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Let us count the ways this Oregon pipeline project has gone off the rails

February 28, 2020

A proposed natural-gas pipeline terminal on the Oregon coast has everything going for it: A partnership with a Canadian energy corporation, backing from local-government officials and the support of the Trump administration.  So why can’t the Jordan Cove project on Coos Bay, which has been in the works since 2007, get construction approval?  One reason […]

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India has an ambitious new plan to protect hundreds of bird species

February 26, 2020

India’s government has released a draft of an ambitious, 10-year plan to protect hundreds of threatened and endangered bird species.   The draft is comprehensive, and includes recovery plans for endangered species, as well as a “landscape approach” that can protect birds in cities, and conserve critical habitat including wetlands and coastal regions.  Subcontinent of birds […]

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Things are looking up for the world’s rarest wading-bird species

February 21, 2020

And now for some good news about the spoon-billed sandpiper, which has the dubious distinction of being the world’s rarest wading-bird species.  Conservationists netted several big wins in preserving habitat along the spoon-billed sandpiper’s migration route.  And scientists in the United Kingdom announced that they successfully bred the bird in captivity for the first time.   […]

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This giant Arizona mining dump will be able to legally pollute under new federal rules

February 19, 2020

The world’s largest public copper company, with a record of fines for environmental pollution, has just acquired almost 17,000 acres of Arizona desert to use as a dump for toxic mine tailings.  The land is important to 11 Native American tribes, and the Arizona agency that sold the land has never assessed it for endangered […]

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People are getting killed in the battle over Romania’s ancient forests

February 14, 2020

Romania’s forests are the oldest and wildest in Europe, but they are increasingly subject to destruction from illegal logging.  Now, a rash of violence against forest rangers has spurred mass protests in the capital, and promises of a government crackdown. Violence in the forest If you complain about illegal timber cutting in Romania, there is […]

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Banning plastics? Africa is getting it done.

February 6, 2020

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 31 countries have banned single-use plastic.  Kenya is in the lead with its draconian penalties for infractions — and its promising results.  Flood of plastic Single-use plastics have become a significant part of the world’s plastics crisis.  Their rise to dominance in grocery store sales is familiar across the planet, as individual items […]

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