Lindsay Abrams

Watch: Blue Whale Interrupts Interview, BBC Reporter Promptly Loses His Mind

Last week, Salon spoke with conservationist M. Sanjayan about “Big Blue Live,” a first-of-its-kind live nature show filmed in Monterey Bay, California.

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Why You Really Might Want to Go with Having a Veggie Burger Instead

If that raw hamburger meat you bought to cook for dinner hasn’t given you a stomach ache yet, this might: according to a Consumer Reports investigation, store-bought ground beef is teeming with dangerous bacteria, including “superbugs” resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics, as well as a whole lot of poop.

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Almond Milk Is an Even Bigger Scam Than We Thought

Remember when we suggested (okay, aggregated an article that suggested) that almond milk is “kind of a scam“?

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Is Kale Making People Sick? The Dark Side of Everyone’s Favorite Superfood

Hold on to your co-op shares, kids. We may have just received some very worrisome news about kale — and about the unpleasant-sounding side effects that one scientist believes might result from eating too much of the wrong plants.

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The Republican War on Vegetables

New recommendations released earlier this year by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), an independent group of doctors and nutritionists, say we should cut down on meat for the sake of our health and the environment. In response, congressional Republicans are throwing a temper tantrum.

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McDonald's Is Still Killing US - The Food Industry Has Not Solved Its Fundamental Problem

Ditching GMOs. Eliminating aspartame and artificial additives. Swearing off meat raised with antibiotics. Could it be that Big Food is finally cleaning up its act?

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I’m Going to Climate Denial School: My First Week Inside the Science of Anti-Science

Tuesday, for me and some ten thousand classmates, was the first day of climate denial school.

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FDA: Kind Bars Aren’t Actually 'Healthy' - Agency Sends Warning to Company

Kind bars, the popular on-the-go snacks, sure do look healthy. They contain nuts and fruit (and sometimes chocolate), they’re a source of protein and antioxidants, they’re low in sodium and have zero trans fats. Plus, they say “healthy” on the label.

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More Americans Trust Fox News Than the Govt to Tell Them the Truth About Climate Change

When it comes to getting accurate, reliable information on global climate change, more Americans trust Fox News than the president. That’s a problem, the Huffington Postpoints out, while President Obama tends to contradict himself by insisting that we need to fight climate change and then signing off on fracking and offshore drilling, Fox News is an anti-science mess that seems to take particular glee in spreading misinformation andstraight-up lies about the realities, and dangers, of global warming.

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Absolutely Terrifying: 'There Are Really Only Two Big Patches of Intact Forest Left on Earth'

Can a forest that exists only in the spaces between roads and patches cleared for human settlement and agricultural development truly be called a forest?

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What Will the World Look Like When Humans Go Extinct?

The sixth mass extinction is nearly upon us. Species on Earth are dying out at a rate one thousand times greater than they were before humans began altering the environment. By the end of this century, scientists warn, anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of the species on Earth could be lost forever.

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The Sugar Industry's Shameful Tricks to Hook You

Where did Big Oil, Big Pharma and other industries learn to manipulate public policy to best serve their bottom line? The engaging new documentary “Merchants of Doubt” argues that they’re all following a battle plan borrowed from the tobacco industry.

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How Big Sugar Ushered In a New Era of Anti-Science Corporate PR

Where did Big Oil, Big Pharma and other industries learn to manipulate public policy to best serve their bottom line? The engaging new documentary Merchants of Doubt argues that they’re all following a battle plan borrowed from the tobacco industry.

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Visions of a Fallen World: What Our Crowded, Imperiled Planet Really Looks Like

The more than 7 billion humans alive right now are, by virtue of our very existence, contributing to a problem of a planetary scale — and we could number as many as 5 billion more by this century’s end. We’re taking up so much space, and so quickly, that the planet lost half of its total population of wildlife in just four decades. Climate change, spurred on by our voracious appetite for fossil fuels, is threatening Earth’s very future.

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The Sneaky Ways Big Food Is Marketing Junk As Natural and Healthy

Americans are finally beginning to figure out that they’re too good for junk food, and the industry is feeling the burn. Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest cover story — “They’re Gr-r-ross” – takes the form of a premature eulogy to Tony the Tiger, and portrays the beloved mascot sporting a gas mask.

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How Vitamins Are Making America Less Healthy

A, C, D, E, K and the eight Bs: There’s a lot that can go wrong when we don’t get sufficient amounts of these 13 chemicals in our diets. Things like pellagra, caused by a B3 deficiency and characterized by delusions, diarrhea and “scaly skin sores,” or beriberi, which occurs in the dearth of B1 and can affect either the nervous or cardiovascular system, depending on which type you’ve got.

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“They Can Do Whatever the F*** They Want”: Inside the FBI’s Disturbing Quest For Domestic Terrorists

In 2007, then 26-year-old Eric McDavid was sentenced to over 19 years in prison on charges of conspiring to commit environmental terrorism. Nine years into his sentence, on Jan. 8, 2015, he walked free, it having emerged that federal authorities withheld information pertinent to his case.

