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EcoWatch joins Fabien Cousteau to remove marine debris in the Florida Keys and talk about the future of the oceans. Tiffany Duong / Ocean Rebels

Much of what we've been able to learn about the underwater world has built on the legacy of underwater explorer and pioneer Jacques Yves Cousteau. In 1943, Cousteau invented the aqua-lung, which completed his self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA). This technology forever changed how humans interact with the blue world and remains the precursor of modern-day scuba diving equipment.

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Redwood trees in California. Rhett A. Butler
On Thursday, the Biden Administration formally laid out its vision for conserving 30% of America's land and waters by 2030.
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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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Smoke billows from an unauthorized steel factory on November 4, 2016 in Inner Mongolia, China. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

China now emits more greenhouse gas pollution than the 37 member nations of the OECD combined, a new report from the Rhodium Group says.

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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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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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