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January 15, 2020, 2:33 AM

UN sets 2030 biodiversity deadline to combat possible mass extinction

A United Nations agency has released a plan on biodiversity outlining goals to mitigate the possibility of a mass extinction in the upcoming decades.
January 15, 2020, 2:33 AM
UN sets 2030 biodiversity deadline to combat possible mass extinction
January 10, 2020, 9:43 PM

House passes bill to force EPA regulation of 'forever chemicals' linked to health concerns

The House has passed a bill that would require the EPA to act to limit Americans’ exposure to chemicals connected to health problems.
January 10, 2020, 9:43 PM
House passes bill to force EPA regulation of 'forever chemicals'
January 9, 2020, 9:39 PM

Acting OMB director discusses changes to landmark environmental law

Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought says the Trump administration wants to speed up projects to mitigate climate change with new environmental law reforms.
January 9, 2020, 9:39 PM
Acting OMB director discusses changes to landmark environmental law
January 8, 2020, 8:51 PM

After initial goal of 200, 2000 Christmas trees are donated to help sand dunes in New Jersey

Christmas trees will be used to help restore sand dunes in New Jersey.
January 8, 2020, 8:51 PM
More than 2,000 Christmas trees donated for sand dunes after park asks for 200
January 5, 2020, 11:42 PM

Counting whales from space pitched as key to saving them

An aquarium and engineering firm in Massachusetts are partnering on the project.
January 5, 2020, 11:42 PM
December 29, 2019, 3:48 AM

Jim Beam fined in massive bourbon spill that killed fish

Jim Beam has been fined $600,000 for a Kentucky warehouse fire that sent bourbon into nearby waterways and killed fish
December 29, 2019, 3:48 AM
December 26, 2019, 2:25 PM

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

A feel-good environmental story is unfolding in the Pacific Ocean
December 26, 2019, 2:25 PM
Fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'
1 month ago

White Sands monument re-designated as US national park

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is now White Sands National Park.
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Swiss to vote on setting climate goals in constitution

Swiss environmental activists have collected enough signatures to force a referendum on setting specific goals for combating climate change in the country's constitution
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Swiss to vote on setting climate goals in constitution
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Plastic waste fills ocean along South Africa coastline

Plastic bottles and other litter churned in waves along the Durban coast.
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Plastic waste fills ocean along South Africa coastline
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Goldman Sachs becomes 1st major US bank to pledge no funding for new Arctic drilling

Goldman Sachs became the first major U.S. bank to ban financing for new upstream oil drilling or exploration in the Arctic region.
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Goldman Sachs becomes 1st major US bank to pledge no funding for Arctic oil projects
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Louisiana sues California over alligator ban

Louisiana is suing the state of California over a law banning the import and sale of alligator products
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Biggest environmental stories of the decade

The last decade has brought more attention to climate change and other issues.
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Biggest environmental stories of the decade
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California fines CVS $3.6 million for failing to recycle

CVS failed to redeem deposits on bottles and cans at some of its locations.
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Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

It's one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast coast
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Conservation groups' Georgia coast land buy could help save tortoises
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Bosnian capital of Sarajevo hit by dangerous air pollution

Officials cancel all outdoor public events and warn citizens to remain indoors.
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NYC set to require 'bird-friendly' glass on new construction

Tens of thousands of birds die flying into the city's buildings every year.
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Indonesian government wants to charge tourists $1,000 to access islands with Komodo dragons: Report

The Indonesian government is aiming to charge tourists a $1,000 fee to access the islands native to the Komodo dragon.
1 month ago
Indonesia wants to charge tourists $1,000 to see Komodo dragons in the wild: Report
2 months ago

Sperm whale found dead on Scotland beach with 220 pounds of trash in stomach

A sperm whale found stranded on a beach in northeast Scotland had more than 220 pounds of trash in its stomach when it died, according to the organization that found it.
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Sperm whale found dead with 220 pounds of trash in stomach
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Sugar field burning plagues poor Florida towns with soot

Farmers are asked to consider not setting fire to their fields before harvest.
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Shell shock: Giant invasive mussels eradicated from US ponds

A colony of mussels as big as dinner plates has recently been wiped out from a New Jersey pond
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Giant invasive mussels eradicated from US ponds
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Kenya flooding death toll rises to 60; 7 others missing

The torrential rain is uncommon for this time of year.
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EasyJet says it will operate net-zero carbon flights

European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight
2 months ago
EasyJet says it will operate net-zero carbon flights
2 months ago

A present for the earth? How to cut holiday waste

With sustainability on the minds of many, ways to make the holiday season more eco-friendly
2 months ago
A present for the earth? How to cut holiday waste
2 months ago

Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

A thick gray haze of polluted air is hanging over India's capital, with authorities trying to tackle the problem by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction
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Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi
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Michigan family strives for waste-free life

The Augustines have spent years practicing habits to lower their carbon footprint, including the use of fuel efficient cars and eliminating single-use plastics.
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Michigan family strives for waste-free life
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EPA rules 'weaken' protections from coal-related pollution, advocates say

