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Chile court rules tailings dam for Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine safe

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean court ruled on Wednesday that the tailings dam for Antofagasta Minerals' flagship Los Pelambres copper mine is safe, though a separate appeal has not yet been decided on a judge's ruling to demolish the facility that holds refuse left over from the extraction process.

Ocean output rivals big nations' GDP, but resources eroding

OSLO (Reuters) - Economic output by the world's oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.

Volcano erupts in southern Chile, sending ash, smoke miles into sky

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Volcano Calbuco erupted on Wednesday in southern Chile, sending a plume of ash and smoke several miles up into the sky, local television images showed.

Meet the scientists making new climate discoveries (and fudge) at the South Pole

T.J. Fudge (yes, he makes a mean fudge) and the other researchers are looking at ice cores at the South Pole, for new clues about regional climate change.

U.S. earthquakes pose risk to record 140 million Americans: research

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 143 million people in 48 neighboring states across the United States are at risk from earthquakes, experts said on Wednesday.

Obama burns Florida’s climate deniers on their home turf

The president uses his Earth Day message to call for climate action -- and throw a few jabs at Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.

Obama Just Called Out Florida's Climate Deniers in Their Own Backyard

President Barack Obama just marked Earth Day with a speech on climate change, given from a podium in Florida's Everglades National Park. The choice of venue was appropriate from an environmental perspective—the Everglades is already acutely feeling the impacts of sea live rise—but it was also telling from a political standpoint. Show More Summary

Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Firing 57 Environmental Agency Employees

Happy Earth Day! Today is a day we can all band together and share our love for this beautiful planet—or at least drown our sorrows about climate change with nerdy themed cocktails. Later today, President Barack Obama will mark the occasion with a climate-focused speech in the Florida Everglades. Show More Summary

Twitter tries to tackle trolls

Twitter is attempting to curtail the occurrence of cyber-bullying, trolling and promoting violence against others by implementing new policies. Social Twitter trolls censorship cyber-bullying

Bees may get hooked on nicotine-linked pesticides

LONDON (Reuters) - Bees may be getting hooked on nectar laced with widely used nicotine-related chemicals in pesticides they cannot even taste, in the same way humans are addicted to cigarettes, new research has found.

Activist plans Earth Day swim in polluted New York City canal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An environmental activist planned on Wednesday to swim nearly two miles in a New York City canal described by the top U.S. environmental agency as among the nation's "most extensively contaminated" bodies of wat...

How Californians Screwed Drought-Plagued California

Solving California's water crisis got a lot harder on Monday when a state appeals court struck down steeply tiered water rates in the city of San Juan Capistrano. Like many other California cities, this affluent Orange County town encourages...Show More Summary

Easy Upcycling: Homemade Planters From Rain Boots

Got a pair of used rain boots too beat up to pass on? Jennifer Tuohy of the Home Depot shows you how to upcycle them into homemade planters The post Easy Upcycling: Homemade Planters From Rain Boots appeared first on Sustainablog.

Almost half Vanuatu people lack clean water, month after cyclone: UNICEF

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 100,000 people in Vanuatu have no clean drinking water, a month after a monster cyclone struck the tiny Pacific nation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

The Battle to Restore Hetch Hetchy Valley Moves to the Courts

This week, the longstanding battle over the dam and reservoir that have for a century flooded Yosemite National Park’s storied Hetch Hetchy Valley moves to the courts. A new lawsuit, filed by conservationists on the 177th anniversary of  John Muir’s birth, asserts that the City of San Francisco’s continued operation of O’Shaughnessy Dam and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir […]

Meteor Shower Tonight — Lyrids Peak Tonight, April 22 2015

The Lyrids meteor shower will be reaching its peak tonight on April 22, 2015 (technically during the early morning hours of April 23, 2015). Considering that the Lyrid meteor shower is consistently one of the best of the year… Make you...Show More Summary

Sydney storm erodes sandy beaches, giving a taste of the future

Shifting sands seen at Bondi and other beaches in Australia this week may worsen as sea levels rise, eroding sandy beaches there

Philippine climate envoy steps down to lead 'pilgrimage'

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Philippines' climate change commissioner, Naderev "Yeb" Saño, who grabbed the limelight at U.N. climate talks with emotional pleas for action, stepped down on Wednesday to lead a "pilgrimage" to parts of the world hit by climate impacts.

ExxonMobil to pay over $5 million for Mayflower oil spill

(Reuters) - ExxonMobil Corp has agreed to pay more than $5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 crude oil spill from the Pegasus Pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

Burger giant McDonald's to end deforestation in supply chain

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global fast food giant McDonald's Corp has pledged to end deforestation caused by production of commodities in its supply chain, focusing on beef, coffee, palm oil, poultry and packaging.

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