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Dramatic Decline in Borneo’s Orangutan Population as 150,000 lost in 16 years

Fresh efforts needed to protect critically endangered animals from hunters and habitat loss as population more than halves

Hunting and killing have driven a dramatic decline in the orangutan population on Borneo where nearly 150,000 animals have been lost from the island’s forests in 16 years, conservationists warn. Photo by Gemma i Jere, Flickr Female orangutans are sometimes killed for…
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by: The Guardian – February 16, 2018

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Aims to Speed Up and Even Sweep Away Environmental Reviews

Proposal would threaten endangered species and fragile habitats

The Trump administration is attempting to speed up or even sweep away various environmental reviews in its plan to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure and construct a wall along the border with Mexico. Photo by Oregon Department of Transportation The Trump Administration's plan…
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by: The Guardian – February 13, 2018

Ozone Layer Thinning Over Non-Polar Regions, Scientists Warn

Though the hole over Antarctica has been closing, protective ozone isn't recovering over populated areas

The ozone layer that protects people from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is not recovering over most highly populated regions, scientists warned on Tuesday. Photo by NASA’s Earth ObservatoryThe Earth’s atmosphere, as observed from the international Space Station in 2011. New research indicates…
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by: The Guardian – February 6, 2018

Volkswagen Under Fire for Testing Diesel Fumes on Monkeys and Humans

Carmaker condemned for experiments that involved humans and monkeys breathing toxic car fumes for hours at a time

Volkswagen, the world’s biggest carmaker, is under fire globally from politicians and environmentalists following revelations it commissioned experiments in which monkeys and humans breathed in car fumes for hours at a time. Photo by Riley from Christchurch, New Zealand on WikimediaTesting deepens…
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by: The Guardian – January 29, 2018

Africatown, Site of Last US Slave Shipment, Sues Over Pollution

Hundreds of the largely Black residents are suing now-shuttered paper plant claiming it released toxic chemicals linked to cancer

From the front seat of his truck, Joe Womack points out the site where the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to enter the US, landed in 1860, 52 years after it outlawed the international slave trade. Womack, a retired army major…
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by: The Guardian – January 26, 2018

Spanish Rangers Fear for Lives since Double Murder a Year Ago this Week

The killing of two wildlife defenders marked a chilling turning point for colleagues facing increasing violence in the line of duty

On a hill above the olive trees and dun scrublands of western Catalonia, two rusty iron silhouettes maintain a still and silent vigil. One peers out over the land through a pair of binoculars; the other kneels and holds a bird forever…
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by: The Guardian – January 19, 2018

New York City’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Could Spur Global Shift

Economists say city’s status as financial and cultural giant means move will catalyze others around the world to follow

New York City’s decision to sever ties with its fossil fuel investments is set to prove a catalyst to other cities in the face of the Trump administration’s staunch support for coal, oil, and gas interests, according to several leading economists. Photo…
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by: The Guardian – January 12, 2018

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