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Choked by smog, Beijing creates new environmental police

Archived, 13 days ago From phys.org 

Douglas, Isle of Man, U K - Officials in Beijing have announced a new environmental police squad to root out illegal burning in the city, the latest government response to the widespread public anger over China's persistent problems with smog.


Beijing's a ...

China announces massive investment into renewable energy

Archived, 14 days ago From iflscience.com 

Midland, CANADA - Just as the US President-elect fills his cabinet with a raft of climate change deniers, China is taking an opposite approach. The Chinese government energy agency has just announced its plan to spend more than $360 billion over five years investing i ...

Giant iceberg poised to break off from Antarctic shelf

Archived, 14 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - A giant iceberg, with an area equivalent to Trinidad and Tobago, is poised to break off from the Antarctic shelf.

A thread of just 20km of ice is now preventing the 5,000 sq km mass from floating away, following the sudden expansion la ...

Schools in smog-choked Beijing to install air purifiers

Archived, 15 days ago From scmp.com 

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong - Education authorities in Beijing have bowed to public pressure and agreed to install air purification equipment in schools and kindergartens in the pollution-plagued capital after smog levels continued to soared in the first days of the new year.

UK wind power overtakes coal for first time

Archived, 15 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - Windfarms across the UK generated more electricity in 2016 than coal power plants for the first time, according to an analyst’s estimates.

Three major coal power stations closed last year, causing coal electricity generation to plummet ...

Coral reef conditions are about to get a lot worse

Archived, 16 days ago From time.com 

New York City, NEW YORK - Last year was a devastating one for coral reefs around the globe, but according to new research, it may have been just the tip of the iceberg.

A new study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports shows that coral bleaching—a ...

World's tallest solar tower could help make Israel a 'sunshine superpower'

Archived, 16 days ago From ecowatch.com 

Cleveland, OHIO - Construction of the world's tallest solar tower is underway. The 820-foot tower, which stands in the middle of a 121-megawatt concentrated solar complex in Israel's sun-drenched Negev desert, is slated for commercial operation by the end of 2017.

Legal action against German government for ammonia breaches

Archived, 16 days ago From clientearth.org 

London, U K - Environmental law organisation ClientEarth and German NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) have launched legal action against the German government over its failure to deal with illegally high ammonia emissions in the country for more than half a decade.

EPA commits to action on dirty air in settlement with Fairbanks residents

Archived, 16 days ago From earthjustice.org 

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA - Today, a federal judge in Seattle entered a consent decree imposing a deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action to protect Borough residents and their families from breathing polluted air in Fairbanks, Alaska.

...

Oakland has an even worse lead problem than Flint, Michigan

Archived, 16 days ago From inhabitat.com 

El Segundo, CALIFORNIA - A new report from Reuters reveals that residents of the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland, CA are being exposed to far more dangerous levels of lead than residents of Flint, Michigan. However, in this case, the drinking water isn’t the reason for the ...

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Climate change threatens Great Lakes forest health, researchers say

Action: Climate Change

Great Lakes forests will get warmer and suffer more frequent short-term droughts, scientists say.

“We know cli ...

Speak up for Southern African leopards

Action: Wildlife Conservation

All leopards are at risk of extinction because of habitat and prey loss, poaching, human conflict and trophy hunting -- but n ...

Majority of primate species may vanish in next 25 to 50 years

Action: Stop Deforestation

The majority of the world’s primates are in deep trouble. There are as few as 20 or 30 Hainan gibbons left in China, and the ...

Keep California's rivers clean and clear of mining

Action: Stop Pollution

State officials are considering opening up California's rivers to a reckless form of river mining known as suction dredging. ...

Protect dusky sharks from extinction!

Action: Save Our Oceans

Dusky shark populations are dwindling off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and we can’t afford to let these sleek, iconic m ...

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