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Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Top image: A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa. © Marcus Bleasdale/National Geographic Captured during a 2004 visit to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Bleasdale's

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New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

Google just unveiled a new online tool called Global Forest Watch that allows organizations and everyday people to monitor deforestation around the world. More than 40 organizations are collaborating on

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Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

The Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas were closed Sunday after a barge collided with a tow boat, causing oil to spill into the Mississippi River. The boats were located between Baton Rouge and New

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New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

A newly released NASA satellite image taken from space shows the extent of California's worst drought since record-keeping started in 1885 and potentially the region's driest period in 500 years.

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100 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

100 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

It seems that whenever the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan appears to be under control, something new happens to set back progress. The plant’s operator just discovered the worst leak since the

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Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

Photo from Shutterstock Prince William recently threw his support behind a campaign against elephant poaching, and in a conversation with world renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, he commented that

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Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Researchers at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Scientists have noticed a change in the world’s jet stream paths, and are looking at the warming Arctic as a potential cause. In

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Germany’s Dependency on Brown Coal Threatens Entire Towns

Germany’s Dependency on Brown Coal Threatens Entire Towns

Although Germany is recognized as one of the world’s most progressive countries in terms of clean energy production, the nation is still heavily dependent on coal mining. In 2013 the nation's use of

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Residents Evacuated as Hurricane Force Storm Rips Through the UK

Residents Evacuated as Hurricane Force Storm Rips Through the UK

Overturned trucks, uprooted trees, and torrential flooding are just some of the unfamiliar sights that greeted residents in the city of Manchester when unprecedented storms thrashed the UK. One estate was

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Russian Environmental Activist Yevgeny Vitishko Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail

Russian Environmental Activist Yevgeny Vitishko Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail

Image of Yevgeny Vitishko courtesy of Amnesty International Russian environmental activist and Olympics skeptic Yevgeny Vitishko was sentenced to three years in prison for swearing in public when on

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Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

San Francisco is world-famous for its clam chowder, but a new report from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board threatens to make the city notorious for another, less appetizing kind of soup.

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Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

The famously smoggy Chinese capital of Beijing is finally doing something to curb its appalling air pollution. By a vote of 659-23, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed a new law that for the

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Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Cape Ray photo by Don S. Montgomery The UN has confirmed that a shipment of chemical weapons has left Syria, and is on route to be destroyed by the US Navy in a first-of-its-kind mission at sea. While

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Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals

Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals

Animal lovers and fastidious fishermen are already aware of the dangers that plastic six-pack drink rings, fishing line, hooks, and rubber bands pose to ocean creatures. However, a far more lethal class

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Russia is Jailing Environmentalists Who Speak Out Against the Sochi Olympics

Russia is Jailing Environmentalists Who Speak Out Against the Sochi Olympics

Russia has gone through great pains to present the Olympic Games in Sochi as an environmentally responsible event. Yet the environmental damage from Olympic construction has been hard to ignore. And now

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82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

Coal ash photo by Brian Stansberry A retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina recently leaked 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the nearby Dan River. The contaminated fluid traveled

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California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

Agriculture around the world is suffering due to climate change, and famous grape-producing regions are being crushed by unpredictable weather patterns, drought, and increased global demand for alcohol.

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Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

Environmental groups say that Russia will not live up to its promise of a “zero waste” Olympic Games this month. While officials promised this year’s Games would be sustainable and “in harmony

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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

Hundreds gathered on a chilly night at Lafayette Square across from the White House to tell President Obama to keep his climate promise and stand up to the fossil fuel industry by rejecting the dirty tar

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Australia Plans to Dump One Millions Tons of Mud Near the Great Barrier Reef

Australia Plans to Dump One Millions Tons of Mud Near the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a vibrant marine ecosystem that fosters thousands of different species, many of which may now be threatened due to plans signed off by the Australian government. The

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The House That Jack Built: Olson Kundig Imagines a Cabin on Stilts High Above a Polluted Lake

The House That Jack Built: Olson Kundig Imagines a Cabin on Stilts High Above a Polluted Lake

"The House That Jack Built" imagines a stilted refuge house high above a fictional polluted lake. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the project was created by conceptual artist Jack Daws, who penned a

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China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

Image via Shutterstock For generations, the Chinese Lunar New Year has been celebrated with red money-filled envelopes, family dinners, and exploding firecrackers that herald the days to come. However

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Shell to Stop Drilling for Alaskan Oil Due to Falling Profits

Shell to Stop Drilling for Alaskan Oil Due to Falling Profits

Alaska oil pipeline / Shutterstock Shell's incoming CEO Ben van Beurden recently announced that a court ruling has placed "significant obstacles" in the way of oil exploitation in Alaska. Europe's

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Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

California's severe drought is hitting both human and animal communities hard. While it is easy to see the devastation on land through photographs of parched land and withering crops, the plight of the

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Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests

Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests

Insects are adjusting to climate change and human waste in incredible ways, one of which was noted in a recent study written by York University biologists. Bees are using plastic waste to build nests - a

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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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