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Can Burning Forests To Power The Grid Be Carbon Neutral? The Senate Just Said ‘Yes’ 6.2.2016 Think Progres

Can burning trees to power the grid be carbon neutral?

The post Can Burning Forests To Power The Grid Be Carbon Neutral? The Senate Just Said ‘Yes’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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New Study Ties Fracking Water Disposal To California Earthquakes 6.2.2016 Think Progres

Fracking activity in California has been tied to earthquakes, according to a new study, the first of its kind.

The post New Study Ties Fracking Water Disposal To California Earthquakes appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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SETI Scientist Explains Why We Haven’t Found Aliens Yet 5.2.2016 TechCrunch
 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a field of science that’s been around for over 60 years. While SETI tools and strategies have improved immensely over that time, we have yet to find definitive evidence for intelligent alien life in our universe. TechCrunch spoke with famed astronomer Jill Tarter, to understand how the search has changed over the years and why… Read ...
It's past time for L.A. to seriously regulate its oil and gas wells 4.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

For decades, city officials in Los Angeles have taken a hands-off approach to oil and gas drilling, allowing companies to operate and even expand near homes and schools with little scrutiny. Now faced with increasing pressure from community and environmental groups, elected officials are beginning...

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He roams alone: El Jefe may be the last wild jaguar in the U.S. 4.2.2016 LA Times: Nation

They call him El Jefe and he roams alone.

Pictures have appeared for years, just glimpses of the rare beast prowling the Santa Rita Mountains outside of Tucson. Then, on Wednesday, video surfaced and there he was for all to see in muscular motion — what some scientists say is the only wild jaguar...

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Rare glimpse of only known wild Jaguar in US – video 4.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Footage of the only known jaguar living wild in the US is captured on remote sensor cameras. The video, filmed by Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity in the Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona, provides a glimpse into the secretive life of the big cat, who has recently been named ‘El Jefe’ by local students

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Scientists warn of last chance to rid Madagascar of invasive toxic toad 3.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

New report says there is a ‘diminishing window of opportunity’ to completely eradicate the Asian toad, which poses a threat to biodiversity, human health and the economy

Madagascar must wipe out an invasive, toxic toad immediately to save the country’s unique wildlife from disaster, scientists have warned.

A report published on Tuesday says that the Asian toad is spreading unchecked through the eastern part of the island, and poses a direct threat not only to the country’s biodiversity, but to human health and the economy.

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Following Truthout Investigation, Settlements Halt Fracking Off the Coast of California 2.2.2016 Truthout.com
Federal regulators have agreed not to authorize offshore fracking operations in the Pacific Ocean until they complete an environmental review of the practice. The moratorium is the result of two legal settlements between environmental groups and the Interior Department. An oil drilling rig off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. In July 2013, a Truthout investigation revealed that federal regulators had quietly approved several fracking operations at oil drilling platforms off the coast of Santa Barbara. (Photo: Way Out West News / Flickr ) In two legal settlements hailed by environmentalists as victories for marine wildlife, federal regulators agreed on January 29 to place a moratorium on new permits for offshore fracking off the coast of California while they assess the potential environmental impacts of the practice. Separate settlements reached between two environmental groups and the US Interior Department require regulators to complete a "programmatic environmental assessment" of hydraulic ...
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"I Consider Myself to Be a Fossil Fuel Abolitionist" 1.2.2016 Truthout.com
In 2008, climate activist Tim DeChristopher arrived at a BLM oil and gas lease auction in Utah with the intention of disrupting it. He was thinking along the lines of making an impassioned speech, but when he was offered the chance to register as a bidder in the auction, he saw an opportunity he couldn't pass up, and made a choice he knew would likely land him in prison. Following repeated delays in his prosecution, in March of 2011, DeChristopher was convicted of two federal felonies for his disruption of the auction. In July 2011, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison. (Read his July 2011 interview with the Journal, which took place just a week before his sentencing.) When he was released from prison in April 2013, he emerged with an even deeper commitment to social justice. That fall he began a Masters program at the Divinity School at Harvard. DeChristopher sat down with me before his Climate One panel discussion at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and talked about how his time in ...
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Hydropower Dams Threaten One-Third of the World's Freshwater Fish 31.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Three of the world's most important tropical river basins - the Amazon, the Congo and the Mekong - are experiencing an unprecedented boom in the construction of hydropower dams. According to a paper by more than three dozen scientists from universities, research institutions and conservation organizations around the world, pubished in Science magazine, these projects pose a major threat to biodiversity, including to one-third of all the world's freshwater fish species. The authors say long-term impacts of tropical hydropower projects are rarely assessed adequately and call for better - and more transparent - planning that more accurately evaluates the full costs of these dams. Without this, the authors write, these projects will lead to species extinctions, as well as significant declines in fisheries and other "ecosystem services" on the world's "mega-diverse" tropical rivers. While most of the 838 existing dams on these river systems are relatively small, more than 450 new dams are currently planned ...
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Offshore Fracking Put On Hold In California After Environmental Group Sues 31.1.2016 Think Progres

