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Pope Francis is Writing an Encyclical to Address Pressing Environmental Issues

Pope Francis is Writing an Encyclical to Address Pressing Environmental Issues

Income inequality isn't the only important issue Pope Francis is taking on. Add environmental protection to the list as the Argentinian-born leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has begun

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Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

As if the company wasn’t already in enough hot water, a new report released this week reveals that Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the massive chemical leak in West Virginia, failed to

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Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey bees photo from Shutterstock A new report published in the journal mBio shows that the staggering rise in honey bee deaths over the past decade could be partly due to a virus that stems from

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Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

The world was first introduced to the coastal village of Taji, Japan in the 2009 documentary, "The Cove". The film showed the capture and grisly slaughter of dolphins for meat and for sale to aquariums. A

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China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

Smog photo from Shutterstock The massive pollution that covers China has been making its way to the western United States. A new study has shown that pollution from China’s burning of fossil fuels

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Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Bees have been vital partners in human agriculture for centuries thanks to their role as crop pollinators. However pesticides used to kill other species of insects have wreaked havoc on their hives. A

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New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the embattled operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, just released a new video showing highly radioactive water inside the damaged number 3

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California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

While many parts of the East coast and Midwest are covered in ice and snow, California is suffering from a severe drought and record-breaking high temperatures. A high pressure system spanning from the

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Why You Should Think Twice About Eating Shrimp

Why You Should Think Twice About Eating Shrimp

Americans love shrimp! We eat 4.1 pounds of it every year. But you might want to think twice next time you pick up a bag of frozen shrimp at the grocery store. It turns out that the process of getting

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation's environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new

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Antarctica’s Mighty Pine Island Glacier has Reached an Irreversible Melting Point

Antarctica’s Mighty Pine Island Glacier has Reached an Irreversible Melting Point

An international team of scientists has concluded that Antarctica's mighty Pine Island Glacier has likely reached a tipping point in which the melting is irreversible even if global warming is reversed.

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No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

Hurricane season is a costly affair anywhere, but Risk Management Solutions predicts that in the future these devastating tropical depressions will make landfall in new and unexpected places. RMS recently

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Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

As if urban encroachment and poachers were not bad enough, India's tigers now must contend with a deadly virus for their survival. Canine distemper, a disease commonly found in domestic dog populations,

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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists from the

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Polluted Well Water Found Near Drilling Sites in Four States

Polluted Well Water Found Near Drilling Sites in Four States

Well water in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas has been found to be contaminated due to nearby drilling. Over the last two years, locals near oil and gas drilling in each of the states have

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Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the government-backed Japan Atomic Energy Agency recently announced that they intend to conduct a controlled nuclear meltdown in order to learn how to prevent

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Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Image via Shutterstock Of the ingredients that go into making a great beer, dead whale is probably not the first that comes to mind. Marine mammal conservationists agree, and they have condemned the

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Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Scientists have discovered a river of garbage-strewn water deep beneath the upper Thames Estuary in London. The research team from Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum

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Is the Massive Rise in Oklahoma Earthquakes Due to Fracking?

Is the Massive Rise in Oklahoma Earthquakes Due to Fracking?

Fracking photo / Shutterstock In a state where residents regularly brace themselves for tornados, Oklahomans now have another disturbing hazard to watch out for: earthquakes. In recent years, there's

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Global Temps to Rise Another 7.2 Degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, Study Says

Global Temps to Rise Another 7.2 Degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, Study Says

A new scientific study published in the journal Nature warns that by the year 2100 global temperatures could rise to the catastrophic level of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celcius) unless dramatic

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China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

Over 8 million acres of Chinese countryside has been deemed too polluted to grow food. According to the Chinese cabinet, the farm land is too rife with heavy chemicals to support healthy vegetation, and

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Waterfall photo via Xseon/Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet

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6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS  The International Medical Corps focuses on infection control and deployed a team of medical personnel and sanitation experts to respond immediately to the disaster. The

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Newly Discovered Pygmy Tapir is the Largest Terrestrial Mammal Found Since 1992

Newly Discovered Pygmy Tapir is the Largest Terrestrial Mammal Found Since 1992

This week, the biggest animal discovery of the 21st century was announced. Meet kabomani, the “little black tapir.” He’s a shy and elusive fellow, living below the radar in the grasslands and

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CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

Anna Baróthy of Szövetség'39 worked with biologist and diver Gergő Balázs, designer Janka Csernák and scientist Viktor Grónás to create a solution for the increasing rate of agricultural land

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

A new study shows that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana

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The Latest Battle in Fracking: Sand Mines Could Cause Health Problems

The Latest Battle in Fracking: Sand Mines Could Cause Health Problems

Fracking photo from Shutterstock Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has long been a controversial topic. For one side, the drilling method has prompted an economic boom. It's created jobs, increased

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Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Brazil photo via Shutterstock All those airplanes crisscrossing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer will nearly double carbon emissions compared to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According

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Scientists Believe the Yellowstone Park Supervolcano is 250% Larger Than Previously Thought

Scientists Believe the Yellowstone Park Supervolcano is 250% Larger Than Previously Thought

Yellowstone photo from Shutterstock By now most people know that Yellowstone National Park lies on top of a massive supervolcano which has the potential to unleash a planet-altering eruption. However a

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Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Photo via Shutterstock With an apparent disregard for warnings from scientists, fishermen and even UNESCO, Australian environment minister Greg Hunt has approved plans for a massive expansion of a coal

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