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6 Conservationists Win Major Prize For Environmental Activism

Conservation awards given to 6 environmentalistsWendy Bowman was forced off her family farm a few hours north of Sydney, Australia, in the late ‘80s after a coal mine contaminated the water supply and caused her crops to die. Two decades later, she had to move again after another mine served her an eviction notice. But in 2010, when yet another company threatened to mine on her property, she’d had enough.

Bowman, now 83, filed suit, refused offers of millions, and despite being surrounded by mines on three side, has worked to protect her land and an important waterway from contamination ever since.

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Florida blaze spreads after ripping through homes, evacuating thousands

Florida fires spread westA growing brush fire in South Florida is destroying buildings and forcing thousands of people from their homes as emergency crews from across the state scramble to beat back the blaze.

Officials said Saturday morning that the fire spread from 4,800 acres to 5,500 acres overnight in Collier County, which borders the Gulf of Mexico just south of Fort Myers. The blaze destroyed nine homes in the past day and is only 10% contained, officials claim.

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Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

Candaian glacier recedes; river disappearsAn immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography.

The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of the Slims river, which spanned up to 150 metres at its widest points, is the first observed case of “river piracy”, in which the flow of one river is suddenly diverted into another.

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22,000 years of history evaporates after freezer failure melts Arctic ice cores

Freezeer failure erases 20,000 years of Arctic historyWithin them sits some 80,000 years of history, offering researchers tantalising clues about climate change and the Earth’s past. At least that was the case – until the precious cache of Arctic ice cores was hit by warming temperatures.

A freezer malfunction at the University of Alberta in Edmonton has melted part of the world’s largest collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic, reducing some of the ancient ice into puddles.

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EPA Chief Pruitt: U.S. Should 'Exit' Paris Climate Agreement

Pruitt says to exit paris climate accordEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday that the United States should exit the Paris climate agreement. The comments are his strongest yet on a question that has divided the Donald Trump administration, even as it seeks to roll back the nation's commitment to act on climate change.

"Paris is something we need to look at closely. It's something we need to exit in my opinion," Pruitt said in an interview on the Fox & Friends morning news program.

"It's a bad deal for America," he said. "It's an 'America second, third or fourth' kind of approach."

TVNL Comment:  The appoointment of Pruitt, an outspoken Climate Change denier, as head of the EPA was only one of the insane and ignorant choices made by the Clown in the WH.

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USGS study finds array of contaminants in U.S. waterways

US waterways contaminatedNew research shows many waterways in the United States contain complex blends of carbon-based contaminants.

When researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey sampled streams across the United States, they were surprised by the complexity of contaminant mixtures. Several of the organic contaminants measured could have adverse effects on aquatic species, and some could potentially harm human health.

The majority of the chemicals tested for by the USGS researchers are bioactive, which means they are certainly affecting living organisms.

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Trump’s Environmental Spending Cuts Could Cost Republican Districts Billions

Environmental contracts in danger with Trump cutsPresident Donald Trump's cuts to environmental programs may face resistance from members of his own party due to an Obama administration practice that spread billions of dollars in contracts to Republican as well as Democratic congressional districts.

A Bloomberg analysis of federal contract data shows that spending related to the environment reached 423 congressional districts in fiscal year 2016 and totaled $5.9 billion. Almost half that spending—47 percent—went to districts represented by Republicans.

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Miami's Fight Against Rising Seas

Miami State Road A1AThe first time my father’s basement flooded, it was shortly after he moved in. The building was an ocean-front high-rise in a small city north of Miami called Sunny Isles Beach.

The marble lobby had a waterfall that never stopped running; crisp-shirted valets parked your car for you. For the residents who lived in the more lavish flats, these cars were often BMWs and Mercedes. But no matter their value, the cars all wound up in the same place: the basement.

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Great Barrier Reef: Two-thirds damaged in 'unprecedented' bleaching

Coral reefs in grave dangerUnprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown.

The bleaching - or loss of algae - affects a 1,500km (932 miles) area of the reef, according to scientists.

The latest damage is concentrated in the middle section, whereas last year's bleaching hit mainly the north.  Experts fear the proximity of the two events will give damaged coral little chance to recover.

Prof Terry Hughes, from James Cook University, said governments must urgently address climate change.

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