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International Shipping Threatens Endangered Whale Sharks

International Shipping Threatens Endangered Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean, but even they can’t go up against a large shipping vessel and emerge unscathed.  A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday found that international shipping may be a “cryptic” cause of death for this endangered species.  “The maritime shipping […]

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    Washington State Passes All-Electric Heating Mandate for New Buildings

    Washington State Passes All-Electric Heating Mandate for New Buildings

    The first mandate in the U.S. to require all-electric heating has passed in Washington state, where newly constructed buildings will need to install electric heating and hot-water systems. The mandate will go into effect in July 2023. The mandate passed 11 to 3 in a vote by the State Building Code Council to restrict the […]

    Twitter to Ban Climate Denying Ads

    Twitter to Ban Climate Denying Ads

    Social media platform Twitter is taking a stand against climate denial. The company announced on Earth Day that it would ban all advertisements that “contradict the scientific consensus on climate change.”  “We believe that climate denialism shouldn’t be monetized on Twitter, and that misrepresentative ads shouldn’t detract from important conversations about the climate crisis,” Twitter […]

    Plant-Based Grocery Sales Outpace Total Food Sales by 3x in U.S., Study Finds

    Plant-Based Grocery Sales Outpace Total Food Sales by 3x in U.S., Study Finds

    A new study from The Good Food Institute (GFI), the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA) and SPINS, a wellness-focused data technology organization, has found that at U.S. grocery stores, plant-based food sales were three times higher than total food sales in 2021.  According to the report, plant-based food sales increased 6.2% compared to previously record-high sales […]

    Wealthy Countries Are More to Blame for Environmental Crises, Study Finds

    Wealthy Countries Are More to Blame for Environmental Crises, Study Finds

    Environmental destruction is a global problem, but not everyone on Earth is equally responsible.  A first-of-its-kind study published in the Lancet Planetary Health April 1 found that wealthy countries led by the U.S. and Europe have contributed far more to unsustainable resource use over the last 50 years than poorer nations.  “[H]igh-income nations are the […]

    Pinterest Announces Thorough Ban of Climate Misinformation

    Pinterest Announces Thorough Ban of Climate Misinformation

    Pinterest announced Wednesday it will implement a new climate misinformation policy notable for its strength and contrast to less comprehensive measures taken by other social media platforms. The policy prohibits paid and organic “content that denies the existence or impacts of climate change,” as well as false or misleading content regarding climate solutions. The new policy could also bar all content produced by entities funded by […]

    Electric Car Sales in UK Have Record Month

    Electric Car Sales in UK Have Record Month

    The UK saw record electric car sales last month, with more sales reported in March than in all of 2019, The Guardian reported. In a reflection of a downturn in sales in the wider automobile market, March also had the lowest number of total car registrations for the month in 24 years. The lobby group […]

    New PFAS Definition by EPA Omits Pharmaceutical, Pesticide Chemicals

    New PFAS Definition by EPA Omits Pharmaceutical, Pesticide Chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a new “working definition” of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. The updated definition is narrower, leaving out many chemicals in pharmaceuticals, pesticides and even some refrigerants.  Scientists are concerned that the agency’s redefining of PFAS makes these chemicals seem less toxic, and critics have […]