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Posted by on in Climate Change
Late into Rex Tillerson’s marathon secretary of state confirmation hearing yesterday, it came time for Sen. Jeff Merkley’s second round of questioning. What followed was something rare in US politics: a substantive back and forth on the subject of climate change. It was a deft bit of work on Merkley...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
China's decision to ban its domestic ivory trade is a landmark decision vital to ending an epdemic of elephant poaching in Africa. 
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Air China is the first air line in mainland China to ban shark fin cargo. This helps the shark populations threatened with extinction and will increase public awareness of this cruel practice that has created this endangerment of an important species. 
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Scientists with the British Antarctic Survey now believe that the fracturing of the Larson C ice shelf from the polar cap is imminent, after a rift in the shelf grew vertiginously in the last month of 2016.   The thread connecting Larson C to the rest of Antarctica is now just more than 65,600...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
President Obama removed the majority of the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic from the federal government’s fossil fuel leasing program today, responding to widespread calls to preempt the incoming Trump administration from expanding offshore oil and gas drilling and worsening the climate crisi...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday it will not comply with a request from President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers. The Energy Department's response coul...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced he will head the Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund, a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change. Joining him are some of the world’s most successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, including John Doerr...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
Trump is assembling an all-star cast of climate change deniers for his transition team – often placing them at the heads of key agencies responsible for monitoring or dealing with global warming. The heads of transition teams for Nasa, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Inter...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Coral reefs around the globe already are facing unprecedented damage because of warmer and more acidic oceans. It’s hardly a problem affecting just the marine life that depends on them or deep-sea divers who visit them. If carbon dioxide emissions continue to fuel the planet’s rising...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
This story has been updated. Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic. It’s polar night there now — the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. Tha...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Addressing a group of scientists that included theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the pope gave his stro...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
In early november, Justin Trudeau appeared at a Coast Guard base in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, announcing $1.5 billion to be invested in ocean protection, including the development of “world leading marine safety system” for Canada’s coasts. In making the announcement, Trudeau was setting the stage f...
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Posted by on in Animals
Global populations of vertebrates -- mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish -- have declined by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012, states a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Animals living in the world’s lakes, rivers, and freshwater systems have experienced the most dramat...
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Posted by on in MyBlog
As the dust settled on the arid grounds at the closing of COP22 in Marrakech – with the ripple effects of the monumental U.S. election hovering in the air – a sense of determination and resolve persisted. Nearly one year after the world came together to forge the groundbreaking Paris Climate Agreeme...
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Posted by on in Transportation
Imagine the satisfaction of gliding past gas stations in near silence as other motorists frantically line up to avoid an overnight price spike. Instead, you slip into your garage, connect your fast charger and effortlessly fuel up your electric vehicle for the week. That’s the green dream for many p...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
Demonstrators in cities like San Francisco, Phoenix and Philadelphia on Tuesday demanded that President Barack Obama reject the Dakota Access Pipeline project before leaving office.  The coordinated protests planned for dozens of cities were the latest in a series of action...
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Posted by on in Peace
Activists around the world are taking to the streets on Tuesday to rally against the Dakota Access oil pipeline and stand in solidarity with the people protesting it in North Dakota. The November 15 #NoDAPLDayOfAction marks one of the largest coordinated efforts against the pipeline since...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
by Ben Jervey The American people just elected an outspoken climate-change denier as president. So does that mean the climate conversation is closed for the next four years? Of course not. President-elect Donald “I’m not a big believer in climate change” Trump wasn’t elected for his anti-climate ac...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Dear Earth Protectors,  In the face of the new administration coming into office in January with a stated position unsupportive of the UN Paris Agreement, the US Environmental Protection Agency and with campaign promises to increase coal and other fossil fuels, we are challenged to be mor...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
From Yale 360 e360 Climate change has already impacted nearly every aspect of life on earth, according to a new study in the journal Science. Warming global temperatures have altered everything from entire ecosystems down to the individual genes of species. Some 80 percent of key eco...
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