Evergreen Issues: Opiods Found in Seattle Mussels, Global Warming Could Threaten Rice, Women Go #HomeToVote For Ireland

EVERY TUESDAY WE BRING YOU ISSUES THAT IMPACT YOU AS AN OUTDOOR LOVING WOMAN. WHETHER IT HAS TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE OR FEMALE EMPOWERMENT, WE SCOUR THE INTERNET, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT BILLS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS, AND DELIVER IT TO YOU – SO YOU KNOW.

HERE ARE YOUR EVERGREEN ISSUES:

1. Opiods Found In Seattle Sea Mussels

There’s now evidence that the nationwide opiod crisis has hit new levels: sea level. Recently, scientists discovered Washington Bay sea mussels tested positive for trace amounts of oxycodine. Scientists say they collected the opiod-positive mussels from “highly-urbanized” bays.

In an article posted by the Puget Sound Institute:

“The oxycodone was found in amounts thousands of times lower than a therapeutic dose for humans and would not be expected to affect the mussels, which likely don’t metabolize the drug, [Andy] James said. The findings may raise concerns for fish, however, which are known to respond to opioids.”

This is the first time opiods have been discovered in sea mussels.

2. Global Warming Threatens Rice Nutrition

More than half of the world’s population relies on rice as a key nutrient including millions of undernourished people in Southeast Asia.

According to a new study published in Science Advances, that rice is at risk due to growing levels of CO2.

An article by NPR says the study found drastic decreases in nutrition for rice grown in a high CO2 environment.

“…the rice grown under the elevated carbon scenario lost substantial amounts of protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins per grain. Iron, zinc and protein losses ranged from 5 percent to 20 percent. Vitamins B1 and B5 dropped up to 30 percent, depending on the variety.”

3. Women Fly To The Emerald Isle To Vote To Repeal Abortion Ban


Women flew #hometovote on the repeal of Ireland’s eight amendment which gives equal rights to the unborn. Despite the fact that the repeal passed by 64 percent, women came out in droves to vote on either side of the issue, traveling from far and wide.

The BBC sums up both sides nicely here.