Russian Military Responding to Polar Bear Invasion in Arctic Town

The Russian military is taking measures to protect the residents of a remote Arctic settlement from a mass of polar bears, German press agency DPA reported. The move comes after regional authorities declared a state of emergency over the weekend after sightings of more than 50 bears in the town of Belushya Guba since December. … Read moreRussian Military Responding to Polar Bear Invasion in Arctic Town

Heartbreaking Butterfly Center Video Shows Bobcat At Risk From Border Wall

The National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas is not only a sanctuary to some 200 species of butterflies, it’s also a home for the area’s other unique wildlife. With border wall construction imminent, the center posted a two-minute video featuring a bobcat living in the facility’s southern 70 acres that will be cut off by … Read moreHeartbreaking Butterfly Center Video Shows Bobcat At Risk From Border Wall

EPA Delays Action on Toxic Nonstick Chemicals, Sets No Limit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose a regulatory determination on highly toxic nonstick chemicals “by the end of this year,” a timeline that’s been criticized as too slow to take on the notorious drinking water contaminants. At a press conference on Thursday in Philadelphia, EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a “comprehensive cross-agency … Read moreEPA Delays Action on Toxic Nonstick Chemicals, Sets No Limit

Senate Passes Massive Public Lands Conservation Bill

In a rare bipartisan push, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a major public lands package on Tuesday. The Natural Resources Management Act, approved 92-8, establishes 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, adds 694,000 acres of new recreation and conservation areas, creates four new national monuments, among other important conservation measures, according to … Read moreSenate Passes Massive Public Lands Conservation Bill

Court Allows Trump to Bulldoze Environmental Laws For Border Wall

A federal appeals court on Monday sided with the Trump administration’s bypassing of numerous environmental laws to expedite border wall construction projects in southern California. In a 2-1 decision (pdf), the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier district court ruling that determined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has broad authority under the … Read moreCourt Allows Trump to Bulldoze Environmental Laws For Border Wall

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Ban Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

This post was originally published on this site A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill on Monday would block oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Reps. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) aim to repeal a little-known Arctic drilling provision that was quietly snuck … Read moreBipartisan Bill Seeks to Ban Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back at Trump Over Green New Deal

This post was originally published on this site Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s sweeping Green New Deal resolution was never going to be embraced by her Republican foes, but she’s taking the criticism in stride—even if the missives come from the very top. At his El Paso, Texas rally on Monday, President Donald Trump referred to her … Read moreOcasio-Cortez Fires Back at Trump Over Green New Deal

About 500,000 Cattle Feared Dead After Historic Queensland Floods

This post was originally published on this site An estimated 500,000 are feared dead after historic floods inundated Queensland, Australia, according to News.com.au, citing the state’s cattle industry. Financial losses are estimated at $300 million Australian dollars (about $212 million U.S.). Days of “unprecedented” rainfall earlier this month led to widespread flooding across the state, … Read moreAbout 500,000 Cattle Feared Dead After Historic Queensland Floods

EPA Decision on PFAS Coming Soon as Pressure Mounts

This post was originally published on this site Under mounting public pressure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may finally set a national limit on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, concentrations in drinking water. “A decision is expected soon,” the Associated Press reported Monday. PFAS are a class of man-made chemicals found in a … Read moreEPA Decision on PFAS Coming Soon as Pressure Mounts

Will Hawaii Ban Purposeful Killing and Abuse of Sharks and Rays?

This post was originally published on this site Hawaiian lawmakers and conservationists are pushing for a landmark law to protect the Aloha State’s sharks and rays. House Bill 808, which outlaws the intentional killing, capture, abuse or entanglement of sharks and rays in state marine waters, passed its first committee meeting on Wednesday. The upper … Read moreWill Hawaii Ban Purposeful Killing and Abuse of Sharks and Rays?

Pope Francis Offered $1 Million to Go Vegan for Lent

Pope Francis is being challenged go vegan for Lent in exchange for a $1 million donation to a charity or charities of his choice. The aim of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign—led by 12-year-old activist Genesis Butler of Long Beach, California—is to inspire people to “help fight climate change with diet change,” according to a … Read morePope Francis Offered $1 Million to Go Vegan for Lent

UK Biomass Plant Starts Groundbreaking Carbon Capture Project

This post was originally published on this site For the first time, carbon dioxide is being captured at a biomass power plant in the UK. Britain’s Drax announced that its pilot bioenergy carbon capture and storage project is expected to capture a ton of CO2 a day from its North Yorkshire-based wood-burning plant. The company … Read moreUK Biomass Plant Starts Groundbreaking Carbon Capture Project

Just One Elephant Remains in the Knysna Forest

A sobering 15-month study on the declining population of the southernmost herd of African elephants has determined only one elephant, a mature female, is free-roaming in the Knysna forest in South Africa. The analysis—titled And Then There Was One—was recently published in the African Journal of Wildlife Research. For the study, researchers set up camera … Read moreJust One Elephant Remains in the Knysna Forest

Border Wall Construction Imminent at Most Diverse Butterfly Center in U.S.

Construction equipment has arrived to build a border wall through the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a protected habitat for more than 200 species of wild butterflies and other unique wildlife. A planned 5.5 mile section of concrete and steel border wall that is already funded will cut off 70 percent of the 100-acre … Read moreBorder Wall Construction Imminent at Most Diverse Butterfly Center in U.S.

