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Sorry AC/DC, Rock and Roll Is Noise Pollution

By John R. Platt

It's a rare scientific paper that cites both biologist E.O. Wilson and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.

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Beach Reads and Big Ideas: The 15 Best New Eco-Books for July

By John R. Platt

Looking for a few new books to read during your summer vacation? Look no further than these 15 new environmentally themed titles coming out in July. Publishers have scheduled some thought-provoking new titles for just about every type of reader, from nature lovers to history buffs, and from political activists to budding young scientists and conservationists.

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Big Cities, Bright Lights: Ranking the Worst Light Pollution on Earth

By Dipika Kadaba

The amount of artificial lighting is steadily increasing every year around the planet. It's a cause for celebration in remote villages in Africa and the Indian sub-continent that recently gained access to electricity for the first time, but it is also harming the health and well-being of residents of megacities elsewhere that continue to get bigger and brighter every year.

Health impacts of this artificial illumination after daylight hours range from depression to cancer, including a range of sleep disorders.

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Plastic Pollution Is a Problem — These Kids Are Working for a Solution

By John R. Platt

Sometimes a couple of kids can help change the world.

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A Warning About the Rapid Erosion of Nature’s Strongholds

By James Watson, Sean Maxwell and Kendall Jones

More than 200,000 protected areas have been established around the world. Collectively they cover more than 7.7 million square miles—an area greater than the size of South America. Nations establish these protected areas so that plants and animals can live in spaces without human pressure—pressure that would otherwise drive many of them toward extinction.

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Beavers, National Parks and Trump’s Attacks on Science: 16 New Environmental Books for June

By John R. Platt

We've made it past Memorial Day weekend, which means that for many of us it's time to start planning our summer reading lists. Luckily there are plenty of new environmentally themed books coming out in June—more than any one person could read at the beach or by the campfire, but enough for everyone to easily pick out a few titles that appeal to them.

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What Does the Future Hold for Food? We Have 5 Questions

You may not know her, but Stacy Malkan is fighting for you.

For over 15 years Malkan has worked as a consumer advocate to make the products we buy safer. Through the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which she cofounded, she's helped reduce hazardous chemicals in personal care products like shampoo, deodorant and makeup. Now, in her work as cofounder and co-director of the nonprofit consumer and public health watchdog group U.S. Right to Know, she advocates for transparency and accountability in the food industry to build a healthier food system.

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Climate Change, Entangled Whales and the Bundy Militia: 15 New Environmental Books for May

By John R. Platt

What do climate change, krill, energy development and public lands have in common? They're all among the topics of new environmental books arriving in bookstores this month.

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What Is Acoustic Ecology? We Have 5 Questions

The sound of ants communicating with each other by scraping their legs on their bodies.

The echoes under the surface of a small freshwater pond.

The sound of a pine forest dying.

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