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Hawai’i's Kilauea Eruption Has Wiped Out Rare Sites and Entire Ecosystems – June 21, 2018

As the island mourns a tragedy, it also accepts the brutal cycle of nature

In Puna, the area of Hawai'i island that’s been hardest hit by the Kilauea volcano eruption, those who lived nearest to the lava flows watched the forest around their homes begin to die first. They said the fruit trees, flowers and ferns began turning brown, languishing in the noxious, sulfur-dioxide-filled air. Then the lava came. Now large swaths of formerly verdant forest have been replaced by rough and barren volcanic terrain.

photo of Hawai'i erruptionPhoto courtesy of NC Department of Public SafetySince the Kilauea volcano began errupting in early May, lava has destroyed hundreds of homes, as… more

by: The Guardian

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Biggest Meat and Fish Companies Fail to Measure or Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions – May 30, 2018

Protein producers may be 'jeopardizing Paris climate goals,' according to new index

Meat and fish companies may be “putting the implementation of the Paris agreement in jeopardy” by failing to properly report their climate emissions, according to a groundbreaking index launched today.

photo of beef cattlePhoto by K-State Research and Extension Though livestock production accounts for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than half of the world's largest 60 meat and fish producers are failing to document their environmental impact.

Three out of four (72 percent) of the world’s biggest meat and fish companies provided little or no evidence to show that they were measuring… more

by: The Guardian

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Bison Make a Surprising Comeback on the Dutch Coast – May 28, 2018

Endangered species can thrive in habitats other than forests, paving way for their return

Eighty years after they were hunted to extinction, the successful reintroduction of a herd of wild European bison on to the dunes of the Dutch coast is paving the way for their return across the continent.

bison on dunePhoto by Ruud Maaskant/Courtesy of Wisentproject European bison live freely in the Dutch dune area, the Kraansvlak, in the Netherlands.

The largest land-living animal in Europe was last seen in the Netherlands centuries ago, and was wiped out on the continent by 1927. Despite successful efforts to breed the species again in the wilds of Poland in the 1950s, and renewed efforts in the… more

by: The Guardian

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Landmark Lawsuit Claims Monsanto Hid Cancer Danger of Roundup for Decades – May 22, 2018

California groundskeeper makes history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed information about the weedkiller’s toxicity

At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

roundup bottlePhoto courtesy of Global Justice NowActivists have been relabelling bottles of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller in garden centres and DIY shops across the United Kingdom. Roundup contains glyphosate, a chemical that the WHO has shown to be "probably carcinogenic".

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take… more

by: The Guardian

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British Appetite for Avocados is Draining Region Dry, Say Chilean Villagers – May 17, 2018

Growers accused of illegally diverting rivers and leaving locals without water

British supermarkets are selling thousands of tons of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a drought.

Major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl source avocados from Chile’s largest avocado-producing province, Petorca, where water rights have been violated.

avocadoPhoto by Procsilas Moscas Demand for avocados in the UK has soared in recent years, and 67 percent of those avocados come from the Valparaiso region in Chile.

In Petorca, many avocado plantations install illegal pipes and wells in order to divert water from rivers to irrigate their crops.… more

by: The Guardian

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