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How hooded seals are transferring human-made contaminants to their pups

PENSACOLA, FL, Oct. 24, 2016 – Environmental contaminants such as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) can be transferred from mother to offspring through the placenta and mother’s milk, exposing the young mammal before and after birth. PFASs are a family of human-made chemicals, which have been used in a number of consumer products such as textiles, carpets, […]

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Peanut butter and drones give new hope for the black-footed ferret, America’s most endangered mammal

LEWISTOWN, MT October 18, 2016 – An unlikely combination of peanut butter and drones has given researchers renewed hope for the future of North America’s rarest mammal, the endangered black-footed ferret. The project, which is a joint effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health […]

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Scientists calls on all governments and global institutions to take action to ensure the future survival of seagrass meadows

Oct. 10, 2016 – The international seagrass research and conservation community together with the World Seagrass Association calls on all governments and global institutions to take local, regional and global action to ensure the future survival of seagrass meadows. These important ecosystems can no longer be ignored on the conservation agenda, they need to be increasingly managed, […]

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Pacific Bluefin Tuna One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

SAN FRANCISCO Oct. 7, 2016— In the face of staggering declines, Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for Pacific bluefin tuna, the National Marine Fisheries Service said today. The announcement, in response to a petition from conservation groups earlier this year, means the agency will now conduct an in-depth status review of the species. […]

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EU should skip LNG’s ‘bridge to nowhere’ and leap to sustainable energy, says expert

Sept. 27, 2016 – As pipeline-delivered natural gas continues to be a politically unstable energy source for Europe, officials in Brussels are exploring large-scale importation of liquefied natural gas from alternative sources – including the shale gas industry in the United States. Cornell Professor Robert Howarth, an expert on the atmospheric implications of methane, COP21 […]

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National boycott against Nestle and bottled water products launched by the Council of Canadians

Sept. 23, 2016 – The Council of Canadians launched a national boycott campaign against Nestlé in Guelph last night. Guelph and the neighbouring region of Wellington County are currently ground zero for a battle between a local community protecting their water and the multi-billion dollar bottled water giant. “The water crisis is at our door […]

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VW Emissions Cheat May Lead to 50 Premature Deaths, $423 Million in Economic Costs: Study

NEW YORK/CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2016 – Beginning in 2008, Volkswagen installed software to circumvent emissions testing by turning off the nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions control system in real-world driving in nearly half a million cars. A new analysis using a tool developed and used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess the health and […]

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Oceana, SkyTruth and Google launch Global Fishing Watch, first free, online tool to reveal commercial fishing activity worldwide

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2016 – Oceana, SkyTruth and Google today launched the public Beta of Global Fishing Watch, a new online technology platform that allows anyone in the world free access to monitor and track the activities of the world’s largest commercial fishing vessels in near real-time. By providing the first free global view of […]

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Coalition Challenges Water Right Permit for Rock Creek Mine That Would Drain Wilderness Streams

HELENA, Mont. September 6, 2016 – A coalition of conservation groups has objected to a mining company’s request for a state water right permit for the proposed Rock Creek Mine.  If finalized, the permit would allow the mine to drain water from pristine streams in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and adjacent Kootenai National Forest—in some […]

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Latest ocean warming review reveals extent of impacts on nature and humans

HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi,  September 5, 2016 –  Ocean warming is affecting humans in direct ways and the impacts are already being felt, including effects on fish stocks and crop yields, more extreme weather events and increased risk from water-borne diseases, according to what has been called the most comprehensive review available on the issue, launched today […]

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Melting glaciers, shifting biomes and dying trees in our national parks – yet we can take action on climate change

September 2, 2016 – Trees are dying across Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks. Glaciers are melting in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Corals are bleaching in Virgin Islands National Park. Published field research conducted in U.S. national parks has detected these changes and shown that human climate change – carbon pollution from […]

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Hundreds of Millions Face Health Risk as Water Pollution Rises Across Three Continents

August 30, 2016 – Water pollution has risen across three continents, placing hundreds of millions of people at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid, United Nations Environment warns today. The worrying rise in the pollution of surface waters in Asia, Africa and Latin America also threatens to damage vital sources of food […]

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Pikas Disappearing from Parts of the West Due to Climate Change

Aug. 26, 2016 – American pikas – small herbivores that typically live in rocky slopes, known as talus, across many mountain ranges in the American West – are disappearing from some locations across the West due to climate change, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and some of its partners. Researchers found […]

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New Oceana Animated Maps Show Dolphins and Whales Threatened by Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean

WASHINGTON August 24, 2016 – Today, Oceana released new animated maps showing dolphins and whales threatened by proposed seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. The maps, which are based on groundbreaking research from Duke University’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, draw from 23 years of data to show us the density of bottlenose dolphins, and endangered […]

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Years after mining stops, uranium’s legacy lingers on Native land

CROW AGENCY, Mont. Aug. 22, 2016—Editor’s Note: This story is part of “Sacred Water,” EHN’s ongoing investigation into Native American struggles—and successes—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation The Crow are not alone in their struggle with uranium. The toxic metal is irrefutably intertwined with Native Americans, long a notorious national […]

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