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10 Reasons Why Hydropower Isn't a Climate Solution
Not only does hydroelectric power fail to prevent catastrophic climate change, but it also renders countries more vulnerable to climate change while emitting significant amounts of methane, one of the worst greenhouse gases.
energy, human rights, nature, Renewable energy, rivers
600 Million Metric Tons of Plastic May Fill Oceans by 2036
Fossil fuel stakeholders have been seeking new revenue in the petrochemical industry in general, and plastics in particular.
environment, ocean, plastic, waste
7 Ways You Can Address the Plastic Crisis without Relying on Recycling
We can no longer rely on simple solutions like recycling to solve our plastic waste problem.
climate change, environment
8 Billion Humans? Population Is a Difficult Conversation, But Let's Have One
It’s time to rethink our broken and unfair family planning systems.
children, environment, family planning, politics, population, sustainability
A Quick Guide to Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary in Your Own Backyard
Here are five surprising ways to reconsider your backyard so it can promote native plants while also protecting wildlife.
animal rights, environment
Agrivoltaics: The Farm-to-Solar Trend That Can Help Accelerate the Renewable Energy Transition
Using the same land for the production of both agriculture and solar energy is a win-win for the climate and farmers.
agriculture, energy, environment, renewable energy, solar
Better Family Planning Can Improve Public Health, Inequality and the Environment
Smaller, more sustainable families would create massive long-term savings and catalyze sustainable development.
children, environment, family planning, philosophy, politics, public health, sustainability
Can Humanity Make a Shift to a Less Pollutive Energy System?
When it comes to maintaining energy flows, there is a closing window to avert both climate catastrophe and economic peril.
climate change, economy, energy, environment, fossil fuel, gas, global warming, oil
Carbon Capture Is a Potential Weapon Against Climate Change
It’s a harsh reality for the climate: What’s already been emitted must be sucked out of the air, too.
climate change, environment, science, technology
Climate Change Is Boosting Plant Pollens and Human Seasonal Allergies
Higher carbon dioxide levels and warmer temperatures are causing plants to increase their pollen production.
botany, climate change, environment, health
Damming Rivers Is Terrible for Human Rights, Ecosystems and Food Security
Despite industry rhetoric, hydropower is high-cost and high-risk. There are better options for a renewable energy future.
activism, climate change, dam, economy, environment, humanr, indigenous resistance, rivers
Exposing the Climate Hypocrisy of International Insurance Companies
Under the cover of greenwashing, global insurers are fueling climate change.
Guide to Sustainable, Eco-Friendly, Organic and Vegan Wine
The eco-footprint of the wine industry is significant, and some wineries are taking steps to reduce their impact. For conscious consumers, it’s about knowing what to look for.
environment, food, organic, sustainability, vegan, wine
Have Nonprofits Misled Supporters by Hiding Unsustainable Growth Policies?
Many nonprofits have accepted family planning policies that are harmful to women, children, and the environment.
environment, family planning, nonprofit
How Europe Is Depleting U.S. Forests in the Name of Fighting Climate Change
Several EU nations have embraced biomass electricity, which speeds up carbon emissions, pollution and forest destruction.
energy, environment, europe, renewable energy
How Factory Farms Pollute the Environment and Poison Drinking Water
Livestock waste can contain dangerous pathogens, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals.
agriculture, animal rights, environment, food
How Land Use Is a Tool for Solving Climate Change
A key to fighting climate change could be right under our feet.
How Unclear Federal Law Allows Logging, Farming, and Mining to Threaten U.S. Ecosystems
No version of “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS), part of the Clean Water Act, adequately protects the nation’s natural areas.
How We Can Protect the Air Despite the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA Decision
America’s highest court has limited the EPA’s authority to regulate power plant emissions.
climate change, environment, law, politics, Supreme Court
How the Acequia Ancient Irrigation Method Makes Sustainable Life Possible in the U.S. Southwest
Time-proven acequia irrigation systems already in use in New Mexico make it possible for people to thrive in arid regions.
agriculture, ancient, drought, environment, farming, irrigation, science, southwest, Water
How the Camp Lejeune Justice Act 2022 Can Help Veterans Impacted by Toxic Exposure
American veterans poisoned at Camp Lejeune can finally seek justice, thanks to a new law.
environment, health, military, veteran
How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change (and Have Fun, Too)
We can empower children to be a part of the solution.
children, climate change, education
Human Overpopulation Is a Key Driver Behind Some of Humanity’s Biggest Challenges
Experts warn that continued world population growth will make things worse.
climate change, community, environment, human rights
Humanity’s Main Environmental Problem Is Consumption—Climate Change Is a Byproduct
By focusing the climate fight on what we emit, not what we consume, we are destined to fail.
