environmental destruction

Hazardous Smog Levels Paralyze Chinese City of 11 Milllon People

Hazardous Smog Levels Paralyze Chinese City of 11 Milllon People

Debilitating smog has essentially shut down Harbin - one of China's largest cities with a population of 11 million - due to health concerns and a limited visibility of just 33 feet. As of Monday

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Boy Scout Leaders Destroy 200 Million Year-Old Rock Formation in Utah State Park

Boy Scout Leaders Destroy 200 Million Year-Old Rock Formation in Utah State Park

In the running for today's "humans are the dumbest species" award are three Boy Scout leaders from Utah. During a recent church camping trip in Goblin Valley State Park, a place known for unique red rock

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Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

A few weeks ago Inhabitat reported that three men were arrested in Zimbabwe for pouring cyanide into a watering hole and killing 81 elephants. Now, the death toll has risen to include over 300 elephants,

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The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

Air pollution photo from Shutterstock It's official - air pollution causes cancer. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) just announced that air pollution

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17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

A "once-in-a-decade" typhoon has hit the Japanese coast, and while its winds weakened from a peak of 130-156 mph—Category 4 status—heavy rain and landslides have claimed 17 lives on Oshima Island and

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Regulation of Power Plant Emissions

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Regulation of Power Plant Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge that could threaten the Obama administration's progress towards limiting emissions from some of the nation's largest

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Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice just successfully tested its ambitious $7 billion flood-protection project for the first time. The Moses system for defense against high water is being constructed at the city's lagoon inlets

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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key

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Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

As Japan readies for the 2020 Olympic Games, a group of concerned activists is calling into question the safety of Tokyo's proposed venues. The Citizens' Group for Measuring Radioactive Environment at

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Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field

Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field

A farmer in North Dakota noticed something funny going on in his wheat field in late September. At first, he could only smell what he suspected was crude oil, but within a few days it began gushing up out

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Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Humpback Whales in Madagascar, photo by Marco Zanferrari on Flickr Fleets of seafaring vessels have used sonar mapping to gain a clear picture of the ocean for years - however recently there has been

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Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

In the latest of a now seemingly endless series of devastating, embarrassing debacles at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, operating utility Tepco has found that radiation levels in seawater

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90% of America’s Nuclear Regulators to be Furloughed Today

90% of America’s Nuclear Regulators to be Furloughed Today

Image via Shutterstock As the government shutdown continues to drag on, there have been some troubling new developments; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission just announced that it expects to furlough

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America’s National Parks Closed to Citizens (But Still Open for Oil & Gas Companies)

America’s National Parks Closed to Citizens (But Still Open for Oil & Gas Companies)

Glacier Park photo from Shutterstock Want a good example of political hypocrisy and blatant favoritism? The government shutdown mandates that all national parks and monuments be closed to visitors -

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Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken

Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken

A new study finds that more than 80 percent of ice-free land is at risk of ecosystem transformation by 2100 unless global warming is limited to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above

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California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

Image via Shutterstock There's no denying that fracking is bad, really bad. But what about natural gas from other sources? California's Clean Energy Fuels has just announced that they have begun the

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US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

A new Energy Information Administration report estimates that the US will end 2013 as the world's largest producer of petroleum and natural gas, with a combined production of 25 million barrels of oil a

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Typhoon Fitow Tears Through Southeastern China with 93 MPH Winds

Typhoon Fitow Tears Through Southeastern China with 93 MPH Winds

Typhoon Fitow touched down in Fuding, China on Monday after tearing through the eastern provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang and forcing more than 700,000 people to be evacuated. With winds of up to 93mph

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Yet Another Fukushima Spill Sends Radioactive Water into Pacific Ocean

Yet Another Fukushima Spill Sends Radioactive Water into Pacific Ocean

The utility responsible for Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has confirmed yet another leak of carcinogenic, strontium-containing wastewater from storage tanks at the site. The Tokyo

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10,000 Walruses Come Ashore in Alaska as Arctic Sea Ice Declines

10,000 Walruses Come Ashore in Alaska as Arctic Sea Ice Declines

In an extraordinary phenomenon, an estimated 10,000 walruses have gathered on a small barrier island near Point Lay in Alaska. Spotted by scientists from NOAA last Friday, the walruses have come ashore as

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Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

The Russian government announced on Wednesday that they would be charging 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy for their activism in the Arctic. Two weeks ago, a group of 30 people staged a protest aboard

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Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Photo via Shutterstock A recent spike in the illegal wildlife trade is threatening to undo years of work by NGOs and governments around the world to save endangered rhinos. A new video series released

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Study Discovers Fracking Wastewater Irradiated and Polluted a Pennsylvania River

Study Discovers Fracking Wastewater Irradiated and Polluted a Pennsylvania River

Photo: Adam Gregor / Shutterstock Fracking for shale gas doesn't exactly have the best track record for safety or positive environmental impact. Well, go ahead add another unfortunate environmental

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Japanese Fast Food Chain to Grow Crops 60 Miles From Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Japanese Fast Food Chain to Grow Crops 60 Miles From Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Fast food chain Yoshinoya Holdings has announced plans to grow rice, cabbage, and onions a mere 100 km (60 miles) away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The company is known for their

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Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Up on Nicaragua’s West Coast

Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Up on Nicaragua’s West Coast

Nicaraguan wildlife officials are investigating reports that hundreds of dead sea turtles have been washing up on the country’s western coast. The Nicaraguan Sea Turtle Conservation Network has called

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What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

Image © Shutterstock After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on

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Radio Problems May Have Contributed to Deaths of 19 Firefighters During Yarnell Fire

Radio Problems May Have Contributed to Deaths of 19 Firefighters During Yarnell Fire

A new investigation into the events that occurred during a raging fire that killed 19 elite firefighters in Arizona has revealed that some of them may have been avoidable. In particular, the 33 minutes of

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BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

The BP Deepwater Horizon trial has been pottering on in the New Orleans Federal Court since February, and as it enters its second phase today, BP will attempt to argue down government estimates as to how

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

There's no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons

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NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports

NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports

Big game hunting is an atrociously cruel and unnecessary “sport” that doesn’t prove anything but hunters' ability to shoot an innocent animal from a safe distance. In just the latest string of gross

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