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Eco News Roundup: May 21, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. Why these researchers think dinosaurs were minutes away from surviving extinction From our standpoint 66 million years later, it’s easy to assume the demise of the dinosaurs was an inevitability. But an international team of researchers is making a radical argument for why that may not be the case: Had the asteroid that likely wiped out the dinosaurs slammed into the planet a few minutes earlier or later, the scientists say, the fabled reptiles could still be walking the earth...

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Eco News Roundup: May 14, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. ‘Indigenous people are stabilizing the global climate’ The Paris Agreement included indigenous peoples as a key element to improve climate protection. Recent studies have shown that titling land rights to indigenous communities decreases deforestation and forest degradation. However, indigenous leaders say their land rights are still being violated – which prevents them from properly protecting the forests in which they live. Violent protests in Brasilia in late April have brought back the discussion back to the spotlight, as did a...

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Eco News Roundup: May 7, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. There are diseases hidden in ice and they are waking up We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. In response, bacteria have responded by evolving antibiotic resistance. The battle is endless: because we spend so much time with pathogens, we sometimes develop a kind of natural stalemate. However, what would happen if we were suddenly exposed to deadly bacteria and viruses that have been absent for thousands of years, or that we have...

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Our Earth – Eco News Roundup: April 30, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. People’s Climate March draws 200,000 protesters as Trump flees to coal country WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was hot. Of course it was hot. But the mood in the nation’s capital was surprisingly upbeat for a gathering of an estimated 200,000 people who are deeply worried about the future of their communities and humanity’s relationship with our host planet. A man wearing a papier-mâché “King Trump” head took swings at a globe golf ball. Preppy dudes walked around with signs questioning fossil fuel...

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Eco News Roundup: April 23, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four day An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of the Slims river, which spanned up to 150 metres at its widest points, is the first observed case of “river piracy”, in which the flow of one...

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