Indigenous Land Management Practices Are a Blueprint for Climate-Resilient Agriculture
As a rapidly warming world strains at the shortcomings in industrial farming, key lessons can be taken from Indigenous practices.
agriculture, climate change, environment, farming, Indigenous
Is 100 Percent Renewable Energy Attainable?
To prevent the worst climate scenarios, carbon emissions must be slashed to net-zero by 2050.
climate change, energy, environment, renewable energy
Is Eating Locally and in Season Actually Better for the Environment?
Eating locally reduces your ecological footprint, but studies show what you eat may be even more important.
climate change, environment, food, locavorism, science
Is Wastewater an Answer for Adapting to Climate Change?
Water pressures like droughts are intensifying due to global warming and population growth. Treating wastewater is a powerful solution, finally gaining more public support.
environment, science, water
Kids Are Really Worried About the Climate Crisis
Middle school student activists write to their elected representatives to urge climate action.
activism, children, climate change, education, environment, schools
Medicine Residue Is Everywhere in Our Rivers and Lakes—and Fish Are Behaving Strangely
We have a new major environmental problem on our hands.
environment, pharmaceuticals, pollution
Meet Alexander von Humboldt, the First Person to Understand Climate Change—More Than Two Centuries Ago
As the world burns—and as kids sound the alarm—the original environmental scientist is worth revisiting.
biography, climate, climate change, environment, history, nature
Methane: The Forgotten Climate Change Driver That’s Poisoning Frontline Communities
The average American believes the false narrative that natural gas is a “clean fuel.”
climate change, energy, environment
Nanoplastics Are Entering Our Bodies
Plastic is in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. How does it get there—and what does it mean for human health?
environment, plastic
Ninety-Nine Percent of Seabirds Will Have Plastic in Their Guts Within Decades
Most plastic is tossed after minutes of use, but its impact on wildlife and the environment can last for centuries.
animal rights, animals, birds, climate, environment, marine, ocean, plastic
Our Coffee Addiction Is Destroying the Environment
If it wasn’t shade-grown, your coffee most likely destroyed forest cover and wildlife habitat.
agriculture, animal rights, biodiversity, coffee, environment, food
Our Food System Is the Bullseye for Solving the World’s Climate Challenges
The industrialized food system is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, but it is not a major topic at climate talks.
agriculture, animal rights, climate change, emissions, environment, food
Our Planet Versus Plastic Bags—A Tale of Two Cities
Americans discard 100 billion plastic bags annually, the equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil.
environment, plastic
Palm Oil: The Ingredient Behind Human Rights Abuses and Eco-Destruction That’s Probably in Your Home Right Now
Palm oil is found in 50 percent of all consumer goods. And it’s killing the environment.
africa, agriculture, animal rights, climate change, consumer, environment, farming, food, forest, human rights, social justice
Populist Climate Action Requires Thinking About Freedom From Specific Oppressors—Not Just Species Survival
The climate crisis is a form of oppression by a wealthy few.
environment, family planning, overpopulation
Rivers Are Key to Restoring the World’s Biodiversity
Biodiversity is plummeting, but restoring rivers could quickly reverse this disastrous trend.
activism, africa/tanzania, animal rights, asia/china, asia/india, brazil, climate change, environment, indigenous resistance, social justice, south america, women's rights
Should Harming Mother Earth Be a Crime? The Case for Ecocide
The destruction of nature might one day become a criminal offense adjudicated by the International Criminal Court.
activism, environment, law
Should Humans Try to Modify the Amount of Sunlight the Earth Receives?
Managing solar radiation through technology is possible, but there are ethical and political concerns.
climate change, environment, politics, science, technology
Sustainability Is Not as New an Idea as You Might Think—It’s More Than 300 Years Old
Modern sustainability evolved from forest management of the 18th century, and its ancient roots go back even further. Could it help with today’s climate crisis and lumber shortage?
