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Agoutis released in Colombia after being recovered from illegal trafficking. LUIS ROBAYO / AFP via Getty Images

Global inequality isn't just a problem for human populations. A new study has found that it is also a major factor in the wildlife trade.

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By Rich Collett-White and Rachel Sherrington

Fossil fuel companies could face legal challenges over their misleading advertising, after a DeSmog investigation uncovered the extent of their "greenwashing."

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Portable generators allow you to power your devices and certain appliances, even away from home or when your primary power source is taken offline. These devices are also perfect for camping or outdoor adventures. A portable solar generator can give you the power you need with a smaller ecological footprint by using solar panels. In this article, we'll outline some of the top options available in 2021.

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Researchers still don't know the true impact of microplastics on human health. filadendron / Getty Images

By Mark Patrick Taylor, Neda Sharifi Soltani and Scott P. Wilson

Australians are eating and inhaling significant numbers of tiny plastics at home, our new research shows.

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Sea level rise is already threatening parts of West Bengal, India, where land and homes are sinking at a steady rate. Arka Dutta / Pacific Press / LightRocket / Getty Images

By Jake Johnson

A new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature warns that if the world's governments fail to meet warming targets set by the Paris climate accord, sea level rise from the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will accelerate at a "rapid and unstoppable" rate in the coming decades.

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A single burning giant sequoia in Board Camp Grove from the 2020 Castle Fire in the southwestern area of Sequoia National Park. National Park Service / Tony Caprio

A giant sequoia is still smoldering after last year's Castle Fire, an illustration of the severity of last year's fire season and an indication of California's drought, The Associated Press reports.

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Small rosette succulents in California are among the victims of the black market plant trade. quangpraha / Getty Images

After almost a decade of no precipitation, 10mm of rain caused an entire desert in South Africa to bloom. Rare species in Richtersveld National Park awoke and flowered for the first time in nine years, only to be stolen for the illegal plant trade, The Guardian reported. Plant poaching is not new, nor is it unique to the area; but, pandemic-inspired houseplant purchases have exacerbated the issue worldwide.

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What Is Climate Change? Is It Different From Global Warming?

Climate change is actually not a new phenomenon. Scientists have been studying the connection between human activity and the effect on the climate since the 1800s, although it took until the 1950s to find evidence suggesting a link.

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Coffee has enormous cultural significance. It's a staple of culture, cuisine, and everyday life for people all over the planet. Americans alone consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, and the crop is a highly traded commodity of huge importance to global economies.

These millions of cups aren't without consequence, however. The growing, processing, and transportation of coffee – everything that happens before it's poured into our mugs – have large-scale environmental and social repercussions.

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Chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park Restaurant. Sebastian Nevols

One of the world's best restaurants is giving up meat.

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By Anna Mattila

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

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A 2012 National Asian American Survey found that 70 percent of Asian Americans consider themselves environmentalists, compared to the national average of 41 percent. d3sign / Getty Images

By Christina Choi

When my five-year-old notices her dad running the water for any reason at all, she yells (at the top of her lungs and in a robot voice, of course), "ALERT. ALERT. WASTING WATER ALERT. ALERT, ALERT!" It makes me laugh but also warms my heart every time, knowing the importance of saving water—and the planet in general—is already ingrained in her mind.

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An electric shuttle bus travels through downtown Santa Barbara, California. Jumping Rocks / Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

By Jessica Corbett

As scientific studies continue to show the necessity of sweeping societal reforms to reduce planet-heating emissions, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined with Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chair Sherrod Brown on Tuesday to unveil a plan — backed by green groups and union leaders — that would invest $73 billion in electrifying public transit.

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