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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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July 12, 2017 Wildlife
An orphaned baby raccoon at the South Florida Wildlife Center. (Photo: Deborah Robbins Millman / Humane Society of the United States)

A Second Chance for Orphaned Baby Raccoons

By: The Humane Society of the United States

By Deborah Robbins Millman It is morning and most of the raccoons in The South Florida Wildlife Center nursery are still asleep in their hammocks. As animal caregiver Maria Vanegas begins preparing their bottles, a chittering...

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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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July 10, 2017 Wildlife
The newly discovered Dixie Valley Toad is already at risk of extinction due to the construction of a geothermal facility that may drain its wetland habitat. (Photo: Patrick Donnelly / Center for Biological Diversity)

Newly Discovered Toad Already Facing Extinction

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno and Paul Smith‘s College published a paper in the journal Zootaxa describing the Dixie Valley toad as a new species in the Great Basin of...

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July 5, 2017 Climate & Energy
A protester in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Julian Meehan / Flickr)

G20 Nations Bankrolling Big Fossil-Fuel Projects

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Extreme weather trends continue. CO2 emissions remain above the safe threshold. And President Donald Trump's decision to ditch the Paris climate pact underscores the need for other world leaders to live up to their promises to...

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July 3, 2017 Opinion
A coal mine in Gilette, Wyoming. (Photo: Greg Goebel / Flickr)

Finally, Some Real Help for Coal Country

By: Brian Klonoski

While pursuing an ecocidal agenda friendly to extractive industries and Big Agriculture, President Trump and members of his administration, like EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, have repeatedly invoked America's struggling coal miners....

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June 30, 2017 Opinion

Scott Pruitt, You Have No Conscience

By: Ariane Sims

Mr. Pruitt, It’s been a little over three months since I last wrote and I have yet to receive a response.  No, no — it’s okay.  You’re a very busy...

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June 29, 2017 Climate & Energy
A coal-burning power plant in Madhya Pradesh, India. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum / Flickr)

Experts Eye 2020 as 'Climate Turning Point'

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Humanity has just three years left to accelerate action and drastically lower greenhouse gas emissions before risking a climate-safe world. That's according to a new commentary by a group...

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June 28, 2017 Opinion

EPA May Be Losing Ability to Protect Waters of the U.S.

By: W. Douglas Smith

On June 27th, the Environmental Protection Agency rescinded a 2015 Obama regulation expanding federal control of some waters on private land. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the intent was to...

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June 28, 2017 Climate & Energy
Oceans generally absorb more than half of carbon emissions, but scientists worry they may not be able to keep up any longer. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr)

Emissions Stabilize, But CO2 Levels Keep Climbing

By: Common Dreams

Climate scientists are sounding the alarm about a new realization: while carbon dioxide emission rates by humans have stabilized, the level of the greenhouse gas in the earth's atmosphere has...

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June 25, 2017 Opinion
The San Andreas fault running through Carrizo Plain National Monument in Southern California. (Photo: Doc Searles / Flickr)

Trump Doesn't Care if You Die in an Earthquake

By: Brian Klonoski

The West Coast of the United States is long overdue for a catastrophic earthquake. This, unfortunately, is fact -- not opinion or fake news. In Southern California, the Pacific Plate...

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June 23, 2017 Wildlife

FAQ: Should You Be Scared About More Sharks in Southern CA?

By: Dana Roeber Murray

An increase in shark sightings in Southern California – and even some beach closures – have raised long-standing concerns among many ocean users. Here Heal the Bay separates fact from...

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June 22, 2017 Politics
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is shaking up senior-level staff. (Photo: Tony Llama / Flickr)

Why Is Ryan Zinke Shaking Up the Interior Department?

By: Center for Biological Diversity

On Wednesday, The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request for public records that address the sweeping reassignment of dozens of high-level staff within the Department of the...

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