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Outgoing EPA Chief Gina McCarthy Reveals Fears Trump Administration Will Halt Climate Action

EPA staff are ‘nervous’ after the president-elect promised to reduce the environment agency to ‘tidbits’

There is “nervousness” among Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff that Donald Trump’s incoming administration will sideline science and reverse action on climate change, according to the agency’s outgoing administrator, Gina McCarthy. Photo by Chesapeake Bay Program, FlickrGina McCarthy admitted EPA staff are…
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by: The Guardian – January 20, 2017

Protests Escalate Over Louisiana Pipeline by Company Behind Dakota Access

Residents are making themselves heard about the disputed Bayou Bridge pipeline

Scott Eustis did not stop smiling for hours. The coastal wetland specialist with the Gulf Restoration Network was attending a public hearing in Baton Rouge. Its subject was a pipeline extension that would run directly through the Atchafalaya Basin, the world’s largest…
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by: The Guardian – January 16, 2017

Millions in China Start New Year Shrouded in Toxic Smog

On the first day of 2017 in Beijing pollution climbed as high as 24 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization

Millions in China rang in the New Year shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog, causing road closures and flight cancellations as 24 cities issued alerts that will last through much of the week. On the first day of 2017 in…
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by: The Guardian – January 2, 2017

Brazil Budget Cuts Put Uncontacted Tribes at Risk, Say Activists

Indigenous people may also face threat from proposed change to land laws

An uncontacted Amazon tribe could be at risk as Brazil makes austerity-driven budget cuts and proposals for constitutional change affecting land rights move through parliament, campaigners have said. The tribe was photographed from a helicopter by Ricardo Stuckert this month near the…
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by: The Guardian – December 23, 2016

Obama Bans New Oil and Gas Drilling in Arctic, Atlantic Oceans

Decision will be difficult for successors to reverse

Barack Obama has permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, a last-ditch effort to lock in environmental protections before he hands over to Donald Trump. Obama used a 1953 law that allows…
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by: The Guardian – December 21, 2016

Giraffes at Risk of Extinction after Devastating Population Decline, Experts Warn

Latest update to IUCN red list of threatened species shows world's tallest animal on the brink, but brings good news for other species

The world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with nearly 40 percent of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis. The authoritative list, compiled by the International…
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by: The Guardian – December 8, 2016

In Win for Standing Rock Protectors Army Corps Denies Key Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

Battle is won but the war isn’t over yet, warn camp leaders

The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe after a months-long campaign against the…
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by: The Guardian – December 5, 2016

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