From inter-sex fish in the Potomac River to frog mutations in Wisconsin, federal officials are spending this summer studying the effects of pharmaceuticals such as pain killers and depression medicine on the environment, because the drugs have turned up in America’s drinking water.
The majority of egg operations in the U.S. subject hens to stacked, battery cages, too small for them to even flap their wings. But consumer momentum is building for cage-free eggs, which offer a better life for hens, but one that’s still not as cruelty-free as organic operations.
E has consistently warned about dangerous ingredients in commercial pet foods. Now people are paying attention, following disclosures last March that at least 16 pets died from poisoned food containing highly suspect ingredients imported from China. Some 60 million pet food servings, sold under many different brand names, were recalled.
Despite a proposed $12 million funding increase by the Bush administration earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is still going to cut way back on services and operations at more than 500 national wildlife refuges across the country due to a mammoth $2.5 billion unfunded maintenance and operations backlog.
All car seats are not created equal. While parents fret over the toxins in plastic toys and teething rings they now have to consider what chemicals may be lurking in their car seat. The Michigan-based Ecology Center released a study in mid-May that looks at the hazards in more than 60 popular models of infant, convertible and child booster car seats.
Prices rose sharply in the early days of the summer driving season. The national average for a gallon of regular grade gasoline on May 21 was $3.22, up 11 cents from the week before. The Center for American Progress report explains that these prices will restrict family vacations, send middle-income families digging deeper into their savings and keep consumers away from restaurants and shopping venues.
Is Africa’s Iconic Wildlife Headed For Extinction? The time is now to turn things around, or else...
The variety and abundance of wildlife in Africa is shrinking fast as human population grows and encroaches ever more on once wild and pristine landscapes.