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GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energy In Favor Of Fossil Fuels, Democrats Say

“It’s not even subtle,” said one senator.
Source: The Huffington Post

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‘Not ashamed’: dolphin hunters of Taiji break silence over film The Cove

Members of the tiny Japanese community, which was vilified in the 2009 documentary, speak to the Guardian about fishing and their way of life.

via ‘Not ashamed’: dolphin hunters of Taiji break silence over film The Cove | World news | The Guardian.

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Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death

The Earth cannot accommodate our need and greed for food. We must change our diet before it’s too late.
Illustration: Thomas Pullin
Source: The Guardian

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Net neutrality: ‘father of internet’ joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet.
Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian
via Net neutrality: ‘father of internet’ joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan | Technology | The Guardian.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One ‘Tantrum Away’

“We have avoided nuclear war not through prudent leadership but good fortune,” said Beatrice Fihn, at the award ceremony in Oslo.
Photograph: Norsk Telegambyra As/Reuters
Source: The Huffington Post

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Ted Cruz Challenger Picks Up Key Environmental Endorsement

After being rocked by Hurricane Harvey, will Texas pick Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke over an oil industry-funded climate change denier?
Rep. Beto O’Rourke shown with supporters of single-payer health care.
Source: The Huffington Post
 

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Uranium Company Urged Trump To Carve Up Bears Ears, Then He Did

An energy firm’s lobbying team was led by Trump’s incoming EPA deputy secretary.
via Uranium Company Urged Trump To Carve Up Bears Ears, Then He Did | HuffPost.

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Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’

Photograph: Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix
via Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’ : NPR.

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Climate change is the story you missed in 2017. And the media is to blame

Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters. As the weather gets worse, we need journalism to get better
Photograph: Enterprise/Rex/Shutterstock
Source: The Guardian

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Brain abnormalities found in victims of US embassy attack in Cuba

Mysterious attacks that harmed 24 Americans in Havana resulted in changes to white matter tracts in brain, doctors say.
Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images
via Brain abnormalities found in victims of US embassy attack in Cuba | World news | The Guardian.

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Amateur explorers discover vast underground passage beneath Montreal

Underground chamber about 6m high and 3m wide had been hidden behind ancient limestone walls.
Photograph: Luc Le Blanc
via Amateur explorers discover vast underground passage beneath Montreal | World news | The Guardian.

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Hunter dies in Germany after wild boar he was trying to shoot attacked him

Man, 50, was on boar hunt near north-eastern town of Greifswald.
Photograph: imagebroker/Alamy
Source: The Guardian

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Animal agriculture is choking the ​Earth and making us sick. We must act now

If we want the US’s majestic national parks, clean air and water for future generations we must press leaders to address food’s environmental impact.
Photograph: David Chang/EPA
via Animal agriculture is choking the ​Earth and making us sick. We must act now | James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron | Opinion | The Guardian.

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‘A gift from the sky’: record-breaking nine-hour rainbow appears in Taiwan

Chou Kun-hsuan of Chinese Culture University claims phenomenon beats six-hour rainbow seen in Sheffield in 1994
Source: The Guardian

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Final Episode of Blue Planet 2

The final episode of Blue Planet 2 is at 8pm on BBC1 on 10 December in the UK. Blue Planet 2 is a nature documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough about the Earth’s oceans, their inhabitants, the threats they face, and possible solutions.

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Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise.
Photograph: Gavin Thurston
Source: The Guardian

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The complex web behind the siting of power plants

Politics, vested interests, historical dependencies and even mythology can trump the most logical and efficient power-grid plan.
Credit: Sébastien Thibault
Source: Nature

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‘Buried in marshes’: sea-level rise could destroy historic sites on US east coast

New research shows by the end of the century an increase in sea level will threaten the White House, early colonial settlements and other historic places.
Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Source: The Guardian
 

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Top US firms including Walmart and Ford oppose Trump on climate change

Big businesses appear at Miami summit to show progress on sustainability
Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters
Source: The Guardian

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