Cuba Dec 2, 2019

Puerto Rico's Coffee Sector Is at Risk From Another Disaster — Droughts

Hector Muñoz owns a coffee farm in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and hurricanes aren’t the only natural disasters he’s worried about. “If a drought comes it could be catastrophic,”...

  • Governor Aug 23, 2019

    Bernie Sanders' $16 Trillion Climate Plan Builds on Green New Deal

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan on Thursday before touring a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire, declaring the setting a “wake-up call for our entire nation” to the dangers of a warming planet. “Climate change is a major, major crisis for our country, and the entire...
  • Aug 22, 2019

    Giraffes Move Closer to Endangered Species Protection

    Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations. Thursday’s vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for the measure’s likely approval by its plenary ...
  • Congress Aug 22, 2019

    Brazil's Bolsonaro Claims Without Evidence That NGOs Are Setting Amazon Fires

    Brazil’s official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and...
  • Hasbro Aug 22, 2019

    Toy Company Hasbro Is Saying Goodbye To Plastic

    Hasbro said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    UN: Don't Worry About Drinking Microplastics in Water

    The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don’t appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles smaller than about 5 millimeters (roughly one-fifth o...
  • Aug 22, 2019

    Environmentalists Sue Over Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

    Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of the Endangered Species Act. The environmental law nonprofit Earthjustice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Def...
  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2019

    Actor Javier Bardem Urges UN Delegates to Protect Oceans

    Spanish actor and environmental activist Javier Bardem said Monday “we are all villains” for playing “deaf and blind” and not caring about the world’s oceans, which are under more pressure than at any time in history. The Oscar winner came to the United Nations to press delegates who are drafting an international treat...
  • President Aug 18, 2019

    Funeral for Lost Ice: Iceland Bids Farewell to Glacier

    It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the Okjokull glacier extinct about a decade ago. But on Sunday he brought a death certifica...
  • spokesman Aug 17, 2019

    Alaska Records Its Warmest Month Ever; Future Records Likely

    Alaska has been America’s canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska’s warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did children in the coastal town of Nome. Wildfire season st...
  • China Aug 17, 2019

    From Tusks to Tails, Nations Eye Trade in Endangered Species

    From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for shar...
  • Aug 17, 2019

    How Teen Greta Thunberg Shifted World's Gaze to Climate Change

    Staring through a swarm of photographers and television crews, self-described introvert Greta Thunberg took the stage at a Swiss university last week, NBC News reports, to pointedly reiterate a message that has captured the attention of leaders and like-minded young women around the globe: The world must take drastic action now to avert ecological ...
  • georgia Aug 15, 2019

    NASA Scientists Fly Over Greenland to Track Melting Ice

    The fields of rippling ice 500 feet below the NASA plane give way to the blue-green of water dotted with irregular chunks of bleached-white ice, some the size of battleships, some as tall as 15-story buildings. Like nearly every other glacier on Greenland, the massive Kangerlussuaq is melting. In fact, the giant frozen island has seen one of its bi...
  • Aug 15, 2019

    July Was Hottest Month Measured on Earth Since Records Began

    July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 0.95 degrees Celsius (1.71 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the 20th century average of...
  • facebook Aug 13, 2019

    Goodbye Monarchs? Protection Changes May Imperil Butterflies

    Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims, “I’m flying! I’m flying!” Moore moves to r...
  • Miami Aug 12, 2019

    The Soaring Cost of Rising Seas

    Conservative estimates show we may see seas rising between 11 inches and 24 more inches by 2100. Aside from the environmental impact, rising seas will generate financial strain worth hundreds of billions.

  • United States Aug 12, 2019

    Trump Overhauling Enforcement of Endangered Species Act

    The Trump administration moved on Monday to weaken how it applies the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act, ordering changes that critics said will speed the loss of animals and plants at a time of record global extinctions . The action, which expands the administration’s rewrite of U.S. environmental laws, is the latest that targets protection...
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