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Criminal Gangs Are Behind the Destruction of the Brazilian Amazon

Criminals, violence, and illegal activity drive deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, according to a new report. This is a brutal reminder that the people setting the Amazon rainforest on fire will do so at any cost—even human life.

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This Artist Paints Endangered Animals to Remind Us What We’re Fighting For

Alexis Kandra has been drawing animals for years, but she never drew them with a moral message. They served as symbols—for danger, peace, or mystery. Kandra, a contemporary artist, is now painting animals to help raise awareness about their impending probable doom.

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A Year After Hurricane Florence, Coal Ash Is Still a Huge Concern For North Carolina

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina a year ago today. And while its winds were only Category 1-force, its record rainfall and floodwaters caused major devastation—especially to coal ash ponds, which can contain toxins like mercury and lead. This toxic sludge can pose a major public health threat if it…

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How Soon Can Oil and Gas Operations Begin In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

The oil and gas industry is one step closer to accessing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Bureau of Land Management released the final environmental impact statement for oil and gas drilling on the refuge’s 1.5 million-acre coastal plain on Thursday.

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UN Scientists Just Endorsed a Piece of the Green New Deal to Fight Global Inequality

The United Nations released a new science-based report Wednesday that shows the ways climate change can reverse the progress the world has made to end inequality through the U.N.’s sustainable development goals. The international institution offers plenty of solutions to combat this disappointing reality, but among…

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Report: Trump Is Killing a Major Rule to Protect Drinking Water and Wetlands

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers are moving forward to finalize the death of a rule meant to protect more bodies of water under the Clean Water Act.

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Hurricane Dorian Oil Spill in Bahamas Has Spread to the Sea

Clean up and assessment of an oil spill on Grand Bahama Island following Hurricane Dorian has begun—and the oil may have traveled beyond land and into the sea.

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FBI Arrests Former FEMA Officials for Allegedly Misusing Hurricane Maria Recovery Funds to ‘Enrich Themselves’

The Department of Justice has arrested the person the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) put in charge of Hurricane Maria recovery in Puerto Rico along with two others on charges of committing disaster fraud. The case centers around fraud tied to more than $1.8 billion that FEMA awarded to private contractor…

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