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Switching From Traditional to Biodegradable Plastics Could Slash CO2 Emissions

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Plastic pollution is one of the biggest global threats to the environment. Not only does it produce an enormous amount of waste, it breaks down to …

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National Park Service Announces America’s Newest National Park

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The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that southeastern Colorado’s Amache National Historic Site is officially the country’s newest national park. During World War II, Amache …

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US Department of Energy to Provide Nearly $710 Million in Loans for Expansion of EV Tech

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The United States Department of Energy (DOE)’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) has given preliminary approval for a loan of $544 million to SK Siltron CSS for …

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Humans Could Consume a Disastrous Amount of Natural Resources by 2060

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The United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Resources Outlook — the flagship report of the UN’s International Resource Panel, due to be published later this month — …

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Processed & Packaged Foods Increase PFAS Levels in Human Blood, Study Finds

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A new study led by researchers from University of Southern California (USC)’s Keck School of Medicine has found that certain foods — like processed meats, hot …

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‘Showing the Government That We’re Going to Follow Science’: University of Florida Student Senate Adopts Green New Deal

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The University of Florida (UF) Student Senate on Tuesday became the first student government at a public university to pass Green New Deal (GND) legislation, according …

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Raw Sewage in Tijuana River at Mexico-US Border a ‘Public Health Crisis’

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Runoff and raw sewage in the Tijuana River at the Mexico-United States border is exposing communities to a noxious mixture of toxic chemicals and microbes, a …

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Coral Reefs 101: Everything You Need to Know

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Quick Key Facts Roughly 20 to 25 percent of fish, molluscs and crustaceans in developing countries come from coral reefs. Corals grow an estimated 0.39 inches …

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Are Grizzly Bears Coming Back to Idaho & Montana?

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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is in the process of considering plans for the restoration of grizzly bear populations to the Bitterroot ecosystem …

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Study Finds Atlantic Ocean’s Strange Cold Spot Could Mean Disasters Sooner Than Expected

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Ocean currents are Earth’s climate regulators, distributing solar radiation and preventing regional temperatures from being more extreme. A new study has found that the Atlantic meridional …

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Arizona Court Cancels EPA’s Approval of Dicamba Pesticide

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In a win for farmers and endangered plants and wildlife, an Arizona district court has revoked the approval of the destructive pesticide dicamba, saying the U.S. …

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4 Natural Wonders of the Pacific Northwest

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If you’re looking to go on an adventure in the great outdoors, the variety of landscapes in the Pacific Northwest — from temperate rainforest and brilliant …

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‘We’re Wiping Out One of the World’s Oldest & Toughest Creatures’: Why We Need to Protect Horseshoe Crabs

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Horseshoe crabs have been on Earth for more than 450 million years — since before the dinosaurs. They are more closely related to spiders and scorpions …

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Climate Scientist Michael Mann Awarded $1 Million in Defamation Lawsuit

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Climate scientist Michael Mann was awarded more than $1 million on Thursday in a defamation lawsuit against two conservative bloggers — Mark Steyn, a National Review …

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World Breaches 1.5°C for an Entire Year for First Time on Record

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For the first time on record, the average global temperature has exceeded 1.5 degree Celsius over a 12-month period, according to new data from the Copernicus …

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World Needs Trillions of Dollars Keep Goals Within Reach According to UN Climate Chief

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In a speech in Azerbaijan on Friday, United Nations climate chief Simon Stiell said the world needs at least $2.4 trillion each year to keep global …

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The Global Leader in Renewable Energy to Have Solar & Wind Capacity Overtake Coal This Year

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China is both the world leader in renewable energy and coal production, but installed solar and wind capacity are projected to surpass coal in the country …

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1 in 10 Premature US Births Linked to Chemicals Found in Common Plastic Products

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A large-scale study in the United States has found that one out of 10 premature births is linked with pregnant women’s exposure to phthalates — chemicals …

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Pineapple Express: 2nd Atmospheric River Storm Brings Heavy Rain, Flooding & Mudslides to SoCal

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The powerful atmospheric river storm that arrived in California on Sunday continued to bring heavy rain, flooding and mudslides to the southern parts of the state …

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Deadly Wildfires Kill at Least 122 in Chile, Hundreds Missing

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Firefighters in Chile are battling intense forest fires while the country mourns the 122 people who have been killed in the blazes, reported The Associated Press. …

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Sea Otters Restore Degraded California Estuary, Slowing Erosion by 90%

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Sea otters started recolonizing their former habitat in a central California coastal estuary several decades ago, and erosion has since slowed by as much as 90 …

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Global Food System Must Be Transformed for Health of People and Planet, Study Finds

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According to a new global policy report — The Economics of the Food System Transformation by the Food System Economics Commission (FSEC) — how food is …

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California Prepares for Back-to-Back Atmospheric River Storms, Flooding

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In California, more than 20 million residents were under flood alerts on Wednesday as the first of two atmospheric river storms hit the northern part of …

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Biden Freezes Approval of Liquid Natural Gas Exports to Consider Climate Impacts

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Following pressure from climate activists, the Biden administration announced a freeze on new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export permits while it examines their effects on climate …

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Study Finds Alarmingly High Levels of PFAS Contamination in Small Estuaries

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A new study has discovered that small coastal estuaries contain concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) “forever chemicals” high enough to indicate a worldwide issue. …

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Sunny Side Up: BLM Proposes 22 Million Acres of Public Lands for Solar Energy

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In order to help the United States transition to renewable energy, the Department of the Interior has announced a new solar energy “roadmap,” including 22 million …

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Green Energy Sources Will Meet World’s Demand for Next Three Years, According to IEA Report

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According to Electricity 2024, a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), electricity demand worldwide is expected to accelerate during the next three years, a …

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Enjoy the ‘whale’derness: These are the Best Whale Watching Spots in the US

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Whale watching is a popular pastime and a great way to get outdoors, but not everyone knows the best places and times of year to see …

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World’s Largest Ice Skating Rink Reopens in Canada After Lack of Ice in 2023

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Ottawa’s 4.85-mile Rideau Canal Skateway, the largest ice skating rink in the world, reopened on Sunday after remaining closed last year due to climate change. Every …

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Scientists Map Largest Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off Atlantic Coast

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For the first time, scientists have succeeded in mapping the largest deep-sea coral reef in the world, which runs hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast …