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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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.



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.



Safe Seafood


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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