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Largest wildlife overpass in the US proposed for Los Angeles’ 101 Freeway

Largest wildlife overpass in the US proposed for Los Angeles’ 101 Freeway

As human development expands, wildlife habitats diminish. There’s no way around it. There are, however, ways to mitigate our imposition on nature and help provide safe pathways for wildlife to travel

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Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far

Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far

This is the kind of news that makes us groan. A new study of tree density around the globe indicates that humans are directly responsible for killing almost half the trees on the planet. This latest

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California passes sweeping ban on rhino horns, elephant ivory to protect endangered animals

California passes sweeping ban on rhino horns, elephant ivory to protect endangered animals

Lawmakers in California passed a bill yesterday outlawing the the sale of nearly all ivory and rhinoceros horn products in the state. This move is an attempt to reduce elephant and rhino poaching, which

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National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

National Geographic took an incredible stance in the efforts to stop the illegal ivory trade in Africa, my planting and tracking their own faux tusks. Commissioned specially for NatGeo, the fake tusks

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The only Sumatran rhino in the U.S. is headed to Indonesia to save his species

The only Sumatran rhino in the U.S. is headed to Indonesia to save his species

The Cincinnati Zoo has been home to the only breeding project in the United States for the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, but this year marks the end of an era. 8-year-old Harapan is the last rhino

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Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

Plastic trash in the ocean is a huge problem - a ‘millions of tons’ type problem. New evidence suggests that in the San Francisco Bay area alone, there will soon be a lot more plastic floating in the

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This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

In 1999, Washington state resident John Belles made a smart decision. Knowing that he lived in an area prone to wildfires, he built his home from concrete to reduce the risk of losing his house, should a

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NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

Sea levels are rising at a speed that is both shocking and devastating. NASA satellite data suggest that we could be looking at a three foot (one meter) rise in the next 100-200 years, putting coastal

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Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

Park officials in the southern Australian province of Victoria say a deepwater reef has been discovered there that may have more coral, sponge, and fish than the Great Barrier Reef. Wilsons Promontory

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One of the world’s largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

One of the world’s largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8 recorded the image above

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Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

Wild birds are being hunted by the millions throughout Mediterranean Europe with impunity, despite strong laws against the practice. It is estimated that 25 million birds are hunted annually, using cruel

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Why are black rhino horns still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown?

Why are black rhino horns still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown?

Shopkeepers in San Francisco’s Chinatown are still selling black rhino horns, despite recent crackdowns by federal agents. The horns, wanted by practitioners of traditional medicine for their purported

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All major forest biomes on Earth are dying, and fast

All major forest biomes on Earth are dying, and fast

We just have to cut right to the chase on this one. Every single major forest biome is dying, according to reports in the latest issue of Science, which is devoted to the special topic of worldwide forest

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Universities will now have access to mobile solar generators for free

Universities will now have access to mobile solar generators for free

DC Solar Freedom in cooperation with DC Solar Distribution is making millions of dollars worth of solar equipment available to colleges and universities across the nation at no cost. The program will

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Gray wolves spotted in California for the first time in over 90 years

Gray wolves spotted in California for the first time in over 90 years

Amazingly, the state of California has not spotted a wolf living on its land since 1924. That all changed this month after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife captured footage of a family of

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Los Angeles unleashes millions of plastic balls into reservoirs to fight drought

Los Angeles unleashes millions of plastic balls into reservoirs to fight drought

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqhF2JpZBVs While Los Angeles may appear to be turning its reservoirs into giant versions of childhood ball pits with the addition of 80-90 million plastic balls, they

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Washington state wildfires rage on, leaving 3 firefighters dead, 4 injured

Washington state wildfires rage on, leaving 3 firefighters dead, 4 injured

Wildfires continue to rage in Washington State this week, as two towns are evacuated in the eastern part of the state due to direct threat from the fires. Governor Jay Inslee announced today that three

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Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

Pollinators are the lifeblood of ecosystems everywhere. They help plants reproduce, increase biodiversity, facilitate the dispersal of species into new regions, maintain genetic diversity within plant

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New study confirms global warming is making California’s drought worse

New study confirms global warming is making California’s drought worse

Climate scientists have been keeping a close eye on the years-long drought plaguing California, looking for clues that might suggest how to cope with or even reverse the drought conditions. Although

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Islamic leaders urge Muslims around the world to slash GHG emissions

Islamic leaders urge Muslims around the world to slash GHG emissions

Following an international symposium, Islamic leaders are calling on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to work toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and adopt a 100 percent renewable energy

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American hunter deletes Twitter posts showing his young sons with the lions they killed

American hunter deletes Twitter posts showing his young sons with the lions they killed

Just when we all thought we were about as sick of trophy killing as we could possibly be, an Indiana father proves us wrong. In now-deleted Twitter posts published last July, Allen Tarpley proudly showed

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We’ve already used up a year’s worth of the Earth’s resources in just 8 months

We’ve already used up a year’s worth of the Earth’s resources in just 8 months

We all know about Earth Day and Arbor Day, with their focus on renewable resources and an appreciation for our great planet, but have you heard of Overshoot Day? The Global Footprint Network has been

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Researchers discover the world’s first venomous frog species in Brazil

Researchers discover the world’s first venomous frog species in Brazil

The Brazilian rainforest has offered up another hidden treasure—sort of. Two new frog species were recently discovered which, in itself, is a newsworthy event but these little amphibians are getting a

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Increased demand for lion bones threatens endangered species more than ever

Increased demand for lion bones threatens endangered species more than ever

The king of the jungle is in more trouble than ever. Researchers are now warning that endangered lions could be targeted for their bones, in addition to all the other reasons hunters are already killing

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Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

They call him P-32, but it’s not a stage name. Unlike many residents of Los Angeles, the male cougar known to the public since kittenhood tried his best to stick to his true nature - and it cost him his

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Sierra Club is pushing to kill 450,000 trees in the San Francisco Bay Area – SIGN this petition to stop the madness

Sierra Club is pushing to kill 450,000 trees in the San Francisco Bay Area – SIGN this petition to stop the madness

Before Europeans moved into the San Francisco Bay area, the region was mostly grasslands and scrub, with very few trees. Through the generations, trees were brought in from other parts of California and

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The world’s population is set to surpass 11 billion people by the end of the century

The world’s population is set to surpass 11 billion people by the end of the century

The world’s population has been steadily on the rise and is projected to hit between 9.5 and 13.3 billion people by 2100. High fertility rates and the rising of the median age in each country are

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Bangladesh police kill six tiger poachers

Bangladesh police kill six tiger poachers

Six alleged poachers were killed in the Sundarbans National Park in Bangladesh on Sunday after a raid by local police. Three adult Bengal tiger skins were found at the poachers’ camp, along with

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The West Coast is still on track for a huge El Niño event this year

The West Coast is still on track for a huge El Niño event this year

NASA and other agencies are finding indications that an intense El Niño event may be heading to the west coasts of the North and South Americas soon. While this may sound dandy for drought-stricken areas

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Santos, Brazil is bringing attention to biodiversity with street guides and the country’s first urban birdwatching tower

Santos, Brazil is bringing attention to biodiversity with street guides and the country’s first urban birdwatching tower

Santos is the first city in Brazil to install birds pictures in streets and squares. Located on the southeastern coast of the country and surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, Santos already cataloged and

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