World Animal Day Takes ‘Dark’ Turn as Interior Dept Denies Protections for 25 Species

While Trump administration declines to list several species, GOP-led House committee advances legislation to “cripple” Endangered Species Act Source:  Common Dreams/Jessica Corbett As Republicans in the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee advanced legislation that would “cripple” the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on Wednesday—which happened to be World Animal Day—the Trump administration’s Interior Department denied petitions to Read more »

Study Shows Kids’ Test Scores Drop When Their Food Stamps Run Out

The drop-off in academic achievement happens immediately, every month. Source:  Talk Poverty/Rachael West Last week, researchers released a new study that confirms what every student, teacher, parent, and human being with a stomach already knew: It’s harder to think when you’re hungry. The study’s authors matched up the timing of math tests in South Carolina to the Read more »

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

Source:  PHYS.ORG/Charlotte Hsu Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say. In a new study, researchers detected high concentrations of these drugs and their metabolized remnants in the brain tissue of 10 fish species found in the Niagara River. This vital conduit connects two Read more »

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti and Built Six Homes

Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures Source:  Propublica/Justin Elliott-NPR/Laura Sullivan THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF CAMPECHE sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a deflated volleyball in a dusty lot below a wall with a hand-painted Read more »

‘Miracle’ weed killer that was supposed to save farms is killing them instead

Controversial herbicide dicamba found to poison crops as well as pigweed chemical was intended to root out Source:  independent/Caitlin Dewey Clay Mayes slams on the brakes of his Chevy Silverado and jumps out with the engine running, yelling at a dogwood by the side of the dirt road as if it said something insulting. Its leaves curl Read more »

You Probably Drink Chlorine in Your Water Every Day — But Is It Harmful?

Source:  The Food Revolution Network/Ocean Robbins Every day, millions of people drink chlorinated tap water. Chlorine is used to keep our water clean by disinfecting it and killing germs. And it does a marvelous job at eliminating most pathogens from the water we drink. But the use of this powerful chemical has a downside. According Read more »

38 out of 60 shampoos found to contain harmful manufacturing solvent in tests by Hong Kong consumer watchdog

Consumer Council says more than half of samples tested positive for 1,4-dioxane, an ether US authorities say could affect the liver and kidneys in the long term Source:  SCMP/Raymond Yeung Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog has found 38 out of 60 shampoo samples it tested contained a harmful solvent used in manufacturing, with seven exceeding the Read more »

Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200 – Ituri vice governor

Source:  Reuters Many parts of west and central Africa are vulnerable to landslides because land is heavily deforested and communities crowd into steep hillsides DAKAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) – A landslide in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice Read more »

Bait and switch: Anchovies eat plastic because it smells like prey

Source: The Conversation/Matthew Savoca As you bite down into a delicious piece of fish, you probably don’t think about what the fish itself ate – but perhaps you should. Over 50 species of fish have been found to consume plastic trash at sea. This is bad news, not only for fish but potentially for humans Read more »

How hot weather – and climate change – affects airline flights

Source:  The Conversation/Ethan Coffel/Radley Horton Hot weather has forced dozens of commercial flights to be canceled at airports in the Southwest this summer. This flight-disrupting heat is a warning sign. Climate change is projected to have far-reaching repercussions – including sea level rise inundating cities and shifting weather patterns causing long-term declines in agricultural yields. And there is evidence that Read more »