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New Discovery: A Massive Reef System at the Mouth of the Amazon River

But this unique 600-mile long reef is already threatened by oil drilling

Could coral reefs have anything to do with the Amazon River? Apparently so. In case you missed this new finding among the sea of reports about the impending demise of coral reefs (especially the Great Barrier Reef) across the world, here’s the…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – April 25, 2016

We Don’t Die, We Multiply

This year’s Goldman Environmental Prize winners offer inspiration and hope for the future

The spirit of Berta Cáceres was strong at the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize celebrations in San Francisco last night. The evening’s ceremony opened with a spoken tribute to the indigenous Lenca activist who was assassinated in her home last month — less…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – April 19, 2016

Strawberries Top Dirty Dozen List of Produce Containing Pesticides

Report finds 146 different pesticides on fruit and vegetable samples tested by federal agencies

Keep your hands off those strawberries folks! Unless they are organic that is. Apparently nearly all conventionally grown strawberry samples tested by federal officials had detectable pesticide residues, and some had traces of as many as 17 different pesticides lingering around. Photo…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – April 13, 2016

Short Film on the Hidden Life of Cougars Reveals their Social and Caring Side

The Secret Life of Mountain Lions debunks long-held perceptions of cougars as solitary, anti-social animals

A short film about the life of a Wyoming cougar named F61 and her three spotted kittens has been going viral on the Internet. Released on Vimeo on March 1, The Secret Life of Mountain Lions provides a rare and intimate glimpse into the…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – March 11, 2016

Berta Cáceres, Honduran Indigenous Rights Leader, Murdered at Home

Cáceres was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 for her courageous opposition to mining and other mega-development projects

We woke up to tragic news this morning. Honduran indigenous Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home town early today, less than a year since she was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of her courageous efforts…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – March 3, 2016

Thai Officials Reject Controversial Tiger Temple’s Application for a Zoo Permit

Big cats held at the temple will be rescued at the rate of five individuals a month

Efforts to rescue the tigers held captive in Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple may not be moving as fast as most wildlife activists would like, but there may be hope for the big cats yet. In the past month, five more of the…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – March 2, 2016

Lest We Forget

“Drinking a glass of water shouldn’t be risky business,” I wrote in the previous issue of this magazine. Sadly, the unfolding crisis in Flint, Michigan – where people’s drinking water has been poisoned with dangerous levels of lead, where officials failed to notify residents for months after they learned of the problem – shows that a glass of water continues to be risky in many places across the United States. We now…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Spring 2016

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