environmental destruction

Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya’s oldest national park

Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya’s oldest national park

A $13.8 bn railway project, linking Nairobi to Mombasa, will cut right through Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The Chinese-funded railway line is set to replace the colonial-era Lunatic Express, so-named

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Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are having trouble reproducing according to a new study, and it’s because of industrial chemical pollution. The chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s, can last in an animal’s body

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World’s top climate scientists warn coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

World’s top climate scientists warn coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

A new study, penned by 17 of the world’s top climate change experts, suggests that rates of glacial melt have been drastically underestimated and, with this new information, sea levels are projected to

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Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfFXLHJ_D6c Charles Lai and Takehiko Suzuki collaborated with AONA architecture studio and the One Village Focus Fund to deliver the design to a remote area of

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Apache protesters: “John McCain is a traitor” for selling holy land to foreign mining company

Apache protesters: “John McCain is a traitor” for selling holy land to foreign mining company

In Arizona, a heated struggle over a patch of land has pitted Native Americans against Republicans in Congress as Apache seek to regain continued protection for an area considered holy to their people.

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How hot is too hot for humans? Because June just broke another climate record.

How hot is too hot for humans? Because June just broke another climate record.

This year is on its way to being the hottest year on record, according to the newest data, and we are only halfway through 2015! So far, June was the hottest June in all the 136 years that we have been

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Thailand’s $7.8 billion seafood industry is built on human trafficking and slave labor

Thailand’s $7.8 billion seafood industry is built on human trafficking and slave labor

A new investigation has uncovered the inhumane and often gruesome reality lurking behind Thailand’s fishing industry. For the past decade, hundreds of Rohingya migrants have been sold from trafficking

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London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year

London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year

Just living in London can kill you, apparently, according to a new data presented by King’s College. Almost 9,500 people die each year from long-term exposure to air pollution, more than twice the

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The mega-earthquake that will probably someday wipe Seattle off the map

The mega-earthquake that will probably someday wipe Seattle off the map

As evidence we’re living in the future, next week’s issue of the New Yorker debuted online a week early and contains a somber warning entitled “The Really Big One” which is about “the earthquake

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Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

We’re already pretty mad at some bottled water companies for sucking the water out of California and other drought-threatened areas, but this latest news is really one for the history books. In a last

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Cut new national parks, says group backed by Koch brothers

Cut new national parks, says group backed by Koch brothers

The National Park Service operations budget has been cut 80 percent or nearly $190 million, in the last 4 years alone, but that's not enough for a group backed by the Charles G Koch Charitable Foundation.

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Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

Although the California drought is a scary nightmare for many throughout the Southwest, and the once mighty Lake Mead is no longer so mighty, a strange benefit of the receding waters is bringing tourists

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This infographic visualizes the carbon emissions of the entire planet

This infographic visualizes the carbon emissions of the entire planet

If we are going to really start tackling climate change on a global scale, we are going to need to be able to identify the major culprits of carbon emissions. To help make the job easier, the World

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Pope Francis chastises Ecuador’s president in call for environmental protection

Pope Francis chastises Ecuador’s president in call for environmental protection

Ecuador is rich in natural resources and Pope Francis encouraged the people of Ecuador, on Tuesday, to keep it that way. Calling for the protection of the Amazon rain forest and the indigenous people,

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Germany plans to shut down coal-fired plants to reach climate goal

Germany plans to shut down coal-fired plants to reach climate goal

Pushing forward on its lofty climate goals for the year 2020, Germany announced Thursday that it plans to shut down some polluting coal-fired plants across the country. The plants, which supply

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Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

Environmentalists are outraged by a longstanding practice allowing oil companies to sell water laced with known carcinogens to California farmers. Madeline Stano of the Center on Race, Poverty and the

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Atkins CIWEM announces 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year winners

Atkins CIWEM announces 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year winners

Kamati’s winning photograph shows a husband and wife in India watering watermelon saplings on the Teesta riverbank. “Some images immediately strike a chord. Some images linger in your mind and won’t

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BREAKING: BP will pay a record $18.7 billion to settle 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

BREAKING: BP will pay a record $18.7 billion to settle 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

BP has finally agreed to settle all federal and state claims over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with a record $18.7 billion payment—the largest environmental fine in U.S. history. With an

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U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to fight climate change

U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to fight climate change

Three of the world’s top source of greenhouse gases - the United States, Brazil, and China - all announced new goals on Tuesday that represent a serious commitment to clean energy and the health of our

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Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Along much of the Gulf Coast, the wetlands—and the mangrove trees that populate them—are vital not only in terms of coastal ecosystems, but also as a defense against sea level rise and the storm

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Supreme Court halts Obama’s limits on power plant emissions

Supreme Court halts Obama’s limits on power plant emissions

A lot of people are thrilled with the Supreme Court right now, after the landmark decision supporting gay marriage rights, but President Barack Obama might have some mixed feelings about the justices for

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China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is a land known for its beauty, but also a lack of practices by which to protect that beauty. The times are a’slowly changing, though, and Chinese officials are making a commitment to protect at

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Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport

Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport

Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the country's wildlife -

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The world is perilously close to global food shock

The world is perilously close to global food shock

A new report envisions a nightmare scenario in which just three climate change-driven disasters could lead to global food shock, resulting in food riots as the price of basic crops skyrockets and stock

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House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 247-180, to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until litigation on the plan has finished. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) goes to

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Santiago shuts down as air pollution skyrockets off the charts

Santiago shuts down as air pollution skyrockets off the charts

Santiago authorities declared an environmental state of emergency for the Chilean town on Monday, due to a thick layer of smog that has overtaken the city. This means that 1,300 businesses who regularly

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New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States:

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Nine dead fin whales discovered off the coast of Alaska and no one knows what is killing them

Nine dead fin whales discovered off the coast of Alaska and no one knows what is killing them

The endangered fin whales’ numbers hover in the tens of thousands, so any die off is significant, but since May of this year, nine dead fin whales have been discovered in the water between Kodiak and

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France says “no more” to selling Roundup over the counter

France says “no more” to selling Roundup over the counter

Citing a probably link to cancer, France announced that Roundup weedkiller -- glyphosate -- will no longer be available for sale over the counter at garden centers throughout the country. France has

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Our love of Nutella is wrecking the Earth

Our love of Nutella is wrecking the Earth

Nutella: It's the stuff dreams are made of. OK, well, it's really just amazing on toast -- and almost everything else, but according to Segolene Royal, the ecology minister of France, the use of the palm

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