Sam Totoni

firearm tax for wildlife conservation

Guns, money, and power: The firearm industry and wildlife conservation

In recent years, the role of firearm and ammunition sales were more critical than ever for wildlife agencies’ funding.

Firearms-related tax revenue is an outsized source of funding for wildlife conservation, even as gun ownership and hunting no longer go hand-in-hand, according to a recent study published in the journal Conservation and Society.

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lead ammo bald eagles

Hunting, fishing, and science denial

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Donated venison

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Food banks in the U.S. are on course for a preventable collision between record-setting food insecurity and lead-contaminated meat.

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Lead in hunted meat: Who’s telling hunters and their families?
Deer hunters. (Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife)

Lead in hunted meat: Who’s telling hunters and their families?

Lead contamination in hunted meat has the potential to impact the health of millions of people in the U.S. who are connected to the hunting community, including low-income recipients of venison donations.

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Dieldrin dilemma: How dated science and fish-eating advisories may be putting brains at risk
Credit: Jocelyn Tamashiro/Environmental Restoration, NAVFAC Pacific

Dieldrin dilemma: How dated science and fish-eating advisories may be putting brains at risk

Six years ago, I worked at the Illinois Natural History Survey testing roadkill otter carcasses for contaminants that build up in the bodies of animals that eat fish.

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On the environment beat, maybe it’s right that the bad news dominates. But the good news is out there, too.

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Shell's new petrochemical complex in southwestern Pennsylvania

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Prince Charles speaking at the 2015 United Nation Climate Change Conference - COP21 (Paris, Le Bourget)

Peter Dykstra: Does climate action need a king?

Tradition could silence Charles III’s passionate voice on climate change. But should it?

PFAS Testing

Investigation: PFAS on our shelves and in our bodies

Testing finds concerning chemicals in everything from sports bras to ketchup, including in brands labeled PFAS-free.

Louisiana plastics plant shot down by judge

Louisiana plastics plant shot down by judge

Environmental justice comes for residents of Welcome, La., a community with a 99 percent minority population.