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  • photo of a group of elephants in a grasslandThe End for Elephants?
    Gangsters use poachers to make a killing in the ivory trade. What can stop the bloodshed?
    By Tristan McConnell
  • photo of many ivory figurinesSmooth Operators
    Southeast Asia is a haven for ivory smugglers. For now, government efforts to stop the flow of contraband fall short.
    By Mike Ives
  • photo of a coastal seaweed farmBlue Revolution
    Entrepreneurs are hailing seaweed as a potential “miracle crop.” Could seaweed
    farming help lift coastal communities out of poverty?
    By Michael Holtz
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Latest News

Developing Countries Surprise with Ambitious Climate Plans for Paris

Countries were asked to submit their best climate action plans ahead of December climate talks, and pledges announced so far show that developing countries are ready to act

The emerging framework for the global climate agreement under consideration in Paris at the end of the year upends 20 years of thinking about how best to tackle rising greenhouse gas emissions. Gone is the top-down process, as enshrined in the Kyoto…
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In Putin’s Russia, Environmentalists Face Stiff Repression

Russians working to protect the unique Altai ecosystem forced to register as “foreign agents”

Russian aggression in Ukraine during the past year has made many Westerners anxious about Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions and his penchant for saber-rattling. While the warfare in Ukraine — along with the Putin government’s crackdown on dissidents like Pussy Riot and its…
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US Supreme Court Strikes Down EPA Limits on Mercury Pollution

Decision is a setback for Obama administration and Environmental Protection Agency

By Suzanne Goldenberg and Raya Jalabi The US Supreme Court struck down new rules for America’s biggest air polluters on Monday, dealing a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to set limits on the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxins coal-fired power…
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Twenty Years of Resistance Come to a Climax in Intag, Ecuador as Community Groups Fight Copper Mine

Anti-mining activists face challenges as they take on state-planned project

"We have always defended our land peacefully, not once turning to violence. Regardless, the government stationed over two hundred federal police throughout our community to maintain order when the mining officials came to conduct their 'Environmental Impact Assessment.' The assessment took only…
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The Lush Life of Our “Harsh,” “Inhospitable” Deserts

Often simplified in books and movies, deserts have much to offer

If you’ve seen Lawrence of Arabia, you cannot forget a sun-smacked Peter O’Toole dressed in an Arab robe and headdress as Omar Sharif on his camel appears myth-like out of the endless horizon. (If you’ve not seen the film, do.) That is…
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A Record Year for Sea Lion Pup Strandings

Since January, more than 3,000 starving pups have washed up on California beaches

The little orphaned sea lion pup struggled to climb into the kayak. Tuckered out, cold, shivering and very hungry, the roughly seven-month-old pinniped was on its own, abandoned by its beleaguered mother, no doubt starving herself. Eventually the sea lion pup managed…
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Americans Are Paying Attention to Food Waste, But Still Throw Away More Food Than They Think

New survey finds nearly three-fourths of Americans believe they toss less food than the average consumer

We all throw away food. In fact, in the United States, an estimated 40 percent of all food is trashed as it makes it way from farm to table, or more aptly, as it doesn’t. But how aware are we of our…
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Voices

Robert Bullard
The father of the environmental justice movement discusses how the movement developed and where it is headed.
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Scientists Are Citizens, Too
Why one scientist started speaking out about climate change.
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The Ivory Market
Keep it closed, or open it up?
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Readers Poll
What do you think: Would a legal ivory trade help protect elephants?
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Silk Road to Prosperity

The revival of wild silk in one o the world’s biodiversity hotspots is helping to protect forest areas by improving the economic situation of local people.
By Brian Barth

Hiding in Plain Sight

In San Francisco’s Chinatown, and online, ivory carvings are easy to buy.
By Jason Mark

Garbage in, Garbage out

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