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February 12, 2018 Environment

Straws Upon Request Makes Sense and Cents

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

New legislation (AB 1884) proposed by California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon to decrease plastic pollution by requiring restaurants to offer plastic straws only upon request is facing pushback. And...

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December 20, 2017 Environment

Biodiversity in the Greater Mekong Region

By: Denise Adaoyibo Onwumere

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According to the WWF,  115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region.  These include Three mammals, eleven amphibians, two fish, eleven reptiles and eighty-eight plants were...

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November 8, 2017 Environment

DAnCiNG like a CRANE

By: Michael Buckley

November 11 is Crane Festival Day at Gangtey Monastery in eastern Bhutan. The main performers are school kids who enact a special crane dance: this is hands-on environmental education. The Bhutanese...

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November 6, 2017 Environment

America's National Park System: 'The Best Idea We Ever Had'

By: Peter Banner

To quote Wallace Earle Stegner, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at...

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October 24, 2017 Environment
A protestor holds a sign at the Clean Energy March in Philadelphia on July 24, 2016. (Photo: Mark Dixon / Flickr)

Jury Nullification -- If Not Now, When?

By: Peter Banner

Jury nullification is a concept where …members of a trial jury can vote a defendant not guilty if they do not support a government's law, do not believe it is constitutional...

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October 24, 2017 Environment

Extinction Before Our Eyes

By: Tom Kimmerer

We rarely see plants or animals become extinct before our eyes. Extinction is often something far away and abstract - it happened long ago or far away. Yet right now...

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October 11, 2017 Environment
Deforestation to make way for palm plantations in the Leuser ecosystem. (Photo: Nanang Sujana / Rainforest Action Network)

RAN Investigation Exposes Illegal Palm-Oil Production

By: Rainforest Action Network

The Leuser Ecosystem is made up of some of the most important forests still standing today. Literally the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos, sun bears and...

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October 6, 2017 Environment

The Solution's in the Soil: Food for Thought

By: Julia Jaye Posin

My first job, ten years old, 6:00 am, meticulously weaving row by row, the satisfying snap and crack sounds rolling one after another, as I loosen the roots from the...

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September 5, 2017 Environment

The Changing of the Tide

By: W. Douglas Smith

I met Lopsang Tsering Sherpa nearly 40 years ago. I was there to climb Hiunchuli, an insignificant twenty thousander by Himalayan standards. In those days, the Kathmandu airport had one...

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September 1, 2017 Climate & Energy
Diesel was rescued from Hurricane Harvey floodwaters after he became trapped in rising water due to a shoulder injury. (Photo: IFAW)

Injured Dog Rescued from Hurricane Harvey Flood Waters

By: International Fund for Animal Welfare

Written by Shannon Walajtys, Manager of Animal Rescue-Disasters Our rescue team arrived on Tuesday, alongside Best Friends, Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Code 3 Associates to assist the Houston SPCA with animal...

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August 29, 2017 Environment
A satellite image of Hurricane Harvey making landfall in Texas. (Photo: NOAA)

Another Effect of Harvey? Toxic Air Pollution

By: Common Dreams

By Jake Johnson As the catastrophic flooding brought about by Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate Texas, reports of "unbearable" smells are beginning to emerge from the state, sparking growing concerns of the...

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August 17, 2017 Environment
A polluted river in New York City. (Photo: edwardhblake / Flickr)

Scientists Slam Trump's 'Assault on America's Water'

By: Common Dreams

By Jessica Corbett Scientists and environmentalists are condemning the Trump administration for waging war on regulations that aim to preserve U.S. water resources. "Candidate and now President Donald Trump claimed he'd...

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