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September 15, 2020, 2:57 PM

World isn't meeting biodiversity goals, UN report finds

A new U.N. biodiversity report card highlights the decline over the past 10 years in fragile ecosystems such as coral reefs and tropical forests
September 15, 2020, 2:57 PM
World isn't meeting biodiversity goals, UN report finds
September 4, 2020, 9:49 PM

US wildlife agency seeks to carve out areas from protections

U.S. wildlife officials are proposing to exempt some areas from habitat protections meant to save imperiled species
September 4, 2020, 9:49 PM
September 4, 2020, 8:14 PM

Recent data show Chinese fishing fleet still near Galapagos

Satellite data indicates that a large Chinese fishing fleet remained in international waters near Ecuador’s Galapagos archipelago at the beginning of this month, even as China said it would temporarily ban fishing near the UNESCO world heritage site
September 4, 2020, 8:14 PM
September 1, 2020, 4:00 PM

UN agency laments summer's 'deep wound' to Earth's ice cover

The United Nations weather agency says this summer will go down for leaving a “deep wound” in the frozen parts of the planet after a heat wave in the Arctic, shrinking sea ice and the collapse of a leading Canadian ice shelf
September 1, 2020, 4:00 PM
Summer leaves 'deep wound' in frozen parts of Earth after heat wave in the Arctic
September 1, 2020, 12:17 PM

US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year
September 1, 2020, 12:17 PM
August 31, 2020, 4:10 PM

Trump eyes aquaculture boom, but environmentalists dig in

President Donald Trump wants to dramatically expand aquaculture production in the United States, but a coalition of environmentalists believes his plan would be bad for the oceans, unnecessary for food security and difficult to implement
August 31, 2020, 4:10 PM
August 29, 2020, 8:37 PM

Thousands march in Mauritius over dead dolphins, oil spill

Tens of thousands of people have protested in Mauritius over the government’s slow response to an oil spill from a grounded Japanese ship and the alarming discovery of dozens of dead dolphins in recent days
August 29, 2020, 8:37 PM
Protest in Mauritius over oil spill, dozens of dead dolphins
1 month ago

US approves oil, gas leasing plan for Alaska wildlife refuge

The Department of the Interior has approved an oil and gas leasing program within Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
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States urging residents to be on the lookout for destructive invasive species

Officials across multiple states are urging people to be on the lookout for an invasive species that can have a devastating impact on agriculture.
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States urging residents to be on the lookout for destructive invasive species
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Trump administration announces plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge

The Trump administration will allow oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time after decades of debate.
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Trump administration to allow oil and gas drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge
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Ship leaking tons of oil off Mauritius has split apart

Oil barriers were in place and a skimmer ship was nearby.
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US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

The sea lions have posed a long-running conundrum for wildlife officials.
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US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon
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US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

Levels in two massive lakes in the U.S. West are projected to remain high enough to avert severe water cuts in states that rely on the Colorado River
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Residents and tourists evacuated amid threat of melting glacier

The Planpincieux Glacier, located in the Alps, could potentially collapse after a recent heat wave created a layer of water beneath.
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Residents and tourists evacuated amid threat of melting glacier
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AP Exclusive: Rare wildflower could jeopardize lithium mine

A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act
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Rare wildflower could jeopardize lithium mine
2 months ago

Fiat Chrysler, Iveco offices searched in emissions probe

Investigators probing suspected diesel emissions manipulation have searched locations of auto maker Fiat Chrysler and truckmaker Iveco in Germany, Switzerland and Italy
2 months ago
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EPA finds plastic trash contaminates 2 remote Hawaii beaches

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is designating the waters of two remote beaches in Hawaii as contaminated by trash
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Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor

A comprehensive study of American homes finds that on average rich people produce nearly 25% more heat-trapping gases than poorer residents
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Cool plan: Study says better aircon can slow global warming

A U.N.-backed report claims making air conditioners and fridges more energy efficient and using more climate-friendly refrigerants can significantly slow global warming
2 months ago
Study says better aircon can slow global warming
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Vanishing of rare bird colony in New Zealand highlights greater risks to species

Shore plovers have vanished from a New Zealand island, causing concern.
2 months ago
Vanishing of rare bird colony highlights greater risks to species
2 months ago

Clean energy, climate change focus of Biden’s economic recovery plan

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden says his plan for converting housing and automobile industries to be more environmentally friendly will create more jobs.
2 months ago
Clean energy, climate change focus of Biden’s economic recovery plan
2 months ago

COVID-19 pandemic causes concern over plastic pollution: Environmental headlines you missed this week

"It's Not Too Late" brings you climate change news and environmental headlines you may have missed.
2 months ago
Pandemic causes concern over plastic pollution
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‘It’s not too late’ with Ginger Zee: Search for solutions to stop plastic pollution

