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Bolivia Approves Highway Through Amazon Biodiversity Hotspot

National park that is home to thousands of Indigenous people loses protected status to allow for construction of 190-mile road

Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway that would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly Indigenous people. Photo by Marielle Claudia Indigenous peoples march in defense of the Isiboro…
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by: The Guardian – August 15, 2017

Monsanto Sold PCBs for Years Despite Knowing Health Risks, Archives Reveal

Company says it has no liability for pollution caused by discharge of the chemicals into the environment

Monsanto continued to produce and sell toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs for eight years after learning that they posed hazards to public health and the environment, according to legal analysis of documents put online in a vast searchable archive. More than…
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by: The Guardian – August 9, 2017

Endangered Right Whales Keep Dying Off the Coast of Canada

Researchers are racing for answers following 10th confirmed death this summer

Researchers are scrambling to figure out why one of the world’s most endangered whale species is dying in “unprecedented” numbers, after at least 10 north Atlantic right whales have been found floating lifelessly off the coast of Canada. The first whale carcass…
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by: The Guardian – August 3, 2017

Dozens of Laotian Elephants ‘Illegally Sold to Chinese Zoos,’ Says Wildlife Investigator

Laos accused of breaking CITES treaty to protect endangered species, China of encouraging live animal trade

Dozens of elephants from Laos are being illegally bought by China to be displayed in zoos and safari parks across the country, according to wildlife investigator and film-maker Karl Ammann. Photo by Garrett ZieglerElephants at the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury, Laos.…
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by: The Guardian – July 25, 2017

Pennsylvania Nuns Build Chapel in Middle of Cornfield in Effort to Block Pipeline

Catholic order files religious freedom lawsuit to keep Atlantic Sunrise pipeline off their land

Catholic nuns in Pennsylvania are resisting plans to build a $3 billion pipeline for gas obtained by fracking through its land by creating a rudimentary chapel along the proposed route and launching a legal challenge, citing religious freedom. Photo by Mark Dixon…
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by: The Guardian – July 20, 2017

EU Calls for Immediate Logging Ban in Europe’s Last Primeval Forest

Last year Polish government tripled logging operations at Białowieża forest, a UNESCO world heritage site

Europe’s last major parcel of primeval woodland could be set for a reprieve after the EU asked the European court to authorize an immediate ban on logging in Poland’s Białowieża forest. (Read more about how logging has decimated the forest.) Photo courtesy…
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by: The Guardian – July 13, 2017

Just 25 Companies Responsible for More Than 50 Percent of Global Emissions, Report Says

Small set of fossil fuel producers may be key to tackling climate change

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. The Carbon Majors Report “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the…
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by: The Guardian – July 10, 2017

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