Tag: Environment

Mealworms to join the fight against plastic pollution

Researchers have found that mealworms might help solve the global plastic pollution problem by eating the Styrofoam and plastic that contributes to the world’s excess waste.        According to recent studies published in Environmental Science and Technology, mealworms are able to biodegrade the polyethylene they ingest with help from microorganisms in their gut. In fact,… Read More

Volkswagen’s costly emissions scandal continues to worsen

Closeup of Volkswagon car

Volkswagen’s stock dropped almost 30 percent after it was announced on Friday that the company violated the Clean Air Act. Now, the company faces fines and lawsuits that could cost them billions of dollars.   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found out that Volkswagen installed a device in many of their diesel vehicles that can detect when… Read More

EPA battles with 15 states as thousands die from pollution in China

Pollution in China

On Thursday, 15 state attorneys general filed a petition to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan that was announced by President Barack Obama in early August.     The Clean Power Plan was created to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 32 percent below the levels documented in 2005. Every state… Read More

Rio’s polluted water puts Olympic athletes’ health at risk

Athletes competing in swimming and boating competitions in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are facing new challenges now that they will be contending in polluted waters.   According to an Associated Press investigation, the water at Rio’s Olympic sites are contaminated with human feces. A water quality analysis showed that there are dangerously… Read More

Tom Selleck’s settlement offer accepted in water theft lawsuit

Actor Tom Selleck

When most people think of a heist, they envision money, diamonds, or gold being stolen, but recently it was the theft of water that made headlines.   On June 30, a lawsuit was filed against “Magnum, P.I.” actor Tom Selleck by the Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County, California. According to the water district, Selleck… Read More

Solar Impulse: The little plane breaks big records

Pilots cheer after landing the Solar Impulse safely in Hawaii

After five days of non-stop flight, the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has landed in Hawaii while breaking records in the process.   On Friday, pilot Andre Borschberg was finally able to step out of the cockpit and walk around for the first time since the plane’s departure on Monday. Borschberg had spent five days with… Read More

Ikea and climate change: The PR benefit of responsible policies

More and more, companies have begun to recognize major social issues and events as potential opportunities. Anheuser-Busch regained some lost public trust while providing relief to flood victims in The Bible Belt, and Facebook has started introducing new features to identify and address issues of mental health and suicide.   Now, it seems that even… Read More

Ben and Jerry’s new flavor to highlight brand’s environmental responsibility

It’s always good news when Ben and Jerry’s comes out with a new flavor of ice cream, but the newest addition to the brand’s already impressive flavor collection comes with some extra cause for celebration.   This is because the new Ben and Jerry’s “Save Our Swirled” flavor was created with a unique goal in… Read More

The Santa Barbara oil spill: Just how bad is it?

Two boys struggle against oil slicked shores to reach a duck covered in crude oil

Many Californians feel an immense kinship with the Pacific Ocean. From agriculture, to summer recreation, to providing desalinated water in an attempt alleviate the drought, California’s connection and dependence on the ocean is undeniable. For this reason, we must take threats to the Pacific — such as the recent oil spill in Santa Barbara — seriously.… Read More