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Rwanda hopes to increase energy efficiency with new cooling initiative

Rwanda has big plans for a more sustainable future and is launching a new cooling initiative that will increase energy efficiency within the country’s booming electricity sector. As part of the new plan, Rwanda hopes to provide a cooling solution for food storage and indoor spaces without adding to the world’s greenhouse gas problems. The new initiative, called Rwanda’s National Cooling Strategy, assessed the current need for cooling products as well as the future market. Although countries…

California’s High-Speed Rail To Nowhere A Lesson In Magical Thinking

Less than one week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her “Green New Deal,” which includes fantasies such as replacing air travel with high-speed rail in 10 years, reality kicks in. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, announced earlier this week that he…

The Green Red Deal: A ‘Heap Of Ecological-Ideological Mumbo-Jumbo’

(h/t Steve B.) Watermelons: green on the outside, red on the inside. Leftist environmentalists hate that. And yet, they do little to eschew the label. Quite the contrary, they earn it in spades. They have from the outset. Whether sheer…

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New research shows an organic diet shrinks pesticide exposure

The bad news isn’t news to many: Eating a conventional diet leads to pesticide buildup. But a new study published in Environmental Research reveals surprising good news. Switching to an all-organic diet quickly and significantly reduced synthetic pesticide levels in study participants. After six days of an all-organic diet, their pesticide and pesticide metabolite levels dropped by an average of 60.5 percent. Four American families from different races participated in the study, titled Organic…

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Shellfish farmers push to use pesticides in oyster beds

Pesticide use for oysters is once again threatening Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay. Shellfish growers are making another push to allow for the spray of pesticides on clam and oyster beds in the region, which environmentalists and state officials say is a major risk to invertebrates, like the Dungeness crab. Oyster growers claim they need the pesticides to kill burrowing shrimp that harm oyster beds and prevent them from harvesting their product. The companies are looking to reverse a current…

8 pioneering black women in science, technology and medicine

The contributions of black women to society have often been overlooked. Yet the work these eight African-American women performed in their careers — be it medicine, technology or personal hygiene products — helped many people and advanced the profile for…

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Bring your reef-safe sunscreens when visiting Key West

Key West is taking steps towards promoting reef-safe sunscreens. Officials on the Key West City Commission just approved a ban on sunscreens that have ingredients that are harmful to coral reefs. The new law, which almost passed unanimously, is scheduled to be put in place by 2021. The motion outlaws sunscreens in the city limits of Key West that feature octinoxate and oxybenzone, two chemicals that are thought to be connected to coral reef bleaching. There is some research that suggests these…

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France is the first country to ban all 5 pesticides linked to bee deaths

In a decisive move, France became the first country to ban all five of the top pesticides blamed for bee die-off around the world. The phenomenon dubbed, “colony collapse disorder” has seen bees dying in record numbers and scientists are pointing fingers as neonicotinoid pesticides as the primary suspect. <!–more→ The European Union lead the charge by banning three of the pesticides: clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. However, France took it one step further by also…

Why your sunscreen is bad for coral reefs

The sunscreen we slather on to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays is doing incredible damage to the world’s coral reefs. A 2015 study found that just a small amount of sunscreen containing the ingredient oxybenzone is enough to…

Ocasio-Cortez Sells ‘Green New Deal’ To Democrats As WWII-Scale Effort. Here Are The Details

Details have emerged about Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” legislation slated for release as early as next week, according to reports. “In it, we call for a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale…