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Great Barrier Reef protection zones help boost fish stocks 'to pre-European times' 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Long-term study in the reef’s marine park finds an 80% difference in the biomass of coral trout between areas where fishing is allowed and no-go zones

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The March Sadness Animal Bracket, Round 6: Koala Vs. Wolverine 26.3.2015 Think Progres

The competition is getting fierce.

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2015 challenges: urbanisation 26.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Increasing urban populations put a strain on resources and leave many on the fringes of society. What can NGOs do to give them a voice?

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State-by-state glance from new report on New England plants 26.3.2015 AP National
A state-by-state look at examples of rare and endangered plants, highlighted by the New England Wild Flower Society in a report being released on Thursday:...
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Study of New England plant life finds many species are threatened, in decline or endangered 26.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Report: Diversity of New England plant life is threatened 26.3.2015 AP Top News
BOSTON (AP) -- From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England's rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region's plant life....
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The Endangered Animal Bracket, Round 5: Sea Turtles Vs. Pelicans 25.3.2015 Think Progres

Your choice will determine the winner.

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is under siege 25.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef may become irreparably damaged in the coming decades due to traumas caused by both nature and humans, leading scientists ...
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March Sadness Cute Animal Tournament, Round 4: Hooves And Horns 24.3.2015 Think Progres

Which animals will hoof it to the Sweet Sixteen?

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Making nature pay 24.3.2015 Le Monde Diplomatique
On 19 January the New York Times published an op-ed piece on a new carbon offset programme entitled “Make Forests Pay”. As the authors make clear, tropical rainforests are being cut, burned and cleared at an astonishing rate, which shows no sign of slowing. Aside from the other obvious effects of this loss — species extinction and biodiversity loss — they highlight the role this plays in climate change: when tropical forests are cleared, carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide) is released into (...) - Blog posts /
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Koch Money, Misleading Climate Change Exhibit Threaten Smithsonian Credibility 24.3.2015 Think Progres

The Smithsonian is damaging its reputation with a polluter-funded science denier on the payroll and a misleading Koch-funded exhibit downplaying the risks posed by human-caused climate change. Time for the world’s “largest museum and research complex” to cut ties with the anti-science crowd.

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The March Sadness Cute Animal Faceoff, Round 3: Fins And Flippers 23.3.2015 Think Progres

There will be some difficult choices.

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Great Barrier Reef campaign: scientists call for scrapping of coal projects 23.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Australian coral reef experts say if the mining and port expansion projects go ahead, there will be permanent damage to the reef

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Spotlight on green news & views: Rising seas, censored officials, dwindling water 22.3.2015 Daily Kos
Senators prepare to debate controlling greenhouse gas emissions. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 22,000 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Jump in NW Atlantic Sea Level Driving Gulf Stream Water into Arctic, Sea Ice Collapsing —by FishOutofWater: "Sea level has jumped off the east coast of north America since March, 2013. The warmest and saltiest water ever seen in the northwest Atlantic is mixing with icy water drained from the Arctic ocean and sinking to the bottom of the Labrador Sea. [...] [The saltiest and warmest waters ever ...
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Cute Animal Bracket, Day Two: Who Will Win In The Battle Between Koala and Lemur? 20.3.2015 Think Progres

Which one do you want to learn more about?

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UN warns world could have 40 percent water shortfall by 2030, urges major changes 20.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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March Sadness: The Tournament Of Cute Animals Threatened By Climate Change 19.3.2015 Think Progres

May the best animal win.

The post March Sadness: The Tournament Of Cute Animals Threatened By Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Bark Beetles Are Decimating Our Forests. That Might Actually Be a Good Thing. 19.3.2015 Mother Jones
There is an eerie feel to this grove of lodgepole pines that I can't quite put my finger on as entomologist Diana Six tromps ahead of me, hatchet in hand, scanning the southwestern Montana woods for her target. But as she digs the blade into a towering trunk, it finally hits me: the smell. There's no scent of pine needles, no sharp, minty note wafting through the brisk fall air. Six hacks away hunks of bark until she reveals an inner layer riddled with wormy passageways. "Hey, looky!" she exclaims, poking at a small dark form. "Are you dead? Yeah, you're dead." She extends her hand, holding a tiny black oval, maybe a quarter of an inch long. Scientists often compare this insect to a grain of rice, but Six prefers mouse dropping: "Beetle in one hand, mouse turd in another. You can't tell them apart." She turns to the next few trees in search of more traces. Pill-size holes pock their ashen trunks—a sign, along with the missing pine scent, of a forest reeling from an invasion. These tiny winged beetles ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Antarctica melting, coal dying, rooftop solar under attack 19.3.2015 Daily Kos
Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 21,970 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Global Wave of New Coal Plants is Going Bust, New Report Finds —by Mary Anne Hitt and Nicole Ghio: "Today, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm, keeper of the global coal plant tracker database, released a comprehensive report on the global coal pipeline—and the news is big. The global boom in coal-fired power plant construction is going bust. Since 2010, for every coal plant completed worldwide, two proposed coal plants have been shelved or cancelled. We have known ...
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Depaving Cities, Undamming Rivers: How We're Undoing the Damage 17.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Releasing the rivers The largest dam-removal project in history reached completion last fall, when excavators dredged the final tons of pulverized concrete from the Elwha River channel in Western Washington. Native fish, banished for 100 years from their historic spawning habitat, already were rediscovering the Elwha's newly accessible upper stretches. Within weeks of the final explosion in August, threatened bull trout and chinook salmon were spotted migrating beyond the rubble. "It was a thrill," said Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes. Before the Elwha Dam was built in 1910, the river produced an estimated 400,000 fingerlings per year, a number that dwindled to 3,000 in recent decades. All five native species of Elwha salmon are expected to repopulate the river. More than 80,000 dams more than six feet high block U.S. waterways, and activists are cheered by the Elwha success story. Two hydroelectric dams once blocked the Elwha; both now are gone. Sediment that was trapped behind them is ...
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