Mass Tourism Is At A Tipping Point

Mass Tourism Is At A Tipping Point

Mass Tourism Is At A Tipping Point. At the end of the summer season, various travel destinations in Europe witnessed something unusual – locals opposing the crowds of tourists. Angry signs appeared on the buildings in Spanish Mallorca, saying “Tourists, go home” and “Tourists, you terrorists!” Tourism experts identified two[…]

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Largest Dead Zone In Gulf Of Mexico

Largest Dead Zone In Gulf Of Mexico

Largest Dead Zone In Gulf Of Mexico. A new report this year, released by Mighty Earth, identifies the companies responsible for the widespread manure and fertiliser pollution contaminating water from the Heartland to the Gulf. Much of this pollution comes from the vast quantities of corn and soy used to raise[…]

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Extent Of Overfishing Remains Unknown

Extent Of Overfishing Remains Unknown

Extent Of Overfishing Remains Unknown. Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. Gathering as many fish as possible may seem like a profitable practice, but overfishing has serious consequences. The results not only affect the balance of life in the oceans, but[…]

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Companies Complicit In Illegal Deforestation

Companies Complicit In Illegal Deforestation

Companies Complicit In Illegal Deforestation. A Rainforest Action Network (RAN) field investigation has found evidence of active, illegal clearance of critically endangered Sumatran elephant habitat within the rainforests of the Leuser Ecosystem. The culprit is a rogue palm oil producer known as PT. Agra Bumi Niaga (PT. ABN) who supplies a nearby[…]

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Earth Becoming A Plastic Planet

Earth Becoming A Plastic Planet

Earth Becoming A Plastic Planet. Scientists in Norway found more than 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste inside the stomach of a whale stranded off the coast. Wardens had put the whale down after realising it wasn’t going to live, and had clearly consumed a large amount of non-biodegradable[…]

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The Frozen Ark Project

The Frozen Ark Project

The Frozen Ark Project. The Frozen Ark is a charitable frozen zoo project created jointly by the Zoological Society of London, the Natural History Museum and University of Nottingham. The project aims to preserve the DNA and living cells of endangered species to retain the genetic knowledge for the future. The Frozen Ark collects and stores samples taken from animals in[…]

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Environmental Defenders Murdered Globally

Environmental Defenders Murdered Globally

Environmental Defenders Murdered Globally. Protection International (PI) is an international non-profit organization that provides protection strategies and tools for security management to human rights defenders who are at risk. Since 2004, PI has been working with local partners in over thirty countries across the globe. Exploitation of natural resources often arises in[…]

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71% Of Global Emissions Caused By 100 Companies

Global Emissions Caused By 100 Companies

Global Emissions Caused By 100 Companies. The Carbon Majors Database was established
in 2013 by Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute (CAI) to show how these emissions are linked 
to companies, or ‘Carbon Majors.’ Now Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) works in collaboration with the CAI to maintain the Database and[…]

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An Atlas For The End Of The World

An Atlas For The End Of The World

An Atlas For The End Of The World. In a forum on global urbanisation, biodiversity and policy held at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Richard Weller, Martin and Margy Meyerson, Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, presented the results of a 3-year research project[…]

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7 Climate Change Hotspots

7 Climate Change Hotspots

7 Climate Change Hotspots. The consequences of climate change are already being felt all over the globe. But some regions are particularly affected. These so-called “hotspots” are areas where strong physical and ecological effects of climate change come together with large numbers of vulnerable and poor people and communities. A 2015 study[…]

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Imminent Larsen C Ice Shelf Collapse

Imminent Larsen C Ice Shelf Collapse

Imminent Larsen C Ice Shelf Collapse. The Larsen Ice Shelf is a long, fringing ice shelf in the northwest part of the Weddell Sea, extending along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula from Cape Longing to the area just southward of Hearst Island. It is named for Captain Carl Anton Larsen, the master of the Norwegian whaling vessel Jason, who sailed[…]

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Miami’s Fight Against Rising Seas

Miami’s Fight Against Rising Seas

Miami’s Fight Against Rising Seas. States along the Eastern Seaboard are already feeling the impacts of climate change. Climate change, which is caused by the atmospheric build-up of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) from fossil fuel combustion and other human activities, contributes to higher ocean temperatures (which in turn have been[…]

