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How indigenous peoples won a landmark victory to protect the Amazon from oil drilling

On May 16, hundreds of Indigenous peoples traveled from different regions of the Ecuadorian Amazon to the capital city of Quito to demand respect for the April 26 historic court ruling, in which the Waorani people of Ecuador successfully defended half a million acres of Indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest from oil drilling. Coming after two weeks of deliberations, the landmark decision by the three-judge panel of the Pastaza Provincial Court immediately and indefinitely suspended plans to auction around 180,000 hectares of Indigenous Waorani territory to oil companies. It represents a major setback for the Ecuadorian government.

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'We do not want to disappear': Indigenous peoples go to court to save the Amazon from oil company greed

On February 27, hundreds of Indigenous Waorani elders, youth and leaders arrived in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. They left their homes deep in the Amazon rainforest to peacefully march through the streets, hold banners, sing songs and, most importantly, submit documents to the provincial Judicial Council to launch a lawsuit seeking to stop the government from auctioning off their ancestral lands in the Pastaza region to oil companies. An eastern jungle province whose eponymous river is one of the more than 1,000 tributaries that feed the mighty Amazon, Pastaza encompasses some of the world’s most biodiverse regions.

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Why doesn’t Trump have a dog - and should he get one? Experts weigh in

In his homily for the state funeral of George H.W. Bush on December 5, Rev. Russell Levenson Jr. joked that Sully, Bush’s loyal service dog, had probably received more press attention in recent days than the former president himself. That sentiment echoed Fala, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier, who was so popular with the American public that he received more fan mail than the president himself.

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Floridians Have a Chance to Ban Cruel Greyhound Racing When They Go to the Polls

Greyhounds are the oldest purebred dog, revered as gods by the ancient Egyptians. Sadly, that elevated status has been lost through the horrific practice of racing them for human entertainment. But Florida voters have an opportunity to end the cruel practice in the Sunshine State — the epicenter of dog racing in the US — when they go to the polls for the November elections.

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How Can You Talk to Kids About Factory Farming? These Books Can Help.

Many children play with toys that evoke the bucolic life on a farm. And many will likely visit a small local farm, where animals have space and access to sunlight and the outdoors. But most kids are probably not aware that, for the vast majority of farmed animals, life is anything but happy.

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Eating Locally and in Season: Is It Really Better for the Environment?

Humans have been moving food around the world for thousands of years. Toward the end of the second century BC, merchants traveled along the Silk Road, transporting noodles from Xi’an, grapes from Dayuan and nutmeg from the Moluccas Islands to eager buyers along its 4,000-mile network. While it’s possible to trace the evolution of food through that matrix of ancient caravan routes that linked China to the West, it’s hard to measure its environmental impact. It’s likely that, as with any road, wildlife corridors were disrupted. But greenhouse gas emissions were fairly low, consisting of the methane from the belches and farts of the horses, yaks and Bactrian camels, and the fires that humans burned along the way.

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Watch: New Undercover Video Exposes Animal Abuse at US Supplier to World's Largest Meat Company

In September of last year, two executives of JBS, the world’s largest meat producer, based in Brazil, were arrested and charged with insider trading. In May 2017, the billionaire siblings—Wesley Batista, JBS’s CEO, and his younger brother Joesley, the firm’s former chairman—admitted to bribing more than 1,800 politicians and government officials, including meat inspectors, in an effort to avoid food safety checks.

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Corporate Food Brands Drive the Massive Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Whole Foods bills itself as “America’s healthiest grocery store,” but what it’s doing to the environment is anything but healthy. According to a new report, the chain is helping to drive one of the nation’s worst human-made environmental disasters: the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

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How Trump's Dangerous and Misguided Trade War Could Reshape the American Diet

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump made his protectionist views clear, saying that, if elected, he would renegotiate trade deals. He slammed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as "the worst trade deal the U.S. has ever signed." He also criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying it was "the death blow for American manufacturing" and that it "put[s] the interests of foreign countries above our own."

