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Inside the Complicated World of Online Wildlife Trafficking – August 7, 2015

You’ve heard of Cecil’s dentist killer, but for tens of thousands of other exotic animals, internet marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist are the biggest threat

If you live in the continental US, have $4,850 and an Internet connection, this large, full-body, mounted African lion, with a shaggy red mane, can be yours.

“This is a fantastic buy for someone who wants a good Lion,” the eBay ad reads. “This mount will make an awesome decoration in any home, office, hunting lodge, lake house, lodge homes, cabin, bar, etc.”

Cecil the lionPhoto by Vince O'Sullivan US authorities have launched an investigation into the illicit killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist. But illegal wildlife products are all too easily trafficked… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan Hailed as US’ Strongest Ever Climate Action – August 3, 2015

Hundreds of businesses including eBay and Nestle back federal rules to cut emissions and switch away from coal to clean energy

Hundreds of businesses including eBay, Nestle and General Mills have issued their support for Barack Obama’s clean power plan, billed as the strongest action ever on climate change by a US president.

The rules, announced on Monday, are designed to cut emissions from power plants and have been strengthened in terms of the long-term ambition as originally proposed by the president last year, but slightly weakened in the short-term in a concession to states reliant on highly-polluting coal.

Wind turbines by a rural roadPhoto by clarkmaxwell/FlickrThe rules are expected to trigger a “tsunami” of legal opposition from states and utilities who oppose… more

by: The Guardian

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Is Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Solar Energy Goal Workable? – July 29, 2015

Clinton’s first climate change policy pitch is bold, but the US must look beyond solar for a clean energy revolution

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton took a first swing at the many-headed carbon hydra. By the end of her first term, she said, the US would have seven times more solar energy capacity than it does today. And by 2027, renewable energy would supply a third of the nation’s electricity.

Clinton’s announcement, which the campaign said would be the first of many on climate change from the presidential hopeful, extends the carbon-saving ambition in a significant sector of the economy. Burning fossil fuels for electricity accounts for 31 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions. One estimate found Clinton’s 33 percent renewable target could slice another 4 percent off the… more

by: The Guardian

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Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Email Says, but It Funded Deniers for 27 More Years – July 9, 2015

Concern over high presence of carbon dioxide in enormous gas field in Southeast Asia factored into oil giant's decision not to tap it

By Suzanne Goldenberg

ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change — seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.

Photo of Exxon ValdezPhoto courtesy of NOAA According to a newly discovered email, Exxon was aware of climate change as early as 1981.

The email from Exxon’s in-house climate expert provides evidence the company was aware of the connection between fossil fuels and climate change, and the potential for carbon-cutting regulations… more

by: The Guardian

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US Supreme Court Strikes Down EPA Limits on Mercury Pollution – June 29, 2015

Decision is a setback for Obama administration and Environmental Protection Agency

By Suzanne Goldenberg and Raya Jalabi

The US Supreme Court struck down new rules for America’s biggest air polluters on Monday, dealing a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to set limits on the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxins coal-fired power plants can spew into the air, lakes and rivers.

Photo of coal-fired power plantPhoto by Cathy, on Flickr The US supreme court struck down new rules for America’s biggest air polluters on Monday.

The 5-4 decision was a major setback to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and could leave the agency more vulnerable to legal challenges from industry and Republican-led… more

by: The Guardian

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