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Adorable Newborn Asian Elephant Is Helping Save Her Species Adorable Newborn Asian Elephant Is Helping Save Her Species

There’s a new joke at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio: Who’s your daddy? It’s a genuine question for the female baby Asian elephant born early Thursday morning as a result of artificial insemination.

The Trump Administration Is Spinning Its Latest Pro-Coal Policy as Good for People of Color The Trump Administration Is Spinning Its Latest Pro-Coal Policy as Good for People of Color

The Environmental Protection Agency is using energy affordability among low-income communities and people of color as an argument to bring back coal. Yes, the same coal responsible for an estimated 3,000 American deaths a year.

How Flint's Water Crisis Almost Turned Into a Plastic Bottle Disaster How Flint's Water Crisis Almost Turned Into a Plastic Bottle Disaster

If the water pouring out your sink is full of lead, you might reasonably turn to bottled water. That’s exactly what happened in Flint, Michigan, after the city switched its drinking water source and lead began leaching into everyone’s taps. In the first three weeks after the state declared the situation an emergency…

Catastrophic Oil Spill in the Peruvian Amazon Pits State Energy Company Against Local Tribe Catastrophic Oil Spill in the Peruvian Amazon Pits State Energy Company Against Local Tribe

Last week, at least 8,000 barrels of crude oil gushed into the northern Amazon rainforest in Peru, creating one of the worst spills the region has seen in years. State oil company Petroperú is blaming a local indigenous community for sabotaging a pipeline and triggering the spill, but the leader of Peru’s Wampis…

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project Lost Billions by Failing to Consult With Local Tribes The Dakota Access Pipeline Project Lost Billions by Failing to Consult With Local Tribes

In 2016, Energy Transfer Partners—the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline—became a poster child of corporate greed when it ignored the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s pleas to keep a 1,172-mile pipeline off their land or, at the very least, to conduct a proper environmental assessment before building it.

New Study Finds Microplastics in Every Species of Sea Turtle on Earth New Study Finds Microplastics in Every Species of Sea Turtle on Earth

Sea turtles are some of the chillest little dudes in the ocean. Some, like the loggerhead sea turtle, look like aquatic stoners when they munch on jellyfish whose stings can leave their eyes swollen and red. Unfortunately for these fellas, plastic bags can look a lot like a jellyfish meal. No wonder a study published…

The Camp Fire Death Count Just Dropped by 3 Due to New DNA Evidence The Camp Fire Death Count Just Dropped by 3 Due to New DNA Evidence

Miraculously, the number of dead from California’s Camp Fire—the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history—has fallen from 88 to 85, the Butte County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

The Rare Environmental Victories of 2018 The Rare Environmental Victories of 2018

Let’s face it: 2018 sucked. Every day felt like a never-ending nightmare full of depressing reminders of how the world is going to end and how it’s all our fault. I get it, believe me. This is my world 24/7.

California Wildfires Emitted as Much Carbon as the State’s Entire Power Sector in 2018 California Wildfires Emitted as Much Carbon as the State’s Entire Power Sector in 2018

We know California wildfires can be deadly: Look no further than the Camp Fire in northern California that killed at least 88 people last month. A new analysis from the U.S. Geological Survey reminds us that these disasters can also be a slow killer through the pollution and greenhouse gases they emit.

Courts Allow Keystone XL Pipeline to Move Forward With Planning Despite Construction Halt Courts Allow Keystone XL Pipeline to Move Forward With Planning Despite Construction Halt

Earlier this month, a district court judge in Montana halted all construction on the Keystone XL pipeline in a major symbolic victory for environmentalists. Now, that judge is allowing developer TransCanada to go ahead and begin preliminary planning for its construction work.

Scientists Just Rescued One of the Last Sumatran Rhinos to Save the Entire Species Scientists Just Rescued One of the Last Sumatran Rhinos to Save the Entire Species

Capturing a rhino is no easy task. In fact, capturing one female Sumatran rhino on the Indonesian section of the island of Borneo took seven months.

Brazil's New Far-Right Regime Backs Out of Hosting UN Climate Talks Next Year Brazil's New Far-Right Regime Backs Out of Hosting UN Climate Talks Next Year

The United Nations annual climate talks were set to take place in Brazil next year, but the new far-right administration has decided to back out.

Climate Change Threatens Priceless Knowledge Held by Indigenous Communities, Federal Report Warns Climate Change Threatens Priceless Knowledge Held by Indigenous Communities, Federal Report Warns

The National Climate Assessment is big, bad, and scary. It always is. However, tucked between the warnings of death and doom, there is hope. A lot of this hope relates to indigenous communities in the U.S. In fact, as one of the demographics set to be hardest hit by climate change and rising sea levels, indigenous…

The Scientists Who Spend Their Summers Hunting for Whale Poop

Marine ecologist Leigh Torres has been documenting gray whales along the Oregon coast since 2015—watching them arrive to feed, monitoring how young ones have grown over the time, and studying their defecations.

Beloved LA-Area Mountain Lion Presumed Dead From Woolsey Fire  Beloved LA-Area Mountain Lion Presumed Dead From Woolsey Fire 

The Woolsey Fire burned through southern California for nearly three weeks, torching nearly 100,000 acres and destroying 1,500 structures in its path. It’s finally contained since last week, but officials are just beginning to survey the damage. Part of that includes cataloging the region’s wildlife. Unfortunately,…

Bold New Museum Exhibit Urges World to Save Washington State's Nearly-Extinct Orcas Bold New Museum Exhibit Urges World to Save Washington State's Nearly-Extinct Orcas

Two brothers, Jewell and Doug James, first started carving totem poles back in 2001 after 9/11. The brothers, both members of the Lummi Nation in Washington, created these poles as gifts meant to heal. They toured them around the U.S. and invited people to put their hands on them because people are what make the poles…

The Best Way to Remove Invasive Species? Greedy Goats The Best Way to Remove Invasive Species? Greedy Goats

Connie Rieper-Estes likes to name her goat babies in batches. There are the cookie goats: Snickerdoodle, Biscotti, Nutter Butter, and Black and White Cookie. Before them came the ice cream-themed names: Neopolitan and Caramel Sundae. What better names to give a bunch of hungry goats?

Be Thankful for Your Heater This Thanksgiving Because You're Going to Need It Be Thankful for Your Heater This Thanksgiving Because You're Going to Need It

If you live in the Northeast, you better put some mittens on your turkey this Thanksgiving. Because temperatures are gonna’ drop—and not like it’s hot.

Colorful Maps Show How We've Transformed Earth's Surface Over the Past 25 Years Colorful Maps Show How We've Transformed Earth's Surface Over the Past 25 Years

The world’s changed a lot over the last quarter century. In fact, 22 percent of our planet’s livable surface has changed dramatically between the years 1992 and 2015, according to a new study published Monday.

Dead Sperm Whale Washes Up With 150 Plastic Cups in Its Stomach Dead Sperm Whale Washes Up With 150 Plastic Cups in Its Stomach

Can the whales ever catch a break? They’re already dealing with industrial chemicals, food shortages, and dangerous ships. Then, there’s the plastic that inevitably makes its way into their stomachs. On Monday, a dead whale floated ashore in eastern Indonesia with its stomach full of plastic junk, including 115…

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