Norway to Ban Deforestation-Linked Palm Oil Biofuels in Historic Vote

The Norwegian parliament voted this week to make Norway the world’s first country to bar its biofuel industry from importing deforestation-linked palm oil starting in 2020, The Independent reported. Environmentalists celebrated the move as a victory for rainforests, the climate and endangered species such as orangutans that have lost their habitats due to palm oil … Read moreNorway to Ban Deforestation-Linked Palm Oil Biofuels in Historic Vote

Scientists Discover ‘Most Diverse Coral Site’ on Great Barrier Reef

Australian scientists have found the “most diverse coral site” on the Great Barrier Reef, observing at least 195 different species of corals in space no longer than 500 meters, The Guardian reported. The non-profit organization Great Barrier Reef Legacy and marine scientist Charlie Veron, a world expert on coral reefs, confirmed the diversity of the … Read moreScientists Discover ‘Most Diverse Coral Site’ on Great Barrier Reef

Feds Move to Slash Sage Grouse Protections For More Oil & Gas Development

The Interior Department‘s Bureau of Land Management published proposals on Thursday designed to roll back critical measures that protect the imperiled greater sage grouse on public lands in order to boost fossil fuel development and mining in the American West. The spectacular bird once numbered 16 million and roamed across 13 Western U.S. states and … Read moreFeds Move to Slash Sage Grouse Protections For More Oil & Gas Development

In World First, Luxembourg to Make All Public Transportation Free

Luxembourg is about to become the world’s first country to make all its public transportation free under the new government’s efforts to curb traffic congestion and benefit the environment, The Guardian reported. The initiative, which will end all fares for trains, trams and buses by summer 2019, is a plan under the environmentally minded coalition … Read moreIn World First, Luxembourg to Make All Public Transportation Free

PETA Wants Us to Stop Using ‘Anti-Animal Language’

Instead of bacon, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants us to “bring home the bagels.” Instead of “killing two birds with one stone,” why not feed them a scone? In a tweet on Tuesday, the animal rights group called out the “speciesism” of our everyday conversations in order to encourage compassion for … Read morePETA Wants Us to Stop Using ‘Anti-Animal Language’

Trump’s EPA Wants to Build More Coal Plants as U.S. Consumption Falls to Lowest Level in 39 Years

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is currently overseen by ex-coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, is expected to announce a plan to end a climate regulation on coal-fired power plants on Thursday, the New York Times reported, citing four unnamed sources. The move would lift an Obama-era rule that required newly built coal-fired plants to … Read moreTrump’s EPA Wants to Build More Coal Plants as U.S. Consumption Falls to Lowest Level in 39 Years

Corona Becomes First Big Beer Brand to Trial Plastic-Free Rings

This post was originally published on this site Corona will pilot 100 percent plastic-free six pack rings in select markets—the first global beer brand to attempt the switch after moves from smaller beer companies. The plant-based rings will be piloted in Tulum, Mexico—Corona’s homeland—at the beginning of 2019. Corona’s move is part of a larger … Read moreCorona Becomes First Big Beer Brand to Trial Plastic-Free Rings

Should Vegans Have the Same Protections as Religious People? A ‘Landmark’ Case Will Decide

In the UK, it is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee based on their religion or belief. By the same token, is it ok for an employer to fire an employee if they are ethical vegans? The question of whether vegans have the same anti-discrimination protections as religious people under UK law will … Read moreShould Vegans Have the Same Protections as Religious People? A ‘Landmark’ Case Will Decide

Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Despite a few hiccups along the way, Australia’s plastic bag consumption has dropped drastically. Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use, the Australian Associated Press reported, citing the National Retail Association. Overall, the bans introduced by Coles and Woolworths … Read moreAustralia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Iconic Yellowstone Wolf Shot Dead in Legal But ‘Senseless Killing’

A cherished Lamar Valley wolf known as 926F was shot dead after a legal hunt just five miles outside the sanctuary of Yellowstone National Park, prompting calls from advocacy groups for greater protection of the region’s wolves. Tragically, the 7-year-old female was the daughter of Wolf 06—”the most famous wolf in the world“—who was killed … Read moreIconic Yellowstone Wolf Shot Dead in Legal But ‘Senseless Killing’

