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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

Why Don’t We Grieve for Extinct Species?

An impassioned group of artists and activists is creating rituals for coping with extinction and environmental loss

In early 2010, artist, activist and mother, Persephone Pearl, headed to the Bristol Museum. Like many concerned about the fate of the planet, she was in despair over the failed climate talks in Copenhagen that winter. She sat on a bench and…
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by: The Guardian – November 25, 2016

‘Extraordinarily Hot’ Arctic Temperatures Alarm Scientists

Researchers say warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year

The Arctic is experiencing extraordinarily hot sea surface and air temperatures, which are stopping ice forming and could lead to record lows of sea ice at the north pole next year, according to scientists. photo by Mike Beauregard Arctic sea-ice, Nunavut, Canada. Temperatures in…
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by: The Guardian – November 22, 2016

Thousands of Chinese Ships Trawl the World, So How Can We Stop Overfishing?

The UN has pledge to ensure healthy, productive oceans, but demand for fish has never been higher

When I was in Senegal in 2003, the few Chinese vessels fishing along the coast from Mauritania to Liberia were unseaworthy rust-buckets, existing off what licenses they could cadge. Then in the past five years shining new trawlers appeared on the horizon, churned out…
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by: The Guardian – November 15, 2016

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