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Category Archives: Environmental Law

EWG’s Searchable National Tap Water Database

EWG’s Tap Water Database – “Since 2010, water utilities’ testing has found pollutants in Americans’ tap water, according to an EWG drinking water quality analysis of 30 million state water records. Contaminants found in your state/city that are above health guidelines” [enter your zip code or your state to locate a complete guide…you will be… Continue Reading

Construction of Border Wall Threatens “Crown Jewel of Wildlife Refuge System”

If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the [Texas] Observer: “For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in… Continue Reading

How States Can Save Consumers Money, Energy, Water Waste, and Protect the Environment

States Go First: How States Can Save Consumers Money, Reduce Energy and Water Waste, and Protect the Environment with New Appliance Standards, July 25, 2017, Research Report A1702 Joanna Mauer, Andrew deLaski, and Marianne DiMascio. “National appliance standards cover products ranging from refrigerators to commercial air conditioners to electric motors. Most of today’s national standards… Continue Reading

New Database Details Pollutants in Virtually All U.S. Public Water Systems

Environmental Working Group: “Starting today, the vast majority of Americans can learn about every potentially harmful chemical in their drinking water and what scientists say are the safe levels of those contaminants. EWG’s new national Tap Water Database is the most complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data… Continue Reading

It is National Moth Month!

“National Moth Week is from July 22-30. Are you participating? Please register a public or private event here: http://nationalmothweek.org/register-a-nmw-event-2017/, especially if your country or region isn’t on the map yet! Don’t forget to submit photos of moths you spot here! http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8841449“ Continue Reading

Let us always remember – humans require interaction with nature

Quartz: “In order to feel good, humans require interaction with nature. We have a genetically based affiliation with the natural world—a primal desire for the outdoors known as biophilia. This phenomenon describes our urge to connect with other life forms and manifests itself in our love of gardening and camping to owning pets, gifting flowers,… Continue Reading

Nebraska-Sized Area of Forest Disappeared in 2015

Climate Central: “A Nebraska-sized chunk of the world’s forests was decimated in 2015 because of wildfire, logging and expanding palm oil plantations, according to a new study. The loss is part of a continuing trend of deforestation that could have devastating implications for the climate. About 49 million acres of forest disappeared worldwide in 2015,… Continue Reading

Popular Science – The Great Pacific garbage patch now has a South Pacific cousin

Follow up to – Research – Humans produce almost 20,000 plastic bottles every second – the article by Kendra Pierre-Louis: “We are living in a plastic age,” Captain Charles Moore tells PopSci. “We’re ignorant of its dangers, and we haven’t learned properly to fear or to respect it.” Moore, the founder and research director of… Continue Reading

Salmon caught in Puget found to contain cocaine, antidepressants, pain relievers

81 drugs and personal-care products were detected in the flesh of salmon caught in the Puget Sound. “Salmon is purported to be one of the healthiest foods due to its high omega-3 content, protein, and essential fatty acids, but if the fish is obtained from the Puget Sound, it is anything but healthy. According to… Continue Reading

Hundreds of rules and proposed regs frozen or jettisoned by Trump administration

The Washington Post – “…The Trump administration said it was pulling or suspending 860 pending regulations. Of those, 469 were being completely withdrawn. Another 391 were being set aside or reevaluated. These proposed regulations could be revisited at some point or dropped altogether…“These rollbacks of critical public protections will leave American workers, consumers and children… Continue Reading

Research – Humans produce almost 20,000 plastic bottles every second

We are literally drowning the earth in plastic waste according to numerous studies and research papers that repeatedly document the perhaps insurmountable damage done by human abuse, waste and collective neglect.  From a recent article in the Guardian, just one sentence that you need to genuinely understand, process and engage with: “Fewer than half of… Continue Reading

Tree Identification Field Guide

Tree Identification Field Guide (this app has a small fee): “Our illustrated, step-by-step process makes it easy to identify a tree simply by the kinds of leaves it produces. Begin identifying your tree by choosing the appropriate region…” Continue Reading