environmentalism

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Over 70 Arrested for Blocking Newspaper Plants

The group is called Extinction Rebellion

(Newser) - Police arrested more than 70 environmental activists who blockaded two British printing plants, disrupting the distribution of several national newspapers on Saturday, the AP reports. The group Extinction Rebellion said it targeted printworks at Broxbourne, north of London, and Knowsley in northwest England, that are owned by Rupert Murdoch’s... More »

Trump Quashes Major Law: 'All of That Ends Today'

The president reinterprets an environmental policy dating back to Nixon

(Newser) - President Trump is rolling back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles infrastructure projects, but that is credited with ensuring decades of scrutiny of major projects and giving local communities a say, the AP reports. Trump was in Atlanta to announce changes Wednesday to the National Environmental Policy... More »

Starbucks Just Made a Change It Hopes You Don't Notice

Company is testing greener coffee cup with biodegradable liner

(Newser) - Starbucks' paper coffee cups aren't as easy to recycle as you may think. That's because it's challenging to separate the outer paper part from the thin plastic liner used on the inside to keep any hot beverage from seeping through. The chain hopes to change all of... More »

New From Prince William: the Earthshot Prize

Duke of Cambridge announces a plan to take action to 'repair our planet'

(Newser) - On the last day of 2019, Prince William announced on the Kensington Palace Instagram feed "the most prestigious environment prize in history." The multimillion-dollar Earthshot Prize , which will be formally launched in 2020 per the BBC , will hold awards ceremonies in cities around the world every year from... More »

'Illegal and Dangerous': Oil Spill in the Galapagos

Crane falls on vessel, causing boat to tip, oil to seep into water off of San Cristobal Island

(Newser) - CNN notes that environmentalists are likely to be fuming after an accident in the Galapagos Islands over the weekend that dumped 600 gallons of oil into the water. The spill happened early Sunday as a crane was lowering a container onto a cargo vessel on San Cristobal Island, lost... More »

Thunberg Rejects $52K Prize, Blasts Nordic 'Bragging'

She wants action: 'The climate movement does not need any more awards'

(Newser) - Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been honored with a $52,000 environmental prize from the Nordic Council. Her response: Thanks, but no thanks. "The climate movement does not need any more awards. What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to... More »

Amazon Fires Catch the World's Attention

Even amid disagreement over just how bad they are

(Newser) - It's the dry season in Brazil, meaning wildfires are burning all over the country, including in the Amazon rainforest. In fact, the Brazilian agency in charge of monitoring fires—the National Institute for Space Research—reports that a record 74,155 blazes were burning as of this week, up... More »

Oil Pipeline Stymied Despite Court Victory

Seems it's too late in the year to start building

(Newser) - An appeals court has lifted a judge's injunction that blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the US, but the developer has said it's too late to begin work this year and environmental groups vowed to keep fighting it, the AP reports. A three-judge... More »

Country's New Law Could Bring 525B New Trees to the World

Philippines bill would mandate students plant at least 10 trees each before graduating

(Newser) - Advocates for a new bill in the Philippines say it could result in 525 billion new trees over the course of a generation, and the ones set to be on the front lines for this initiative are students. The Independent and CNN Philippines report on the proposed legislation, which mandates... More »

Power-Plant Towers Collapse in Seconds

Massachusetts plant had burned coal since 1963

(Newser) - In a matter of seconds, two 500-foot cooling towers from Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant have been reduced to rubble, the AP reports. The controlled demolition went off as scheduled at 8am Saturday at the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset. Live video showed the giant towers along Mount Hope... More »

Swimmer Ends 'Very Disturbing' Journey

Benoit Lecomte has a message for the world

(Newser) - A swimmer's record-breaking effort may be on hold, but his warning endures: There's way too much plastic out there. Benoît "Ben" Lecomte set foot on Oahu, Hawaii on Monday, conclusively ending his dream of being the first swimmer to cross the Pacific Ocean, per CNN . A... More »

'Everyone Will Suffer': Latest Rainforest Data Is Grim

Deforestation is on the rise in Brazil

(Newser) - Think deforestation is declining in the Amazon, with all the warnings about climate change? Nope, it just got worse—its highest rate in the past 10 years, the BBC reports. Brazil has released data showing that roughly 3,050 square miles (or nearly 1.5 million football fields) of Earth'... More »

'Lives Are at Stake': Feds Slam California Water Rules

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross steps in with new directive

(Newser) - President Trump has apparently inspired the feds to alter California water rules regarding wildfires, Fox News reports. "Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean," Trump tweeted Monday . "Can... More »

City Finds 'Treasure' Beneath Toxic Dirt

New Yorkers are excited about soil discovery

(Newser) - New York City is hiding a healthy little secret: its dirt. Beneath a layer of toxic topsoil, New Yorkers are finding clean sediments and using them in ways apparently unmatched by any city, the New York Times reports. A non-profit "soil exchange" run by the mayor's office is... More »

Trump Upends Policy on Protecting Lakes, Oceans

The president rolls back approach that followed Deepwater Horizon spill

(Newser) - President Trump has thrown out a policy devised by his predecessor to protect US oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with a new approach that emphasizes use of the waters to promote economic growth, the AP reports. Trump revoked an executive order issued by President Obama in 2010 following... More »

The 10 Greenest Cities in the US

San Francisco comes out on top

(Newser) - Which US cities do best at promoting eco-friendly lifestyles? To answer that question, WalletHub looked at the 100 biggest cities in the country and compared 22 "green" indicators, ranging from greenhouse gas emissions and clean-energy policies to urban agriculture, water quality, number of commuters, and "green" job opportunities.... More »

'Uninvited Guest' Is Killing a Southwest Reservoir

Climate change is decreasing water levels in Lake Powell: Rebecca Solnit

(Newser) - More than 50 years ago, Glen Canyon, straddling Arizona and Utah, became flooded with water after the creation of the Glen Canyon Dam led to the formation of the Lake Powell reservoir. But even though the Sierra Club wrote the canyon's obituary in 1963, Rebecca Solnit reveals in the... More »

How a 7-Year-Old Is Saving the Planet— and Saving for College

Ryan Hickman has earned $10K by recycling

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy in California already has $10,000 saved for college—and not a penny of it came from his parents. "I've recycled 200,000 cans and bottles," Ryan Hickman tells ABC7 . He got "hooked" on recycling at age 3 after a visit to a... More »

Green Activist Walking Across US Hit and Killed by SUV

Mark Baumer was going barefoot to raise money

(Newser) - A 33-year-old environmental activist who was hoping to walk across the country barefoot was struck and killed along a Florida highway over the weekend, reports ABC News . Police say Mark Baumer of Providence, RI, was hit by an SUV Saturday afternoon on the side of US Highway 90 in Walton... More »

Patagonia Won't Keep a Penny of Its Black Friday Sales

Will likely be about $2M

(Newser) - Outdoors outfitter Patagonia is taking an unusual approach to Black Friday: CEO Rose Marcario says 100% of the day's sales online and in its 80 locations worldwide will go toward groups that help the environment. CNN Money estimates that will amount to $2 million. The chain also made headlines... More »

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