Statistically Speaking: A Wasteland of Food

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By Bill Chameides An unconscionable amount of food is wasted around the globe. Here’s a look. (Sporkist/Flickr) The amount of food we waste is enough to make you sick … many times over. The latest installment [pdf] in the World Bank’s “Food Price Watch” series has just been released. If you’re a consumer — and […]

Los Angeles Moves Closer To City Fracking Moratorium

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By James Gerken The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to advance a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in the nation’s second-largest city. The motion passed Friday instructs the city’s attorney to draft new zoning regulations that would prohibit fracking and other oil- and gas-well stimulation techniques within city limits […]

Idaho 'Ag Gag' Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Otter

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By James Gerken BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed a bill Friday that imposes jail time and fines against people who secretly film animal abuse at Idaho’s agricultural facilities. Otter inked the new law swiftly, just two days after it cleared its final legislative hurdle in the House. The bill came in […]

Faith Leaders Call for Limits On Carbon Pollution

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By Molly Rauch When EPA held a public hearing earlier this month on its proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, I expected to hear comments from engineers, economists, policy experts, health professionals, and atmospheric scientists about the rule. I also knew that moms and dads were going to be there in […]

Should Sierra Club Endorse Coal Rush/Fracking Gov. Quinn--Or Call Out Environmental Disaster?

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By Jeff Biggers Is it enough for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and state treasurer candidate Mike Frerichs to hustle today to purge their campaigns of tainted coal industry contributions from a growing mine safety regulator scandal, or should citizens groups and environmentalists hold the Democratic candidates accountable for their full-throttle push behind the state’s unprecedented […]

What Calico Cats Can Teach Us About Obesity

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By Lydia O’Connor House cats — in all their notoriously lazy glory — may actually help scientists figure out how to control obesity in humans. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are looking to calico cats, known for their orange and black patchwork fur, to better understand “gene silencing”, the ability of a […]