Invasive Tick Spreads to Ninth State, CDC Warns of ‘New and Emerging Disease Threat’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned of a “multistate infestation” with the Asian longhorned tick—the first new tick species to enter the U.S. in 50 years. New Jersey was the first state to report the Haemaphysalis longicornis on a sheep in August 2017. Since then, it has been found in Arkansas, … Read moreInvasive Tick Spreads to Ninth State, CDC Warns of ‘New and Emerging Disease Threat’

Oil Pipeline Spills 8,000 Barrels of Crude in Peruvian Amazon

Approximately 8,000 barrels (336,000 gallons) of crude oil spilled from a severed pipeline into the Peruvian Amazon on Tuesday night, according to state-owned oil company Petroperu. In a press release, Petroperu said its Norperuano pipeline was cut by members of the Mayuriaga indigenous community in the Loreto region in an act of “sabotage” and prevented … Read moreOil Pipeline Spills 8,000 Barrels of Crude in Peruvian Amazon

Using Trump Tax Cut for Good: Patagonia Donates $10 Million to the Planet

Outdoor retailer Patagonia is giving away the $10 million it made as the result of the “irresponsible” Republican tax cut. “Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year—$10 million less, in fact. Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back … Read moreUsing Trump Tax Cut for Good: Patagonia Donates $10 Million to the Planet

UN: Nations Must Triple Action to Avoid Disastrous Climate Change

The United Nations issued a wake-up call to world leaders on Tuesday for urgent climate action. Despite national pledges to curb planet-warming emissions, the current pace of government action is “insufficient” to limit global warming to well below 2 C this century, much less the more ambitious 1.5 C target, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) … Read moreUN: Nations Must Triple Action to Avoid Disastrous Climate Change

5 Things to Know Before Next Week’s Critical UN Climate Talks

Next week, heads of state and representatives from roughly 200 countries will descend in Katowice, Poland for the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, informally known as COP24. Here are some things to know ahead of the critical summit: 1. The overarching goal. Creating … Read more5 Things to Know Before Next Week’s Critical UN Climate Talks

New Bear on the Block: Grizzlies Spotted in Black and Polar Bear Habitats

For the first time, scientists have observed three American bear species—the black bear, polar bear and grizzly bear—using the same habitat in Canada’s Wapusk National Park. “Scientifically, it has never been documented anywhere,” Doug Clark of the University of Saskatchewan told the Canadian Press. Using remote cameras, Clark and his research team documented 401 bear-visits … Read moreNew Bear on the Block: Grizzlies Spotted in Black and Polar Bear Habitats

U.S. to Release Damning Climate Report as Trump Ignores Science

This post was originally published on this site The U.S. government will release a major climate report on Friday afternoon that could be very inconvenient for President Trump, who seems as clueless as ever about the global phenomenon and continues to push coal and other planet-warming fossil fuels. But environmentalists, climate experts and others have … Read moreU.S. to Release Damning Climate Report as Trump Ignores Science

Ireland to Become World’s First Country to Divest From Fossil Fuels

This post was originally published on this site Ireland’s landmark Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passed the Seanad, or upper house, on Thursday, putting the Emerald Isle on track to become the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuel-related funds. The bill—which requires the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to sell off about €318 … Read moreIreland to Become World’s First Country to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Disrupt Black Friday: Buy Nothing, Make Something, Shop For Good

It’s Thanksgiving week, so you know what’s coming after that last slice of pumpkin pie: Black Friday. The annual occasion—as well as its digital cousin Cyber Monday—sets off the country’s mad dash of holiday shopping. And let’s face it, some of the deals can be pretty enticing. But in recent years, there has been growing … Read moreDisrupt Black Friday: Buy Nothing, Make Something, Shop For Good

Clean Up 14-Year Oil Spill or Face $40K Daily Fine, Feds Tell Taylor Energy

This post was originally published on this site The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered Taylor Energy Co. to clean and contain a 14-year chronic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or face a fine of $40,000 a day. Environmentalists had warned about the unrelenting leak for years after the Gulf Restoration Network and the … Read moreClean Up 14-Year Oil Spill or Face $40K Daily Fine, Feds Tell Taylor Energy

