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Scientists Find Answer to Why Thousands of Sea Lion Pups Are Starving

Scientists finally have an explanation for why so many starving sea lions have been stranded along Southern California’s coast in recent years. Their mothers are not getting enough nutritious food.

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4 Fish We’re Overeating and What to Eat Instead

Paul Greenberg loved to fish growing up in Connecticut. But by the time he was an adult, he noticed there were far fewer varieties of fish than when he was a young boy. So, as he explained in his TED Talk below, he started going to fish markets to investigate. No matter where I went, Greenberg said, whether it was North Carolina, London or Paris, I would find the same four fish everywhere: shrimptunasalmon and cod.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘Revenant’ Drove Home Need to Take Climate Action (VIDEO)

For those who missed the Golden Globes on Sunday night, The Revenant won big. Leonardo DiCaprio took home Best Actor for his role as an 1820s frontiersman Hugh Glass. Alejandro G. Iñárritu won a Golden Globe for Best Director. And, the film won for Best Motion Picture Drama.

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Michael Pollan: What You Should Eat to Be Healthy

A new documentary from Kikim Media based on Michael Pollan’s bestselling book, In Defense of Food, helps consumers navigate a food system complicated by globalization and industrialization.

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Aziz Ansari Blasts Factory Farming for Cruelty to Chickens (VIDEO)

Aziz Ansari is having quite the year. The seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation wrapped up earlier this year. His book Modern Romance was released this summer. And this fall, his show Master of None, which he co-created and starred in, debuted on Netflix. In his stand up special, which is also available on Netflix, he blasts the egg industry for its cruel treatment of chickens.

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Why Is It So Warm in December?

Some on Twitter are having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit with temperatures far above normal for much of the eastern U.S.

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Prince Charles: Climate Change Is Linked to Syrian Civil War, Terrorism and Refugee Crisis

England’s Prince Charles told Sky News in an exclusive interview that climate change was a root cause of the civil war in Syria, terrorism and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Prince Charles, who has been outspoken on the issue of climate change and sustainability for the last four decades, will deliver a keynote address at the COP21 Paris climate talks next week.

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Elon Musk’s Brother Wants to Revolutionize Our Food System

Kimbal Musk is not as well known as his brother Elon, but his work may be no less ambitious. Kimbal and Elon sold their first tech company, Zip2, for $300 million. Elon used that money to launch his next project, PayPal. But Kimbal “left Silicon Valley for culinary school, and later started opening a series of highly regarded restaurants in Colorado,” says FastCoExist.

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Salmon Lovers Beware: 4 Ways to Avoid Getting Duped by Mislabeling

That wild Alaskan salmon you get at your favorite local restaurant might not be the real deal, according to a new report from the nonprofit Oceana. The report reveals that America’s favorite fish — salmon — is often mislabeled in restaurants and grocery stores.

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It’s Official: Jon and Tracey Stewart Convert 12-Acre Farm to Animal Sanctuary

The rumors are true. Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey are turning their 12-acre farm in Middelton, New Jersey into an animal sanctuary affiliated with Farm Sanctuary. The organization has been working for the last three decades to end inhumane farm practices and create better lives for animals. Tracey revealed the news on Saturday night at Farm Sanctuary’s annual gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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WATCH: Climate Denier Ted Cruz Bullies Sierra Club President in Senate Hearing

It’s painful to watch this Senate hearing as Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly pushes Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on climate change. Cruz relies on classic denier arguments, saying satellite data shows the Earth isn’t warming and that there has been a “pause” or “hiatus” in global warming, which NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has refuted.

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Don Blankenship Goes on Trial for Massey Mine Blast That Killed 29

Don Blankenship’s, the former CEO of Massey Energy Co., trial started yesterday in what NBC News describes as “the biggest corporate accountability case in years.” Blankenship resigned as CEO eight months after one of its mines exploded in West Virginia in 2010, killing 29 miners.

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EPA Urged by Nearly 100,000 Americans to Redo Highly Controversial Fracking Study

The public comment period for the highly controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) fracking study ended on August 28. Food & Water Watch, Environmental ActionBreast Cancer Action and other advocacy groups delivered nearly 100,000 comments from Americans asking the U.S. EPA to redo their study with a higher level of scrutiny and oversight.

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Obama Slams Koch Brothers at Clean Energy Summit for ‘Standing in the Way of Progress’

President Obama has returned from vacation and he said he feels “refreshed, renewed, recharged” and “a little feisty.” Well, that feistiness was apparent as he delivered the closing address at the 8th National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada Monday. Sun-blessed Nevada is being hailed as “ground zero in the solar boom.” He slammed critics of his energy policies for “wanting to protect an outdated status quo” based on fossil fuels and warned them away from “standing in the way of the future” and his efforts to combat climate change.

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Shell Dumps ALEC as Oil Giant Prepares to Drill in Arctic

Following in the footsteps of BP and others, Shell has announced that it plans to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an influential lobbying group that campaigns against effective climate change strategies. The oil company told RTCC ALEC’s stance on climate change is “clearly inconsistent with our own.”

