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Posted by on in Earth Violators
The Environmental Protection Agency has come under constant fire from the Trump administration, enduring both a temporary gag order — which was later partially lifted  — and news that President Trump was looking to cut the agency's budget and staff. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Spewing too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could shut down the major ocean current that ferries warm water to the North Atlantic, new climate simulations suggest. While not as extreme as the doomsday scenario portrayed in the movie The Day After Tomorrow, such a shutdown could cause wi...
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Posted by on in Human Health
by Richard Allen Williams, Elena Rios Today, more than 100 million Americans depend on healthcare safety-net programs: Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that safety net could be shredded if Dr. Tom Price—Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services—has his way....
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Patrick Martin / WSWS Donald Trump defined the future of his presidency this week with a series of executive orders and speeches that promised corporations everything they ever wanted, writes Patrick Martin: the scrapping of environmental, energy and labor regulations, massive tax cuts, and approva...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Mark Barteau, University of Michigan President Trump comes into office determined to discard huge swathes of his predecessor's legacy on day one, writes Mark Barteau. But he will struggle to undo Obama's clean energy regulations. It's not just that they are legally robust, it's also that energy mar...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
If there's one thing we know for sure our new president and the people he appointed to "make America great again" are willing to lie to get what they want and should not be trusted. Donald Trump's choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency has admitted that climate change has not real. Scot...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama has signed over half a billion dollars to the United Nations Green Climate Fund. The Obama administration latest and final contribution, announced on Tuesday, will bring the total funds to date to $1 billion. However, this falls short of the $3 b...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his hostility toward the Environmental Protection Agency. He has repeatedly called for its elimination, telling Fox News in 2015 that the environment would be just “fine” without it. Activists say Trump has followed through on those threats in nomi...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
Is denial what people need to get going? The Trump administration might be skeptical on the phenomenon of global warming but the President-elect's infrastructure policies could, in fact, have a positive impact on the environment, according to an asset manager. Since his Nov. 8 election win, Presid...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Over two-thirds of Japan’s biggest coral reef is dead, the country’s Environment Ministry has found.  Increased coral bleaching, which is mainly caused by rising ocean temperatures was blamed, following a survey.  The Sekiseishoko coral reef is set between the remote Ishigaki and Iriomot...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
By Anna McGurk With avenues of protest and online discussion strictly controlled, artists in China are finding increasingly creative ways to voice their frustration at their cities' appalling air pollution. It's easy to see why: at the end of 2016, an area of China larger than Spain and Portu...
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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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