Wireless upgrade would give Yellowstone a black eye: Environmentalists.

A U.S. government proposal to improve cellphone service at Yellowstone National Park, including the installation of microwave dish antennas, will mar views at one of the park’s most scenic spots, Mt. Washburn, an environmental group said on Thursday.

PINEDALE, Wyoming (Reuters) - A U.S. government proposal to improve cellphone service at Yellowstone National Park, including the installation of microwave dish antennas, will mar views at one of the park’s most scenic spots, Mt. Washburn, an environmental group said on Thursday.

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Beyond biodiversity: A new way of looking at how species interconnect.

In 1966, an ecologist at the University of Washington named Robert Paine removed all the ochre starfish from a short stretch of Pacific shoreline on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The absence of the predator had a dramatic effect on its ecosystem. In less than a year, a diverse tidal environment collapsed into a monoculture of mussels because the starfish was no longer around to eat them.

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Wildfires: How they form, and why they're so dangerous.

As deadly wildfires continue to rage across Northern California’s wine country, with winds picking up speed overnight and worsening conditions to now include a combined 54,000 acres of torched land, it now seems more important than ever to understand how wildfires work, and their lasting implications on our health and the environment.

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Record Amazon fires stun scientists; sign of sick, degraded forests.

With the fire season still on-going, Brazil has seen 208,278 fires this year, putting 2017 on track to beat 2004’s record 270,295 fires. While drought (likely exacerbated by climate change) worsens the fires, experts say that nearly every blaze this year is human-caused.

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Another victim of Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico's treasured rainforest.

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What needs to be done to stop wildfires in drought-killed forests.

WITH 17 LARGE wildfires in California igniting in 24 hours this week, October is shaping up to be a brutal month for wildfires, as it often is. It’s too soon to know what caused multiple conflagrations spreading across Northern California’s wine country, but elsewhere in the state dead and dying trees have been the subject of much concern. The five-year drought in California killed more than 102 million trees on national forest lands. That is a gigantic problem in itself that will lead to huge wildfire risks in the future and big changes in wildlife habitat.

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California’s hot summer set the stage for deadly wildfires.

As deadly wildfires sweep through California's wine country, fire management experts are blaming their violent speed on the powerful Diablo winds. But the conditions that made the fires so destructive arose from this summer's record-breaking heat—a kind that experts say will continue to fuel fires across much of the West as the planet warms.

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How California's firestorm spread so mind-bogglingly fast: From 'Diablo' winds to climate trends.

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Jane Goodall: "Giving up hope won't save the planet. Ending poverty might."

We are destroying the world at a very rapid rate, and an awful lot of people are just giving up hope and thinking, "Well, there's nothing I can do." The rain forests are disappearing everywhere. Big dams are draining whole countries of their water supply: The famous Serengeti, in Tanzania, is threatened by a dam in Kenya; and the Nile is being threatened by a huge dam in Ethiopia. There's mining, there's fracking, there's drilling for oil. We're in the middle of the sixth great species extinction; we're losing biodiversity in place after place. We're burning fossil fuels very, very fast.

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Refugees – and forests – benefit as Kenya's herders torch an invader.

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Experts seek ways to mitigate environmental impacts of infrastructure boom in Asia Pacific.

More than 22 million kilometers of new roads are projected to be built in highly biodiverse tropical and developing countries by 2050.

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Complaints surge about weed killer dicamba’s damage to oak trees.

As soybean and cotton farmers across the Midwest and South continue to see their crops ravaged from the weed killer dicamba, new complaints have pointed to the herbicide as a factor in widespread damage to oak trees.

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Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa fires ravage Northern California's wine country, killing 10 and forcing evacuations.

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UNEP official calls for ‘coherent planning’ as Aichi falters in Africa.

International agreements are increasingly looking at conserving forests as a way to mitigate global warming, preserve biodiversity and safeguard human communities from environmental disasters.

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'Alarming' rise in Queensland tree clearing as 400,000 hectares stripped.

'Alarming' rise in Queensland tree clearing as 400,000 hectares stripped

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