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Protests Escalate Over Louisiana Pipeline by Company Behind Dakota Access – January 16, 2017

Residents are making themselves heard about the disputed Bayou Bridge pipeline

Scott Eustis did not stop smiling for hours. The coastal wetland specialist with the Gulf Restoration Network was attending a public hearing in Baton Rouge. Its subject was a pipeline extension that would run directly through the Atchafalaya Basin, the world’s largest natural swamp. Eustis was surprised to be joined by more than 400 others.

photo of Atchafalaya SwampPhoto by Matt Northam, Flickr If approved, the Bayou Bridge pipeline extension would pass through the Atchafalaya Basin, the world’s largest natural swamp.

“This is like 50 times the amount of people we have at most of these… more

by: The Guardian

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Millions in China Start New Year Shrouded in Toxic Smog – January 2, 2017

On the first day of 2017 in Beijing pollution climbed as high as 24 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization

Millions in China rang in the New Year shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog, causing road closures and flight cancellations as 24 cities issued alerts that will last through much of the week.

On the first day of 2017 in Beijing, concentrations of tiny particles that penetrate deep into the lungs climbed as high as 24 times levels recommended by the World Health Organization. More than 100 flights were cancelled and all intercity buses were halted at the capital’s airport.

photo of smog in BeijingPhoto by LWYang, FlickrToxic smog triggered health alterts and flight cancellations across much… more

by: The Guardian

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Brazil Budget Cuts Put Uncontacted Tribes at Risk, Say Activists – December 23, 2016

Indigenous people may also face threat from proposed change to land laws

An uncontacted Amazon tribe could be at risk as Brazil makes austerity-driven budget cuts and proposals for constitutional change affecting land rights move through parliament, campaigners have said.

The tribe was photographed from a helicopter by Ricardo Stuckert this month near the border with Peru.

photo of uncontacted tribePhoto by Gleilson Miranda/Secretaria de Comunicação do Estado do Acre An uncontacted tribe in Brazil’s Acre state, photographed in 2012. Budget could put tribes like this and the uncontacted group photographed earlier this month in the Amazon at risk.

“These are dark times if… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama Bans New Oil and Gas Drilling in Arctic, Atlantic Oceans – December 21, 2016

Decision will be difficult for successors to reverse

Barack Obama has permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, a last-ditch effort to lock in environmental protections before he hands over to Donald Trump.

Obama used a 1953 law that allows presidents to block the sale of new offshore drilling and mining rights and makes it difficult for their successors to reverse the decision.

photo of oil rigPhoto by Backbone Campaign, FlickrA rig docked in Seattle last year en route to the Arctic to explore for oil. Climate activists, including a flotilla of kayakers, tried prevent its departure.

However, Obama’s… more

by: The Guardian

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Giraffes at Risk of Extinction after Devastating Population Decline, Experts Warn – December 8, 2016

Latest update to IUCN red list of threatened species shows world's tallest animal on the brink, but brings good news for other species

The world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with nearly 40 percent of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis.

The authoritative list, compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has also added more than 700 newly recognized bird species, but 13 of these are already extinct.

photo of giraffePhoto by Austin MillsNearly 40 percent of giraffes have been lost in the past 30 years, putting the animals at risk of extinction.

It says wild relatives of important food crops, such as mangoes… more

by: The Guardian

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