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Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

A study was just published in the journal World Development that quantifies the amount of subsidies directed toward fossil fuels globally, and the results are shocking.

Source: The Guardian

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Wasteland: plastics campaign calls for grassroots action on pollution – video

In a film released by Surfers Against Sewage, narrated by the actor Imelda Staunton, the scale of the plastic waste that circulates on the currents of the world’s oceans is compared to a global nuclear security threat.
 
Source: Wasteland: plastics campaign calls for grassroots action on pollution – video

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Scientists Have Figured Out How Much Plastic We’ve Made Since 1950. It’s Not Pretty.

The number they came to is mind-boggling: 8.3 billion metric tons of virgin plastics produced worldwide since 1950. That’s as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings or a billion elephants, according to the BBC.

Source: Scientists Have Figured Out How Much Plastic We’ve Made Since 1950. It’s Not Pretty.

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Oil-exposed fish make dangerous decisions, study finds

Small amounts of oil can cause coral reef fish to engage in risky behaviours, according to a new study.

Source: Oil-exposed fish make dangerous decisions, study finds

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Fukushima’s radioactive water to be released into ocean under new plan

“Releasing (tritium) into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught,” Kanji Tachiya, head of a local fishermen cooperative, told the Japan Times.

Source: Fukushima’s radioactive water to be released into ocean under new plan

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A million bottles a minute: world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’

Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments
Source: A million bottles a minute: world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’

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Mayors of 7,400 cities vow to meet Obama’s climate commitments

‘Global covenant of mayors’ to work together on climate change whether current White House resident agrees or not
Source: Mayors of 7,400 cities vow to meet Obama’s climate commitments

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The race to save Florida’s devastated coral reef from global warming

PICKLES REEF, Fla. — Twenty feet under water, Nature Conservancy biologist Jennifer Stein swims over to several large corals and pulls several laminated cards from her dive belt.
“Disease,” reads one, as she gestures to a coral that exhibits white splotches. “Recent mortality,” reads another card. Along the miles of coral reef off the Florida Keys, […]

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Guest column: Health impacts of climate change are serious

Political battles make lively news, but they drown out the widespread reports of damages climate change causes to human health.
Source: Guest column: Health impacts of climate change are serious

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Mayors, Sidestepping Trump, Vow to Fill Void on Climate Change

American mayors in Miami Beach for their annual meeting urged the federal government to fight global warming and vowed to step up their own efforts.
Source: Mayors, Sidestepping Trump, Vow to Fill Void on Climate Change

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New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much extra heat is there? And how accurate are our measurements? These are questions that climate scientists ask. If we can answer these questions, it will better […]

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Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax | Dana Nuccitelli

Dana Nuccitelli: Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax
Source: Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax | Dana Nuccitelli

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First Step Toward Atlantic Drilling Could Decimate Key Species In Ocean Food Chain

One of the first steps toward offshore drilling development in the Atlantic Ocean could decimate a key species in the marine food chain, a new study finds.
Seismic surveying, the process of blasting airguns underwater to locate oil and gas deposits, could have devastating effects on zooplankton, a food source relied upon by many marine animals, […]

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Summer’s Just Begun, But The Southwestern U.S. Is Already Baking

Parts of California, Nevada and Arizona are under excessive heat warnings through Sunday night.
Source: Summer’s Just Begun, But The Southwestern U.S. Is Already Baking

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Rick Perry Gets Schooled On Climate Change

WASHINGTON — A meteorological research group gave Energy Secretary Rick Perry a free lesson about the well-established scientific findings on climate change, just two days after the Trump Cabinet member denied that carbon dioxide is driving the global crisis.
In a Wednesday letter to Perry, Keith L. Seitter, executive director of the American Meteorological Society, said […]

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One girl’s mission: can Lakshmi find clean water in Bangalore? – video

Once known as the City of Lakes, urban sprawl has destroyed 85% of Bangalore’s fresh water and pollution has ruined much of the rest. Can Lakshmi and her mother find clean water today?
Source: One girl’s mission: can Lakshmi find clean water in Bangalore? – video

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Al Gore: battle against climate change is like fight against slavery

Former US vice-president says green revolution is bigger than industrial revolution and happening at faster pace than digital revolution
Source: Al Gore: battle against climate change is like fight against slavery

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Exxon, BP and Shell back carbon tax proposal to curb emissions

Oil giants call for ‘consensus climate solution’ and support proposal devised by rightwing Climate Leadership Council
Source: Exxon, BP and Shell back carbon tax proposal to curb emissions

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‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding

US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has offered $15 million to UN efforts to tackle climate change after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Source: ‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding

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Why Trump Actually Pulled Out Of Paris

It wasn’t because of the climate, or to help American business. He needed to troll the world—and this was his best shot so far.
Source: Why Trump Actually Pulled Out Of Paris

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