Environmental Watch

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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

Pope Francis

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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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Solar Roadways: The Road Solution of the Future?

#Solar Roadways: The Road Solution of the Future?

Interstate with solar roadways.

Artist’s rendition of a interstate with solar roadways.
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Solar Roadwaysmay be something you have already heard floating around. The idea has gained a lot of supporters in the past year, as it has come closer to being reality. But it also has some detractors. Solar Roadways has received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for research and…

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California Hit With Worst Dry Spell on Record This Summer

#California Hit With Worst Dry Spell on Record This Summer #environment #drought

Central California Drought

Central California is suffering from droughts this summer. IMG: via Shutterstock

Many areas in the U.S. are experiencing droughts this summerbut California is one of the areas which is being hit the hardest, experiencing one of its worst dry spells on record. This drought has led to some unfortunate repercussions in central California, where the increased demand on groundwater has actually caused…

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Water Pollution Problem in Tacoma

Water #Pollution Problem in Tacoma, WA:

Tacoma, WA

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Keeping the Puget Sound clean and in healthy condition is a high priority for the environmental engineers in Tacoma, WA. However, environmental engineers were shocked last year when they found the water was being polluted by polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The engineers worked their way upstream where they discovered the source of the problem: a…

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Can Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices Inform CSR?

Can Environmentally #Sustainable Business Practices Inform #CSR?


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You’re probably familiar with the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a phrase that often comes up when businesses are praised for their commitment to charitable causes and community outreach. These days, more and more companies are being lauded for their environmentally conscious policies too; having “green” business practices is definitely something that informs a…

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