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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species' latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house!

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Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Here's good news for tackling climate change: the Green Climate Fund has announced it will only invest in energy projects that depart from “business as usual” and have a major impact to

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Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

In a massive show of solidarity towards solutions for climate change, thousands of people from all walks of life paraded through the streets of Lima, Peru on Wednesday, as world leaders talk at United

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell's facility at Bonny Island in

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Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

UN climate change talks begin today in Lima, Peru, with national representatives meeting to hash out a draft agreement to present at the UN's Paris Summit in December, 2015. As you may recall, the 2009

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Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country's new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an early stand

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Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

An estimated 4.3 billion people around the world don't have internet access. In times of natural disasters, internet and phone connections also frequently fail. Lantern is a pocket-sized device designed

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Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

The University of Notre Dame recently released the 2014 installment of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN.) ND-GAIN shows "which countries are best prepared to deal with the national

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

James Roberts, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K., has just been announced as the international winner of  the 2014 James Dyson Award. His winning project was truly

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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park. Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest

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Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

In Malaysia, a rare form of malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi has leapfrogged other sources of the disease to cause 68 percent of the country's malaria cases in 2013. While causality has

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of

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Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just opened the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant, which will add 140 Megawatts (MW) to the country's national electricity grid. The project is

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INFOGRAPHIC: What’s Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

INFOGRAPHIC: What’s Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

Right now there are 7 billion people on the planet and that number keeps growing. To support that many people, the planet's natural resources have been stretched to capacity. Now add 3 billion more

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Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, is sinking into the sea. And forget the fuss about Venice dropping at a rate of 0.08 inches per year, Jakarta – home to 10 million people and counting – is sinking at

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Desertec Solar Power Project Abandoned by Shareholders

Desertec Solar Power Project Abandoned by Shareholders

The ambitious, multibillion dollar solar power project Desertec has been abandoned by all but three of its shareholders and will now continue in an "adapted format" as a consultancy. The project was

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New Oxford Study Reveals the Origins of HIV

New Oxford Study Reveals the Origins of HIV

A new study published in Science has traced the origins of the HIV-1 group M pandemic to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While strains of HIV are known to have

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Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

The World Wildlife Fund's annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows

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Fast Fashion Retailers Agree to Raise Minimum Wage for Cambodian Garment Makers

Fast Fashion Retailers Agree to Raise Minimum Wage for Cambodian Garment Makers

Eight fast fashion retail giants, including H&M, New Look, Next, and Zara's parent company Inditex, have agreed to increase the minimum wage for their garment makers in Cambodia. Thousands of garment

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Facebook Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Internet Drones as Big as 747s

Facebook Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Internet Drones as Big as 747s

Yael Maguire, the engineering director at Facebook's Connectivity Lab, has revealed further details about the social media giant's plans to expand internet access to communities worldwide. In order to

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16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global Food Crisis, aims to provide a solution to low crop

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PHOTOS: 400,000 People Converge on Manhattan in Largest Climate March in History!

PHOTOS: 400,000 People Converge on Manhattan in Largest Climate March in History!

Initial reports estimated 110,000 attendees, but as the day continued, the numbers grew to epic proportions. By 3:00pm estimations grew to 310,000, and at 5:00pm reports indicated that tens of thousands

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How You Can Participate in the Largest Climate March in History This Sunday

How You Can Participate in the Largest Climate March in History This Sunday

The largest climate march in history takes place this Sunday - and if you care about the environment and securing a sustainable future for people on planet earth we hope to see you there! The People's

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Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that it is making a $50 million donation to various organizations working on the frontline of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The gift

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world - the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication network,

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India has a pollution problem - and it's gotten so bad that it's killing off vast fields of crops that could feed millions of the country’s most vulnerable residents. A new study published in the

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Brazil Set to Elect World’s First Environmentalist President

Brazil Set to Elect World’s First Environmentalist President

Brazil is on the verge of electing their Barack Obama. Except Marina Silva would not only be the country's first black president - but also the world's first green president. Silva was born into a poor

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