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As a kid, I was so in awe of the ocean that when the tide went out, I thought I might get swept away to Portugal. Even today, when I go for a swim or look out at the rolling waves, it seems hard to believe that humans could affect something so vast and powerful. Yet scientists have been warning us for decades that human activity is changing the ocean—and that oceans are not the boundless resources we once assumed.

Earthjustice is heading to court to fight a rule that exempts livestock facilities from reporting their pollution.

In many rural communities across the country, longtime residents have suddenly found themselves surrounded by industrial livestock facilities. In these facilities, hundreds of cows, thousands of pigs or tens of thousands of chickens are kept in confined spaces to be fattened up as quickly as possible. Most meat in America comes from factory farms like these.

According to the report, most wildlife is disappearing as a result of habitat loss and degradation.

At a checkup, a doctor takes a few measurements that can tell a great deal about a patient’s health—body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and so on. In a similar fashion, the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Index gives us insight into the health of the earth through a measure of almost 4,000 species. Its latest analysis paints a worrying picture. It predicts a decrease of two-thirds in global wildlife populations by 2020—the same year President-elect Donald Trump will come up for reelection.

It is time for nerve gas pesticides to go, starting with chlorpyrifos.

The holidays are upon us, and we’re preparing to share festive meals with friends and family. But while we are expecting our meals to be safe and nourishing, the reality is that many of the foods we buy at the grocery store are coated with pesticide residue that can harm our bodies, contaminate our drinking water and poison the workers who grow our food. Chlorpyrifos is one of these dangerous chemicals.

(From left to right) Lana Carter, Raeford Bennett, Elsie Herring, Elizabeth Haddix, Larry Baldwin and Naeema Muhammed explain to staffers at North Carolina Congresswoman Alma Adams’ office how severely industrial swine facilities disrupt rural lives.

Editor's note: Our food choices have far-reaching consequences.  In a previous blog post, we estimated how much the industrial food system costs us each year by quantifying the system’s effects on public health, communities, and the environment.  This time, Earthjustice invited Elsie Herring to explain how large-scale animal agriculture affects her daily life, and what she’s doing to fight back. 

When it comes to green slime, the Florida state legislature has missed a critical point.

The Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that it is slowing down the massive water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River.

For more than nine months, scientists have been taking samples at the river’s estuary and recording dead oysters, low salinities and the nasty algae that’s fueled by the sewage, manure and fertilizer runoff in the lake water. Seagrasses, which we know are the building blocks of the sport fishing and seafood industries, struggle to survive.

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If the worst should happen—if the U.S. withdraws from the Paris climate agreement and rescinds President Obama’s Clean Power Plan—do we have any hope of protecting climate stability? Yes. Even in the face of such serious setbacks, all would not be lost. Clean energy and energy efficiency are already a part of our power system.

Central Park size comparison

The story of the World Logistics Center, a proposal to build what might be the largest warehouse in the world, has many twists and turns. Recently, another twist shocked those following this astoundingly massive freight project, led by a powerful developer seeking to skirt vital environmental regulations that protect the local community.

As Bangladeshis step up their efforts to stop a harmful coal-fired power plant, the government is clamping down on their human rights.

Editor's note: From November 24 to 26, 2016, more than 10,000 people from across Bangladesh marched peacefully to the capital city of Dhaka with songs, dances, puppets and costumes to demand cancellation of the Rampal coal plant. Human rights observers are heartened that the government of Bangladesh respected the rights of the marchers. For photos of the beautiful procession and accompanying rally, check out this page.


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