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Mass Coral Bleaching Now Affecting Half of Great Barrier Reef – April 11, 2016

Climate change and strong El Niño cause hundreds of kilometres of reef to bleach, as higher temperatures stress the coral

The mass coral bleaching event smashing the Great Barrier Reef has severely affected more than half its length and caused patches of bleaching in most areas, according to scientists conducting an extensive aerial survey of the damage.

Great Barrier ReefPhoto by By Steve Parish/Courtesy of Lock the Gate AllianceThe mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is part of what the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has called the third global bleaching event – the first occurred in 1998.

“The good news with my last flight is that I found 50 reefs that weren’t bleached, so that may… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama Expected to Severely Limit Oil Drilling in Arctic and Atlantic – March 15, 2016

Environmental advocates call president’s reversal an outsize victory for reducing climate change

The Obama administration promised to protect Atlantic waters for future generations on Tuesday, raising expectations that waters off the US east coast and Alaska would be protected from oil and gas drilling.

Photo of Photo by Coast Guard News The Polar Pioneer drilling rig. Shell intended to use the rig to drill for oil in the Arctic before abandoning the drilling plans.

The expected decision reverses Barack Obama’s move just last year to open up a vast swath of the Atlantic coast to drilling — and consolidates the president’s efforts to protect the Arctic and fight climate change during his final months in the… more

by: The Guardian

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US and Canada promise to Lead World to Low-Carbon Economy – March 10, 2016

Countries previously seen as climate change villains present shared vision on cutting emissions

The US and Canada declared they would help lead the transition to a low-carbon global economy on Thursday, in a dramatic role reversal for two countries once derided as climate change villains.

The shared vision unveiled by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau ahead of a meeting at the White House commits the two countries to a range of actions to shore up the historic climate agreement reached in Paris last December.

The two leaders committed to rally G20 countries behind the accord, promote North American carbon markets, cap emissions from hundreds of thousands of existing oil and gas wells, and protect… more

by: The Guardian

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Former Tepco Executives Charged Over 2011 Fukushima Meltdown – February 29, 2016

Indictment marks first criminal action to be taken since disaster, which forced evacuation of 160,000 residents

Three former executives from Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) have been charged with contributing to deaths and injuries stemming from the triple meltdown in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Photo of Fukushima DaiichiPhoto by IAEA Imagebank International Atomic Energy Agency experts visiting the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2013. Three of the plant’s six reactors went into meltdown in 2011.

Their indictment on Monday marks the start of the first criminal action to be taken in connection with the disaster, which forced the evacuation of 160,000 residents, many of whom are still more

by: The Guardian

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Chicago Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit Against City Over Water Contamination – February 19, 2016

Plaintiffs say ‘elevated and unsafe’ levels of lead have contaminated water supply for years due to risky construction projects

Chicago residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city over the safety of its drinking water, claiming that “elevated and unsafe” levels of lead have contaminated their water supply for years due to risky construction projects.

Photo of faucetPhoto by Luis The lawsuit claims that Chicago has one of the highest concentrations of lead pipes in the US.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday at the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois, claims that the city of Chicago has known for years that lead has seeped into drinking water due to street work, water meter installations or plumbing… more

by: The Guardian

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