Australia Braces for “Blast Furnace” as Heat & Winds Fuel Wildfires JAN 03, 2020 Australia is bracing for what is expected to be the worst weekend yet in an already devastating climate-fueled wildfire season that has ravaged the southeastern part of the country, killed at least 18 people and nearly half a billion animals, and […]

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The BBC reports The earliest fossilised trees, dating back 386 million years, have been found at an abandoned quarry in New York. Scientists believe the forest they belonged to was so vast it originally stretched beyond Pennsylvania. This discovery in Cairo, New York, is thought to be two or three million years older than what was […]

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National Parks Conservation Association reports on home the Trump administration has been destructive to U.S. National Parks It’s been a tough year for national parks. The Trump administration has undermined, degraded, and outright attacked the laws and agencies that protect our public lands. These are the “lowlights.”See the full list at http://www.npca.org/TrumpPolicy

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EarthJustice News Release More than 400,000 people and dozens of local tribal, government, business, and national recreation groups have flooded the U.S. Forest Service with comments opposing its plan to undo safeguards that prevent clearcutting and road building in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The comment period ends Tuesday. Read more at Trump Administration Blasted for […]

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Honolulu Civil Beat reports Scientists are racing to eradicate disease-carrying mosquitoes from forests, but to some a solution still feels like forever away. Only 17 forest bird species are left in the islands, down from more than 50 that evolved here over thousands of years, according to the Audubon Society. And nearly all of those that […]

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The BBC reports Invasive animal species represent a crisis for United States national parks, experts have said, in a call for widespread, systemic action.More than half of national parks are threatened by invasive animal species, but the threat has gone unaddressed, according to a new paper. Read story at US national parks face ‘crisis’ over invasive […]

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Combat Desertification and Drought One of the biggest and least understood environmental challenges facing the globe, desertification refers to the irreversible degradation of soil through human activities such as deforestation, unsustainable farming, mining and overgrazing. It occurs when trees and root systems that bind the soil are removed, exposing topsoil to erosion, and when unsustainable […]

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