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Fuel From Seaweed

kelp and sardines

Biofuel is considered to be a promising way to shift our energy needs to sustainable and climate-neutral sources. Replacing petroleum with fuels made from crops or other plants basically recycles CO2. The plants absorb it as they grow and release it when they are burned.



Bats And Wind Turbines

Bat killed by a wind turbine on Buffalo Mountain

Large numbers of bats are being found dead beneath wind turbines, leading researchers to believe they may be mistaking the turbines for trees.



Apples And Antibiotics


In the Northeast, fall is all about apples – apple picking, visiting orchards, and baking apple pie. Most of us would never suspect that our apples may have been treated with antibiotics – even those that are certified organic. How is that possible?



Citizen Scientists Help Gauge Conservation Success

Peregrine Falcon

In the 1970s, the world’s fastest bird – the peregrine falcon – was nearing extinction in North America. The culprit: the toxic legacy of DDT. The widely used pesticide caused the birds to suffer reproductive problems, and their numbers plummeted.



Saving The Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

For the past 20 years, the population of monarch butterflies has been dropping. In the past few years, it has been dropping catastrophically. In 1996, there were an estimated 1 billion monarchs in North America; today there are only about 35 million.


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