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Atrazine still polluting water; Texas tests show high levels

July 15th, 2014

Recent tests show Atrazine at levels above the safe threshold at dozens of testing sites, including some in Texas. This pesticide, known for feminizing male frogs, has been found to affect human fertility and raise the risk of breast and prostate cancer. A frog expert in Berkeley wants Atrazine banned.

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Austin-based Whole Foods Market takes top place for seafood sustainability

May 30th, 2014

How’s your favorite grocery doing when it comes to selling only sustainable seafood? Greenpeace puts out a report every year so you can see how well Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Trader Joe’s and many more are doing. Check out who’s received top marks for helping oceans, and who’s lagging.

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Drought — despite some relief — Texas may still suffer in 2014

May 27th, 2014

Memorial Weekend brought some hoped-for rains, but overall, recovery from the US drought will be a long haul. The long-term dry spell is expected to hurt many crops, and threatens water supplies for more than two dozen small towns, in Central and West Texas.

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Jane Goodall and other celebs back proposed strict ivory ban

April 29th, 2014

As the Obama Administration tries to tighten rules on ivory trade, celebrities and conservationists say their approval would help save tens of thousands of elephants slaughtered yearly for their tusks. But not everyone supports the new rules.

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BP oil disaster continues to kill wildlife, report says

April 8th, 2014

The 2010 BP oil disaster is not over for wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, according to National Wildlife Federation and Texas A&M experts. Their report released today found high numbers of deaths of dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife impacts in the area of the spill.

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Monarch numbers could be at historic lows this year, says Texas A&M professor

April 1st, 2014

Monarch butterflies may be named for their large size and majestic beauty, but once again their numbers are anything but king-sized – in fact, 2014 may go down as one of the worst years ever for the colorful insects, says a Texas A&M Monarch watcher who is proposing a national effort to help feed Monarchs.

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California town faces life with limited water

March 10th, 2014

The New York Times reports that Lake of the Woods, a small community north of Los Angeles, is running dry amid a deep California drought. Residents are changing water habits, but many worry about the future.

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US officials designate protected habitat for endangered jaguars

March 6th, 2014

Jaguars won back a slice of the land they’ve historically inhabited in the US Southwest after a judge agreed with conservationists that the endangered jaguar deserves land in which to retake, if possible, its rightful place in the United States wild.

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UN proclaims March 3 World Wildlife Day; derides illegal trafficking

March 4th, 2014

World Wildlife Day kicked off Monday with United Nations officials declaring that people need to be better stewards of the many struggling species. Citing the plight of the panda, orangutan, rhinos, elephants and more, officials said people need to stop illegal trafficking in horns and ivory, and the annihilation of forests and natural habitat.

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Are we nearing the end of fish? This is how close we are

February 26th, 2014

This graphic from The Economist explains how the world’s fish are in danger — as is everyone who depends on them. If overfishing continues, experts warn, the world will lose a major source of healthy protein, not to mention that the ocean ecosystems could be irretrievable.

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Google ‘nanny cam’ will track deforestation

February 20th, 2014

Google will make it easier for companies like Wal-Mart, Unilever and Nestle to track whether suppliers are destroying forests when it unveils a real-time deforestation mapping tool.

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Gray wolves get good news (though they’re still being shot)

February 7th, 2014

Wolves remain under fire across the Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest, but they caught a break today from experts who say the federal government is using old science in its effort to remove protections for gray wolves across the rest of the US.

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