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Two Years After the Colorado Pulse Flow — An Abundance of Life

Birds, plants, and groundwater continue to benefit from pilot effort to revive the Colorado River delta, says report

Back 2014, an unprecedented transnational experiment attempted to restore, temporarily, the flow of the Colorado River to the Gulf of California. As part of a landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico, the International Boundary Water Commission unleashed an eight-week “pulse…
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Riding on the Back of a Whale

A Maori tribe has turned to whales to lead their struggling New Zealand town to a new life of employment and prosperity

In the late 1980s, the New Zealand seaside settlement of Kaikōura was in trouble. The economy was in decline, and many jobs had been lost in industries such as fishing, communications, and the railways. In desperation, Māori leaders decided to stake their…
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Why Oil Change International’s Report On Fossil Fuels is Even Better Than You Thought

It sets aside worries about “stranded assets” and recommends “managed decline” of fossil fuel use

The new report from Oil Change International, called The Sky’s Limit: Why the Paris Climate Goals Require a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production, has garnered quite a bit of praise from the greenie press. (See for example, here, here, here and here.) It deserves the praise, and…
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UN Issues New Protections for Rosewood Trees

Rosewood accounted for 35% of all illegal wildlife and wood trafficking seizures from 2005 to 2014

The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) surprised many on October 4th by extending long-overdue protections for more than 250 species of rosewood, a timber rapidly being harvested to commercial extinction. The move will regulate most internationally traded species…
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Global Deal Reached to Limit Hydrofluorocarbons, Potent Greenhouse Gases

Agreement on HFCs could bring ‘largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement’

A global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the battle to combat climate change is a “monumental step forward”, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said. Photo by Niall Kennedy/a>Air conditioning units mounted on a Hong Kong…
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No Justice for the Marshall Islands In Nuclear Weapons Contamination Case

World court rejects landmark case charging nuclear states of failing to work towards disarmament

The residents of the Marshall Islands are the ultimate modern age victims. If they don't die from cancer inflicted by nuclear testing they will drown from rising sea levels caused by climate change. Like most victims, they sought justice. But the International…
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Chinese Company Seeks to Capture Orcas and Hundreds of Marine Mammals in Namibia

Proposal points to troubling explosion in captive animal entertainment in the country

When it comes to wildlife trade and trafficking, sadly, way too many roads lead to China. Usually, it’s the demand for animal parts to be used in traditional Chinese medicine that spurs this trade, but now there’s growing demand for live animals,…
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Bob Inglis
The “recovering” Republican politician weights in on how progressives and conservatives can work together to tackle climate change.
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Logan Egan
A former farmer ruminates on how his idealistic endeavor quickly turned into one of personal survival.
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In the Pipeline’s Path

Appalachian communities oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
By William H. Funk

To Keep a River Running

In Brazil’s Amazon forest, one tribe stands against a mega-dam project.
By Robert Walker

Generating Controversy

A growing biomass industry could threaten US climate goals.
By Josh Schlossberg

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