Environment

The great Australian garbage map: 75% of beach rubbish made of plastic

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Guardian - Australians are battling against a tide of millions of pieces of discarded plastic debris at beach clean-up events all across the continent, according to two years of data analysed by Guardian Australia.
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The world’s wilderness: going, going and soon gone?

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Outside - If you’ve ever topped out on a peak in Alaska’s Brooks Range, or floated through Idaho’s Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness, you’ve perhaps had the sensation that the surrounding wild country rolls on forever.
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When nature says 'Enough!': the river that appeared overnight in Argentina

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Guardian - After a night of heavy rainfall, Ana Risatti woke to an ominous roar outside her home. Mistaking the noise for a continuation of the night’s downpour, she stepped outside to look.
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Oil majors' interest in Argentina tests free-market reforms

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Reuters - Oil majors are evaluating bids for offshore exploration rights in Argentina, a major change in a country that sent Spanish energy giant Repsol (REP.MC) packing six years ago and has seen little offshore exploration for decades.
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World’s great forests could lose half of all wildlife as planet warms – report

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Guardian - The world’s greatest forests could lose more than half of their plant species by the end of the century unless nations ramp up efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new report on the impacts of global warming on biodiversity hotspots.
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Chilean government criminalizes peaceful dam protest on Ñuble River

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Ñublelibre - Through this press release, the citizen movement “Ñublelibre de San Fabián” defends actions in which members of the community entered the premises of the Hidroñuble project, and calls into question the purpose of the complaint filed by the Governor of Ñuble, Álvaro Miguieles, alleging pubic disorder against "whoever may be responsible."
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This extreme ocean scenario is a clear reminder of why the world is trying to stop climate change

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Washington Post - Scientists published on Thursday alarming scenario of what could happen to the world's oceans and fisheries in the year 2300 if very high levels of global warming are allowed to continue. 
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Don’t bin plastic. To solve the polymer problem look East

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The Economist - IT IS everywhere, as visible as it is vilified. From car parts to crisp packets, plastic has suffused the Earth, and beyond—in 1969 Neil Armstrong planted a nylon Stars and Stripes on the moon. More than 8bn tonnes has been produced since the 1950s, enough to wrap the continents in clingfilm four times over. Only 9% was recycled; 60% was dumped, mostly in landfills, too often in the natural world. Untold tonnes end up as irretrievable ocean flotsam, which sunlight and salt fragment into microscopic pieces that attract toxins and may be gulped by creatures that become seafood.
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New agreement marks historic step forward for environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean

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World Resources Institute - After a six-year negotiation process, 24 countries have adopted the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as LAC P10.
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The world has two years to meet marine protection goal. Can it be done?

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National Geographic News - The U.N. is nearing its decade-long goal of protecting 10 percent of the global ocean by 2020. But the world may fall short.
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