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California’s Wild Climate Will Only Get More Volatile As Temperatures Rise

To understand how climate change is creating a world of extremes, look to California, where the reality of severe drought coupled with intense precipitation threatens millions of residents, a rich ecosystem and the dated infrastructure designed to protect them… The record rains soaking the most populous U.S. state this winter seemed an impossible reprieve: Following the […]

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WHO chief: Air Pollution Link To 600,000 Deaths In Children

The director general of the World Health Organization has said air pollution is “one of the most pernicious threats” facing global public health today and is on a much bigger scale than HIV or Ebola… Dr Margaret Chan told the Today programme that poor air quality was having a disproportionate impact on the young… She […]

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Poisoned Montana Town Is Now At The Mercy Of The GOP Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON — Jim Devlin has fond memories of growing up in the picturesque Rocky Mountain town of Libby, Montana, playing baseball and scampering across piles of shimmering ore mined from a nearby mountaintop… But that harmless childhood fun ― the simple act of breathing Libby’s air ― has left him with an incurable, potentially fatal […]

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In Big Win For Big Cats, China Approves National Park Larger Than Yellowstone

In yet another example of a “green revolution” in the country, Chinese officials have approved plans to establish a sprawling national park in the northeastern corner of the country. It will be a sanctuary for two cats endemic to the area that have dangled dangerously close to extinction: the Amur leopard and the Siberian tiger, also known […]

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Trump’s Assault On Clean Water Laws Has Already Begun

It hasn’t taken long for President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign promise to dismantle regulations ― even when they protect the safety of America’s drinking water supply… Last week, Trump signed a resolution that voided the Stream Protection Rule, a Department of the Interior regulation finalized during the Obama administration… The rule […]

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Americans Are Confused On Climate, But Support Cutting Carbon Pollution

 

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication published the findings of its 2016 survey on American public opinion about climate change. The results are interesting – in some ways confusing – and yet they reveal surprisingly broad support for action to address climate change. The Yale team created a tool with which the results can […]

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These Students Are Adopting The Climate Goals That Trump Dismisses

Two days after President Donald Trump’s stunning election victory in November, about 80 high school students crammed into the classroom of a suburban Seattle science teacher for an emergency meeting… The students from Tesla STEM High School were worried that Trump, an occasional climate change denier, would follow through on his campaign promise to abandon […]

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U.K. Oil Boss Torches Trump’s Clean Energy Plan

The boss of Shell in the UK has labelled President Donald Trump’s stance on new, cleaner forms of energy as “disappointing”… Asked whether Trump had cast doubt the need for a global transition to green energy, Sinead Lynch, country chair of Shell in Britain, told The Huffington Post UK: “It’s disappointing. Obviously what we really want is a […]

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Thousands Of Spills At US Oil And Gas Fracking Sites

Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists… They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked wells over a ten-year period in four states… The biggest problems were reported in oil-rich North Dakota where 67% of the spills were […]

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Poachers Have All But Emptied This ‘Sanctuary’ Of Forest Elephants

Poachers in just a decade slaughtered roughly 25,000 forest elephants in Africa’s Minkébé National Park ― as much as 81 percent of the population in what has been an important sanctuary for the species, according to a new study… The park’s population of elephants fell by at least 78 percent from 2004 to 2014, according […]

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Man Points Camera At Ice, Then Captures The Unimaginable On Film

Photographer James Balog and his team were examining a glacier when their cameras caught something out of the ordinary… The incident took place in Greenland, where James and his mates were gathering images from cameras that had been deployed around the Arctic Circle over the years… James and his crew were looking for some good […]

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Scientists Agree: It’s Time To End The War On Wildlife

Killing large predators to reduce livestock conflicts or benefit game populations has long been thought to be ineffective — and devastating for ecosystems — and a growing body of scientific literature criticizing the widespread practice is confirming those fears… Most recently, this month, the Journal of Mammalogy — a highly respected international scientific journal and […]

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Pence Ignored A Lead Contamination Crisis In His Backyard

Last December, East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland wrote a letter pleading with then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to grant his city, which is facing a lead contamination crisis, an emergency declaration to allow it to address the problem… Pence said no, suggesting the $200,000 in assistance the state had already offered to help the city relocate […]

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India’s Air Pollution Is Out Of Control

The rise in India’s air pollution over a quarter century has been staggering, according to a new report on the State of Global Air website… The collaborative study released Tuesday by the Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation found that India’s worsening air pollution causes 1.1 million people to die prematurely each […]

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Climate Change Is A Far Bigger Threat To Wildlife Than We Thought

A global analysis of Earth’s threatened and endangered species has upended our scientific understanding about the extent to which climate change is affecting wildlife… “We are massively underreporting what is going on,” James Watson, a co-author of the new study and director of science and research initiatives at the Wildlife Conservation Society, told The Huffington Post… […]

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Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity. But the Mariana Trench is polluted… At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush […]

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Tesla’s Solar Roof To Cost Less Than A Regular Roof

Elon Musk made quite the announcement today. During the special shareholders meeting to approve the merger with SolarCity, which they approved by 85%, he said that he was coming back from a meeting with the SolarCity engineering team about the solar roof and that he now feels confident that they could deliver the product at […]

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Says Those Who Want To Kill His Agency Are ‘Justified’

OXON HILL, Md. ― Those who want the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the department are “justified” in their beliefs, the EPA head under President Donald Trump told a gathering of conservatives on Saturday… “I think people across this county look at the EPA much as they look at the IRS,” said EPA chief Scott Pruitt during an appearance at […]

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Viral Tiger Drone Video Reveals A Grim Reality In China

 This week, the Chinese state-run media introduced to the world a streak of chubby tigers, adorably chasing a drone out of the sky… Set to playful music, the video shows Siberian tigers, including a few surprisingly fat ones, stalking a drone and eventually knocking it out of the air… Staff at this tiger park in China’s […]

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Massive Rescue Mission Underway After Hundreds Of Whales Found Beached In New Zealand

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the northern tip of New Zealand’s Golden Bay early Friday morning after a government conservation worker discovered at least 416 pilot whales washed up on Farewell Spit beach ― one of the country’s largest whale strandings on record… A team of more than 500 people managed to re-float up to […]

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