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China Proposes Major Green Investment Amid U.S. Retreat From Climate Change

President Xi Jinping wants to establish “China’s new world order.” It doesn’t include the U.S.
In a sweeping foreign policy address on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to invest in clean energy, build scientific coalitions, and support other countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change.
source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-climate-change-xi-jinping_us_5919c109e4b0fe039b3646ca?4y5

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Scientists May Be ‘Vastly’ Underestimating The Extinction Risk Facing Some Species

A new Columbia University study is challenging the accuracy of methods used by the IUCN to determine conservation status.
The IUCN Red List paints a grim picture of the biodiversity loss we are facing as a planet. In 2016, tens of thousands of mammals, birds, insects, plants and other organisms were found to be under threat […]

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20th UNAFF Call For Entries

20th UNAFF CALL FOR ENTRIES
EARLY DEADLINE: MAY 7, 2017
 
 
SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 20th UNAFF, which runs from October 19 to 29, 2017 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University.

UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women’s issues, children, universal education, war […]

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The Environmental Consequences Of A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border

Discussions of a border wall happen at the intersection of environmental and civil rights.
On Jan. 25, President Trump signed an executive order instructing construction to begin on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Environmentalists and civil rights activists say the proposed wall on the southern border with Mexico is a threat to the environmental rights […]

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Americans are confused on climate, but support cutting carbon pollution | Dana Nuccitelli

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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Coal collapse drives down UK carbon emissions – BBC News

A collapse in the use of coal has driven UK carbon emissions down to levels barely seen since the Victorian era, new figures show.
Coal use fell by a record 52% in 2016 on the previous year in the face of cheap gas, higher domestic carbon prices, renewables and other factors.
The drop was partially offset by […]

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Japanese government held liable for first time for negligence in Fukushima

 
A court in Japan has ruled that negligence by the state contributed to the triple meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 and awarded significant damages to evacuees.
Source: Japanese government held liable for first time for negligence in Fukushima

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New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature

Rampant road building has shattered the Earth’s land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, a new study has revealed.
The researchers warn roadless areas are disappearing and that urgent action is needed to protect these last wildernesses, which help provide vital natural services to humanity such as clean water […]

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Europe to crack down on wildlife smugglers to protect rare lizard species

Europe has moved to close a loophole that allows wildlife smugglers to trade in several endangered lizard species, after revelations by the Guardian about the scale of the problem.
An EU proposal to strictly regulate the trade in arboreal alligator lizards (Abronia), backed by Mexico, will be debated at the Convention on international trade in endangered […]

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WHO chief: Air pollution link to 600,000 deaths in children – BBC News

Dr Margaret Chan tells the Today programme that poor air quality is having a disproportionate impact on the young.
Source: WHO chief: Air pollution link to 600,000 deaths in children – BBC News

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Sabal Trail Pipeline Will Be an Environmental and Economic Disaster, Critics Warn

Source: Sabal Trail Pipeline Will Be an Environmental and Economic Disaster, Critics Warn

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White House calls climate change funding ‘a waste of your money’ – video

The administration has unveiled Trump’s first budget, including a proposed 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency
Source: White House calls climate change funding ‘a waste of your money’ – video

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Florida’s vanishing springs

A century ago Florida’s gin-clear springs drew presidents and millionaires and tourists galore who sought to cure their ailments by bathing in the healing cascades. Now the springs tell the story of a hidden sickness, one that lies deep within the earth:
• The water in many springs no longer boils up like a fountain, the […]

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Trump Promised ‘Clean Coal,’ But It Doesn’t Exist

Flanked by coal miners, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday rolling back regulations that have dogged coal executives but have also provided them a convenient scapegoat for layoffs and bankruptcies that had little connection to environmental rules… Yet, even though coal barons admitted it wouldn’t happen, Trump vowed to bring coal roaring back, […]

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U.S. Cities Know That Dropping The Clean Power Plan Is A Huge Mistake

Today Donald Trump issued an executive order that starts the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, a regulation that requires states to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their existing coal- and gas-fired power plants… The order, notwithstanding the administration’s claims, does not have clear immediate effects on either the fate of the […]

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The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ has scientifically proven health benefits

The tonic of the wilderness was Henry David Thoreau’s classic prescription for civilization and its discontents, offered in the 1854 essay Walden: Or, Life in the Woods. Now there’s scientific evidence supporting eco-therapy. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune […]

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List of worst toxic waste sites in U.S. released; 11 in South Florida

WSVN) – Would you know if you lived near a hazardous waste site? A new list shows how many are scattered across the country, including right here in South Florida… According to Time Magazine, there are 1,317 locations in the U.S., called “Superfund” sites by the Environmental Protection Agency, where toxic chemicals were dumped. Over decades, […]

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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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