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‘Extraordinary’ Levels of Pollutants Found in Pacific Ocean’s 10-Kilometer-Deep Mariana Trench

Presence of manmade chemicals in most remote place on planet shows nowhere is safe from human impact, say scientists

Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet — the 10-kilometer-deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean. Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic…
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by: The Guardian – February 14, 2017

Floods and Erosion Are Ruining Britain’s Most Significant Sites

From Wordsworth’s gardens to the salmon rivers in Wales, climate change is wrecking historic sites and harming wildlife habitat, finds report

Climate change is already wrecking some of Britain’s most significant sites, from Wordsworth’s gardens in Cumbria to the white cliffs on England’s south coast, according to a new report. Floods and erosion are damaging historic places, while warmer temperatures are seeing salmon…
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by: The Guardian – February 7, 2017

Over 70 Arrested at Standing Rock as Company Aims to Finish Dakota Access Pipeline

Arrests came one day after federal officials suggested that government could soon approve the final stage of construction

North Dakota police have arrested 76 people at Standing Rock one day after federal officials suggested that the government could soon approve the final stage of construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The arrests occurred after a group of activists, who call themselves water…
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by: The Guardian – February 2, 2017

Republicans Move to Sell Off 3.3 Million Acres of Public Land

Land totaling the size of Connecticut has been targeted in new House bill, uniting hunters and conservationists in opposition

Now that Republicans have quietly drawn a path to give away much of Americans’ public land, US representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah has introduced what the Wilderness Society is calling “step two” in the GOP’s plan to offload federal lands. Photo by Bureau of Land…
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by: The Guardian – January 31, 2017

Trump Administration Tells Federal Agencies to Halt Communications

President has banned EPA employees from 'providing updates on social media or to reporters,' say reports

Editor's Note: It is not uncommon for new administrations to assume swift control of government communications. Still, the extent of the limitations imposed by the Trump Administration, paired with the fact that they seem targeted at agencies working on environmental policy, has…
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by: The Guardian – January 25, 2017

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

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