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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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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NICU phthalate

What will it take to give babies a phthalate-free start in the world?

It is currently impossible to have a completely phthalate-free neonatal intensive care unit in the U.S. Health experts say that needs to change.

WATCH: Pete Myers and Tyrone Hayes reflect on tremendous progress in the environmental health field

WATCH: Pete Myers and Tyrone Hayes reflect on tremendous progress in the environmental health field

"It isn't one scientific finding that accomplishes a structural change in science. It's a drumbeat — one after the other — for decades."

oil and gas wells pollution

What happens if the largest owner of oil and gas wells in the US goes bankrupt?

Diversified Energy’s liabilities exceed its assets, according to a new report, sparking concerns about whether taxpayers will wind up paying to plug its 70,000 wells.

environmental justice

LISTEN: Gabriel Gadsden on the rodent infestation and energy justice connection

“What it really comes down to is political will and resource allocation.”

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.

Racist beauty standards leave communities of color more exposed to harmful chemicals: NYC study

Racist beauty standards leave communities of color more exposed to harmful chemicals: NYC study

"How do you change centuries of colonialism and racism that have always uplifted light and white skin tone and features?”