The EPA announced new proposals on pollution from coal-fired power plants, a move advocates say will weaken protections for groundwater and sources of drinking water.
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EPA rules 'weaken' protections from coal-related pollution, advocates say
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5 million masks distributed amid India air pollution emergency

New Delhi residents are being choked with toxic air and smog, causing school closures and the distribution of millions of masks.
2 months ago
5 million masks distributed amid India air pollution emergency
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New Delhi, India, rations cars to combat deadly air pollution, Supreme Court weighs in

The air pollution was so bad, officials asked the public to stay indoors and close the windows. Flights were also canceled.
2 months ago
New Delhi rations car use to combat deadly air pollution
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'Extreme' flooding event at Mojave River Dam could put hundreds of thousands of Californians at risk, officials say

An "extreme" flooding event at the Mojave River Dam could put hundreds of thousands of Southern California residents nearby at risk for flooding, according to officials.
2 months ago
'Extreme' flooding at Mojave Dam could put hundreds of thousands at risk: Officials
3 months ago

Lack of green neighborhoods: A public health concern

One hundred million Americans and 28 million children don’t have access to green spaces in their neighborhoods.
3 months ago
Lack of green neighborhoods: A public health concern
3 months ago

US air quality declines after years of improvement

Worsening air quality differed by region, with levels remaining flat in the Northeast and Southern parts of the country, while the Midwest and West saw increases.
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US air quality declines after years of improvement
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Dutch inventor unveils device to scoop plastic out of rivers

A Dutch inventor is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic.
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Dutch inventor unveils device to scoop plastic out of rivers

New floating device could catch garbage before it reaches the seas.
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Unlikely alliance fighting pipeline in Texas Hill Country

Landowners have banded together opposing a proposed new natural gas pipeline.
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Brewer unveils prototypes for cardboard beer bottles

Carlsberg has developed a paper-based bottle it says is fully recyclable.
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Brewer unveils prototypes for cardboard beer bottles
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Danish brewer Carlsberg could soon be selling beer in paper bottles

Carlsberg unveiled prototypes for paper beer bottle as part of an initiative to end carbon emissions at its breweries.
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Danish brewer could soon be selling beer in paper bottles
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Driven by Flint water crisis, EPA issues new rule to tackle lead in drinking water

The rule will help remove the most corrosive pipes with the highest risk of releasing lead first, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told ABC News.
3 months ago
Driven by Flint water crisis, EPA issues new rule to tackle lead in drinking water
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Unilever commits to major plastic reduction by 2025

Unilever announced a new commitment to reduce its absolute use of plastic packaging by over 100,000 tons by 2025.
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Unilever commits to major plastic reduction across its product line by 2025
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Going with the floe: Scientists to set up Arctic ice camp

Scientists say they’ve chosen an ice floe on which to begin setting up a research camp for a year-long international expedition to study the central Arctic
3 months ago
Going with the floe: Scientists to set up Arctic ice camp
4 months ago

Air France to offset emissions from domestic flights by 2020

The chief executive of Air France says the carrier will voluntarily offset all of its carbon dioxide emissions from domestic flights by next year
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Air France to offset emissions from domestic flights by 2020
4 months ago

'A huge disaster': The race to save the coral of the Caribbean

In just five years, a disease has wreaked devastation on the fragile coral ecosystems that are already at risk of extinction from the effects of climate change.
4 months ago
The race to save the coral of the Caribbean
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Potentially harmful 'forever chemical' PFAS found in drinking water for 7.5 million California residents: Report

A potentially harmful chemical has been found in drinking water systems that serve about 7.5 million California residents, according to a report by a nonprofit.
4 months ago
Potentially harmful chemical found in drinking water for 7.5 million people: Report
4 months ago

Norwegian Cruise Line to scrap single-use plastic bottles, eliminating 6 million per year

The international cruise line said that the effort will replace 6 million plastic bottles per year with sustainable ones.
4 months ago
Norwegian Cruise Line to scrap single-use plastic bottles
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Norwegian Cruise Line to ditch single-use plastic bottles

The travel company pledged to replace all one-time-use plastic bottles with sustainable alternatives across its entire fleet of 16 ships by Jan. 1, 2020.
4 months ago
Norwegian Cruise Line to ditch single-use plastic bottles
4 months ago

Threats to food supply and environment loom without significant changes: Report

Without significant change to the global agricultural system, our food and our environment are at risk. But this change is possible and even beneficial, says a new report
4 months ago
Threats to food supply and environment loom without immediate changes: Report
4 months ago

California governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California
4 months ago
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Works of art or monuments to ego? Rock-stacking stirs debate

Rock-stacking stirs strong feelings along Lake Superior's north shore.
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Where a mine supplied a nascent nation, cleanup nears end

Vermont river was poisoned by a copper mine that supplied a nation,
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Marriott banning little shampoo bottles by 2020

It could be lights out for tiny toiletries.
5 months ago
Marriott banning little shampoo bottles by 2020