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Where have all the climate activists gone?

Where have all the climate activists gone?

On November 13, 2018, a group of nearly 200 activists gathered outside Representative Nancy Pelosi’s office, just south of the Capitol Building, and knocked on the door. Without waiting for an answer, they entered and began chanting and singing protest songs.  The crowd was made up of representatives of the roughly year-old Sunrise Movement, and …

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Study links ‘forever chemicals’ to high blood pressure in middle-aged women

Study links ‘forever chemicals’ to high blood pressure in middle-aged women

Even if you forget what “PFAS” stands for, it may be an environmental issue that’s close to your heart. That’s according to a new study that’s linked higher concentrations of the so-called “forever chemicals” to cardiovascular risks in middle-aged women. Polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a group of chemicals that are used in many industrial activities …

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Historic floods hammer Yellowstone, shuttering park and stranding residents

Historic floods hammer Yellowstone, shuttering park and stranding residents

A series of unprecedented floods surged through the region around Yellowstone National Park this week, cutting off several small communities in Montana and Wyoming and forcing officials to close the country’s oldest and most iconic national park. As rescue workers began to survey the damage, several people were marooned in the park and in mountain …

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‘Fortress conservation’ violently displaces Indigenous people

‘Fortress conservation’ violently displaces Indigenous people

On Friday, video footage emerged of Indigenous Maasai people running and scrambling for cover from gunfire in the United Republic of Tanzania. The videos reveal chaos as the Maasai try to escape state security forces, and photos released in the aftermath of the incident show bloody injuries and bullet wounds. In Loliondo, in northern Tanzania, …

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As a heat wave grips the US, lessons from the hottest city in America

As a heat wave grips the US, lessons from the hottest city in America

Summer is not something to look forward to in Phoenix, Arizona. For many in the hottest city in America, summer is something to survive. Masavi Perea, 47, knows this well. A former construction worker, he’s now the organizing director of Chispa Arizona, a grassroots group that fights for clean air and water, healthy neighborhoods, and …

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Nearly half of Amazon shareholders agree: Time to cut back on plastic packaging

Nearly half of Amazon shareholders agree: Time to cut back on plastic packaging

Following a report claiming that Amazon used nearly 600 million pounds of plastic to package its products in 2020, shareholders turned out in record numbers to demand that the company reduce its plastic packaging. Investors who own nearly 50 percent of Amazon’s shares voted in favor of a resolution asking the company to reduce its …

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Record-breaking heat wave sprawls across US

Record-breaking heat wave sprawls across US

Summer heat descended on the desert Southwest and parts of the Western U.S. over the weekend, breaking temperature records and prompting federal officials to issue excessive heat warnings for approximately 53 million Americans. The National Weather Service called the heat “oppressive” and said to expect critical fire weather conditions across a large portion of the …

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Summer has transformed into ‘danger season,’ scientists warn

Summer has transformed into ‘danger season,’ scientists warn

Summer has remained mostly the same for a millennium or more. Around the year 900, Old English speakers were already using the word sumor for the warmer months. Some say the word summer is probably close to the version heard 4,000 years ago, when people spoke the prehistoric Indo-European language believed to be the ancestor …

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Across the Midwest, an ‘unlikely alliance’ forms to stop carbon pipelines

Across the Midwest, an ‘unlikely alliance’ forms to stop carbon pipelines

Last fall, a company called Summit Carbon Solutions started holding meetings in towns around the Midwest. Its goal was to introduce residents to a 2,000-mile, $4.5 billion pipeline called the Midwest Carbon Express, which would carry carbon dioxide from ethanol refineries in Iowa to North Dakota, where the gas would be injected underground rather than …

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