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Greenpeace sues Norway over Arctic oil

Greenpeace sues NorwayEnvironmental group Greenpeace said Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government for giving energy companies consent to drill in Arctic waters.

The group's Norwegian branch and regional advocate Nature and Youth said in their challenge that Norway was violating the Paris climate agreement by moving ahead with oil drilling in the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea.


‘Riot’ Charge Dropped Against Amy Goodman For Covering Pipeline Protest

Amy GoodmanCriminal charges against “Democracy Now” radio host Amy Goodman were dropped Monday in North Dakota. Prosecutors had charged her with participating in a riot while she covered a protest against the construction of an oil pipeline there last month.

Judge John Grinsteiner declined to sign necessary paperwork confirming probable cause, which halted the case from proceeding, her lawyer Tom Dickson told The Huffington Post.


Storm brings down trees, powerlines in Northwest

Northwest stormsTrees and power lines snapped Saturday as a powerful storm bearing the remnants of a Pacific typhoon hit the Northwest.

Tens of thousands of people were without power in Oregon and Washington on Saturday as the storm made landfall after gathering intensity off the coast. The National Weather Service said winds gusted above 50 mph in the Portland area and that the strongest winds would hit Seattle from about 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Australian government: Great Barrier Reef 22 percent dead

Great Barrier ReefA significant portion of coral on the Great Barrier Reef has died, the Australian government announced as its assessment of the area entered its second phase.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority began its follow-up investigation into the extent of coral bleaching in early October. The project aims to analyze the level of damage caused by the worst mass bleaching event on record.


Study: Deforestation in Amazon going undetected by Brazilian monitors

Brazilian deforestationOver the last two decades, Brazil's government has pushed to curb deforestation. By official accounts, their progress as been commendable, but new research suggests a significant portion of deforestation has gone undetected by Brazil's satellite monitoring system, called PRODES.

Researchers published their findings this week in the journal Conservation Letters.

"PRODES has been an incredible monitoring tool and has facilitated the successful enforcement of policies," Leah VanWey, co-author of the new study and director at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, said in a press release. "But we show evidence that landowners are working around it in ways that are destroying important forests."


Bolt cutters expose vulnerability of North America's oil pipeline grid

Bolt cutters used on pipelinesAll it took was a pair of bolt cutters and the elbow grease of a few climate activists to carry out an audacious act of sabotage on North America's massive oil and gas pipeline system.

For an industry increasingly reliant on gadgets such as digital sensors, infrared cameras and drones to monitor security and check for leaks, the sabotage illustrated how vulnerable pipelines are to low-tech attacks.


6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, no tsunami warning

New Guinea quakeA 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Britain island off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea Wednesday.

The Pacific island nation, north of Australia, is a common site for earthquakes. Wednesday's quake was not followed by a tsunami warning, and no reports of injuries or damage were immediately available. The earthquake was centered near the township of Rabaul, on the north side of the island.


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