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El Niño Erosion Leaves Pacifica Apartments On The Brink Of Collapse

California apartments with commanding views of the Pacific are now in danger of collapsing into the ocean. Erosion blamed on El Niño rains is tearing away at the cliffs of Pacifica, just outside San Francisco.
Some of the apartments were condemned years ago due to the erosion, but now the city has shuttered more units and at least […]

Reducing food waste

Grist reports on Davos:
People are spectacularly good at throwing things away — recyclables, dreams, reputations (lookin’ at you, Ben Carson) all come to mind. And then there’s the mother of all landfill fillers: food. Up to 40 percent of food in the U.S., for example, is wasted. But Thursday sounded a new rallying cry: Two […]

Goats recycle Christmas trees

CNN reports:
Wedged between train tracks in an industrial corner of San Francisco, a herd of goats is dining on piles of old Christmas trees.
They aren’t picky about the type — fir, pine or spruce — but the newest tree is automatically deemed the most delicious, and anything sprayed with flame retardant is shunned.

The goats belong […]

Whales mistake garbage for food

Awesome Ocean posts on a whale tragedy:
On Taichung Wuchi Beach in Taiwan a juvenile short-finned pilot whale that had been lovingly called “Little Wuzi” became stranded and was rescued.  Sadly a few days after the rescue, Little Wuzi passed away.
Shortly after the death a necropsy was performed on the whale to determine the cause of death, […]

Porter Ranch gas catastrophe

LA Weekly looks at What Went Wrong at Porter Ranch:
Before she retired in 2014, Anneliese Anderle was a field engineer for the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermic Resources, which regulates oil drilling. She worked out of offices in Bakersfield, Cypress and Ventura, and for a while she was responsible for monitoring the massive natural […]

The Tragedy in Flint Is What Conservatives Mean by Smaller Government

Federal State Of Emergency Declared In Flint, Michigan Over Contaminated Water Supply

Flint was a failure of government — but it didn’t have to be so. And government wasn’t the root of the problem. It was about the people, and ideas they advocate, who have taken control of governments across the country.
Water is a public good provided by public institutions — i.e. governments. It should be clear […]

These Major Cities Prove Going Green Is Not Only Possible But Profitable

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This week, NOAA and NASA announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record globally, by a wide margin. Earlier this month, NOAA reported that 2015 was the second hottest year on record in the United States, driving increasingly costly and frequent extreme weather events. Local record high temperatures are now commonplace (see Climate Nexus’ […]

Photographer Leila Alaoui’s Death In Terror Attack Shows Journalism’s Danger

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The death of Leila Alaoui, a world-acclaimed photographer on assignment in the West African nation of Burkina Faso who was killed this week in a terrorist attack, puts a tragic exclamation point on the danger faced by journalists.
Alaoui, 33, was killed Monday, along with her driver, Mahamadi Ouédraogo, and at least 30 other people in the Burkina […]

Centerpiece Of Obama’s Climate Plan Wins Major Victory

In a big victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a bid by 27 states to block its Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of its strategy to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia […]

Poachers Killed More Than 1,000 Rhinos for the Third Year in a Row | TakePart

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Poachers slaughtered more than 1,000 rhinos in South Africa for the third year in a row.
That’s a reason for optimism, the country’s environment minister, Edna Molewa, said during a press conference Thursday.
“For the first time in a decade, the poaching situation has stabilized,” she said. “Considering that this is despite escalating poaching pressure, and in […]

Disappearance Of Bolivia’s 2nd-Largest Lake Has Displaced Hundreds, If Not Thousands

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Lake Poopo was officially declared evaporated last month. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone.
High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 meters (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of […]

The Planet’s Fisheries Are In Even Worse Shape Than We Thought

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Pauly and the study’s co-author, Dirk Zeller, said a long history of commercial enterprises jumping from fishery to fishery has decimated global populations. While some countries like the United States, Australia and parts of Europe have quota systems in place when numbers grow dire, many other nations offer no such protection.
“Throughout most of the world […]

Lead Poisoning Takes A Toll In Flint, Michigan — And Around The World : Goats and Soda : NPR

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On the surface, Flint, Mich., and Kabwe, Zambia, don’t seem to have a lot in common.
They’re half a world away from each other. One is a city of 99,000 in one of the richest countries in the world. The other is a city of 203,000 in a lower-middle-income country.
But there are a few threads of […]

CEOs Are Waking Up From Obsession With Profits And Facing Harsh Reality

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The PwC study, released to coincide with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, shows what a difference a year makes in terms of CEOs recognizing the threat posed by a warming planet.
The same survey in 2015 failed to even ask corporate leaders about the risks of climate change, as the issue did not make […]

The Oceans Will Contain More Plastic Than Fish By 2050

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“The best research currently available estimates that there are over 150 million tonnes (165 million tons) of plastics in the ocean today,” the report reads. “In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne (1.1 tons) of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than […]