Fracking in otterland is probably not the best idea.

The post Offshore Fracking Put On Hold In California After Environmental Group Sues appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Snail-hunting for the sake of science: The good, the bad and the slimy 29.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It's hard for most people to get psyched about snails. They're slimy. Their bodies bear a strong resemblance to phlegm. And our encounters with them often involve cursing the damage they do to our gardens.

But after spending a few hours among snail enthusiasts at the first-ever SnailBlitz, one's...

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Prices for newly constructed homes are through the roof 26.1.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
Prices for new constructions are growing much faster than homes overall, largely because of high land and labor ...
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"Gene-Editing" Produces GMOs That Must Be Regulated 24.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Just like traditional genetic engineering, gene-editing techniques can cause unintended alterations in DNA. (Image: GMO seeds via Shutterstock) Fight back against the spread of misinformation perpetuated by the mainstream media. Help Truthout grow stronger by making a tax-deductible donation today! The EU is considering the exclusion of gene-edited plants and animals from GM regulations. However, gene-edited organisms clearly fall within the definition of GMOs in both European and international law. They also present real risks to the environment and human health - and must be regulated like any other GMOs. There has been a lot in the news recently about the ethics of gene editing in humans. But, as yet largely unnoticed is that the European Commission is considering whether the gene-editing of plants and animals, for example in agriculture, be exempted from regulation or even  falls outside the scope of EU law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In other words, whether the products of ...
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The Latest: Counter-protest near Oregon wildlife refuge 24.1.2016 AP Washington
BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):...
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California's controversial wolf-management plan to be discussed at Cal State Long Beach 23.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The recent discovery of gray wolves recolonizing their historic lairs in Northern California has intensified disputes among environmentalists, hunters and ranchers over the state’s draft conservation plan to ensure the species' long-term survival.

Hunters and ranchers worry wolves will ravage big-game...

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Crops for Every Corn - or Sauerkraut! 22.1.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Whether we eat vegetables or meat, tofu or McDonalds, the basis of human and animal ingestion is the producers. These are the plants that are eaten by us all, in all their incredible varieties, providing food and drink to every living thing on the planet. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to safeguard all the variety for our future needs. You bet your fat bottom! Now Norway and Germany are leading the way, along with 137 other nations to conserve what we have, in case we haven’t much left in 2017.
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A war on drugs? We'd be better off paying for a war on hunger | Natasha Horsfield 21.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Deforestation, limiting access to pain relief, forcing farmers into poverty: we need to wake up to the fact that prohibiting drugs causes more harm than good

Global drug control policies, much like tax or climate change, impact heavily on many areas of development and inevitably on efforts to meet many of the sustainable development goals that were launched by the UN last year and came into force on 1 January.

Since the mid-20th century, global drug policy has been dominated by strict prohibition and the criminalisation of drug cultivation, production, trade, possession and use, with the intention of creating a drug-free world.

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Scientists find tree frog believed extinct for more than 100 years 21.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

The frog genus Frankixalus has been found in four northeast Indian states but could now be under threat due to human development

For more than a century, two mysterious tree frog specimens collected by a British naturalist in 1870 and housed at the Natural History Museum in London were assumed to be part of a vanished species, never again found in the wild. Until now.

Related: A Costa Rican red-eyed tree frog - in pictures

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Say cheese for science: Camera traps show how habitat protection aids biodiversity 20.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Researchers have some good news for the animals struggling to survive in the world’s tropical forests: Setting aside habitat for their protection does more to protect biodiversity than scientists had realized.

And there are photos to prove it.

To get an a better picture of how mammals and birds...

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