environmental destruction

China’s Largest Algae Bloom Covers the Coast of Qingdao in Thousands of Tons of Sea Lettuce

China’s Largest Algae Bloom Covers the Coast of Qingdao in Thousands of Tons of Sea Lettuce

The coast of Qingdao, China is usually known for its beaches - but recently the nation's largest algae bloom blanketed the shores with thousands of tons of sea lettuce. A bloom the size of

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Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Cattle waste presents a huge problem for farmers. From feed to fecal matter, it has the potential to cause environmental harm when leaked into waterways, released as gas into the air, and it can infect

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Oregon Temporarily Bans Pesticides to Investigate Bee Deaths

Oregon Temporarily Bans Pesticides to Investigate Bee Deaths

Oregon bees can breathe a little easier for the next six months. After a recent spraying of the Safari insecticide apparently killed tens of thousands of bees in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville,

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IUCN Red List Identifies 21,000 Species at Risk of Extinction

IUCN Red List Identifies 21,000 Species at Risk of Extinction

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) just updated their Red List to identify three species as extinct, and nearly 21,000 at risk of disappearing forever. The Cape Verde Giant

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Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

Though it's hard to imagine, sometimes oil and gas rigs in the ocean can be a force for good. Offshore rigs act as artificial reefs for wildlife, providing plants and sea life a place to bunker down.

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NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

Reading about the melting ice sheets in the Arctic or desertification in Africa may seem like remote instances, but the effects of climate change also can be seen locally throughout the United States. In

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Human Debris: Houston’s Trash-Filled Waterways Provide Fodder for Sculpture

Human Debris: Houston’s Trash-Filled Waterways Provide Fodder for Sculpture

Nothing is more disappointing for a nature photographer than finding piles of pollution while searching for inspiring new shots. Jeremy Underwoods turned his disappointment into a thought-provoking art

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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic Bag photo via Shutterstock Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags.

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Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

The Keystone XL pipeline has become the iconic symbol of anti-fossil fuel and climate change activism in the 21st century. Yet, there is a more dangerous project lurking behind the scenes that has not

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US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Photo via Shutterstock In March, Exxon's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the suburban town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of bitumen from leaked into neighborhoods and waterways

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China Threatens Death Penalty for Serious Polluters

China Threatens Death Penalty for Serious Polluters

The Chinese government just issued a new judicial interpretation that will allow courts to issue harsher punishments for environmental crimes, according to the Xinhua News Agency - and the death penalty

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More Than Honey Film Documents the Life and Decline of Honey Bees Around the Globe

More Than Honey Film Documents the Life and Decline of Honey Bees Around the Globe

Dwindling bee populations and colony collapse have been hot topics lately, and Markus Imhoof is giving us a closer look at these issues in his poignant new film, More Than Honey. Currently showing at New

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Billionaire Climate Activist Tom Steyer Launches Anti Keystone XL Pipeline Campaign

Billionaire Climate Activist Tom Steyer Launches Anti Keystone XL Pipeline Campaign

Oil Spill photo from Shutterstock Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer just launched an anti-Keystone XL Pipeline campaign that mobilizes President Obama's grassroots supporters to help the

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75,000 Displaced from Their Homes as Floodwaters Engulf Calgary

75,000 Displaced from Their Homes as Floodwaters Engulf Calgary

Photo by okeos Twenty-five neighborhoods in Calgary have been evacuated, thanks to overflowing rivers that have ransacked roads throughout the region. Southern Alberta has been inundated with deep

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Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL Pipeline has been firmly established as North America's biggest environmental battleground, but another major battle is forming in Bristol Bay, Alaska over the

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Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

It has been over two years since the catastrophic meltdown at the Fukusima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the bad news keeps on rolling in. On the heels of an announcement by Tepco that the water at the

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IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

Most nature lovers are familiar with the concept of a threatened species, or organisms that are in danger due to habitat loss, poaching, disease, or environmental factors. The International Union for

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would

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Disease Outbreak Could Wipe Out Coffee Crops in Central America

Disease Outbreak Could Wipe Out Coffee Crops in Central America

Coffee photo from Shutterstock Your morning cup of joe may be next on the endangered list. A disease outbreak in Central America is threatening hundreds of thousands of farms by crippling coffee plants

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Researchers Create Honeybee Sperm Bank to Breed Colony of Superbees

Researchers Create Honeybee Sperm Bank to Breed Colony of Superbees

Researchers at Washington State University have hatched a plan to help aid dwindling honeybee populations- by creating a bee sperm bank. The plan may seem unusual, but due to pesticides, parasitic mites

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Airbnb Creates Disaster Relief Tool to Help Victims Locate Free Shelter

Airbnb Creates Disaster Relief Tool to Help Victims Locate Free Shelter

Airbnb is a great way to find inexpensive accommodations while traveling, but the company recently created a new tool to help victims of disasters. The company has just launched a Disaster Response tool

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Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

We’ve seen LEGO bricks used to build tons of unexpected creations - from wheelchairs to chandeliers. But everyone's favorite toy brick can also be used to teach - Hans Rosling, a Swedish doctor and

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Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

Living along a major river means you are at the mercy of the actions of those living upstream. On May 31, a landslide ruptured the Trans-Ecuador pipeline operated by Petroecuador, sending 420,000 gallons

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Brazil Annouces 84% Reduction in Amazon Deforestation

Brazil Annouces 84% Reduction in Amazon Deforestation

Photo via Shutterstock Brazil just released some encouraging figures that suggest the government has been able to drastically reduce the rate of deforestation in the Amazon. According to reports,

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New Study Sheds Light on How Fast Ice Sheets in Greenland and Antarctic are Really Melting

New Study Sheds Light on How Fast Ice Sheets in Greenland and Antarctic are Really Melting

There's nothing new about the fact that global warming is causing ice sheets to melt, resulting in rising sea levels. However a new study by an international team of scientists led by Edward Hanna of the

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Sean Parker Fires Back at Accusations that He Trashed a Redwood Forest for His $10 Million Wedding

Sean Parker Fires Back at Accusations that He Trashed a Redwood Forest for His $10 Million Wedding

It appears that Sean Parker, the billionaire who was recently married in a Big Sur redwood forest, might not be the forest trasher that he has been depicted as. Parker sent a letter of explanation in

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Photo © On Wings of Care When Hurricane Ivan coursed through the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, it knocked out operations at a Taylor Energy Company platform and ruptured several well heads in the area.

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China is Building Thousands of Homes on Toxic Wasteland

China is Building Thousands of Homes on Toxic Wasteland

Photo via Shutterstock Thousands of homes are being built on contaminated plots of land throughout China - and hardly anybody knows about it. Gao Shengke and Wang Kai wrote an investigative report for

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Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, just reversed its statement that the water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is not contaminated. The utility company has detected low levels of

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Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Big Sur Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding

Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Big Sur Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding

It's not unusual for the weddings of the rich and famous to veer into ridiculous excess, but internet billionaire Sean Parker's recent nuptials really take the over-the-top wedding cake. Parker's wedding

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