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Anti-Vaxxers Ruined Disneyland: Why this Public Health Nightmare Needs to be Stopped

For children too young or sick to have received the MMR vaccine — or whose parents decided for them that they didn’t “need” to be vaccinated — the “happiest place on Earth” has been transformed into something far more sinister.

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The self-serving myth of Chipotle: Why fast-food meat can never truly be sustainable

The cynically minded can’t help noticing that Chipotle, despite suffering a potential blow to its first-quarter results, came out of this week’s pork-opolypse looking quite virtuous.

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Be Very Afraid: 10 Scariest Fast Food Creations of 2014

The fast food industry’s sins are many. They commit wage theft and chronically underpay their workers. They market aggressively to targets that are poor, black and children. They’re seemingly part of some coordinated mission to kill us all.

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Scientists Prove You Shouldn't Listen to Anything Dr. Oz Has to Say

“Should I trust what Dr. Mehmet Oz, peddler of TV medicine, tells me?” By now, you should already know that the answer to that question is probably “no.” The great and powerful doctor has been subject to a number of high-profile takedowns over the past year and a half: a scathing New Yorker profile in which he told writer Michael Specter that he thinks of science as “a very religious experience” as opposed to something wedded to fact; a Senate subcommittee hearing in which Claire McCaskill delivered a thorough scolding of the supposed weight-loss “miracles” he promotes on his show; and a fair amount of Twitter backlash.

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Pope Francis: Yes, Dogs Can Go to Heaven

Good news for Catholic pet owners (and slightly less good news for Catholic meat-eaters, potentially): According to Pope Francis, animals can go to heaven after all.

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Scientists Explain Why You Won’t Be Changing the Minds of Climate Deniers This Thanksgiving

Think that living through superstorms, heat waves or lake effect blizzards is enough to convince people that we’re undergoing a period of unprecedented climate change? Think again, say researchers at Michigan State. A new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, takes up the question of whether extreme weather can change minds where the science doesn’t, and basically comes up empty.

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House Republicans Pass Bill Forbidding Scientists from Advising EPA on Their OWN Research

Congressional climate wars were dominated Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, which spent the day debating, and ultimately failing to pass, a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While all that was happening, and largely unnoticed, the House was busy doing what it does best: attacking science.

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Humanity’s Ticking Time Bomb: How the Chemical Age Spun Evolution Out of Control

Hey, creationists, wrap your minds around this: Not only is evolution definitely a thing, it’s happening all around us — and at an incredibly rapid pace. The growing threat of antibiotic resistance, the need for new genetically modified crops after our old herbicides stopped being so effective, the resurgence of bedbugs: these are all examples of what biochemical toxicologist Emily Monosson calls “evolution in the fast lane.”

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500 Foods That Contain a Chemical Found in Yoga Mats

Remember back in February when Subway announced that its bread would no longer be made with a chemical foaming agent also found in yoga mats and shoe rubber? Their comments made a splash for two reasons: first, because it marked the success of a consumer-driven campaign to get the company to reform its practices; and second, because most of us were surprised to find out that the chemical was being used in the first place.

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10 Products That Have Absolutely No Business Being Pumpkin-Flavored

As you’ve probably already noticed, America has officially entered “pumpkin spice” season. And we’ve reached a point, culturally, where to mock the endless profusion of autumnally themed products is as much of an annual tradition as Thanksgiving football or pumpkin pie itself.

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This “Zero-Waste” Supermarket Got Rid of All Food Packaging

Forget plastic bag bans. Berlin is now home to a supermarket that’s gotten rid ofall disposable packaging. Original Unverpackt (“Original Unpackaged”), which opened Saturday, is more of a shop, to be exact, but its 350-some products — including from fruits, vegetables, dry grains and pourable liquids like yogurt, lotion and shampoo — are dispensed into refillable containers. (Some liquids come in bottles with deposits on them, which is already standard in Germany).

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House GOP: Destroying 'Big Government' Is More Important than Clean Water for Americans

Question: Which do you think House Republicans were focusing on Tuesday night when they voted to block the EPA’s regulatory powers with regards to clean water? Were they concerned about high-profile debacles this year that cut off access to drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people — like West Virginia’s chemical spill, or this summer’s algae bloom in Toledo? Or were they obsessing over perceived “federal overreach” that has no basis in reality?

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23 Million Bike Share Rides in America: Zero Fatalities

As another summer winds down, Reuters brings us some encouraging news about America’s growing fleet of bike share systems: They continue to be popular, environmentally friendly and not even the least bit deadly.

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Anti-Anxiety Meds We're Flushing Down the Toilet Could Be Increasing the Lifespan of Fish

We all know by now that the meds we flush down drains don’t just disappear: lake and river creatures are the unwitting recipients of pharmaceuticals that enter their ecosystem via our sewage. And according to a new study, published Friday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, drugs prescribed to treat humans may also be helping out fish.

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