Environmental Watch

Keeping an eye on the environment

Taiwan’s President Meets with EPA Chief Gina McCarthy

After 14 years, we bet @epa Gina McCarthy and Ma Ying-jeou had a LOT to talk about.


Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou.
Image: Jameson Wu / Flickr

Earlier this week, President Ma Ying-jeou met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, the first American Cabinet-Level official to visit Taiwan in nearly 14 years. President Ma stated that McCarthy’s arrival is highly significant and is proof that his team’s efforts over the past half-decade to…

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5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2014

5 Easy Ways to Celebrate #EarthDay 2014. Which is your #favorite?


Our Earth, Our Home. What will you do for Earth Day 2014?
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Every year on April 22nd, Earth Day events are held worldwide to show support for environmental protection and maintaining our planet. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970and is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. There are thousands of events in hundreds of cities around the world. If you aren’t able…

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Leafcutter Bee Fossils Reveal Ice Age Environment at La Brea Tar Pits

What can we learn from leafcutter bees? A lot, it turns out! #LaBrea #bees #fossils #climatechange

La Brea Bee fossils

The analysis was conducted on leafcutter bee fossils extracted from the La Brea tar pits.
Image: Holden AR et. al / Plos One

The La Brea Tar Pits, known as the world’s richest and most important Ice Age fossil and located in Los Angeles, recently saw growth to its vast insect collection. The location is most celebrated for its collection of saber-toothed cats and mammoths but with recent…

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UN Urged to Improve Awful Living Conditions for South Sudan

UN Refuses to Improve Awful Living Conditions for South Sudanese. #Sudan #floodwater #refugees

Juba South Sudan

Thousands of refugees living in Juba are in dire need of improved living circumstances.
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Senior officials of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have refused to improve living conditions for over 21,000 displaced people living in a flood-prone UN compound that is exposing them to waterborne diseases and potential epidemics. International medical charity, Medicins…

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Chile Plans to Impose Carbon Tax

Taxes are likely to go up for these Chileans. One more reason for #cleanenergy!


Chile may impose a CO2 emissions tax on power plants.
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Set to be the second major economy in Latin America to resort to environmental taxation to discourage the use of carbon-intensive fuels, Chile’s government wants to impose a tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from thermal power plants. The proposal for a carbon tax was presented this week by Chile’s President Michelle…

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