Eastern and southern Africa were hit hard last year by drought exacerbated by El Niño that wilted crops, slowed economic growth and drove food prices higher. Reuters.
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The ocean has lost 2 percent of its oxygen in just 50 years. Now scientists have for the first time measured a devastating loss of oxygen in ancient oceans, which could help them quantify future losses. Oceans Deeply.
Because the reef protects the businesses on the shore in Mexico, it offers an incredible amount of economic value. Now, when it’s damaged, repairing it will be paid for. Fast Company.
New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals. Elle.
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Are books still a thing? Yup. Our staff’s summer picks. Environmental Health News.
After the European Parliament obtains the release of Monsanto's data, a very different picture emerges about the safety of its product. Environmental Health News.
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The egg contamination crisis exposes a problem caused by a combination of government laxity and the lack of professional ethics on the part of farmers. A bigger cause for concern is that the egg industry might not be the only one with such a problem. more…
While combining a nuclear phase-out with a fight against global warming won't be an easy task, advances in energy-saving technologies and in renewable energy options have lowered the hurdles for pursuing both. more…
Scientists have been trying to figure out why fish that normally eat algae are eating the plastic particles that float in the ocean. San Francisco KQED Public Radio, California.
While many questions remain about this elusive species' ecology, it's widely believed that palm oil development severely threatens its long-term survival in the wild. Mongabay.
The mainstay of the Swiss forestry industry is in danger of dying out this century because of warmer temperatures. The Guardian.
Parts of Portugal, beset by its deadliest summer of wildfires in living memory, were declared in a state of public calamity on Thursday as the government put emergency services on alert for further outbreaks. Reuters.
People around the world have pledged to plant 250,000 trees to counter the US President's "disgraceful" decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. Deutsche Welle, Germany.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia wanted to find out if "ramp-up sequences" allow whales to acclimate to foreign noise. United Press International.
Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play. more…
Rainstorms are getting more intense, sea levels are rising and infrastructure can't cope. more…
Consumer concerns about eggs contaminated with insecticides persisted Friday, as the government announced the results of its inspections on all large-scale egg farms. Korea Herald, South Korea.
The entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Aug. 16 will spur companies worldwide to restrict their use of mercury and pursue alternatives to mercury added products. Bloomberg BNA.
The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International Inc with "punitive action" over the tobacco giant's alleged violation of the country's anti-smoking laws, according to a letter sent to the company by the federal health ministry. Reuters Health.
The sperm count of men in Western countries has been declining precipitously with no signs of “leveling off,” according to new research. New York Times.
Editor comments: Read more about possible causes here. -JPM
California researchers have found a unique creature that spins a three-dimensional undersea net—one that can capture these tiny floating bits of plastic. Wired.
Women of colour are being exposed to more toxic chemicals in their beauty products than white women, says new research.
According to a report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, women of colour are coming into contact with more toxic chemicals than white women. London Metro, United Kingdom.
China will ban the production and trade of a range of products containing mercury by 2020. Reuters.
Solutions and Good News
As fish populations crash elsewhere, towns limit catches to stabilize harvests, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life. National Geographic Magazine.
An Inuit group and the federal government are creating a national marine conservation area in Lancaster Sound that will be – by far – Canada’s largest. Globe and Mail, Ontario.
A bike-share startup has developed a bike that can collect polluted air, purify it, and release the clean air around the cyclist. Quartz.
Recognizing that people often act by heart rather than logic, these ten artists aim to help viewers understand the data while developing an emotional attachment that convinces them to do something about it - now. Outside.
Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides. Reuters.
State mines minister rejects two applications at reserves west of Cape Tribulation which campaigners say should set a precedent. The Guardian.
There is certain information about Husky Energy’s catastrophic oil spill in Saskatchewan last summer that you won’t find on the company’s brand new website. National Observer, Canada.
The field of conservation may be hemorrhaging passionate, qualified, and innovative young people. Mongabay.
A report released this week by advocacy group Environmental Justice Australia presents a confronting analysis of toxic emissions from Australia’s coal-fired power plants. The Conversation, Australia.
There has been a decline in the number of people dying in Israel from diseases related to air pollution over the past decade, according to new data released by the Environmental Protection Ministry. Haaretz, Israel.
China's top steel-making province has pledged to fulfil capacity cutting targets for this year in steel, cement, coal and glass by the end of September, under efforts to tackle air pollution ahead of winter, an environment official said on Wednesday. Reuters.
German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow on Tuesday after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate. Reuters.
In a victory for Brazil’s indigenous groups, the Supreme Court Wednesday decided against the claims of Mato Grosso state, which wanted compensation for Indian reserves established in that state by the federal government. Mongabay.
Against a backdrop of rising deforestation and violence against activists, environmentalists are accusing Brazil's president of pushing legislation that will benefit loggers and land-grabbers in the Amazon region. Deutsche Welle, Germany.
NGOs in Sarawak and around the world report failures by the Sarawak government to uphold indigenous land rights, and failures by international banks and investors to ensure their investments are conflict-free. Mongabay.
Australia is trailing behind places like China when it comes to pollution standards and those living near coal-fired power stations are three times more likely to die a premature death, according to a new report. News.com.au, Australia.
A northern Ontario Indigenous community is suing CN Rail for alleged environmental and cultural damage caused by two 2015 derailments that led to significant oil spills. Canadian Press.