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New Report Calls on World Heritage Committee to Protect Threatened Corals

PARIS March 10, 2017 – A report by lawyers at Earthjustice and Environmental Justice Australia, being launched this week in Paris, outlines the international legal responsibilities of nations with World Heritage-listed coral reefs to take action to protect those reefs from the devastating effects of climate change. The legal report, “World Heritage and Climate Change: […]

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Yellowston Plots Bandwidth Explosion

WASHINGTON, DC, March 2, 2017 – Yellowstone National Park is pressing ahead with a massive commercial cellular expansion that breaks key laws and agency rules. Today, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) asked the National Park Service (NPS) to review these violations, discipline the responsible officials, and take steps to ensure future compliance. The multi-part […]

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Coalition of Scientists Condemn Georgia State Sanctioned Coyote Slaughter Commenced March 1

ATLANTA, GA, March 2, 2017 – In a letter to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), eighteen scientists with Project Coyote condemned the state agency-sanctioned “Georgia Coyote Challenge,” stating, “This purported management tool is nothing more than a wildlife killing contest (WKC), tempting participants to kill coyotes for a chance to win a lifetime hunting license.” […]

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EPA Chief Urged to Stop Cook Inlet Gas Leak or Face Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017— The Center for Biological Diversity today called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce federal laws that Hilcorp Alaska is violating with its ongoing natural gas pipeline leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. The underwater leak, discovered Feb. 7, threatens critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales and other wildlife by creating […]

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280 Groups Oppose Western Governors’ Association’s Efforts to Weaken Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017— More than 280 environmental, animal-protection, faith-based, outdoor-recreational and social-justice groups sent a letter today to the National Governors Association urging the organization to oppose any upcoming legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Specifically, the letter asks the national association not to support an ongoing effort led by the Western […]

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Study finds 6,600 spills from fracking in just four states

DURHAM, N.C. Feb. 22, 2017- Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a new study. The analysis, which appears Feb. 21 in Environmental Science & Technology, identified 6,648 spills reported across Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and […]

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Climate change to increase U.S. electricity costs over next century by billions of dollars more than forecasted

ANN ARBOR, Feb. 7, 2017 —Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher. The study shows how higher temperatures will raise not just the average annual electricity demand, but more […]

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Wildlife protection and conservation groups call on Oregon lawmakers to oppose cruel cougar trophy hunting bills

Feb. 3, 2017 – A coalition of animal welfare, wildlife protection and conservation groups are calling on Oregon lawmakers to oppose four bills relating to cruel cougar trophy hunts recently introduced in the House and Senate. The Humane Society of the United States, Audubon Society of Portland, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, The Cougar […]

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Natural World Heritage Sites Getting Hammered by Human Activities

NEW YORK (January 30, 2017) – A new study warns that more than 100 natural World Heritage sites are being severely damaged by encroaching human activities. The study, led by an international team of researchers from the University of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), University of Northern British Columbia and the International Union for Conservation […]

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Pope spurs Republicans to shift climate views

Jan. 25, 2017 – After Pope Francis framed climate change as a moral issue in his second encyclical, conservative Republicans shifted and began to see environmental dilemmas in the same way, according to a new study led by Cornell University communication researchers. “When Pope Francis issued his encyclical paper in June 2015, he emerged as […]