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Murder of Retired Couple Chills Fellow Environmental Activists in Turkey

Killing of two advocates who successfully campaigned to shut down marble mine stokes fear that others will kill to protect profits

Cedar branches whisper in the Anatolian breeze. Twigs crunch underfoot. A truck rumbles from a distant marble quarry. The crack of a hunter’s rifle echoes through the forest. The sounds of tranquility and violence intermingle at the remote hillside home of Aysin…
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by: The Guardian – October 18, 2017

Walruses Face ‘Death Sentence’ as Trump Administration Fails to List them as Endangered

Fish and Wildlife Service decides Pacific walrus may be able to adapt to loss of sea ice and is unlikely to be seen as endangered ‘in the foreseeable future’

The Trump administration has declined to list the Pacific walrus as endangered after deciding that the huge tusked mammals may be able to adapt to the loss of the sea ice that they currently depend upon. Photo by Sarah Sonsthagen, USGSA female…
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by: The Guardian – October 5, 2017

Long-Lost Congo Notebooks May Shed Light on How Trees React to Climate Change

Records found in abandoned research station contain a treasure trove of tree growth data dating back to 1930s

A cache of decaying notebooks found in a crumbling Congo research station has provided unexpected evidence with which to help solve a crucial puzzle — predicting how vegetation will respond to climate change. The treasure trove of tree growth data dating from…
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by: The Guardian – September 22, 2017

Chocolate Industry Drives Devastating Deforestation in Ivory Coast

As global demand for cocoa booms, ‘dirty’ beans from national parks enter big business supply chains

The world’s chocolate industry is driving deforestation on a devastating scale in West Africa, The Guardian can reveal. Cocoa traders who sell to Mars, Nestlé, Mondelez and other big brands buy beans grown illegally inside protected areas in the Ivory Coast, where…
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by: The Guardian – September 14, 2017

One of World’s Largest Marine Protected Areas Created Off Easter Island Coast

Rapa Nui park will protect 142 endemic species, 27 threatened with extinction

One of the world’s largest marine protection areas has been created off the coast of Easter Island. The 740,000-square-kilometer Rapa Nui marine park is roughly the size of the Chilean mainland and will protect at least 142 endemic marine species, including 27…
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by: The Guardian – September 11, 2017

Pollution Levels in Bolivia Plummet on Nationwide Car-Free Day

Yearly event offers opportunity to do environmental education, encourage physical activity

Air pollution levels have plunged in cities across Bolivia as the country marked a nationwide car-free day in which all non-emergency vehicles were banned from city streets. As Bolivia’s middle-class population has increased over the past 10 years so has the number…
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by: The Guardian – September 4, 2017

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

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