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Undercover Video Shows 'Hideous' Conditions At Maine Egg Facility

An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States has revealed what the animal rights group describes as “shocking” conditions at an egg-production facility in Maine.
An HSUS investigator filmed the footage, which was released earlier this week.
“For one month we had a whistle-blower filming and found hideous animal cruelty and food safety issues,” Paul Shapiro, vice president of HSUS, told the Bangor Daily News. “What we saw in that video is heartbreaking.”
The conditions, the group said, included “rusted wire cages, eggs cove新爱上海同城论坛 爱上海red in feces, [and] piles of dead 爱上海1314 千花网官网chickens.”

The facility, located in Turner, Maine, is owned by businessman Austin “Jack” DeCoster and operated by Pennsylvania-based Hillandale Farms, New England’s largest egg producer. It consists of some 70 warehouses with roughly 4 million laying hens, according to a report released along with the HSUS video. DeCoster was sentenced last year to three mont[……]

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Coral Reefs In Trouble – The Canaries In The Coal Mine

It felt like we had stepped into a scene from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea as we glided along the Great Barrier Reef in a ten person submersible. Outside the window, gigantic clumps of taupe brain coral, Elkhorn and Stag coral slipped past. Lavender and lettuce-green sea fans waved gently in the current. Plump pink and purple anemones raised their tentacles to trap their next meal. And all around and through the coral forms, a rainbow of tropical fish wandered – blue and yellow Tang fish, yellow grunts, orange and white striped clownfish, and so many others I couldn’t identify.
It was February 2002 and we were on the adventure of a lifetime with our four kids, then ranging in age from twelve to five. “Wow!” a collective intake of breath swept through our little pod as a sea turtle big enough for one of them to ride floated silently by on the other side of the glass. And as we moved past a shadowed opening in the reef, high-pitched shrieks erupt[……]

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Celebrate National Mutt Day By Telling Us Why You Love Your Pooch


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In honor of National Mutt Day ― a day for “embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs” that happens twice a year, on July 31 and December 2 ― we’d like to hear why your pet means the world to you.
Submit a photo below and tell us: What do yo爱上海419 千花网官网u love about your mutt?
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Wildfires Can Seriously Harm Your Health, Even If You Live Far Away


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August is peak wildfire season in the western United States, and unfortunately for those who like to enjoy the summer weather, that means staying indoors whenever a new wildfire starts burning. 
The recent Sand fire, located 37 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, burned more than 41,000 acres, prompted the evacuation of 20,000 people and destroyed 19 homes. The Soberanes wildfire, in Garrapata State Park just north of Big Sur in California, has burned over 45,000 acres and is only 25 percent contained. But large wildfires can also cluster in parts of the country, like the High Plains, Hawaii and Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians.
Aside from wreaking havoc on wildlife habitats, displacing people from their homes, and even killing people (as both the Sand and Soberanes fires did), wildfires can also be a major health risk even for people who live hundreds of miles away from the burn[……]

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Fighting For Children In A Climate-Changing World

Historic. Historic rains, historic flooding, historic droughts, historic fires, historic high temperatures. It’s happening. Climate change isn’t waiting for some future “grandchildren’s” generation. It is happening right now in our generation. And I am struggling with despair as I watch news story after news story – acidification of the oceans, the rise of vector-borne diseases such as Zika, 500-year flooding in Louisiana, 100-year flooding (multiple times) in Texas and West Virginia, historic fires in Canada and California – climate change-related news stories just keep coming. I feel like I can’t watch the news anymore without hearing at least one new story almost daily that is a tragedy connected to climate change.
As an article in the “Washington Post” recently summarized, the data is daunting:
1) Global temperature was the highest on record.2) Average ocean surface temperature was warmest on record.3) Upper ocean heat content was the high[……]

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Superfoods That Aren't That Great For The Earth's Health

The mass production of some of your favorite superfoods can pack a mean punch on the environment, but there are small choices you can make over the course of your day to minimize the damage.
For example, overproduction of quinoa, acai berries and almonds can lead to soil erosion, water depletion and land degradation. But buying foods grown locally 上海同城桑拿 爱上海or domestically can support local farmers and cut down on energy required to transport foods. 
On our fifth episode of “Sustainable Self,” a HuffPost Originals series about how your everyday choices can significantly affect the earth, we discuss the environment pitfalls of superfoods. By shaking up your menu, you can still eat healthily while lessening your negative impact on the planet.
Bon appétit!

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500,000 Cars and National Drive Electric Week

A few years ago, it would have been a pipe dream to imagine that there would be 500,000 plug-in cars on the streets of th龙凤论坛 上海贵族宝贝e United States–and more than a million worldwide. But we are now poised to cross this big threshold in the coming week. (If you are a bean-counter like me, you can track it yourself with the counter on our website.)
It’s worth pausing a moment in the exciting run-up to National Drive Electric Week, to consider where we have come from and where we are trying to go. There is something about EVs that gets people fired up like nothing else. Partly, it’s just that Americans care a lot about what they drive. But at the same time, people have known for decades that the petroleum economy is not sustainable on an environmental, economic or national security level–and have sought alternatives. Inventors have developed various electric cars since the mid-1800s. In the early 1900s, they outnumbered gasoline cars, but were limited by exist[……]

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Fishermen: Our Best Hope for Abundant Oceans That Feed the World

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What is the future for billions of people around the world who depend on seafood for nutrition? Many experts will tell you that wild fisheries collapse is on the rise, and that fishermen are trying to get more from the oceans today, leaving a lot less for the future. If nothing changes more than 80% of fisheries will be in need of recovery by 2030. But this dismal scenario doesn’t need to be our future, and in fact, fishermen and women are our best hope for healthy, abundant oceans that can feed a lot more people.
I understand that for a conservationist like me to say that the primary user group of a natural resource can be the key to its recovery is rather surprising. But my personal and professional experiences have shown me why it’s true.
Growing up on the water and at the beach in Massachusetts, I became an oceans advocate from an early age. My grandfather taught me how to skipper a boat, fish “stripers”, and dig for quahogs. He’d take the fam[……]

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Finding Common Ground

One hundred years from now, what will historians say was the pivotal date in our response to climate change? Although you could make a case for the last year’s Paris Agreement, I think it might be September 21, 2014. That’s when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City (and around the world) for the first People’s Climate March. Our refrain was “to change everything, we need everyone,” and the streets of New York City that day gave us a glimpse of what that might look like.
But… we’re not there yet. Our single biggest challenge isn’t reducing carbon emissions, developing renewable energy, preparing for the consequences of extreme weather, or ensuring a just transition to a clean energy economy. Those are all important, but what will make them possible is building a climate movement that really does include everyone. We need to do that swiftly, and we need to do it while fighting the riptides of inequality, divisiveness, fea[……]

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Italy Earthquake Causes Widespread Damage, Sparks Panic And Fear

CAMPI, Italy (Reuters) – Daylight revealed widespread damage in central Italy on Thursday after strong earthquakes overnight that caused panic and fear among residents just two months after a quake nearby killed hundreds.
No one was killed this time, but dozens of people sustained minor injuries and about four others more serious ones, Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said.

A police officer stands next to a collapsed building after an earthquake in Visso, central Italy.


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A police officer stands next to a collapsed building after an earthquake in Visso, central Italy.

Many residents of Campi, a town of about 200, slept in their cars as aftershocks rocked the Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions throughout the night. The earthquake on Aug. 24 in the same area killed nearly 300 people and destroyed several towns.
“I can’t shake off the fear,” said Mauro Viola, 64, who said he had not sleep and had spent the night outside.
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