Environment

Patagonian ice melts as Chile experiences its worst drought on record

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SBS.com.au - 2016 is on track to become the warmest year on record while Chile is already experiencing its most extensive drought in history. For a country that relies heavily on its livestock and agriculture, the prolonged natural disaster is cause for concern.
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Love, death and rewilding – how two clothing tycoons saved Patagonia

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Guardian - She was young, spirited and rich. It was the 1970s and Kris McDivitt seemed to come straight from California central casting; the glamorous ski-racing daughter of an oil-industry man who made her fortune as the first CEO of what was to become the billion-dollar outdoor clothing company Patagonia.
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Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level

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Guardian - Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe.
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Coal mine threatens ecological paradise in Chile’s Patagonia region

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IPSNews.net - An open-pit coal mine in the southern island of Riesco, a paradise of biological diversity in Chile’s southern Patagonia wilderness region, is a reflection of the weakness of the country’s environmental laws, which are criticised by local residents, activists, scientists and lawmakers.
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How the parks of tomorrow will be different

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National Geographic Assateague Island National Seashore, which sits on a 37-mile-long sliver of land just off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, is gradually shuffling west. Over centuries, as hurricanes and nor’easters drive sand from its Atlantic beaches across the island and into its bayside marshes, the entire island is scooting closer to the coast.
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WFEN & WCS-Argentina announce availability of traceable certified wool from iconic Peninsula Valdés

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Wildlifefriendly.org - The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and the Wildlife Conservation Society-Argentina (WCS) are pleased to announce traceable Certified Wildlife Friendly® wool—part of the “Patagonian Fibers with a Conscience” program—from the “Merino de Peninsula Valdés™” ranchers who raise wool in coexistence with wildlife on Peninsula Valdés. The traceable certified wool is now available for purchase through a new online portal.
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Climate change is already altering the world’s gene pool

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takepart.com - The dire impact of human-caused climate change on ecosystems, species, and public health is already well under way, a landmark study published Friday in the journal Science warns.
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Trump’s election could threaten global climate agreement

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Scientific AmericanDonald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential race stunned climate advocates and threatens to unravel President Obama’s policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand renewable energy.
 
The Republican outsider flummoxed pollsters and analysts who predicted an easy win for Democrat Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of State, who pledged to slash the use of gasoline by a third and oversee an aggressive expansion of solar and wind energy.
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Surprising countries where solar and wind are booming

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National Geographic News - Across the globe, renewable energy is expanding faster than fossil fuels. It’s even taking off in countries that may surprise you.
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Op-Ed: Expanding parks will expand justice

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Outside - Can national parks help save the world? Yes—if the national park idea can evolve to better address the present global extinction crisis.
 
The diversity of life on Earth is plummeting due to human numbers (overpopulation) and behavior (overconsumption). The antidote to nature’s sickness is saving lots more habitat—at least half of the planet’s land and oceans—in interconnected systems of protected areas, where nature rules and resource exploitation is off limits. 
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