Environment

Patagonia’s ex-CEO moves to create Argentina’s largest nature preserve

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Huffington Post For decades, retail moguls Kris and Douglas Tompkins bought up huge swaths of South American wilderness in hopes of preserving ancient forests and the creatures that live in them. 
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San Francisco becomes the first city to ban the sale of plastic bottles

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TrueActivist.com, by Amanda Froelich - Plastic pollution is one of the greatest burdens to the environment. Believe it or not, enough plastic is discarded every year to circle the globe four times. Even worse, it is estimated that 50% of the plastic on this planet is used only once before being thrown away.
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Chile's best whitewater rivers won't be dammed—for now

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OutsideIn a milestone moment for Patagonian conservation and for one of the world’s great whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations, the Spanish energy company Endesa today, August 30, 2016, relinquished all claims to Chile’s Futaleufú, Puelo, Bardón, Huechún, and Puelo rivers. The damming of the Futaleufú has been the source of an intense environmental lobbying effort for nearly two decades. Outside has covered the story for most of that time, including a 2003 trip when the late David Rakoff joined Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on a float of its iconic green waters. 
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Europe’s last wild river Is about to get dammed

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Time - The paddlers slap the hulls of their candy colored kayaks with open palms, sending deep thunks bouncing off the walls of the Albanian prime minister’s offices in Tirana, the capital. Chants of “No dams!” join the thumping, as nearly a hundred residents of Kuta, an ancient village threatened with flooding by a proposed dam project on the Vjosa River, join the demonstration. Rok Rozman, a Slovenian Olympic rower, biologist and environmental campaigner, hoists a kayak covered in dozens of signatures protesting the dam, and heaves it over the heads of the police line protecting the building. Another kayaker catches it and tries to run it up the steps of the offices to place it on the prime minister’s doorstep, but is roughly stopped by police. The boat crashes to the ground and is kicked back amidst the demonstrators. 
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Time to listen to the ice scientists about the Arctic death spiral

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Guardian - Ice scientists are mostly cheerful and pragmatic. Like many other researchers coolly observing the rapid warming of the world, they share a gallows humour and are cautious about entering the political fray.
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Scientists warn world will miss key climate target

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Guardian - Leading climate scientists have warned that the Earth is perilously close to breaking through a 1.5C upper limit for global warming, only eight months after the target was set.
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Global warming may cause flooding in Himalayas but drought in Andes

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Times of India - In a unique study showing how different regions of the planet may react to global warming differently, researchers have shown that people in the Himalayas will have to contend with flooding, while those in the Andes will have longer dry spells and less water.
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Mapuche group burns machinery In Patagonia as part of land claim

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Bubblear.com - Members of the Mapuche Ancestral Resistance, an organization that fights for the rights of the indigenous Mapuche community, this morning burned two excavator machines belonging to English businessman Joe Lewis in Río Negro Province. The machines were laying down power lines between a hydroelectric plant owned by Lewis and the city of El Bolsón.
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Warmer oceans driving Antarctic Peninsula glacier melt

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Carbobrief.org - The Antarctic Peninsula is a long, relatively narrow limb extending 800 miles out from West Antarctica, and is home to hundreds of glaciers.
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Climate change claims a lake, and a way of life

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New York TimesThe water receded and the fish died. They surfaced by the tens of thousands, belly-up, and the stench drifted in the air for weeks.
 
The birds that had fed on the fish had little choice but to abandon Lake Poopó, once Bolivia’s second-largest but now just a dry, salty expanse. Many of the Uru-Murato people, who had lived off its waters for generations, left as well, joining a new global march of refugees fleeing not war or persecution, but climate change.
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