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Singapore’s Water Revolution

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Singapore’s Water Revolution

Source: Reuters/Alisa Tang - August 4, 2015

SINGAPORE - Fifty years ago Singapore had to ration water, and its smelly rivers were devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig farms and more…

The Clean Power Plan, A Turning Point in Climate Policy

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The Clean Power Plan, A Turning Point in Climate Policy

Source: Vox/Brad Plumer - August 3, 2015

Over the past three years, President Obama has quietly made global warming a major focus of his second term. And just about everything he's done has more…

China Claims the United States is ‘Militarizing’ the South China Sea

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China Claims the United States is ‘Militarizing’ the South China Sea

Source: Reuters/Ben Blanchard and Manuel Mogato - July 31, 2015

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarizing" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills more…

The Pentagon Prepares for Climate Change Around the World

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The Pentagon Prepares for Climate Change Around the World

Source: The Washington Post/Dan Lamothe - July 30, 2015

The Pentagon made the case Wednesday that the locations in the world most prone to instability and bloodshed also are the ones where climate change more…

Hawaii Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags, Shopping Will Never be the Same

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Hawaii Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags, Shopping Will Never be the Same

Source: Business Insider/Shivam Saini - July 29, 2015

Grocery shopping will never be the same — in Hawaii at least.

On July 1, the state became the first in the US to ban plastic checkout bags, after Oahu more…

Federal Court Upholds California’s Shark Fin Ban

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Federal Court Upholds California’s Shark Fin Ban

Source: AP/Sudhin Thanawala - July 28, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.

The legislation does not more…

Sea Slaves: Forced Labor on the High Seas

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Sea Slaves: Forced Labor on the High Seas

Source: New York Times/Ian Urbina - July 27, 2015

SONGKHLA, Thailand — Lang Long’s ordeal began in the back of a truck. After watching his younger siblings go hungry because their family’s rice patch more…

Shell Cleared to Drill in Arctic Ocean

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Shell Cleared to Drill in Arctic Ocean

Source: New York Times/Coral Davenport - July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration cleared the way on Wednesday for Shell to start drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer, but the safety restrictions more…

As Seas Rise, Boston May Need ‘Managed Retreat’ From the Ocean

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As Seas Rise, Boston May Need ‘Managed Retreat’ From the Ocean

Source: Cape and Islands/Rupa Shenoy - July 23, 2015

Doug George hops away from an incoming wave, and points up.

"Dry sand, this is a good thing," he said.

I look up to where more…

Courts Reject Appeal by Pacific Islander to be First Climate Change Refugee

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Courts Reject Appeal by Pacific Islander to be First Climate Change Refugee

Source: The Telegraph/Jonathan Pearlman - July 22, 2015

A man from a tiny Pacific island who asked a court in New Zealand to recognise him as the world's first climate change refugee had more…

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