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Unique Coral Reef at Risk as Oil Companies Prepare to Drill Near Amazon River

Companies estimate 30 percent chance of damage to the newly discovered ecosystem in event of a spill

Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30 percent chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill. Photo Jeso Carneiro Oil companies…
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by: The Guardian – July 4, 2017

A Million Plastic Bottles Are Bought Around the World Every Minute

World's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change,' say campaigners

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20 percent by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change. New figures obtained by The Guardian reveal…
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by: The Guardian – June 29, 2017

Ozone Hole Recovery Threatened by Fast-Rising Emissions of Paint Stripper Chemical

Restoration will be delayed by decades if dichloromethane emissions are not curbed, research reveals

The restoration of the globe’s protective shield of ozone will be delayed by decades if fast-rising emissions of a chemical used in paint stripper are not curbed, new research has revealed. Atmospheric levels of the chemical have doubled in the last decade…
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by: The Guardian – June 27, 2017

Major Publishers Defend Greenpeace in Dispute with Logging Firm

Publishers concerned case could set dangerous precedent, have silencing effect on environmental organizations

The world’s biggest book publishers have been dragged into a bitter dispute between a US logging company and environmental campaigners Greenpeace. It follows legal action taken by the logging company, Resolute Forest Products, which campaigners and publishers fear has implications for freedom…
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by: The Guardian – June 21, 2017

EPA Proposes Delaying Air Pollution Rule Despite ‘Disproportionate’ Effect on Children

Omaba administration measure meant to prevent leaks from oil and gas industry

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed delaying a federal air pollution rule for two years, despite acknowledging that children will be disproportionately harmed by the decision. The regulator plans to suspend standards aimed at preventing leaks from the oil and gas industry…
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by: The Guardian – June 15, 2017

‘We’re Collateral Damage,’ Say Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Residents of Industrial Development

The shadow of Trump’s deregulation push looms as St James residents fight chemical plants, pipelines, and laissez-faire policies

“We’re sick of being sick, we’re tired of being tired,” said Pastor Harry Joseph of Mount Triumph Baptist Church, which serves this sleepy riverside town of about 1,000 residents, mostly poor and African American. Once a bucolic village of pasturelands and sugarcane…
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by: The Guardian – June 6, 2017

Abandoning Paris Climate Accord Marks Trump’s Return to Angry Populism

In Trump’s darkest speech since the ‘American carnage’ inaugural address, the world was presented as something to fear

Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate change treaty is the most emphatic answer to date on the question the rest of the world has been asking since January: What does “America first” mean? “I am elected to represent the citizens of…
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by: The Guardian – June 2, 2017

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