environmental destruction

“Unchecked climate change” causes atomic scientists to push Doomsday Clock closer to midnight

“Unchecked climate change” causes atomic scientists to push Doomsday Clock closer to midnight

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has issued their first update to the symbolic Doomsday Clock since 2007, announcing that we have advanced by two minutes and are now at "three minutes to midnight," or,

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Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its dramatic natural beauty, but the attention it receives—and the pollution that comes with it—may play a role in the alarming decline in populations of small

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Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

Forests will be less magnificent in the future, thanks to climate change, according to a new study. California has lost more than half of its largest trees -- considered to be over those trees over two

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San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

Scientists are investigating a mysterious slime that’s coating and killing San Francisco sea birds. First seen last Friday, the goop is coating hundreds of sea birds and killing “scores” of them,

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Mexican accident called “worst environmental disaster by mining industry” ever

Mexican accident called “worst environmental disaster by mining industry” ever

In August of last year, a copper mine owned by Buenavista del Cobre, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, spilled 40,000 cubic meters (or 10.5 million gallons) of copper sulphate acid into Cananea, Mexico’s

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Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Officials are working to determine the impact of a pipeline breach that occurred Saturday morning, and spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, in eastern Montana.

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience

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Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

A new analysis of 727 mass die-offs of 2,500 animal species in the last 70 years has found a marked increase in deaths among birds, fish and marine invertebrates—and decreasing deaths for reptiles and

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BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

A federal judge determined this week that BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This penalty is several billion dollars less than environmental activists were

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New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are “eating away” at the planet

New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are “eating away” at the planet

An international team of researchers has identified nine planetary boundaries that must be maintained in order to sustain life on earth as we know it. Of those nine, we have already crossed the thresholds

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EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

The European Union just opened the door for genetically modified crops in Europe after the Member Elected Parliament voted to allow countries to decide whether or not to grow them. If the crop has already

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Obama’s new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry emissions

Obama’s new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry emissions

Barack Obama’s new plan for cutting methane emissions will fall short, according to critics, because it won’t require oil and gas companies to repair existing leaky equipment. Instead, the new

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Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more ‘blood money’ in fossil fuels

Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more ‘blood money’ in fossil fuels

“Blood money,” they’re calling it, and it’s a lot of blood—a total of $79.5 million that Harvard ploughed into oil and gas companies during the third quarter of 2015. That’s up by about a

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Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

“Burn baby, burn” is an old chant for a new generation of Americans who can't be bothered to put a bottle or two in a blue bin instead of a brown one. Americans produce 4.4 pounds of trash per person

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Twelve common toxins that are killing your kids’ brain cells

Twelve common toxins that are killing your kids’ brain cells

They’re calling it a silent pandemic. Children all over the world are losing brain power because they’re exposed to toxins in our water, food, furniture, and clothing. Dr. David Bellinger of the

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Formerly blind orangutan is released back into the wild

Formerly blind orangutan is released back into the wild

After cataract-removal surgery restored her sight, a rescued orangutan named Gober has been released into the wild with her twins. Gober was moved to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new study telling us

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Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

Barack Obama will officially add methane to his list of climate offenders in the new plan he’ll outline in his upcoming State of the Union address. New methane regulations are the key to reaching

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Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa’s capital city is testing the waters on a new way to keep fertilizer runoff from neighboring farms out of the two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. NPR reports that Des Moines Water

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Obama’s veto on Keystone pipeline will likely hold

Obama’s veto on Keystone pipeline will likely hold

Good news for the environment: President Obama’s veto on the Keystone XL pipeline bill will likely stand, with the Senate being about four votes shy of being able to override his decision. Senator

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Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Canada has chosen to reject an agreement to protect 76 endangered plant and animal species from international trade. Documents recently released from the 2013 Convention on International Trade in

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Nebraska Supreme Court approves Keystone pipeline

Nebraska Supreme Court approves Keystone pipeline

The Keystone pipeline is one step closer to reality after a Nebraska court approved the route of the controversial project. The decision comes after six years of legal and political battling and could

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USDA may finally recommend eating less beef to save the environment

USDA may finally recommend eating less beef to save the environment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture could finally add environmental concerns to their list of dietary recommendations. According to the Associated Press, the advisory panel in charge of dietary guidelines

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Study confirms Ohio experienced the largest fracking-related earthquake ever

Study confirms Ohio experienced the largest fracking-related earthquake ever

A new study has confirmed that recent earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio in March of 2014 were caused by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. According to the study, fracking has caused

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President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill

President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill

Senate Republicans have made it clear that their first order of business as the majority party in the 114th Congress will be to ram through a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline; a move

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Oil spill dumps 33,000 barrels of oil into Straits of Singapore

Oil spill dumps 33,000 barrels of oil into Straits of Singapore

A Libyan oil tanker and a Singapore bulk oil carrier collided off Singapore late last week, spilling about 33,000 barrels of oil  into the Pacific. According to Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority

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The Everglades were fracked and you didn’t even hear about it

The Everglades were fracked and you didn’t even hear about it

Earlier in 2014, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. was fined $25,000 for acid fracking near the everglades. Though the method of using hydrofluoric acid to loosen limestone bedrock has been used for a while

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Bad news for Santa: Reindeer populations decline as the world’s climate warms

Bad news for Santa: Reindeer populations decline as the world’s climate warms

A new study finds that reindeer populations are on the decline, due in part to climate change. This makes bad news not only for Santa, but for all of us, as the grazing habits of reindeer actually help

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Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

Ever since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, rice in Japan has been tainted by radiation. This year, for the first time, the rice harvest is finally below the radiation standard set by Japan’s government.

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The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the

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