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The United Nations Launches a Bold New Plan to Make Ocean Trash History

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The United Nations Launches a Bold New Plan to Make Ocean Trash History

Source: The Huffington Post/Eleanor Goldberg - February 24, 2017

The way things are going now, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. An ambitious United Nations campaign aims to stop this more…

Red State Rural America Is Acting on Climate Change – Without Calling it Climate Change

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Red State Rural America Is Acting on Climate Change – Without Calling it Climate Change

Source: The Conversation/Rebecca J. Romsdahl, University of North Dakota - February 23, 2017

President Donald Trump has the environmental community understandably concerned. He and members of his Cabinet have questioned the established science of climate change, and his more…

More Than 6,600 Spills in 10 Years Across Four States From Fracking

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More Than 6,600 Spills in 10 Years Across Four States From Fracking

Source: Phys.org/Duke University - February 22, 2017

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to more…

How an Office Feud Caused International Climate Change Uproar

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How an Office Feud Caused International Climate Change Uproar

Source: The New York Times/Hiroko Tabuchi - February 21, 2017

A few weeks ago, on an obscure climate-change blog, a retired government scientist named John Bates blasted his former boss on an esoteric point having more…

For Indigenous Communities, Fish Mean Much More Than Food

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For Indigenous Communities, Fish Mean Much More Than Food

Source: The Conversation/Yoshitaka Ota, University of British Columbia and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, University of British Columbia - February 20, 2017

Along the arid coastline of northwestern Mexico, indigenous Seri communities, who first resisted Spanish rule and then Mexican extermination efforts, eventually gained formal titles over more…

Arctic Seafloor Litter Levels Are Increasing Dramatically

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Arctic Seafloor Litter Levels Are Increasing Dramatically

Source: UPI/Brooks Hays - February 17, 2017

(UPI) -- Marine scientists from Germany have been monitoring litter levels in the Arctic since 2002. They say the problem is getting worse.

Litter is identified more…

Will Blazing a Low-Carbon Path Pay Off for California?

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Will Blazing a Low-Carbon Path Pay Off for California?

Source: The Conversation/Matthew Kahn, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences - February 16, 2017

President Trump has made it clear he intends to dismantle the Obama administration’s policies for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But California Governor Jerry Brown more…

Why Politicians Think They Know Better Than Scientists – And Why That’s Dangerous

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Why Politicians Think They Know Better Than Scientists – And Why That’s Dangerous

Source: The Conversation/Elizabeth Suhay, American University - February 15, 2017

One of the most unexpected political developments in recent months has been the political awakening of scientists in the United States.

A normally reticent group more…

Why Is NASA Studying the Hawaiian Islands and Volcanoes?

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Why Is NASA Studying the Hawaiian Islands and Volcanoes?

Source: LiveScience/Karen Rowan - February 14, 2017

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — Whether it's the noxious gases rising from the Kilauea volcano, or the lively coral reefs that sprawl across the seafloor around the island more…

California Evacuates Nearly 200,000 Downstream of the Compromised Oroville Dam

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California Evacuates Nearly 200,000 Downstream of the Compromised Oroville Dam

Source: The Washington Post/Samantha Schmidt and Derek Hawkins - February 13, 2017

About 188,000 residents near Oroville, Calif. were ordered to evacuate Sunday after a hole in an emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam threatened to flood more…

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