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Affordable Housing Developers Set their Sights on Former Toxic Oil Fields in LA

Affordable Housing Developers Set their Sights on Former Toxic Oil Fields in LA
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Photography by Peter Bennett

On a busy corner in Vista Hermosa, a neighborhood just west of downtown Los Angeles, early signs of construction have begun on a 7-story, 64-unit apartment building called Firmin Court. The project’s developer, the Decro Group, has pledged that the new building, which is one of six active multi-family d

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Marine biology: Sponges as biomonitors of micropollution

Sponges are filter feeders that live on particulate matter -- but they can also ingest microscopic fragments of plastics and other pollutants of anthropogenic origin. They can therefore serve as useful bioindicators of the health of marine ecosystems....

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Clovis people: Narrow window of tool-making

There is much debate surrounding the age of the Clovis -- a prehistoric culture named for stone tools found near Clovis, New Mexico in the early 1930s -- who once occupied North America during the end of the last Ice Age. New testing of bones and artifacts show that Clovis tools were made only during a brief, 300-year period from 13,050 to 12,750...

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War on plastic is distracting from more urgent threats to environment, experts warn

A team of leading environmental experts have warned that the current war on plastic is detracting from the bigger threats to the environment....

Fish exposed to even small amounts of estrogen produce fewer males

A biologist conducted experiments with North American freshwater fish called least killifish. She found that fish exposed to estrogen in concentrations of 5 nanograms per liter in controlled lab conditions had fewer males and produced fewer offspring. Scientists have found estrogen at as much as 16 times that concentration in streams adjacent to...

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