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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument celebrates 10 years as a World Heritage Site

On July 30, 2010, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was inscribed as a mixed World Heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Because the monument represents one of the best examples of both the world’s cultural as well as natural heritage, it has the distinction of being named the only mixed World Heritage […]

August 5th

Data! 10 charts show the economic benefits of US climate action

The United States made substantial progress towards a low-carbon economy over the past several years. Low-carbon technologies became more efficient and affordable compared to fossil fuels, while U.S. clean energy investment and deployment grew to new heights, creating millions of jobs. All this progress could be in jeopardy due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and government […]

August 4th

150 attacks on science and counting: Trump administration’s anti-science actions hurt people and communities nationwide

Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out during its 3½ years in power. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have been tracking these attacks on science since day one and our tracker has now hit a new, […]

August 3rd

Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted

Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year – twice as many as war, other violence, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Fine particulate matter air pollution is especially dangerous: Microscopic particles readily enter the lungs, bloodstream and brain, with health effects that include infant death, reduced life expectancy for […]

August 2nd

A look at why environmentalism is so homogeneous – and how organizations might cultivate genuine diversity

As a child growing up in Los Angeles, Erynn Castellanos would spend hours exploring her grandmother’s backyard garden, an oasis of greenery filled with oranges, sugarcane, yerba buena, guava and herbs. “Playing with my brother and cousins in my grandmother’s backyard, climbing the trees, and trying different fruits — those experiences made me appreciate natural spaces,” […]

August 2nd

Women in Science: Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth’s last frontier

Despite all the deep-sea expeditions and samples taken from the seabed over the past 100 years, humans still know very little about the ocean’s deepest reaches. And there are good reasons to learn more. Tharp with an undersea map at her desk. Rolled sonar profiles of the ocean floor are on the shelf behind her. […]

August 1st

Coalition sues to block Trump’s scorched-earth attack on bedrock environmental law NEPA

A coalition of 20 organizations filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration’s gutting of a law dubbed the “Magna Carta” of U.S. environmental legislation. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a five-decade old law, “embodies our nation’s environmental conscience” and “expressly commands the federal government to ‘fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee […]

August 1st

They tried to tame the Klamath River. They filled it with toxic algae instead.

The Karuk people define themselves by the Klamath River, just as the Romans did the Tiber or the Egyptians did the Nile. The word “Karuk” means “upstream,” a reference to the waterway, which runs from Klamath Lake in southern Oregon, across the mountains of northern California — where the Karuk live — before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. […]

August 1st

Fossil fuel giants are amplifying militarized police forces

The same industries fueling the climate crisis and disproportionately polluting Black and brown communities across the U.S are bankrolling police foundations, groups which can help militarize local police departments.That’s according to a new investigation from transparency group Public Accountability Initiative and its LittleSis project. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams Authored by Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman and […]

July 30th