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Seeds in Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ Rescued From Effects of Global Warming Environment 

Seeds in Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ Rescued From Effects of Global Warming

Norway (Sputnik) – The world’s global seed bank, a hedge against ecological catastrophe, has been declared safe after floodwaters caused by warming temperatures gushed into the main entrance and threatened to destroy the contents of the facility. About 800 miles from the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (often referred to as the “Doomsday Vault”), sits some 400 feet above sea level — to guard against rising sea levels or enormous tsunamis — and about 425 feet down into non-geologically active bedrock. The facility was assumed to be secure from almost any danger — except, it turns out, melting permafrost. The permafrost surrounding the facility on the remote northern island has begun Read More

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What Can Be Done About Climate Change? Environment 

What Can Be Done About Climate Change?

Remember the climate crisis? It’s still happening. Having a government that resembles a circus, it turns out, hasn’t stopped the clock on the level of greenhouse gases in the air. At a conference in Italy, former president Barack Obama spoke recently about the impact the climate crisis will have on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. The points he made were common sense: The majority of the world’s poor in the Global South are farmers, and the changing climate is already making it harder for them to produce the food they need. If nothing changes, the refugees already Read More

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Paradise Lost: Hawaii Home to One of the World’s Dirtiest Beaches Environment Featured 

Paradise Lost: Hawaii Home to One of the World’s Dirtiest Beaches

Hawaii (Sputnik) – The tropical islands of Hawaii are known for its beautiful white beaches and crystal clear blue waters. It’s hard to imagine that one of these picturesque far-flung holiday destinations is also considered to have one of the dirtiest beaches in the world. Kamilo Point, a beach in the rural Ka’u district of the Big Island of Hawaii, is a wasteland according to experts. Despite its pockets of lava rock and beautiful natural wildlife, the ocean’s currents are so powerful that the winds deposit thousands of pounds of man-made trash on the beach every year. Kamilo, also known as “plastic beach,” has been know to host hair Read More

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Sh*t Mountain No More: Tibet Launches Massive Everest Cleanup Campaign Environment 

Sh*t Mountain No More: Tibet Launches Massive Everest Cleanup Campaign

Tibet (Sputnik) – Tibet has launched the first-ever cleanup campaign to address the longstanding issue of trash on the world’s highest mountain – and 4 tons of waste has already been collected in less than a week. The Mount Everest cleanup project will cover the mountain’s high altitude areas to collect waste left at climbing campsites. The massive 90-day initiative began on May 6. The areas of focus are on the north side of Everest and reach altitudes of between 17,000 and 21,300 feet. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that in the first five days of the cleanup, foreign and Tibetan volunteers collected 4 tons of refuse. Climbers in camp Read More

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New Study Finds Nanoparticles May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease Environment Health Science and Nature 

New Study Finds Nanoparticles May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease

New Delhi (SciDev.Net) – Inhaled nanoparticles can enter the bloodstream and accumulate in blood vessels and bodily sites vulnerable to cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. People around the world are constantly exposed to nanoparticles mostly emitted by vehicle exhaust, but the risks are greater in crowded Asian cities, which are seeing a dramatic rise in the number of vehicles on the roads. In the study — the results of which were published on 26 April in ACS Nano — healthy volunteers exposed to gol nanoparticles were shown retaining them in the body for as long as three months. Experiments Read More

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The Future Is Here: Tesla Plans Additional Gigafactories Environment Featured Technology 

The Future Is Here: Tesla Plans Additional Gigafactories

World (Corporate Knights) – American automaker Tesla is making plans for an additional two or three more factories in the years ahead. “Later this year we expect to finalize locations for Gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5,” CEO Elon Musk and CFO Jason Wheeler explained in a February note to investors. The new facilities are likely to be geared towards supporting Tesla’s highly anticipated Model 3 electric car, scheduled to begin production in July. Gigafactory 1 is currently under construction outside of Reno, Nevada, although it is being constructed in phases that have allowed portions of the factory to already Read More

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New Anti-Protest Laws: Fine For Organizations Supporting Activism, Up To $1 Million Activism Environment Politics 

New Anti-Protest Laws: Fine For Organizations Supporting Activism, Up To $1 Million

World (Sputnik) – In the wake of the increasingly violent repression of legal dissent in the US, the state of Oklahoma has moved to place fines of up to $1 million on protesters. New laws intended to severely punish those exercising their constitutional right to disagree with existing legislation and policy will now see possible fines of up to $1 million in the US state of Oklahoma, after legislators rushed what they termed “emergency” anti-protest laws into effect. The new laws allow for increased fines on those found guilty in Oklahoma of engaging in protest actions that result in the damage of infrastructure, especially oil and gas equipment. They also include a new wrinkle, in which Read More

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Monsanto Found Guilty by Tribunal: Human Rights Violations, Crimes Against Humanity & Ecocide Environment Featured Politics 

Monsanto Found Guilty by Tribunal: Human Rights Violations, Crimes Against Humanity & Ecocide

United States (ANHUSA) – The International Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Last October, eminent judges heard testimonies from victims. Last week, following procedures established by the International Court of Justice, judges presiding over the tribunal delivered its legal opinion regarding Monsanto’s impact on human rights, the environment, access to food, and scientific integrity after hearing testimony from thirty witnesses and experts from around the world. Their conclusion: Monsanto’s business activities infringe on our right to a clean, sustainable Read More

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World’s Largest Solar Park Nearly Complete Environment Science and Nature 

World’s Largest Solar Park Nearly Complete

India (Sputnik) – The single largest solar park in the world, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 megawatts, is nearing completion in India. The nine-square-mile Kurnal Ultra Mega Solar Park, which has cost 70 billion rupees ($1.09 billion) of both public and private money to construct, contains 4 million solar modules. The park is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state, which in recent years has distinguished itself as the solar power capital of India. It is a joint endeavor of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation, a private venture company mostly owned by government corporations. Construction of the Read More

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Sustainable Farming Is The Future Environment Science and Nature 

Sustainable Farming Is The Future

United States (ANHUSA) – Industry says we need conventional/GMO farming to feed the world. Here’s why they’re wrong. David Montgomery, PhD, professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, recently pointed out that regenerative farming practices that restore fertility to soil will be the key to the future of agriculture. Consider these facts: Family farms produce three-quarters of the world’s food; Three-quarters of the world’s farms are smaller than one hectare (about the size of a city block); Small, diversified farms produce more than twice as much food per acre than industrialized farms. This is partly because Read More

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