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An aerial view of a fire burning next to the Transpantaneira, a road that crosses the Pantanal on Sept. 25, 2020 in Pocone, Brazil. The main cause of induced fires in the region is livestock activity to transform the region into pastures. Photo by Buda Mendes / Getty Images

By Giuliana Viglione

Current estimates of land-use change may be capturing only one-quarter of its true extent across the world, new research shows.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a rally on Oct. 31, 2020 in Detroit. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

By Julia Conley

Indigenous rights and climate action groups are set to hold an "Evict Enbridge" celebration on Wednesday and Thursday to mark Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's deadline for Canadian oil and gas company Enbridge to shut down its Line 5 pipeline.

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white bed with throw pillows

The contents of our mattresses are often an afterthought. That's a mistake, as research shows that the quality of your sleeping surface can significantly impact your health.

As consumers gain awareness about the health effects of sleeping on potentially toxic compounds, mattress companies are responding with new beds made from better materials. Today, you can choose from a broad range of mattresses made from all-natural components, including organic wool, cotton, and latex. Here's a summary of the best non-toxic, eco-friendly mattresses available today and how to decide between them.

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Customers wait in line to fill their vehicles with gas at a Costco gas station on May 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Brett Carlsen / Getty Images

Long lines of drivers waited at gas stations across the South yesterday — except for the stations that had already run out of gas — as the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline caused panic buying and chaos.

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An offshore wind farm at Block Island, Rhode Island on Aug. 14, 2016. Mark Harrington / Newsday RM via Getty Images

By Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner

The United States' offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe's have run into long delays, but that may be about to change.

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American chestnut hybrid bur. Photolangelle.org

By Anne Petermann

On August 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a petition by researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) seeking federal approval to release their genetically engineered (GE) Darling 58 (D58) American chestnut tree into U.S. forests. Researchers claim the transgenic D58 tree will resist the fungal blight that, coupled with rampant overlogging, decimated the American chestnut population in the early 20th century. In fact, the GE American chestnut is a Trojan horse meant to open the doors to commercial GE trees designed for industrial plantations.

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Electric car registrations were up 41% in 2020. Reza Estakhrian / Getty Images

By Walé Azeez

While global car sales took a pandemic-related hit last year, electric vehicles (EVs) bucked the trend.

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Coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean are the most threatened by the climate crisis, according to a new study. Wild Horizons / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Unless we act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world's coral reefs will stop growing by the end of the century.

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A pump jack and surface water at an oil well and fracking site in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Citizens of the Planet / Education Images / Universal Images Group / Getty Images

What is fracking?

Fracking is a process of blasting water, chemicals and frac sand deep into the earth to break up sedimentary rock and access natural gas and crude oil deposits. The fracking industry, which has sought to promote the practice as safe and controlled, has preferred the term "hydraulic fracturing."

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Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, is arrested by police after damaging a Department for Transport window in London on October 15, 2019 as part of a global protest. Isabel Infantes / AFP / Getty Images

By Richard Connor

A spokeswoman for the Extinction Rebellion group on Tuesday said one of its cofounders had been arrested by officers from London's Metropolitan Police.

The group, whose stated aim is to use nonviolent protest to force government action on climate change, has staged numerous high-profile protests in the UK, US and other developed nations including Germany.

Why Was She Arrested?

The group said Bradbrook had been arrested on charges relating to its action campaign against financial institutions known as "Money Rebellion."

"Extinction Rebellion cofounder Gail Bradbrook was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police at her home in Stroud at around 5:30 a.m. this morning for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud in relation to Money Rebellion's debt disobedience," a spokeswoman for the group said.


Activists from the Extinction Rebellion smashed window frontages of HSBC and Barclays in the British capital in March. The group also targeted the Lloyds of London insurance market as part of its action.

The spokeswoman added that the fraud allegation stems from a campaign to use personal credit card debt to make donations to groups allegedly damaged by banks. The borrower would then refuse to pay off the debt.

Who Is Gail Bradbrook?

The 49-year-old Bradbrook, who holds a doctorate in molecular biophysics, has said she believes only large-scale civil disobedience can bring about government action on climate change.

She started Extinction Rebellion in 2018 along with her former partner Simon Bramwell, and organic farmer and activist Roger Hallam.

The group says the UK and other countries are acting too slowly to stop climate change. It also accuses the Western financial system of fueling the abuse of the planet.

In April 2019, Extinction Rebellion rose to prominence when it occupied five prominent sites in central London over several days.

In November that year, Hallam caused outrage and issued an apology for "hurt and offense caused" after comments that appeared to downplay the Holocaust.

Reposted with permission from Deutsche Welle.

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A pumpjack on May 7, 2021, near Huerfano, New Mexico. Hannah Grover / NM Political Report

Methane pollution from oil and gas extraction operations on Navajo Nation lands harms the health of local residents and robs the tribe of critical income, writes Hannah Grover for the New Mexico Political Report.

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Solar industry workers install panels on a factory building in Gazipur on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh on Jan. 3, 2021. Xinhua / Salim via Getty Images

By Simon Evans

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has raised its forecast for the global growth of wind and solar by another 25% compared to figures it published just six months ago.

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Eating mass-produced food grown with synthetic fertilizers is changing hair, nails and bones. d3sign / Getty Images

By Malavika Vyawahare

"Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are," the French lawyer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in his 1826 opus, Physiologie du Goût. This is quite literally the case, scientists decoding the human body have found.

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