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December 30, 2016 Climate & Energy
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Reflecting and Recommitting to Defending Our Rights and Mother Earth

By: Leila Salazar-Lopez

As 2016 comes to an end, I have reflected on the many events that took place during Amazon Watch's 20th anniversary year: our victories and challenges, as well as the...

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December 28, 2016 Climate & Energy
The little brown bat is one of several species threatened by oil and gas companies. (Photo: Ann Froschauer / USFWS)

Fossil-Fuel Companies Seek Permission to Kill Protected Bats for Next 50 Years

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering an application from nine oil and gas companies that would allow them to avoid liability under the Endangered Species Act for killing...

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December 27, 2016 Climate & Energy
Fresh soil in Italy. (Photo: Eric Huybrechts / Flickr)

Study Warns of Soil's Role in Devastating Climate Feedback Loop

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos The loss of Arctic sea ice has already been shown to be part of a positive feedback loop driving climate change, and a recent study published in the journal Nature puts the spotlight on...

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December 22, 2016 Climate & Energy
Seth Meyers tackles Trump's position on climate change. (Photo: YouTube)

Video: Seth Meyers' Hilarious Response to Trump's Climate Denial

By: Planet Editor

Late Night host Seth Meyers recently used his media pulpit to take jabs at the Trump administration's environmental platform -- or lack thereof. In his "A Closer Look" segment, the...

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December 21, 2016 Climate & Energy
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Canadian Prime Minister Touts Trump's Support of Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Common Dreams

By Nika Knight Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's support for the Keystone XL pipeline to an audience of business leaders and oil company executives in Calgary, Alberta—the heart of...

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December 21, 2016 Climate & Energy

'Freakishly High' North Pole Temps Could Hit 50 Degrees Above Normal

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Santa will likely be feeling toasty as he does his final checks on the naughty-or-nice list because temperatures at the North Pole on Thursday are forecast to be...

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December 21, 2016 Climate & Energy

A 70-Mile Crack Has Formed in the Antarctic Basin

By: Nick Marinoff

UPDATE: Scientists closely monitoring the crack just reported that it grew by another 11 miles. A rupture of the ice shelf -- which would create a mega-iceberg the size of...

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December 20, 2016 Climate & Energy
President Barack Obama speaking in 2012. (Photo: Daniel Borman / Flickr)

Obama Protects Federal Waters From Oil Companies, Trump Administration

By: Center for Biological Diversity

President Obama removed the majority of the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic from the federal government’s fossil fuel leasing program today, responding to widespread calls to preempt the...

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December 20, 2016 Climate & Energy
Offshore oil platform. (Photo: Doc Searls / Wikimedia Commons)

California Sues to Protect Coast From Offshore Fracking

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Citing risks to public health and marine life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's inadequate analysis of offshore fracking's threats to the California...

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December 19, 2016 Climate & Energy

Brazil's Dam Menace Looms Large Despite Recent Victory

By: Amazon Watch

By Ana Kuhn Velazquez In August we shared some good news: Brazil's environmental agency IBAMA definitively shelved plans to carve the São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam into the heart of the Amazon...

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December 19, 2016 Climate & Energy

Solar Power Will Bring Off-Grid Kenyans Satellite TV

By: Pierce Nahigyan

Finally, off-grid Kenyans can catch up on Game of Thrones! Azuri Technologies, the UK-based provider of the PayGo Solar home systems that are revolutionizing Africa’s energy economy, has partnered with...

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December 16, 2016 Climate & Energy

Solar Is Quickly Becoming the World's Cheapest Electricity Source

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis For the first time, solar power is becoming the cheapest form of electricity production in the world, according to new statistics from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released Thursday. While...

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December 14, 2016 Climate & Energy
The BLM-managed National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is unlike anything else in the world. Rich in resources, it is an incredible place of shallow wetlands, deep lakes, beaded streams, deep open lakes and tundra. (Photo: Bob Wick / BLM)

1.4 Million Acres of Alaska Public Lands Auctioned for Fossil Fuels

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Bureau of Land Management today auctioned off oil and gas leases across 1.4 million acres of public lands in northern Alaska in a step that will deepen the climate...

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December 14, 2016 Climate & Energy
Scientists in an endless vista of ice, sea, and meltwater as seen from the USCG Icebreaker HEALY. (Photo: Jeremy Potter NOAA/OAR/OER)

NOAA's Arctic Report Card Reads Like a Horror Story

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos If President-elect Donald Trump's appointments of a "band of climate conspiracy theorists" weren't already stoking fears for the ever-warming planet, the latest Arctic Report Card from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) may...

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December 14, 2016 Climate & Energy
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Pipe Dreams Versus People Power in Ecuador's Southern Rainforests

By: Amazon Watch

By Kevin Koenig Long before climate scientists were warning about rising global temperatures and the new imperative to keep all fossil fuels permanently in the ground, indigenous peoples in the...

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December 13, 2016 Climate & Energy
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Scientists Scramble to Protect Climate Data From Trump Administration

By: Common Dreams

By Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams Anticipating the worst under the incoming administration, a group of scientists are frantically trying to archive government climate data before President-elect Donald Trump's "band...

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December 13, 2016 Climate & Energy
Rick Perry. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry Denies Climate Change, Has Connections to Dakota Access Pipeline

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry is a climate change denier linked to the spill-prone pipeline company trying to build the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline. “Perry's scientific illiteracy and disturbing financial...

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December 13, 2016 Climate & Energy
An oil field rig in North Dakota. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

EPA Admits Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed on Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, contaminates drinking water—but claimed a lack of information makes it impossible to determine how widespread...

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