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9 Of World’s Biggest Fishing Firms To Protect Oceans

9 Of World’s Biggest Fishing Firms To Protect Oceans

9 Of World’s Biggest Fishing Firms To Protect Oceans. The world’s largest seafood companies have issued a ten-point statement committing to action on ocean stewardship following the first “keystone dialogue” between scientists and business leaders. The companies commit to improving transparency and traceability and reducing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing[…]

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Climate Change Turning Antarctica Green

Climate Change Turning Antarctica Green

Climate Change Turning Antarctica Green. Recent climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula is well documented, with warming, alongside increases in precipitation, wind strength, and melt season length, driving environmental change. However, meteorological records mostly began in the 1950s, and paleo-environmental datasets that provide a longer-term context to recent climate change[…]

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Our Country Will Vanish

Our Country Will Vanish

Our Country Will Vanish. Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean, with a population of just over 100,000 (2011), more than half of whom live on Tarawa Atoll. The nation comprises 33 atolls and reef islands and one raised coral island, Banaba. They have a total land area of 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi) and are dispersed[…]

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The 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners.

The 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners

The 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners. The Goldman Environmental Prize honours grassroots environmental heroes from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize recognises individuals for sustained and significant efforts in protecting endangered ecosystems and species,[…]

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The Tress Keeping Vietnam’s Mekong Afloat

The Trees Keeping Vietnam’s Mekong Afloat

The Trees Keeping Vietnam’s Mekong Afloat. The Mekong Delta or the Nine Dragon river delta (in Vietnamese), is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam, about 39,000 square kilometres. The[…]

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The Great Greenland Meltdown.

The Great Greenland Meltdown

The Great Greenland Meltdown. A new study where scientists use gravitometry to obtain a high-quality picture of the land underneath a very fast moving part of Greenland ice called the Jacobshavn Isbrae, was published by the American Geophysical Union in the Geophysical Letters Review. The scientists flew gravity sensors across the ice[…]

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Plastic Pollution Blights Bay Of Bengal.

Plastic Pollution Blights Bay Of Bengal

Plastic Pollution Blights Bay Of Bengal. This photojournalistic article illustrates the horrendous pollution in the Bay of Bengal engendered by our plastic revolution. Since plastics belong to a chemical family of high polymers, they are essentially made up of a long chain of molecules containing repeated units of carbon atoms.[…]

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Could You Survive On Just One Food?

Could You Survive On Just One Food?

Could You Survive On Just One Food? If you had to survive on just one food, it seems the humble potato ought to be an excellent choice. The potato contains vitamins and minerals, as well as an assortment of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids and natural phenols. Chlorogenic acid constitutes up to 90% of the potato[…]

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China's Smog

China’s Smog

China’s Smog. China’s problem with industrial smog has been rather disappointing for her citizens, especially those living in Beijing and in 21 other northern cities. The alerts have gone beyond the danger level for weeks, and to be exact, it is 24 times over the recommended air pollution limits set[…]

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Five Big Environmental Wins In 2016.

Five Big Environmental Wins In 2016

Five Big Environmental Wins In 2016. This article summarises some interesting environmental breakthroughs achieved during 2016 that are noteworthy. (a) The promotion and generation of renewable energy particularly in the advanced nations have been heartening as we move away from fossil fuel in the years ahead. (b) As Asian and[…]

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The Blood Forest

The Blood Forest

The Blood Forest. Photographer Philippe Echaroux highlights through his creative masterpieces of the impending death of Earth’s forested regions through illegal logging and deforestation, focusing us on the Amazon rainforest. These haunting images of the Paiter Surui people of western Brazil are projected onto the forest’s backdrop to bring awareness[…]

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Inspired By Nature

Inspired By Nature

Inspired By Nature. This long read is a fascinating presentation of how scientists are learning from nature’s properties found in a variety of environment. Deconstructing the chemical, biological or physical components of some of these discoveries are intriguing in themselves, with potentially useful end products that benefit our world and[…]

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The World’s Greenest Countries

The World’s Greenest Countries

The World’s Greenest Countries. Forests cover roughly 30% of the world’s land surface. Forests and trees support sustainable agriculture. They stabilize soils and climate, regulate water flows, give shade and shelter, and provide a habitat for pollinators and the natural predators of agricultural pests. They also contribute to the food[…]

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