Environmental Watch

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Beef Has Huge Environmental Costs, Far above Poultry, Pork

Beef Has Huge #Environmental Costs, Far above Poultry, Pork


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There was a new study released Monday this week that stated beef is by far the most environmentally damaging protein. According to the research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, beef requires 28 times more land than what the average total is for dairy, eggs, poultry or pork to be produced.

Compared to other animal proteins, beef will produce five times…

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Peru Passes New Law that Weakens Environmental Safeguards

Peru Passes New Law that Weakens Environmental Safeguards


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Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru’s own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate talks this year.

The law was originally aimed at increasing investment, will strip Peru’s six-year-old environment ministry of…

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California Drought Taking Toll on Economy

#California Drought Taking Toll on #Economy

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The 2014 drought in California, the third most severe on record, has brought with it a plague of new problems for the state. The drought has cost California’s economy $2.2 billion, according to a report from the University of California, Davis.

The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences study updates estimates on the drought’s effects on Central Valley…

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New York Plans to Use Environmental Funds for Bridge

#NewYork Plans to Use #Environmental Funds for Bridge

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Should a new bridge come out of environmental funds?
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On Wednesday, a state board approved half of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to use clean water funds to help finance construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Public Authorities Control Board authorized the $256 million, five-year, no interest loan from the Environmental Facilities…

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South American Better Equipped to Deal With El Niño, Experts Claim

South American Better Equipped to Deal With El Niño, Experts Claim #environment #ElNino

The El-Niño Phenomenon

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Every year, the threat of El Niñolooms ominously over many regions in South America, where local governments and residents seek to protect themselves against the domino effect of natural disasters that can arise from it. El Niño, which is Spanish for “the boy,” is a natural phenomenon that is characterized by higher water temperatures along…

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Oil Drilling Debate Intensifies in Florida

Oil Drilling Debate Intensifies in Florida


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Earlier this month, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida spoke out against oil drilling at a county commission meeting in Collier County, Florida. The local environmental group is concerned about the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and how it isn’t doing enough about oil drilling and the controversial well near Immokalee.

The DEP recently wrote to the…

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Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Hits Mexico, Central America

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Hits Mexico, Central America


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Early in the morning on Monday, July 7th, a powerful earthquake hit southern Mexico and Central America, killing at least three people and damaging dozens of buildings in Guatemala. The 6.9 quakewas felt as far north as Mexico City, through central Guatemala and as far south as El Salvador. The Pacific Coast of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas was considered to…

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Environmental Lawyer Chosen to Lead Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

Environmental Lawyer Chosen to Lead Mississippi Department of #Environmental Quality

Gary Rikard

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has named 44-year-old environmental lawyer Gary Rikard to replace the outgoing executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Rikard is a resident of Olive Branch, Mississippi and was previously an attorney for the department back in the 1990s, where he has also worked as an environmental engineer.


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Environmental Groups Work to Protect Prairie Chickens

Environmental Groups Work to Protect Prairie Chickens

Prairie Chickens

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Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the federal government to make more aggressive protection efforts for the prairie chicken. The lawsuit comes from a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, but not an endangered species.

The ruling included an…

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Pope Francis Calls Environmental Exploitation a Sin

Pope Francis Calls #Environmental Exploitation a Sin

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Pope Francis is already considered one of the most progressive Popes in recent history, and his new focus on the environment is only supporting this public opinion of him. In his recent address at the University of Molise, Pope Francis called for more respect for nature. At the University in Southern Italy in the agricultural and industrial region, the Pope…

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