This Company Has a Genius Solution for Discarded Avocado Pits

In Mexico, a startup has found an innovative way to deal with the tons of avocado pits that producers discard every day. Michoacan-based Biofase, located in the heart of Mexico’s avocado industry, is transforming the dense seeds into disposable drinking straws and cutlery that are said to be 100 percent biodegradable. The company was founded … Read moreThis Company Has a Genius Solution for Discarded Avocado Pits

‘As Trumpian As it Gets’: Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Moves Closer to Full-Time EPA Spot

Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler is one step closer to deregulating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The former coal lobbyist, who critics say is even worse for the environment than his scandal-plagued predecessor Scott Pruitt, secured a key approval by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, sending President Trump‘s … Read more‘As Trumpian As it Gets’: Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Moves Closer to Full-Time EPA Spot

House Committees Hold Hearings on Climate Change For First Time in Years

Climate change is back in the House. Emboldened under a new Democratic majority, two main energy and environment committees are holding simultaneous hearings Wednesday to discuss rising global temperatures and averting climate catastrophe, Roll Call reported. This will be the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s first hearing on climate change in six years, according to … Read moreHouse Committees Hold Hearings on Climate Change For First Time in Years

Youth Climate Strike Coming to U.S. Next Month

A sea of students are taking part in climate strikes around the world, and on March 15, young activists in the U.S. will add their voices to the escalating #FridaysForFuture movement. Ever since 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg called for the first global climate strike last month, it has become a weekly routine for students … Read moreYouth Climate Strike Coming to U.S. Next Month

Trump’s Other Wall Plan Is Also Terrible for the Environment

Before fixating on the U.S.-Mexico border, Donald Trump has sought for years to build a wall to protect his luxury golf resort in the west of Ireland. In December 2017, the Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg received approval from Clare County Council to build two 2,067-feet and 853-feet seawalls in length on a public … Read moreTrump’s Other Wall Plan Is Also Terrible for the Environment

A Record 250,000 People Participated in Veganuary

As you might already know, Earth really needs us to eat less meat. That’s why it’s so encouraging to hear a record-number of people tried going vegan this January. Organizers behind Veganuary, the UK-based charity that started the month-long pledge, reported 250,000 sign-ups for their 2019 campaign. That’s more pledges in the previous four years … Read moreA Record 250,000 People Participated in Veganuary

Feds to Sell Even More Public Land for Fracking Near Sacred Park

This post was originally published on this site The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing ahead with the sale of oil and gas leases on land outside of Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites revered by Native American tribes, The Associated Press reported. The latest listing—which quietly appeared on the BLM … Read moreFeds to Sell Even More Public Land for Fracking Near Sacred Park

Tyson, Perdue Recall More Than 120,000 Pounds of Chicken Nuggets Combined

All those chickens! Every time we get these massive meat recalls I think of the poor animals that died for no reason. This month, two of the nation’s largest chicken companies, Tyson and Perdue, have together pulled more than 120,000 pounds of nugget products from shelves and freezers. Tyson Foods is recalling approximately 36,420 pounds … Read moreTyson, Perdue Recall More Than 120,000 Pounds of Chicken Nuggets Combined

Air Force Refuses to Clean PFAS Contamination at Former Michigan Base

The U.S. Air Force is refusing to comply with the state of Michigan’s request to expand cleanup of PFAS contamination near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, MLive reported. PFAS, or poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of controversial chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS and GenX. The substances can be found in … Read moreAir Force Refuses to Clean PFAS Contamination at Former Michigan Base

‘Nude’ Shopping Increases Vegetable Sales for New Zealand Markets

Supermarkets around the world should be commended for banning plastic bags, but there’s another single-use foe on the environmental radar: produce packaging. For eco-conscious shoppers, one of the most frustrating things about the grocery store is seeing things like a lone potato spud shrink-wrapped in plastic. That’s why in New Zealand, a group New World … Read more‘Nude’ Shopping Increases Vegetable Sales for New Zealand Markets

Alaska Poachers Sentenced for Killing Mother Bear and ‘Shrieking’ Cubs

Two Alaska hunters will face jail time and other penalties after fatally shooting a denning black bear sow in front of her two “shrieking” cubs, and then shooting the newborns dead. Wasilla resident Andrew Renner was sentenced to five months in jail with two months suspended, a fine of $20,000 with $11,000 suspended and the … Read moreAlaska Poachers Sentenced for Killing Mother Bear and ‘Shrieking’ Cubs

Bud Powers Atlanta’s Super Bowl Week With Renewables

When we think of Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercials, images of croaking frogs or horses playing football usually come to mind. But for this year’s big game in Atlanta, the beer giant is going green. Budweiser, which switched all its U.S. beer brewing to renewable energy last year, debuted a dreamy spot called, “Wind Never Felt … Read moreBud Powers Atlanta’s Super Bowl Week With Renewables

3 Newborn Endangered Right Whales Inspire Hope for Species

Whale watchers and researchers are rejoicing after a third North Atlantic right whale calf was documented this winter, especially after the previous calving season resulted in no confirmed births. A whale mother known as 1204 and the newborn were seen off Florida’s northeast coast last week. A young right whale calf and its mother, 1204, … Read more3 Newborn Endangered Right Whales Inspire Hope for Species

Attenborough: ‘If We Wreck the Natural World, We Wreck Ourselves’

This post was originally published on this site Britain’s Prince William interviewed famed broadcaster David Attenborough on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Switzerland. During the sit-down, the 92-year-old naturalist advised the world leaders and business elite gathered in Davos this week that we must respect and protect the natural world, adding … Read moreAttenborough: ‘If We Wreck the Natural World, We Wreck Ourselves’

Judge Halts Seismic Testing Permits During Shutdown

Finally, some good news about the otherwise terrible partial government shutdown. A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot issue permits to conduct seismic testing during the government impasse. The Justice Department sought to delay—or stay—a motion filed by a range of coastal cities, businesses and conservation organizations that are suing the Trump administration … Read moreJudge Halts Seismic Testing Permits During Shutdown