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    Banned DDT and PCBs Still Threaten Critically Endangered California Condors

    Banned DDT and PCBs Still Threaten Critically Endangered California Condors

    Despite being banned since the 1970s, DDT and PCBs are still affecting wildlife today, particularly the California condor, a critically endangered species. The condors feed on dead marine life along the California coast that often contain higher amounts of contaminants compared to marine life elsewhere. Scientists at San Diego State University (SDSU) and San Diego […]

    ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’ Lists for 2022: Conventional Produce With the Most and Least Pesticides

    ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’ Lists for 2022: Conventional Produce With the Most and Least Pesticides

    What fruits and vegetables should you avoid if you don’t want an extra serving of pesticides with your salad?  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which includes its Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists of the non-organic produce with the most and least pesticides.  “Everyone should […]

    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 […]

    EPA Expected to Extend Use of Bee-Killing Pesticides

    EPA Expected to Extend Use of Bee-Killing Pesticides

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to approve a proposal to extend the use of four neonicotinoids for the next 15 years. These pesticides are known to be especially dangerous for essential pollinators, like bees and butterflies, and have been linked to the widespread decline of insect populations. Despite citing the pesticides imidacloprid, […]

    Growing Rice Alongside Aquatic Life Reduces Need for Pesticides

    Growing Rice Alongside Aquatic Life Reduces Need for Pesticides

    While rice is an important staple in global diets, rice cultivation and production are not so eco-friendly. Most rice agriculture relies on pesticides and chemical fertilizers for higher yields and less issues with insects and weeds. Now, researchers have found a way to minimize pesticide use for rice fields, instead using aquatic animals to help […]