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August 21, 2017 Opinion
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke eating lunch with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue. (Photo: USDA / Flickr)

Trump's Other Agent of Ecocide

By: Brian Klonoski

Should we conserve American wilderness and cultural sites, or bulldoze trees, lop off mountaintops and deface areas of spiritual and ancestral heritage to benefit extractive industries? The fiery, never-ending debate...

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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 Wildlife

What the Future Holds This World Elephant Day

By: Grace Ge Gabriel

I have never felt as optimistic for elephants as I feel today on this World Elephant Day 2017. For me, in the past 10 years, World Elephant Day has not...

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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 3, 2017 Wildlife
A stockpile of ivory to be crushed at an ivory crush event partnered by the Humane Society of the United States, and organized by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), with support from Tiffany & Co in Central Park on Thursday, Aug 3 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Mark Von Holden / AP Images for The HSUS)

RIP to the Elephants Lost to Poachers

By: The Humane Society of the United States

By Iris Ho, Wildlife Program Manager, Humane Society International As I placed a carved ivory tusk on the conveyer belt, I was fighting back tears; my hands were trembling from...

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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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August 1, 2017 Wildlife

In California, Marijuana Industry Threatens Rare Wildlife

By: Center for Biological Diversity

As California officials begin work this week to finalize environmental oversight of recreational pot growing, conservation groups are calling for stronger protections for imperiled Pacific fishers, spotted owls and other rare...

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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 28, 2017 Climate & Energy
Photo: Jason Blackeye / Unsplash

'Shit Is Hitting the Fan,' Climate Scientist Warns

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germano The "shit is hitting is the fan," said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering "this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem." Hansen is...

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July 27, 2017 Wildlife
A wolf in Lamar Valley in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. (Photo: Jim Peaco / NPS)

In Advancing Bill, Senate Forsakes America's Wolves

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee voted yesterday to advance a bill that would strip protection from thousands of endangered wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming. Senators...

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July 25, 2017 Opinion
Driven by the pursuit of social-media stardom, Instagram photographers are more than willing break the rules if it means more likes. (Photo: Hans Vivik / Unsplash)

Instagram and Nature's Demise

By: Brian Klonoski

After selfies and food porn, nature shots -- especially those of a lone hiker staring wistfully at a sun-drenched landscape -- just might be the most popular genre of photography...

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July 23, 2017 Wildlife
An endangered snowy plover at Pacifica Beach in 2010. (Photo: Jason Crotty / Flickr)

Lawsuit Filed After Dune Buggies Crush Endangered Birds

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Parks and Recreation for allowing motorized vehicle use at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation...

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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 20, 2017 Wildlife
A happy pig at Black Beauty Ranch. (Photo: Katie Birk / The HSUS)

Life at Black Beauty Ranch Animal Sanctuary

By: The Humane Society of the United States

By Noelle Almrud, Director, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch It is early morning at the 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas and the animals are starting to...

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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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