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Sorry, You Can't Have Fries With That: 12 Foods That May Disappear Thanks to Climate Change

Climate change is making the world a different place. There are more floods, droughts, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather events. Animal species around the world are either shifting habitats or worse, dying off. Even humans are migrating due to a warmer world.

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Rep. Ted Lieu Urges Trump: Keep Pruitt as Symbol of Your Administration's Corruption

As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faces mounting scrutiny for ethics violations, including the misuse of taxpayer funds and cozy relationships with the industries his agency is meant to regulate, at least one Democrat actually wants Trump to keep Pruitt right where he is.

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There's a Looming 'Existential Threat' to New Orleans That Should Frighten Every Sane American

With the New Orleans city council set to vote Thursday on the future of Entergy's new fracked gas power plant—a $210 million gas-fired peaking power plant in New Orleans East—filmmaker/activist Josh Fox is calling on concerned citizens to stand up and join what he called in a recent email a "crucial fight for environmental justice." He described the proposed plant, which would expose residents to many of the same health risks as living next to fracking wells, as "an existential threat" to New Orleans.

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Javier Bardem Joins Landmark Antarctic Expedition Supporting Creation of World's Largest Protected Area (Video)

Actor and activist Javier Bardem was on hand Tuesday at the screening of rare film footage taken of the Antarctic seabed as part of a global campaign to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, which at 1.8 million square kilometers would be the largest protected area on Earth.

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Winter Olympics Threatened by Global Warming, but NBC Won't Acknowledge It

Environmental and public health groups are launching a "Twitter storm" on Friday to compel NBC to end its "climate whiteout" and cover the impacts of global warming on the Winter Olympics. So far, the network, which calls itself "the proud home for all U.S. coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang," has failed to address the fact that increased temperatures due to climate change are threatening the future of outdoor winter sports.

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Chevron Accused of $2 Million Witness Bribery Plot in Ecuador Pollution Case

Indigenous and farmer communities living in Ecuador's rainforest have sent the U.S. Department of Justice what they say is evidence of Chevron's fabrication of witness testimony and fraud during a RICO case in which U.S. federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled in favor of the oil giant. In his decision, Kaplan, who sits on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, said multiple court rulings in Ecuador ordering Chevron to pay $9.5 billion in damages were the product of "egregious fraud." In 2016, Kaplan's ruling was affirmed by an appellate court.

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James Corden Slammed by Animal Rights Activists for Offering Comfort Puppies

At the Grammy Awards Sunday night, host James Corden gave "consolation puppies" to losers of the Best Comedy Album award, sending some people into a frenzy.

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New York City Launches Landmark Lawsuit Against Fossil Fuel Industry for Climate Change Damages

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a game-changing lawsuit against five major oil companies in an attempt to recover the cost of damages from climate change and make infrastructure improvements to cope with its effects. In addition, as part of his recent offensive to tackle climate change, de Blasio announced plans for the city’s pension funds to divest from fossil fuel companies over the next five years, a massive victory for the global divestment movement.

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Science Suggests We're Making Fish Homicidal Through Antidepressants We Flush Into the Water

New research has found that human antidepressant medications are accumulating in the brains of fish in the Great Lakes region. Earlier research indicates the drugs could be making fish antisocial and unnaturally aggressive.

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12 Therapeutic Houseplants That Can Boost Your Physical Health, Emotional Well-Being - and Even Your Brain Power

A growing body of research proves that simply being around nature can improve human health and happiness. A month-long 2016 study conducted in the United Kingdom by the University of Derby and the Wildlife Trusts found that connecting to nature resulted in a "scientifically significant increase" in health and happiness, the BBC reports.

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Trump's Pick for Top Environmental Job Has Said Some Really Nutty Things About Climate Change

From EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, President Trump has filled his administration with a rogue's gallery of fossil fuel-loving climate deniers. Now he's set to sign up another: Kathleen Hartnett White.

