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Housing, Golf Course Site Violated Environmental Permits

U.S. News

The Richmond Times-Dispatch cites the state Department of Environmental Quality, which levied a more than $56,000 fine, saying developer 6801 Woolridge Road-Moseley LP conducted unauthorized activities that affected wetlands in the construction of the Magnolia Green development.



Reducing foods environmental impacts through producers and consumers

Science

Food's environmental impacts are created by millions of diverse producers. To identify solutions that are effective under this heterogeneity, we consolidated data covering five environmental indicators; 38,700 farms; and 1600 processors, packaging types, and retailers. Impact can vary 50-fold among producers of the same product, creating substantial mitigation opportunities. However, mitigation is complicated by trade-offs, multiple ways for producers to achieve low impacts, and interactions throughout the supply chain. Producers have limits on how far they can reduce impacts.


Environmental Group Sues for Records of Wolf Killings

U.S. News

Wolves are listed as endangered by the state in the eastern third of Washington, where they are relatively abundant. They have federal endangered species protection in the western two-thirds of the state.


13 Pictures of Beautiful, Endangered Orangutans

National Geographic

To celebrate these animals' beauty and improve conservation efforts, a group of nonprofits founded International Orangutan Day on August 19. The great apes' primary threat is the rapid deforestation of their habitats. With the global demand for palm oil growing exponentially, forests are being slashed and burned to make way for plantations. Without their home, orangutans have a hard time bouncing back, as they only reproduce every six to eight years.