Scientific Fraud Sinking Right Whales. The North Atlantic right whale is one of the planet’s most endangered species, with fewer than 400 left in existence. A primary cause of right whale injury and mortality is entanglements in fishing gear. Yet, the federal agency charged with saving right whales from extinction has been doing the opposite. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has made false representations and omitted mention of scientific research, much of it authored by NOAA’s own scientists, showing that more protections and measures to reduce these entanglements are desperately needed, according to a new PEER complaint. Our action forces NOAA to explain why it has been misrepresenting the best available science in its filings before federal court.
PFAS in Artificial Turf. Artificial playing fields are not only stuffed with tons of shredded tires, they are coated in toxic plastics, according to PEER research. Most problematic are PFAS, the so-called “forever chemicals”, which are carcinogenic and linked to a growing cluster of adverse health effects. Besides human exposure, PFAS will leech into nearby water sources and eventually enter the food chain, where their ill effects bioaccumulate. PEER is working to shrink the growing toxic footprint from artificial turf.
Denali Wolf Retreat. If like thousands of tourists, you plan to view Denali National park’s iconic wolf packs in the wild, you may be out of luck. The chances of seeing Denali wolves have dropped to just 1%, down from 45% in 2010. In that year, Alaska eliminated the no-hunt buffers outside the park, meaning that when Denali wolves venture outside of park boundaries they do not return. PEER Board Member Rick Steiner is leading the campaign to restore the no-hunt buffers and save Denali’s wolves.
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