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Seaspiracy inspires grocery store to stop selling fish

“Seaspiracy” is trying to save the oceans, and the new Netflix documentary and movement is making strides. Already, it’s convinced Slowood, a grocery store in Hong Kong, to phase out the sale of fish products. The documentary is produced by Kip Anderson, who also brought the world “Cowspiracy” and “What the Health.” “Seaspiracy” teaches viewers about the global fishing industry’s detrimental effects on oceans. It...

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COVID-19 lockdowns lead to decreasing light pollution

Earth’s skies have grown increasingly brighter over the years, as humans accelerate their love of electricity. Then came 2020, the year of lockdowns. One welcome side effect has been reduced light pollution. A recent U.K. star count organized by a charity called CPRE found that light pollution continues to drop, with a 10% reduction since last year. Between February 6 and 14, 2021, CPRE collected nearly 8,000 star counts. If a person...

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Leaking wastewater pond causes state of emergency in Florida

A leak in a wastewater pond caused a state of emergency in Manatee County, Florida last weekend. More than 300 homes were evacuated in case the reservoir at a former phosphate mine collapsed. If the 400 million-gallon reservoir were to totally collapse, residents could face a 20-foot wall of water in less than an hour’s time. To avoid a burst reservoir, authorities drained the untreated wastewater into surrounding waterways. Gov. Ron...

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California farmers find ways to work with less water

Water scarcity due to persistent droughts in California’s Central Valley is forcing scientists and farmers to find innovative and sustainable ways of utilizing this precious resource. Through collaboration, the community has found ways of reusing water several times in a bid to fully tap into its benefits. The process of conservation and recycling starts just a few miles downstream of all major rivers and streams in the state. With...