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Park Service Pours Bucket of Mush on Effigy Mounds Scandal

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 15, 2016 – The National Park Service has exonerated all of its current employees from blame for the largest official mass desecration of Indian pre-historic burial sites in history, according to an agency report posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Friends of Effigy Mounds.  Despite years in preparation, […]

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Ecosystems in the Southeastern U.S. Are Vulnerable to Climate Change

August 15, 2016 – At least several southeastern U.S. ecosystems are highly vulnerable to the impacts of present and future climate change, according to two new USGS reports on research conducted by scientists with Interior Department’s Southeast Climate Science Center. At-risk ecosystems occur in states ranging from Texas to Florida, Virginia to Georgia as well […]

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Local Groups File Challenge to Protect Sunset Beach and Bird Island

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. August 11, 2016 – On behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and North Carolina Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center today filed its challenge in the state Office of Administrative Hearings to North Carolina’s permit for a private developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along the Sunset Beach, […]

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Historically robust natural ecosystems could collapse due to climate change and human activity

Aug. 11, 2016 – Global change will strike the oldest and most complex ecosystems of the world hardest, regardless of their past stability. This alarming finding is reported in a JRC-led article published in Nature Communications today. The authors hypothesised that invasive species, the warming climate and environmental degradation have altered natural habitats so deeply […]

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Guns, nets, and bulldozers: Three-quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled from agriculture, land conversion, overharvesting

NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2016 – Less than a month away from the kick-off the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, a team of scientists report in the journal Nature that three quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled because people are converting their habitat into agricultural lands and overharvesting their populations. The team, […]

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August 8th is Earth Overshoot Day this year

OAKLAND, Calif. AUGUST 8, 2016 – By August 8, humanity will have used up nature’s budget for the entire year, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that is changing how the world manages its natural resources and responds to climate change. Earth Overshoot Day, falling on 8 August this year, […]

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Megadam in the heart of Amazon is cancelled

BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 4, 2016 – Today the Brazilian environmental agency, IBAMA, announced the licensing process to build the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT), a giant dam planned for one of the last major free flowing rivers in the Brazilian Amazon, has been cancelled. Without the license, the approval process for the megadam cannot move […]

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Melting ice sheet could release frozen Cold War-era waste

Aug. 4, 2016 – Camp Century, a U.S. military base built within the Greenland Ice Sheet in 1959, doubled as a top-secret site for testing the feasibility of deploying nuclear missiles from the Arctic during the Cold War. When the camp was decommissioned in 1967, its infrastructure and waste were abandoned under the assumption they […]

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Princeton-UCLA study finds gray wolves should remain protected

August 1, 2016 – Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Los Angeles who investigated the genetic ancestry of North America’s wild canines have concluded that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s scientific arguments for removing gray wolves from endangered species protection are incorrect. The study, which contradicts conventional thinking, finds that all of the […]

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Abundant and diverse ecosystem found in area targeted for deep-sea mining

July 31, 2016 – In a study published in Scientific Reports, scientists discovered impressive abundance and diversity among the creatures living on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ)–an area in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining. The study, lead authored by Diva Amon, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hawai’i at […]