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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.



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.



Schumer and flame retardants

upholstered furniture

New York’s U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer recently proposed legislation to ban the use of ten toxic flame retardants in children’s products and home furniture.


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