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Audubon Invites Volunteers to Join the 124th Christmas Bird Count

NEW YORK (December 6, 2023) — For the 124th year, the National Audubon Society is organizing the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Between December 14 and January 5, tens of thousands of bird-loving volunteers will participate in counts across the Western Hemisphere. The twelve decades’ worth of data collected by participants contribute to one of […]

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People For the American Way Mourns the Death And Celebrates the Life of Founder Norman Lear

December 6, 2023 –  People For the American Way is mourning the death of its founder Norman Lear, who remained an active board member until his death on Dec. 5, 2023. Lear died at home, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of ​​​101. “We are heartbroken,” said People For the American Way President Svante Myrick. “We […]

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2024 BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition is now open

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 4, 2023) — Submissions for the California Academy of Sciences’ 2024 BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition will be accepted through March 1, 2024. In its 11th year, the competition focuses a visual lens on the extraordinary wonders of the natural world and the importance of striving for a healthier planet. Winners of this year’s […]

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Celebs, Korean War Vets & More Join to Support Dog Meat Ban in South Korea

SEOUL (Nov. 22, 2023) — In Defense of Animals’ Global Anti-Dog Meat Coalition applauds members of South Korea’s National Assembly for pledging to support legislation to ban the dog meat trade by the end of the year. The coalition has gathered supportive statements from Korean War veterans, U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman, and celebrities including Priscilla Presley, Mena Suvari and Katherine Heigl urging […]

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Can Golden Retrievers Live Longer?

Golden retrievers are one of the most popular breeds of dogs. But research shows they have up to a 65% chance of dying from cancer.  In a new study, University of California, Davis, researchers set out to find if certain genetic factors could help their survival rate. But instead of searching for genes associated with […]

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Books: The Corporate Sabotage of America’s Future and What We Can Do About It

Long-time corporate accountability crusaders Robert Weissman, Public Citizen president, and Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen president emeritus, investigate how giant corporations corrupt the policy making process to block reforms favored by overwhelming majorities of the American people, and to enrich themselves through far-reaching corporate welfare schemes. The Corporate Sabotage of America’s Future And What We Can […]

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Disasters in Greece, Beijing, Maui and elsewhere highlight the need to help animals

August 16, 2023 – In the aftermath of devastating wildfires that claimed the lives of a still unknown number of people on Maui, we mourn with our supporters and colleagues in Hawaii. As with most disasters, the loss of human life and the financial and other damages incurred by individuals, governments, businesses and institutions are […]

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Cats first finagled their way into human hearts and homes thousands of years ago – here’s how

Who run the world? Cats! Grace Cary/Moment via Getty Images Jonathan Losos, Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go on safari in southern Africa. One of the greatest thrills was going out at night looking for predators on the prowl: lions, leopards, hyenas. […]

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Kids who lose WIC lose nutrition

July 25, 2023 – A one-year gap in access to WIC can have a significantly negative effect on the quality of some 5-year-olds’ diets. A new study from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences found that when children age out of WIC after their fifth birthday, many families are left without food assistance support for […]

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Volunteering in late life may protect the brain against cognitive decline and dementia

Sacramento – Volunteering in late life is associated with better cognitive function — specifically, better executive function and episodic memory. Those are the findings of a new study from UC Davis Health presented today (July 20) at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2023 in Amsterdam. “We hope these new data encourage individuals of all ages and backgrounds to […]

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