BP Spill Two Years After–This week will mark the second anniversary of the explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform…

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BP Spill Two Years After

This week will mark the second anniversary of the explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, which led to the largest oil spill in US history. In the immediate aftermath of the spill, researchers marvelled at the ability of bacteria to consume the oil and…

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Antibiotic Resistance Concerns FDA

Antibiotics, available over-the-counter at farm supply stores, are typically added into livestock feed to promote growth and prevent illness in crowded, unsanitary living conditions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): “With these agricultural…

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The Government’s Fishy Business

Lawsuit Aims to Protect the Parrotfish, the Deep Sea Cleaning Crew

Recently, conservation groups sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to protect coral reefs by allowing the overfishing of parrotfish, a colorful fish species that spends its days munching algae off of the underwater, polyp-covered structures.

If you’ve…

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Opting Out

A review of The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen

In The Man Who Quit Money (Riverhead Books) award-winning author Mark Sundeen has found a subject who defies the universal longing for the American Dream: Daniel Suelo, a man who has opted out of money, both making it and spending it, who chooses to live without plush…

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E ’s Green Home Picks: Ideas in Bloom

Old Barn Wood, Rain Chains and Secret Kitchen Composting


Still struggling to compost in the kitchen? The recycled stainless steel Blanco Solon Compost System (about $300) installs directly into your countertop, so you simply scrape in vegetable trimmings, egg shells and coffee grounds as you’re…

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Call of the Wild

Jewelry Designer Jes MaHarry Turns to Nature—and Gives Back

Jewelry designer Jes MaHarry’s creations make more than just a fashion statement—they are also a means to connect people to a variety of environmental causes that the designer holds dear, from using reclaimed metal, conflict-free diamonds and recycled leather to…

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Imported Food Brings Safety Questions

Imported Fruits, Vegetables and Seafood Are on the Rise and Inspections Can’t Keep Up

When it comes to food, imported is in. “We’ve all noticed asparagus and pineapples in December in the supermarkets,” says Chris Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). A recent visit to supermarkets in Connecticut…

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Spray Drifting from Pesticide Applications

Dear EarthTalk: What is “pesticide drift” and should I be worried
about it?

—Nicole Kehoe, Burlington, VT…

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Dark Side of LED Lightbulbs

Dear EarthTalk: Are there health or environmental concerns with LED lightbulbs, which may soon replace compact fluorescents as the green-friendly light bulb of choice?

—Mari-Louise, via e-mail…

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