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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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August 16, 2017 Environment
The Saint Louis River. (Photo: Courtney Celley/USFWS)

Study: Pesticide Levels Harmful to Aquatic Life Found in Majority of Streams Analyzed in Midwest, Great Plains

By: Center for Biological Diversity

A new analysis published this month by U.S. Geological Survey scientists found pesticides at high enough concentrations to harm already imperiled aquatic invertebrates in more than half of 100 streams studied in...

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August 14, 2017 Climate & Energy
There are fears the Trump administration may try to alter a government report about climate change. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

The Blame Game, Testosterone and 2℃

By: W. Douglas Smith

The best tool for investigating a problem is asking the right questions to the best sources of factual information. Today the U.S. government is seeking neither. The federal and scientific...

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August 11, 2017 Environment

The Last Plastic Straw: How Legislation Can Stop Plastic Pollution

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

I have been writing about single use plastics for a long time, well before I co-founded the Plastic Pollution Coalition in 2009.  In that time, plastic pollution has only escalated despite...

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August 2, 2017 Environment
The global population has tripled since World War II from 2.3 billion to 7.5 billion. (Photo: James Cridland / Flickr)

Population Dynamics and the Anthropocene

By: W. Douglas Smith

The global population has tripled since World War II from 2.3 billion to 7.5 billion. The world will add that many more by mid-century. The demographic distribution by age is...

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July 31, 2017 Environment
e need more and better education and economic policy to find more sustainable paths ahead. (Photo: kristian fagerström / Flickr)

We Were Warned: A Great Grandfather's Perspective

By: W. Douglas Smith

A significant portion of humanity believes the planet will continue to provide its fruits indefinitely. An even larger portion doesn’t care — they are understandably too occupied with life’s daily...

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July 23, 2017 Environment
The Sixth Mass Extinction is already underway. (Photo: W. Douglas Smith)

The Sixth Mass Extinction is Progressing Nicely

By: W. Douglas Smith

The depletion of natural resources, ocean acidification, sea level rise, melting glaciers and climate change are all ahead of schedule. Conflicts over energy choices threaten global economies and security. Nuclear proliferation...

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July 19, 2017 Environment
Despite being vital to life, Earth's oceans are among the least protected or administered areas of the globe. (Photo: Jakob Owens / Unsplash)

72 Percent of Earth's Surface Threatened

By: W. Douglas Smith

In economics we talk about goods and services. Here we find a paradox. The natural world provides 100 percent of the goods and services (natural capital) that are essential to...

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July 17, 2017 Environment
Sunset on the South China Sea. (Photo: bvi4092 / Flickr)

Managing the South China Sea Commons through Science Policy

By: James Borton

The South China Sea is the home, for now, to some of the most spectacular biodiverse coral reefs in the world. Yet the world continues to witness satellite images in...

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July 11, 2017 Environment
Photo: Gilda / Flickr

Sixth Mass Extinction a Threat to All Life -- Even Humans

By: Common Dreams

By Jake Johnson A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday argues based on "current trends of population declines and extinctions" that we are currently witnessing Earth's...

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June 21, 2017 Climate & Energy
Demonstrators protest during a fossil fuel divestment march in 2015. (Photo: Trocaire / Flickr)

Report: Big Banks Financing Climate Disaster

By: Common Dreams

Threatening a climate-stable planet, the world's biggest banks are continuing business-as-usual by continuing to provide funding for "extreme fossil fuels." So finds the latest Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card — produced by...

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June 19, 2017 Environment
This area of jungle was deforested due to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and has been marked for recultivation by the government. (Photo: a_brlnr / Flickr)

Vietnam's Social Media Shaping New Environmentalism

By: James Borton

“I am frequently on several environmental online forums and campaigns led by Vietnamese, who have addressed Hanoi’s logging of 6,700 trees, the Thai Binh deforestation for economic development, and the...

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June 13, 2017 Environment
Amy Andrle is a founding board member of the Cannabis Certification Council and owns, along with her husband, L'Eagle Services, a company that cultivates and sells environmentally-friendly marijuana out of its dispensary in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: L'Eagle)

Q&A: Amy Andrle on Growing Greener Weed

By: Brian Klonoski

Amy Andrle knows a thing or two about growing, processing and selling environmentally-friendly marijuana. Along with her husband, John, she co-owns L'Eagle Services, a cultivator and dispensary in Denver, Colorado...

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June 13, 2017 Environment
The Milky Way unfurls over Valley of the Gods in Bears Ears National Monument. (Photo: John Fowler / Flickr)

Zinke Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears National Monument

By: Center for Biological Diversity

On Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that President Trump vastly shrink Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, removing critical protections for irreplaceable public lands and rewarding corporate polluters and the lawmakers they...

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June 7, 2017 Environment
The United Nations General Assembly. (Photo: Paul VanDerWerf / Flickr)

A Retrospective: Constructing a Framework for a Sustainable Future Continues at The United Nations: Ocean Conference

By: Georgienne Bradley

by Georgienne Bradley and Abhi Iyer “The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be...

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May 31, 2017 Environment
Photo: MakeWild

Cuban Surfers Ride Waves For Change

By: Tristin Weber

HAVANA – The tattoo machine in Ana Lara's hand buzzed as she tested it, adjusting the pink grip tape before leaning over my shoulder in concentration. I winced as she...

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