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Down to 60: Scientists Contemplate Risky Captive Breeding for Endangered Vaquita

As the panda porpoise plunges toward extinction, scientists have a tough decision to make

Today, there are approximately 7.3 billion people on the planet — and only 60 vaquitas. The vaquita has seen its population drop by 92 percent in less than 20 years in Mexico’s Gulf of California as the tiny porpoises suffocate to death…
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by: The Guardian – June 8, 2016

Australia’s Censorship of Unesco Climate Report is Like a Shakespearean Tragedy

The iconic Great Barrier Reef is clearly at risk from climate change, so why would Unesco agree to censor its own report?

That quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet comes to mind: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The lady in question is the Australian government, which some time in early January saw a draft of a report from a United Nations organization. Photo by…
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by: The Guardian – May 31, 2016

Canada Approves Sale of Genetically Modified Salmon

Move could make it the first country to have GM salmon on grocery shelves

Health authorities in Canada have approved a fast-growing, genetically altered salmon as safe for consumption, paving the way for it to become the first genetically modified animal to be allowed on Canadian dinner plates. photo by Jake Khuon, on FlickrThe modified salmon…
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by: The Guardian – May 20, 2016

Portugal Runs for Four Days Straight on Renewable Energy Alone

Zero emission milestone reached as Iberian country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours

Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures. Electricity consumption in the Iberian country was fully covered by solar, wind and…
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by: The Guardian – May 18, 2016

One in Five of World’s Plant Species at Risk of Extinction

But 2,000 new plant species are discovered every year, report reveals

One in five of the world’s plant species is threatened with extinction, according to the first global assessment of flora, putting supplies of food and medicines at risk. Photo by CIFOR Agricultural land pushing up against the forest near Rio Branco, Acre,…
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by: The Guardian – May 10, 2016

Celebrity Selfies with Apes Damaging Efforts to Curb Wildlife Trafficking, Warns UN body

Instagram snaps of celebs like Khloe Kardashian posing with orangutans and chimpanzees put survival of these endangered species at risk

Instagram snaps of celebrities including Paris Hilton and James Rodriguez posing with apes in the Gulf are damaging efforts to clamp down on wildlife trafficking and endangering the survival of some species, a UN body has warned. Photo by Khloe Kardashian InstagramKhloe…
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by: The Guardian – May 4, 2016

Why Limits to Growth’s Forecasts Are Still Relevant Today

The 1970s study which predicted civilization would collapse some time this century was wrong on resources, but right on pollution

Forty-four years ago, the size of the global economy was $29 trillion in today’s prices. In 2014 it was $79.4 trillion. It’s certainly been a rocky road at times, but the trend of economic growth has been robust. Only four years over…
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by: The Guardian – April 19, 2016

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