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Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Marine Area Off Hawaii

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 by NOAA’s National Ocean ServiceBigeye…
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by: The Guardian – August 26, 2016

Native American Protesters Will Defy North Dakota Pipeline Construction ‘For as Long as it Takes’

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.…
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by: The Guardian – August 22, 2016

World’s Largest Vertical Farm Grows Without Soil, Sunlight or Water

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…
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by: The Guardian – August 15, 2016

The Lake that Left Town

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 by…
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by: The Guardian – August 11, 2016

Long-Studied Alaskan Wolf Pack May Be Dead After Years of Aggressive Hunting

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 by Denali National Park and PreserveThe East Fork…
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by: The Guardian – August 9, 2016

Environmental Records Shattered as Climate Change ‘Plays Out Before Us’

Temperatures, sea levels, and carbon dioxide all hit milestones in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds

The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs and carbon dioxide surpassing a key milestone, a major international report has found. photo by…
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by: The Guardian – August 2, 2016

American Farmers Are Struggling to Feed the Country’s Appetite for Organic Food

Consumer appetite for organic food reached $13.4 bn in the US last year, but only 1 percent of cropland is dedicated to organic farming

Marc Garibaldi, a farmer in California’s Central Valley, no longer uses conventional pesticides and fertilizers because he doesn’t want to work with toxic chemicals at his 40-acre cherry orchard. His farm was officially certified as organic a few weeks ago, but the…
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by: The Guardian – July 29, 2016

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