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China Imposes One-Year Ban on Ivory Imports Following Mounting Criticism

Wildlife advocates hopeful, but say more needs to be done to save African elephants from being poached to extinction

A bit of positive news to end this week with: Yesterday, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports. From the Associated Press: "The State Administration of Forestry declared the ban in a public notice posted on its official site, in which…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 26, 2015

Obama Vetoes Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

GOP to schedule an override vote by March 3

As promised, without much fanfare, President Barak Obama vetoed a bill that would have approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline shortly after it landed on his desk today. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza"Through this bill the United States Congress attempts…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 24, 2015

Plastic Debris is Contributing to the Potential Extinction of Endangered Marine Species

Threatened or near threatened species make up 17% of all marine animals impacted by manmade debris, says report

A few days ago, I wrote about a study quantifying the ginormous amount of plastic debris that’s making its way into our oceans every year. (In case you haven’t heard it yet, 9 million tons of plastic is expected to end at…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 23, 2015

9 Million Tons of Plastic Waste WIll End Up in Our Oceans in 2015, Says New Study

Researchers warn that the trash could increase more than tenfold in the next decade

We’ve all heard about the great Pacific garbage patch and other huge swirls of plastic trash floating around in our world’s oceans damaging marine ecosystems and sea creatures. But what’s not been clear is  just how much more plastic is making its…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 12, 2015

10 Million Gallons of ‘Missing Oil’ from 2010 BP Spill Found on Gulf Sea Floor

Oil sediments will contaminate the food web for years to come, scientists say

The April 2010 blowout of BP’s Macondo well spilled more than 200 million gallons of crude oil across an area of around 68,000 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico. Much of this oil was removed using various cleanup measures, including skimming…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 4, 2015

Sandra the Orangutan is a Person, Rules Argentine Court

In landmark judgment, court says that the 28-year-old Great Ape has the right to be free

Sandra, a 28-year-old orangutan who lives in a zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina is now the first animal to be legally recognized as a person. In a landmark judgment last Friday, an appeals court in Argentina declared that the Sumatran orangutan, who…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 22, 2014

Baja’s Iconic Surf Spot is Under Threat

Surfers and environmentalists have launched a campaign to have the San Miguel beach and watershed protected as a state park

San Miguel in Baja, California, is said to be where the first wave was surfed in all of Mexico. The area also contains one of the last intact riparian corridors in all of northern Baja — the San Miguel watershed.  This critical…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 12, 2014

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