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ISIL's Scorched Earth Policy Is Wrecking Iraq's Environment and Creating a Public Health Nightmare

Civilians in Northern Iraq are suffering suffocation and respiratory illnesses due to what appears to be a scorched-earth policy employed by retreating ISIL militants following the launch of a major military offensive to retake the city of Mosul.

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Interpol Busts Hundreds for Ivory, Rhino Horn Crimes

Illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking are still going on across Africa, but there are 376 fewer criminals in the trade after an international police operation last year.

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Landmark Study Finds Queen Honeybees Harmed by Controversial Pesticides

The first study to investigate the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bee queens finds that these chemicals may contribute to bee colony mortality by affecting queen health. It strengthens calls for more thorough environmental risk assessments of these widely used pesticides to protect bees.

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Four Out of 10 Americans Are Breathing Dirty Air

The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2015″ report, released today during Air Quality Awareness Week, shows that over four in every 10 Americans live in counties where levels of pollutants make the air unhealthy to breathe.

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U.S. Unveils New Big Picture Approach to Fighting Climate Change

U.S. government agencies have entered into four collaborative landscape partnerships—in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region—to help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change.

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Earth Day Celebration Packs the National Mall

The Global Poverty Project and Earth Day Network hosted Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day on the National Mall on Saturday. Heads of state, members of Congress, dignitaries, and celebrities from around the world spoke in honor of the planet and the urgent need to protect our only home.

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Flashpoint Issue For 2015: Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC – A renewed battle over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is shaping up for the new year in North America.

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Lima Climate Talks Produce Weak Draft for Global Treaty

ENS — A climate deal reached this week by world governments at a UN conference in Lima keeps negotiations on track for a universal global climate treaty in Paris in 2015, but the weak text points to a tough year of talks ahead.

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2014 Will Likely Be The Hottest Year on Record, Ocean Temps Spike

LIMA, Peru -- The year 2014 is likely to go down in the record books as one of the hottest years in modern history, according to estimates released today by the World Meteorological Organization. One cause is record high global sea surface temperatures, which the WMO expects to remain above normal until the end of the year.

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Alaskan Polar Bear Population Down by 40 Percent; Climate Change to Blame

Global warming has driven a 40 percent decline in the number of polar bears in eastern Alaska and western Canada, a new study finds.

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