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Simple steps toward reducing waste this holiday season

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With concern about climate change growing, this holiday season is a chance to try celebrating in more planet-friendly ways. Simple changes to the way we gift wrap, send cards, decorate and entertain can cut out a lot of waste. (And often save money in the process.) “This is the year… Read

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Many environmentalists back Biden's move to tap oil reserve

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Democrats and climate activists generally supported President Joe Biden's decision to release a record 50 million barrels of oil from America's strategic reserve, even as the move appeared to contradict his long-term vision of combating climate change. The U.S. action, announced Tuesday in coordination with countries such as India, the… Read

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Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes. Scientists on Tuesday night recorded the corals fertilizing billions of offspring by casting sperm and eggs into the Pacific Ocean off the Queensland state coastal city of… Read

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EU plans to ban food imports from deforested areas

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The EU plans to bar food and wood imports from deforested areas, according to a proposal aimed at using its trade power to drive sustainability. The draft law, which Brussels wants to turn into binding rules for all 27 European Union nations, would require companies show their soy, beef, palm… Read

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Climate warming forecasts may be too rosy: study

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U.N. projections of how much current climate policies and national pledges to cut carbon pollution will slow global warming are more uncertain than widely assumed, researchers reported Monday. Leading into this month's COP26 summit, the U.N. said existing policies would see Earth's average surface temperature rise a "catastrophic" 2.7 degrees… Read

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Brazil Amazon deforestation up 22% in a year, 15-year record

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Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose by almost 22 percent in one year, the highest level in 15 years, according to figures that cast doubt on promises by President Jair Bolsonaro's government to reverse the trend with "forceful" action. The 13,235 square kilometers of forest lost from August 2020 to… Read

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U.S. national parks to offer look into green-friendly transit

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Americans may soon get a better glimpse into a future of green-friendly transportation by visiting a U.S. national park. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have signed a joint pledge to test some of the newest and most innovative travel technologies on public lands and improve visitors'… Read

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Kerry voices hope for more U.S.-China cooperation on climate issues

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United States climate envoy John Kerry voiced hope on Friday that Beijing and Washington would work together more closely on the climate emergency after they struck a pact to accelerate action against greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking at a forum in Singapore, the former secretary of state emphasised cooperation -- even… Read

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Infrastructure matters for wildlife too

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As the Biden administration prepares to make the biggest investment in U.S. infrastructure in more than a decade, there’s much discussion about how systems like roads, bridges and electric power grids affect people’s daily lives. Here’s an angle that’s received less attention: Wildlife depends on infrastructure too. I’m studying how… Read

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Smog chokes Indian capital as air pollution levels soar

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Sky obscured by thick, gray smog. Monuments and high-rise buildings swallowed by a blanket of haze. People struggling to breathe. In the Indian capital, it is that time of the year again. The city’s air quality index fell into the “very poor” category on Nov 14, according to SAFAR, India’s… Read

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