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Palm Oil - The New Liquid Gold

Palm Oil - The New Liquid Gold

Crackers, candy, shampoo, ice cream, soap, chocolate, toothpaste, margarine, protein and granola bars, make-up, laundry detergent, and biofuel. What do these everyday household items and products all have in common? Answer: They all contain palm oil. In fact, it is the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet! The oil’s potential is undeniable. However,its large-scale production comes with ecological, agricultural, and economic costs.
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The Paris Climate Agreement - Pt. 2

The Paris Climate Agreement - Pt. 2

By not complying with the Paris Climate Agreement goals, we are preventing ourselves from achieving a healthier, more prosperous and more sustainable future. Climate change causes sickness and death, damages infrastructure and hurts recreational industries. However, by switching over to a green economy, the U.S. can create job growth, increase GDP, and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, saving lives and money.
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The Paris Climate Agreement - Pt. 1

The Paris Climate Agreement - Pt. 1

On January 22, 2021, President Biden authorized the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Now that the United States is back at the table, all eyes are on the new administration as to how large of a role the U.S. will play in the fight against climate change.
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Ghost (Shark) Stories

Ghost (Shark) Stories

There is a nearly incomprehensible vastness to our oceans, and a significant portion of it, more than eighty percent, remain unexplored. To put this into perspective, more people have been to our moon than have been to the deepest depths of our oceans - despite them being closer and far more important to our survival and the life of our planet. Despite the increase in deep-ocean research and technological advancements, there is still a deficiency in essential details about many different species that inhabit the deep.
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Four Common Critters with Bad PR

Four Common Critters with Bad PR

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Many of us have encountered creatures with notoriously bad reputations; they are often referred to as vermin or pests. In reality, these “pests” regularly feast on true pests, some of which even threaten human health. Here are four commonly misrepresented critters readily found in many parts of North America and why their associated unflattering images are undeserved! 
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Hurricanes, Good for Mangrove Forests...In Moderation

Hurricanes, Good for Mangrove Forests...In Moderation

Along with coral reefs, fringing mangrove forests dramatically reduce wave energy, flooding, and strong winds associated with hurricanes. These storms can strip canopies, snap and uproot trees, and submerge smaller ones via high storm surge. While these initial impacts are clearly destructive, there is evidence that hurricanes also provide benefits to mangroves forests.

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