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Mass Coral Bleaching Now Affecting Half of Great Barrier Reef

Climate change and strong El Niño cause hundreds of kilometres of reef to bleach, as higher temperatures stress the coral

The mass coral bleaching event smashing the Great Barrier Reef has severely affected more than half its length and caused patches of bleaching in most areas, according to scientists conducting an extensive aerial survey of the damage. Photo by By Steve Parish/Courtesy…
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by: The Guardian – April 11, 2016

Obama Expected to Severely Limit Oil Drilling in Arctic and Atlantic

Environmental advocates call president’s reversal an outsize victory for reducing climate change

The Obama administration promised to protect Atlantic waters for future generations on Tuesday, raising expectations that waters off the US east coast and Alaska would be protected from oil and gas drilling. Photo by Coast Guard News The Polar Pioneer drilling rig. Shell intended…
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by: The Guardian – March 15, 2016

US and Canada promise to Lead World to Low-Carbon Economy

Countries previously seen as climate change villains present shared vision on cutting emissions

The US and Canada declared they would help lead the transition to a low-carbon global economy on Thursday, in a dramatic role reversal for two countries once derided as climate change villains. The shared vision unveiled by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau…
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by: The Guardian – March 10, 2016

Former Tepco Executives Charged Over 2011 Fukushima Meltdown

Indictment marks first criminal action to be taken since disaster, which forced evacuation of 160,000 residents

Three former executives from Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) have been charged with contributing to deaths and injuries stemming from the triple meltdown in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photo by IAEA Imagebank International Atomic Energy Agency experts visiting the Fukushima Daiichi…
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by: The Guardian – February 29, 2016

Chicago Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit Against City Over Water Contamination

Plaintiffs say ‘elevated and unsafe’ levels of lead have contaminated water supply for years due to risky construction projects

Chicago residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city over the safety of its drinking water, claiming that “elevated and unsafe” levels of lead have contaminated their water supply for years due to risky construction projects. Photo by Luis The lawsuit claims…
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by: The Guardian – February 19, 2016

US Clean Power Plan Setback ‘Will Not Affect Paris Climate Change Deal’

Politicians, campaigners from other countries rally to support President Obama after Supreme Court puts landmark climate plan on hold

The US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama’s climate plans by the country’s supreme court, the White House has said. Photo by Robert S. Donovan The Supreme Court put a…
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by: The Guardian – February 10, 2016

FBI Joins EPA in Investigating Flint Water Crisis for Criminal Violations

FBI spokeswoman says agency’s role is ‘investigating the matter to determine if there have been any federal violations’ in lead contamination of drinking water

The FBI is working with a multi-agency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water, alongside Environmental Protection Agency investigators who can tackle criminal violations of federal environmental law, officials said on Tuesday. courtesy of Flint Water StudyThe Michigan civil rights…
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by: The Guardian – February 3, 2016

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