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Are Wolves Returning to the Netherlands?

Discovery of carcass indicates wolves may be making their way back into the country after more than a century

Are they back yet? The discovery of a dead she-wolf in the Netherlands in July has sparked off a debate among conservationists about whether wolves have indeed moved back into the country after more than a century. Photo by Michael WallaceEarlier this…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – August 19, 2013

Chevron Refinery Protest Draws Thousands to Richmond, CA

208 people arrested; climate movement is growing stronger, says Bill McKibben

The thing that never ceases to amaze and move me about protests and civil disobedience actions in the United States is the cheerful, festive spirit that usually defines these events. Photos by Ian UmedaSaturday's protest marked the one-year anniversary of the August…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – August 5, 2013

California’s Interest in Overseas Carbon Offsets Schemes Makes Some Greens See Red

Critics say REDD+ won’t help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

A plan by the state of California to include overseas forest conservation projects as part of its carbon offset scheme is drawing criticism from some environmental and Indigenous groups who say the effort will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – July 24, 2013

Businesses Find Clever Ways to Move Beyond Plastic

Think Beyond Plastic conference brought together thought-leaders and entrepreneurs from across the world

Between the two of them, Kris and Emma Barber were wearing more than 40 plastic bottles. All right, I confess, I wrote that line because it sounds neat. It’s true, as well. The couple’s identical outfits (soft black t-shirts and khaki pants)…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – June 21, 2013

Tennessee Governor Vetoes Ag-Gag Bill

Legislation is “constitutionally suspect,” says Gov Bill Haslam

Great Monday morning news! Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has just vetoed his state’s “ag-gag” bill that would have criminalized undercover investigations at horse stables and factory farm facilities. Photo by Tom HartA 2011 undercover investigation of a horse training facility in Tennessee revealed painful chemicals…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – May 13, 2013

Feds Postpone Drilling Lease Auctions of California Public Lands

BLM cites budget, staff constraints, anti-fracking activists say lawsuits forced agency decision

Advantage, anti-fracking activists. The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that it is postponing all oil and gas lease sales in California for the rest of the federal year. This means the bureau’s plan to auction drilling leases for another…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – May 8, 2013

Utah Ag-Gag Law Finds First Target — Woman Filming Slaughterhouse

Prosecutors dismiss two-month old case against animal welfare activist a day after it makes headlines

Update, 12.37 p.m.: Just as I posted this report, and one day after the case made headlines, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Draper city prosecutors have dismissed the case today.   Industrial Agriculture has found its first “ag-gag” target — 25-year-old Amy…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – April 30, 2013

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