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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
By Sylvia Earle and Jason Patlis This week, the ocean finally gets the attention it deserves – and desperately needs. Delegates from almost all of the United Nations' 193 member states have gathered for the U.N. Ocean Conference, an unprecedented and historic special session of the G...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
Donald Trump has said that one of the top priorities for his presidency would be to remove the United States from international agreements to curb greenhouse gas emissions In particular, Trump has said he would renege on the historic Paris climate pact. In addition, he has selected Myron Ebell...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
As a man on a "great social mission," former Vice President Al Gore says he feels like baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson, the messenger of integration who was often ridiculed and worse when he hit the bases as the first black to play professional ball. "There is a time-honored tradition of peopl...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
It’s raining in Washington, D.C., as I write this, drops tapping out a steady beat that recalls the rhythms of my Oregon childhood. There’s something familiar about this weather, whatever its imperfections. Meanwhile, 1,100 miles to the southwest, a storm system threatens Dallas with torna...
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Posted by on in Solar
Across the planet, economies have been either dependent on or addicted to fossil fuels for 150 years, but there appears to be global momentum towards better energy use and more sustainable approaches, according to a new study in Nature Energy journal. Catherine Mitchell, professor of energy policy ...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
In a world where addressing global social and environmental problems are still more prominent than ever, Impact Investing as an emerging asset class is the best new alternative for channeling large-scale private capital for social and environmental benefit. This is the new face of corporate social p...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Plastic bottles lying in the gutter. Grocery bags tangled in branches. Food wrappers scuttling across the ground on a windy day. Although such examples of litter easily come to mind, they only hint at the serious and growing problem of plastic pollution — a problem mostly hidden from view. The prob...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
In recent years the double whammy of plastic trash and overfishing has drawn more attention to the plight of the world’s oceans. But another problem is that too many fishing vessels dump their gear, mostly fishing nets, which then endanger marine life long after they return to shore. This “ghost gea...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
The waters off the coast of New England are warming more rapidly than almost any other ocean region on earth. Scientists are now studying the resulting ecosystem changes, and their findings could provide a glimpse of the future for many of the world’s coastal communities. by rebecca kesslerAfter ha...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
Findings by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, Ph.D., and her team of researchers reveal that children living in megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Calderón-Garc...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
A team of seven UCLA environmental science students has created a website that shows how emissions from local factories are impacting air quality in Los Angeles County. Cal EcoMaps, launched this month, features an interactive map with detailed information about 172 facilities representing the top ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Colorado's intensifying oil and gas boom is taking a toll on soil — 200 gallons spilled per day seeping into once-fertile ground — that experts say could be ruinous. The state's approach has been to try to compel companies to excavate and haul the worst muck to landfills. But with support from sta...
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Posted by on in Biofuels
Funding green energy will become harder under EU rules published on Wednesday designed to replace subsidies with market-based schemes, just when the Ukraine crisis has heightened the need for alternatives to imported fossil fuel. The executive European Commission said the guidelines, whic...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Clean energy will have to at least treble in output and dominate world energy supplies by 2050 in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, a UN report is set to conclude on Sunday. The report produced by hundreds of experts and backed by almost 200 world governments, will detail t...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
Sony Pictures Entertainment has joined forces with WWF this year to make Spider-Man the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour. Its involvement will also see the launch of Earth Hour Blue – a new digital crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform that is desi...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
“Costa Rica opposition group says to scrap 2021 carbon neutrality target,” reads the headline of a recent Reuters news article. Standing on its own, the headline is accurate. However, lacking context, it could be misleading, causing readers who don’t venture beyond the headline to conclude that...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
What is the scientific, measurable definition of a “normal” climate change and what is the measuring stick used to determine acceptable variability? What are the parameters of deciding “normal” and what makes the global warming crowd the soothsayers of climate, especially since they’ve been wrong in...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The past four days have been a frozen hell for an estimated 186 million people across parts of Canada and all 50 states in the US, as freezing air called the polar vortex swirled down from melting polar ice caps. There were 21 deaths attributed to weather-related incidents, with transport...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
A vote on Tuesday on whether to declare a marine protection area over an Antarctic body of water seven times the size of Germany is hanging in the balance due to Russian and Ukrainian fishing interests, the head of a European delegation to the talks has told EurActiv. Representatives of 25 countrie...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
Most people believe that golf courses do nothing but guzzle water, but experts say that during the rainy season, the green grass on the courses actually helps replenish the county's drinking water supply. Golf courses use 2 to 3 percent of South Florida's water each year. But during heavy rains suc...
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