Acidifying oceans could get help from kelp

As more carbon dioxide fills the air, more of the gas dissolves into seawater, making the ocean more acidic and threatening marine organisms.

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Trump rollback would help companies at birds' expense

Companies will save money but more birds will die under the Trump administration's plan to limit Migratory Bird Treaty Act coverage to intentional actions, the Fish and Wildlife Service predicts in a study of the hot-button rulemaking proposal.

International lawyers draft plan to criminalise ecosystem destruction

International lawyers are drafting plans for a legally enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world's ecosystems – that is already attracting support from European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels.


Amid tensions in Myanmar, an Indigenous park of peace is born

The Karen people of Myanmar have long fought for autonomy over their lands. In a bold move, they have turned a war zone into a protected area that respects their cultural traditions and looks to save one of the world's last free-flowing international rivers.


The 6 winners of the ‘Green Nobels’ for environmental activism show that change is possible

The Goldman Environmental Prize announced its 2020 winners, including an activist who used shareholder meetings to push back against financing coal mines and a beekeeper who took on Monsanto.

Interior finalized key step in effort to weaken Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The Trump administration published an environmental analysis Friday finding that its proposal not to hold companies responsible for killing birds “incidentally" would not cause undue harm.

Endangered Vancouver Island marmots are making a comeback

Vancouver Island marmots may just be the antidote required for the dystopian times we are living in.

Effort to rescue endangered turtles becomes a Thanksgiving odyssey

After a plane transporting 30 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to Louisiana from Massachusetts was snagged by delays, frantic calls for help went out.

Global warming likely to increase disease risk for animals

Changes in climate can increase infectious disease risk in animals, researchers found — with the possibility that these diseases could spread to humans.

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U.S. Army Corps denies permit for massive gold and copper mine in pristine Alaska

The Trump administration has denied a key permit or a massive gold and copper mine in Alaska striking a devastating blow to a project opposed by an unusual coalition that includes the president's son as well as conservationists and Alaska Natives.

Cooling La Niña may not save Great Barrier Reef from mass coral bleaching, experts warn

A global weather phenomenon that would typically keep ocean temperatures lower across the Great Barrier Reef may not be enough to stop another mass coral bleaching this coming summer, according to the marine park's chief scientist.

What is ghost fishing and why is it killing dolphins, whales and turtles?

Endangered turtles and dolphins species in the River Ganges are at risk from becoming entangled in abandoned fishing gear, new research has found.

Wildlife crimes and human rights abuses plague Taiwanese fishing vessels, crews say

“I prayed to God that I would survive.” Taiwanese fishing fleet crew members describe illegal dolphin catching, shark finning, and physical and verbal abuse.

Trump rule eases effort to strip-mine near Okefenokee Swamp

A mining company wants to dig for titanium near the giant wetland in Georgia.

Alaska’s controversial Pebble Mine fails to win critical permit, likely killing it

The immense project would have been one of the world’s largest gold and copper mines, but regulators found it “contrary to the public interest” due to environmental risks in the pristine Alaskan tundra.
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