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Bolsonaro’s Big Talk at the UN

Bolsonaro’s Big Talk at the UN

The Amazon Rainforest is still on fire. This fact comes as Brazil’s newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time and told the world (as the New Yorker reported) that the forest was “practically untouched,” and blamed a “lying and sensationalist media” for propagating fake news about their destruction. […]

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Amazon Employees Join Global Climate Strike

You may have seen that young climate activists are planning a massive climate strike next week in the lead up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23rd. As The Daily Kos explained “[Greta] Thunberg and the movement she started organized a global climate strike March 15. Some 1.4 million people in 2,200 cities in 128 countries […]

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Amazon Under Fire for Increasing Plastic Packaging

Amazon Under Fire for Increasing Plastic Packaging

Reducing plastic has been a hot topic for corporate sustainability officers around the world. Our planet is literally drowning in plastic and with China’s recent policy to stop imports of plastic trash, there’s growing public pressure for retailers to drastically cut down on plastic packaging and to support recycling infrastructure. However, Amazon has made little […]

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Exclusive Interview with Chris Kilham, the “Medicine Hunter” on Amazon Devastation

Exclusive Interview with Chris Kilham, the “Medicine Hunter” on Amazon Devastation

Chris Kilham, is an ethnobotanist and a former Explorer-in-Residence at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has visited the Amazon 35 times, working in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and French Guiana to support the forests, rivers, people, wildlife, foods, and medicines that are part of the Amazon’s rich ecosystem.  We asked him about the impact of […]

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Bolsonaro Sends in the Troops to Fight Amazon Fires

Bolsonaro Sends in the Troops to Fight Amazon Fires

After threats of trade retaliation from the EU, ridicule at the G7, and even pressure from the Pope, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made the unexpected move of deploying troops to help fight the devastating fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. As CNN explained, “Brazil’s space research center (INPE) said this week that the country has […]

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Pets Increasingly Getting Their Due Thanks To Millennials

Pets Increasingly Getting Their Due Thanks To Millennials

Millennials are much more likely to enjoy their job and want to stay if they are allowed to bring their pets to work, according to a recent survey by Nationwide Insurance.  And a millennial who sued the Meeker Housing Authority in Denver, Colorado for violating the federal rights of tenants with disabilities by charging a fee for companion animals recently agreed to settle his case against the authority for nearly $1 million.  Millennials are increasingly forcing a change in U.S. society’s attitudes toward pets.  

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Shrinking Protected Areas Causing Biodiversity Concerns to Rise

Shrinking Protected Areas Causing Biodiversity Concerns to Rise

A new report from Conservation International published today in Science documents that governments have removed more than 500,000 square kilometers from protected areas and downgraded the protection for an additional 1.65 million square kilometers, the majority of which are associated with industrial-scale development.

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Tweet of the Week: Amazon employees demand climate action at shareholder meeting

Today is Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting. Nearly 7,700 Amazon employees signed their name publicly asking Bezos and the board to adopt our climate change resolution. Employees want to LEAD on the climate crisis. A thread on our historic, collective action 👇 https://t.co/9hdFAJTmGL — Emily Cunningham (@emahlee) May 22, 2019 After nearly 8,000 Amazon employees signed […]

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Amazon not keeping its renewable energy commitments

Amazon not keeping its renewable energy commitments

In 2014, Amazon made a much-applauded announcement that it would power the entire company off of renewable energy. However, recent investigations by Greenpeace and Gizmodo have revealed that Amazon isn’t making good on its commitment.

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Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

With more than half the world now able to access the internet, according to the United Nations, there is a growing need undersea cables that literally keep the world connected, The New York Times explains.  Nearly 750,000 miles of cable is strung across the oceans all around the globe, and these cables have to withstand heavy currents, rock slides, earthquakes and interference from fishing trawlers for a lifespan of up to 25 years. 

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Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Acting without the consent of the indigenous people of the Amazon, who have a guaranteed right to their land under the Brazilian constitution, the country’s new Minister of Mining and Energy announced a plan to permit mining companies to conduct operations on previously protected indigenous lands. 

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One Cool Thing: Plug-In Trucks Are On The Way

One Cool Thing: Plug-In Trucks Are On The Way

Trucks are the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. but they have been completely absent from the plug-in electric vehicles market so far, but that is about to change.  There are five pickup truck models vying to be the first one to hit the showroom.  The most anticipated and likely first one out of the blocks […]

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