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Trump Administration Moves to Open Former Protected Lands For Drilling

Fri, 2018-08-17 15:16

The Trump administration has announced plans to open up nearly 700,000 acres of former federally protected lands in Utah for oil and gas drilling, coal mining, and mineral extraction, The Salt Lake Tribune and other news outlets reported. The land was previously part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which President Trump ordered be cut in half in December.

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For Iranian Villagers, A Dam Uproots a Rural Way of Life

Thu, 2018-08-16 05:00

The second-place winner of the 2018 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest depicts the upheaval that comes to a village in northern Iran when construction of a hydroelectric dam forces the resettlement of the population.

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As Water Temperatures Rise, Freshwater Jellyfish Found in British Canal

Wed, 2018-08-15 16:18

Following weeks of scorching heat in the United Kingdom, a small transparent freshwater jellyfish that thrives in warm waters has been found in a British canal. Harmless to humans, the jellyfish, Craspedacusta sowerbii, is native to the Yangtze basin in China, but has spread to waterways worldwide over the last century. In recent decades, the species has become an increasingly common sight as global temperatures rise, particularly in late summer when waters exceed 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrrenheit.)

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Scientists Use “Super Sucker” Vacuum to Help Save Hawaii’s Coral Reefs

Tue, 2018-08-14 16:02

Researchers at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and the state’s Division of Aquatic Resources have come up with a new method to remove invasive algae that can smother coral reefs: using an underwater vacuum in conjunction with sea urchins.

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Should Rivers Have Rights? A Growing Movement Says It’s About Time

Tue, 2018-08-14 05:00

Inspired by indigenous views of nature, a movement to grant a form of legal “personhood” to rivers is gaining some ground — a key step, advocates say, in reversing centuries of damage inflicted upon the world’s waterways.

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Cost of Coastal Flooding in Europe Could Reach $1 Trillion Annually by 2100

Mon, 2018-08-13 14:23

Without additional climate change adaptation measures, the annual cost of damage from coastal flooding in Europe could jump from $1.4 billion today to as much as $1 trillion by the end of the century due largely to rising sea levels, according to a new analysis published in the journal Nature Climate Change. These coastal floods could impact up to 3.65 million people in Europe annually by 2100, compared to 102,000 today.

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U.S. Investigates Beach Volleyball Players Who Destroyed Hundreds of Tern Eggs

Fri, 2018-08-10 12:43

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a group of Alabama beach volleyball players who, in order to make a court in the sand, removed and destroyed hundreds of eggs from incubating least terns, a federally protected species. 

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Off the African Coast, a Struggle to Revive a Battered Fishery

Thu, 2018-08-09 05:00

The third-place winner of the 2018 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest looks at a campaign to enlist local fishermen to help reverse a sharp decline in the marine resources of the tiny island nation of Mauritius.

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European Heat Wave Forces Switzerland to Airlift Water to Cows

Wed, 2018-08-08 14:44

A prolonged European heat wave and Switzerland’s worst drought in nearly a century have prompted the Swiss government to airlift water to cows in remote pastures in the Jura mountains and Alpine foothills.

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Mojave Desert Bird Populations Plummet as Region Warms and Dries

Tue, 2018-08-07 14:08

The Mojave Desert in California and Nevada has lost 42 percent of its bird species in the past century, most likely due to the effects of climate change, according to a new study.

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Shark Mystery: Where Have South Africa’s Great Whites Gone?

Mon, 2018-08-06 05:00

The world’s most famous sharks are the great whites off Cape Town, featured in the popular “Air Jaws” series. But now these sharks have mostly gone missing, and some experts blame a fishery for depleting the smaller sharks that the great whites feed on.

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