Amanda Escalante

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Amendment 1 promises to save Florida’s threatened lands

More than two decades after Florida identified the need to save disappearing forests south of Miami, shrinking hammocks in the Keys and other …

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Wild Chinese sturgeon on brink of extinction in polluted Yangtze

The fish has survived for 140m years but failed to reproduce last year according to Chinese researchers<p>The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.<p>One of the world’s oldest …

New Air Conditioner Standards Would Rank as Biggest Energy Saver in U.S. DOE History on Environmental XPRT

Washington, D.C. -- The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new efficiency standards today that would slash commercial rooftop air conditioner energy …

10 Birds Your Grandkids May Never See, Thanks to Climate Change

Long before modern times, human beings caused great extinctions of charismatic animals, including many species of birds. From the gigantic Moas of …

Farmers, Fighters, Clean Energy: How Smart Policies Help the Economy and the Environment

The Obama administration has come up with a way to support our farmers and our military veterans -- while at the same time helping our economy and our environment through more clean energy.<p>On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture announced it will invest $68 million in more than 500 renewable …

Polar bear numbers in Hudson Bay of Canada on verge of collapse

Polar bear populations are a sensitive topic for the Canadian government, which has faced international criticism for its policies on climate change and for allowing limited hunting of bears, mainly by indigenous communities.<p>The Canadian environment minister provoked outrage last October when she …

Climate Change Amplifies Groundwater Depletion, Threatening Food Supply

A National Research Council report argues that groundwater use today is leaving society poorly prepared for potential rapid climate changes in the …

Amazon deforestation increased by one-third in past year

Destruction of the Amazon rainforest has increased by almost one-third in the past year, reversing a decade-long trend of better protection for the world's greatest rainforest.<p>Environmentalists blamed a controversial weakening of legal protections passed by President Dilma Rousseff for the increase …

The Mysterious Fungus Infecting the American Southwest

Valley fever has been around for more than 100 years, and disproportionately affects poor farmworkers. For some, it becomes a lifelong illness, and doctors don't know why.<p>Last fall, Kirt Emery was on his motorcycle, cruising up the 99 freeway over the mountains from Santa Barbara to Bakersfield, …

Global forest-protection plan depends on carbon credits

The forests of Kahuzi-Biega Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been pillaged for timber, minerals and wild game. But thanks to an ambitious environmental proposal, their most valuable resource may be the carbon in the trees.<p>The project, called REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from …

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The world’s largest gathering left behind an ecological disaster

The Kumbh Mela, the Hindu festival billed as the world’s largest human gathering, received plenty of positive press during its 55-day run earlier this year. In February, I traveled to the Kumbh with a global health research team from Harvard, and wrote up many sunny observations of the Kumbh’s …

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Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

One of the natural wonders of the world is about to have 3 million cubic metres of seabed dumped on top of it.<p>Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and …

Beijing Residents Told to Stay Inside Due to Extreme Air Pollution

Beijing warned the young, elderly and ill among its 20 million inhabitants to stay indoors as air pollution exceeded World Health …

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Bee deaths at centre of lawsuit by honey producers

Two major beekeeping firms are spearheading the launch of a $450-million class action lawsuit against two pesticide manufacturers, alleging their …

Reducing energy costs critical as green industrial technology set to boom

The UK’s manufacturing sector is turning to energy efficiency technologies to reduce costs and cut emissions, with 79% realising that energy is a …

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Adapt-N: Harnessing technology, farming the future

A software program from Cornell researchers aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save farmers’ crops. Now the big seed companies are taking notice<p>We have a nitrogen problem. Nitrogen is essential to our existence, a required nutrient for the plants we eat. It is the broad swath at the bottom …

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Japan set to wade into diplomatic row by bypassing ban on whaling

Tokyo poised to submit plan for 'scientific' programme of whale slaughter in Antarctic to get round ban on commercial whaling<p>Japan is expected to spark a fresh round of diplomatic tension after revealing plans to bypass a UN ban on the slaughter of whales in the Antarctic with a new, scaled-down …

Pregnant Mascarene petrel shows off ginormous egg bump as she soars over open seas: picture

A critically endangered Mascarene petrel, <i>Pseudobulweria aterrima,</i> with a very pregnant egg bump is taking centre stage by storm in the ornithological world on Thursday. This mysterious seabird was expected to lay her egg – and she lays only one egg per season – within hours after being photographed …