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Obama Administration Blocks Prospects for Future Oil Drilling in the Arctic

Interior Department cancels two future offshore leases in Chukchi and Beaufort seas and will refuse requests from oil companies to renew existing leases

By Suzanne Goldenberg Barack Obama blocked off the prospects for future oil drilling in the Arctic on Friday, imposing new lease conditions that make it practically impossible for companies to hunt for oil in the world’s last great wilderness. Photo by Coast Guard News…
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by: The Guardian – October 16, 2015

Marine Food Chains at Risk of Collapse,  Study of World’s Oceans Finds

Important ecosystems could be massively damaged by 2050 unless greenhouse gas emissions and localized pollution is drastically reduced, researchers say

The food chains of the world’s oceans are at risk of collapse due to the release of greenhouse gases, overfishing and localized pollution, a stark new analysis shows. A study of 632 published experiments of the world’s oceans, from tropical to arctic…
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by: The Guardian – October 13, 2015

Shell Abandons Alaska Arctic Drilling

Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas

Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as “an unmitigated defeat” for big oil. The Anglo-Dutch company had repeatedly stressed the enormous hydrocarbon potential of the far…
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by: The Guardian – September 28, 2015

Pope’s Climate Change Appeal Boosts Hope for Bipartisan Action in Congress

Climate campaigners applaud pope’s bridging of environmental issues with moral obligation as way to force Republican party leaders to reconsider position

It just took one utterance from Pope Francis – “earth” – to rouse cheers from the climate campaigners who had gathered on the Mall to watch the pope’s historic speech to Congress. The pope’s visit to what remains a fortress of climate…
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by: The Guardian – September 24, 2015

Obama’s Approval of Arctic Drilling ‘Undermines His Climate Message’

US president’s call for action on climate change is at odds with letting Shell drill for oil in the Arctic, says Bill McKibben

Barack Obama has fatally undermined the message of his visit to the Arctic to highlight the dangers of climate change because his administration allowed Shell to drill there, a leading US environmentalist has said. Bill McKibben, winner of the Right Livelihood prize…
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by: The Guardian – September 1, 2015

Inside the Complicated World of Online Wildlife Trafficking

You’ve heard of Cecil’s dentist killer, but for tens of thousands of other exotic animals, internet marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist are the biggest threat

If you live in the continental US, have $4,850 and an Internet connection, this large, full-body, mounted African lion, with a shaggy red mane, can be yours. “This is a fantastic buy for someone who wants a good Lion,” the eBay ad…
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by: The Guardian – August 7, 2015

Obama’s Clean Power Plan Hailed as US’ Strongest Ever Climate Action

Hundreds of businesses including eBay and Nestle back federal rules to cut emissions and switch away from coal to clean energy

Hundreds of businesses including eBay, Nestle and General Mills have issued their support for Barack Obama’s clean power plan, billed as the strongest action ever on climate change by a US president. The rules, announced on Monday, are designed to cut emissions…
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by: The Guardian – August 3, 2015

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