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China court imposes unprecedented air pollution penalty

Archived, 6 days ago From voanews.com 

Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - China has taken the first step to claim compensation from air polluters after a court in Shandong province ruled this week to impose an unprecedented penalty of nearly $3.3 million (22 million yuan) on a local glass manufacturer for its toxic emissio ...

Russian wildfires put key climate resource at risk

Archived, 7 days ago From phys.org 

Douglas, Isle of Man, U K - Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

The blazes are consuming millions of hectare ...

Drought impedes tree growth, shuts down Amazon carbon sink

Archived, 7 days ago From news.mongabay.com 

Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA - The Amazon rainforest is popularly known as the “the planet’s lungs” — absorbing and storing 100 billion tons of carbon and preventing it from entering the atmosphere. Maintaining that vast carbon sink is seen as vital to limiting climate change impa ...

Greenpeace wants blanket ban on microbeads

Archived, 7 days ago From stuff.co.nz 

Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - If you washed your face this morning with an exfoliating scrub, you might have been doing more than just removing the dead skin cells from your nose.

Campaigners say the tiny plastic beads contained in many facial scrubs, shower gels a ...

After decades of polluting water, Colstrip plant to address leaking coal ash ponds

Archived, 7 days ago From earthjustice.org 

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA - Decades after water contamination problems first started at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant, an agreement filed in court today between conservation groups and the facility’s owners will result in far safer disposal of millions of tons of toxic co ...

North American forests unlikely to save us from climate change

Archived, 7 days ago From eurasiareview.com 

Albany, OREGON - Forests take up 25 – 30 percent of human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide — a strong greenhouse gas — and are therefore considered to play a crucial role in mitigating the speed and magnitude of climate change. However, a new study that combines fu ...

Captivating Caribbean island to be given a new lease of life

Archived, 8 days ago From fauna-flora.org 

Cambridge, U K - The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced plans to remove goats and invasive rats from its most rugged and remote offshore island to allow endangered wildlife and their habitats to recover.

Redonda is home to a unique array o ...

Greenland loses a trillion tonnes of ice in four years as melting rate triples

Archived, 8 days ago From independent.co.uk 

London, U K - It’s no news that Greenland is in serious trouble — but now, new research has helped quantify just how bad its problems are. A satellite study, published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that the Greenland ice sheet los ...

Antarctic peninsula temperatures have fallen, study shows

Archived, 8 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - The tip of the Antarctic peninsula has cooled over the past 15 years, scientists have found, but the discovery does not mean global warming has stopped.

Researchers analysed air temperature data from the area, which covers about 1% of ...

Climate change causing widespread global coral reef degradation

Archived, 8 days ago From biologicaldiversity.org 

Tucson, ARIZONA - Global degradation of coral reefs is primarily caused by climate change instead of localized impacts associated with human population in coastal areas, as many scientists had assumed. That is the conclusion of groundbreaking new research published to ...

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UN warns of more heatwave deaths as climate change pushes up temperatures

Action: Climate Change

Warning of a possible rise in heatwave deaths due to climate change, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (U ...

Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge forever!

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Congress is considering two landmark bills to designate the heart of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a federal-pr ...

Forests, species on four continents threatened by palm oil expansion

Action: Stop Deforestation

As palm oil production expands from Southeast Asia into tropical regions of the Americas and Africa, vulnerable forests and s ...

Get these hormone-disrupting chemicals out of our food!

Action: Stop Pollution

No matter how careful you are about what you eat, your food could be loaded with toxic chemicals called phthalates.

Whale and winghead sharks move step closer to extinction

Action: Save Our Oceans

Whale sharks and winghead sharks have moved one step closer to extinction, after the International Union for the Conservation ...

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