ABC’s Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee discusses COVID-19 plastic waste and the rapidly expanding plastic industry.
2 months ago
‘It’s not too late’ with Ginger Zee: Search for solutions to stop plastic pollution
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Climate activists protest from Notre Dame Cathedral crane

Greenpeace activists have hung banners from the huge construction crane atop Notre Dame Cathedral accusing France and President Emmanuel Macron of not doing enough to fight climate change
2 months ago
Climate activists protest from Notre Dame Cathedral crane
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Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Researchers say a newly discovered species of seaweed is killing large areas of historically pristine coral reef in one of the most protected ocean environments on earth
2 months ago
Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs
2 months ago

Temperatures and carbon dioxide are up, regulations are down: Environmental headlines you missed this week

"It's Not Too Late" brings you climate change and environmental headlines you might have missed.
2 months ago
Environmental headlines you might have missed this week
3 months ago

Seattle's new NHL venue will be completely carbon neutral

The new stadium has been named the Climate Pledge Arena by Amazon.
3 months ago
Seattle's new NHL venue will be completely carbon neutral
3 months ago

Space agencies unveil site showing lockdown changes to Earth

Three space agencies are showing people how the coronavirus lockdowns are changing Earth in real time
3 months ago
Site showing how lockdown changed Earth unveiled
3 months ago

Germany bans single-use plastic straws, food containers

Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers
3 months ago
Germany bans single-use plastic straws, food containers
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US honeybees are doing better after bad year, survey shows

The annual survey of US beekeepers found that honeybee colonies are doing better after a bad year
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Senate approves $2.8B plan to boost conservation, parks

The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands
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Driller charged over contamination in 'Gasland' town

An energy company faces felony charges that it polluted residential water wells in a Pennsylvania community that has long been a battleground in the national debate over natural gas drilling and fracking
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Report: European bathing water quality remains high

Bathing water quality in Europe remains high, according to a study published Monday by the EU environment agency
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US moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections

The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild birds despite warnings that billions of birds could die
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EU pledges to stay green in recovery from coronavirus

The European Commission is pledging to keep its ecological ambition intact as it tries to bounce back from the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus crisis
4 months ago
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Millions of cicadas to emerge in parts of US for 1st time in 17 years, will produce 'alien-like wail'

Millions of cicadas to emerge in parts of US for 1st time in 17 years, will produce 'alien-like wail'
4 months ago
Millions of cicadas to emerge in parts of US for 1st time in 17 years
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Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

For a week in April, the U.S. cut its carbon dioxide levels by about one-third.
4 months ago
World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak: Study
4 months ago

California's budget cuts threaten environmental spending

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget cuts would cancel billions of dollars in climate change spending
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Bug experts dismiss worry about US 'murder hornets' as hype

Bug experts are dismissing as media hype the recent worry about so-called murder hornets spotted in Washington state
4 months ago
Experts dismiss worry about US 'murder hornets' as hype
4 months ago

Billions projected to suffer nearly unlivable heat in 2070

A new study says 2 billion to 3.5 billion people in 50 years will be living in a climate that historically has proven just too hot to handle
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Spiny and delicious, sea urchins shine in a new documentary

They are briny and sweet — once you get past those formidable spines
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Murder hornets that decimate bee populations arrive in US

The Asian giant hornet has been spotted in Washington state and scientists are racing the clock to track it down after a beekeeper said it decimated his entire honeybee colony.
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Murder hornets that decimate bee populations arrive in US
5 months ago

Australian scuba tour company is planting coral as vacationers stay away

Passions of Paradise hopes to bolster “long-term stewardship” of the coral reef in Australia.
5 months ago
Australian scuba tour company is planting coral as vacationers stay away
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Federally protected sea turtles begin nesting in Georgia

A protected sea turtles species in Georgia have started their nesting season
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Earth Day boasts beautiful before and after photos in nature

While the planet is in the grips of the global pandemic, the natural world has seen a huge drop in air population.
5 months ago
Earth Day boasts beautiful before and after photos in nature
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As Earth Day turns 50, green movement faces fresh challenges

Monumental challenges remain 50 years after the first Earth Day helped spur activism over air and water pollution and disappearing plants and animals
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Sparkling waters hide some lasting harm from 2010 oil spill

Ten years after the nation's biggest offshore oil spill fouled its waters, the Gulf of Mexico sparkles in the sunlight and its fish are safe to eat
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Study: Warming makes US West megadrought worst in modern age

A new study finds that much of the western United States is baking in what scientists call an emerging megadrought
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Study: Warming makes US West megadrought worst in modern age
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Belgian bluebells are too beautiful to see during pandemic

When nature is at its brightest this year, some of it needs to be hidden from sight because of the coronavirus pandemic
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Despite coronavirus concerns, EPA declines to pursue stricter limits on air pollution

Despite concerns about a link to more severe COVID-19 cases, the EPA will not move to strengthen requirements on tiny airborne particles of pollution.
5 months ago
Despite coronavirus concerns, EPA declines to pursue stricter limits on air pollution