Conservatives cheer EPA cuts that activists dread ‘will be borne by lungs’

Trump administrations zeal for deregulation watched by environmentalists as a recipe for fossil fuel cronyism, runaway climate change and toxic water crises Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, caused conniptions among scientists this week by claiming that carbon dioxide isnt the primary catalyst of global warming. Conservative groups and industry, on the other […]

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‘The war goes on ‘: one tribe caught up in Colombia’s armed conflict

David Hill: Proportion 1 of a report on human rights and indigenous Siona people in the Putumayo region in the Amazon Placido Yaiguaje Payaguaje, an indigenous Siona man, was standing right where his 80 -something mother was blown apart by a land-mine. There was a crater about the size of a beach ball. Surrounding foliage […]

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UN poised to move ahead with landmark treaty to protect high sea

Waters outside national boundaries are currently unregulated, were destroyed by overfishing and pollution. 140 countries back the motion to establish a treaty The world’s oceans are set for a long overdue boost in the coming days as the United Nation votes for the first time on a schemed treaty to protect and regulate the high […]

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The ecological misfortune that turned a vast Bolivian lake into a salt desert

What was once the countrys second largest lagoon is now a salt flat and the vanishing waters are taking an indigenous communities way of life with them The remainder of an ancient sea at the heart of South America is fast becoming a memory: a white plain of salt stretches for miles, with simply a […]

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Americas Coastlines Are Turning Into Dead Zones

When it rains in the Midwest, runoff from fertilizers laced with nitrogen and phosphorus leak into creeks and creeks, many of them eventually dumping into the Mississippi River. The chemicals float hundreds of miles south into the Gulf of Mexico, then out to sea where they begin to spur algae and microbe growth. As the […]

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Slaying most foul: polluted Indian river given ‘living entity’ status but reported dead

After the Yamuna river, a tributary to the Ganges, was awarded the commendation, it induced sense for activists to tell police that somebody had killed it One morning in late March, Brij Khandelwal called the Agra police to report an attempted murder. Days before, the high court in Indias Uttarakhand state had issued a landmark […]

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Vietnam blames toxic waste water from steel plant for mass fish deaths

Taiwanese firm Formosa Plastics that owns the plant says it will pay $500 m towards clean up and compensation Vietnams government has said toxic discharges from a Taiwanese-owned steel plant is in charge of massive fish deaths that have decimated tourism and angling in four provinces and highlighted the risks of rapid growth in foreign […]

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Typhoon Melor threatens Philippines, 750,000 evacuated

Dozens of flights cancelled, ferry services stopped as winds of up to 150 kph make landfall in central Philippines Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from the central Philippines on Monday as a cyclone with gales of up to 150 km/ h( 95 miles per hour) induced landfall, dumping heavy rain that could cause […]

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EU proclaims war on plastic waste

Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up scheme that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030 Plastic EU declares war on plastic garbage Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up scheme that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030 Daniel Boffey in Brussels Tue 16 Jan 2018 […]

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Caribbean resort project describes heat over threat to vulnerable species

The $2.6 bn project in St Lucia has promised sorely required tasks, but critics say it threatens the natural environment and local culture Conservationists have warned that a planned $2.6 bn resort developed as St Lucia which aims to attract Chinese investors could threaten vulnerable species and change the character of the island. The project, […]

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