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Pennsylvania Nuns Build Chapel in Middle of Cornfield in Effort to Block Pipeline – July 20, 2017

Catholic order files religious freedom lawsuit to keep Atlantic Sunrise pipeline off their land

Catholic nuns in Pennsylvania are resisting plans to build a $3 billion pipeline for gas obtained by fracking through its land by creating a rudimentary chapel along the proposed route and launching a legal challenge, citing religious freedom.

photo of climate march Photo by Mark Dixon Catholic nuns in Pennsylvania have built a chapel and filed a legal challenge to stop the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, which passes through their land. A local activist group, Lancaster Against Pipelines, has pledged to mount a vigil at the chapel if the nuns lose their case.

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by: The Guardian

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EU Calls for Immediate Logging Ban in Europe’s Last Primeval Forest – July 13, 2017

Last year Polish government tripled logging operations at Białowieża forest, a UNESCO world heritage site

Europe’s last major parcel of primeval woodland could be set for a reprieve after the EU asked the European court to authorize an immediate ban on logging in Poland’s Białowieża forest. (Read more about how logging has decimated the forest.)

photo of Bialowieza Forest Photo courtesy of Greenpeace Poland Logs cut and ready for removal from Poland's Białowieża forest. The EU has called for an immediate ban on logging at the world heritage site.

Around 80,000 cubic meters of forest have been cleared since the Polish government tripled logging operations around the UNESCO world heritage site last year.

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by: The Guardian

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Just 25 Companies Responsible for More Than 50 Percent of Global Emissions, Report Says – July 10, 2017

Small set of fossil fuel producers may be key to tackling climate change

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.

The Carbon Majors Report “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro Faria, technical director at environmental non-profit CDP, which published the report in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute.

photo of oilPhoto kris krügAccording to a new report, 100 companies are responsible for more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988.

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by: The Guardian

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Unique Coral Reef at Risk as Oil Companies Prepare to Drill Near Amazon River – July 4, 2017

Companies estimate 30 percent chance of damage to the newly discovered ecosystem in event of a spill

Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30 percent chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill.

photo of ambulancePhoto Jeso Carneiro Oil companies may start drilling near the newly discovered Amazon river reef as early as this summer.

In February BP told The Guardian it planned to start drilling a block it controls by August 2018. Brazilian company Queiroz Galvão also has a block it expects to start drilling from next year.

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by: The Guardian

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A Million Plastic Bottles Are Bought Around the World Every Minute – June 29, 2017

World's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change,' say campaigners

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20 percent by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.

New figures obtained by The Guardian reveal the surge in usage of plastic bottles, more than half a trillion of which will be sold annually by the end of the decade.

photo of water bottlesPhoto European Union 2012 - European Parliament Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines, and other environments.

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by: The Guardian

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