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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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'Historic' Climate Deal Struck Between the U.S. and China

The leaders of the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitting nations – China and the United States – today jointly pledged ambitious actions to limit climate change “for the common good.”

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‘Secret’ Decision to Hide Nuclear Plant Quake Risk Challenged

WASHINGTON, DC, – Friends of the Earth has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a “secret decision” by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the group claims “illegally” changes the operating license for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on the coast of Southern California.

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Huge U.S. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Detected From Space

Just one location in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate, according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.

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Motorcycle Sizzles When Powered by Bacon Grease

Hormel Foods Corporation, a company that has been making bacon for over 100 years, has now made the world’s first motorcycle fueled by bacon grease.

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Climate Change Is Destroying America’s Historic Treasures

WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) – Rising sea levels, relentless floods and rampaging wildfires are destroying landmark historic sites around the United States, warns the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists in a new report.

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Jawdropping Breakthrough! Scientists Discover How to Turn Light Into Matter

Physicists at the Imperial College London have thought up a way to convert light directly into matter in a new type of high-energy physics experiment, using technology already available in the UK.

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Greenpeace: Nearly 100% Renewable Energy is Possible

By 2050, the United States can switch to nearly 100 percent renewable energy and phase out coal and nuclear power, according to a new report from Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council.

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Study: No Danger From EMFs in Electric Cars

TRONDHEIM, Norway – Anyone concerned that electric cars produce dangerous magnetic fields can relax. The most comprehensive study ever carried out in this field shows values far below safe exposure levels set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.

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Train Laden With Bakken Crude Explodes in Virginia

LYNCHBURG, Virginia, April 30, 2014 (ENS) – A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg today, bursting into flames and sending a column of dense black smoke high into the afternoon sky.

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Midwest States File Supreme Court Brief Challenging California Fuel Standards

LINCOLN, Nebraska, April 24, 2014 (ENS) – Nebraska and 20 other states have filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court requesting review of a lower court decision in a challenge to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

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Earthquake Risks Exceed Licensed Limits at U.S. Nuclear Plants

Massachusetts Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren today called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to direct the licensees of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Seabrook Station in New Hampshire to immediately implement mitigation measures against seismic risks that were previously unknown.

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Philippines Devastated by Typhoon, Millions Affected

MANILA, Philippines, November 10, 2013 (ENS) – Super Typhoon Yolanda, known outside the Philippines as Haiyan, battered parts of the Philippine archipelago on Friday, making landfall six times before blowing westward on Saturday over the South China Sea towards northern Vietnam and southern China.

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Keystone XL Environmental Consultant ‘Lied’ About TransCanada Ties

WASHINGTON, DC, July 11, 2013 (ENS) – The latest environmental assessment of the controversial TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is flawed because the contractor hired by the U.S. State Department to write the review “lied” on its conflict of interest disclosure form about its past work for TransCanada, finds research released Wednesday by two environmental groups.

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Decision on Whether to Allow Keystone XL Pipeline Being Made Without GIS Data on Route

OAKLAND, California, July 8, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. State Department is in the process of deciding whether the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline would be in the U.S. national interest, but the determination is being made without Keystone XL’s digital GIS data, such as the longitude and latitude of milepost markers, waterbody crossings and the centerline route.

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U.S. Groundwater Consumption Accelerating

RESTON, Virginia, May 23, 2013 (ENS) – Aquifers across the United States are being drawn down at an increasing pace, finds a new study released today by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Revealed: How the Keystone XL Pipeline Would Hasten Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2013 (ENS) – In a new report, “Cooking the Books: How The State Department Analysis Ignores the True Climate Impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” environmental groups and scientists opposed to the pipeline warn of “climate disaster” if President Barack Obama allows it to cross the Canada-U.S. border, carrying tar sands bitumen from Alberta to Nebraska.

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Goldman Prize Awards $150,000 to Six Environmental Leaders

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 15, 2013 (ENS) – The Goldman Environmental Foundation today announced the six recipients of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of grassroots leaders working to protect the environment and their communities.

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Obama's Budget Cuts Fossil Fuels Subsidies and Aims to Double American Energy Production by 2030

WASHINGTON, DC, April 10, 2013 (ENS) – President Barack Obama today introduced his Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which sets two new goals – to cut U.S. net oil imports in half by 2020 and to double American energy productivity by 2030.

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2012 Hottest Year Since Record Keeping Began in 1895

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, January 8, 2013 (ENS) – The year 2012 was warmest year for the continental United States since record keeping began 107 years ago, the U.S. National Climatic Data Center announced today.

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Debate: Obama Backs Green Energy, Romney Backs Black

DENVER, Colorado, October 3, 2012 (ENS) – The deep division between President Barack Obama’s green energy policies and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s preference for coal and tar sands oil were apparent in their first presidential debate tonight in Denver.

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23 Nuclear Power Plants at High Risk of Tsunami

HUELVA, Spain, September 24, 2012 (ENS) – Twenty-three nuclear power plants with 74 reactors are located in areas of the world that are at high risk of large tsunamis, finds new research from scientists in Spain and Belgium.

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