Indian Cinema Legend Clears Debts of 1,398 Farmers

This post was originally published on this site Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan said he has “taken care” of 1,398 farmers by wiping out more than $560,000 (40m rupees) of their debt, BBC News reported. “Gratitude leans across to the desire of removing some of the burdens that farmers continue to suffer from … and the … Read moreIndian Cinema Legend Clears Debts of 1,398 Farmers

‘Everything Is Interconnected’: Photo of Radiant Spider Web Wins EcoWatch Contest

This post was originally published on this site EcoWatch is excited to announced the winner of our first-ever Gratitude Photo Contest. Participants sent us their best shots of what in nature they were most thankful for this Thanksgiving. Our three amazing judges—Greenpoint Innovations founder Stephen Donofrio, marine scientist Gaelin Rosenwaks and documentary photographer Marc Bryan-Brown—picked … Read more‘Everything Is Interconnected’: Photo of Radiant Spider Web Wins EcoWatch Contest

Heavy Rain Could Trigger Mudslides in Fire-Weary California

This post was originally published on this site Northern California, which is already reeling from the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, is now bracing for heavy rainfall this week. The forecasted rain could bring much-needed relief for the firefighters battling the Camp Fire in Butte County. However, it could also bring new … Read moreHeavy Rain Could Trigger Mudslides in Fire-Weary California

13 Pounds of Plastic Found in Dead Sperm Whale

This post was originally published on this site Yet another whale has suffered from plastic pollution. A sperm whale that washed up dead in a national park in Indonesia had nearly 13 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach, park officials told the Associated Press. Researchers from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the park’s … Read more13 Pounds of Plastic Found in Dead Sperm Whale

250,000 Liters of Crude Spills off Newfoundland Coast

This post was originally published on this site An estimated 250,000 liters (66,000 gallons) of crude spilled from the SeaRose FPSO, a floating production, storage and offloading vessel, in the White Rose oil and gas field off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Husky Energy, the operator responsible, said the spill happened on Friday when the … Read more250,000 Liters of Crude Spills off Newfoundland Coast

Surprising Study: Orangutans Are Only Non-Human Primates Who Can ‘Talk’ About the Past

This post was originally published on this site We already know that orangutans are some of the smartest land animals on Earth. Now, researchers have found evidence that these amazing apes can communicate about past events—the first time this trait has been observed in a non-human primate. A new study published in the journal Science … Read moreSurprising Study: Orangutans Are Only Non-Human Primates Who Can ‘Talk’ About the Past

CDC: Suicide Rate Among U.S. Workers Increasing

This post was originally published on this site From 2000 to 2016, the suicide rate among American workers has increased 34 percent, up 12.9 per 100,000 working persons to 17.3, according to a worrisome new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and … Read moreCDC: Suicide Rate Among U.S. Workers Increasing

Report: 90% of Pipeline Blasts Draw No Financial Penalties

This post was originally published on this site A striking report has revealed that 90 percent of the 137 interstate pipeline fires or explosions since 2010 have drawn no financial penalties for the companies responsible. The article from E&E News reporter Mike Soraghan underscores the federal Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) weak authority … Read moreReport: 90% of Pipeline Blasts Draw No Financial Penalties

How Green Is the New Keurig Cocktail Machine?

This week, Keurig and Anheuser-Busch made headlines with the launch of the Drinkworks Home Bar, a pod-based appliance that makes cocktails, brews and ciders at the push of a button. Look, I get it. An instant, no-fuss Old Fashioned—which normally requires muddling sugar, water and bitters and mixing in many other ingredients—sounds great! Keurig, however, … Read moreHow Green Is the New Keurig Cocktail Machine?

France Looks to Curb Palm Oil and Beef Imports to Halt Deforestation

In a significant move to combat worldwide deforestation, the French government unveiled a national strategy on Wednesday that looks to curb imports of soybean, palm oil, beef and beef products, cocoa, rubber, as well as wood and its derivatives. The new plan, a joint effort from five French ministries, identifies these items as contributing the … Read moreFrance Looks to Curb Palm Oil and Beef Imports to Halt Deforestation