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What Is Your Nitrogen Footprint, and Who Is it Impacting? – January 25, 2016

For the first time, researchers calculate average reactive nitrogen emissions for people from 188 countries

You’ve heard of managing your carbon footprint. But how about your nitrogen footprint? Emissions of reactive nitrogen into the environment have increased more than 10-fold over the past 150 years, contribute to deaths from air pollution and water pollution, and have countless other impacts including acid rain and degradation of ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef.

Photo of FertilizerPhoto by AgriLife Today Limiting emissions from nitrogen fertilizers has proved difficult.

Now, for the first time, researchers have calculated the average nitrogen footprint of people from 188 countries, as well as where exactly… more

by: The Guardian

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Two Anti-Logging Advocates First to be Charged Under Tasmania’s Anti-Protest Laws – January 20, 2016

Protesters arrested at planned clearcut site in northwest Tasmania

Two healthcare workers protesting against the clearfelling of native forest in Tasmania have become the first people charged under the state’s controversial anti-protest laws.

John Henshaw, 66, and Jessica Hoyt, 35, were in a group of nine protesters who walked on to a Forestry Tasmania coup at Lapoinya, 37 kilometers from Burnie in northwest Tasmania, on Monday.

Photo of Forest Northwest TasmaniaPhoto from Forest of Lapoinya Action Group Facebook Forestry Tasmania plans to clearcut 49 acres of forest in Lapoinya

Earlier this month, Forestry Tasmania bulldozers moved into the area, which is home to the endangered Tasmanian giant freshwater lobster and according to locals… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama Will Look for ‘Every Opportunity’ to Push Climate Plans in 2016, Experts Say – December 29, 2015

The president is likely to focus on the environment in his final year in office, and Congress can do little to stop him

Barack Obama will defend the Paris climate change agreement and forge ahead on his environmental agenda until his final days in the White House, according to analysts. And there is very little Obama’s opponents in Congress can do to stop him — unless they win the elections and install a Republican in the White House in 2017.

Photo of President Obama COP21 Photo by COP PARIS After an epic year in 2015, including the Paris climate agreement in December, Obama is expected to keep pushing his climate agenda in 2016.

Republicans’ initial attempts to derail the Paris agreement fell flat,… more

by: The Guardian

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Man Who Identified Cecil the Lion’s Killer Vows Death Will Not Be in Vain – December 25, 2015

Zimbabwean activist Johnny Rodrigues says he now has an unprecedented platform to promote conservation

For 35 years, Johnny Rodrigues has been trying to get people to pay attention to conservation issues in Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park, with limited success. Then, in July, a dentist from Minneapolis killed Cecil the lion, the park’s most famous resident, and Rodrigues found himself at the centre of an international media storm.

Cecil the LionPhoto by paulafrenchp Cecil the lion was killed by a trophy hunter in July after being lured out of Hwange National Park.

As the head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), the organization which he founded, Rodrigues was besieged by interview… more

by: The Guardian

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Paris Climate Deal: Nearly 200 Nations Sign In End of Fossil Fuel Era – December 12, 2015

Two decades of talks have come to this: an ambitious agreement to hold states to emissions targets – but already low-lying countries are worried

graphic depicting a leaf with the silhouette of the Eiffel tower

Governments have signalled an end to the fossil fuel era, committing for the first time to a universal agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change.

After 20 years of fraught meetings, including the past two weeks spent in an exhibition hall on the outskirts of Paris, negotiators from nearly 200 countries signed on to a legal agreement on Saturday evening that set ambitious goals to limit temperature rises and to hold governments to account for reaching those targets.

Government and business leaders said the agreement,… more

by: The Guardian

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