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Trump efforts to fast-track pipeline projects derailed

Washington - The Trump administration’s effort to cut red tape and speed up major energy projects has backfired in the case of three of the biggest U.S. pipelines now planned or under construction.

Maritime Launch Services submits environmental report to province

Canso - The head of a company proposing to open Canada’s only commercial spaceport near the small community of Canso, N.S., says the impact of any launch failure would be relatively small.

Report looks at not so environmentally-friendly impacts of EVs

Sales of electric vehicles around the world rose by 54 percent in 2017, taking global stock across the three-million threshold. And as EV sales continue to rise, you may be surprised to learn there are economic and environmental consequences to consider.

Shell begins consultations to decommission North Sea oil assets

On Wednesday, Royal Dutch Shell submitted a plan to the British government for the decommissioning of parts of its production infrastructure in the Brent Oilfield in the North Sea now that the oil reserves have been depleted in the field.

The Fukushima Daiichi meltdown: Five years later

Fukushima - It has been almost five years since that fateful day on March 11, 2011 when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck northeastern Japan, creating a 40-meter tsunami that triggered the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown.

LNG terminal off coast of N.J. and N.Y. may have unwanted effect

Liberty Natural Gas LLC is hoping to build a deepwater LNG terminal off the coast of New Jersey and New York. Plans for the terminal, known as Port Ambrose, have been met with criticism from environmentalists who say it is dangerous and unnecessary.

Micro-living finds a niche by showing us we can live more simply

For years the notion that "big is better" has ruled everything from architecture to how much food we can shovel on a plate, but a new movement is taking hold, not just in the U.S. but around the world. It's called the "tiny house movement."

Op-Ed: Have we learned anything from the latest oil spill?

Glendive - One news source in Montana is expounding on the lessons learned from the 2011 ExxonMobil oil spill. But are the lessons, whatever they may be, really going to change the way we are letting these events impact the environment?

New pipeline oil spill in Yellowstone River raises concerns

Glendive - On Saturay, January 17, an oil pipeline breach spilled approximately 50,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River, nine miles above Glendive, in Dawson County, Montana.

World's largest cave and UNESCO site threatened by tourism

Public outrage and protests over the construction of a cable car system through Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park to Son Doong Cave, the world's largest, has people angry worldwide. Many fear the UNESCO World Heritage site is in danger of being destroyed.

India farmers fight Coca-Cola as their groundwater disappears

Farmers in India fight Coca-Cola as their groundwater disappears at ten times the rate it used to; farmers blame the bottling line located less than a mile from their farms for depleting their water supply in area classified as "critical" for groundwater.

Tropical fish invasion destroying world's kelp forests

A recently published study shows the migration of tropical fish as a result of warming ocean waters is creating a threat in the temperate waters they are invading. This migration has created a serious threat to kelp forests in these regions.

Op-Ed: Bio-Bío River - Emblem of the on-going struggle of the Mapuche Special

Concepci - The Bio-Bio River is Chile's second largest river and the country's widest. As one of Chile's most important rivers from the historical and economical standpoints, it has become a symbol of the long struggle of the aboriginal Mapuche.

Siberian cave study warns of permafrost thaw tipping point

Evidence assembled from stalactite and stalagmite formations in frozen caves in Siberia by a team of international scientists led by Oxford University gives some clues as to what might happen if global temperatures continue to rise.

Greenland Ice Sheet melt 'unprecedented' in 2012

After 2012's unprecedented melting of Greenland's Ice Sheet, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) last week launched a new website dedicated to providing up to date satellite data and scientific analysis of what is happening in Greenland.

France toughens laws on nanomaterials in consumer products

Nanomaterials, the result of nanotechnology, using extremely small objects, are becoming common in everyday life but the unseen use of nanomaterials in goods from cosmetics to paint is causing concern that there is little research into their effects.

NASA: Antarctic sea ice grows – but the climate’s still changing

A NASA study has reported a rise in Antarctic sea ice. For cherry picking climate change deniers, it may be a neat counterweight to Arctic ice melt but, as the NASA study shows, Antarctic ice expansion is another worrying trend in global climate change.

Hawaii to use wind power to go green by 2030

Hawaii's government is turning to wind power in order to cut down on pollution. Although the idyllic destination already has great wind resources, the plan is part of a state goal to obtain at least 70 per cent of energy needs from renewable resources.

Docs show US gov’t bias to Keystone XL during environmental study

Washington - New documents reveal the US State Department was “doing favors” for TransCanada during a government review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and sheds light on a White House bias in favor of the pipeline.

Op-Ed: Keystone XL pipeline poses risks to environment, people (Part 2)

Calgary - Environmentalists warn that the environmental consequences of the Keystone XL pipeline projects will cause further unrest and action from protestors.

New report calls for end to all new offshore drilling

Tucson - BP's catastrophe last year in the Gulf of Mexico that spilled more than 205 million gallons of oil into the ocean's waters, the result of fundamental dangers not being addressed, has led to a new report calling for an end to all new offshore drilling.

Two Decades Are Needed To Regain Forests In Greece

It will take twenty years in Greece to regain the forests that were lost from this summer's fires. The fires killed 65 people and the country lost more than half of their forest land and protected nature reserves.

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