #OffTheMenu
Recent research has revealed that the United States spends $218 billion a year growing, processing, and transporting food that is never eaten. Up to 63 million tons of perfectly edible food end up in American landfills each year – a terrifying number from a resource and greenhouse emissions perspective, but all the more galling in light of the roughly 49 million Americans who live in food insecure households.
In efforts to shed light on this critical issue and its tasty solutions, Feedback, an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to ending food waste at every level of the food system, today announced its U.S. campaign, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with a coalition of more than 40 like-minded organizations and chefs, to Take Food Waste #OffTheMenu.