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Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

A controversial gas project recently approved by the Peruvian government has the potential to wipe out a group of uncontacted tribes who live in the area. Earth First Journal reports that Peru’s

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Climate Change Could Cripple American Corn Industry, New Report

Climate Change Could Cripple American Corn Industry, New Report

Changing weather patterns are starting to strike at the heart of American food production, according to a new report which reveals the impact of climate change on corn production. The Ceres report shows

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UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling on countries around the world to take strong measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming. "I am asking them (world

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Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Australian officials recently announced that the state of Queensland is in the midst of the most widespread drought on written record, with over 80% of the territory desperate for water. While drought is

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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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UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ head of disaster risk, has warned that flooding caused by climate change has reached emergency levels in Senegal. Called the “Venice of Africa,” the

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it's more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the

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Can Yak and Reindeer Milk Nourish a Growing World?

Can Yak and Reindeer Milk Nourish a Growing World?

Photo via Shutterstock With the world's population projected to hit 9.6 billion by 2050, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization has released a report that recommends the development of

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Experts Confirm that Humans are to Blame for Climate Change in Landmark IPCC Report

Experts Confirm that Humans are to Blame for Climate Change in Landmark IPCC Report

Scientists in the International Panel on Climate Change convened in Stockholm this morning to confirm that humans are "extremely likely" to blame for "unequivocal" global warming since the 1950s. Though

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LEGO unveils Towering New Model of the United Nations Headquarters

LEGO unveils Towering New Model of the United Nations Headquarters

An architectural replica of the iconic United Nations Headquarters building in New York City is the latest addition to the LEGO Architecture kit. On Friday UN secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon placed the

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Infographic: The World’s Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Infographic: The World’s Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On the eve of the International Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report, it's a good time to remind ourselves that curbing greenhouse gas emissions is the best way to address climate change. In

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UN Chief Scientist on Climate Change: “We Have Five Minutes Till Midnight”

UN Chief Scientist on Climate Change: “We Have Five Minutes Till Midnight”

During the Cold War, the board of directors for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago maintained the Doomsday Clock. Conceived in 1947 as relations between the US and USSR

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United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

The world is on a crash course to run out of fresh water, according to United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. At yesterday's UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban Ki-moon

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UN Issues 17 Prospecting Licenses for Deep Sea Mining Across Three Oceans

UN Issues 17 Prospecting Licenses for Deep Sea Mining Across Three Oceans

Photo via Shutterstock As if the oceans are not struggling enough with climate change, pollution and overfishing, the United Nation's International Seabed Authority (ISA) has issued 17 prospecting

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Photo via Shutterstock The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned the Australian government on Saturday that it may downgrade the World Heritage status of the

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Kansas Seeks to Outlaw Sustainable Development Through State Law

Kansas Seeks to Outlaw Sustainable Development Through State Law

A new Kansas state house bill introduced by the Committee on Energy and the Environment is seeking to outlaw sustainable development. Although some believe that green infrastructure can ensure a high

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UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

Photo via Shutterstock This week, the United Nations' Environment Programme released a new report warning that a rush for Arctic resources would threaten an already fragile ecosystem. As Arctic ice

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UN Offers Prize to Help Bring Power to 3,000 Bosnian Homes Using Renewable Energy

UN Offers Prize to Help Bring Power to 3,000 Bosnian Homes Using Renewable Energy

Photo by Shutterstock To help deliver power to the more than 3,000 families living far from Bosnia’s power grid, the United Nations is offering a $20,000 prize to whoever invents a relatively cheap

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Study Shows that Water and Food Shortages Could Force World Into Vegetarianism

Study Shows that Water and Food Shortages Could Force World Into Vegetarianism

On average, humans get about 20% of their protein from animal-based sources. But scientists warn that this may come to an end in the future. Water shortages and the world's increasing population mean that

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UN and Interpol Join Forces to Fight Global Forest Crime

UN and Interpol Join Forces to Fight Global Forest Crime

The United Nations and Interpol have joined forces to tackle global forest crimes such as illegal logging and timber trafficking. Working with local enforcement agencies, the partnership hopes that the

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Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

Mexico is poised to become the second nation in the world (behind Great Britain) to pass sweeping climate change legislation that calls for dramatically reducing carbon emissions over the next four

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Klaus Pichler’s Stunning Photos of Rotting Food Examine Excess of Wasted Food

Klaus Pichler’s Stunning Photos of Rotting Food Examine Excess of Wasted Food

Each photograph comes complete with information about the harvest of the food. The Vienna-based photographer details the exact location, time of year, and cultivation method used for each produce. He also

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FILM REVIEW: ‘The Island President’ Investigates the Submersion of the Maldives

FILM REVIEW: ‘The Island President’ Investigates the Submersion of the Maldives

If you only see one environmental film this year, let it be The Island President. The subject of Jon Shenk’s documentary is recently deposed President Mohamed “Anni” Nasheed and his

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Project Green Light Launch “Sustainia” to Inspire Sustainable Living

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Project Green Light Launch “Sustainia” to Inspire Sustainable Living

Sustainia, an ambitious initiative by Project Green Light to present a virtual realization of a truly sustainable world, was launched March 7 at the University of Geneva by Arnold Schwarzenegger and

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COP17: Talks in Durban End With Failure to Cut Current Global Emissions

COP17: Talks in Durban End With Failure to Cut Current Global Emissions

The UN Climate talks in Durban ended early Sunday morning in overtime as nations around the world struggled to agree on how to prevent catastrophic climate change and ensure the future of the human race

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Shell Finally Accepts Liability for Nigeria Oil Spills Requiring $1 Billion Clean Up

Shell Finally Accepts Liability for Nigeria Oil Spills Requiring $1 Billion Clean Up

image via Crack Two While the Gulf oil spill was no doubt horrific, it's nothing compared to what's been going on in Nigeria for decades. In 2008, two Shell oil spills wiped out the entire community of

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Porte Cochère is a Spiraling Prefab Pavilion for the UN Campus in NYC

Porte Cochère is a Spiraling Prefab Pavilion for the UN Campus in NYC

The Porte Cochère's main function is to serve as an entrance pavilion while several historic UN buildings are being renovated - a project that is scheduled to span five years. Taking the temporary nature

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COP16 UN Conference for Climate Change Starts Monday!

COP16 UN Conference for Climate Change Starts Monday!

This Monday the 29th will mark the 16th edition of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 6th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto

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Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Examples of climate change's strange consequences abound. Warmer temperatures may bring about more instances of kidney stones and cause longer allergy seasons. Now, research shows that environmental

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