Illegal logging reaches Amazon’s untouched core, ‘terrifying’ research shows

One of the main fears about the Brazilian Amazon is beginning to materialize: logging is starting to move from the periphery of the rainforest toward the core of the biome, groundbreaking new research shows.

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Federal election vows of electric vehicles prompt responsible mining questions

Positioning Canada as a leader in electrifying the transportation sector also means increasing mineral extraction to fuel that growth.

Justice

Two days after the election: Oslo welcomes new round of shelf drilling

Outgoing Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru says she is happy about the big number of companies eager to drill as part of a new license round.
Toxics

You have no idea how much you need nitrogen-fixing bacteria

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria are a crucial, if largely unknown, part of our ecosystem. They're how plants and animals get nitrogen from the air.
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Report: Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming

Nearly every nation is coming up short — most of them far short — in their efforts to fight climate change, and the world is unlikely to hold warming to the internationally agreed-upon limit, according to a new scientific report.
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Climate

Climate change, logging collide - and a forest shrinks

Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change - pine beetles and wildfires.

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The rate of global warming during next 25 years could be double what it was in the previous 50, a renowned climate scientist warns

Former NASA climate scientist James Hansen urged Congress decades ago to act on climate change. Now he says he expects reduced aerosol pollution to lead to a steep temperature rise.

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Pennsylvania: Clean Air Council appeals air quality permit for Beech Hollow gas-fired power plant

The Clean Air Council appealed an effort by Pennsylvania to resurrect a defunct air pollution control permit that would allow construction of a large gas-fired power plant proposed for Robinson Township.

A fracking well pad in West Branch Township, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Ted Auch, FracTracker Alliance, 2019)
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Pennsylvania: Environmental groups ask for full-cost bonding for oil & gas well plugging

Environmental groups submitted rulemaking petitions to the Environmental Quality Board asking the Board to adopt regulation changes requiring full-cost bonding to cover the costs of plugging conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells.

Climate

Allegheny County's transition to electric buses depends on finding more money

As bouts of extreme weather show the urgent threat of climate change, the Port Authority of Allegheny County looks to a future without fossil fuels.
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Chevron to triple low-carbon investment

The oil giant plans to spend $10 billion through 2028 on technologies such as biofuels and hydrogen, up from a prior commitment of around $3 billion.
Climate

Oil palms alone can be damaging; with other crops, the benefits abound

Intercropping in oil palm plantations can reduce deforestation, increase biodiversity, and boost farmers' income, all without hurting palm oil yields, new research suggests.

Toxics

Could feeding cows seaweed make climate-friendly steaks?

Though cows emit less methane when they eat red seaweed, it can only be part of the solution to cleaning up the polluting beef and dairy industry.
Climate

Out West, Biden points to wildfires to push for big rebuild

President Biden on Monday used his first Western swing to hold out the wildfires burning across the region as an argument for his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plans, calling year-round fires and other extreme weather a climate reality that can no longer be ignored.

Justice

Report: Climate change could see 200 million move by 2050

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next three decades and create migration hot spots unless urgent action is taken to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap, a World Bank report has found.
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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

"We already know enough about the harm being caused by these very persistent substances to take action to stop all non-essential uses and to limit exposure from legacy contamination."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

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