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The Major Food Waste Problem You Haven’t Heard About

Food waste has gotten a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. In the United States, we trash up to 40 percent of our post-harvest food supply. But there’s another, more insidious form of waste that plagues our food system—and it’s baked right in. We devote more than 100 million acres of U.S. land to growing crops that don’t contribute efficiently to our food system and in some cases pose an outright threat to our health and the environment. […]

Trump In The Snares Of Dialectics

Leaving the Paris Agreement is like Brexit: It’ll take years. The rest of Trump’s term, at least […]

Life Below The Ocean’s Surface Wholly Depends On How We Live Above It

Life below the surface cannot endure without us changing how we live our lives above the surface. And that means our idea of “ocean conservation” needs to be greatly broadened.Over the past decades, we have grown more sophisticated in our ability to monitor and measure the deteriorating state of the oceans – the dramatic decline of many marine species, the buildup of harmful pollutants in bays and estuaries, and the ongoing loss of large swaths of critical habitats – like coral reefs. But sadly, we are nowhere near as sophisticated at arresting the losses, reversing the tide, and improving ocean health. We need healthy oceans to support all life on the planet. Ocean health is ultimately a lifestyle problem, and this means we must reinvent how we live our lives above the water […]

Of Mice, Monsanto And A Mysterious Tumor

(First published in Environmental Health News.)Call it the case of the mysterious mouse tumor.It’s been 34 years since Monsanto Co. presented U.S. regulators with a seemingly routine study analyzing the effects the company’s best-selling herbicide might have on rodents. […]

Climate Change Is Literally Making You Lose Sleep

Climate change caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases is wreaking havoc on our planet — from heat waves to heavy rainstorms to higher sea levels, the consequences of global warming are far-reaching. The mere thought of the irreversible damage being done to our planet is enough to leave us tossing and turning at night. But as it turns out, there’s a scientific reason that climate change is literally making us lose sleep.Many of us have had the experience of struggling to fall and stay asleep during a heat wave — especially if we don’t have air conditioning. A newly published paper in the journal Science Advances predicts that as global temperatures continue to rise an increasing number of people will lose sleep.This side effect of climate change will disproportionately affect certain demographics — specifically, people who can’t afford to run their air conditioning all night, and the elderly, who have a harder time regulating their body temperature.According to the researchers’ calculations, an extra six nights of sleeplessness can be expected every month for every 100 Americans by 2050. That number will surge to 14 nights per month by 2099 if global emissions continue at their current level. Sleep deprivation is miserable, but it’s more than a mere inconvenience.Sleep deprivation is miserable, but it’s more than a mere inconvenience […]

Pruitt Doubles Down On Big Coal Lie With ‘Pruitt Math’

When Pruitt gave the same lie to three separate networks (Fox, ABC and NBC) on Sunday, claiming that 50,000 new coal jobs had been created since the fourth quarter of 2016 (and 7,000 new coal industry jobs in May alone), I quickly posted a fact check on HuffPost. […]

The GOP’s Drift From Reality

It is unfair to paint either of America’s principal political parties with a broad brush. There are many different viewpoints and values within the ranks of Republicans and Democrats. It is very fair, however, to judge the parties by the actions of their leaders and the reactions of their rank and file. If grassroots Republicans allow their leaders to remain in power, they must share the blame or the credit for their leaders’ actions. The Republican Party’s official position on global climate change is a prominent example. In the past decade, the Party has developed an inverse relationship between reality and ideology. In other words, as climate change has become more damaging and climate science more certain, the official party line has become more adamant that global warming doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter. […]