Environment

Environmentalists are set to turn the Orange County oil field into a nature preserve

Environmentalists are set to turn the Orange County oil field into a nature preserve

On Friday, the non-profit Trust for Public Land completed the purchase of an oil field atop the coastal cliffs of Newport Beach, ensuring the property will be cleaned up and preserved as open space. The 384-acre Banning Ranch property, whose future was at the center of an intense decades-long struggle in Orange County, is believed …

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DRC’s objection to ‘paradigm-shifting’ COP15 biodiversity deal

It was almost a special moment in the early hours of Monday morning at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal. China and Canada, bickering adversaries, came together for the good of the planet to help the world at COP15 forge a once-in-a-decade deal to stop the destruction of Earth’s ecosystems. From a focus on Indigenous …

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Here's why more than 32,000 abandoned and orphaned offshore wells litter the outer continental shelf

Here’s why more than 32,000 abandoned and orphaned offshore wells litter the outer continental shelf

Located about 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, an abandoned well has been pouring oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 18 years. This is the longest oil spill in US history and is still ongoing as of this writing. Left unchecked, it could continue to dump …

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Almost all countries sign radical agreement to protect nature

Almost all countries sign radical agreement to protect nature

MONTREAL, Quebec — About 190 countries early Monday endorsed a sweeping United Nations agreement to protect 30 percent of the world’s land and oceans by 2030 and take a range of other actions against biodiversity loss, a growing crisis under the radar which, if left unchecked, it jeopardizes the planet’s food and water supply as …

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This bird is extinct, says the government.  Not everyone is so sure.

This bird is extinct, says the government. Not everyone is so sure.

A multitude of birdwatchers and professional birdwatchers are racing to prove the ivory-billed woodpecker still exists, before federal authorities remove it from the endangered species list. December 19, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. EST (Video: Arthur. A. Allen/Cornell University) Comment this story Comment Steven Latta was trudging through the damp Louisiana slums when he spotted it: …

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COP15: historic agreement reached to halt biodiversity loss by 2030

Governments appear to have signed a once-in-a-decade deal to halt the destruction of Earth’s ecosystems, but the accord appears to have been forced on by the Chinese president, ignoring objections from some African states. After more than four years of negotiations, repeated delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Sunday night talks in Montreal, nearly …

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The meat industry has created a false dichotomy that pits people against animals

The meat industry has created a false dichotomy that pits people against animals

It is a common narrative that factory farming – despite the cruelty to animals, environmental destruction and impacts on human health – has net benefits that make it an important part of society, especially in rural America. It provides affordable meat to our people, creates jobs in small towns, boosts local economies and helps families …

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COP15: China presents biodiversity framework for approval |  Globalnews.ca

COP15: China presents biodiversity framework for approval | Globalnews.ca

Chinese Environment Minister Huang Runqiu presented the proposed text of a new global agreement that would commit to protecting at least 30% of land, water and marine areas by 2030. The draft of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was released this morning as delegates gather on the penultimate official day of the COP15 biodiversity conference …

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USDA approval of genetically modified chestnut trees would be a step forward for the conservation of endangered species

USDA approval of genetically modified chestnut trees would be a step forward for the conservation of endangered species

This is an exciting time in the field of conservation and biotechnology. For the first time, it seems likely that a genetically engineered (GE) tree could be approved by US regulatory agencies for use in the restoration of an endangered species in the wild. This tree is the American chestnut, a species decimated by disease …

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