From green business and new environmental legislation to how nature impacts our environment in ways never before considered, Earth Wise offers a look at our changing environment.

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Nov25

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.

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Nov24

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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Nov21

Will Natural Gas Help Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Natural Gas Operation in PA 

The US is in the midst of a transition from depending upon coal for generating electricity to the use of natural gas instead. This has been driven in great part by the boom in shale gas and the widespread use of fracking technology.

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Nov20

Safe Seafood

Sushi

A new tool can help shoppers choose seafood that’s higher in omega-3 fatty acids, lower in mercury, and sustainably produced. This ‘seafood calculator,’ produced by the Environmental Working Group, takes into account a person’s age, weight, gender, whether they have heart disease and, for women, whether they are pregnant or nursing.

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Nov19

Caves full of energy

Wind power 

Wind power is getting cheaper all the time and wind farms are getting bigger. In southeast Wyoming, there is a plan to build a 2.1 gigawatt wind farm, the largest yet in the US. California, which has mandated that at least 1/3 of its power come from renewable sources, represents a huge market for the output of the wind farm.

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