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Defender Of Amazon Tribes Killed In Brazil

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Rieli Franciscato was a leading expert on uncontacted tribes and was killed while on a mission to shield an isolated indigenous group from a possible hostile encounter with outsiders.

The World Lost Two-Thirds Of Its Wildlife In 50 Years. We Are to Blame

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Human activities are causing an "unprecedented" and alarming decline in wildlife populations around the world, a new report warns. It says the staggering loss ultimately threatens human life as well.

Whatever Happened To ... The Melting Permafrost?

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Spoiler alert: It's still melting. A new study looks at the impact of rising rainfall. Meanwhile, scientists are more concerned about environmental threats than defrosting pathogens.

California Battalion Chief On The Challenge Of Fighting Wildfires During A Heat Wave

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Firefighters have been battling hundreds of blazes sparked by thousands of lightning strikes. "It wouldn't matter if we had five times more firefighters," says the battalion chief for Sonoma County.

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Trump Administration Sets Plan For Oil Drilling In Arctic Refuge

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"I do believe there certainly could be a lease sale by the end of the year," Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt says.

Trump To Withdraw Polarizing Nominee To Lead Bureau Of Land Management

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The Trump administration is planning to withdraw William Perry Pendley as its nominee to lead the agency. Pendely has faced criticism for past statements in support of selling off public land.

Eagles And Mockingbirds Catch A Break As Judge Strikes Down Trump Bird Opinion

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In 2017, the Trump administration scaled back protections of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A federal judge has now struck down the rule change — and cited To Kill a Mockingbird in so doing.

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The Navajo Nation is having a farming renaissance in the era of COVID-19. More residents are turning to traditional agriculture as they're under strict travel limits due to the coronavirus.

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America's vast fields of corn and soybeans have displaced wildlife and polluted waterways. Farmers could help solve those problems, but often don't, in part because they rent that land.

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Bayer To Pay More Than $10 Billion To Resolve Cancer Lawsuits Over Weedkiller Roundup

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Roundup's active ingredient is glyphosate, which thousands of plaintiffs blame for causing them to develop cancer.

PG&E Pleads Guilty On 2018 California Camp Fire: 'Our Equipment Started That Fire'

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California's largest utility company pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter. It marks the first time that any major utility has been charged with homicide.

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The federal government is planning a massive system of floodwalls, pumps and surge barriers for Miami. But it doesn't address the more frequently felt threat from rising sea levels.

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When COVID-19 infections forced pork companies to close processing plants, some farmers predicted that it would force them to euthanize millions of hogs. The actual number has been much lower.

Trump Waives Environmental Reviews, Citing Pandemic Economic Emergency

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A White House executive order aims to expedite infrastructure projects to boost economic recovery. It lets federal agencies waive environmental protections, but critics question its legality.

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The global slowdown could create a historic drop in carbon emissions, but it's still not enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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The Trump administration is replacing Obama-era fuel economy standards with weaker ones that will allow for more air pollution. Groups are already lining up to challenge the new rule.