Category: Green

If This Dangerous Bill Passes, Industries can Kill America’s Birds Without Question

A bedrock protection for birds native to North America is in danger of being gutted by House lawmakers. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) is the key protection for non-endangered birds in the United States. It protects hundreds of bird species, and in its nearly 100-year history has remained largely uncontroversial.  But earlier this week, an amendment that would cripple the Act was quietly added to a larger energy bill. If passed into law, this amendment to the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R.4239) will end the MBTA’s provision that holds industries accountable for bird deaths resulting from their activities. Canada and the...

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The Hole in Ozone Layer Has Shrunk to its Smallest Since 1988

The hole in the ozone layer is the smallest it’s been 1988. This year the hole reached a peak of about 7.6 million square miles wide — 1.3 million square miles smaller than last year. According to NASA, the hole in the ozone layer was largest in 2000 when it was measured to be 11.5 million square miles wide. NASA satellites and NOAA ground-and balloon-based measurements recently showed the least amount of ozone depletion above Antarctica during the peak of the ozone depletion cycle since 1988. The ozone is a thin layer of atmosphere that absorbs radiation from the sun. We need some of...

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Study Finds Pollution is the #1 Global Cause of Premature Death

According to a comprehensive new medical study published by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, environmental pollution kills more people globally than AIDS, malaria, war, natural disasters, and famine. In 2015, 16 percent of deaths — an estimate of 9 million people — were caused by environmental pollution. Unfortunately, this estimate is conservative as thousands of new chemicals infiltrate the air each day, their toxicity unknown and ignored. “Pollution endangers planetary health, destroys eco-systems, and is intimately linked to global climate change,” summarizes the report. Those who suffer the most are the poor; 92% of those affected were...

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Chile Moves Towards a Plastic Bag-Free Future

The president of Chile has signed a bill that prohibits the use of plastic bags in over 100 coastal areas. The move was made with the intention of addressing the stomach-turning amount of plastic that has found its way into oceans. A 2015 study in Science estimated it’s equal to five plastic bags per foot of coastline around the globe. The same study found that humans add 8 million tons of plastic to the ocean every year. Plastic bags are eaten by marine life, causing choking, malnutrition, and death. The amount of plastic that fish and other marine life...

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The US Government’s Climate Change Site No Longer Contains the Words ‘Climate Change’

The Trump Administration has removed links and references to “climate change” from a key Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website. The website was previously entitled “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments” and is now named “Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments.” Fifteen mentions of climate change were removed from the main page. Links to crucial resources for state, local and tribal governments were moved and made less accessible. These changes were noted by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a network of academics and nonprofits working to address threats to environmental and energy policy and to the scientific...

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The World is Facing a Clean Water Crisis We Can No Longer Ignore

In April 2014, the city of Flint experienced something typically reserved for third-world countries and impoverished communities. The city decided to stop using the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department and instead began sourcing the city’s water from the Flint River. Due to a series of unfortunate oversights, including failing to apply corrosion inhibitors in the water, the city’s water began to suffer a major public health disaster via lead contamination. By the time the effects of the contamination began to take hold, between 6,000 and 12,000 children were already exposed to drinking water with higher levels of lead and...

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The Illegal Chocolate Trade Is Killing Chimpanzees and Elephants

Chocolate is a luxury, a snack, and a guilty pleasure — but exactly how guilty should we be feeling? While some popular chocolate corporations–such as Mars, Incorporated–propose sustainable initiatives, deforestation peaks while wages for cocoa farmers remain low. A new investigation has found evidence that illegal deforestation is still happening in protected areas, such as the national parks of West Africa, for chocolate. Despite the undeniable destruction of the natural environment, some of the world’s biggest companies continue to source cocoa illegally. The investigation — from Mighty Earth, a non-profit organization that helps protect and conserve threatened landscapes — reports...

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