Asia, Canada, Central America, Climate Change, Economy, Egypt, Environment, Europe, Germany, History, India, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Middle East, North America, Opinion, Science, Social Benefits, Syria, United States of America
The Danger of Releasing Genetically Modified Trees Into the Wild
A genetically engineered chestnut tree may be the first to spread into forests, setting dangerous global precedents.
agriculture, chestnut, environment, genetic engineering, genetic modification, science, tree
The Global Push for Population Growth Shows We’re Not Grappling With the Climate Crisis
Progress is being undone by growth, especially as the climate crisis deepens.
climate change, environment, overpopulation, population
The Impact of Plastic on Human Health
It is clear that plastic is choking the planetary environment. What is less clear is the impact of plastic on human bodies.
environment, health, plastic
The Internet Is a Major Environmental Problem
If the internet were a country, it would be the sixth biggest user of electricity.
environment, technology
The Myth That Meat Is Essential for Human Health Could Harm Us All
Americans eat more meat per capita than any other country, even though meat consumption is linked to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The Potential Impact of Wireless Technology on Wildlife
Electromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi and cell towers may pose a “credible risk” to birds, mammals, insects, and even plants.
5G, animal rights, cell phones, electromagnetic, emf, environment, health, technology, wildlife, wireless
The Renewable Energy Transition Is Failing
Renewable energy isn’t replacing fossil fuel energy—it’s adding to it.
climate change, energy, environment
The Southwest Offers Blueprints for the Future of Wastewater Reuse
By turning wastewater into drinking water, our existing water supplies could go further.
environment, water
These U.S. Banks Are Financing Climate Chaos Through Fossil Fuel Expansion
Wall Street’s dirtiest secret is how fossil fuel expansion depends on Big Bank finance.
banking, climate change, energy, environment, finance, fossil fuel, peace economy
Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Weaken the Immune System Response
Chemicals commonly found in consumer products have been proven to harm human health, yet they still remain legal stateside.
activism, economy, environment, food, healthcare, law, opinion, science
Veganic Farming: How My Tiny Plot Produced 5,000 Pounds of Food Without Using Manure
Veganic agriculture is the food revolution for the modern world.
agriculture, environment, farming, food, sustainability
Water Conflicts Across Africa Threaten Security, Health, and the Environment
A changing climate and population growth are fueling water-based conflicts across the African continent.
africa, climate, climate change, conflict, drought, environment, food, global warming, public health, water, wildlife
We Can Prevent Pandemics by Shutting Down Live Animal Markets
Wet markets are perfect breeding grounds for pathogens that can jump from animals to humans.
agriculture, animal rights, environment, food, health care
We Ignore Thousands of Threatened Plant Species at Our Peril
Endangered animals may get more attention from the public, but without plants, humans won’t survive.
biodiversity, botany, climate change, Endangered, extinction, Hawaii
Whole Foods and McDonald’s Are Fueling the Massive Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico
Major U.S. brands are ignoring the enormous environmental destruction caused by their meat suppliers.
Why Healthy Forests Mean Fewer Pandemics
COVID-19, SARS, and Ebola were transmitted to humans from wild animals living in tropical forests. Destroying their habitats is killing us.
animal rights, environment, health
Why Las Vegas Is at the Heart of Western States’ Water Conundrums
A city in the middle of the desert with less rainfall than any other in the nation was bound to have a water problem.
environment, water
Why Recycling Plastic Is Not Easy
Less than 10 percent of the plastic used in the United States is recycled.
environment, plastic, recycling
Why Women Are More Likely to Be Environmentalists Than Men
Women are more supportive of pro-environmental policies, but they’re generally not in a position to make such decisions.
economy, environment, science, women
Wildfires Aren’t Just a Threat to People—They’re Killing Off Earth’s Biodiversity
Cataclysmic wildfires have been increasing in intensity and frequency due to human-caused climate change.
animal rights, animals, climate change, environment, science
‘Sacrifice Zones’: The New ‘Jim Crow’ That’s Sickening and Killing People of Color
A product of entrenched, historic racism, “sacrifice zones”—designed to site pollution hot spots within communities of color—are a frontline in a largely silent, often deadly, and steadily growing health crisis across the United States.

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