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Scary Wildfire Map Reveals a Burning American West

Climate Central, a dedicated team of scientists and journalists researching climate change, has put together an interactive map that shows in real time the active wildfires in the U.S. Each flame icon indicates an active wildfire.

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Walter Palmer Paid $50,000 to Kill Cecil the Lion - Now He's the "Most Hated Man in America"

More sad news on the wildlife front. Yesterday, a Northern White Rhino in a Czech zoo died, bringing the grand total of Northern White Rhinos on Earth to four (and they are all in captivity). Now, it has come to light that Walter Palmer, a man from a small town near Minneapolis killed Cecil the Lion, one of Africa’s most famous lions and the star attraction at the Hwange national park in Zimbabwe, according to The Guardian.

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The Dalai Lama Endorses Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical

The Dalai Lama endorsed the Pope’s encyclical on climate change Sunday while speaking at Glastonbury festival, a massive five-day festival that takes place in Somerset, England. The Buddhist leader spoke at a panel on climate change, praising the encyclical and saying it was the duty of everyone to “say more. We have to make more of an effort, including demonstrations.”

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Ryan Gosling: What Costco Doesn’t Want You to Know About Its Eggs

Costco has been under intense criticism this week because it has yet to pledge to sell GMO-free salmon should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve it. Additionally, the Humane Society of the United States recently uncovered the fact that a Costco egg supplier uses abhorrent factory farming conditions to raise its egg-laying hens despite the fact that Costco made a public commitment eight years ago to eliminate cage confinement of chickens from its supply chain.

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Drought-Stricken California Orders Largest Recorded Water Cuts for Farmers

The California State Water Resources Control Board on Friday ordered the largest cuts on record to “farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights,” according to The Guardian. Water officials told senior water rights holders, some of whose rights date back to 1903, to stop pumping water in California’s Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds.

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Mark Ruffalo to Jon Stewart: We Have a 50-State Plan to Power America on 100% Renewable Energy

Mark Ruffalo was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night. The interview kicked off promoting his latest movie, Infinitely Polar Bear. After a funny debate about a hypothetical battle between Hulk and Superman, Ruffalo took the opportunity to discuss some other things that are on his mind.

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Which Country Will Be First to Go Completely Underwater Due to Climate Change?

This country “could become the first state in history to be completely erased by the sea,” says Evan Puschak of the Seeker Network. It’s the planet’s lowest country. “On average, it’s only five feet above sea level,” says Puschak. If the oceans continue to rise, as predicted, 77 percent of this country will be under water by the end of the century. If the rate of rise increases even more, as a new study suggests, the country could even be submerged by 2085.

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Yet Another Oil Bomb Train Explosion Proves New Regulations Fail to Protect Us

The town of Heimdal, North Dakota was evacuated this morning after yet another train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. A BNSF Railway oil train derailed around 7:30 a.m., setting at least 10 oil tanker cars on fire. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

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14 Heartbreaking Photos That Will Inspire You to Recycle

Global pollution has reached unprecedented levels as the trash produced by the more than 7 billion people pollutes the land and sea around the world. All too often, our waste takes on a life of its own after we toss it in the trash without another thought. Animals get tangled up in our trash or mistakenly ingest it, often resulting in death.

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WATCH: Avalanche from Nepal Earthquake Rips Through Mt. Everest Base Camp

As the death toll continues to climb from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal, India and China on Saturday, more and more people are posting videos capturing the quake on camera. The earthquake also set off an avalanche, which swept through the Mt. Everest base camp. Jost Kobusch, a climber from Germany, caught the avalanche tearing through the base camp on camera.

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Meet 6 of the World’s Top Environmental Heroes

The Goldman Environmental Foundation announced the six winners of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmentalists. Every year since 1989, the foundation has chosen an environmental hero from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Local

Strolling of the Heifers has released the 2015 Locavore Index, which ranks the 50 states (and DC) in terms of their commitment to local foods. This is the fourth year the organization has produced the index. “The purpose of the Index is to stimulate efforts across the country to use more local food in homes, restaurants, schools and institutions,” said Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers.

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Don’t Frack with Denton: A Community’s Fight to Defend Home Rule

Citizens of Denton, Texas are still fighting to keep fracking banned within city limits despite the vote last November in favor of the ban. Ever since the vote, state lawmakers in cahoots with the oil and gas industry and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, have attempted to strip municipalities like Denton of home rule authority to override the city’s ban, according to Frack Free Denton.

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Two Young Entrepreneurs Offer Way to Grow Food in Dead of Winter

As the Eastern U.S. deals with sub-freezing temperatures and lots of snow, two young entrepreneurs, Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara, who happen to live in Boston, have a solution to produce food locally even in the middle of winterFreight Farms, which Friedman and McNamara started in 2010, sells insulated shipping containers, which they’ve nicknamed Leafy Green Machines, as part of what they call “the next generation of food supply.”

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23-Year-Old Hasn’t Produced Any Garbage in Two Years

Republished with permission from EcoWatch.

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