Moms who mobilize for the planet

Moms who mobilize for the planet

Moms have emerged as serious activists on the front lines of air pollution, climate change, and environmental health and safety. Groups like the Mom’s Clean Air Force have rallied their members across the nation to crack down on everything from dirty oil refineries in New Jersey, to protesting the nomination of EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, […]

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Indigenous women pass down cultural heritage to daughters through smartphones

Indigenous women pass down cultural heritage to daughters through smartphones

Climate change threatens indigenous communities around the world as it drives the destruction of their land and the migration of their people to bigger cities. This also means that indigenous traditions and languages are at risk of disappearing as the modern world encroaches in on them. The Awajún people of northern Peru, renowned as skilled […]

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Trump Administration Allows 1,700 Safety Exceptions For Offshore Drilling Operations

Trump Administration Allows 1,700 Safety Exceptions For Offshore Drilling Operations

The Trump Administration has allowed 1700 “exceptions” of the “Well Control Rule” that the Obama Administration put in place in 2016 to improve drilling safety as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Today, in a hearing on Capitol Hill, the Interior Department defended these actions saying that the exceptions were granted only if the requester demonstrated that the exception to the rule was equally protective. 

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Trader Joe’s Makes Commitment To Reduce Plastic Packaging

Trader Joe’s Makes Commitment To Reduce Plastic Packaging

As a result of a very public petition drive led by Greenpeace, Trader Joe’s announced that it will take various steps to reduce its use of plastic in its stores such as it will stop offering single-use carryout bags nationwide, replace its produce bags with biodegradable and compostable options, replace styrofoam trays used in produce packaging, and sell more loose produce rather than wrapping it in plastic. 

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EPA Slow to Act on PFAS Contamination Crisis

EPA Slow to Act on PFAS Contamination Crisis

A hearing on Capitol Hill today probed EPA’s failure to set safety standards for a class of toxic chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — also called the “forever chemicals” because they take thousands of years to break down.  Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned because PFAS has seeped into many public water systems in the United States and globally, especially near and on military bases and industrial sites, exposing millions to these chemicals at dangerous levels and causing health problems in those communities. 

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One cool thing: which town has the best tasting tap water?

One cool thing: which town has the best tasting tap water?

Not all tap water tastes the same, we can certainly say this in DC as this time of year our tap water tastes more like pool water due to a switch in disinfectants. However, according to FOX, every year since 1991, a convention called the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting has been held in Berkeley […]

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