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Endangered Right Whales Keep Dying Off the Coast of Canada – August 3, 2017

Researchers are racing for answers following 10th confirmed death this summer

Researchers are scrambling to figure out why one of the world’s most endangered whale species is dying in “unprecedented” numbers, after at least 10 north Atlantic right whales have been found floating lifelessly off the coast of Canada.

The first whale carcass was reported in early June. Within a month, another six reports came in, leaving researchers reeling. This week, after several carcasses washed up on the shores of western Newfoundland, Canadian officials confirmed that the number of whale deaths had risen to at least 10, making 2017 the deadliest year for the whales since researchers began tracking them in the 1980s.

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by: The Guardian

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Dozens of Laotian Elephants ‘Illegally Sold to Chinese Zoos,’ Says Wildlife Investigator – July 25, 2017

Laos accused of breaking CITES treaty to protect endangered species, China of encouraging live animal trade

Dozens of elephants from Laos are being illegally bought by China to be displayed in zoos and safari parks across the country, according to wildlife investigator and film-maker Karl Ammann.

photo of elephants in Laos Photo by Garrett ZieglerElephants at the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury, Laos. Wildlife investigator and filmmaker Karl Ammann says he stumbled upon an illicit trade in elephants between Laos and China earlier this year.

According to Ammann, so-called captive elephants in Laos sell for about £23,000 before being walked across the border into China by handlers or “mahouts” near the… more

by: The Guardian

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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.

Traditionally, large scale… more

by: The Guardian

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