environmental destruction

Why Our Coffee Habit is Terrible for the Environment

Why Our Coffee Habit is Terrible for the Environment

Next time you wrap your hands around that steamy cup of joe, take a minute to consider the impact your morning coffee has on the planet. According to a study published in the most recent issue of

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Environmental Hero Rudi Putra Wins 2014 “Green Nobel” Goldman Prize for Shutting Down Illegal Palm Oil Plantations

Environmental Hero Rudi Putra Wins 2014 “Green Nobel” Goldman Prize for Shutting Down Illegal Palm Oil Plantations

Now in its 25th year, the Goldman Prize annually recognizes six of the world's most courageous environmental heroes who often take on great personal risks to protect and enhance the natural environment.

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Killer Pig Virus PEDv Has Killed 10% Of The US Pig Population in Less Than a Year

Killer Pig Virus PEDv Has Killed 10% Of The US Pig Population in Less Than a Year

A deadly virus known as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) has wiped out more than 10% of the US's pig population in less than a year, sending pork prices soaring and putting the United States Department of

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Sentinel Satellite Launching in 2018 to Search for ‘City-Killer’ Asteroids

Sentinel Satellite Launching in 2018 to Search for ‘City-Killer’ Asteroids

You may think that city-destroying asteroids are just the stuff of sci-fi novels, but new research reveals that the Earth is far more vulnerable to asteroid impacts than we ever though possible. In fact,

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills has become the latest city in the United States (and the first city in California) to ban hydraulic fracturing -- the controversial practice of blasting a mix of water and chemicals into

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Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Rolling Stone is reporting that President Obama will likely reject the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that has become a symbol of the bitter partisan divide in Washington and the battle between

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

MIT has unveiled designs for an earthquake and tsunami-proof nuclear power plant. Similar in design to platforms used for offshore oil drilling, the floating power plant would use the surrounding water

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KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents have carved a massive 80-acre crop drawing in a Nebraska cornfield that sits directly in the path of the proposed project. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the

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Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

El Niño became infamous when it killed an estimated 23,000 people and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage in 1997 and 1998 - and according to scientists, we could experience another El

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End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

Unless the world acts with a sense of urgency to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming is on pace to reach the catastrophic level of 4.8ºC above pre-industrial temperatures by the

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Tunisia Battles to Save Famous Star Wars Set from Encroaching Desertification

Tunisia Battles to Save Famous Star Wars Set from Encroaching Desertification

Remember Luke Skywalker's home in Tatooine that was lovingly restored by fans? It's currently one of several Star Wars sites threatened by desertification in Tunisia. In order to address the problem, this

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French Scientists Developing Earthquake ‘Shields’ to Protect Cities from Quakes

French Scientists Developing Earthquake ‘Shields’ to Protect Cities from Quakes

Someday in the future, when an earthquake hits a major city, we may be able to redirect the acoustic waves of the earthquake to a place where they won’t cause so much damage. At least, that’s the idea

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INFOGRAPHIC: Americans Used More Energy, Increased Carbon Emissions in 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Americans Used More Energy, Increased Carbon Emissions in 2013

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just released its annual energy flow charts, and the latest infographics reveal that Americans used more energy in 2013 from all sources -- renewable, fossil and

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UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

On the heels of the IPCC's landmark global warming report, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres

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Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Americans love to eat seafood. In fact, seafood consumption in the United States has grown 50 percent in the last 50 years, with shrimp, tuna and salmon topping the list as most popular choices. What many

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Will the IPCC Report Convince Climate Deniers to Take Action?

Will the IPCC Report Convince Climate Deniers to Take Action?

Unlike previous reports warning of impending doom as a result of climate change, the recent Union Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warning that global warming is here now

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Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World’s Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World’s Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

Palm oil plantations are destroying animal habitats, threatening forest peoples, and ravaging rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. However it doesn't have to be that way - Hondupalma

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth's history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most

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Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Three years ago when the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced people to evacuate their homes, many were left wondering when and if they would ever be able to return. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 12

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IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report Monday on the impact of climate change at their gathering in Yokohama, Japan. Climate Change 2014:

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White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

While the Obama Administration has thus far focused on reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change, pressure has been mounting to do something about methane pollution. Although methane accounts for

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Officials Scan Hundreds of Homes After Radioactive Material Discovered on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

Officials Scan Hundreds of Homes After Radioactive Material Discovered on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

An object containing radium was recently found underneath a house on San Francisco's Treasure Island - and now the U.S. Navy is preparing to test hundreds of homes on the island for radiation. Although

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‘Environmental Activist’ Arnold Schwarzenegger Reportedly Linked to Illegal Logging Companies

‘Environmental Activist’ Arnold Schwarzenegger Reportedly Linked to Illegal Logging Companies

A new report from Global Witness states that movie star/governor/"environmental champion" Arnold Schwarzenegger is part owner of an investment company that backs some of the world’s most destructive

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WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

Regardless of creed, ethnicity, or tax bracket, everyone must breathe the same air. This week, the World Health Organization announced that air pollution was responsible for seven million deaths globally

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Grim Map Shows Former Lion Habitat Versus Their Current, Dwindling Range

Grim Map Shows Former Lion Habitat Versus Their Current, Dwindling Range

The magnificent lion has captured our imaginations for centuries, but disease, loss of habitat and other general human nastiness has decimated the lion populations in Africa. Where there was once around

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Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

The Asian carp population has exploded in the US - the fish can now be found in 12 states, despite attempts to curb the species' spread. Now the state of Kentucky has hit upon a novel solution: send the

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Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

Golfers who land shots into the rough may be igniting more than foul tempers, a string of expletives, and poor scores. According to scientists from UC Irvine, titanium golf clubs that come in contact with

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Over 168,000 Gallons of Oil Spills into Ecologically Sensitive Galveston Bay

Over 168,000 Gallons of Oil Spills into Ecologically Sensitive Galveston Bay

A barge moving through Galveston Bay collided with another ship Saturday afternoon, spilling over 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil. The spill is particularly devastating, even though it isn’t the

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