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Coral reefs are suffering on a global scale. In late 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that a third global coral bleaching event was beginning to unfold. Since then, warming temperatures have led to coral bleaching from Hawaii to the Caribbean, causing unprecedented damage to coral reefs worldwide. Reefs in the southern portions of Florida have also begun to disintegrate as a result of ocean acidification.

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Air freshening sprays often have names like “Joyful Paradise” and “Sparkling Springs” that sound invigorating, but behind the label lurk a slew of toxic chemical ingredients. To create “natural” scents in household cleaning products, manufacturers often rely on the synthetic chemical galaxolide.


Today is Endangered Species Day, and to mark the occasion, 968 scientists from across the country sent a loud and clear message to the federal government: Keep politics out of conservation decisions. The scientists addressed a petition to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the heads of the federal agencies that oversee America’s land and natural resources and economic growth.

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Last week, more than 88,000 gallons of oil leaked from a ruptured pipeline at one of Shell’s offshore oil fields, creating a 13-mile slick in the Gulf of Mexico that resembled a deep purple bruise. The incident was a painful reminder of the risks of offshore drilling, and it happened during a week that saw a rising tide of progress away from the destructive practice.

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For years, officials in charge of wildlife management have operated under the belief that policy that allows for government-sponsored culling of predators reduces the incidence of poaching. The idea behind this theory is that eliminating “problem” animals, such as wolves with a history of attacking livestock, will make local people more tolerant of the species as a whole. But a new study conducted by researchers in Wisconsin and Sweden found just the opposite is true.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently considering permits for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 3.7 billion dollar Bakken oil project that would extend over 1,000 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, transferring more than half a million barrels of crude oil per day.

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When I visited North Dakota’s Bakken oil field in December 2012, the open, snowy prairie was dotted with countless drilling rigs and well pads—and plenty of flares burning excess natural gas. A month after my visit, a nighttime satellite image showed the Bakken as brightly lit as metropolises like Chicago.

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Written by Dave Archambault II, the elected Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which is based in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

For the last two years, the Standing Rock Sioux people have actively opposed a massive crude oil pipeline that threatens our lives, livelihoods and land we have called home since time immemorial.


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