This presidential race has been laughable at best. (Honestly, some kids created a Cards-Against-Humanity spinoff to poke fun at the 2016 election.) But I cannot avoid the Donald Trump conversation any longer, as he has clinched some pretty big victories, causing Rubio to drop out of the race.The prospect of Trump becoming the next U.S.… Read More What Voting Republican Might Mean for the Environment
Women across the country are encouraging policymakers to change or include legislation to remove the “tampon tax,” the sales tax imposed on feminine hygiene products (e.g., tampons and sanitary napkins). Currently, only five states – Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New Jersey—have laws against taxing sanitary products. Five other states (New Hampshire, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Delaware)… Read More Tampon Tax May Be Repealed in Several States
Since February, a mystery man has hung up 22 birdhouses on trees in the Upper East Side, New York City.The birdhouses line East 83rd Street between York and East End Avenues. According to the New York Post, the birdhouses are built of driftwood from local beaches. This reminded me of a project called Happy City Birds started in 2006… Read More Upcycled Urban Birdhouses Give City Birds an Addresses
At 2:20 AM on March 15, 2016, Dallas Seavey was the first musher to reach Nome, Alaska, with his father Mitch close behind. This is Seavey’s fourth Iditarod championship in five years (and overall). Seavey and his team of seven dogs averaged about 9.5 miles an hour on the 1,049-mile journey from Anchorage to Nome. Seavey broke his… Read More The Last Great Race on Earth: 2016 Iditarod and History
Researchers have discovered a bacterium that can break down PET plastic!… Read More Plastic-Eating Bacterium Has the Potential to Reduce Waste
Plastic is everywhere. Most of the products that we buy are made of or packaged in petroleum plastic, a material that is made to last forever, but used to throw away. The draw of plastic rather than conventional materials (e.g., glass, metal, wood, and paper) over the past decade is obvious- plastic is light weight, extremely durable,… Read More Our Plastic Oceans: The Problem and Its Solutions
Simply put, if genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were banned in the United States, there would be a significant increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to major land changes (including loss of forest and pasture land) and food prices would skyrocket. This is all documented in a Purdue University study, published in the journal AgEcon, that… Read More What Would Happen if GMOs Are Eliminated?