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Published: 2016-12-07

 



Chimps help farmers 'plant' cacao in Guinea.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

A mutually beneficial behavior may help an endangered population endure while boosting profits for farmers.



This farmer fought the government to keep his farm sustainable.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

When federal crop insurance rules stymied Gail Fuller’s attempts to innovate, he knew something had to change.



Cattle shortage leaves Zimbabwe's fields unploughed as rains fall.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Rains have returned but after losing their animals to drought, many farmers now face ploughing their fields by hand.



Nearly 100 killed, hundreds hurt as quake strikes Indonesia's Aceh.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in Indonesia on Wednesday when a strong earthquake hit its Aceh province and rescuers used earth movers and bare hands to search for survivors in scores of toppled buildings.



Missouri's largest peach farmer sues Monsanto over alleged damage from illegal herbicide use.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Bader Farms is alleging that the biotech company bears responsibility for illegal herbicide use suspected of causing widespread crop damage in southeast Missouri and neighboring states.



China’s distant water fishing fleet growing unsustainably.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Rapid expansion and poor regulation of China’s distant water fishing fleet is adding to the strain on global fish stocks.



Snowstorm slams water protectors; 'We need to go home.'

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Thanking everyone for their service, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II said that with the Dakota Access Pipeline halted for the time being, and winter closing in, that it was time for the water protectors to go home.



Sea ice extent in Arctic and Antarctic reached record lows in November.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Both the Arctic and Antarctic experienced record lows in sea ice extent in November, with scientists astonished to see Arctic ice actually retreating at a time when the region enters the cold darkness of winter.



Five west African countries ban 'dirty diesel' from Europe.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast to block imports from oil companies and traders of diesel with sulphur levels many times European limit.



California agencies were urged to address metal emissions years before air toxics scare.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

The recent discovery of high levels of a cancer-causing pollutant in Paramount has alarmed residents and led authorities to crack down on dangerous emissions from two metal-processing plants.



California EPA says settled with Apple on hazardous waste claims.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

The California Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said Apple Inc agreed to pay $450,000 to settle state claims that it had mishandled hazardous electronic waste at facilities in Silicon Valley.



Mexico joins 'big reserve' trend of ocean conservation.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

On Monday, Mexico established 160 million acres in biological reserves, surpassing UN targets three years early.



Why Nestle really wants more Michigan groundwater.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Nestle Waters began taking formal steps to increase pumping on a private well that taps spring formation groundwater soon after the world's largest bottled water company discovered a municipal well that it controls was stricken by a pollutant.



A grave crisis in China.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

In crowded cities, even the dead have to jostle for space.



Nonprofit receives EPA grant to make nail salons 'healthy.'

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

A San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit has received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to make nail salons healthier.



Japan mercury-poisoning victims demand tests, 60 years later.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Six decades after "Minamata disease" mercury poisoning was first discovered, victims and their advocates are demanding tests for food toxicity and illnesses be carried out to help identify patients.



Environment group takes De Beers Canada to court over mercury.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

An environmental group said on Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against De Beers Canada, accusing the diamond producer of failing to report toxic levels of mercury and methylmercury at its Victor diamond mine in northern Ontario.



England may be in deforestation state due to lack of tree planting.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

England fells more trees than it plants and government must keep to its targets to evade deforestation, say forestry groups.



More terrifying than Trump? The booming conspiracy culture of climate science denial.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Conspiracy websites and hyperpartisan media outlets are building huge online audiences who want to hear climate change is a hoax.



This is not normal, people: Arctic and Antarctic hit record low sea ice.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

The Arctic and Antarctic blew away historic milestones in November. And not in a good way.



Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America's forests.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

An expanding army of insects is draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, warming climate and drought-weakened trees, the invaders have become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the United States.



The teen-agers suing over climate change.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Young plaintiffs in a number of states have sued the federal government as part of a legal effort to force action to address climate change.



Exxon wins latest legal round in climate fight with Mass. AG.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

In virtually unprecedented ruling, federal judge in Texas says Massachusetts AG Maura Healey must answer questions about her climate investigation to Exxon lawyers.



A climate denier is leading the NASA transition.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Alarm bells about how the incoming Trump administration will approach NASA's climate research are ringing louder.



Indonesia just made a huge move to protect the climate.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

A new decision from the government of Indonesia could be a major boon for both public health and the global climate.



Scientists confirm: “The Blob” really messed up the northeast Pacific.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

The Pacific warm water “Blob” contributed to a record toxic algae bloom.



Polar bear numbers to plunge a third as sea ice melts: Study.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Polar bear numbers could drop a third by mid-century, according to the first systematic assessment, released on Wednesday, of how dwindling Arctic sea ice affects the world's largest bear.



In West Virginia coal country, voters are ‘thrilled’ about Donald Trump.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Optimism is pervasive around Buckhannon, even after President-elect Trump last week chose as his commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, the billionaire who in 2006 owned the mine where an underground explosion killed 12 miners, the region’s worst coal disaster in decades.



Google meets renewable energy goal for global operations.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

Alphabet’s Google is on track to purchase enough renewable energy to cover all its global electricity consumption next year, the company said on Tuesday.



Despite climate change exodus, some Marshall Islanders head back home.

2016-12-07T09:00-05:00

After many young people fled in the face of worsening droughts, tropical storms, coral bleaching, coastal inundation and flooding, some are choosing to return.