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Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Marine Area Off Hawaii – August 26, 2016

Expanded Papahānaumokuākea marine national monument is now more than twice the size of Texas

Barack Obama has created the world’s largest marine protected area by expanding an existing ocean reserve off Hawaii to cover 582,578 square miles, providing what’s likely to be the grandest, and final, chapter in the president’s conservation legacy.

photo of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monumentphoto by NOAA’s National Ocean ServiceBigeye soldierfish in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

The sweeping move quadruples the size of the Papahānaumokuākea marine national monument, which was originally designated by George W. Bush in 2006 and was declared a World Heritage site in 2010.

The monument, which is now double the size of Texas, stretches outward… more

by: The Guardian

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Native American Protesters Will Defy North Dakota Pipeline Construction ‘For as Long as it Takes’ – August 22, 2016

Some 2,000 activists have descended on the site of the $3.7 billion pipeline construction project

Joey Montoya, like other protesters near Cannon Ball, at the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, sees himself as not just protecting the local community from a new oil pipeline — but also the country and the earth.

photo of Dakota Access Pipelinephoto by Lars PlougmannAt 1,172 miles, the Dakota Access Pipeline will rival Keystone XL in size.

“Native communities are always just the first to be affected. We’re always at the front lines when oil companies come in.”

Montoya, a 22-year-old member of the Lipan Apache tribe from San Francisco, is part an influx of Native… more

by: The Guardian

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World’s Largest Vertical Farm Grows Without Soil, Sunlight or Water – August 15, 2016

A $30m green revolution that seeks to produce more crops in less space, but is it economically viable?

An ambitious, almost fantastical, manifestation of agricultural technology is expected to come to fruition this fall. From the remains of an abandoned steel mill in Newark, New Jersey, the creators of AeroFarms are building what they say will be the largest vertical farm, producing two million pounds of leafy greens a year.

a sprawling indoor farm Photo by Malavika Vyawahare/The Guardian AeroFarms grows its greens using a nutrient-rich mist on plants anchored in a reusable cloth made of recycled plastic bottles.

Whether it even qualifies as a “farm” is a matter of taste. The greens will be manufactured using a technology… more

by: The Guardian

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The Lake that Left Town – August 11, 2016

One of California’s largest lakes is receding, causing the town around it to dwindle. Is climate change to blame?

Val Aubrey parked her boat trailer on the shore of Eagle Lake, in northeastern California. She walked to an overlook where a sign warned against swimming and diving. “This” — she opened her arms wide — “used to be the marina.”

photo of Eagle Lakephoto by Don BarretEagle lake has fallen 15 feet since 1999. What used to be the waterfront is now a meadow. 

Down below, docks sat among nettles and thistles growing on what used to be the lakebed. The boat ramp led to sunbaked dirt, and squirrels skittered across the concrete.

“They put a tombstone right in the middle… more

by: The Guardian

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Long-Studied Alaskan Wolf Pack May Be Dead After Years of Aggressive Hunting – August 9, 2016

East Fork wolf pack, found near Denali, was first researched in the 1930s

The world’s longest-studied wolf pack may have been wiped out, wildlife officials fear amid an escalating battle between federal and state authorities in Alaska over the aggressive hunting of predators such as wolves and bears.

photo of Denali Wolfphoto by Denali National Park and PreserveThe East Fork wolf pack, the longest-studied in the world, may have been wiped out.

The East Fork wolf pack, found near Denali, North America’s tallest mountain, was first researched in the 1930s and provided the first detailed accounts of wolf behavior and ecology. But years of hunting, trapping and habitat disturbance reduced numbers… more

by: The Guardian

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