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Common grackles are one of the bird species most impacted by a mysterious new disease. DickDaniels / CC BY-SA 3.0

A mysterious ailment is killing off hundreds of birds in at least six states and the nation's capital, and wildlife experts don't know why.

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A recent study of makeups found that 52 percent of products surveyed in the United States and Canada showed high levels of a marker for PFAS. Klaus Vedfelt / DigitalVision / Getty Images

High levels of a marker for toxic "forever" substances have been found in 52 percent of makeup products tested in a new study. Accordingly, the U.S. Senate has recently moved to ban them from cosmetics.

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Everyone has a different reason to incorporate CBD into their lives. Whether they use CBD to help tackle a difficult health issue like chronic pain, or simply want to take it to help reduce stress and anxiety, CBD offers a natural way to help manage a number of problems.

One issue for anyone new to CBD is figuring out the best CBD oil to buy. The good news is we've done all of the hard work for you. Our guide to the best CBD oil brands for sale online will point you to some of the most trusted brands on the market and will highlight some of their specific products. We've also included helpful information about the benefits of CBD oil and how much to take. Here are our choices for best CBD oil.

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The U.S. Navy conducts shock trials using live explosives in the Atlantic Ocean on June 18, 2021. U.S. Navy / YouTube

By Brett Wilkins

Marine mammal experts this week expressed deep concern over the potentially devastating effects of the U.S. Navy's recent detonation of 40,000 pounds of explosives off the Atlantic coast of Florida on sea life, while progressive observers blasted what they called the government's misplaced spending priorities.

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Barcelonians can now use a new app designed to show pedestrians the shadiest routes to take to avoid extreme heat.

The app, Cool Walks, a navigation and routing tool for pedestrians, was first developed at a data visualization contest.

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BP's fossil fuel project off the West African coast is close to Mauritania's Diawling National Park. Gilles MARTIN / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

A BP fossil-fuel project could threaten a unique biodiversity hotspot and worsen the climate crisis, a new investigation from Unearthed and SourceMaterial has found.

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A woman carries a bucket of water on an improvised bridge over dry land alongside the Amazon River at Bom Jesus village at the margin of Solimoes river in Amazonas State, Brazil. Jose Caldas / Brazil Photos / LightRocket via Getty Images

By Brett Wilkins

Researchers at the University of Leeds in Britain published new research Tuesday — World Rainforest Day — showing that massive swaths of the eastern Amazon are at risk of severe drying by the end of this century if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced.

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A green sea turtle at Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia on Oct 10, 2019. Jonas Gratzer / LightRocket via Getty Images

The UN World Heritage Committee has proposed to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status due to climate change and the Australian government isn't happy about it.


The World Heritage Committee is a group of 12 nations, chaired by China.

If the status of the reef is downgraded, it can affect the tourism revenue for Australia, as tourists aren't as interested in seeing dead coral, according to AP News.

In a draft report, the committee said "there is no possible doubt" that the once colorful coral reefs off the coast of Australia are "facing ascertained danger," according to AP News.

UNESCO plans to list the Great Barrier Reef as "in danger." The question of status is to be considered in China this July, according to AP News.

"The recommendation from Unesco is clear and unequivocal that the Australian government is not doing enough to protect our greatest natural asset, especially on climate change," said Richard Leck, head of oceans for the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia according to the BBC.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley said that she and Foreign Minister Marise Payne called Unesco Director-General Audrey Azoulay to communicate Australia's "strong disappointment" and "bewilderment" about the proposal.

Ley said Australia will oppose the listing.

Imogen Zethoven, Australian Marine Conservation Society environmental consultant, embraced the committee's notion that "Australia hasn't done enough on climate change to protect the future of the reef," according to AP News.

Of the list of World Heritage reefs, the Great Barrier Reef could be the first to be listed as "in danger," primarily due to climate change reasons, Zethoven said, according to AP News.

Unesco pointed out that targets to improve the water quality in the reefs had not been met, according to the BBC.

"This decision was flawed. Clearly there were politics behind it," Ley told reporters, according to AP News. "Clearly those politics have subverted a proper process and for the World Heritage Committee to not even foreshadow this listing is, I think, appalling."

The 2,500 reefs have been World Heritage-listed since 1981, but the health of the coral reefs has been in danger because of rising ocean temperatures and climate change.

The 134,000 square miles of reefs have suffered coral bleaching events as a result of exceedingly warm ocean temperatures in 2016, 2017 and 2020.

Australia's own reef authority downgraded the reef's condition from poor to very poor in its five-year update in 2019.

If the reef is listed as "in danger" it can potentially increase publicity and help unlock access to funds, according to the BBC.

Audrey Nakagawa is the content creator intern at EcoWatch. She is a senior at James Madison University studying Media, Art, and Design, with a concentration in journalism. She's a reporter for The Breeze in the culture section and writes features on Harrisonburg artists, album reviews, and topics related to mental health and the environment. She was also a contributor for Virginia Reports where she reported on the impact that COVID-19 had on college students.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters block the roads outside the Bank of England on Oct. 14, 2019 in London, England. John Keeble / Getty Images

After six months of deliberation, an international panel of 12 legal experts has drafted an official definition of ecocide.

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Singer-songwriter Lorde performs at PNE Amphitheatre on Sept. 3, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. Andrew Chin / Getty Images

Singer-songwriter Lorde is releasing a new album titled Solar Power, and she's working to make sure it lives up to its name.

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Upcycled foods are made from ingredients that would otherwise have ended up in a food waste destination. upcycledfood.org

By Rodney Holcomb and Danielle Bellmer

How would you like to dig into a "recycled" snack? Or take a swig of juice with "reprocessed" ingredients made from other food byproducts? Without the right marketing, these don't sound like the most appetizing options.

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A Tasmanian Devil is released in the wild after being captured to check for signs of the Devil Facial Tumor Disease October 10, 2005 near Fentonbury, Australia. Adam Pretty / Getty Images

In an attempt to protect the dwindling numbers of Tasmanian devils, an "insurance population" was shipped to Maria Island causing "catastrophic" damage to the native birdlife, including the elimination of little penguins on the small Australian island.

"Every time humans have deliberately or accidentally introduced mammals to oceanic islands, there's always been the same outcome … a catastrophic impact on one or more bird species," Dr. Eric Woehler, the convener of BirdLife Tasmania said to The Guardian.

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The Limetree Bay refinery in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, on March 18, 2021. Salwan Georges / The Washington Post via Getty Images
The Limetree Bay refinery that rained oil on St. Croix neighborhoods will remain shut down "indefinitely," its private equity owners said Monday.
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