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McDonald's move to cage-free eggs is a tipping point for the industry

Published: 
Tue, 09/29/2015 (All day)

Will the next egg you crack come from a chicken raised in a roomier barn?

Foodies and farmers are in unusual agreement on the answer: If not now, then soon enough.

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VW cheated on U.S. pollution tests for 'clean diesels'

Published: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 (All day)

Volkswagen called them “clean diesels,” branding them as the fun-to-drive alternatives to hybrids as it dominated the U.S. market for the engine technology.

Turns out the increasingly eco-conscious buyers of the sporty German cars have been unwittingly pumping smog into the air — because of software VW installed to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

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8 Trillion Reasons to Ditch Microbeads

Published: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 (All day)

Toothpaste, body wash, and facial cleansers—if you use any of the hundreds of personal care products that contain microbeads, you’re contributing to the estimated 8 trillion tiny plastic spheres entering aquatic habitats in the United States every day. Need a little help wrapping your head around exactly what that amount of microbeads looks like? According to a new report released Friday from a group of scientists from seven colleges and universities, it’s enough to cover 300 tennis courts every day.

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A Wet Winter Won’t Save California

Published: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 (All day)

As wildfires rage, crops are abandoned, wells run dry and cities work to meet mandatory water cuts, drought-weary Californians are counting on a savior in the tropical ocean: El Niño.

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Whales and Dolphins Win Battle Over the Use of Harmful Sonar

Published: 
Wed, 09/16/2015 (All day)

The long-running war between the whales and the United States Navy is over.

A federal judge on Monday approved a legal settlement that limits the use of sonar and other underwater explosives that can inadvertently harm whales and dolphins.