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Costco Cashing in on Preppers' Paranoia: Company Overtly Tries to Sell Year's Worth of Canned Food to Apocalypse Crowd

Between climate change, extreme weather events, nuclear proliferation, economic instability, food insecurity and the increasing unpredictability of politics both here and abroad, it's not surprising that more people are becoming "preppers," self-styled survivalists who are actively preparing for the worst to happen.

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How Many More '500-Year Storms' Will People Endure Before They Start Abandoning Coastal Cities?

People love living near the coast. Only two of the world's top 10 biggest cities—Mexico City and Sáo Paulo—are not coastal. The rest— Tokyo, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Lagos, Los Angeles, Calcutta and Buenos Aires—are. Around half of the world's 7.5 billion people live within 60 miles of a coastline, with about 10 percent of the population living in coastal areas that are less than 10 meters (32 feet) above sea level.

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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Reveal 'Massive National Security Risks,' Warns Former Defense Department Official

Sherri Goodman, a former senior U.S. Defense Department official, has issued a stern warning that extreme weather events like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma pose a "massive national security risk." Writing in a CNBC op-ed Tuesday, Goodman, one of the highest-ranking women ever to serve in the Defense Department, urged the government to start integrating the potential impacts climate change into infrastructure planning.

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4 Tips for an Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Labor Day BBQ

Like many Americans, you may be looking forward to a backyard barbecue on Labor Day weekend. Sixty-two percent of Americans take part in a cook-out to celebrate this national holiday and the symbolic end of summer, making Labor Day the third most popular day for barbecuing (after July 4 and Memorial Day).

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Trump Looked Directly at the Solar Eclipse Without Eye Protection, Because of Course He Did

President Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron stood on a White House balcony to view Monday's eclipse. In a segment of Anderson Cooper's coverage on CNN, the Trumps were shown looking up at the sky wearing protective, eclipse-viewing glasses. Moments later, they took off the glasses. Melania put on her normal sunglasses. Then President Trump looked back up at the eclipse—without any eye protection.

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Planes, Trains or Automobiles: What's the Most Carbon-Efficient Way to Travel?

Have you ever wondered how your personal carbon footprint changes depending on the kind of journey you make? Different modes of travel have different impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.

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America Eats Better With Reader-Supported Independent Journalism: Support AlterNet's Food Coverage

As a subscriber to AlterNet's food newsletter, you know we are one of the best at reporting on the politics of food. From unethical and unsustainable factory farming to the use of deadly pesticides to the unrelenting marketing onslaught of fast food and sugary drinks, it's clear that Big Ag and Big Food are only interested in one thing: profit.

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California Votes to Extend Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program - While Allowing Big Polluters to Get Away With Murder

There's no doubt that California has established itself one of the world's climate leaders, setting aggressive goals for clean economy jobs, clean transportation, emissions reductions, renewable energy adoption by utilities, energy efficiency in existing buildings and climate resiliency. Governor Jerry Brown has cast himself as the nation's greenest elected executive, delivering a stern rebuke to climate-denying President Trump in his State of the State speech earlier this year, saying that the Golden State would be a "beacon of hope to the rest of the world."

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Did Macron Just Convince Trump to Reenter the Paris Agreement?

The friendship between the United States and France goes way back—all the way to 1775, when France secretly began sending supplies to the Americans during the Revolutionary War. In fact, France was the first ally of the new United States. (Of course, it helped that France was pretty angry at Great Britain over the territory it lost during the French and Indian War.)

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These 7 Easy Energy-Saving Hacks Can Save Consumers Hundreds of Dollars Every Year: So Why Aren't Americans Doing Them?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average American's monthly residential electric bill is $114.03. That's almost $1,400 a year. Consumers could easily reduce that expense—and their carbon footprint—with a few simple energy-saving hacks, but according to a recent survey conducted by SaveOnEnergy, the vast majority of Americans are doing no such thing.

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